Lumenier QAV-Piko 2"

By Etolier on Jul 03, 2018

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The Lumenier Piko is a pretty nice 2" setup with a very adaptable camera mounting design. Weight with no battery is 80g, somewhat heavy for a nano/micro with 2" props, but it definitely feels fast in the air. It handles like a larger quad, perhaps due to the ~120g (auw) prop loading, but it's still extremely capable. So far flight times are around 3-5 minutes.

The Spedix ESC listed here has M2 hardware mounting, and I drilled it out to M3 to fit this frame - however after finishing the build with steel bolts rather than the included plastic hardware, it failed the final continuity check (always check a new build! it saved my components here!), obviously from the ESC PCB layers shorting out on the hardware. The plastic hardware eleminated this issue, if I were going to build it again I would definitely opt for a 20x20 4IO ESC that used M3.

The camera mount simply uses a thin rubber stick-on layer on both sides of the mount and sandwiches any 19mm wide camera, whether it be most micro cameras or the AKK AIO SA cam I used here. I have confirmed myself that a Predator Micro and a Caddx SDR1 Micro will also fit, but you would need a piggyback-style VTx right behind it as well.

Overall, I love this tiny quad, I fly it often because it's so simple and quick to get in the air. Betaflight 3.4 defaults work great and DVR on the goggles still allow for some recorded flights. It's very peppy and definitely likes a steep camera angle.


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Part List

Frame

QAV-PIKO 2" Micro Quadcopter Kit
Getfpv.com
$34.99

Flight Controller

CLRacing MINI 20x20 Flight Controller - CLF4SDefault Title (24 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$25.50

ESCs

Spedix IS20A 20A 2-4S 20x20 M2 4in1 ESC - Replacement for IS100 Stack (43 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$20.99

Motors

4 x RotorX RX 1107 7600kV 2S-3S Brushless Motor (7 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$59.96

Propellers

Gemfan Hulkie 2040 Durable Tri-Blade 2" Prop 8 Pack - Choose Your ColorLemon (33 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$2.99

FPV Camera

AKK AIO-SA Whoop/Micro AIO FPV Camera & 25-200mW VTX w/ Smart Audio (7 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$24.99

Receiver

FrSky R-XSR SBUS 2.4GHz Micro ReceiverDefault Title (845 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$19.50

Batteries

RDQ Series 11.1V 3S 450mAh 80C LiPo Micro Battery - XT30 (17 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$7.74

Batteries

Tattu 14.8V 4S 450mAh 75C LiPo Micro Battery Battery - XT30 (22 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$10.11

Radio

TBS Tango 2 Pro - FPV RC Radio Drone Controller (15 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$199.95

Radio

INBOUND RadioMaster TX16S Hall Gimbals Built-in USB-C Multi-Protocol Module Radio PRIORITY SHIPPING INCLUDED (2 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$159.99

Radio

FrSky Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Transmitter (Black) (217 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$104.99

Goggles

Fat Shark Attitude V4 FPV Goggles Anniversary Edition (11 builds)
Getfpv.com
$349.99

Goggles

ETHIX V2 GOGGLE STRAP (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$15.95

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC PowerPlay - FPV DVR (h264, 60fps)
Pyrodrone.com
$89.00

Video Receiver

SpiroNet 5.8GHz 13dBi LZR Antenna (RHCP)
Pyrodrone.com
$24.99

Video Receiver

TrueRC Singularity 5.8 SMA 90 Degree Long Antenna RHCP
Pyrodrone.com
$19.99

Video Receiver

SINGULARITY 5.8 stubby - TrueRC Canada
Truerc.ca
$19.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (144 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$149.99

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire TX - Long Range R/C Transmitter (3 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$208.95

Radio Module

True-MoX 915 |
Truerc.ca
$19.99

Battery Charger

iSDT D2 Smart Balance Charger (11 builds)
Getfpv.com
$140.99

Soldering Iron

TS100 PORTABLE SOLDERING IRON W/XT60 Power Cable (3 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$54.99

Accessories

ETHIX Neck Strap (3 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$6.99

Accessories

FrSky Vantac M4 4mm CNC Aluminum GRAND LOTUS Gimbal Stick Ends
Pyrodrone.com
$11.99
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Discussion

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ericno   Oct 09, 2018  

Hello Etolier,

Thank you for sharing this great quad!

I have some questions please if you don't mind, as there are no reviews for this frame and it is not even referenced on the Lumenier website... (weird)

So, I am in the process of choosing my parts (for a piko 3", its my first build, I guess I might need the 3mm plate despite the additional 4g) and I need advice please.

I chose a 20x20 4IO ESC as you recommend : XRotor Nano 20A 4in1
https://www.getfpv.com/hobbywing-xrotor-nano-combo-f4-flight-controller-20a-4-in-1-esc.html

But you lost me with the M2/M3 screws problem. Is this frame for M2 or M3 parts?

I am now afraid that I will not be able to mount these parts with this frame... :/

Thank you again,

Ericno

Etolier   Oct 09, 2018 
1

Hi Ericno, this particular frame uses M3 hardware, and since the FC and ESC boards need to be fitted to those same M3 structural bolts, I had to mill out my Spedix ESC (it was designed for M2 mounting hardware, and not ideal for structural stack frames like the Piko 2", so I had to modify it). If that XRotor Nano uses M3 mounting holes then you should have no issues, but I would still encourage you to do a continuity check with a multimeter to determine if the conductive material that contacts the mounting hardware is battery positive or ground, as some components can use either in their design. For example, after milling out the mounting for my ESC, I found that the board would short out battery positive to ground on the FC board if I used metal hardware through the stack. Checking with a multimeter first allowed me to save shorting out my components and damaging them - I switched to plastic hardware before powering it on for the first time and had no issues thanks to that continuity check.

Etolier   Oct 09, 2018 
1

I tried to research your XRotor Nano stack that you linked, but it seems like the manufactuer doesn't provide details on whether it is M2 or M3. It looks like M3 according to the pictures, so I think it will be a good stack for you to use with this frame. I hope it goes really well for you! Don't hesitate to ask me anything else, I was surprised by the lack of information on the QAV-Piko frames, I would be glad to take a close look at anything on mine for you.

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