Here's another of the standard 2204 2300kv motors for comparison. This one is a Quanum 2204 by HobbyKing, who very kindly sent it over for testing. As always, please give me any feedback on ways to improve it or make it the comparisons clearer. Once I've done the full bank of motors, I'll do a document sumarizing the direct comparisons.
Now on to data!
This motor is definitely one of the more comon baseline 2204 motors. Bruce from RCModelReviews has mentioned it several times as one of his go-to motors, so I was very curious to see how it compares to the others in this series. They come nicely packaged with a prop adapter and a t-style prop mount plate. Machineing is decent, but not exceptional. No balancing mud is present that I could tell, and the bearings were not remarkably smooth. Out of the four motors I received one felt a bit notchy. That being said, the materials seem strong, and the design looks like it will hold up well, so toughness may be the goal here not performance. Now on to the results!
"Average" is probably about the best that can be said for the results of this motor. At 4S it seemed to struggle with heat issues, especially on the heavier loaded props. It definitely ran out of torque as it got to the higher end of the test props. You can see in the results the thrust drop off and the amp draw rise compared to the other motors in this test sequence. I think for the $16 price tag there are motors that have done much better, but these may serve well for a pilot more intested in extended flying on a smaller prop or 3S rather than performance 4S flights. As always be sure to click through to the full results at the top of the article.