ImmersionRC Vortex 180 Racing Quadcopter

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Coming in below 270 gram the Vortex 180 is not considered a ‘drone’ in many parts of the world. This allows the Vortex 180 Mini to be flown in many more places than its big brother the Vortex 250 Pro. Doors are opened to fly in a typical garden, or small park. A swing-set becomes a perfect power-loop target and garden furniture becomes a race gate, a new world of possibilities has just been opened up!

The big brother of the popular Vortex 150, tuned for the track. The same highly-customized race-drone electronics, but with 4″ props, and custom XNova 1407-3500kV motors. The 150 was a lot of fun in confined spaces. The 180 is more at home on the track, incredibly fast and nimble, turns on a dime, and can give most 250-sized quads a run for their money. As with all members of the Vortex family, fully integrated flight controller, video transmitter, and of course a full-graphic OSD for PC-free configuration.

QUICK FEATURES
  • Weight: < 270 grams with 650mAh 4s pack
  • Power Requirements: 3s-4s LiPo, 4s 850mAh 75C recommended
  • ESCs: Full Custom, 16A cont. 20A peak, rotorSENSE, OneShot125, OneShot42
  • Motors: Custom XNova 1407-3500kV
  • Props: HQ 4″ bi-Blades
  • Flight Camera: FatShark CCD (HS1177 Sensor & Chipset)
  • Receiver Compatibility: CPPM, S-Bus, Spektrum™, XBus, SumH, SumD (no external adapters required) (Auto-Sense!)
  • Flight Time: Highly dependent upon battery, and flying style, 3-4 mins typical

FURTHER FEATURES

Fusion2 + Tramp = Synergy
The new ImmersionRC ‘Synergy’ flight controller integrates a full-graphic OSD and an onboard video transmitter based on the new Tramp HV design. Twin F3 processors ensure an 8kHz loop time and full support of BetaFlight 3.x. Factory calibrated power levels from 1mW -> 600mW, glitch-free channel changing, and a micro-power pit-mode ensure that the Vortex 150 will receive a warm welcome at any race event. The Synergy weighs in at a mere 6.41g, vs. the Fusion Gen2’s 10g, the latter without a video transmitter!

Integrated Leading-edge 5.8GHz Video Tx
The fully integrated ‘Tramp’ video transmitter has all the bells and whistles. Support for all standard FPV channels and power levels from sub-1mW to >600mW. Dynamic Power Control, introduced with the Vortex 250 Pro, is taken to a new level, pre-take-off power level may be dropped to sub-1mW while waiting on the starting grid, saving precious battery power, and keeping temperatures low. After a crash landing the power level is dropped to a minimum to preserve battery life during the search and to help with localization using a directional antenna.

Integrated Touch’n’Race
A TNR (NFC) antenna integrated into the side of the quad provides full support for the ImmersionRC Personal and Race Director’s wand. The latter enables additional channels for events with special spectrum use permissions. Setting your video transmitter frequency and power without touching the quad, greatly simplifying casual and race channel setup. No fiddly dip switches, no push-buttons and key-press sequences to remember and no guesswork.

DSMX Video Transmitter Control
Another first in the FPV world, ImmersionRC has teamed up with Horizon Hobbies to integrate video transmitter control into certain Spektrum(tm) radios. Quads using this feature power up safely in pit-mode, and after finding a free channel on the video goggles, the menu on the Spektrum radio may be used to select frequency band, channel, and power level.

PitStick Mode for Simple Channel Changingl
When placed in this mode, the Vortex 150 Mini will power up with the video transmitter disabled, and will only start transmitting when instructed to by a the R/C transmitter. For mode 2 pilots, the right stick is used to select channels 1..8 using the extremes of stick movement. Up for CH1, Up-Right for CH2, etc.

Lights! Music! Action!!!
Ok, there is no music, we’ll leave that to the post-processing, but there are lights, and plenty of action! A set of RGB LEDs sit on the tail of the video, rear lights on mini-quads have become not a ‘nice to have’, but a ‘no fun without ‘m’.

‘Gen3’ 32-bit, 16-20A ESCs, with OneShot42 and 125
Custom 16-20A ESCs supporting all of the common standards provide regenerative braking, for crisp-responsive flight using CleanFlight, or BetaFlight. A 32-bit ARM processor runs each ESC, ensuring plenty of processing power to drive even the most fussy brushless motors. These third-generation ESCs include advanced de-sync detection critical for use with tiny brushless motors running at high rpms. Of course no ImmersionRC ESC would be complete without our innovative rotorSENSE, which programs prop direction with the flick of a finger. No more swapping motor wires.

Full Graphic OSD, with EzOSD pedigree
An on-board full-graphic OSD provides in-flight updates of critical parameters and sports a menu which allows all options to be programmed in the field using the R/C Tx and a set of goggles, or, alternatively, an LCD screen. A real-time interface with the flight controller enables artificial horizons, F-18 style displays and exchange of critical flight parameters. Automatic warnings for battery capacity, voltage, and remaining flight time keep the pilot updated before batteries are exhausted.

Seven! 32-bit ARM processors
There are not many quads out there with that claim to fame, especially not in the 150mm class… the Vortex 150 Mini, like its 250 and 285 sized big-brothers sports no less than seven 32-bit ARM processors, all working together for maximum fun-factor and reliability. A dedicated ARM for the flight controller, another for the full-graphic OSD, a third one to drive the RGB LEDs and support the TNR functionality, and finally four high performance ARMs for the custom ESCs.

Custom OSD Layouts
Several OSD layouts are included in the package:

A classical EzOSD-type layout, with all critical parameters available on-screen.
A Heads-Up display which would be more at home in a fighter-jet, with artificial horizon and altitude indicator.
A Race layout, with just the critical parameters, tucked around the edges of the display.

All OSD layouts include screen-center alerts for critical warnings, such as battery voltage, EzUHF Link Critical, etc.

Pimp It!
The Vortex 285 and 250 were the first race quads supported by a large array of ‘pimp kits’, enabling users to customise their quad. The 150 and 180 Minis continue this trend, and greatly simplifies their installation, no soldering-iron required! An array of translucent colors are available, along with the old favourites, hot pink, black (Flite Test Edition), and white.

REQUIRES

  • A full-range 5+ channel, transmitter and receiver
  • Fat Shark 5.8GHz compatible FPV headset and/or FPV monitor
  • 3S-4S 650mAh - 850mAh (capable) Li-Po Flight Battery
  • Suitable Li-Po battery charger