DJI Phantom 2 Vision

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As a successor to to its popular predecessor, the Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter sets the bar even higher.  The word ‘Awesome’ simply is not enough to describe this new model.  How do you make the best quadcopter any better?

Simple, by integrating a high definition WiFi camera with First Person View to a packaged Ready to Fly (RTF) kit.  Seriously, this is the ultimate quadcopter kit.

 

DJI Innovations, the maker of the DJI Phantom, took the base model, kept all the features that made this quadcopter, the quadcopter of the industry.  These features included an on board GPS system that allows the quadcopter to maintain its position mid air as well return to home whenever the battery is depleted or whenever the communication link is broken.  Other features that were retained are the 300m communication link between the transmitter and the quadcopter and the self tightening propellers.

The frame of the quadcopter and the transmitter remains nearly identical to the previous generation, however, the internal components and software add-ons have improved significantly.   For one, the new Phantom Vision gets a new battery upgrade, from 1000mAH to 5200mAH battery.  For at least 25 minutes of juice, this larger battery provides nearly 3x more fly time when compared to the first generation model.  Also, the new integrated battery compartment enables you to swap batteries in a matter of seconds.

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The most notable upgrade to the DJI phantom is the WiFi HD video camera that comes integrated with the quadcopter.  Previously generation of the DJI Phantom allowed enthusiasts to fly with their own personal GoPro camera.  visionThis new WiFi HD video camera is capable of capturing photos and videos simultaneously in either a 1080p (30fps or 60i) or 14 megapixel resolution.  The current GoPro Hero 3+ is only able to record 1080p at 30fps and capture images at 12 megapixel resolution. While there are pros and cons to having a built in camera on board the quadcopter, if you already have a GoPro Hero, you could always opt for the Phantom 2 model with the Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal mount for greater versatility.   But as it stands, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision is now truly a complete ready to fly system.

One of the key features of Phantom Vision is the built in first person view.  This is important because many times when you’re flying the quadcopter, you’re either flying blind or you’re having difficulties determining the direction and speed that you should be recording.  Having a first person view that’s integrated to your iOS or android mobile device can be advantageous because you can see what the camera is seeing in the first person mode.  This is significant because you can either film that quality shot with FPV (when your quadcopter is out of sight) or you could record utter garbage without it.   With the DJI app, you’re able to start and stop the recording, adjust the quality of the image, as well as tilt and pan the camera.  The app also monitors parameters like altitude, location, and battery life.

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While you could theoretically use your GoPro app to view the GoPro footage in first person view, it would be unwise to do so because the frequency that the GoPro uses to communicate with your mobile device is the same as the frequency that is used for your transmitter to communicate with your quadcopter.  Because the two operate on the same frequency, you would get unwanted signal interference that may cause your quadcopter to lose comm link.  

What about jello effects?

Jello effects on the DJI phantom are when you see rippling effect in the video caused by the propellors.  The latest Phantom Vision comes built in with anti-vibration mount via soft rubber plugs to isolate the camera from vibrations caused by motors and propellers.  In the first version of the DJI phantom, you would either need to install an aftermarket gimbal mount with the soft plugs or you would need to balance your propellers.   This is a must needed upgrade to the DJI line up as that issue was inherent to the predecessor’s design.

So is the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision worth it?  

It’s definitely worth it.

 

 

Here’s a review from Photoshop Cafe on the new features of the latest Phantom Vision:

Below are some sample videos recorded with the Phantom 2 Vision.

 

 

UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 6 Axis Review

The UDI RC U816A UFO is the best quadcopter I could have gotten as a beginning quad copter pilot. It is great how this copter flies indoors. Of course it helps flying indoors because it is a relatively small quad copter. Out of the box this copter is roughly 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches so it will fit in the palm of your hand. That is awesome when it comes to flight training. As much fun as it is to fly indoors, I would definitely recommend the first few training flights to be outdoors or at least in a very large room. The reason being is that I tend to panic if I am trying to fly in an enclosed space and end up over correcting the copter and ramming into walls or furniture.

UDI RC UFO Quadcopter

After some time outdoors or in wide rooms I was able to control the copter pretty easily. Even my children were able to learn to fly and maneuver the quad copter. This particular quad copter has a shielded rotors that keep me (and my kids) from scratching the walls and ceiling. Also, the guards protect the blades from severe damage in crashes.

