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- Ready to fly with controller out of the box
- Durable and light weight
- 4 micro motors work together for excellent performance
- Charge with USB cord (included)
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Syncro X Nano R/C Quadcopter
Includes the following:
- 2.4GHz Controller
- USB charge cord
- (4) spare rotor blades
Estes Syncro Nano R/C Quadcopter
The World's Smalles Quadcopter
Meet the nano-sized Syncro, the world’s smallest quadcopter. It’s about the size of a standard postage stamp, but it delivers big-time fun. Weighing less than half an ounce, the Syncro can fly virtually anywhere with ease. Winner of “Best New Toy” at the 2014 Nuremberg and London Toy Fairs, the Syncro delivers countless hours of flying fun!
- Compact, beginner-friendly and ideal for indoor flying fun
- Weighs less than half an ounce – about the size of a postage stamp
- Bright, built-in LEDs enhance low-light and night flights
- 2.4GHz controller links only to your Syncro; allowing multiple Syncro quadcopters to fly at once
- Sleek, robust, high-tech body design
- Electronic gyro provides smooth, stable flight
- Includes a 3.7V 100mAh LiPo battery, USB charge cord and 4 spare rotor blades
- Dimensions: 1.8 in x 1.8 in (45 mm x 45 mm)
- Weight: 0.4 oz (11.5 g)
- Requires: 2 “AAA” batteries
Introducing the Estes Syncro! The smallest Quadcopter in the World that's ready for action right out of the box. It's so small, it fits easily in the palm of your hand. It's so versatile, it can roll forward and backward and side to side. The included 2.4GHz radio gives you total control. The powerful LiPo battery lets you fly for an extra-long time and charging is easy. Just plug the included USB charger into your computer and you'll be flying in no time.
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That said, there are a few drawbacks to the item as well.
First, typically quadcopters come with a propeller guard--a little "bumper" which prevents the prop blades from grinding up if the craft brushes against an obstacle. This one doesn't have anything like that, and it's worth investing in one as an add-on. Amazon doesn't list any for the Syncro or Proto-X, but there's one listed for the Hubsan Q4 H111, which is the same craft--Estes is the U.S. retailer for Hubsan copters.
Second, the propellers pop off very easily, and they get lost. The helicopter comes with one set of replacement blades, but you may soon want more. In this case, Amazon does sell official Estes blades, but it also sells third-party blades for the Q4 that are a little bit cheaper and come in bright colors that are a little easier to find...but they're also not quite as good a fit as the official blades. It's a tough call.
Third, the battery charging isn't ideal. The battery charges by way of a USB cord, which has an LED which lights up while the battery charges, which takes about half an hour. It's supposed to turn off when the battery is fully charged, but in fact what happens is that it flickers irregularly for a while, though it will eventually go out completely if you forget about the craft for a bit. I suspect that's not really very good for the battery, and that suspicion is reinforced by the instruction page, which warns you never to charge the battery unattended (there's a risk of fire) and to be sure always to unplug the battery as soon as it's charged. I've only had mine for a couple of weeks, so I don't know for certain the long-term impact of this aspect of the design, but I'm skeptical. However, the battery is pretty easy to replace--if you pop off the hood, the battery is plugged in with a Molex connector and held in place by double-sided tape, so it's trivial to plug in a new one if the original wears out. (The connector is specifically a Molex 0510210200 connector with 0500588000 crimp pins, if any fellow hackers are curious. Also, the Syma S107 battery *almost* fits in the battery compartment, but is a few millimeters too big. The Hubsan X4 battery is way too big [almost the size of the whole body] and heavy enough that the copter ceases to be able to lift the battery significanly before running out of charge.)
