Syma X11 R/C Quadcopter - Black
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- 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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Before I get into the review of this quadcopter, let me first give some background information as to why I purchased this item, my experience with RC flight, and my expectations before receiving this little copter. I was looking for a small quad to fly indoors and hone my skills while the weather was inclement outside. I have been flying radio controlled aircraft for 11 years now. I used to work at a large hobby shop and my job heavily involved testing products like this from large brand companies. With that being said, I did not receive this quadcopter for free. I purchased this with my hard earned college student money. Not only did I purchase one for myself, but my other two roommates also purchase ones for themselves as well. After one month with this product, we have some impressive results. Before the quads arrived, we had rather low expectations due to the low price of the items. We were expecting them to fly for a week and then most likely get broken and thrown away. Our results after one month of the hardest flying these quads have ever seen has concluded and I can write an honest review of them. All three of the quads are still flying after our destruction.
I think that there are enough reviews of this product for you to read through that will tell you about the flip function and the high rate button. So let's cover some aspects that might be overlooked.
TOUGH! Let me say that again. THESE ARE TOUGH! If you are looking for a stable quad that you can fly outdoors in moderate wind, as well as indoors in about any space, this is the quad for you. My two roommates and I enjoy playing a game of tag indoors in our living room. Crash after crash and these things just don't break. There are spare blades in the package but we have yet to break one. Even after crashing into solid concrete from high altitude. The first thing we did when we got these out of the package was to take off the propeller guards.
You may be concerned with the fact that this quad is gear driven. That hasn't shown to be a limitation with these little quads. The gears are not the weakest part. Don't bother purchasing extras. They don't break.
The second day of owning my quadcopter and I accidentally flew it into a sink full of water. The LED lights on the quad started blinking erratically as I yanked it out of the water. I was sad that I had flew into the water on accident and I actually had another one in my cart ready to order. I took the little quadcopter apart and dried out the board with a hairdryer. To my surprise it was up and flying in 5 minutes. Impressive to say the least.
Another major pro to this item is the stability. I have given this to all of my friends to fly who have zero experience with RC flight and they are able to pick it up in a few batteries. It does flips effortlessly and stabilizes back out.
The only cons I really have with this product is that the controller is more focused on the Xbox crowd. I would like to have a controller more oriented for the RC enthusiast.
The second con I have with this quadcopter is the annoying beeping noise that the controller makes when you want to do a flip. I ended up taking apart the controller and ripping out the speaker so that it does not make a beep when I am about to do a flip.
The arms of the quadcopter will crack after many hard crashes. If you are decent with a soldering iron and familiar with plastic welding then you can weld the arms back together and still have a flying quad.
The motor housings crack after many hard crashes. I haven't figured out a way to fix this, but mine is still flying fine even though all of my motor housings are cracked.
I would like to be able to bind this to my Spektrum radio. That is not possible unfortunately.
In conclusion, I would recommend this product to just about anyone. If you are an experienced RC pilot looking to get some extra stick time without worrying about destroying your expensive larger models, then this is for you. The controller will bother you compared to your normal transmitter. This little quad is a great way to push your skills and get your friends and family involved in the hobby.
If you are a person that has zero experience with RC flight then I would highly recommend this product to you as well. I plan on purchasing a bunch of these for friends and family during the holiday. Seeing a dozen of these flying around the living room on Christmas morning would be priceless. Your kids will love it, your dog will love it, your grandma will love it, and even the family grinch might get a smile out of it.
1. Buy extra batteries. They are inexpensive, and you are going to be bummed waiting for that single included battery to charge. The Hubsan h107 380mah battery fits well and gives you extra flight time. Take a break between flights- you don't want to burn up those little motors.
2. Take it easy when you are starting out. Fly indoors initially (especially in the hands of a young person).. in a small space, over carpet. It takes a little bit of time to master orientation during flight. Wind and large spaces will make this task even more difficult.
3. Start out with simple maneuvers near the ground: hovering, moving in a square pattern, rotating in place. Maintain your orientation: blue lights facing away at all times.
4. If you are about to make a "hard" landing (or hit something) reduce the throttle ASAP.
5. Get a small phillips screwdriver (from an eyeglass kit) to maintain the props. You will probably need to replace or tighten a prop at some point. Keep debris out of the tiny gear assembly- make sure the props spin freely before each flight. I can see people damaging the motors by not doing a simple "flight check".
6. Buy two of these quads. This is a great gift! If someone sees this thing flying they are probably going to want one- have one handy! Also, in the unfortunate event that something breaks..you will have the extra parts. However- this quad is pretty durable- many flights..and everything is still in good shape.
I can see this little guy being a hit during the holidays...
Have fun & keep away from pets- the most likely cause of a crash!
Batteries for the controller aren't included, but otherwise RTF- comes with everything you need including an extra set of props. You will need a very small phillips screwdriver to change them though. For some reason, unlike others I've purchased, it doesn't come with that. Extra batteries and props can be had from China for now. Just do a search for "Syma X11 Parts".
The blade guard comes installed, but is easily removable to get some more maneuverability and flight time. I'd recommend leaving it on indoors until you get really good. Like for all indoor quad use- especially if you have pets- when you start having control issues- remove the props and clean out any hair wrapped around the gears and shafts.
Earlier "1-star review":
(Amazon exchanged it no-questions asked!)
Takes off going backwards. Even if I manage to stabilize it with trim and the stick- it will abruptly fly backwards again at-random, and seems to lose forward stick control. Props look good, and I verified their orientation. I also made sure to tuck the battery wires in so they wouldn't interfere with anything. I re-sync gyros before every flight on a level surface. It has done this from its first flight- it isn't a dirty shaft or bent propeller. It is way too unstable to fly for any length of time. There is either something wrong with the RC controller or the flight controller.
I have three other quads (larger and smaller) and don't consider myself a newbie with these. I love the Syma brand- their X5C is a fantastic, inexpensive quad. I bought this to have more indoor fun, since the X5C is a bit too big for that. The X11 also has excellent ratings and reviews at Quadcopter 101. Like I said- I think I just got a bad one.
I'm going to try to exchange it through Amazon, and will post a new review when I get a replacement.