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
- BLHeli 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
- Lumenier Graphene 1300mAh 4S 80C LiPo Battery on GetFPV.com
- Weight: 164g Claimed; 169.8g Measured*
*Does not include 1.5g AB Clip that I installed on the Lumenier batteries.
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.
- Lumenier 4x4x3 V2 Clear Prop Set on GetFPV.com
- Lumenier 4x4x4 V2 Trans-Black Prop Set on GetFPV.com
- Weight, stock/HQ Prop 4-blade: 4.360g Avg Measured
- Weight, Lumenier V2 4-blade: 4.176g Avg Measured
- Weight, Lumenier V2 3-blade: 2.967g Avg Measured
Links to Shuriken 180 Pro Manual, Spare Parts List, etc.
- HolyBro Website Homepage
- HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro Manual V1.2
- HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro Spare Parts List
- HolyBro Micro minimOSD Manual V1.1
Flight Controller Preconfigured Settings
- Shuriken 180 DSMX (Shuriken%20180_DSMX.txt)
- Shuriken 180 Pro Betaflight Tune (SHURIKEN180PROtune.txt)
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.
- 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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