If you’re reading this, you probably have bought an Eachine Wizard X220 Drone and are looking for some tips or tricks, or you want to make some mods to it to make it fly better! Don’t worry, here at Rotor Riot we have some professional drone pilots eager to help you out!
Tommy Tibajia is a professional drone pilot and today he will show you some easy tricks and modifications and improvements you can do to your Eachine Wizard X220 Drone to make it fly a lot better!
Safety Disclaimer! Drone propellers can cause serious injuries. Be cautious when working with your drone, and do not plug in the battery while working with the drone unless you have removed your propellers first.
Add a good Battery Pad to the Eachine Wizard
The Eachine Wizard X220 Drone comes with a velcro battery strap to hold the battery in place, but it does not come with a battery pad. A good quality battery pad protects the drone’s battery from the screws that stick out above the top plate, and prevents the battery from sliding out of place in flight. Because if your drone battery slides off when you are flying it, bad things will happen!
A professional grade battery pad can even improve flight performance a little - if the LiPo battery is not firmly mounted to the drone, it can wobble around and confuse the drone’s internal stabilizer. With a good battery pad, the drone will move solidly and it will be more predictable in the air!
What is the best Battery Pad for FPV Drones?
Ummagrip is the best Battery Pad we’ve ever used! It is super sticky and very easy to apply. It can also be cleaned quickly with a damp towel. Just cut it to the right size and remove the backing paper, then stick it onto the drone!
You can get Ummagrip here:
Changing the FPV Camera on the Wizard X220 Drone
The FPV camera on the Eachine X220 is your eye in the sky. The stock FPV camera that comes with the Wizard works for basic flying, but it’s not very good. The best way to fix this is to install a better quality camera, and our recommended FPV camera for the Eachine Wizard X220 Drone is the Rotor Riot Edition Foxeer Predator V3.
You can get the Rotor Riot Edition Foxeer Predator V3 here:
What makes the Rotor Riot Edition Foxeer Predator V3 the best camera for the Eachine Wizard X220 Drone?
The view angle of the stock camera (we call it Field of View or FOV) is very narrow, so it is harder to see what is around you when you are flying. The Rotor Riot Edition Foxeer Predator camera has a wider view angle, so you can see more things around your drone, and this gives you a lot more confidence to fly through gaps or close to the ground.
Also, the stock Eachine camera takes a long time to adjust to quick changes in lighting. So if you are flying under a tree and suddenly fly into the open, the camera will take a long time to adjust, leaving you blinded for a little while. The Foxeer Predator is a lot faster, it will adjust to the light change very quickly so you don’t lose sight of where you are going.
Since the connector on the new camera is different, you will have to solder some wires to get a new connector on there. If you are unfamiliar with soldering, you can watch these videos to learn about it - it’s very important to know soldering when you are into drones!
Complete Soldering Tutorial (it’s an old video, but very informative and accurate!)
To replace the FPV camera on the Wizard X220 Drone, first unscrew the top plate, remove the side plates and camera assembly and disconnect the FPV camera. You can now remove the screws that are holding the stock camera.
You will need to disassemble the electronics stack to get to the right wires. Remove the 4 nuts that hold down the top board (which is the flight controller) and carefully lift the flight controller up and out of the way.
Connect the cable that comes with the Foxeer Predator into the slot on the rear of the new camera. It will only fit one way. Hold the camera in place to measure the cable and cut it. It’s okay if it’s a bit longer than needed, but don’t cut it too short!
You will then need to peel off - strip - the plastic on the ends of the cable before soldering. You only need to peel off about 1-2mm or 1/16th of an inch. You can do this easily with your fingernails.
Then, desolder the old cables from the stock camera, and solder the new ones in the same location. The yellow wire is the video signal, the red wire is the positive and the black wire is the ground or negative. You can also solder the light blue VSen (voltage sensor) wire to the top pf the big red battery wire as shown in the video, this way you will be able to see your battery voltage on the screen while flying!
