TEST: EACHINE FALCON 210

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INTRODUCTION

After the excellent Falcon 250 and the fragile Falcon 180, Eachine introduces the mid-size model with the Falcon 210. Three FC options can be choosen: CC3D, Naze32 and SPRacing F3. I will review the SPF3 one. Let’s discover this new RTF racer.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x Eachine Falcon 210 (with a 3S 1500mAh LiPo with XT60 connector)
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 4xAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x Charger
+ 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 4 x Rubber pads
+ 1 x Camera mount
+ 1 x Bind plug
+ 1 x 5.8G Cloverleaf antenna
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

OVERVIEW

With this new variation, they changed almost everything … Now everything is 3K carbon based, no more fragile rear LED bar or aluminium stand off. The 210mm racer is now equiped of the last generation of FC with a strong SPF3 board, 700 CMOS TVL coupled with a 40CH 200mW 5.8G VTX with OSD informations. In order to increase top speed, motor’s are installed on 10 degrees inclined support.

-FRONT VIEW
The general H design is classic. The lower 3mm plate incliudes also arms. It means you will have to disassemble everything in case of ultra hard crash, but the plateform seems ultra solid. A taller front part welcoming the FPV camera while the remaining part welcomes the battery strapped. By default,landing gear system is a little carbon element but circular piece of foam taped below motor can advantageously replace the actual system.

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Two white LEDs helps to keep orientation for far LOS flights

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-SIDE VIEW
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The left side welcomes the SPF3 microUSB port. According to the design of the SPF3, it means the board is flipped of 90 degrees, so be sure in case of firmware update to apply correctly the yaw rotation.

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Lower plate structure is full 3K carbon based with 3mm of thickness

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the upper plate 1.5mm

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-REAR VIEW
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The rear LEDs lights turns to red when the quad is disarmed or hovering and turs to green when moving forward

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-BOTTOM VIEW
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-UPPER VIEW
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The 40CH VTX can be set by the tiny black button. Short press to cycle among the 8 Vfreq, long press to cycle between bands. RP-SMA connector.

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The XT60 connector is perfectly jailed.

Two small red lights show the current Vfreq & Vband

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The VTX delivers 330mW so the announced 200mW are largely here.

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-WEIGHT
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485g AWG so for a 210mm is little bit heavy IMHO. No free lunch, we can’t increase the solidity without sacrifice in term of weight/thrust.

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Motors

Some classic 4045 props are installed. Good news 5″ props can be installed to increase thrust

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Classic 2204 motors announced to spin @ 2300KV

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ESC

20A ESC but no information about the firmware installed. There are not seen via the BLheli suite in cleanflight passthrough so if there is a BLheli firmware, it’s probably an old one.

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LiPo

A classic 1500mAh 3S LiPo with 25C for discharge rate. Luckeky, ESC & motors can support 4S voltage.

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Camera module

Be default the PAL CMOS camera is installed a fixed positive angle (approx 25 degrees). I strongly advise to install the other camera support where you can tune your own orientation. I would even prefer this mount should be installed by default

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With this mount uptilt angle can even a little bit increased to 35 degrees approximatively.

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Disassembling

6 M2 hexscrews to access to the interior part. The building is clean.

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The SPracing F3 board is here and flipped of 90 degrees.

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The 6th channel is not wired on the receiver. Only the AUX1 will be available unfortunatly in Cleanflight. The more surprizing concerns the default flight mode. In fact, settings are not set and by default you will have only acro for any AUX1 position. Notice also the Oneshot125 is turned off by default. It’s worling fine with turned on… but think to calibrate ESC before.

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The OSD module is a MavLink V3. The firmware can be easily reflashed with an USBASp module

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Unfortunatly mine was broken (waiting a replacement one). I had to bypass it but shorting the Vin with the Vou introducing some noise in the video signal.

Transmitter

A classic rebranded FlySky i6s where to enter into the setup you need to press inner both horizontal trim button while turning the radio

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By default, the CH5 is assigned to the VR2 pot, a really strange choice probably the factory one. The dual rate and radio failsafe not set too. I strongly advise to set both (see video). It’s clear no specific settings have been done for the Falcon 210.

FIRST USAGE

First of all, I had to fine tune the Failsafe radio behaviour and the more important to define correctly the flight modes absoluptly not set by default. Only the acro was here …. not a good choice for beginners. For PIDs settings, I just increased the rates for the 3 axis to 0.5. Please notice since my OSD module is broken, I got extra interferences due to the bypass I needed to install.

Immediatly, you are a little bit disapointed by the power lift of this machine …. At least 50% fo hover… 🙁 So I can’t image with a möbius!/runcam HD cam installed …. :(… I even really won’t advise to flip or roll in low altitude, you can loose easily 2-3m with such acrobatic figures. With default 1.13 CF settings it’s stable but since we don’t have amazing punch out, we can’t really know if oscillations will occur at very high RPM. The Falcon 210 need absoluptly at minimum some triblades props and/or 5″ props and/or 4S LiPo. Of course with these 3 options installed togather, I have no doubt the Falcon 210 will be beasty (I hope BG will follow my advice). I regret the absence of a builtin buzzer but in this case the sixth channel wire must be added to control it with a the radio.

CONCLUSIONS

I got mixed feelings with the Falcon 210. In one hand the hardware is really solid with strong 3mm 3K carbon lower structure. I have no real doubt about its solidity. The FPV ring is solid and the OSD is big plus even if I regret the absence of an extra builtin buzzer. In another hand, i regret also the poor powerlift of the machine… It’s more a cruizer than a racer with default configuration out of the box. More the settings of FC and the radio are far to be optimal (only acro, radio failsafe, etc…). In fact, I strongly advise to buy with this machine directly a 4S LiPo with triblade 5040 BN props to enjoy a much more powerful machine.

UNBOXING, CONFIGURATION AND ANALYSIS

PROS

+ SPracing F3
+ Super strong structure
+ Strong FPV ring
+ Open OSD module
+ ESC 4S compatible (oneshot 125 turned off by default)

CONS

– Underpowered machine
– Sixth channel not wired
– No Builtin buzzer
– AUX1 set to VRB pot
– Acro mode only as flight mode

RCgroups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2684156

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 227USD at http://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Falcon-210-CC3D-F3-FPV-Racer-RTF-With-OSD-700-TVL-Camera-5_8G-40CH-VTX-p-1061684.html

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