Mini Crusader GT2 200 FPV RC Racing Quad Drone in Review



The Crusader GT2 200 is one of the fastest and best mini beginner FPV quadcopter racing and acrobatic drone that is surprisingly often overlooked. Though slightly more expensive than other drones of its size and category, its value its fully justified when one takes a moment to examine the parts and components that make the Crusader GT2 200 one of the greatest. Just in case you haven't yet made up your mind as to which one will be your next lucky racing drone, this blog post provides a brief overview of what's great about the mini GT2 200 FPV racing drone, and why it should be your next new FPV racing drone. 

A Drone Frame Built For Agility

In addition to being great for the outdoors, the mini Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone can easily be flown indoors. Its speed, agility, and overall performance are in fact best tested in tight indoor flying environments. To this end, the Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone's compact (37 mm in height, 200mm in width), light-weight, 5mm thick carbon fibre, true "X" shaped drone racing frame is particularly suitable. True "X" shaped drone frames, such as the Crusader GT2's frame, use less material, are lighter, and therefore, offer more agility for acrobatics, flips, rolls, and tight turns. Because the front propeller arms are angled towards the front, rather than being perpendicular/at a 90° angle from the centre body of the drone, a smaller portion of the propeller arms are facing directly, or dragging into the air.

                       

Finally, as is typical with most mini FPV quad drones, the Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone adopts a "true" X frame, as opposed to a hybrid "X" frame, because it doesn't adopt the prolonged centre body of an "H" frame, like the Runner 250 Pro or Wizard x220, for instance. This ensures an overall more compact, lighter, and agile drone body frame. 

Camera: High-Quality 1/3" Sony Super II Camera

Mini drones with true "X" frames tend to have their first-person-view (FPV) camera stacked on top of layers of hardware and software. The mini Crusader GT2 200, however, has its adjustable FPV camera placed at a level that is almost even with its base. The close the camera is to the base and propulsion system, the better and the more dynamic the first-person-view experience when using 3D/augmented virtual reality goggles. The mini Crusader GT2 200 uses a high-quality, adjustable (+ - 0 - 90°), 1/3" CCD 600TVL Sony Super II high-definition (HD) camera as its main FPV camera. On top of it all, the mini Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone has a convertible GoPro mount that can be used to mount an additional HD camera for an even greater FPV experience. SP3 48CH video transmission technology ensures a fluid real-time/live feed from the mini Crusader GT2 200 back to its pilot. 


Propulsion System: Small but Powerful

D-Silver 2205 2300KV Drone Racing Motors

The Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone surpasses itself, and its competition, with its high-quality, competitive D-Silver 2205 2300KV brushless motors. These are powerful motors to mount on such a small drone body frame. Most mini drones, such as the mini QX105, use coreless, or brushed motors, with brushless motors usually reserved for medium size racers, such as the Wizard x220, for instance. Having such powerful drone racing motors on small a small drone body frame provides some clue as to just how fast and agile the Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone is. The Crusader GT2 200 racing drone's motors adopt a hollowed steel shaft, a feature that highly improves the strength and durability of the GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone motors. The motors also adopt a silver winding wire, a feature that improves the motors power and performance. 


Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs): 302X BLHeli_S ESCs

The mini Crusader GT2 200 FPV RC racing quad drone's high-performance motors are regulated by state-of-the-art (SoA) 302X BLHeli_S ESCs. ESCs ensure smooth speed control and breaking. They also protect the motors from overdrives and jams, a feature that greatly enhances the durability of the Crusader GT2 200's motors.

4" Triple-Blade Propellers

The Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing drone spins 5" black triple-blade propellers. While triple-blade propellers tend to use up more battery juice than dual-blade props, they have more "traction", generate more thrust, forward momentum, and speed. Seeing default triple-blade propellers on a mini FPV racing drone is once more surprising, as triple-blade propellers tend to be more common among medium and large drones that have a heavier body to lift. Naturally, anyone with a personal preference for either dual-blade or four-blade drone propellers can easily make the switch at minimal cost.

Flight Controller

D-Link F3 Flight Controller

As many of you may already know, a drone's flight controller (FC) is in many ways its nerve system, or brain. It controls all of the drone's flight controls, modes, and features. The mini Crusader GT2 200 FPV racing quad drone uses as its flight controller the D-Link F3 FC with power distribution board (PDB), the same FC used by the Tyrant, a medium, high-performance, FPV racing drone from the same family. The D-Link F3 FC offers an overall smooth, highly performant, and responsive drone flying and racing experience. In addition to having USB-connectivity for easy updates and maintenance, the PDV is made of high quality gold plated connectors, a feature that greatly improves the FC's electric performance. Finally, the D-link also supports more powerful lithium polymer batteries (up to 6S). In sum, the F3 was built and design for modern FPV racing drones, and offers everything one would expect in terms of flight experience. Those that are also into drone building, tuning, and customizing will find a logical layout from which to work from. 

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