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New products that are Worth a Closer Look
Product review
As seen in the April 2018 issue of
Model Aviation.

Although the Unicorn Edition motor from NewBeeDrone looks like a psychedelic callback to the land of the Care Bears, don’t be fooled. There’s a lot more power packed into this 6 x17 mm brushed motor than meets the eye.

Micro brushed quadcopters are as popular as ever, as are the upgrades hitting the market to increase punch, power, and performance. The Unicorn Edition motor fits right in with those enhancements, and even exceeds them in many ways. At 25,500 Kv, this 6 x17 mm motor set is one of the fastest ones on the market, and it’s a noticeable jump from the previous top-of-the-line motors from NewBeeDrone, the Gold Edition motors. For most situations, 40% to 50% throttle provided plenty of cruising speed while indoors, and running full throttle was like jumping to light speed!

There are some drawbacks to this kind of power. Flight time will suffer to some degree, although I found that if I wasn’t too hard on the throttle during a run, my times were consistent with slower motors. I averaged flights between 1.75 to 2.5 minutes on these motors. They can get very hot following a run, so take care in removing your battery, and be sure to occasionally give them time to rest.

One of the advantages to running a motor such as the Unicorn Edition set is the ability to take a micro quadcopter outdoors for some fresh air. With previous setups, outdoor flight was challenging, and not much fun except in the calmest of circumstances. Now, the ability to perform aerobatic maneuvers outside, even in light wind conditions, becomes more manageable. These motors provide more than enough power to pull out of dives, flip, and roll without fear of smacking into the ground, as has been the case with many previous setups.

Not all flight controllers are an optimal pairing for the Unicorn Edition motors. The motors’ high Kv rating can cause oscillating on some older Inductrix-style flight controllers; however, if you are using a Betaflight-based flight controller such as a BeeBrain v2 or BetaFPV F3 Evo, you’ll be sure to get the most out of these powerhouse motors.

The Unicorn Edition set of four motors retails for $19.99 and you can find out more about it at the NewBeeDrone website.


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