Budget vs Tmotor props for professional aerial video test - RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum
RCCanada - Canada's Radio Control Hobby Forum
Multi Rotor Discussion Tri's, Quad's, Hex'as and more. Discuss anything multi-rotor, including multi-rotor stabilization and FPV setups.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-13-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
RCC Noob
I am: Chris D
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Pickering Ontario
Radio of choice:
# of RCs: 2

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 14
Total Props: 0
Budget vs Tmotor props for professional aerial video test

       Remove this ad - become a site supporter!
I decided to do a little bench test on 2 brands of 16" props.

Tmotor CF 16x5.4 props are about $45usd each and have a double wall style of airfoil with a cork core.

Foxtech Supreme Lite CF 16x5.5 props are no longer sold but they were about 1/3rd the price as tmotor and have a single wall style airfoil.

Both props were balanced by me on a dubro. The tmotor required very little balancing, the FSL a little more.

Motor, U7-490kv with T80A esc. Makeshift test rig using digital gram scale and inline watt/volt meter. Smart phone for vibration and sound testing.
I will note, both props had the exact noise level in decibels and my vibration readings were very close. Tmotor was only marginally better. There was no obvious winner in the vibration tests.


Each prop was tested with a fresh battery. I dialed up the thrust as close as possible to the following thresholds (1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000 grams of thrust) and took note of amp draw.

1000 grams Tmotor 1028 grams @ 6.04 Amps..............FSL 1003 grams @ 6.67 Amps
1500 grams Tmotor 1482 grams @ 8.86 Amps..............FSL 1497 grams @ 10.87 Amps
2000 grams Tmotor 2021 grams @ 12.87 Amps............FSL 1992 grams @15.26 Amps
2500 grams Tmotor 2514 grams @ 17.42 Amps.............FSL 2515 grams @ 20.79 Amps
3000 grams Tmotor 3054 grams @ 22.24 Amps............FSL 2979 grams @ 27.40 Amps.

My conclusion of this highly unscientific test.

Tmotor will give you longer flight times I believe at least 10% and possibly up towards 20%.

Will tmotor give you better footage on a properly built and balanced rig with proper vibration isolation and a well dialed in gimbal??? I'm not so sure.

Canadachris is offline   Quick reply to this message.

Sponsored Links - Subscribe to remove this ad.

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionally, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Name
Your first name and last initial is required if you plan on using the forum.
Which city & province you live in. This is mandatory for classified listings.
Radio of choice?
Which radio is your current favorite to use?
Number of RC Vehicles?
How many boats, cars, planes do you own?


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
vBulletin Message

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:24 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.