The Eachine Red Devil is a lot of fun to fly. If you haven’t experienced flying a little toothpick quad then you are missing out. It’s like a little tiny whoop on steroids. If you like flying freestyle but don’t like the attention that comes with a 5″ quad then you need to check out toothpick style drones. The Red Devil is a $100 toothpick that is big on fun.
Eachine Red Devil
Take a look at the Eachine Red Devil with the Mobula 7 and Trashcan.Toothpick drones are essentially brushless tiny whoops on stretched out frames. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but in general, they are 100-125 mm in size. This Eachine Reddevil is one of the smaller ones at 105 mm. It is super light, weighing only 38 grams. You can fly it on either a 2S or a 3S battery and you’ll get plenty of punch with whichever option you choose. It gets its power from 1102 8700 KV motors. It uses a Crazybee F4 v2.1 all-in-one flight controller. I picked up a FrSky version and you can bind it using the CLI by typing bind then connecting to your remote. It is a fairly simple process.
The video transmitter is switchable from 25-200 mW but I still wasn’t impressed with the range of this little drone. I would say you’ll have to stay close 100-200 meters for good video quality. The camera has excellent color. It is the Caddx E0S2 and is a 16:9 camera. I personally prefer the 16:9 image but I know that some people use FPV goggles that don’t switch out of 4:3. I flew in 4:3 to see what it was like and it is certainly doable. Had I not known this was a 16:9 picture I probably would not have noticed.
Flying the Red Devil
The Eachine Red Devil is a blast to fly. It really performs quite well for such a tiny quad. I believe this is an excellent way to practice. Crashing the Red Devil isn’t nearly as nerve-racking as crashing a big, heavy 5″. People don’t seem to mind me flying the toothpick at the park, but the 5″ drone brings people and questions. Batteries are cheaper for little drones and also charge a lot quicker. There really is a lot to love about flying a little drone. Especially a little drone that performs like a big quad.
Eachine RedDevil Cons
Yes, this drone is a lot of fun to fly but it does have some negatives. The camera is prone to jello. The canopy design isn’t the sturdiest and the Caddx tends to pick up the vibrations. Eachine included a bit of foam to help, and it does. However, if you remove it you’ll get the full jello experience. That is the biggest negative on the Eachine Red Devil.
I would highly recommend adding a bit of hot glue over the UFL connector on the antenna coming from the VTX. Mine popped off after a crash and I had to go back home to re-attach. I’ve had these issues on multiple drones and adding a bit of glue seems to do the trick.
Eventually, I did end up breaking a motor pin. It was a hard crash and the propeller impact broke the pin. I did end up replacing the motor. Actually, I ended up replacing all four motors and adding a Caddx Turtle for HD video. I figured I might as well make this thing even better and adding HD video recording was a definite bonus. However, I could have easily swapped out a motor as they have plugs and the Eachine Red Devil would have been good as new in less than 5 minutes.
Should you get an Eachine Red Devil?
I would say that a toothpick style drone is an excellent quad for pilots at any level. It is a great way to learn how to fly. It is also a great way to fly under the radar. If you like flying freestyle then I would recommend taking a look at the Eachine Red Devil.
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