The Happymodel Mobula 7 is one of the most popular FPV drones on the market right now. It’s small size and powerful 0802 15,000 KV motors make it a lot of fun to fly on either 1S or 2S batteries. At $79 is it a better option than the $109 Emax Tinyhawk? Let’s take a closer look.
Both the Mobula 7 and Tinyhawk are “whoop” style 75 mm quads with brushless motors. If you are looking to get into flying FPV then I highly recommend starting with a small brushless whoop style drone like the Mobula 7 or Tinyhawk. If you want to know more about flying FPV, then check out our three-part series on how to get started. Flying FPV part one, part two and part three.
Mobula 7 vs Emax Tinyhawk
The biggest difference is that the Mobula 7 is capable of flying on either a 1S or a 2S battery. For some people, this is a game-changer. The Mobula 7 is both smooth and powerful on a 2S battery. It has punch to spare and no issues pulling off a split-s or a powerloop. If you plan on flying mostly outdoors with your whoops then this is the quad for you. It flies so well at times you might even forget you aren’t flying a 5 inch quad. It isn’t quite as nimble indoors as the Emax Tinyhawk. If you want to cut the power keep in mind flying on a 1S battery isn’t nearly as responsive.
If you want to fly indoors with the Mobula 7, I recommend limiting your throttle and Joshua Bardwell has two excellent videos on how to do that. If that sounds too complicated, or you plan on flying indoors then the Emax Tinyhawk is the way to go. In fact, it is much better suited for indoor flight than the Mobula 7 and is my go-to drone for indoor FPV.
The Happymodel Mobula 7
The heart of the Mobula 7 is an F3 flight controller and a 5 AMP 4-in-1 ESC. You can get an integrated Flysky, FrSky or Spectrum receiver. You’ll get a pair of 3.8v 250 mah batteries that you’ll connect to create a 2S connection. It is a little odd but allows you to fly the Mobula on 1S without adding a second connection. I highly recommend you get extra batteries, I like these upgraded GNB batteries.
The power isn’t the only advantage that the Mobula 7 has over the Tinyhawk. It also has an adjustable angle camera and a crash beeper. Both of these are welcome additions. However the Mobula 7 frame is known to break, whereas the Tinyhawk is nearly indestructible. Happymodel has created a V2 and V3 frame that both seem to be much better.
If you are looking for a small and versatile micro FPV quad then the $79 Mobula 7 is an excellent option. However, if you want something that is better suited for indoor flying I’d recommend taking a look at the Emax Tinyhawk. I’m excited to test out the HD version of the Mobula 7 soon.
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