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BLADE Nano QX BNF Quadcopter(Does not include the transmitter/remote)
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- Features exclusive SAFE™ technology with stability and agility modes
- Small enough to fly in any room or office
- Requires a 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter
- Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
- 4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
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|Item Dimensions||6.34 x 7.25 x 2.5 in||1.57 x 5.31 x 5.31 in||8.4 x 14.1 x 4.5 in||—||—||2.95 x 2.95 x 1.57 in|
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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 will be flying around like a pro in no time!
Learn more about SAFE at www.flysaferc.com!
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TIP: Get some 1/8" shrink tubing and place it around the blade protector masts. This part of the frame, the bottom corners that contact the ground, will split after enough hits. Bend up the blade protectors so you can slip it over and onto the mast, then apply heat. I wasn't careful and melted a couple of the ends, but this will make the frame much more durable. After about 100 flights, one of these were separating/splitting on my nQX, so it's either this or prepare to buy a new frame. I'll post a picture of this so you can see what I mean. I didn't think of this, but a number of people have mentioned this excellent suggestion on other forums.
Also: Remember to regularly check the prop shafts for fibers, hairs and other debris before and after flying.
I own a number of Horizon Hobby stuff like the MSR, MCX2, 120SR, UMX Spitfire, the park flier Spitfire, and now the Nano QX! This thing is quick, it's stable in SAFE mode and flying is very precise. I can fly it in my small apartment and run circuits indoors! It is literally the most bang per buck fun I've spent with Horizon's brands, E-Flite, Blade and ParkZone!
I do own a Spektrum DX6i, so it easily bound and setting up dual rate was a breeze! I set it to 75% and +20 for dual rate and it seems to really like these settings, so I haven't tried any of the other suggestions. I used to love the little palm sized Syma S110G 3 channels, I own like 4 or 5 of them, because they're quick, precise and tiny as well. The MCX2 is slow, larger and great for learning 4 channel movements but really isn't all that much fun after you've played with it for a while. It does prep you for the original MSR and the 120SR, which are quite frankly, not very precise and kind of sketchy indoors. The 120SR is really just too large for an apartment. The MSR is alright, but it requires more skill and concentration. The Nano QX is very stable and quick, very precise and tons more fun indoors!
After flying it a couple of times, I ordered 10 spare batteries.... luckily I have the 4 port charger which is great, it came with the older version of the MSR, with 4 batteries you have almost constant uptime! I'd recommend you get one! I always let the nQX cool for a minute or two between flights, but the batteries are so cheap that picking up extras is a no-brainer. $10 for $20 shipped for generic Turnigy 160mah from one of the popular hobby sites! They are smaller than the stock 150mah's and they actually fit much better.
I have that ParkZone UM J-3 Cub that I flew twice and threw in my closet and forgot about. It was the non-AS3X, and every time I've tried to take it out, light breezes would make it nearly unflyable. This Nano QX handles a light to moderate breeze very well. Even though a small breeze can push it around a little, it's still very controllable compared to any of the other Horizon heli's. It is a battle with moderate breezes, but is still amazingly nimble and requires more concentration and a larger area, but is still fun.
So far, I've run at least 60 or 70 packs through it and I'm still having tons of fun with it. I've damaged a couple of the blades enough to have changed to the spares, but they're quite durable. This thing is so much fun, it almost makes the money spent on anything else seem like a waste. I love this so much, I just ordered the larger mQX for $49 and a spare Nano QX Flight Control board off ebay to install in it, so I can have a mQX sized flier with the Nano QX SAFE flight stabilization!.
I can't say that a beginner can't learn with this, only that the learning curve will be much steeper. If all you've ever flown are 3 channel helis, it'll take a bit of time getting used to the controls of a standard 4+ channel helis, but it's well worth it. Most. Fun. Ever.
- All can be good choices, but for different purposes
- The Hubsan X4 offers a lot for its low price and can fight winds better than the other two
- The Blade Inductrix is the most stable indoors and easiest to fly overall
- The Blade Nano QX is my overall favorite with the most opportunity for growth,
All of these popular quads have excellent aftermarket support. This includes parts, upgrades, and community knowledge. All are very stable in the air (but with different flight properties, as explained below).
Both the Inductrix and Nano QX have a better transmitter upgrade path than the X4 in that they use DSMX. This makes using higher-end transmitters turn-key. With the Hubsan, you can use some high-end transmitters (e.g. Walkera, Taranis) but with additional cost and tinkering involved.
LED lighting assists with orientation and low-light flying. The Inductrix is best with a translucent body and very visible lights from every angle. The X4 is good too with 4 bright lights that are usually visible. The Nano QX had the worst lighting and basically expects you to look at the propeller colors.
Note that I have posted a review for each of these models separately.
Here are more details on the Nano QX:
The Nano QX has a genious frame with really smart propeller guards that are minimalist, protect the top of the propellers and have some "give" so that the quad is not jarred too much on impact. The frame design also protects the motors from a hard vertical landing. I always start learning new skills with the QX first, knowing it will handle the inevitable crashes well.
Flight times are 6-8 minutes with the included 150 mAh battery under room-temperature conditions, less in cold weather or when flown aggressively.
The very light 18g weight of the Nano QX limits the crash energy versus its peers.
The Nano QX also has stability and agility modes. Stability mode has two rates, both of which have a nice default feel. You can also change these with a more advanced controller than the bundled one.
The Nano QX has some drift, making banked turns necessary, but this drift is precise and predictable. The QX is also very responsive to input, and I get the impression that much time was spent getting everything tuned to just "feel" right. It's hard to explain before you fly it but it's a mix of excitement (because the quad is so agile) and confidence (because the quad responds just like you want). You can really fly this quad aggressively once you get enough practice and it's a blast.
There is also a selectable "agility" mode. In this mode, the QX flies very differently and requires more advanced skills. Unlike the "SAFE" stability mode, the quad does not level itself when you release the sticks but instead stays at whatever pitch and roll it was at. Also, the pitch and roll banking limits are removed - thus you can do flips, rolls, and other advanced stunts and maneuvers. You can also easily lose control while learning but the remote allows you to renter stability mode at any time for a chance to "save" a bad situation.
When flying the QX agility mode but I do recommend going beyond the stock transmitter and getting one with more stick resolution and expo (such as the $60 Spektrum DXE). The extra precision will pay dividends right away.
I actually like the Nano QX so much that I bought a second backup one a couple months after the first "just incase". That said, my first is still 100% original parts and flies great despite many "incidents" :)