If you’re shopping for the best drone for racing, you may consider learning how to build an FPV drone instead. As racing drones skyrocket in price, building your own drone may seem like the cheaper option than buying one outright. While that isn’t necessarily true, having a finished drone that you made yourself is a rewarding feeling. If you want to learn how to build an FPV drone, we’ll help you take it to the sky.
While our guide on what an FPV drone is will provide much more detail, we can go over the basics.
An FPV or First Person View drone uses a camera and video transmitter to live stream a first-person video feed to the drone’s pilot. When designing a drone, you’d need to consider the added weight from the camera and possible storage, like an SD card spot. In addition, you could build your drone with a raspberry pi board if you want the flight controller to have some backup.
Ensure that you can connect the battery charger to your DIY drone without undoing the battery strap.
Consider reading our Walkera Rodeo 110 review for a budget option compared to an entirely custom racing drone.
STEP 1 Build the Frame
STEP 2 Install the Power Distribution Board (PDB)
STEP 3 Mount the Motors
STEP 4 Install the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC)
STEP 5 Connect the ESC to the Motor
STEP 6 Connect the ESC to the PDB
STEP 7 Test the Battery
STEP 8 Mount the FPV Camera and Video Transmission System
STEP 9 Connect the FPV System to the PDB
STEP 10 Install the Flight Controller
STEP 11 Finish the Build
STEP 12 Install the Flight Controller Software
STEP 13 Test the Finished Drone
Always wear a mask while cutting your frame from the carbon sheet. Carbon dust can cause health issues if you breathe it in.
Is it cheaper to build a drone or buy one?
The answer to this question can change due to the type of drone you want to build or buy. We advise making a complete list of tools and parts you need for a DIY build and comparing it to the price of a pre-built drone with the specs and features you want.
Which material is best to build a drone from?
Most experts advise building your drone from carbon fiber or lightweight metal. Keep in mind that your drone needs to be light enough to lift into the air but sturdy sufficient to take a fall without breaking.
What is the most stable shape of a drone frame?
Thanks to its stability and mobility, the quadcopter design is the gold standard. That said, the hexacopter shape is the most stable configuration, but it comes with the added cost of extra motors and additional weight.
STAT: According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey, about one-in-ten Americans would be angry or scared if they saw a drone flying near their home. (source)