HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro

Shuriken 180 Pro with Foxeer Box

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The HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro is an almost ready to fly FPV quadcopter available in DSMX, FrSky, FlySky and Futaba protocols. It requires no building whatsoever and intended to get you in the air fast. The only additional items needed are a battery and of course a charger, transmitter and FPV goggles. I got the DSMX version which includes:

  • 180mm airframe constructed of carbon-fiber, plastic and fiberglass
  • Integrated Race32 F3 32-bit Flight Controller
  • Integrated 5.8GHz, 25/600mw, 40-channel VTX and RHCP antenna
  • OneShot125 3-4S, 30A Continuous, 40A Burst, Opto ESCs
  • MR2205-2750Kv 250 Class Brushless Motors
  • 1/3 Sony Super HAD II CCD, PAL, 600TVL Camera with 2.5mm Lens
  • 2 Sets of Red 4x4x4-Blade Propellers

The Shuriken 180 Pro frame consists of 3 individual pieces: 2.5mm carbon-fiber top plate; 8mm tall plastic middle spacer; 1.5mm fiberglass bottom plate, which is the actual printed circuit board for the integrated flight controller, power distribution components and VTX.

Original FPV Camera (No Longer Using)
The original Rinnegan FPV camera on my Shuriken 180 Pro interfered with the props and could not be adjusted properly. A simple fix was to move the camera forward to the slotted hole, which required slight filing for screw clearance. I also added nylon spacers on top of the standoffs, under the video camera mounting plate, with longer screws because the frame interfered with camera adjustment (see photo at top of page). This moved the camera forward slightly so it was more vulnerable.

Shuriken 180 Pro FPV Camera Mount Fix
Shuriken 180 Pro – Original FPV Camera Mount Fix

FPV Camera Upgrade/Swap
I switched out the original Shuriken 180 Pro FPV camera to a RunCam Swift Mini which fits 100% better! The Lumenier props are about a millimeter larger in diameter than stock and there’s still room to spare. The RunCam camera mount is aluminum and much stronger than the original plastic mount and allows adjustment to any angle. The RunCam camera also fits in the original mounting location so the camera no longer protrudes forward.

RunCam Swift Mini on Shuriken 180 Pro
RunCam Swift Mini on Shuriken 180 Pro – Side View
RunCam Swift Mini on Shuriken 180 Pro
RunCam Swift Mini on Shuriken 180 Pro – Prop Clearance

VTX Antenna Safeguard
I put a tie-wrap around the stock VTX antenna and through a hole in the camera mounting plate. The stock antenna is super stiff and the SMA connector could possibly get damaged with a hard hit so this may help safeguard the connector.

VTX Jumpers and Antenna Safeguard
VTX Jumpers and Antenna Safeguard (overexposed to show detail)

Selectable Output Power VTX
Output power of the integrated 40-channel 5.8GHz VTX is selectable between 25mW and 600mW by changing jumpers accessible from the top plate (see red square in photo). My Shuriken 180 Pro came preconfigured on 25mW, which is both jumpers on the rear pins. Simply move both jumpers forward to select 600mW.

On Screen Display Upgrade
After receiving my Shuriken 180 Pro, I inquired with HolyBro to see if OSD was included or optional. I received an email back with a link to instructions on how to install HolyBro Micro minimOSD. Nothing in the box so I’m guessing OSD is optional for the Shuriken 180 Pro.

Onboard Video Recording
For those that want onboard high definition recording, the Shuriken 180 Pro has a spot on top of the camera mounting plate. Mine came with a square GoPro Session style mount with a velcro strap, similar to the battery strap but wider.

Transmitter Binding and Setup
The Shuriken 180 Pro DSMX version has a DSMX-compatible satellite or remote receiver preinstalled. The included Quick Start Guide explains how to bind to a Spektrum or compatible transmitter. The link below shows how I set up my Spektrum transmitter:

Diversity Receiver Upgrade
The stock HolyBro DSMX-compatible receiver worked well and had good range but unfortunately quit working with not many flights on it. Since the stock receiver had only a single antenna, I took this opportunity to upgrade to a dual antenna diversity receiver. As I did with my Emax Babyhawk, I went with the reliable Lemon Rx DSMX-Compatible Diversity Satellite Receiver with long antennas. I have had zero problems with Lemon Rx receivers and can’t say enough good things about them!