Fourth, I've only had mine for a couple of weeks, but one of the motors just stopped spinning. Sometimes this happens just because the propeller gets pushed on too far and causes friction against the motor casing, but that's easily fixed by loosening the propeller. This was not that problem. Initially it was intermittent--sometimes I'd start up the copter and it'd be fine, and other times it wouldn't start--but eventually it gave up entirely. It's possible to order replacement motors on Amazon, but they're nowhere near as easy to install as the batteries--they require some fairly fine soldering work. It's worth noting, of course, that, with all the tinkering I've been doing on the craft, I probably wind up putting more wear-and-tear on the motors than the average user.
Finally, the controller is a little wanting. It's tiny, so small movements of the control sticks have a large effect on the flight of the helicopter; there's no trim adjustment for the yaw control (left/right rotation), which is occasionally desirable; and the flight controller used in this helicopter has additional options that aren't available from this controlller. This can be fixed, however, because the craft has the same flight controller and radio as the Hubsan X4, which has a much more capable controller, available separately. The Hubsan controller is sized more like a playstation controller, and offers many more options--settings to reduce or increase the sensitivity of the controls, trim settings for every control, and the ability to do flips, though the controls for flips are terrible. If you're finding the stock controller frustrating, an X4 controller is a significant upgrade. It's got a longer range, too. The only thing that's frustrating about both controllers is that on both, the left control stick has a centering spring in the left/right direction, which controls yaw (turning left/right), but no centering spring the the up/down direction, which controls the craft's throttle (rate of ascent/descent). This spring asymmetry makes it very hard to turn the craft without also adjusting the throttle. Since generally you want to make tiny adjustments up or down in the throttle, it'd make more sense to give the control stick a centering spring, and have the center position be "keep current throttle setting," and make up and down cause relative adjustments in the setting. The main advantage the current setup has over this alternative is that, in an emergency/panic situation, it's extremely easy to set the throttle to zero instantly, but there could be an extra button for that.
As a final, bonus item, for any hackers out there, the radio on the Syncro (and the Proto X, and the Hubsan Q4 and X4) is an A7105, a widely-available radio communications board. This makes it possible to buy one of these boards and control these crafts using an Arduino or Raspberry Pi or other microcontroller of your choice. This makes for really cool projects. The main caveat in this respect is that the Syncro itself can't really carry any weight, so you're not going to be able to put position sensors or extra control logic on board the craft--your control system will have to watch the helicopter from a distance and make corrections that way, just like a person flying it. That makes for a harder sensing problem. But it's still got potential uses. I've disassembled an old game controller and added in arduino & a7105 guts, and now I can experiment with whatever control schemes I like. (The range isn't great, but it's usable.)
All in all, I'd recommend this toy with great enthusiasm to any tinkerers and hackers out there, since if it breaks, that's just an opportunity to tinker with it. I'd recommend it as well to kids and playful adults, but with a caveat about the durability. Still, the thing is simply so much plain *fun* that it's hard to be too worried about it breaking.
You can see how small this is in the photo (just above the fridge on the right)!
1. Be sure to set the trim before you start flying for real. Otherwise you'll feel like you don't know what your doing and you'll constantly be fighting to overcompensate veering to one side or the other.
2. Buy spare blades and/or Elmer glue them so they don't fall off but can be removed.
3. Yes, it's really the size of a saltine cracker.
4. Buy a propeller guard if you're a beginner, even if you think it looks ugly.
5. No it won't fly outdoors. Even a slight indoor draft will send it going in the wrong direction.
6. This Syncro version is not a knockoff. It's the newest version of the original.
7. Yes, you can really toss it into the air and then throttle. Pretuty cool trick and way to show off.
8. No, the battery cannot easily be removed.
9. Takes about 15-20 min to charge and about 5 min or less of run time.
10. Super fast response when turning because the thing's so tiny.
11. Fly with the quadcopter facing in different directions and just hover to start learning. Point at 12 o'clock, 11 and 1, then 3 and 9. 7 and 5 then 6 o'clock when you think you got it down. Then you're ready to fly.
It's a great little trainer that's fun to fly. So if you're into getting some training and spending $30 for 50 flights, then throwing it away or replacing the motors go for it.
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