Once the new wires are soldered back up, you can put the new camera in place, connect it and reinstall the electronics stack. Then reinstall the top plate and it’s done! (Or do the other mods shown below!)
If you don’t have any Hex tip tools to disassemble your drone, these are our favorite recommendations for drone tools:
The Rotor Riot Kwad Toolset comes with a 1.5mm, a 2mm, and a 2.5mm hex driver and a 5.5mm box driver, which are the most common sizes needed for drones:
The TS100 Soldering Iron is simply the soldering iron we’ve used for FPV Drones! You can get a cable for it that allows you to power it from the drone battery. That way, you can take it with you for quick repairs if something breaks while you’re out flying:
Rewiring the Wizard X220 Receiver to Use iBUS
The Eachine Wizard X220 comes with the receiver set up by default to use PPM signal. The FS-IA6B also supports IBus, which is much better! So we will change the wiring of the receiver to use the better system.
How do you set up the Eachine Wizard X220 to use iBus?
First, disconnect the connector cable from the receiver, and connect it to the iBus Servo slot near the front of the receiver. Then disconnect the other end of the receiver cable from one side of the Flight Controller, and connect it to the other side. You also need to make a change in the drone configuration, which is explained in detail in the video at the top of this page (10:10).
Eachine Wizard X220 Drone Antenna Mod - Get More Range!
Is your Eachine Wizard X220 Drone dropping out of the sky? The most likely reason for this is that by default, the antennas are mounted inside the carbon fiber frame. Since Carbon Fiber blocks radio signals, having the antennas inside the drone frame will decrease your range.
The easiest way to increase the control range on the Wizard X220 Drone is to mount the antennas outside the frame. However, you don’t want the propellers to chop your antennas off either, that would be bad! You can just put them on the rear arms and use a zip tie or tape to keep them in place (10:50).
Arming with a Switch
“Arming” a drone means turning the motors on. The default way to arm and disarm the drone is by pushing the throttle stick all the way down and to the left. This may seem okay, but it’s not the best way to do it. If you crash or lose control while flying, you’ll want to turn the motors off immediately to prevent damage to both the drone and other things. Disarming with a stick takes too long - but if you set the drone up to disarm with a switch, you can turn it off instantly! Disarming (turning the motors off) is usually the safest thing to do if you lose control of the drone.
Watch the video at the top of this page for instructions on how to set this up! (13:35)
Enabling Airmode on a Switch
Airmode is a function of the drone’s internal computer (we call it Flight Controller) that lets you maintain control of the drone even when the motors are spinning at idle speed. This is great most of the time, but it has some side effects, like unwanted bouncing when you are trying to land or do some cool tricks like perching or grinding. Putting airmode on a switch will allow you to turn this feature off for these occasions.
Watch the video at the top of this page for instructions on how to set this up! (13:35)
Setting Up BetaFlight
BetaFlight is the system that runs on the drone’s flight controller. It allows you to connect your drone to a computer to set it up. It’s very advanced and can quickly get confusing, so if you want a step by step guide on how to download and install the BetaFlight program on your computer and on your drone, check out the video below!
Joshua Bardwell’s Betaflight Tutorial
If you just want to get up in the air, follow the simple steps in our Kwad Mods episode and you’ll be flying better very soon!
The Best Way to Learn How to Fly Racing Drones
The best way to learn how to fly a racing drone is by getting a FPV simulator, and practicing a few hours on it before jumping into the real thing. It will speed up your learning process considerably and save you lots of repairs in the process!
Our recommended simulator is Liftoff! We know of many beginners that have become great pilots by practicing on the Liftoff Simulator.
It’s a lot of fun to fly FPV Drones, but at times it can be challenging. Don’t give up! Enjoyment comes from overcoming challenges!
We’re here to help you. If you are on Facebook, feel free to join our Kwad Camp Online group, which is full of people eager to help you out with anything FPV related!
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