Eachine E013 Review – The best kit for beginners?

Getting into FPV isn’t that easy for beginners. You have to invest a lot of money and learning to fly takes a lot of time and patience.

The Eachine E013 kit is supposed to solve all these problems. It’s by far the cheapest and contains everything you need to fly.

But is it a good product or does it lack of quality? I tested it and found out!

What is included?

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In this kit, there is more than just only the transmitter, FPV-Goggles, and drone!

Included items:

  • Drone
  • Transmitter
  • FPV-Goggles
  • 1x LiPo-battery
  • 2x charging cables ( for goggles and LiPo-battery)
  • 4x replacement propellers
  • 2x sticker pairs
  • Screwdriver
  • Manual

The Transmitter

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There is no internal battery. The transmitter needs three AAA batteries to operate.

When you hold the transmitter in your hands for the first time there’s one thing you notice immediately: Its very small! In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical because of the size. But after I flew a few times I changed my mind completely: Even though it’s small it is still easy to control the drone.

There is a big advantage to similar priced transmitters: The stick ends are equipped with metal, which makes moving them a lot more comfortable.

Furthermore, there are several buttons that put the drone in a different flight mode or do a flip. But I will go more in detail later.

The biggest disadvantage is that the transmitter uses an unknown transmission protocol, which makes binding with other drones impossible.

The FPV-Goggles

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Like the transmitter, the FPV-Goggles are really small. Nevertheless, it’s not bad at all.

To hold the goggles on the head tightly, there’s a neck strap with which you can adjust the length to fit on your head. Furthermore, there’s foam on the back of the goggles, which makes them comfortable.

The goggles have a 4:3 aspect ratio which is, in my opinion, better than 16:9. 16:9 just stretches the picture more which makes it more unrealistic.

The goggles also have an amazingly good resolution. The colors are good too, not too gaudy but also not too flat.

The range is also okay. You won’t have any issues when flying in one room. Flying between one wall was, other than some small reception issues, okay too. But when going further away didn’t work for me, which is totally fine for this gear.

The Drone

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The drone is a 65mm indoor whoop. It is powered by a 1S (1 cell) LiPo-Battery. The battery is charged with a USB charging cable and charging takes around 30-40 minutes which depends on how empty the battery is.

The whoop is equipped with so-called propeller-guards, these are plastic rings that protect the propellers from breaking during collisions. Furthermore, the drone won’t insure you at all with this protection.

The motors are so-called “brushed” motors. These are more inefficient and not so durable as brushless motors. But as a beginner, you won’t have that much of a problem with it.

The drone flies in only one flight mode, which is the Angle-Mode. Its good for beginners because learning how to fly is a lot easier than in Acro-Mode, which has a steep learning curve. Angle-Mode will save you a lot of time and frustration. But Acro is the most fun flight mode because you have full freedom when flying. That’s why an option to later switch to acro mode would be very useful, which is unfortunately missing.

All in all, the drone has good flight characteristics. The only drawback is that the motors are quite underpowered for the weight of the drone, which makes it feel heavy. But for beginners, this could be not that much of a problem, because a faster drone isn’t that easy to control. But when you learned how to fly its definitely a problem.

Replacement Parts and Additional Items

In addition to the four propellers already mounted on the drone, there are two pairs of replacement propellers included. That is more than enough, because of the prop-guards protecting the propellers.

A small screwdriver and two pairs of stickers come with the kit. The stickers are definitely a funny gimmick which gives the drone a unique look!

Flight Modes and Functions

As I said earlier, the drone only flies in Angle-Mode. But there are other flight modes and functions that I will mention now.

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  1. 3-Position-Button: This button has three adjustments. When pressing the button the transmitter will beep to signalize in which mode its currently at.
  • 1 Beep: Slow acceleration and top speed.
  • 2 Beeps: Medium acceleration and top speed.
  • 3 Beeps: Maximum acceleration and top speed.
  1. 360° Flip: You have to press and hold this button and the transmitter will beep constantly. To initiate the flip you have to choose the flipping direction by moving the right stick in the desired direction. It’s a cool feature that works pretty good because you wouldn’t be able to flip your drone manually in angle mode.
  2. Headless Mode: This mode changes the flight inputs, so the controls aren’t inverted anymore when flying in line of sight. Its a lot easier for beginners to learn flying Line-of-Sight. But it teaches bad habits and I would recommend flying without headless immediately so you learn the right way from the beginning.
  3. One-Key-Return: When you click this button the drone is supposed to return to the liftoff/start position. But for me, it didn’t work at all because the drone was just flying to random directions.
  4. All the other buttons are manual trim buttons. With these, you can trim the drone so it won’t drift in any direction while hovering.

Conclusion

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For the small amount of money, the Eachine E013 is a decent kit that gives you a taste of flying FPV.

  • Pro
    • cheap
    • good quality for the price
    • many flight functions
  • Contra
    • motors are underpowered for the weight
    • brushed: motors become more inefficient after some time
    • only angle mode
    • unknown transmitter protocol: not compatible with other drones

 

Do you want to take action and get into the hobby? Banggood is selling this kit for the cheapest price: Go and buy it here!

Before the first flight

This is an explanation about what you have to do to get the drone to fly. Its mainly addressed for beginners who just received their drone.

First, you have to put in 3 AAA batteries in the transmitter to power it. Then you have to charge the LiPo-battery via the included cable. When no light is shining it means that it’s charging, and when the red light is glowing, charging is done.

When charging is done, you have to plug the LiPo into the drone. After that, you can put the drone on the ground.

If you want to fly with the FPV-goggles turn them on now by pressing the power button. To get the video, press the scan button and wait until the video gets displayed.

Now you have to turn the transmitter on. The drone and transmitter are connected when both of the lights are flashing slowly. To arm the drone, you have to move the left stick all the way up and then down. Now the lights should shine continuously. If that’s the case your drone is ready to lift up!

In case the drone is drifting in one direction all the time, you can calibrate it automatically. To do that, you have to push the left stick to the under left position and the right stick to the under right position. (Don’t do that when flying, only when the drone is on the ground) Fine tuning can be done by clicking the manual trim buttons on the transmitter.

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