Syma X11 R/C Quadcopter - Black
- Indoor/Outdoor 4 Channel Remote Control Quadcopter
- 6 Axis Stabilization System for smooth flight
- Includes 1 prop guard and a spare set of 4 propellers
- 4 AA batteries Required for the Controller
- 2.4GHz Spread Spectrum Technology Controller.
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- Up/down,left/turn right,forward/backward /sideward with 360 eversion
- 2 speed is available
- 2 frequency is available
- 6-axis, may throw to fly
- Spare parts: 1PCS scewdriver+1PCS tail blade (included)
- Charging: 2 ways (USB & Controller available)
- Charging time: about 40 mins
- Battery: 3.7V150mAH Li-poly
- Flying time: 5-7mins
- Flying distance: about 40 meters
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ON THE OTHER HAND Get this Syma X11 stuck in a tree 20 feet up and throw rocks at it till it falls down - and it will barely have a scratch. I can't count the times I have hard crashed the Syma and knocked it out of trees. Pick it up; dust it off, go fly. It is as close to indestructible as possible.
WARNING: This is a game of skill. Get ready to hate this thing for maybe the first hour of flying. The controls are very sensitive, indoors the ceiling will get smashed many, many times as you master that throttle. I was used to GPS stabilization, so mastering this baby drone frustrated this experienced drone pilot at first. It took me about 30 minutes of flying to master it. Just keep playing. You will get used to those controls - and then - you will not be able to stop flying.
HOW TO LEARN TO FLY THIS THING: Make sure you are on easy mode (1 beep from upper button on top left of controller. If it beeps twice – you are in sports mode,) Start by just trying to hold it still in the air in front of you and hover, which will take a while to master. Keep it oriented so that you are looking at the red tail lights at all times for the controller to work as you expect. Start with up/down with left stick and forward/back – right/left on right stick and leave the rotate controller (left stick pulled right and left) alone as it will change your orientation completely. Add rotation to the mix ONLY after you get those basic moves mastered. Once you get hovering and orientation down the rest is easy
FYI: just buy extra batteries right now. Once you get the hang of this - you will be waiting impatiently for that battery to charge.
First, this is a $25 "toy" multirotor. Don't expect GPS, return to home, smartphone integration or even a camera on this thing. It's not going to lift a GoPro or even a keychain camera. So no 360 selfies. It also doesn't fly itself, so there will be a learning curve for new flyers.
So why buy this?
Buy this if you really want to learn to fly a stable multirotor without paying $80 - $100 dollars. Cheerson and Hubsan nanoquads fall into this category as well. This quad is big enough to not be too unstable and twitchy in flight, but small enough so that crashing won't scare everyone in your neighborhood.
A few tips:
Get a piece of electrical tape and add a small tab to the back end of the battery where the wires come out. That way you can pull on your tab instead of the wires. The wires aren't connected by anything but solder and you *really* don't want to stress them.
Don't fly this thing too high or near trees. Yeah, its tempting to see how high this will go, but remember that without power to the rotors this will fall like a rock. As for trees, its harder to get a quad out of branches than you think.
Buy extra propellers before you buy more batteries. Even with prop guards on, you can still break props faster than killing a battery.
You can repair quads, but you really want to be very familiar with soldering before you attempt it. The circuit board is cramped and the motors are soldered directly to the board.
That's all I have. Happy flying!
EDIT: I purchased a 2nd X11. This one is defective. When I take off, it shakes like crazy for about a minute or so, like it has a bent prop shaft. After a couple minutes in the air, it steadies out. I've checked the props and the balance, and even replaced the props with some known good ones, and it still acts strange (shakes and is way sensitive on controls) when I first take off. My original X11, now with new motors, still flies fine. (11-18-2016)
EDIT #2: I returned the 1st X11 Amazon sent me, thinking "maybe I just got a bad one". I received the 2nd X11, and it has the same PROBLEM as the 1st one they sent. Takes off and shakes almost uncontrollably for a couple minutes, then steadies out. My original X11 which is 2 years old, on which I wore out the motors and replaced them, still flies fine. I would say that something is wrong with this entire new batch of X11s from Syma. MY advice would be DO NOT buy this until they fix the problem. I notified Syma Toys, but got no response from them.