What Are Tiny Whoops? (The Definitive Guide)

By Matt Powell •  Updated: 06/07/22 •  10 min read

If you are wanting to get into flying FPV drones, but lack the space needed to fly the bigger drones, or just want something that can fly literally anywhere safely, Tiny Whoops are a must have. I have had more fun flying my “tiny whoop” around more than I have with my larger frame drones.

You may have heard the term and asked yourself “What is a tiny whoop?” Tiny Whoop is actually a generic term used in the industry to describe a very small “micro” drone. These drones typically have a wingspan of 65mm – 77mm.

Tiny whoops have been around for quite some time and if you are new to the hobby, you may not know exactly what makes a drone a “tiny whoop” or what to look for when purchasing one. Let’s dive into all this and more, so you can start “diving” on your whoop.

Who Invented the Tiny Whoop?

Tiny Whoop is actually a trademarked term that belongs to an FPV pilot from Fort Collins, Colorado named Jesse Perkins. Jesse Perkins is a pilot for Team Big Whoop and spent years testing out all kinds of different combinations of parts to finally make his “Tiny Whoop” idea a reality. (1)

Technically none of the other drones in this micro category are called Tiny Whoops but the term has become so popular in drone culture, that any micro sized drone is just called a tiny whoop. So for the rest of the article, I will be using the term “Tiny Whoop” to describe any micro drone. 

What Are Tiny Whoops?

Starting out in the FPV drone world can often be intimidating and the tons of terms thrown at you about frames, motors, and everything else can be overwhelming at times. You may not know what tiny whoops are. Essentially they are a miniature or micro sized version of a normal FPV drone. It is a very small, first person view drone that gives you the sense of real flight, hence the term first person view. You can turn any area into a flight arena safely because of the design. (2)

Just like their larger brothers “tiny whoops” come with all the necessary equipment to fly to include motors, propellers, flight controls, camera, and more. Tiny Whoops are capable of flying virtually anywhere indoors and do so safely because of their shrouded propellers. Shrouded propellers are propellers that have a shield around them to protect them from getting damaged, but also protect your kids, pets, and other people as well. Most tiny whoops can fly outside on non windy days just fine, but the real fun to be had is indoors.

Are Tiny Whoops Fun and Why?

Tiny whoops are some of the most fun drones I have flown! Not only can you fly them indoors safely, but you can get everyone inside involved. They can be flown anywhere! Their tiny size makes them ideal for flying under desks, above a spinning ceiling fan (be careful with this one), or even through someone making a circle with their arms! I’ve seen videos of people flying them in airport terminals and I myself have flown in the mall. They always bring in attention and are a great way to introduce anyone to the hobby of drone flying.

Just like their larger brothers, tiny whoops are capable of acrobatic maneuvers such as flips, rolls, and even dives! It’s safe to say these drones are just as capable as their larger counterparts due to their power to weight ratio. This also allows them to have a decent flight time of up to 3 to 4 minutes per battery which is much better than many full size drones that struggle to hit 2 minutes.

You also don’t have to worry about walls or obstacles for the most part due to the design and the shrouded propellers. They are basically bumper cars that fly! If you do happen to damage something, they are generally much easier and less expensive to fix.

What Size is a Tiny Whoop?

The size of a tiny whoop is really what makes it a class all of its own to me. They are the smallest of the drone classes and sport a wingspan (the distance diagonally between the motors) of 65mm to 75mm and generally have propeller shrouds. They also sport a set of either 31mm or 40mm propellers.

The Different Types of Tiny Whoop

65mm Tiny Whoop

65mm tiny whoops are generally the more popular types because they are the original models and are much easier to fly and control indoors. With a smaller base, and simplicity of operation, the 65mm tiny whoops are easier for newcomers to learn to fly.  

75mm Tiny Whoop

75mm whoops were introduced much later than the classic 65mm and are more powerful. With the larger design, more powerful components were able to be included. This makes it a bit harder for newcomers to learn to fly. With these more powerful components comes the need for better, more powerful batteries, which also is a reason for people choosing to go with the 65mm variants.

Brushed Motors vs. Brushless Motors For Tiny Whoops

Brushed Motors

Brushless Motors

1S vs. 2S Tiny Whoop Batteries

Just like the motors discussed above, one of these is more powerful than the other. 1S and 2S just mean the cell count inside the battery. More cells equals more power. 1S batteries are slower, quieter, and safer due to their lack of power.

2S batteries offer more power for things like racing and doing stunts. 2S batteries are almost required for heavier whoops in order to keep them in flight and to provide enough power.

tiny whoop batteries

What Are The Best Tiny Whoops?

Mobula6

The Mobula6 is one of the most durable tiny whoops with great performance in such a small package. It comes with all the accessories needed to get started and is probably the best all-in-one package to get started in FPV.

I would suggest going for the larger KV motor in order to allow you to grow into your drone. You can always tune your motors if they have too much power for you at first. The Mubula6 is fun, fast, and simple to fly straight out of the box.

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NewBeeDrone AcroBee65 BLV3

The BLV3 is a great little whoop and is super fun to fly. In terms of performance, it is very close to the Mobula6 listed above. It costs a good amount more than the Mobula but comes with GREAT service and outstanding quality. They are also American made so you can support their US based business. The BLV3 is tuned great as soon as you receive it and has tons of power. The only thing lacking when compared to the Mobula is the VTX and a higher price point. (3)

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Honorable Mentions

2S is almost mandatory for me when it comes to the larger whoops like the ones in the 75mm class. I have some 1S whoops listed here, but if you want to take your drone outside, then you need to pick a 2S capable whoop.

Moblite7

The Moblite7 is a much lighter version of the Mobula7 but only comes in a 1S battery variant. Because of the light weight, it excels in its speed capabilities. This low weight, however, impacts durability so you better hope you don’t crash too often. Longer flight times are another benefit of having such low weight.

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Moblite6

The Moblite6 is the smaller and less powerful version of the Moblite7.

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Other Mobula Whoops

Mobula is obviously a big name in the whoop market and they make great products. You really can’t go wrong when purchasing a Mobula product. Check out these other new releases from Mobula that are sure to have you flying around and having all kinds of fun.

Mobula7 1S & Mobula7 HDZero

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Emax TinyHawk 3

The Emax TinyHawk 3 is an amazing little whoop and most pilots love it because of the features similar to larger drones that it has, such as turtle mode and smart audio.

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The TinyHawk S has an inverted motor design that adds rigidity but also helsp with the aerodynamics. This allows for longer flight times and greater handling and maneuverability over traditional whoops.

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Which Tiny Whoop Should You Choose?

I personally like the 65mm whoops the best. While 75mm whoops tend to offer you more flight time, faster and more stable flight, and better outdoor flying, 65mm are much more fun for acrobatics. 65mm whoops are more agile and can go through smaller gaps. 

For 65mm Whoops I would personally choose Acrobee. For 75mm whoops, go with the Mobula7 1S.

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