Eachine Lizard95 Quadcopter Review – The Scaleless Micro Quadcopter Reptile Review
The Eachine Lizard95 is the last micro quadcopter FPV racer under the 100mm category from Eachine. This model comes as an answer to the fragile but excellent Eachine Aurora 100. Eachine Lizard95 it is built to be strong enough for beginners and powerful for the professional pilots. The Eachine Lizard95 flight stack is created after the Eachine Aurora 100 with the same mini cube, an Omnibus F3 and Dshot600 4in1 ESC. The machine is also powered by a 3S LiPo battery, it has a rocking 600TVL AIO camera with a switchable 25mw/100mw VTX and 3s compatible 1104-6000KV motors. With this build, the lizard is expected to give a good FPV flying experience. You can buy the Eachine Lizard95 with three different receivers: Spektrum DSM2/DSMX, FrSKy, and FlySky.
- 1 x Eachine Lizard 95
- 1 x 3S 550mAh LiPo battery with XT30
- 1 x USB to micro JST connector
- 6 x Rubber bands
- 4 x Space props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x M2 Allen Key
- 2 x Velcro bands
- 1 x Instruction manual (English)
The package is smooth and the instruction manual is printed in a high-quality color. You would find additional M2x4mm screws for the 1104 motors and six rubber bands so you can attach the FPV camera to its pink aluminum mount.
Eachine Lizard95 Specifications
- Size is 115mm x 115mm x 60mm
- Weights 66g and 110.4g with mounted battery
- The flight controller is a Beta flight F3 Flight controller built-in OSD
- Eachine 1104 KV6000 brushless motor
- 50mm 5-blades propeller
- 600TVL HD CMOS 1/4inch camera
- 8g 25MW/100MW Switchable 48CH NTSC/PAL Video transmitter
- 1V 550mah 40C lipo battery
- Betaflight OSD
- The firmware of Flight controller is a Beta flight 3.1
- Flight time is up to 4minutes
- Rear LED Ready has a LED Strip function
- Buzzer Ready
Eachine Lizard95 Overview
The specification of the quadcopter it’s impressive with all this advanced technology integrated into a 95mm frame, thanks to the Eachine Minicube, 2 PCB boards where the lower one is a 4 in 1 ESC board, while the upper welcomes the F3 omnibus with the 2.4G receiver.
Is a classic X lower carbon structure where on top of the mini tower is a camera that is jailed into a carbon structure. The Eachine Lizard95 inspires a strong confidence for its durability.
The Front view
The Lizard95 has some 50mm 5 blade props that look durable for an eventual crash but is less flexible than other micro quadcopters, that usually feature 4 blade props. There is no specific landing skid. The battery is installed beneath the drone, but if you add the Velcro bands on the bottom side and then the battery, the quadcopter will seat a little bit better horizontally.
The Side View
There is no micro USB port on the side of the Eachine Lizard95 but instead is a mini JST 4 pin connector. You can use the provided cable to a micro USB adaptor. There are no problems with insertion and removal of the connector. The ESC wires are directly connected to the main FC. However, it is recommended to add some liquid electrical tape in order to secure this part.
The camera can be up tilted to about 20-25 degrees. Eachine Lizard95 is ready for fast races because of the max up tilt preset.
The Rear View
The Lizard95 has an RGB LED bar that it can be programmed with a Larson scanner it can show turn indications. The bar is connected via a plug and you can disable the lightning by a switch in BF.
The Upper View
The cloverleaf antenna is not fully protected. Only a fraction of it is not protected on the left side and on the top. There is also a buzzer that is well protected by the carbon structure. The bind button of the FrSky D8 receiver is installed and found in the partially hidden front left, below the Vfreq and Vband lights. In order to press it, you will need a thin, long tip.
The Bottom View
The motors are locked with four M2x4mm screws. One of the Velcro band should be tapped beneath the quadcopter, in order to fully secure the installation of the battery.
The overall weight of the Eachine Lizard95 is 110.4g with battery installed, while without it is 66g.
Motor and props
One compelling aspect of the Eachine Lizard95 is that has 5 blade props, while is cosmetically appealing, they don’t provide much practice. It is better to switch to 4 blade propellers to increase the flight time and speed. For a 95mm microdrone, it is normal to find some 1104 motors. For the Lizard95, the proposed Kv is limited to 6000, in order to be sure for the 3S battery complaint. The performance could be boosted with a 7000-7500Kv. There are some tiny M2x4mm screws attached to the 1104 motors and it is advised to secure their installation with a bit of glue, like cyanoacrylate glue.
Battery and XT30 Connectors
The battery is a 3S LiPo, a 550mAh model with 40C discharge rate and it comes with an XT30 battery connector, instead of the standard JST connector. This means that you need to stock on batteries and chargers with XT30 connectors. The XT30 provides with a 30 amp coverage over the 20 amps of the standard JST connector, which is not a bad thing.
The AIO video camera includes a 600TVL CMOS 1/4’’ sensor. The camera’s lens is in the M7 format and gives a large FOV at the minimum of 120 degrees but not above 150 degrees. The VTX is a 48CH and is a nice extra option to this model is to set a possible output power between 25mW or 100mW. You will need to press both buttons for 2 seconds so you can cycle between these two powers. Unfortunately, the 100mW setting is not saved between batteries. When pressed short, the rear button selects the Vfreg and when is pressed more than 3s, it selects the Vband. The front button selects the NTSC or Pal system, the default one it’s the PAL. The colors are not vivid like the other general AIO modules from Eachine. The white color dominates while the light sensitivity is poor.
- Very durable frame and propellers with good built quality
- XT30 connector for higher continuous amp draw
- 3S battery included as stock
- Adjustable FPV camera
- Easy to repair and replace components
- Nice and bright RGB LED that can be customizable on Beta flight
- Loud Buzzer so you can find the micro quad
- Very detailed manual, with warning and explanation in everything.
- Heavier than a similarly sized microdrone, but it is because it’s built to be strong
- Not the best-built quality, some extra glue is necessary on some parts
- XT30 connector is not that common
- Awkward bind button
- VTX can get hot during flight, even when it is powered via USB
- FPV camera mount can shake if it is not properly secured with elastic bands
- Inefficient 5 blade propellers switch to 4 blade props for a better flight times
- Motors can get hot while flying, fortunately, the battery doesn’t last long
- RX antenna is unprotected
- No USB port on the drone itself, it is better not to lose the cable that includes a built-in USB to UART adapter
The advantages of the Eachine Lizard95 outweighs any negatives and it is recommended by beginners, for its durability and pro pilots as well for its ability to hop between the trees and dodge the branches than a standard micro quadcopter. However, it would be better if the drone had more improvements, like a better place for the battery mount, antenna more protected and more secured motors.