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Blade Inductrix FPV RTF Toy, Yellow
- FPV equipped
- High performance motors
- Improved flight controller
- 4.3 inch FPV monitor included
- LED lighting
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|Item Dimensions||8.2 x 10.6 x 3.4 in||3.93 x 3.93 x 2.7 in||4.49 x 5 x 2.52 in||—||3.27 x 3.27 x 2.76 in||8.25 x 11.5 x 3.5 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||3.46 ounces||4 ounces||—||1.83 ounces||2 lbs|
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Blade Inductrix FPV RTF
The perfect beginner FPV drone designed for indoor flying in even the smallest of places, the Blade Inductrix FPV drone is an ultra-micro marvel.
NOTE: A HAM license is required to operate the Video Transmitter in the U.S.
The Inductrix FPV is equipped with a 25mW video transmitter capable of transmitter on Fatshark channels 1 through 8 and all Raceband channels so you can race several pilots at once. You can select channels from the easy to use button atop the body of the Inductrix. The camera is very lightweight and perfectly protected in the body housing. The antenna we've chosen for video transmission is a dipole and designed with durability in mind. Video range of the Inductrix FPV is nearly 100 yards line of sight and more than adequate to fly in any large building or home.
High Performance Motors
The Inductrix FPV requires much more power to fly around with the added weight of the camera. It comes equipped with our high performance 14,300Kv motors!
4.3 inch FPV Monitor Included
The included FPV monitor is a 4.3 inch Spektrum SPMVM430 and is the perfect solution for FPV without having to pony up the cost of a full goggle system. The monitor is rechargeable via micro USB and has a 1.5hr run time before it needs to recharge. It is capable of receiving on 40 channels and can be clipped on to the MLP4 radio for hands free operation.
With brilliant white and red LED lighting illuminating each Inductrix FPV, it's easy to follow friends while flying together or even see if the battery is getting low when they begin to blink. The lights are mounted inside each frame so they too will be protected in a crash.
The perfect beginner FPV drone designed for indoor flying in even the smallest of places, the Blade inductrix FPV drone is an ultra-micro Marvel. NOTE: a ham license is required to operate the video transmitter in the U.S.
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First of all, if you are not the DIY type hobbyist and do not have a Spektrum type transmitter / FPV monitor / goggle already, the Blade Inductrix FPV RTF drone would be a nice choice for you as it comes with a controller and FPV monitor.
The FPV monitor is a Spektrum 4.3 inch monitor which is quite nice in terms of sharpness and reception. This monitor can be mounted on the controller with a built-in rechargeable battery which is charged through a micro USB port. The monitor is capable of supporting four bands of frequencies (Fatshark, Raceband, group A, and group E). However the Blade Inductrix's VTX (video transmitter) only supports the Fatshark and Raceband frequencies so only 2 bands can be used. The display would shows the monitor's battery status and signal strength but not much other than that.
The Inductrix FPV drone
One reason the Blade Inductrix became so popular was due to its duct fan like frame which makes it easy to fly indoors and bumping into objects without losing control of the drones. For those who have flown mini or micro sized drones before, they would appreciate the maneuverability and bump-proof characteristics of the Inductrix. The Blade Inductrix also uses a SAFE® technology with self-leveling makes it easy to stay in control. The Blade Inductrix FPV version has a camera mounted with improved motors over the original Inductrix which makes it flies like a Tiny Whoop. What I like is that the camera is securely mounted with a protective case so it does not fall off easily upon crashes. The camera angle is not adjustable but it still works quite well with its wide field of view without the need to adjust the camera angle. The video transmitter's frequency can be changed by pressing a button on the top of the frame (long press to change band and short press to change the channels). If you choose, you can still use a Specktrum transmitter and a goggle to fly this toy.
The Blade Inductrix controller
The controller is pretty standard as compared to other mini / micro drones. We would need to bind the controller to the drone every time it is connected to the power. The procedure is pretty straight-forward (press the left stick in and power on). We can also change the rate (fast vs slow) by pressing the right stick in once. There are trim buttons but the display would not show the trim positions. You could identify the trim position by listening to its tone pitch when the trim buttons are pressed. With the Inductrix flying so stable, I seldom need to use these trim buttons anyway. A couple of notes related to the controller binding. This drone has what they called a "smart bind feature" which "should" do automatic binding if you turn on the transmitter, wait for 5 seconds, and then connect the battery to the drone. I found that this procedure is not very reliable. But the good thing is that the manual binding procedure (as described above) is pretty straight-forward. The other note it mentioned was that we should put the drone on a level surface within 2 seconds after the battery is connected in order for it to do an automatic gyro calibration. This is an important step to keep to mind to avoid unstable flights.
The Blade Inductrix actually flies quite well in comparison to other mini-micro sized drones. If you have never flown a drone before, it would not be fair to complain about how difficult it is to fly as you would find it probably more challenging with other drones. In terms of flight time, I was quite pleased to see that I was able to get about 3:20 minutes of flight time (using the slow rate settings) with the stock battery and 4 minutes of flight time using the Nitro Nectar 210 mAh Lipo which is a popular battery for the Tiny Whoop. The flight time on my Tiny Whoop is about the same when I used the same Lipo to test it.
Comparison with my Tiny Whoop build.
I built a Tiny Whoop from the original Blade Inductrix with an upgrade Beebrain flight controller and a FX797T camera / VTX combo. This Tiny Whoop is real fun to fly and you can even do Acro with it using Betaflight to customize its settings. The Blade Inductrix is somewhat limited as there is not much you can customize with its controller in terms of flight characteristics and settings.
Overall, I am quite please with the Blade Inductrix FPV RTF drone. It would fit very well for the beginning / intermediate flyers who want to get into FPV flights. For the more advanced drone hobbyists, the Tiny Whoop would still be a preferred choice due to the amount of customization you can do with it.
Does anyone know the connector I need or if there is a replacement part?