E88 TENG1 overview: 4K drone beneath $40
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Today we’re going to take a closer look at the E88 Pro Teng1 drone. Our test includes camera performance, battery life, flight range and flight experience. I bet a lot of DJI fans will take this into account cheap Mavic Mini alternatives are trashy drones that should be avoided. Personally, I think every newbie and child should start their journey with such affordable toys instead of buying a $ 1000 drone from the start.
In addition to the included blade protectors, the E88 offers multiple speed rates that are convenient for first-time pilots. Also, due to its light weight, it cannot cause major damage if something is accidentally hit.
Features and specifications of the E58 drone
- Mavic Mini like compact size with folding arms and removable blade guards;
- Multiple camera options (720P, 4K or 4K + Bottom);
- WiFi real-time video transmission (FPV);
- Gesture photo / video;
- Hold barometer altitude;
- 3 airspeed levels;
- Approx. 12-15 minutes of flight time.
E88 Pro Teng1 drone review
Disclosure: I received this toy quality mini 4K drone from RCGoingto test it out and do an in-depth review. Although the product was offered for free, all opinions in this article remain my own, without any influence from the partner.
My son’s 11th birthday was February 18th. Since multi-person events are banned due to the COVID pandemic, he organized an overnight party with some of his best friends. In addition to making your own pizza, one of the suggested entertainment ideas was a drone race. Kids like challenges and they were happy to find out that this is going to be a one-on-one drone tournament. Since they are new to this hobby, I used two similar drones (one was the E88) with 6-axis stabilization and altitude hold.
The TENG1 E88 arrived on February 15th, so I had plenty of time to test and review it before the race. In addition to the drone and its transmitter, the following accessories were included: two 3.7 V 1800 mAh batteries, a USB charger, a pair of spare propellers, a set of blade guards, a screwdriver, an instruction manual and a practical carrying case.
At a glance
Holding it for the first time felt playful, which I think is normal for the price. With its arms crossed, the aircraft measures 12.5 × 8.1 × 5.3 cm and weighs only 104 grams (with a charged battery). Just like that E58 emotionThe E88 Pro also follows the legendary DJI Mavic design. Instead of obstacle avoidance sensors, there are two LED lights at the front that help with orientation during night flights. There is a second LED on the back of the drone (above the battery compartment).
Mavic Mini on the left, E88 Pro on the right
The front camera is installed on a fake gimbal frame that offers neither stabilization nor far angle adjustment. I received the Pro version with a second camera on the torso. The pinhole camera module can be removed / replaced if necessary.
The tiny 816 coreless (brushed) motors are equipped with collapsible propellers. Similar to the Mavic Mini, the battery is charged from the rear of the drone. The supplied blade guards can be easily installed / removed without tools.
Price, availability and options
The TENG1 E88 can also be found under the product name LSRC E525 Pro. The E88 has 3 camera options. While the E88 Pro can be ordered with a dual camera system (4K primary + VGA below) from RCGoring for $ 39.99 the base E88 with a 720P camera for $ 33.99. All 3 versions are available in two colors (black and gray) and with 1, 2 or 3 flight batteries.
TENG1 E88 test: transmitter and range
Like the drone, its transmitter is also very playful. I even accidentally found a bolt inside. Fortunately, I noticed the problem before I charged the three AA batteries and turned them on. The transmitter has two fake foldable antennas and a retractable phone holder.
In addition to the usual control sticks and the power switch, there are 8 buttons on the front. From left to right you have: Photo / Video, RTH / Headless Mode, Takeoff, Land, Right, Left, Forward and Backward fine-tuning. It has two shoulder buttons on each side (speed and left, aa and ccc right).
According to the specified specification, the control distance is approximately 100 meters. To be honest, the WIFI-FPV range is even shorter. In any case, I wouldn’t recommend flying long distances with a toy-quality drone like this. Without GPS tracking, the Return Home (RTH) function only guesses the way back home (starting point).
TENG1 E88 review: camera
Before you get too excited, the E88’s camera has nothing to do with UHD video quality. While 4096 × 2160 (4K) photos can be recorded, videos are recorded at only 1920 × 1080 @ 20fps. Unfortunately, both are of poor quality, especially indoors and in low light. I think the camera only has a VGA resolution by default and is upscaled for marketing purposes. No Onboard Recording – The footage is captured from the live video feed and stored in your phone’s memory.
Use of WiFi_Cam APP You can view the camera’s video feed on your phone. The APP enables switching between front and abdominal cameras and digital zooming.
I wanted to upload some sample videos, but the quality is so low it would be completely useless.
TENG1 E88 test: battery life
The E88 drone is powered by a modular 1800 mAh battery with one cell (3.7 V). Based on the size of the LIPO cell, I estimate the actual capacity of the battery to be 800-1200 mAh. The package has a micro USB port for charging and a status indicator LED (red – charging, green – fully charged). Each fully charged battery allows a playing time of approx. 7-12 minutes. Battery life varies greatly depending on flight speed, flight style and wind conditions.
TENG1 E88 flight experience
The ready-to-fly out of the box. All you have to do is unfold your arms and turn it on. You can lift off automatically using the corresponding button or manually using the throttle. Arming the motors can be done by moving both sticks down to the outer position. At the highest speed, it’s pretty quick and agile.
It has integrated 360 ° roll / flip functions. After pressing the left shoulder button, the E58 will rotate in the direction you move the left stick (up / down / left / right). When the battery is almost empty, the drone will slowly descend and land on the site at this point.
Design and build quality
Camera / WiFi FPV
If you expect a $ 40 drone to offer DJI-quality flight performance and true 4K recording, you shouldn’t even read my review. The E88 is just a toy compared to all Mavic drones.
Personally, I would recommend the E88 TENG 1 for those who want to play with an RC drone at the lowest possible cost. You should also take into account that these toys don’t last forever. Brush motor life is limited to a few dozen flights.
- Friendly price;
- Storage bag provided;
- Modular camera;
- Decent flight time;
- Weight approx. 100 grams (no FAA registration required).
- Brushed motors;
- Poor video quality;
- No onboard recording.