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Estes 4606 Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter (Colors Vary) (Discontinued by manufacturer)
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- FEATURES: Plastic body with window and trim detail LED light indicates front and back of the heli and also helps in low light flying 4-channel 2.4GHz
- INCLUDES: RTF Proto X Nano Quadcopter, 2.4GHz Radio, LiPo Battery, USB Charge Cord, 4 spare rotor blades and Instructions
- REQUIRES: AAA Batteries: Two for transmitter
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FEATURES: •Plastic body with window and trim detail •LED light indicates front and back of the heli, and also helps in low light flying •4-channel 2.4GHz Radio with digital trims •Four micro motors •100mAh 3.7V LiPo battery •USB charge cord •One-piece PCB frame INCLUDES: RTF Proto X Nano Quadcopter, 2.4GHz Radio, LiPo Battery, USB Charge Cord, 4 spare rotor blades, and Instructions REQUIRES: AAA Batteries: Two for transmitter SPECS: •Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.8" (45 x 45mm) •Weight: 0.40oz (11.5g) COMMENTS: Due to its very small size, the Proto-X has a built-in LiPo battery that is not designed for replacement. Attempting to remove or replace the Lipo battery will likely damage the quadcopter. In addition, precise placement of the battery is critical for proper CG, balance and performance and isn't recommended for consumer replacement.
From the Manufacturer
This is the Electric Powered, 2.4GHz Radio Controlled, Ready to Fly Proto X Nano Quadcopter from Estes. For Ages 14 and Above. For Indoor Use Only.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the smallest and one of the most fun multirotors I've every played with. It's 2"x2" and flies WAY better than you'd expect anything that size has a right to. The gyro keeps it very stable yet it's very quick when you press on the sticks.
The controller is a full 4 channel 2.4ghz digital radio transmitter. This is not some cheap infrared transmitter that you can't use with the blinds up. It responds quickly to the controls and there is a "trim" option on the right stick (Though with the gyro you'll actually never want to use that.) The sticks are very stiff, but with a bit of working them in you should be able to loosen them up.
Flight time is about 4-6 minutes and charge time is about 40 minutes with the included USB charger. There is no removable or replaceable battery so you can't swap batteries to keep flying. However, anyone with soldering experience could modify it for a micro li-po battery such as used in the M-cPX enabling you to dramatically increase flight opportunities. (Do not try this if you're not sure you're capable of it because Li-pos can be dangerous.)
It has some very bright LEDs to provide orientation. Red in the back and Blue in the front. They also serve to warn you of dead batteries and will flash when it's time to land.
This is a toy, there are no replacement parts available, when you break it (and trust me, even complete pros will eventually) your only option is to buy a whole new one. The arms holding the motors are part of the main circuit board and are not replaceable or repairable if you damage them.
It's for indoor use only. You cannot take something this size outside and expect it to be in any way reliable.
While this is a toy, it's not for children. I'd put the minimum age for this at 13. Period. This is not something to buy for a 6 year old, as it wont last more than a day in their hands.
Finally, the transmitter requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included in the box. Make sure you include batteries if giving it as a gift.
Almost 4 months into owning this wonderful little quadcopter, I finally experienced a crash bad enough to damage it. After the crash, the board was bent. I very carefully bent it back and it still flies. The attached LED however no longer works and it does have a slight spin that wasn't there before. That said, it's still one of my favorite quads and I still love it. I just wish even more than I could get replacement parts of it. Still recommended and I do not change my opinion one bit since I knew going in that eventually this would happen. 4 months without replacement parts is very good for anything that flies.
* There's a kind of ground cushion effect when the quadcopter is very close to the floor or tabletop that you're flying from. It makes it feel like you're trying to control an air hockey puck. Increase your altitude a bit, and it's easier to control.
* Rotating the quadcopter to point in a given direction is a little tricky, so don't try it until you've gotten a little experience.
* When I first started flying the quadcopter, it was sliding to one side and wasn't very controllable. After adjusting the trim, it was easier. Yours may not need trim adjusting, but if it does, it's a trial-and-error process that takes a few minutes.
* In one of my crash landings, a propeller popped off. When you put the propeller back on, don't push it down too far, or it will bind the motor and won't spin right.
Once you've mastered the controls, a good test is to fly the quadcopter around your home while you follow behind it. I don't know what the maximum range is, but we sometimes had the quadcopter as much as 10-12 feet away with no problem.
I noticed that the tiny circuit board on the underside of the quadcopter is made by Estes Industries. Estes is well known for their model rocket kits that were very popular during the early days of the space race. A few years ago, the company was acquired by Hobbico, a company known for their radio controlled aircraft. It's a good marriage that puts a lot of expertise into innovative designs like the Proto X.
The Proto X is a lot of fun to fly, keeping in mind that it's intended for indoor use only. Outdoors, even a slight breeze would make it unflyable, and if you lost a propeller, it would be very hard to find it in the grass.
I was provided the Proto X quadcopter for evaluation. I did not agree to post a review, but I stated that if I did review the product, it would be an honest, unbiased review.