The market has exploded with ready to fly quads and the eachine is setting its self apart by offering some great points of difference,

  • Spinning: The eachine is headless and spins faster then anything we have ever seen.
  • Price: It claims to be the lowest priced quad in the market and yet not the smallest.

We take a close up look at what is in the Eachine H8 and see what bang for your buck is waiting in this new mini quad.

Inside the H8

Cross section of eachine h8

Opening up there are 8 screws, one near each motor and one on each corner of the PCB. The case is 2 parts and once unscrewed the bottom detaches from the top. Like most in this size it is a single PCB and 4 motors all connected via solder joints, it has a unique star shape as the orientation LED’s are solider right on the tip. No delicate pins or clips, it is simple to take apart.

The top board is packing most of the components, there is 3 main chips, 4 motor controller transistors and a frequency crystal that make up the complex flight control and receiver.

  • Invensence MPU 6050 – A 3 Axis Gyro and 3 axis acelerometer, used also in cellphones it combines both sensors in one chip. And can be sourced for about $6.

I wanted to do a basic component cost breakdown  but unfortunately we couldn’t find any info on the “F130GB SEP2666 AM1450” or the “XN297 1443”, if you know, leave a comment and we will update the analysis.

Processor board and gyro
The top board
H8 Bottom Board
Bottom side of PCB

The Battery

IMG_20150523_101847The great thing about the H8 is the removable battery, they are are small 150mAh Li-Po. That meas you can stock up quite cheaply and have a decent amount of flight time per session.

 

The controller

Inside the controllerSimilar to the Cheerson CX-10 on the outside, in the inside it also is quite similar and has the same circuit layout. The main case is 2 pieces and held in by 2 screws on the back, the PCB is held tightly to the top controller case with 4 screws. I was a bit rough pulling off the joysticks abd broke the left stick.

CX10 Antenne Mod
Extend your range with the antennae mod.

If you are familiar with the controller antennae mod then this has a removable white plate that can easily be drilled or just simply removed to accommodate a longer antennae or by just bending the internal wire straight. The quad does have this antennae wire so the mod can also be done to the top canopy by drilling a small hole and poking the antennae through.

 

H8 claims the status as the lowest cost quad in the market.
H8 claims the status as the lowest cost quad in the market.

Eachine are really pushing the value barrier as the pure cost of production, parts, packaging and shipping must cost less then $13. Even with massive economies of scale how anything could be turning profits for such a low price amazes me.

If you are gagging to try one yourself we have them here for less then $15. If you have something you want to see torn down or if you know more then me about some of these chips let me know. Happy flying.

 

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Ronald8
Ronald8

Well done! Nice to see the insides. I’ve already ordered one so it will be fun.

SunnyBG
SunnyBG

Give it a good test when you get it, im only hearing good things.

Ans
Ans

is Eachine, banggood’s own brand and product! curious to know!

SunnyBG
SunnyBG

We do a lot of promotions for them, but they are a small company in our city and we have one of the reseller agreements so get to try and test a lot of their gear first. A few of their items have done well on our site.

RNC
RNC

After seeing how well this is made I need to order 3. One for each of my grandsons. Thanks

SunnyBG
SunnyBG

Be sure to leave you own review once you have checked it out yourself. Hope they arrive soon, they are great bargain gifts.

Stu
Stu
Save one for me please. I’ve started a collection of what my wife refers to as “Baby Quads” I think the total is just over 9 and 11 full sized beasties. At the Eachine’s price I may as well make it one more. Oh hang on, make that 10 Babies, I was forgetting the CX-10 I won. What does a 66 year old want with small quads? I enjoy sitting in my garden in the late afternoon with my wife. No wind, not even a breeze, and fly whichever quad I decide to pick. I’m certainly not the best pilot,… Read more »
Stu
Stu
As for the elusive chip data, all I can find out is the F130GB is a small scooter in Germany, the SEP2666 is a date a long way off in the future and AM1450 is a Chinese radio station in San Francisco. If we also break down the XN297 1443. The XN297 we could look up in “The Directory Of National Competent Authorities Approval Certificate For Packages” that’s a mouthful. And finally the 1443 was either a common year starting on a Tuesday or perhaps a house number at a road in Vacy, NSW, 2421, Australia. Other than that I’m… Read more »
SunnyBG
SunnyBG

Haha yeah it seems hard to put a finger on these small chips and means i cant do the full price break down. Thanks for having a check too Stu i appreciate it, i too only found other non chip related pages. It seems not everything is on the internet, yet…

Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas
The XN297 chip is a short distance 2.4ghz transceiver. I have the datasheet if needed. The REALLY cool thing about this quad (besides the price) are the debug pins clearly labeled on the bottom! It should be possible to reprogram to work with any other other XN297 modules, said modules can be made to fit other transmitters using the JR type modules…. aka other remotes or even using it to connect to an Ad-HOC wifi network and create a swarm node. (Something I’ve been working on in my spare time….) Definitively nift! 😀 (BTW, it is also the same chip… Read more »
SunnyBG
SunnyBG

Decent and amazing how you can hack these tiny systems. That swarm node sounds like a cool project, if you have any news or a blog we can follow to stay in the loop?
We just looked inside the Hexacopter from JJRC and that has the same too, im learning all the brands are the same on the inside :d

P5100 Tab
P5100 Tab

Hello Christopher! I have a problem with my h8 mini quadcopter, not turn on because a short circuit or reverse polarity, and I need of data sheet for trying repair it.. You can send me a data sheet diagrams please?

My mail is: tanoxdns@gmail.com

Thank you.

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