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BLADE Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
- Features exclusive SAFE™ technology with stability and agility modes
- Small enough to fly in any room or office
- Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
- Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift. 4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
- Please read the user manual under Product Details & also contact Horizon Hobby at 800.959.2305 for any Technical Support.Battery:3.7V 1S 150mAh 25C LiPo
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Blade Nano QX With Safe Technology RTF/BNF
The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. Never flown a quad-copter before? No problem. The Nano QX uses the safe technology system with sophisticated flight control software to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode. If you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks. The safe technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover all by itself. Once you've mastered the basics, you can switch the safe system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability.
Safe stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is central to the performance of the Nano QX. Even new pilots will feel comfortable with the Nano QX in stability mode because safe will make sure the quad is always in control and in an upright fashion. You will feel an immediate sense of confidence and be flying around like a pro in no time!
Features exclusive safe technology with stability and agility modes.
-Small enough to fly in any room or office.
-Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards.
-Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift.
-4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit.
-Includes yellow and green canopies with sharp Nano QX graphics.
-Includes assortment of extra rotor blades.
-Includes MLP4DSM 4-channel DSMX transmitter (RTF Version includes Transmitter, BNF version does not) with batteries.
-Includes E-flite 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po Battery.
-Includes compact USB Li-Po battery charger.
The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. Never flown a quad-copter before? No problem. The Nano QX uses the SAFE technology system with sophisticated flight control software to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode. If you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks. The SAFE technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover all by itself. Once you've mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability.
SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is central to the performance of the Nano QX. Even new pilots will feel comfortable with the Nano QX in stability mode because SAFE will make sure the quad is always in control and in an upright fashion. You will feel an immediate sense of confidence and be flying around like a pro in no time!
Learn more about SAFE at www.flysaferc.com!
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Both orders arrived on the same day, which was nice ... I had multiple batteries and therefore longer flying time. In addition to the quad, the package, which doubles as a carrying case - with handle - comes with a transmitter, one battery, and a USB charger. This allows for one flight (about 7 minutes, give or take) before recharging, which takes about 30-40 minutes. I learned this from my nephew; it would have been a little disappointing to learn this by myself. I think it's much easier to learn with the minimal interruption of changing the battery than it would be with the interruption of the charging time.
Out of the box, the instructions were simple and easy to follow. Li-Po batteries are NOT charged before shipping, so the first thing to do is charge the battery(ies). The battery slides into a simple plastic bracket on the bottom of the quad. Pushing it all the way forward places it in the correct position for balance. AFTER turning on the transmitter, assure that the throttle is at its minimum setting (fully back), connect the battery, and place the quad upright on a flat surface. The red LED blinks a few times while it syncs with the transmitter. When the LED stops blinking (turns blue in stable mode), it's ready to fly.
Here are a couple of things the manual doesn't explicitly state: ease the throttle forward to check that each of the four motors spins up. They almost always will, and the quad will just sit there. When there's a problem, you won't watch the quad go off into the nearest obstacle. After this, give the quad enough throttle to make it "jump" slightly off the surface; try to level it off at about eye level. Trying to take off gently makes control more challenging, because of the turbulence it's creating close to the surface. Next, try to just keep it at the same height. This becomes easier with a little experience, but it's a good way to begin to get used to control response. More important, you will find out whether or not the quad is trimmed properly. If it's not, you'll be fighting your own inexperience PLUS the instability of the aircraft ... not fun.
The manual does a fair job of explaining the trim buttons. The important thing is that you can't assume that the aircraft is trimmed properly, because there are variables that can change - even during a flight. Get used to using the trim buttons on the controller; it will make flying easier.
This quad uses "smart" technology to stabilize the aircraft, which makes it perfect for beginners, but it also has a setting that allows for "acrobatic" mode, which should challenge even the most proficient. No aircraft is indestructible, but this quad is designed to deal extremely well with hard landings, bumping into walls (in any direction), and flying up against the ceiling without it being a problem. I haven't managed to damage it yet.
In addition to having extra batteries for the quad and a multiple-port charger to charge several at a time, you'll probably find that you want to have the AC adapter for the charger (sold separately, although not expensive). You may also want to have 4 (or more) D cells, which you can use to power the charger when you don't have access to AC power. And 3 or 4 batteries won't last forever, so if you fly the quad a lot, you'll want to buy more than just a couple extra.
I gave the Blade Nano QX 5 stars because it seems to do everything it's supposed to do perfectly - at least so far, and I've had it several weeks and flown it 3-6 flights most days. Although the things I've mentioned in this review may sound like criticisms, they are intended only to help prospective buyers recognize some things that may not be apparent. If you're experienced in the RC world, you'll know all of these things, but what my nephew told me he got for "about $70 out the door" has turned into more of a $150 toy, give or take. That's not really a complaint, either. The fun has already been worth more than that.
Standard rate with SAFE: Fairly tame and very good for relatively new pilots and indoor use.
Dual rate with SAFE: Very agile but still very stable and easy to fly (just a lot quicker and better for outdoors).
Agility mode: Essentially behaves like a collective pitch helicopter (no training wheels) and hovering is up to you and not the magic of the little chips inside. Can do stunts (no gimmicky buttons, you have to learn to do them yourself).
The small size makes it great for indoor use but where small light aircraft usually suck outside in anything but the calmest of conditions, this tiny bird will hold its own even in a brisk breeze (you will still need to fight but it will fight as opposed to being carried away). The light weight, simple but rugged design makes it very crash friendly. Crashes don't seem to faze this thing at all with the only issues being that threads or other fibers will occasionally wrap under the blades and prevent the propeller from turning freely (just pull off the blade, remove the obstruction, push back on and continue). It's quieter than my other quads (sounds like 4 bumble bees inside but much quieter outside).
Cons (not many):
No navigation LEDs so low light/night flight is poor for orientation.
Blade guards tend to hook on things, would have preferred full rings
Too light to carry any significant mainstream payloads (camera, normal sized LEDs, etc..)
Buy this quad as it is near perfect:
- Flight time on the stock 150 mah battery is 5-6 minutes. I get 7-8 minutes with some 200mah Apex batteries I bought
- I purchased a DX6i programmable radio since I have a handful of compatible helicopters. You don't need it but if you do get one, you can really tailor the performance to your liking.
I received the quadcopter on time without any shipping problems from Amazon Prime. The box includes everything you see on the webpage and an extra battery. This machine is easy to fly, and has amazing flight characteristics for such a small drone. In no time I was able to hover and maneuver in a small area without crashing.
If it flies to the ceiling, the propeller guards on the frame do a fantastic job of protecting the propellers and motors. Its very quick and can get away from you if you don't use the SAFE mode to control the gyros. I lost control at one occasion and the drone crashed into a sink of dishwater. The Blade Nano was completely submerged at the bottom of a sink full of water for about 10 seconds before rescue. I continued flying it wet to keep parts moving till the battery ran out, and then dried the rest of the craft with a hair drier. That was 3 weeks ago; its still working just fine.
The propellers sometimes picks up hair or strings from furniture as it flies around the house. This is not a problem as you can quickly remove the plastic props, to remove anything wrapped around the motor spindle. This thing is tuff and easy to care for.
The only problem that would not give the product 5 stars is the RC flight controller that comes with the Blade Nano QX. The range seems to be very limited. When I fly outside, the Blade Nano looses signal at about 30-40 yards up or out then drops out of the sky. When I go to retrieve the drone it is able to re-engage and flies again perfectly. I have asked Horizon Hobby to contact me about the range of the controller as a flight issue. No word as yet.