Blade Inductrix RTF Ultra Micro Drone with Safe Technology
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Key Features Lightweight, fully assembled quadcopter SAFE; technology makes drone flying easy Quiet EDF power system Durable rotor housings prevent damage Brilliant LED orientation lights Includes both red and blue bodies150mAh 1S 3.7V 25C Li-Po flight battery USB Li-Po charger6-8 minute flying time Blade; MLP transmitter with genuine Spektrum DSMX; 2.4GHz technology (included) Needed To Complete Nothing! Everything you need is included in the box. Overview A Fantastic Little Drone The time has come for Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) to replace the old propeller thrust systems. By design, the cylindrical rotor housings add significant durability and produce less noise when carefully tuned. The Blade; Inductrix; ultra micro drone is part jet and part quadcopter, with the kind of innovative flight technology that gives a machine you can fly just about anywhere, the performance edge that makes your flight experience more fun. The Blade; Inductrix; drone is an ultra micro machine that can be flown just about anywhere. Four specially tuned EDF rotor systems give this modern quad the appeal of a jet. As a result, performance feels incredibly smooth with far less noise than a conventional propeller rotor system. Durable rotor housings inherently prevent damage whether it's bumped into walls or falls into the grass. Brilliant LED orientation lights and a sleek body design help keep you going in the right direction. Innovative SAFE; technology with self-leveling makes staying in control easy, even if it's your first flight.
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Some important notes:
- If you press the RIGHT stick directly IN, you will get a beep on the controller and this HALVES the control inputs from the controller, making the micro-drone much more stable for beginner pilots. Pressing the RIGHT controller directly IN a second time disables this 'easy' mode.
- If you press the LEFT stick directly IN, this disables ALL flight stability mechanisms. It's possible to do flips, rolls, etc, and is very fun, but also very difficult to fly steady. Pressing the LEFT controller directly IN a second time disables this 'advanced' mode.
Now, the downsides:
- The small pieces of material that hold the ducts in place tend to crack easily. It WILL fly with a few of them cracked, but after a while they will hit the fan blades and require replacement - which means complete disassembly of the micro-drone and replacing the frame with this replacement part: Blade Main Frame: Inductrix BLH8706
- If you make any number of hard landings the motors tend to slow, then die. I've replaced countless motors on my micro-drones. They seems way less durable than they should be. There are clockwise and counter clockwise motors so you will need to know which ones to purchase. You can find both here:
ClockWise Inductrix Motor: Blade Motor, Clockwise Rotation: Inductrix BLH8702
CounterClockWise Inductrix Motor: Blade Motor, Counter-Clockwise Rotation: Inductrix BLH8703
I've never had to replace the control board or the blades - they seem ultra durable.
I highly recommend and may look at other Blade Technologies drones.
I have tried 3 other models first, all of which were less expensive, and this is the first one I have actually enjoyed playing with. It has something called "SAFE technology, and the effect seems to be that it's really easy for beginners to fly. Some of these manufacturers seem to pitch the idea that beginners should use quadcopters that are hard to fly, so they will learn. But I have no plans to become a top-notch R/C pilot. I can't see well enough to do that. Also, I wanted one hat could be used in small spaces like bedrooms and living rooms. This one really does the trick.
If you're an expert, you can switch off those safety features and go to town with all kinds of fancy manual tricks. Me, I just want to enjoy watching it fly around the house and see it stay still when I want it to.
I also like the packaging. It looks nice enough and is packaged attractively enough that I will want it around where people can see it and take it out of the box to fool with it.
One thing to watch for: If it starts behaving erratically even after proper gyro calibration, you will need to pull off the propellers and remove any debris and tangled hair from the motor shafts. Once hat's done, it should work nicely again. Also, give it a rest after a full flight--don't just stick in a full battery and go at it again. You might burn out the motors. Wait until they cool down, which should be pretty quick.
If you'r enew to this type of thing, and don't want to fool around too much and get frustrated, and if you have the money, I strongly recommend you get this one.
I haven't broken anything, or anyone with it. It's small and painless. I would 100% recommend this little quad.
Even though I now have a 5 inch racing quad I still enjoy flying this bad boy around, as do all my friends.
P.S. Don't forget to make some gates to practice!
Pictures are with the camera modifications, and one of my little gates made with el wire
EDIT (2/6/17): The problem was a broken wire in the battery pigtail. The original wires were really flimsy -- like a few steel hair wrapped in plastic. If you have a Blade, DO NOT bend or twist the wires that go to the battery as they're very easy to break.
To repair it, I soldered on a new pigtail from another company. Otherwise, I suppose I could have sent it back under warranty (oops.)
Two stars, and one more because I didn't think to send it in under warranty.
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and your flight time almost doubles for me. Stock 150mAh bat rarely gets used.