iFlight Titan DC2 2.5" w/ Caddx Vista & Beta95X Prop Guard, Insta360 GO

By wrong17 on May 26, 2020

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The purpose of this build is to find a TinyWhoop replacement. Since my move from analog to digital I no longer have an indoor flier. After building an iFlight DC3, I like the build quality of their frames. That is why I decided to try the DC2 frame too. I like how it is using 2.3” props when using the prop guards and 2.5” props without. That means I have lots of flexibility in terms of space for custom modifications. Since iFlight also has a BNF version of this quad, it gives me a good starting point on what hardware to use. But I could not understand why iFlight uses 1404 motors 4500kv motors on a 2.3” build plus a 40a 30x30 AIO board. I thought a 1204 4500kv motor was able to lift the DC2 with a DJI air unit. But I was very wrong, because I think the 1204 is getting close to its limits with a Cadxx Vista. During my first test flight I notice a huge power difference between the TransTEC Beetle and DC2. The DC2 with the 1204 has a lot slower and I need to put more throttle just to hover. Now I can see why they opt for 1404 motors for the DC2. I need to do some indoor testing and see if I can benefit from the power difference, because I find it very difficult to fly more powerful quads indoors.

Just like the TransTEC Beetle I do not like the hard-plastic prop guards because they will break the first time you crash. Once again, I got lucky and the Beta95X props guards fits perfectly on the DC2. Now I am not limited to 2.3” props when I have the prop guards on. I can use 2.5” props all the time regardless of the guards! Please keep in mind I have not tried using Beta95X guards with the DJI Air Unit, so you might be limited to a Caddx Vista.

The one thing I am not too happy about is the lack for protection for the camera.

UPDATE - May 26 2020 - NEW MOTORS XING 1404 4600kv

The Xing 1404 4600kv motors is a much better option than the Xing 1204 4500kv because it needs the extra power. Not only do you feel the power difference, but the larger 1404 motors run cooler too. However, I do not see much of an improvement in flight time because both motors gets about 3 minutes of flight with a 520mah 4s lipo. I am going to try a Tattu 650mah 4s lipo to see what kind of flight times I will get.

UPDATE - Jun 01 2020 - NEW MOTORS TransTEC Next 1106 4500Kv

I really like how the TransTEC flew so I installed a set of TransTEC Next 1106 4500Kv Micro Motor on the DC2. It seems like a good balance between the XING 1204 4500KV and XING 1404 4600KV motors. I think 1204 motors works well with light weight quads, while the heavy quads do better with the taller stator motors.

UPDATE - Jun 24 2020 - Insta360 GO

This is my first Insta360 Go mount and it was not as stiff as I hoped it to be. That is why I need to use 2 zip ties to secure the camera. I wanted to start with an adjustable camera mount because I am not sure what angle I want. Here is my very first flight with the Insta360 GO (Turn your sound DOWN) :

UPDATE - Aug 22 2020 - Bidirectional DSHOT JESC

Since I built this quad, I did not use the standard iFlight 40a 30x30 AIO board, but instead I used a BetaFPV 20a TinyWhoop AIO board instead. That is why I has you use the JESC firmware on my BLHeli_S esc. On the very first flight after setting up the Bidirectional DSHOT and ESC Firmware update (JESC 48khz v2.3 w/ RPM Telemetry) I noticed how smooth if felt and had little to no prop wash and of course I gained an increase in flight time. The increase flight times does vary depending many things, but the increase is very noticeable.

Prior to this update I would say the TransTEC Beetle was my favorite between the two. But now I like the DC2 way more. Check out the image gallery for all the screen shots of my setting in Betaflight.

Here are 2 videos of my first test flights. One video was a slow cruise to see the max flight time and the second I picked up my pace by a lot.

