TEST: Eachine E011C Flying Santa Claus

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INTRODUCTION

The Eachine E011C represents their new revision of the former and popular E011 for being an excellent and cheap FPV plateform. In the menu, we still have a Ducted Tinywhoop style machine carrying this time a santa claus caractar. This time there is a builtin speaker playing some santa claus songs while flying. The structure remains the same and in order to carry this extra weight (logo caractar + builtin speaker), some 60 000 RPM 7mmx16mm coreless brushed motors are installed. The price is super attractive and of course we will check if the E011C can be also another super FPV plateform. Let’s discover this Eachine product.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x Eachine E011C
+ 1 x 1S 260mAh/30C LiPo with mCPx/JST ph 2.0 connector
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 3xAAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x Santa Claus Logo module
+ 1 x USB charging cable
+ 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

The Santa claus caracatar come disassembled. It takes 1min to build it.

OVERVIEW

The E011C remains a 65mm tinywhoop class brushed machine. The canopy structure is a logo style one to welcom the santa claus caractar.
Clearly with such ducted system, no real danger to hurt some kids surrounding the machine and for me it’s a super important point to highlight. Be aware at least than very young kids won’t swallow the santa claus caractar.

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-FRONT VIEW
Like the E011, the lego caractar is just clipsed on top. In case of crash, the santa claus will be ejected from his plateform.

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-SIDE VIEW
The top canopy structure is just clipsed latterally. Later after the Xmas’s parade… dads can very install their favorite AIO camera module.

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-REAR VIEW
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-UPPER VIEW
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-BOTTOM VIEW
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The power lead JST pH connector. Good news all motors are plugged into the FC via mCPx 2 positions connector. Motor’s maintenance won’t requiee any soldering job. That’s a good point.

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A builton speaker is here to sing some christmas songs

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In practice, the speaker is relatively loud ….. and your christmass’s party with several of them can be transformed into a real nightmare with some massive headaches. Unfortunatly, no possibility to turn off speakers from any radio. button :(.

-WEIGHT
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36.3g with everyting installed…. It’s a lot !!!!

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Motors

Like the boldclash B03-pro, we have some 0716 brushed coreless motors announced to be 60 000RPM for stronger motor thrust

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Classic 32mm quadriblade props

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LiPo

A 260mAh/30C LiPo with JST pH connector. When Santa claus is installed, expect 3min-3min30 of flight maximum. Expect more than 5min with everyting is removed.

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Disassembling

Just unclips the upper structure than remove the two latteral flat screws. You will be able to raise a bit the Flight controller combo and detach the four motor’s connectors. The huge speaker installed beneath and soldered on the upper side of the FC

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A XN297L RFchip is here for the 2.4G part and good news!!!! The radio protocol is 100% compatible with well known “Bayang” so already Deviated since a while. No problem to control the E011C with the Jumper T8SG radio for example. Just above the XN297L chip, a empty 3 pads connector where you can grab your +5V for your AIO FPV camera.

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There is also a kind of SWD port …. so if the ARM MCU is recognized a bradwii/silverxx third party firmware could be installed.

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2.7g can be saved by removing the buitin speaker

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In pratice, the E011C flight controller is a direct clone of the Bolclash B03-Pro

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except the missing microJST connector to connect directly their B06-F06 AIO FPV camera module

Transmitter

A super basic and small gamepad style transmitter. Any should button to select a speed for example.

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Only a left or right clicking on the stick can active Headless, one key return and 360 automatic flips. There is another option boosting motors while reducing the flight duration. Like the Boldclash B03-Pro, there is a “extra payload” option when SantaClaus (or your FPV camera) is installed. It boost (a bit) motors…. but reduce in the other hand flight duration.

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UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND TESTING

Immediatly after power lead cable connexion, the machine starts to scream “giggle bells” song very loud !!!! and no way to turn on/off from the radio. It’s definitively a christmas gift only in the current state. After gyro calibration, when the santa claus is installed, you can feel that the 36g+ is heavy even for these 0716 60KRPM motors… Don’t worry, it’s not catastrophic… but the flight duraction is deeply impact by the presence of both Santa claus and the builtin speaker. The machine don’t offer any speed mode…. the yaw rate is relatively fast but not too fast even for indoors applications. The machine flies very well … even if much better controls can be obtained with a more professional radio. The control range is about 40-50 and it’s strongly advise to drill a small hole into the top canopy structure to let the antenna be installed vertically in order to optimize the horizontal radio propagation.

When the caractar and the builtin speaker are removed (after Xmas of course :), the E011C becomes a great and much more powerfull machine. Well no real advantage versus the Orignal E011 I would say since we have the same 60 KRPM motors.

FPV transformation

As being very similar to the Boldclash B03-pro, we can easily install their B06-F06 AIO module directly via two tiny screws included in the Boldclash packaging.

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5 good min can be obtained with such setup !!!

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CONCLUSIONS

I would qualify this E011C a 2-in-1 machine: i) An ideal trainer/watcher machine for small kids playing (annoying versus minutes) santa claus songs whom will delight all the familly (for few minutes only) then ii) a perfect FPV plateforms being used later by dads. The machine flies beautifully but only with angle (6-axis stabilization) mode. For around 16USD…. it’s probably one of the most interesting cheap toy TinyWhoop plateform available.

PROS

+ Good TinyWhoop plateform with 0716 brushed motors
+ Non dangerous flying machine even for small kids
+ Bayang protocol
+ Clone of the Boldclash B03-Pro
+ Cheap
+ Excellent FPV platform

CONS

– No speed mode selection
– No possibility to turn off the builtin loud speaker
– No acro mode

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 16USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E011C-Flying-Santa-Claus-With-Christmas-Songs-716-Motor-Headless-Mode-RC-Quadcopter-p-1205851.html

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