Isabelle Bousquet Quadcopter June 12th, 2018 - 13:59:49
The most obvious standout feature that this remote-controlled quadcopter offers is surely its incredibly compact size. A lot of the hobby drones out there are massive monstrosities that can be very slow and quite challenging to get up off the ground. And even more of a challenge to control in inclement weather-- but the same can not be said when youre discussing the Blade Nano QF BNF. Small enough to fly around in a single room in your house or office but sturdy enough to fly around outside in nearly any weather condition (insert obvious disclaimer about storms hurricanes and tornadoes of course) this is a quadcopter design that is set to revolutionize the industry.
The battery that comes with the model is a 1S 3.7V 500 mAh LiPo battery and provides about 10 minutes of battery life. The battery does take about 45 minutes to charge so you might want to get yourself a couple extra batteries so that you can fly for longer periods of time. They are pretty cheap and provide for much more fun! And dont worry about crashing as long as you are over grass you can pretty much crash it as much as you want. The carbon fiber spars are strong and the plastic canopy is durable. It is so light that there is not a lot of momentum built up in a crash so there is not a lot of damage that can occur. But if you DO happen to break something there are in depth tutorials online on how to repair your little quadcopter. It also comes with spare propellers and you can buy replacement parts online.
If the Kv of the motors is too low you may need to increase the number of series cells in your battery pack. That is what happened in my saucer quadcopter. Three cells in series were not enough to provide the power I wanted. When I switched to a 4S battery pack it came alive. This is also a highly demanding application with constant high current flows. I needed a quality battery with at least a 30C rating. If you lose power while flying a quadrotor you are dead. It is not like an airplane where you can glide to a safe landing. With a quad you need to keep a close watch on the flying time and land long before the battery runs out. Dont try and beat a flying duration record! A low battery on-board alarm might be a wise investment too.
So because it is so difficult to learn how to fly a quadcopter I will always recommend that a beginner buy a small quadcopter toy before dropping $450 on a DJI Phantom for example. There are a couple good little quadcopter toys out there but my favorite is the Syma X1 Quadcopter. It comes in a few different configurations you can get a space ship bumblebee or UFO. It comes with everything you need to fly for just about $30. That includes a 2.4 GHz transmitter so you can fly indoors and outdoors with a pretty good range. It also means that you can fly more than a couple of these guys around. It can also do flips in any direction at the touch of a button! One important thing to note is how to calibrate it. A lot of people think that their quadcopter is broken because after they plug in the battery and try to fly it it will always veer off in one direction. This is because when they plugged it in it wasnt on level ground when it calibrated the gyros. So what the flight controller thinks is level really isnt level. So what you have to do is plug in the battery then immediately place it on a flat surface so it can calibrate correctly. Then you are ready to go!