Blade 200QX BNF Vehicle with Safe
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- Transmitter not included
- Minimum suggested age to US the item is 168 months and Maximum suggested age is 1440 months
- Manufactured in China
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200 qi BNF with safe. Minimum suggested age to US the item is 168 months and maximum suggested age is 1440 months. Manufactured in China.
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When you buy this unit, you will receive the helicopter, one battery, a battery charger, and a toolkit. You'll need to attach the landing gear, which requires you to screw in two screws using the included hex wrench. Flight time is about 6-7 minutes, so you'll want to purchase a few extra batteries. You can also purchase an optional HD video camera that mounts on the bottom and will allow you to record video of your flight.
In order to fly the 200 QX, you will need to purchase a separate remote control. Most of the remotes made by Spektrum RC will work. My remote of choice is the Spektrum DX6i. The instruction manual includes information on how to configure most of the remotes, but there are a few settings that are important but which are not mentioned in the user manuals. Here's how I succesfully configured by DX6i:
From the Menu in the DX6i:
Travel Adj -> (Set the physical Gear Switch to 0) Gear -> 100; (Set the physical Gear Switch to 1) Gear -> 40
Sub Trim -> Throttle -> +10 (This part is missing from the documentation, but necessary to start the rotors spinning)
Flaps -> Norm Flap -> UP 100; Land Flap -> DOWN 100
Mix 1 -> Change Inh to Act and select
Mix 1 -> Gear -> Gear Act
Rate D -> 0% U +100%
SW Mix Trim Inh
Setup List -> Model Type -> Acro
Model Name: 200 QX
Reverse -> Gear (Reverse); all others (Normal)
Thro Cut -> Position -> Act (not in the manual, but needed to stop the rotors spinning when you're done flying)
D/R Combi -> D/R Swi -> Aile
Timer -> Down; Timer-> 06:30; Switch -> Trainer
Before you start flying charge the battery fully.
If you are using the DX6i remote that I recommended, set the trim buttons on your remote to 0 on each axis. The remote will issue a long beep when you reach 0. This is very important! The rotors won't turn on unless the trim on the throttle is set in a specific position. The exact position required to start the rotors spinning is slightly above zero, but I took care of that with the Sub-Trim setting (above).
Pair the remote control with the helicopter using the instructions in the user manual. Then turn on the remote control and the helicopter following the instructions in the manual.
Unlike most Blade Helicopters, you cannot start flying simply by lifting the throttle up. Instead, you have to move the left stick to the bottom right hand corner while at the same time moving the right stick to the bottom left hand corner, and then releasing both sticks at the same time. This motion will cause the rotors on the helicopter to start spinning, but the heli will not lift off of the ground. You can also start the rotors by moving the throttle to the left and then to the right, while at zero throttle. Once the rotors are spinning, you can lift off by raising the throttle (left stick).
If this start procedure doesn't work, you need to adjust the trim on your throttle upwards. As you adjust the trim, listen for the 200 QX to make a pattern of beeps. Once it does so, use the start process I described in the paragraph above. If you are using a DX6i and if you set the sub-trim as I recommended in the settings (above), this step should not be necessary.
The Gear and Mix buttons are used to select between the three flying modes, and are reflected by the big LED in the center of the Heli. Green means easy mode (self-leveling, very low banking). Blue means advanced mode (self-leveling, high banking). Red means free flying (no self-leveling). While flying, the unit will indicate a low battery condition by flashing the LED lights periodically. When that happens, land the helicopter right away to prevent over-discharging the battery.
When you're done flying and you land the helicopter, the blades will continue spinning. Hit the Throttle Cut button on the DX6i to shut them down before attempting to remove the battery. If your remote doesn't have a Throttle Cut button (DX5), you have to move the sub-trim down manually until the blades stop spinning.
But then there was the Blade 200 QX. Check out some google videos... The various flight modes are perfectly set to tune the amount of "challenge" you want. This is the first RC aircraft that I've been willing to fly fast...and I mean fast. Even if it crashes and breaks. You're looking at $30 and an hour of your time (not days like a helo). Not to mention, it doesn't destroy itself upon impact. Rather, it stops the blades and beeps so you can find it when you lose it in a tree on your maiden flight (Look, it was really far away and I lost orientation for a second, okay?!?).
On second thought, don't buy one. I'd rather have you be jealous of mine, haha!
The MLP4DSM radio from the Blade Nano Qx works, but you only get stability mode/low rate (green) + agility mode (red)... no stability/high rate (blue). Also, this remote is not full range, so it may loose bind with the quad after some distance. You're better off with a full range radio like the Spektrum DXe or DX5.
My setup is the stock 200qx with the landing gears removed (saves about 10g).
Battery Life (minutes) with stock E-Flite 800mah-20C battery flown until LVC (3.71V per cell, healthy for battery longevity). :
- Indoor hover = 11m00sec
- Outdoor gentle flight (green mode) = 10min30sec
- Outdoor aggressive flight (blue mode) = 6-8min
- 3D (not tested) = typically reported to be 5-6min
Great replacement batteries:
- E-Flite 800mah 30C
- Venom 800mah 30C (10:30 hover, lvc, 3.70 (added 680mah) --- EXCELLENT
- Heard good things about Glacier, Giant Power, and Tenergy.
Horrible batteries with high internal resistance:
- Flureon 1200mah: 8:30 hover, lvc, 3.75 (added 480mah)
- Flureon 1000mah: 7:45 hover, lvc, 3.77 (added 420mah)