|After doing a lot of reading and asking question on RCG forums I was informed that the best setup for the aircraft and AP recording I wanted is 13×6.5 props with 3506 T-Motors and 3S lipo. Initially I started with Thin Composite APC Props andI liked how much powerÂ it had but it felt really heavy. Without adjusting the gains the quad flying a bit rough in light wind. After I increased the gains a bit the videos recorded with my camera was a lot smoother.
Then I picked up a set of GemFan Carbon Fiber 13×6.5 props. Since I never used CF props before, I really do not know what to expect. The first thing I did was balance them.
From afar the CF props looks pretty nice and it is very light. In fact it is more than half the weight of the APC props.
This is the APC prop weighing in at 34 grams.
Here you can see that the GemFan Carbon Fiber prop only weighs 14 grams.
Take a closer look at the hubs and you can see it is poorly made.
Especially on the back side, it does not even look flat. I hope the hole is centered so I can balance the props correctly. These are pictures of brand new props, don’t they look used.
Take a look at the edge of the prop, it is cracked and chipped.
Here is one example of surface imperfections.
The design of the 2 props after very similar.
The hub on the APC is 11mm thick, where as the GemFan CF is only 7mm.
The first CF prop balanced perfectly but hubs were out of balanced for all the props.
Then the next 3 was not balanced at all. I use some scotch tape to balance the props first then velcro and hot glue to balance the hub.
Final thoughts about the GemFan Carbon Fiber 13×6.5 Props… The overall construction is pretty low quality with rough cracked edges, uneven hubs, and some surface imperfections with cracks. Moving past the quality issues I like how these props are so light and quiet. They are so quiet that it almost felt like it had less power and responsiveness than the APC. It seems like I needed to move the throttle past the midpoint more often with the CF props. I am only flying by sight so the sound or lack of it can deceive my perception.
So far the props are holding up pretty well (only 4 flights), but I need to keep an close eye on the few surface imperfections where it might lead to prop failure.
UPDATE (March 2013):
Since changing to a different frame and mounting the ImmersionRC EZOSD I was able to get some more data.
Frame: Tarot FY680 – Hexa
GemFan Carbon Fiber 13×6.5 Props
APC 13×6.5 Electric Props
From the data listed above you can see that I am getting better flight time and less amp draw with the APC props. However, I am having a hard time getting the APC props to balance. As a result the videos are coming out with a lot of jelloing and the GemFan CF props has little to none. Until I get the APC properly balanced it is still a tossup between which prop I like better.
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