Slow Flying with Tattu 650mah 4s:

Fast Flying with RQD 650mah 4s:

Photos

Part List

Frame

TITAN DC2 HD Whoop Frame (2 builds)
Shop.iflight-rc.com
$33.99

Flight Controller

Toothpick F4 2-4S AIO Brushless Flight Controller 20A(BLHeli_S) (26 builds)
Betafpv.com
$59.99

Motors

4 x TransTEC Next 1106 4500Kv Micro Motor (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$45.96

Propellers

HQ Prop 2.5x2.5x3 Tri-Blade 2.5" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your Color (21 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$1.60

FPV Camera

Caddx Vista Camera and Transmitter for DJI HD FPV - RMRC (202 builds)
Readymaderc.com
$165.00

Antenna

MiniMortal T V2 for Crossfire - manufactured by TBS (30 builds)
Fpvcycle.com
$3.99

Receiver

Team BlackSheep TBS Crossfire Nano RX - Heli-Nation (1484 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$24.99

Batteries

Gaoneng GNB 4S 520mah HV 80C XT30 Lipo Battery (16 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$12.99

Radio

Team BlackSheep TBS TANGO 2 V3 PRO RC RADIO (104 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$199.99

Goggles

DJI Goggles 2 (7 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$648.99

3D Printed

iFlight DC2 Caddx Vista Mount by wrong17
Thingiverse.com
See Site

HD Camera

GoPro Bones - HERO10 Black (FPV Lightweight Drone Camera) (3 builds)
Gopro.com
See Site

Misc Parts

BetaFPV Beta95X 2.5" Whoop Frame Kit (5 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$9.99

Battery Charger

HOTA F6+ 1000W 60A 1-6S Quad Channel AC/DC Smart Charger - Grey
Racedayquads.com
$185.99

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 PRO Dual Charger 1-6S AC200W/DC650W 15A w/ Wireless Cellphone Charging - Black (14 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$117.98

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (264 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$58.99

Backpack

Lowepro QuadGuard BP X3 - Drone Backpack for 4 FPV Quad Racing Drones and 15" Laptop w/Exterior Mounts (Black)
Amazon.com
$286.00

Accessories

iFlight Crystal HD Patch and Stubby 5.8GHz RP-SMA Antenna Set for DJI - LHCP - Carbon
Racedayquads.com
$56.99
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Discussion

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yoon   Nov 02, 2021  

hi can you please send me a copy of the 3d print for the insta360 angle adjustable mount ......im using the dc2 as well

wrong17   Nov 04, 2021 

Here is a link to the mount: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5090062

DigitalLover   Nov 07, 2020  

How prop guard hold up? I have titan h3, put the HLGRC prop guard on and it survived only one lite crash, I also try some other prop guard brand GepRc and some thing I not remember but they qualify really bad. Btw, print a DJI camera guard, have alook on iFlight titan H3 and you will see it fit perfect, you can easy to find printing file.

wrong17   Nov 07, 2020 

Perfect, I have yet to break a prop guard. You should try it, it pretty cheap in price too. Can you send me a link to the DJI Camera Guard. Thanks!

DigitalLover   Nov 08, 2020 

thingiverse. com/thing:4101620 I can't post link, ignore spacebar and you good to go. Thanks for your reply btw. Have you hd any crash?

wrong17   Nov 09, 2020 

Thanks for the link! The good thing about Thingiverse is that all i need is the thing number for your design "4101620." Because the remainder of the link is the same for everyone. I had a few crashes but nothing major, so I did not brake anything.

dendeefpv   Sep 20, 2020  

heyy.. what file did you used for the 20x20 to 25.5x25.5 fc whoop mount? searching for weeks to get one for my geprc rocket. it has 20x20 and 26.5x26.5 standard. but i have a jemchu aio thats 25.5x25.5. so i need a tpu mount that converts 20x20 to 25.5x25.5 to fit in the aio

wrong17   Sep 21, 2020 

I just uploaded a few different 20x20 to tiny whoop adapter. I am not aware of the different size whoop boards but I hope that adapters I used will work for you. Plus the TPU printed parts is very forgiving, so being 1mm off should not be a problem.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4602950

dendeefpv   Sep 22, 2020 
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thanks dude!!

Jwzard   Aug 09, 2020  

Nice build. Does the vista fit in the stock air unit mounts? Did you have to cut the betafpv frame to get the guards or can you buy them separate?

wrong17   Aug 09, 2020 

No, the vista does not fit with the stock air unit mounts. If you have a 3d printer you can print the vista mount for the dc2, I included a link in the Parts List so you can download the STL from Thingiverse. As for the BetaFPV 95X prop guards, I took a brand new frame and cut the ducts off.

Jwzard   Aug 09, 2020 

Thanks, can try get someone to print it for . Can you do any freestyle with the 1404 motors or is it too heavy? ~140g right?

wrong17   Aug 09, 2020 

For sure you can do freestyle with it. I only put prop guards on it because I fly it around my kids.

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