The battery life is in the 7 – 8 minute range. Nine minutes isn’t out of the question if I let it coast some. For that reason I would definitely suggest buying an extra battery or two so you can have for 20 – 30 minutes of good flying time. With extra batteries you can keep two batteries charging at a time minimizing down time. Don’t forget to plug the spare batteries in because it takes 55 – 60 minutes to charge.

Performance is also cool with this quad copter. There are two modes for flying, one for learning and one for when you get better and are more advanced.  After some practice it is stable and easy to hover.  But the flips are just as easy to do. Press the button and it flips. That’s all there is to it. Just make sure you are flying high enough to do the flip without crashing into the ground. I will mention here that  flying over grass is a good idea until you are comfortable with flying.

Make sure you also keep AA batteries for the transmitter. You will need 4 when you get it out of the box to start flying. The instructions are in English but still a little hard to follow. One thing you want to be sure of is to make sure you pair the quad copter and the transmitter properly. When you pair them make sure the copter is on a flat surface. Proper trim and stable flight is somewhat more difficult if this isn’t done correctly.

All in all this quad copter is a great toy. Plenty sturdy enough for those beginner’s crashes, yet still has the capabilities for advanced flying with the high performance mode and the 360 flip button. Awesome value for a trainer.

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UDI RC UFO Quadcopter
  • Comes Ready To Fly Out Of The Box
  • 2.4GHZ Radio System is interference free
  • Quadcopter is capable of flips at the push of a button
  • Captable of high speed flight in advanced flight mode
  • Just Add (4) AA Batteries for transmitter

 

 

Syma X1 4 Channel Quadcopter Spacecraft Review

This quad copter is just straight up awesome. Outside of one very simple glitch (which I will tell you about later) there is nothing negative I can say about the Syma X1. There is a laundry list of good things to say about this quad copter. Durability, a perfect balance between simplicity and performance, and price are definitely the high points of this copter. Not to mention there are several available accessories to increase the flying experience.
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First things first, the Syma X1 Spacecraft quad copter is extremely durable. There is seemingly no limit to the punishment this copter will take. This feature makes it an excellent choice for those that are just learning to fly. Crash after crash the X1 seems to just keep on going. They do send it with an extra set of blades just in case you are able to break it. Whether flying indoors or outdoors even in the light wind this quad copter is ready to fly. And if you fly into a wall, the ground, or a tree the X1 will be reliable enough to pick it up and fly some more.
Another great thing about this quad copter is the ability to balance simplicity for the beginning flier and performance on hand for the seasoned veteran with quad copter experience. The copter has two modes identified as indoor and outdoor. While a trainee could and should fly the copter outside with the inside setting; it would not be a good idea to fly inside on the outside setting. Stability is great and hovering comes pretty easy to the beginner. The more advanced capabilities provide a great flying experience for everyone. You can fly in any direction. You can flip in any direction, although I would recommend being at least 8 feet off the ground before trying the 360 flips. The outdoor mode is fast so you need to be ready for quick maneuvering.
The price point of this copter is low compared to the rigidity and performance of this quad copter. It is so enjoyable to fly that I believe you would be hard pressed to find a better alternative for the price. There are also some great options available for the Syma X1. Available accessories include a larger battery that will give you 10 minutes flight as opposed to the standard 6 minutes. Get several batteries and fly nearly non stop. There is also a very small key chain size camera that many people have mounted on their X1.
The one downside is that the gyros reset themselves at each battery change. Make sire that the copter is sitting on a flat level surface when you attach the battery to the copter. The practice of properly allowing the gyros to reset will save you a ton of trouble while trying to fly. The Syma X1 can become unstable and downright aggravating to fly if it is reset on an uneven surface. Follow that guideline and you will have untold hours of fun flying the X1.
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Syma X1 Spacecraft
  • 3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
  • Two Fly Mode:Indoor/Outdoor
  • 360° Eversion
  • The latest 3-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity that permits super stable flight.
  • 2.4GHz Radio control

 

Hubsan X4 H107 Micro Quadcopter Review

Don’t let the size of this micro quad copter fool you. The Husban X4 H107 comes in at roughly four inches by four inches. It reminds me of the old adage that good things can come in small packages.   Once I got it out of the box I have to admit I was not just a little skeptical. But when the battery was charged and I put my batteries in the transmitter I was pleasantly surprised by the Hubsan X4 Micro quad copter.

New Hubsan X4 H107L

Flying outside is a great experience. The 2.4  LCD radio control transmitter allows a more than sufficient range for this micro copter. It can fly high enough where you almost lose sight of the 4 inch copter. So there is plenty of range for whatever you want to do with the H107 indoors or outdoors. The small size is ideal for indoor flight training or just messing around with the family.

