The Lumenier QAV-X CHARPU FPV racing quadcopter is a symmetrical X, light weight, super stiff, finely tuned airframe designed for high performance FPV Drone Racing. The QAV-X was created in collaboration with and named after the World-Famous Lumenier team pilot, CHARPU as featured in WIRED video article. This racing airframe is stripped down to the bare essentials without sacrificing strength and durability. This version features the ultra-durable 4mm carbon fiber main unibody plate.
The QAV-X features a unique FPV camera and HD mounting system. The FPV camera is recessed partially below top plate and protected by the top cross bar, guarding your electronics. At the same time, the camera side walls act as an angled wedge to set your HD camera on for recording, such as a GoPro, at a 35 degree angle. No need to 3D print custom mounts to angle up your camera anymore, just add some of the included neoprene foam, securely strap down your camera and fly!
The main "unibody" 4mm plate is CNC milled out of a solid sheet of premium Lumenier carbon fiber. The outer weave of the carbon fiber runs 100% down each arm of the QAV-X (0/90 weave), maximizing the strength of the carbon and arms. The center layers are offset at 45 degrees providing even and balanced strength throughout the entire plate.
The top plate includes an accessory antenna extension plate, allowing for multiple cable ties to lock down your antenna in place. No more damaging the SMA connection on your VTX. The top plate also has a cutout allowing access to your VTX button and LED displays for easy channel adjustment. The balancing bumps on the sides of the top plate make it easy to measure the center of gravity on your frame in the field to get the perfect balance.
Each kit includes a carbon fiber battery protector plate. The airframe is designed to strap a LiPo battery to the bottom, leaving the battery exposed during a hard landing or crash. Use this included plate to wrap underneath the battery, sandwiching the pack between the main plate and protector plate. Additionally, you can use the included Neoprene foam to create a landing pad on the bottom of the battery protector plate. This will help keep the airframe upright during take off and landings.
The airframe comes with high quality aluminum hardware. All screws are premium, black oxide steel. The spacers have a textured grip surface treatment, which facilitates holding of the spacers during assembly and servicing of the airframe. The spacers are also 28mm tall vs the standard 35mm. This gives the airframe a sleek, low profile look.
Included with the QAV-X CHARPU kit is the popular Lumenier 4Power power distribution board which can be fitted with an optional Pololu voltage drop-down circuit (to 12v or 5v), a XT60 pig-tail. Like the QAV210/180, the QAV-X kit enables mounting of small FPV cameras such as the Lumenier CM-650 in a fully encased assembly which protects the FPV camera during crashes and enables pointing the FPV camera at a wide variety of viewing angles.
- Full 3K Carbon Fiber airframe featuring a solid 4mm main plate.
- Dual purpose FPV and HD camera mounting solution.
- Compact size for 5" propellers, 214mm motor to motor.
- Black Oxide steel screws
- Easy grip black anodized spacers
- Multiple motor mounting holes to fit a variety of motors (M3 and M2 screw mounting patterns).
- "Bumpers" on the end of the arms to protect the motor during a crash, just like the QAV250.
- Included Lumenier 4Power power distribution board and XT-60 Pig-Tail to power ESCs and FPV flight electronics. The PDB can optionally be outfitted with a Pololu 12v or 5v voltage step-down (Pololu board not included).
- LiPo battery protection plate included.
- Designed around popular 26mm sized cams in cases such as the Lumenier CM-650 or HS1177.
- Support to carry HD camera at 35 degree angle(such as the GoPro 4, Mobius, etc).
- Lightweight and rigid
- Airframe: 88g (airframe + hardware), 93g (with battery protector plate).
The QAV-X is designed to fit up to 5" propellers and comes in 2 versions. The standard, light-weight version is the 3mm carbon fiber unibody plate, and the 4mm version is for those looking for maximum strength and durability.
- 1x QAV-X CHARPU Carbon Fiber airframe kit (4mm)
- 4mm carbon fiber unibody main plate
- 2mm carbon fiber top plate
- 1.5mm carbon fiber antenna plate
- 2x 1.5mm carbon fiber camera sidewall plates
- 1x 1.5mm HD camera mounting plate
- 1x 1.5mm Battery protector plate
- 1x Set of black steel screws and aluminum hardware including knurled spacers
- 1x Lumenier 4Power Power distribution board + 3mm spacer / screw set
- 1x set 6mm black polyamide spacers / screws for flight controller
- 1x XT-60 Pig-Tail
- 2x Neoprene foam tape
- 1x Lumenier small lipo strap
Lumenier QAV-X CHARPU FPV Quadcopter flown by CHARPU himself!
The Lumenier QAV-X CHARPU FPV Quadcopter airframe flown by Tomz FPV
Drone Camps RC Unboxing of the QAV-X CHARPU
Drone Camps RC QAV-X Review
FPV Academy QAV-X Review
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One of the best review by Dan on 4/24/2017
This frame has been rock solid for me for the past couple of months. I have built numerous quads since this one and I still always take this guy with me to the races. Flies great, and extremely durable.
The build space is pretty tight, so you need to keep that in mind. But there are numerous 3d printed parts out there to make your life easier for vtx and rx placement if you choose to go that route.
The only nit picky thing I did not like about this frame was the velcro strap was a little short and caused my battery to keep ejecting on crashes. But I had plenty of bigger and stronger battery straps laying around so I quickly replaced it. Also, the screws that came with it seemed like they were for the 3mm version so my top plate did not mount to the frame very securely (had maybe 2 threads actually making it into the standoffs). The first time I crashed the whole top of the frame popped off, so I grabbed some longer 3m screws out of my box and had no issues since. Neither of those things are a deal breaker in my book, as most people likely have an extra battery strap or extra 3m screws laying around if they need them.
If you are looking for a solid purchase, you can't really go wrong with this frame. You can tell they used quality carbon fiber and built this thing tough while managing to keep it lightweight and very competitive. This frame wins races, so if you want to not worry about if your gear is holding you back this is a great place to start your build.
Great Frame review by Waylon on 11/23/2016
The is hands down one of the best frames i have purchased. The 4mm Frame is extremely durable. There have been some issues on available space... however I had none during my build. The quality of the parts are top notch and extremely nice.
my only complaint is i with the strap was another 1-2in longer. but i can live with it. Great job on another Great Frame!
Best Yet review by midohioboarder on 10/5/2016
This design is a vast improvement on the QAV250.
Tolerances on parts is superb. Perfect fit of camera mount for Lumenier CMOS-1200 16:9. I built this with the LUX FC, BLHeli xs30a's and the Skitzo RB2204-13 2500Kv motors. I had enough room for an OSDoge OSD when using the Lumenier 600 TX.
All Up Weight with Nano Tech 1300 mAh 4S and GoPro 3+ was 530 grams. It hovers at a 1/4 throttle!
Only complaint -- NOTHING!
My 250 has been sitting in its travel case.
Wish list item... Sell a foam insert for the case I already have for the 250 that fits the QAV-X please! More battery slots too! And places for 3 and 4 blade props.
Great frame but buy long screws review by Russ on 9/10/2016
It's a little awkward to assemble the camera mount but once it's together, it works well.
The Velcro battery strap is thin. I ripped mine after hitting a tree but I've been using a replacement with no problems. Otherwise, I've put this thing through some pretty nasty crashes that would've shattered some of my other drones but this came out with only a few scratches on the arms.
WARNING - because of the thick 4mm frame, you'll need to buy extra long screws for the motors and to hold the top plate.
(Hello Russell - we include longer M3x6 screws with the 4mm QAV-X kits - if you did not receive these please contact us so we can send some to you.)