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XK Detect X380

XK Detect X380 is a budget quadcopter GPS drone, an impressive entry since the days of DJI Phantom 1-2, Walkera x350 Pro or Scoutx4 class. A large community of RC pilots have been raving about the x380, so I was asked to take it for a spin and to share my personal experience. I work for the largest RC manufacturer and have flown a variety of quadcopters the last three years. I am actually impressed how easy it is to fly this x380. Just the basic GPS functions, just enough to include RTH, Head Lock mode (Headless), Auto Take Off, Circle a Point and a dial to pitch a gimbal. All for $210!

First flight test, the Auto Take Off (just one button, perfect 3 feet high), RTH (returned a foot away from launch point), Altitude Hold (solid) and Head Lock (works).

What most people raved about, is that this quadcopter is accurate on the Return to Home and how simple it is to take-off with just one button. More importantly there are color indicators that assist you in calibrating your compass and best of all, confirms that you have calibrated correctly. This is to ensure that the Return to Home will just be as accurate on the next flight…

KAIDENG K70C Sky Warrior Quadcopter

KAIDENG K70C Sky Warrior Quadcopter. Kaideng a toy RC car and heli manufacturer is joining the quadcopter arena, entering the market place with a retractable camera holder on a sporty quadcopter.

It comes with the usual 6 axis gyro chip providing stability and the ability to toss the quadcopter and regain instant flight. With a 2.4GHz radio control frequency, this ensures better outdoor performance and longer distance within line of sight.

The Sky Worrior is Equipped with LED lights, making it more dazzling and colorful for night flying.
Headless mode assist the pilot in returning home when orientation is lost. Headless is relative to where you stand, and regardless of where the Sky Worrior is facing, a pilot can just pull back the sticks and return home…

JJRC H26 Quadcopter Review

Green, JJRC h26 quadcopter, under $70. First impression, this quadcopter looked somewhat familiar, so I went to the hangar to retrieve a few quadcopters.

Check this out. If you never knew the h26 had a carbon version, well look closely, you are right, it’s actually a Walkera Scout x4 next to it, white, green, carbon color.

Nothing like a 6 cell quadcopter, the h26 is of course very light compared to a scout x4, weighing only 380 grams. The weight advantage is the h26 is not going to break easily, when you crash it, therefore this serves well as a training quadcopter. The size is just right, and safe for beginners learning to fly. I am a fan of ultra light quadcopters, I never had any issues with gear motors, for what it is, perfect for a lightweight, and quiet for a garden flight…

MJX X800 RC Drone Hexacopter

The MJX X800 hexacopter, 6 propellers, reminds me of a miniature Tali H500 weighing only 71 grams. The x800 has a feature that differentiates itself from others, you can use the radio sticks or gravity remote like a wii motionplus.  Here is a video of our day out with the MJX x800.

The gravity sensor is capable of sensing motion, imagine wii piloting. You get a good 7 minutes of flight time. We like that it is light and hardy. Flying with gravity remote is a whole new exciting experience, thumbs up to MJX R.C!

 

X25-1 Space Explorer Flying Car

flying-car-x25-space explorer

This Christmas a popular gift was the X-25 which can race around on the ground and take to the air when throttled up. While in the air engage the 3D Eversion System and perform stunts and flips with ease. The auto return function lets you recall the drone back to its take-off point.

While the x25 is made by SongYang, there is also a Syma X9 version out there that looks exactly the same. Syma does make really good helicopters, so that is another consideration.

JJRC H5C Mini Quadcopter

We have test piloted large scale commercial multirotors over the last 2 years and have not tested a new mini quad since our video Hubsan H107D that attracted 401,623 viewers . A lot have changed very quickly, a greater selection, more competitors have entered the market since then. So last week, a friend from GearBest.com sent us a JJRC H5C, a mini quad, a 6-axis, at 23 cm, just the size of a Tali H500 propeller, to show how mini / micro quads have progress today.

FIRST IMPRESSION is the mini quad is really light, and it floats quietly in the air. It was actually so surprisingly light. This is of course the direct outcome of the brushed motor used, old school but it fits the purpose of achieving better flight time and cost of production. The frame has a texture that felt like a recycled egg carton, but made of a strong thin plastic molding. It carries the 3.7V 500mAh rechargeable LiPo battery for 6 minutes of flight time. We tried putting a smaller Ladybird or H107D LiPo, and it worked perfectly fine…

Walkera QR X350 Pro

Year 2014, time to look for a low cost, quick to assemble quadcopter, to be modified with FPV gear, something to travel with, overseas. So we purchased the Walkera QR X350 which can be assembled in 2 minutes, with no tools on hand. Today, our SAR teams were informed of another exciting version of the 350 size, the QR X350 Pro that uses Mission Planner. Lets see how hardy this drone is, as we take it for a stress test in every way… yeah.. in extreme ways..

First Impressions: I must say the X350 Pro flies very well, pre-tuned. It Loiters perfectly out of the box. sure enough, it did every standard thing with the Mission Planner. The only thing, out of the box, without any modification I am not able to add telemetry module or osd, however others have managed to solder them on…

Shaolin Returns Drone

Shaolin drone

A happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate it, year of the horse!

“FPV Shaolin Returns” was filmed with a basic 1-axis ArduPilot Camera Gimbal RC10 (A10) which you can see on camera 2. This was a volunteer project featuring original music scores to launch the missing children banners. 新年快乐!

Fun Facts: At marker 1:00 the arducopter dance was filmed to resemble the traditional lion dance that performs in front of a temple during Chinese New Year . The quadcopter lands and casts a shadow with the famous Shaolin’s eagle stance, shown on marker 3:08

Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Quadcopter

Hubsan H107D

Synopsis: Occasionally we have the opportunity to test out some of the new entry level quads in our lab. So this month we have something special, the smallest First Person View (FPV) ready-to-fly quadcopter made by Hubsan, a contender to the popular Ladybird. It is quite amazing how Hubsan is able to pack everything, including a camera and video transmitter into a quad, smaller than a Ladybird, with 6-axis gyro flight controller. The package even comes with a radio transmitter, video receiver and a blight large LCD screen, ready for beginners to start flying first person view and filming.  This may be one of the best seller of all time, this model enters the market at the right time and right place.

Hubsan X4 H107D actually comes with one of the more impressive printed Instruction Manual I have seen for a while, it actually explains everything you need to know in great detail and well written…