There are two modes for flying with the Hubsan X4 H107. The normal mode and the expert mode. I fly normal mode when flying indoors because this quad copter is really fast when switched to expert mode. So any time I am in expert mode I like to have plenty of room to maneuver. Another time it is a good idea to be cautious with expert mode is when flying over concrete or really hard surfaces. If a crash happens while flying expert mode top speeds, the damages are definitely worse than in normal mode. That being said the Husban X4 H107 is astonishingly durable for such a small framed copter. There is a programmed flip when in expert mode but be sure you are flying high enough to make the flip without a crash. Better to try that over grass until you get the hang of it.

The batteries last about 8 – 9 minutes and only takes about a half an hour to recharge. There are extra batteries available to have one charging while flying with the other. I charge mine with a laptop that I can charge with at home or any where I go. That is a great option when on the go. I also keep an extra set of 4 “AAA” batteries for the transmitter on hand just in case.

There have been instances where I needed to recalibrate the gyros. This has presented very little inconvenience as long as I make sure the copter is on a very flat and level surface during calibration. Once the calibration is done the Hubsan X4 H107 is surprisingly stable in flight.

Because the size is so small on the Husban X4 H107 the payload is virtually non existent. Adding a camera or any other attachment is pretty much out of the question. Perhaps there are some of the key chain type cameras that could be mounted somehow but it would have to be miniscule in size.

Out of the box the Hubsan X4 H107 is a blast. Relatively easy to fly and durable enough for learning. A good value for what you get in return.

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New Hubsan X4 H107L
  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
  • Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • 4-ways flip(left,right,forward,backward)
  • USB charging cable allows to charge by computer.

 

Blade Nano QX BNF Quadcopter Review

Wow! This Blade Nano QX BNF looks cool and it is a great quad copter for the price. It is so small but so capable and powerful. It comes in a BNF (Bind-N-Fly) option and that is great for experienced level quad copter pilots. The Blade Nano QX works out best for the experienced pilot because you save a good bit of money buying a BNF copter because you aren’t having to overspend for a transmitter you do not need. This thing is ready to go out of the box and all you need is a 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter. Again the QX is not necessarily for the beginner pilot.

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First off the Blade Nano QX is a palm sized quad copter that weighs just over a half an ounce, yet it is very rigid and able to withstand some crashes or accidents. Each Nano QX is equipped with what they call S.A.F.E. technology. That stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope. This technology keeps the Nano QX upright and the pilot in control at all times. The idea behind the SAFE technology is the hover ability in stability mode. Meaning that if you are having flight trouble just let go of the control sticks on the transmitter and the SAFE technology will bring the Nano QX safely back to a hovering condition. While crashes could still happen this SAFE technology greatly minimizes the severeness of the crash.

The small size of the Blade Nano QX also makes it an awesome indoor quad copter. Your flight skills will need to be good to keep it off of walls in a small room but in a medium to large room it should not be much of a challenge to fly inside. Keep in mind that the Nano is very fast and your reflexes need to be fast to accommodate it. Use SAFE mode until you are comfortable in tight spaces.

The battery can last as long as 10 minutes or a little as 5 minutes depending on how aggressive a pilot you are. Mine only lasts 5 – 7 minutes and it’s time to change out. I have ordered the extra batteries to be able to fly while batteries are charging. The charger connects to any USB port for power. It charges for about 30 minutes before ready to fly again.

It is just amazing how stable this small sized quad copter is in flight. I know in SAFE mode it increases stability but performance is not really hindered in SAFE or stability mode. I have switched it to agility mode just to see how high it would go and could have easily lost it in the tops of trees. The Blade Nano QX comes with battery and charger as well as a replacement blade set and some graphics for the copter. Please remember the BNF version does not come with a transmitter. Also remember that SAFE mode is the way to go until you master your piloting skills.

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  • Transmitter Not Included – You will need a 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter
  • Features exclusive SAFETM technology with stability and agility modes
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift and Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • 4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
  • Includes E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po Battery and Includes a compact USB Li-Po battery charger

 

Heli Max 1SQ RTF Quadcopter Review

The Heli Max 1SQ may be small but it is so much fun to fly. I have had very little flying experience but this quad copter has proven to be an excellent trainer. The most important thing in a quad copter as a beginner is its durability. While learning with any quad copter crashes are inevitable. The Heli Max 1SQ fits this need perfectly. It is a tough little copter. Indoors or outdoors it can take several crashes without catastrophic results. One hint I can give you that will keep the 1SQ in perfect flying shape is to kill the power just before crash impact and very little if any damage will occur.

