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Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long Range vs iFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long Range vs GEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range

Flywoo Explorer Vs IFlight Chimera4 Vs GEPRC Crocodile Baby HD

First is the Cinewhoop wave, now it is time for Micro Long Range wave!

Micro Long Range started from a project by Dave_C FPV who designed lots of awesome frames and open-sourced them! Thank you so much Dave_C FPV for such generosity to the FPV community, I really love his Sanchez Air for my 1S 3-inch build!

Anyway, his objective of Micro Long Range is to scale down a 7-inch long range quad until it is sub-250g AUW.

The first ready-to-fly Micro Long Range in the FPV market is a joint-collaboration between Flywoo and Dave_C FPV. Ever since Flywoo released their first Micro Long Range, the Explore LR, more FPV companies like iFlight and GEPRC have also jumped onto this bandwagon. Equipped with a pre-install GPS module, these RTF quads are all set, ready to rip out far away across the landscape.


Below are some of the things that I prefer to see in these RTF quads:

These quads should be shipped with INAV pre-configured! Wouldn’t be an INAV flight control system a more suitable firmware for the long-range build? Perhaps, BetaFlight is still the most popular firmware for FPV quads.

I personally prefer DJI FPV Air Unit Module over Caddx Vista for such a build so that I can record 1080p 60fps without the need to mount Insta360 GO or a naked GoPro.


Without further ado, here’s the comparison of the 1st three Micro Long Range RTFs that are currently in the market! Their specifications are almost the same and the following are some of the key differences:

Unlike the rest, Flywoo Explorer comes with a self-powered buzzer alarm with LED with makes quad retrieval so much easier. I strongly recommend installing such a module for your long range build

Unlike the rest, iFlight Chimera4 can be used as a freestyle quad which makes it a more versatile quad. It has higher ESCs amp output plus thicker top & bottom plate plus default X-Geometry body which is ideal for freestyle. If you are planning to get it for pure long range, you can buy the additional deadcat bottom plate and convert your Chimera4 to deadcat configuration which is optimum for long range like the rest of the Micro Long Range designs.

Below are the technical specification comparisons. Check it out!

Drone Overview

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
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Release Date 15 August, 2020 21 September, 2020 25 September, 2020
Status Available Available Available
Drone Type Long Range Long Range Long Range
FPV System Digital Digital Digital
Dry Weight 162.9g 172.2g 160.4g
Lipo Size 4S 4S 4S
Props Gemfan 4024x2 Gemfan 4024x2 / Nazgul 4030x2 Gemfan 4024x2
Motors NIN 1404 V2 2750KV XING 1404 3000KV Cruiser / 3800KV Speed Cruiser GR1404 2750KV
Batt Connector XT30 XT30 XT30
Receiver Option DJI Air Unit @ $299.99
Frsky XM+ @ $309.99
Frsky R9M @ $320.99
TBS Crossfire @ $325.99
DJI Air Unit @ $309.99
TBS Crossfire @ $338.99
DJI Air Unit @ $309.99
Frsky XM+ @ $319.99
Frsky R9MM @ $330.99
TBS Crossfire @ $334.99
Recommended Lipo 650-1300mAh 4S Lipo 850-1100mAh 4S Lipo 650-1300mAh 4S Lipo / 3000mAh 4S Lion
GPS Flywoo GM8 Mini v1.0 GPS Pre-installed Pre-installed
Other Features - Prebuilt and tested
- Flywoo Finder v1.0
- Pre-tuned & Pre-setup
- X-Geometry body for high performance handling and max. authority on pitch axis
- DC (DeadCat geometry) bottom plate available (additional item, no props in view)
- Pre-tuned & Pre-setup

Frame

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
Name Project #MicroLongRange by Dave_C_FPV Chimera4 Long Range FPV Frame kit GEP-CB4
Weight 36g 59.2g -
Wheelbase - 178mm 174mm
Top Plate Thickness 1.5mm 2mm 1.5mm
Bottom Plate Thickness 1.5mm 4mm 2mm
Arm Plate Thickness 3mm 4mm 2.5mm
Top and Bottom Plate Spacing 20-25mm 28mm -
FPV Camera Compatibility 19mm 19/20mm 19/20mm
Motors Compatibility 9-12mm M2 - -
FC Compatibility Front 16mm M2 / Rear 20mm M2 16mm M2 / 20mm M2 / 25.5mm M2 -

Camera

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
Name DJI FPV Camera DJI FPV Camera DJI FPV Camera
Weight 8.2g 8.2g 8.2g
Dimensions 21.1*20.1*27.4mm 21.1*20.1*27.4mm 21.1*20.1*27.4mm
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9
Resolution 720p 720p 720p
FOV FPV 150° FPV 150° FPV 150°
Lens 2.1mm, f/2.1 2.1mm, f/2.1 2.1mm, f/2.1
Image Sensor 1/3.2'' CMOS 1/3.2'' CMOS 1/3.2'' CMOS
Signal System - - -
Onboard DVR N.A. N.A. N.A.

VTX

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
Name Caddx Vista Kit Caddx Vista Kit Caddx Vista Kit
Weight 20.8g 20.8g 20.8g
Dimensions 30.45*29*13mm 30.45*29*13mm 30.45*29*13mm
Mounting 20mm M2 / 25.5mm M2 20mm M2 / 25.5mm M2 20mm M2 / 25.5mm M2
VTX Function - - -
Output Power CE: 25mW
FCC/SRRC: 1000mW
CE: 25mW
FCC/SRRC: 1000mW
CE: 25mW
FCC/SRRC: 1000mW
Frequency 5.8GHz
FCC: 8ch
CE/SRRC: 4ch
MIC: 3ch
5.8GHz
FCC: 8ch
CE/SRRC: 4ch
MIC: 3ch
5.8GHz
FCC: 8ch
CE/SRRC: 4ch
MIC: 3ch
Antenna Connector IPEX (U.FL) IPEX (U.FL) IPEX (U.FL)
Antenna Type Circular Polarized Antenna Circular Polarized Antenna Circular Polarized Antenna
Onboard DVR N.A. N.A. N.A.

Flight Controller

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
Name GOKU F411 Micro Stack SucceX-E mini F4 Stack GEP-20A-F4 AIO
CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. STM32F411 STM32F405 STM32F411
Gyro MPU6000 MPU6000 MPU6000
Flash / Blackbox 8M 8M -
Dimensions 22*23mm 25*25mm 32*32mm
Mounting 16mm M3 with Grommets 20mm M3 with Grommets 26.5mm M2
Weight 2.3g 4g 7.3g
Input Voltage 2-4S 2-6S 2-4S
UARTS - 5 ports -
Firmware BetaFlight BetaFlight BetaFlight
OSD BF OSD w/ AT7456E chip BF OSD BF OSD w/ AT7456E chip

ESC

Flywoo Explorer HD Micro Long RangeiFlight Chimera4 HD Micro Long RangeGEPRC Crocodile Baby HD Micro Long Range
Name GOKU BS13A ESC SucceX-E mini 35A Integrated in FC
MCU - BB21 F16G BB21 F16G
Firmware BLHeli_S BLHeli_S BLHeli_S
Dimensions 24*24mm 31*30mm -
Mounting 16mm M3 with Grommets 20mm M3 with Grommets -
Weight 2.5g 6.9g -
Input Voltage 2-4S 2-6S 2-4S
Output Current 13A 35A 20A
Peak Current 15A 40A 30A

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