TEST: DYS X160 V3

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INTRODUCTION

DYS X160 delivered the first version of the DYS X160 around six months ago, i.e. a compact 160mm brushless racer. A lot of problems emerged immediatly: fragile arms, hard motor/ESC maintenance and drifting symtoms (link with transmitted vibrations). The V2 introduces stronger arms and a naze32 FC. Now with this DYS X160 V3, a SPracing F3 board, and OSD and a landing skid are added. Let’s have a look to the new revision.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x DYS X160 V3
+ 8 x 3020 props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 1 x 2.4G/5.8G antenna
+ 4 x landing skid
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

OVERVIEW

From the external point of view, the V3 (on the right) includes the double-arms system of the V2 and an OSD module installed on top. The V1 is on the left.

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Each arms part is a 2mm 3K carbon made while upper and lower plates are thinner. Unfortunatly, the maintenance will be still very hard. Still 5 soldering job to do …..

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-Front view

A landing skid must be installed offering a ground clearance of around 3.5cm.

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The same 2.4G/5.8G short CL antenna is still here. In practice, the antenna have very poor performances. Install asap a more efficient antenna.

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Now versus the former model, the lens is installed with a fixed angle but more pitchy, approximatively 20 degrees.

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But as you can see for the V1 foreground it’s an improvement.

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Unfortunatly, the FPV camera is still not protected from a direct frontal shock ….

-Side view

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A new good point. The SPracing F3 FC is mounted on some kind dampening balls absorbing part of vibrations transmitted by motors. Installed on top and protecting by a black housing, an OSD. It should be very nice if we can connect on the OSD port a FTDI device to update the current firmware (minimOSD based currectly) or the RSSI signal given by the receiver. Below the upper plate, the SPF3 with different ports. The big XT60 connector is still here …..:(

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On the other side, the microUSB to connect the X160 V3 to cleanflight configuration. No presence of a small buzzer…. IMHO for such small size, it’s a must to have …. maybe in the V4 ?

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With everything installed.

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-Rear view

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-Upper view

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With the OSD module, no real free on front to install a small HD camera …..

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The OSD chip, probably a mini minimOSD with the ATMEGA chip. Probably on one of these pas, the PWM RSSI signal from your receiver can be connected. Probably, the firmware must be updated to display this new information

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The same VTX with the 5positions DIP switch installed on top. The first 3 selects 1 Vfreq among 8, the last two select one of the four bands.

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Here is the freq/band table

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The video port is available on top

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-Bottom view

On the novolty here. 4 landing feet must be attached vie two individual M2 hexscrews. A good idea because the battery must be strapped beneath. IMHO each individual leg won’t survice to any crash even at moderate speed.

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-Weight

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The original V1 was at least 37g lighter, so around 33% more heavier !!!! Definitively the first con point of this V3

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With a 850mAh 3S LiPo, more than 260g…!!!!

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Motors

The same 1104 motors announced to be 4000KV.

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For the V1, these motors were already a bit weak for sporty flying…. here with 37g more !!!! I am really scared.

Camera module

The same FPV camera module, a CMOS 700TVL. Light sensitivity is correct in general (see following videos)

Receiver installation

No big difficulties to install CPPM receiver: just install it on the “CH6” servo plug and volià.

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Here I installed a DIYFrSky receiver: http://www.banggood.com/DIY-FRSKY-8CH-Receiver-RX-PPM-Output-For-X9DPLUS-XJT-DJT-DFT-DHT-p-987247.html

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FIRST USAGE

As you can see the FPV link is really poor: be aware, by default the tiny VTX power switch is set to limit drastically the emitted power (around 0.1mW).

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When turned on, the VTX delivers much more than 200mW.

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The video signal is much better even if even more robust link can be obtained with a better VTX antenna. Notice the presence of a small jello in the FPV signal

CONCLUSIONS

Ok the V3 improved a lot the situation. Now you have a stable and smooth flyer. The OSD is a big plus as well as the presence of the landing skid for safe take off and landing. In another hand, original design problems are still here: not protected FPV camera, XT60 connector, hard arms replacement and undersized 1104 motors. More a new problem is now added: the obesity of the machine. The big question associated behind is the X160 design can be 100% fixed with a future Vxy? IMHO, no… To resume, the DYX X160 converge to something working at least but don’t expect this machine be a super fast & solid racer….

UNBOXING

PROS

+ SPracing F3 board
+ Stable machine, no more drift
+ More solid arms
+ Increased camera angle
+ Dampening balls limiting transmitted vibrations for the FC
+ OSD
+ Powerful VTX
+ Good CMOS FPV cam

CONS

– 1104 motors not strong enough for a >230g machine
– Hard arm maintenance
– Poorly efficient 2.4G/5.8G antenna combo
– Fragile landing gear
– Fragile 3020 props
– No buzzer
– FPV camera still not protected
– Still the big XT60 connector
– Small jello in the FPV signal

RCgroups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=34649872&postcount=12

This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 190USD at http://www.banggood.com/DYS-X160-V3-Micro-FPV-Racer-with-GPS-5_8G-32CH-200mW-Transmitter-13-CMOS-Wide-Lens-ARF-p-1041265.html

4 Comments

  • Onclefly says:

    Salut Seb, bon travail cette review, bon faut attendre le V4 pour avoir un produit nickel.

  • francis bissonnette says:

    Bravo et merci….. j’aurai besoin de savoir le 200 mw switch vers l’avant ou arrière… merci..

  • jan says:

    Hi,

    I am having big trouble with Lines in the Video Image when pushing Trottle over 30%. I already applies some 1000uf ElKo at each ESC but it did not work out.

    The Lines started after a rough landing.

    I am flying the v3 Version – almost new

    It flies very well, but lines in the image make fpv flying almost unpossible.

    Best Regards,
    Jan

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