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Even though the Heli Max 1SQ is very durable and rigid enough for the beginner, I need to mention that this quad copter is ideal for the teenage and older pilot. I only say that because of the sensitivity of the copter, even on the lowest sensitivity setting. It flies smoothly and hovers predictably but requires a delicate touch and smooth movements by the pilot. That can be tough for the youngest pilots to maintain such precise movements. But it is great for the teenage and above group. The speed and responsiveness of the Heli Max 1SQ makes it a lot of fun to fly.

The 1SQ quad copter came ready to fly out of the box. Charge the LiPo battery and you are ready for the air. Even though this isn’t a big deal it was pretty cool that the 4 “AA” batteries for the transmitter were included. Also it came with an extra set of blades. Another nice feature was the USB charger. You can even charge batteries with a laptop or tablet on the go or just charge it with a personal computer at home. I would suggest an extra battery or two for more flying time, and maybe even an extra USB battery charger. I can get 10 minutes flying time on a single charge but that is pretty conservative flying. If you plan to fly aggressively then you can expect anywhere from 5 – 10 minutes flight time. Depending on how many extra batteries and extra chargers you buy, you could almost fly constantly.

The Heli Max 1SQ is small. Just under six inches square is what it measures. It is also very light at just 1.1 ounces.  Even as small and light as it is, there is no problem flying outdoors in light wind. It is quite powerful to be so small, however, the payload capacity is extremely small and would not be enough for a camera or anything like that. The price range is a little higher than most entry level quad copters but you could also pay a lot more for copters that would not perform as well as the 1SQ. Sturdiness and rigidity are definitely the strong point on the Heli Max 1SQ.  It is amazing how indestructible the 1SQ is, and that feature in and of itself makes this quad copter a great trainer.

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  • FEATURES: Built-in digital camera lets user shoot and record aerial videos with transmitter activated On and Off control
  • INCLUDES: RTF 1SQ Quadcopter with 2.4GHz Radio, LiPo Battery, USB Charger, Instructions, 2 GB Memory Card and USB micro SD card reader
  • REQUIRES: Device such as a personal computer with a USB port to power charger

 

Badboy Quadcopter With Camera v959 Review

A few months back, I was looking for an entry level radio controlled helicopter or quad copter that had the video camera capabilities. When I ran across the Badboy v959 quad copter I found just what I was looking for. In my research, I found that a copter with an on board camera that is capable of capturing still pictures as well as video can be quite expensive. The v959 was an inexpensive option for me to not only learn to fly but also learn the mechanics of the camera for overhead photography and video.

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The camera makes the Badboy v959 an enjoyable quad copter to have. Whether you choose to just goof off with the aerial camera or you have a specific purpose for the camera it is an awesome feature. Before discussing the camera too much I need to discuss the flying features and capabilities of the v959.

badboy cameraFirst of all, the Badboy v959 quad copter will get about 7 – 10 minutes of flight time on a full battery charge. Keep in min the batteries take anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours to charge. That means you are going to need some extra batteries if you want to fly more than 7 – 10 minutes at a time. I personally would suggest a minimum of two extra batteries for a total of three. That would give you 21 – 30 minutes of solid flight time. Another bit of information for you is that the camera use does have an impact on battery consumption.

Secondly, the rigidity of the v959 is another of its good features. This quad copter is small but can withstand multiple crashes and keeps on going strong. One very important thing to remember about crashes is to cut the power to the rotors prior to impact. This will greatly reduce damage because the rotors would be free spinning without load and thereby minimize rotor damage. It does come with a complete set of replacement blades just in case they get damaged in a crash.

badboy remoteThe transmitter takes 6 “AA” batteries (not included) and is a very capable 2.4MHz transmitter. One really nice feature of the transmitter is that the camera can be activated for still images or video directly from the transmitter. The camera takes a Micro SD memory card to store its images or videos. A 2 GB memory card is provided with the v959 but you can put your own 4 GB card in it for expanded memory. The video quality is much better than expected.

Badboy frontOne thing for sure is that the Badboy v959 is a fun quad copter to have. The price point is low considering what you get for the price. This is such a great entry level first person video copter that it would be hard to pass up if that’s what you are looking for. It is tough and rugged enough to be a beginner flight trainer, yet, the camera that is features represents the true purpose of the v959.

