The HappyModel Mobula 7 and Emax Tinyhawk are two excellent brushless ducted quadcopters. Both start under $100 and are great beginner FPV quads. In spite of their similar looks, they are both very different. Which one is best for you? Let’s take a closer look.
HappyModel Mobula 7
The Mobula 7 can fly on either a 2S or a 1S battery. That is the biggest difference between the two 75 mm quads. Some people feel this is all that matters, but I think you have to take a closer look. Yes, the Mobula can fly on 2S batteries and it is buttery smooth and incredibly powerful 0802 16,000 KV motors. If you want something that will perform better outdoors and you want to do some freestyle acro moves then the Mobula 7 is the better choice. Right now Banggood is running a deal on the Mobula 7. Pick one up for only $79.99.
Yes, it is true you can fly the Mobula on a 1S battery or some people have limited the throttle on 2S to fly indoors. It can be done but the Mobula doesn’t fly half as smooth on 1S. With some tweaking and a visit to Project Mockingbird that might improve but the Mobula 7 isn’t a quad I would recommend flying indoors for beginner pilots.
The early versions of the Mobula 7 had frames that couldn’t stand up to crashes this little powerhouse would create. Make sure you pick one up with a V2 or V3 frame. The Mobula 7 uses an F3 flight controller and a 5 AMP 4 in 1 ESC. You can get an integrated Flysky, FrSky or Spectrum receiver.
The integrated beeper and adjustable camera angle are both nice touches that the Mobula 7 has that the Tinyhawk does not. The two battery setup is a little odd but works well and allows you to fly on 1S or 2S. You have to make sure you are balance charging your batteries and make sure they are identical.
Typically the Mobula 7 is less expensive from Banggood. However, Amazon’s shipping and customer service are second to none.
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The Emax Tinyhawk doesn’t have the power that the 2S Mobula 7 does but that doesn’t mean it is an inferior quad. In many ways, the Tinyhawk is the better quad. The frame of the TinyHawk is nearly indestructible. Emax engineered it from the ground up and it shows.
There is plenty of power coming from the 08025 15,000 KV brushless motors. In fact, I was talking with Francis of Good Venture Drones and he was telling me top pilots in the micro class were racing with TinyHawks, not 2S quads like the Mobula 7.
For the beginning FPV pilot, I think that the Tinyhawk is the better choice. It has enough power but can also be flown indoors. On a 1S battery, there is no comparison, the Tinyhawk is a better quad. It handles better and is much smoother. It was built to fly on 1S and the Mobula 7 was built to fly on a 2S battery.
For the beginner that is getting into the hobby the all in one package that included the quad, battery, bag, remote and goggles for $165 is hands down the best deal you can get. I have also added the four blade props. They give me a little more grip and allow me to flip the TinyHawk over in Turtle Mode. I’ve tuned my TinyHawk following project Mockingbird and it just feels dialed in.
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Happymodel Mobula 7 vs Emax Tinyhawk
You will have to decide which quad works best for you. Brushless ducted quads have come a long way since the DYS Elf. If you are a beginner I would lean towards the Tinyhawk. If you want something fast to fly outdoors and do some freestyle then take a look at the Mobula 7. Best of luck and happy flying.
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