What are the Best Miniquad ESCs for 2017?
It’s that time of year again!!! Our Top 5 list for ESCs possibly one of the most important lists. Though not a lot has changed ESCs are still a hot topic at the moment with the advent of BLHeli S Dshot (one of the reasons why this list was delayed). At the time of writing this list these are the Top 5 ESC (in our opinion) which we are basing off of:
- the combined collective experience of the Drone Insider community with these ESCs
- Wider community experience with these ESCs
- Actual objective performance of these ESCs (miniquadtestbench)
Other than the Kiss 24A almost all of the ESCs we have posted on this list are the 30A versions. As ESC architecture remains largely the same regardless of amps any amp version of the ESCs mentioned below should yield roughly the same performance as other ESCs as long as you are operating within the recommended amp rating of the ESC
Just scrapping to the top of our list once again are the Kiss Race Editions. As far as we are concerned these still represent the best the hobby can offer, however, BLHeli-S is getting very very close. With new features such as Oneshot42 (a superfast version of OneShot125) and onewire telemetry. This enables you to get information on current draw from each individual ESC, which can then be sent to your Flight Controller. (currently only the KISS FC can receive the telemetry data, but since the protocol is open source we could see it appearing in Cleanflight sometime soon). In addition, features such as adaptive gate timing allow this ESC to continue to do what KISS ESCs do best, simple and outstanding performance.
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Small, reliable, and affordable! These Spedix HV 30a ESCs are not only fast and responsive thanks to the silky smooth of BLHeli S. Smaller than many of the other ESCs on the market, this ESC will not only help you shave those precious ‘g’s, but it also supports up to a 6S battery and run the latest DShot 600 firmware. The DShot 600 digial command protocol promise faster response times and fewer errors, when you ESC is communicating with with you FC. Finally it’s nice to see ESC companies following example DYS set with the XM30s and giving their ESCs proper solder pads for the motor wires. It simplifies builds and shaves off precious grams.
Yet another BLHeli_S ESC on our list, we have the XSD30s by DYS. These are the successor to the highly commendable XS series of DYS ESCs. The key upgrade over the previous XS30A is that the XSD30A are able to run Dshot straight out of the box, perfect for those of you who want to try the digital motor protocol. They have carried over much of the design from the XS30As including the much loved solder pads as well as the protective heatsink on top the ESC. The ESCs lie in the middle of the category in terms of weight, at 7.2g. They are also in the middle when it comes to voltage input range, as they can take 3-5S.
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T-Motor are known for making some of the highest quality products available. Now they have released some BLHeli_S Dshot capable ESCs. They are possible the most versatile ESC on the list, as they are available in 2 different 30A versions. The 4S max ESC weighs 4.3g, whereas the 6S capable version weighs 6.6g. This gives you the option to shave off a few grams if you know you won’t be trying any crazy 6S action. Like many of the ESCs on this list, they have solder pads so you don’t have to desolder those silly presoldered wires. They one of the more expensive options on this list at $15, although you can be assured they are extremely high quality.
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Though these are from a relatively unheard of brand in the miniquad community, there BLHeli S ESCs have received high praise. They are particularly good with higher KV motors so if you are looking to run ‘super smooth’ firmware on a 2600kv 5″ or even higher kv 4″ than these could the ESCs for you. They have been proven with a variety of set ups and can take 8k gyro without desyncing. If you are looking for some reliable BLHeli S ESCs these would be a good bet, they are starting to prove their worth, helping to make BLHeli S and new industry standard.