When it comes to drones, choosing the right motor is just as important as choosing the right wife. Okay, well maybe not quite… but you get my point – you need the right motors in your drone.
With so many different motors out there it can come nearly impossible to decern which ones you should get and which ones you should avoid. On this page you are going to find, what I think to be, the best miniquad motors of 2017.
It is important to note that this is just my personal opinion. However, I have had much experience in quadcopter building and flying (heck I’ve even started this website about it!) and so you can rest assured that this is an accurate list.
Oh yes, and one more disclaimer. Most of the motors on this list are in the 2300kv class. This is because I think that is the standard when it comes to choosing your motors. 2300kv brings the optimum thrust, torque and efficiency. However, if you want a higher or lower kV then most of the motors below will have other models in those kV classes too.
Anyhow. Enough chit-chat – these are the top 5 miniquad motors of 2017.
The Best Miniquad Motors 2017
In at number one are the ZMX v2 2205 2300kv motors. This is DroneUplift’s most recommended motor for 2017. The XMX v2 2205 are a much more refined model of the v1s. Silver Drone retained all the good aspects that we saw in the v1’s and then improved all of the bad aspects. The result is a motor that is functional, reliable and powerful. If you owned a pair of the V1’s, you will know that they have changed the bell design. This is purely for aesthetic purposes. However, the ZMX V2’s also has some hefty improvements over the V1s. The first is the magnets. These have been upgraded to the N52 super high temperature curved magnets. These super thin magnets have been specifically designed for the V2’s and so no other motor on the market uses them. Of course, with a thinner magnets comes a lighter weight. These motors weigh just 26g resulting in faster flying – perfect for anyone who is looking to do some FPV racing. The only thing that I will note is that on some forums there have been reports of the screws loosening and the bell coming off in mid flight. I personally have never experienced this issue but make your screws are on tightly before you fly! You can buy the ZMX v2 2205 here. You can also find thrust Data here.
Coming in at a close second are the SE2205 PRO 2300KV motors. These motors have been created by DYS. The first benefit of the SE2205 motors is that they are priced very competitively (much like all other Chinese motors.) Thus far, I have found these motors to be very consistent – I haven’t experienced anything unusual with them at all. I especially like the high quality of the windings. As for weight, they are just under 30g which is pretty standard. However, since it has large amounts of thrust (pulling 1.1kg in thrust on a static thrust test), it makes up for this slightly heavier weight. I particularly like how the SE2205s do not have motor wires. It doesn’t have the usual 3 wires coming out of the motor base which often break and are very annoying when you have to solder onto tight builds. However, DYS has solved this problem by implementing solder pads at the base of the motor. This has two added benefits – it makes the motor much stronger than other motors on the market whilst at the same time it creates a much cleaner build. For this motor, I would personally recommend the 2300kv version as on numerous forums I have read that the higher Kv has been loosing thrust on some larger props.
In third place is an old favourite of mine. I say ‘old’ even though they came out in January 2016. Nevertheless, they are still one of the best motors on the market. When the Emax RS2205 motors were announced they took our community by storm and were the first of many truly game-changing Chinese motors. At the time, the Cobras were the best motor on the market, until these Emax motors came out which were half the price whilst at the same time produced over 1kg of thrust on a 5045 Bullnose prop on 4s at 2300kv. The brilliant thinking about Emax motors is that they have cooling red bottoms which let’s the motors obtain a pretty high amp draw without getting too hot. This in turn keeps the magnets nice a and cool so that they don’t demagnetize. This removes the issue that far too many motors have where they lose torque because of high temperatures caused by the amp draw (and so they have less overall thrust.) You can buy the Emax RS2205 motors here and you can also get their thrust data here.
If you own a bigger quad then get these motors full stop, The T-Motor F60 2200kv are designed for quads with 6″ or more props. Tiger was at one point an unknown company in the miniquad world. However, since 2016 they have been pumping out all different quad parts all of which have been high-quality products. I thought that it would be a better idea to include the 2200kv motors on the list since they produce 1500g of thrust on 6″ props but also balances that out with efficiency. For the power hungry pilots out there, you could purchase the 2450kv version which can pull nearer to 1700g of thrust but I can only see the most serious of racers using this. When you buy a Tiger motor, you are paying for a high quality and powerful product. However, they do come at a price – around $25 a piece. I like to think of these motors as an investment since they are going to be better than any other motor at withstanding all the hours of abuse that you throw at it. You can buy the T-Motor F60 2200kv here. The thrust data can be found here.
In at number 5 we have the Lumenier RX 2206.Their main benefit is that they weigh just 28g which is perfect for a small 5″ quad flying FPV. If you are not serious about racing and just want some basic motors to minimize your quads weight then get these motors. Their main drawback is their thrust where the numbers are not as pleasing as the weight. Despite this, the Lumenier has an incredibly good build quality where the bearings are very smooth which helps with the efficiency. Here is what they ran when compared to the Tiger F40s:
It ran almost 3A less current on the 6 x 4 Kingkong than the F40v2 even though it was only about 30g less thrust.
You’re probably thinking that 3A doesn’t appear to be that much. But when you think that it is powering 4+ motors on a multi rotor, you realize that that is a notable difference. It also has very quick RPM changes in high-speed maneuvers. You can buy the Lumenier RX 2206 here and find the thrust data here.