Review: The Smallest GPS Module – NamelessRC TinyGPS

Review: The Smallest GPS Module – NamelessRC TinyGPS

The TinyGPS module from NamelessRC weighs only one.6g, and on the measurement of a fingernail, it’s in all probability the smallest GPS module for Betaflight and iNav. It’s good for mild weight lengthy vary FPV drones such because the Rekon3 Nano Long Range and Flywoo Nano Hex.


I assumed the BN180 GPS was tiny, now it seems big!

Left: BN180; Right: NLRC TinyGPS

Weight confirmed, 1.6g with out wires.

Here’s the specs:

  • Input voltage: 5V
  • Ceramic Antenna
  • Receiving Format: GPS,GLONASS,BDS
  • Support Rate: 9600dps
  • Output Protocol: UBLOX NMEA
  • Size: 13mm x 13mm x 5.5mm
  • Weight: 1.6g

There’s no LED indicators, so it’s fairly arduous to know whether or not it’s truly working or not. I suppose it’s the dearth of bodily area.

I want they dropped the connector and used solder pads as an alternative. That would release area for the LED’s.

The ceramic antenna is completely tiny. Make positive to have it face upward when mounting the Tiny GPS in your quad.

This is the GPS antenna and must be pointing upward

The NLRC Tiny GPS connects to the flight controller by way of UART (TX and RX), it’s precisely the identical as different GPS modules just like the BN180 / BN220 and Flywoo GoKu Mini GPS.

  • 5V to 5V
  • GND to GND
  • TX to RX
  • RX to TX

To setup Betaflight, follow my tutorial. Note the next settings are completely different:

  • In Ports tab, set baud charge to 9600 (from 57600)
  • According to the guide, the protocol must be UBLOX, but it surely didn’t labored for me (wasted an hour of my life ready), choose NMEA and it labored

Yes it’s tiny, however the draw back is that it’s very gradual to get a 3D repair. That’s to be anticipated as a result of small antenna.

I measured the time it took to get a 3D repair in my yard (with Betaflight) and in contrast that with different compact GPS modules:

  • BN180 – 46 seconds
  • Flywoo GoKu GPS – 1:43
  • NLRC TinyGPS – 2:49

It actually takes longer to get a satellite tv for pc lock, but it surely’s not a deal breaker if measurement and weight are the first concern: the BN180 is 5.1g whereas the NLRC TinyGPS is only one.6g.

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If you don’t thoughts the three.5g weight distinction, I’d suggest the BN180, it’s much more delicate and cheaper too!

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