TBS Source One; Budget Performance Build

By howboutthatFPV on Mar 18, 2020

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This build doesn't need much explanation, other than the fact that it performs very nicely I am very pleased with how it handles itself. I was a bit skeptical about the motors and their performance, having used cheap motors like the Samguk's in the past, and I was thoroughly impressed. Emax has produced great budget motors. The next path for this build for me would to add crossfire, as i have a tango 2 coming in the mail. This build is a great budget option for people who want a performance 4s freestyle quad, to use as either a basher or a backup or even a first build.

EDIT: I really love this quad. I've found a super smooth tune and a great rate setup. This quad has been able to give me up to 7 minute flight times on a 4s 1550mah pack, depending on how i fly. The s5 props are good, and are very efficient in the mid range. I've tried the s4's, but my tune flys better on the s5's. I'd recommend both props though. I've ordered a new bolt-down session mount and an antenna mount for the quad from brain 3d, along with a crossfire receiver for the tango2 i have coming, will probably be doing some more LR. I've also ordered some 2207 1800kv motors and some 6s 1300mah batteries to upgrade this quad. Only downside is ill have to retune it.

6s makes this quad a beast. I've been testing the s4's along with the johnnys and been liking them both. 1800kv is quite high, but I'm fairly certain my esc can handle it, if else I will just upgrade. I also flashed this esc with JESC in order to be able to use RPM filters. Keep in mind that i have a 4s tune aswell as a 6s tune (still working on this one, will post it when done), and this is just what i fly. The filter settings are the same for both.

Here is a link to it's flight;


Part List


TBS Source One V3 5inch (91 builds)

Flight Controller

MAMBA F405 MK2 Betaflight Flight Controller F40 40A 3-6S DSHOT600 FPV Racing Brushless ESC (77 builds)


4 x iFLIGHT XING-E 2207 2-6S FPV Motor (5 builds)


4 x EMAX ECO Series 2306 - 2400Kv Brushless Motor (4 builds)


HQ Prop 5x4.3x3 V1S Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your ColorOrange (375 builds)


HQ Prop ETHIX S5 5x4x3 Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 Pack - Light Grey (19 builds)


HQ Prop Ethix S4 5x3.7x3 Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 pack - Lemon Lime (10 builds)


Azure Power Johnny Freestyle 4.8x3.8x3 POPO Compatible Tri-Blade 5" Prop Set of 4 - Choose Your Color (21 builds)

FPV Camera

Foxeer Razer Mini 1200TVL 4:3 PAL/NSTC CMOS FPV Camera (2.1mm) - BlackDefault Title (6 builds)

FPV Transmitter

AKK FX2 25-800mW VTX w/ Smart Audio - MMCX (27 builds)


Foxeer Pagoda Pro 5.8GHz Long SMA Antenna - RHCP - Choose Your Color (30 builds)


TBS Crossfire Nano RX (SE) - FPV Long Range Drone Receiver (310 builds)


FrSky R-XSR SBUS 2.4GHz Micro Receiver (823 builds)


CNHL BLACK SERIES 1300MAH 22.2V 6S 100C LIPO BATTERY (20 builds)


RDQ Series 14.8V 4S 1300mAh 100C LiPo Battery - XT60 (81 builds)


FrSky 2.4G Accst Taranis Q X7 16 Channels Transmitter Remote Controller White Battery and Battery Trays Not Include (205 builds)


Fat Shark Dominator HD3 Core FPV Goggles (66 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session Waterproof 4K Video Camera

Misc Parts

TBS Source One Antenna Mounts

Misc Parts

RDQ Micro M8N GLONASS GPS Module (46 builds)

Misc Parts

TBS Source One Session Mount

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (129 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (145 builds)
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Juanmavaz   Apr 28, 2020  

hello, could you share your pids?

howboutthatFPV   29 days ago 

ya sure here are my pids are filters. rememeber all quads are different.

choppergirl   Mar 30, 2020  

Does anyone else leave any slack in their 5" build motor wires for later, if they want to swap in 6" or 7" arms on the same quad?

howboutthatFPV   Apr 06, 2020 

not me, i just fly 5ers

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