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Badboy Quadcopter v959
  • Camera on Board, can be triggered w/transmitter!!
  • Complete ready to fly out of the box.
  • New Arrival
  • Fpv in an affordable package.
  • Great Fun!!

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Syma X1 RC Quadcopter UFO Review

Overall I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with the Syma X1 UFO model quad copter. A great deal of people have reported feedback that the UFO is a great starter quad copter and I tend to agree with that evaluation. The primary reason I consider the X1 UFO model as a good starter quad copter is because of how durable and sturdy it is, which comes in handy on the first flight attempts. When you are learning to fly, you will crash; and the fact of crashes early on is inevitable. Another reason I believe the X1 as a perfect starter quad copter is the inexpensive price point. Also a high number of people regarded the X1 UFO model as a beginners model because of it’s ability to fly indoors as well as out. You will want to be really careful indoors because the blades can scratch walls if you run into them.

Syma X1 with Controller UFOAlthough it has been reviewed as a starter copter, it is also regarded as an enjoyable RC quad copter for even the advanced of RC pilots. In addition to the features that make it a great beginner, the agility and responsiveness in the air make it good for the experienced users. The maneuverability is handles very well and is stable enough for my children, but the 360 flips and rolls are satisfying even for the advanced RC pilot.

UFO close upI have a few suggestions for making the experience with the Syma X1 UFO quad copter more enjoyable. The first thing you need to do is to go ahead and purchase additional LiPo batteries to have one charging while flying with the other. The charge time can be as long as 65 – 75 minutes and the flight time is roughly 7 – 8 minutes. It’s easy to see that additional batteries can make the X1 UFO much  more enjoyable.

One caution to take was the steps needed to be taken when first turning the X1 UFO on. A specific order must be followed for proper gyro calibration and the binding of the transmitter to the quad copter.  The key is to make sure the X1 UFO is sitting on a flat and even surface before turning the copter on. Flight stability can be severely hampered if this is not done properly.  The payload capacity of the X1 UFO model quad copter is enough to add a lightweight key chain camera to more increase its capabilities.

UFO 360All in all the Syma X1 UFO quad copter provided a delightful flight experience. The X1 UFO is  a dependable, capable, and inexpensive option for a radio controlled flying machine. It is also sturdy enough to withstand the potential crashes that come with learning to fly. The highest percentage of feedback has been positive and my experience goes right along with the reviews I read.  This X1 is an awesome quad copter for beginners and experienced fliers alike.

 

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Syma X1 4CH 2.4G UFO Quadcopter
  • Stabilty and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips,rolls,and more.
  • 2.4GHz Radio control
  • 3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
  • Two Fly Mode:Indoor/Outdoor
  • Controlling distance: About 40 Meters

 

BLADE mQX BNF Quadcopter Review

The Blade MQX BNF quad copter is a great option for the beginner but is possibly more suited to the intermediate RC pilot. The BNF option means Bind – N – Fly.  The BNF model does not include a transmitter. I happen to own the Spektrum Dx6i transmitter which was able to bind perfectly with the Blade MQX. I’m not going to say much about the specific transmitter because the Blade MQX is compatible with any 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter. Having to provide a transmitter separately is primarily why the BNF version of the Blade MQX is for intermediate pilots. The BNF version is designed for transmitter owners so they do not have to pay extra for a transmitter that they do not need.

BLADE mQX BNF

The Blade MQX BNF version comes with the quad copter, a Li-Po battery, and battery charger. Out of the box the battery needed charging and the copter needs binding to the transmitter I used. Flying out of the box was a real treat. Very easy to fly outdoors. It can be flown indoors also but I would be careful inside. The reason I say that is because of the speed at which the Blade MQX zips around. That makes flying in a small room difficult but a good challenge for experienced pilots. Outside is where you can see how fast this quad copter can be as well as how the Blade MQX handles.

There is a special artificial stabilization 3 – axis system built into the MQX. This allows the pilot a sense of precise control that is often only found in much more costly models. It seems no matter the conditions that the Blade MQX can be flown with stability and precision.

Even though the Blade MQX is a smaller sized quad copter it is rigid and plenty sturdy enough in the event of a crash or an accident. Also there are many parts and accessories readily available for the MQX just in case your MQX sustains damage or eventual failure of any part. It is nice to know that parts are available from motors to blades.