Flight Controller Setup
The flight controller (FC) in my Shuriken 180 Pro came preconfigured and flashed, but obviously not the Receiver section. Even Flight Modes were preconfigured but you may want to experiment with them. Either way you’ll need to download Betaflight Configurator and go over the settings. The link below shows how I configured the FC in my Shuriken 180 Pro:

Lumenier Graphene 1300mAh 4S 80C LiPo Battery
Lumenier Graphene 1300mAh 4S 80C LiPo Battery

Flight Battery
The Shuriken 180 Pro calls for a 1300mAh 4S LiPo battery. I have had really good luck with Lumenier batteries and have heard good things about graphene so I’m went with Lumenier 1300mAh 4S 80C Graphene batteries. I’m currently getting 4-1/2 minutes with stock props and preconfigured FC settings. I will update this page after the batteries have a few flights.

*Does not include 1.5g AB Clip that I installed on the Lumenier batteries.

Lumenier 4x4x4 and 4x4x3 V2 Props
Lumenier 4x4x4 and 4x4x3 V2 Polycarbonate Props

Propellers

My Shuriken 180 Pro came with 2 sets of plastic 4x4x4 HQ Props which are fine to get the Shuriken in the air but are very brittle and don’t fair well in a crash. I got a couple sets of Lumenier’s new V2 crash resistant polycarbonate 3 and 4-blade props. The Lumenier V2 4-blade props outperform HQ Props in both thrust and top-end and are much more forgiving in a crash. I will be testing the V2 3-blade props to see if flight times increase without too much negative affect on performance. I will update this page with results.

Links to Shuriken 180 Pro Manual, Spare Parts List, etc.

Flight Controller Preconfigured Settings

3D-Printed Parts

HolyBro graciously includes a list of 3D-printed part files (.sti) so you can print your own parts for the Shuriken 180 Pro! Parts include: body spacer/frame, camera housing, chassis protectors, motor protectors, and GoPro Hero 4 Session camera mount.

Weight

  • Flying Weight Minus Battery: 370g Claimed; 368g Measured
  • Flying Weight or AUW: 538g with 1300mAh 4S 80C Graphene
Shuriken 180 Pro Videos

Shuriken 180 Pro LOS

This video was shot with the Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera in 4K at 25fps SuperVision.

Close-ups, Feedback and Reviews
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13 Comments on “HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro

  1. Hi Richard, thanks for your comment. I’m still testing the props but what I have so far is there’s not much difference between the two as far as flight time but the 4-bladed props seem to give more authority, fly smoother and of course are quieter. Right now I’m flying the Shuriken with a Foxeer Box camera onboard and understandably went from 4-1/2 minutes down to 3-1/2 with the 1300 Graphine.

  2. Great writeup on the shuriken pro. Nicely detailed. I switched to lumenier props based on this and find them very crash worthy. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Dr D.

  3. Thanks for your comments, Dr D. I’m amazed how much abuse the polycarbonate props can take. I’ve bent them a few times already and just straightened them back out. Not even a stress mark afterwards. Happy flying!

  4. I just purchased the 180pro.. all reviews say it is a tank and performs the same.. is there any way to increase the performance other than just the props?.. would you recommend differant motors, machining the frame to lighten it?

  5. Hi Ezeric, I would have to agree with it being a little portly. If it were me, I would just fly it as-is and become proficient with it. It has powerful motors for its size and it’s a durable quad to learn on. Learning how to fine tune PIDs will help, check out Betaflight Setup Videos. When you get better, you can always build a lighter, more responsive, quad. Thanks for your comment.

  6. hi you doing my name is mike and i have a 180pro. i adjusted the battery voltage and updated the firmware on betaflight now the radio wont bind back with it.i tried binding it and it does nothing. i turn it on and it beeps i trun the radio on and it stops but it wont arm. i plug in to betaflight and move the sticks and it’s doing nothing. can you pleas help.thank you my email is [removed by website].

  7. Hi Mike, the first thing I’d do is go through Betaflight Setup for the Shuriken and make sure Ports, Receiver and Modes (Arm) are set correctly. Mine is on Betaflight 3.1.7 so I know it works with the 180 Pro FC. I’ve heard of some folks having to rollback from 3.2 because of issues but I haven’t tried 3.2 yet on my 180 Pro. If you’re sure you have Betaflight setup correctly, then I would try rolling back to 3.1.7. There are many YouTube videos on how to rollback Betaflight to an earlier version if you need help with that. Hope that helps and best of luck!

  8. thank you for your help but im not that good with beta flight and i live in syracuse new york there no hobby shop out here that knows any thing about drones i was woundering can i mail my shuriken 180 pro rtf to you and can you fix it for me i will pay for the shipping to get you and ill pay for you fixing it for and shipping it back to me.

  9. Hi Mike, send me your email address using the form on Contact Us. I realize you may have posted it before but I have this comment app setup to remove email addresses so they don’t get picked up by spam-bots.

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