DroneBeacon Battery
Remote ID transponder

The DroneBeacon db120 is a so-called direct or broadcast Remote ID long-range transponder, equipped with its own GPS and battery. A transponder is also called add-on, tracker, tag or (wireless) number plate.  The DroneBeacon can be attached to any (consumer) drone using the 3M dual-lock tape.  It is compliant with the (upcoming) standards in the EU and USA. The FAA has approved the db120 for usage in the USA. Furthermore, the transponder is optimized for long range due to its transmit power and antenna design. It also supports all transmission protocols for maximum flexibility. If you need a transponder without battery, but powered by the drone, the db121 or db121pcb is a better choice. Or the db122fpv that needs an external GPS receiver too.

 

DroneBeacon can be attached to a drone by using the included M3 dual-lock stickers or use the M5 screw noses. Fully charged, the transponder allows a battery live over 3 hours. There are 4 battery LEDs to show the current battery level. The transponder can be configured easy using any device, by pressing the configuration button and connect to the dronebeacon Access Point.

Users (in the USA) need to register their drone at the FAA website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone  In the EU you need to enter the operator ID in the configuration settings.

video upgrade firmware

video configure operatorID

Applications for the DroneBeacon Remote ID transponder

The db120 transponder is the perfect Remote ID add-on for new or legacy drones that fly within visual line of sight (VLOS).  Do you need a transponder that is powered by the drone? The DroneBeacon db121/db121pcb will be a better choice. If you have already and external GPS receiver, the DroneBeacon db122fpv can be used too. Do you want to integrate the transponder with your drone? The DroneBeacon db201 MAVLink will be a better choice and will allow beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights.

Specifications db120

FAA approval

RID000000058

NDAA compliant

components are not on the NDAA blacklist

Short-range radio

Bluetooth and WiFi 2.4GHz, output power (ERP): + 20 dBm (100 mW)

Positioning

GPS, GLONASS, 2.5m positioning precision

Antennas

0 dBi antenna (internal omni-directional high-performance PCB antenna)

Battery

LiPo 3.7V 600 mAh, battery life > 3 hours

charging, 5V USB-C, 1 hour from a discharged state

LED lights

charging, battery level (4x), configuration mode

Enclosure

plastic (nylon)

Fastening mechanism

3M dual-lock or M5 screws using the screw noses

IP rating

IP43

Operating temperature

-5°C to +40°C

Dimensions

48 x 38 x 28 mm. With screw nodes the dimensions are 48 x 51 x 28 mm

Weight

25 grams

Specifications db100 (first generation)

FAA approval

RID000000016

Short-range radio

Bluetooth and WiFi 2.4GHz, output power (ERP): + 20 dBm (100 mW)

Positioning

GPS, GLONASS, 2.5m positioning precision < 35 seconds for first fix

Antennas

2 dBi antenna (SMA connector)

Battery

LiPo 3.7V 1200 mAh, battery life > 7 hours

charging, 5V USB-C, 2 hours from a discharged state

LED lights

charging, battery level (4x), configuration mode

Enclosure

plastic

Fastening mechanism

3M dual-lock or M5 screws using the screw noses

IP rating

IP43

Operating temperature

-5°C to +40°C

Dimensions

99 x 66.5 x 10 mm (without antenna). With antenna, the height is 41 mm

Weight

56 grams