Flight times are around 7 minutes to as high as 10 minutes. I would suggest buying several additional batteries. At least enough to be able to fly continuously for 30 minutes or so. The payload capacity is enough to support a small camera. It is also enough to support a small available light if you wanted to fly in the dark.

The Blade MQX is a great quad copter. It is reliable and sturdy, fast and responsive to the transmitter you might choose. The price point is great for an intermediate level quad copter. The transmitter you choose and the options it provides can improve the flight experience of the MQX. As the Blade MQX comes in the BNF option, it is a great quad copter that will provide hours and hours of entertainment.

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BLADE mQX BNF
It’s sleek. It’s high-tech. It’s an RC flying experience unlike any other. It’s the exciting Blade mQX; the world’s first quad-copter equipped with the advanced AS3X (Artificial Stabilization in 3-Axis) system. The sense of precise control this system gives an mQX pilot rivals that of bigger quad-copters that cost a whole lot more. Indoors or out, breezy conditions or calm, you’ll find that you can fly the mQX with complete confidence just about anywhere, anytime. And it’s so simple to set up, anyone with experience flying conventional RC helis will find it’s the perfect introduction to quad-copter fun. You will need a 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter. Features: AS3X 3-axis stabilization system; 4-in-1 DSM2 receiver/ESCs/mixer/AS3X sensor unit; Durable, lightweight airframe; Potent 8.5mm brushed motors with protective drive gear guards; Can be flown in “X” or “+” configurations; Sleek, low-profile body with sharp mQX graphics; Includes E-flite 1S 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po battery; Includes E-flite Celectra 1-cell DC variable rate Li-Po charger. (Transmitter not Included)

Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt Quadcopter Review


Trying out the Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt I realized one very important thing. This quad copter is one of the easiest to learn how to fly. The one button stunts are awesome. Flips, barrel rolls, and 180 degree flips are all possible with a minimum of flight instruction and training. I’m not saying the tricks and stunts are easy but the one button function certainly makes these tricks open to everyone.

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The Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt is made of crash resistant materials with the rotors completely shrouded in and protected by a sturdy Styrofoam shell. While this does prevent straight on damage to the rotors and the props you may want to be careful of direct hits on the corners of the Styrofoam housing. It can crack and break in severe crashes. It can be easily mended with glue but I am just making sure you are aware of that possibility. Sturdiness is a necessity with all the trick capabilities with the Helix X4 Stunt. The lightweight frame that surrounds the rotors and props also protects interior walls and furniture when flying indoors. Open rotor copters can tend to scratch walls when crashing into them and you don’t have that worry with the Helix X4.

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I will make somewhat of a warning here before discussing the stunt capabilities of the Air Hogs Helix X4.  Make sure you are outdoors or in a very large room while trying to learn to do stunts. It does take a good but of room to perform flips and barrel rolls, you want to make sure you have reaction time to re-stabilize the Helix X4 when coming out of a trick move. Once you learn how to fly the basics you will be able to do the tricks and stunts by pressing the red button on the transmitter. The Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt is unbelievably user friendly. Steering seems to be much easier in expert mode as opposed to the novice mode so keep that in mind as you learn to fly.

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Another definite positive for the Air Hogs Helix X4 is the battery time. The Helix X4 comes with one battery and a USB charger. You get about 6 – 8 minutes from one charge and it only takes about 20 minutes to recharge. I do recommend an extra battery or two so you can fly all you want with fresh recharged batteries. The batteries can be charged via any USB port on a PC at home or laptop on the go.

The Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt comes ready to fly once the battery is charged. The transmitter also needs 8 “AA” batteries to get you started. No trim adjustment is available or even necessary. The Air Hogs Helix X4 has gyro stabilization that eliminated the oftentimes confusing trim controls. That change helped make the Helix X4 Stunt easier to use. The transmitter is a 2.4GHz four channel controller that provides good range when flying outside. All in all the Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt is a great entry level quad copter and the stunts are a great bonus.

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  • The Helix X4 Stunt is a high-performance, easy-to-fly Quad Copter that delivers an unbeatable flight experience!
  • The Helix X4 Stunt performs insane backflips, barrel rolls and 180 flips with the push of a button!
  • 4-ducted fans and on board gyroscopic stabilization maintain flight stability delivering top quality control.
  • The remote control uses 2.4Ghz communication, increasing the strength and distance of the control?s signal.
  • Includes: 1 Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt, 1 USB Charger, 1 Controller/Charger, 1 User Instruction Guide