Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter Helicopter - UFO
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- Stabilty and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips,rolls,and more.
- 2.4GHz Radio control
- 3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
- Two Fly Mode:Indoor/Outdoor
- Controlling distance: About 40 Meters
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1) 3D flips!
Stabilty and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips,rolls,and more.
2) 2.4GHz Radio control
By using of the 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology,the model has the characteristics of long control distance,strong anti-interference ability,small power consumption and rapid response.
The latest 3-axis flight control system,with adjustable gyro sensitivity,permits super stable flight.
4) 3D Full flight
Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, Leftward flight, Rightward flight.
3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
Speed up mode
Two Fly Mode:Indoor/Outdoor
Built-in three axis Gyro
1x 4CH 3-axis quadcopter
1x 2.4G LCD remote
1x 3.7v 350mAh lipo battery (builted-in quadcopter)
1x USB Charger
2x Main blades A
2x Main blades B
1x English Manual
Product Battery: 3.7V/350mAh Li-po
Charging time: About 40 Minutes
Flying time: About 5-6 Minutes
Controlling distance: About 40 Meters
Channel: 4 channels
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|Color||—||Hs170, blue, black||—||Black||Green/Black|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 14.17 x 14.17 in||1.57 x 5.31 x 5.31 in||2.36 x 14.17 x 14.17 in||2.16 x 12.99 x 13.3 in||2.7 x 2.7 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||1.34 lbs||—||1.34 lbs||4.2 ounces||—|
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I had a couple of people tell me that they could not get their copter transmitters to connect. After playing with the sequence a bit, we found that on some copters (not all... go figure) the TX should be turned on and initialized BEFORE the copter gets to the gyro initialization process - which makes it even more important to be ready to set it on a level surface before plugging the battery in. Anyway, this sequence change seems to address the problem some of the copters were having. The instructions have been updated to reflect this change.
Now back to your regularly scheduled review...
I've been in R/C for 30+ years, and was very involved in R/C helis. This was my first quadcopter, and have enjoyed it very much. The hardest thing about this copter is getting it out of the box. Lots of cheap fun, and definitely a gateway drug to the hobby-grade multi-rotor platforms. But as many have commented, the instructions are horrible. So, I wrote this revised instruction manual when I gave these as Christmas presents.
Revised Instructions for QuadCopter -
The original instructions are written in horrible Chinglish, but you're welcome to read them if you want. Plus, they have pictures.
As a note - the instruction refer to the default transmitter control mode as "Mode 1", where the left stick controls the throttle&rudder, and the right stick controls the forward&aft, aileron left&right. In the real R/C world, this is called "Mode 2", (and most of us in thew US fly in this mode), so the folks writing the original instructions got it backwards. In any event, don't worry about it. It initializes in true Mode 2 so you don't need to change it... unless you're used to true Mode 1 - then you're on your own to try and use the original instructions to figure out how to switch it.
1. You'll need to charge the little silver rectangle LiPoly battery using the USB charger that's in the package with the replacement props. It'll take about an hour (or less). You can plug it in to any USB port or USB phone charger. I charge it while placing it on a plate since I don't always trust these Chinese charger/battery combinations to not catch fire, but I'm paranoid.
2. Install (4) AA batteries (not supplied) in the transmitter (TX).
Once the LiPo battery is charged, and the TX has batteries, you're ready to go.
1. There is no off-on switch on the copter. When you plug the battery in, the quadcopter is "on". Plugging it in snaps it into the red connector and two plastic latches that hold the battery in. These latches are semi-annoying and really over-kill, but they will keep the battery from flying out if you do a series of fast pirouetting spins. I'll leave it to you whether you want to snip the barbs off or not. You may want to wait to do so until you've flown it a bit.
Before you plug the battery in, you need to be ready to set it down on a flat surface quickly, because you'll need to sync the controller before it goes into the gyro initialization sequence. It's handy to have a table nearby to set it down, sync the TX, allow the gyros to initialize, and once you have a solid red LED on the copter (and solid blue on the TX), move it to its take-off and landing zone.(LZ) So, ready, set, here we go...
1. Plug the battery in to the belly of the quadcopter. The red LED on the copter starts flashing about twice a second. Set it down on a flat surface.
2. Turn on the TX. It beeps and the blue LED flashes rapidly. Move the throttle (left stick) all the way down, then all the way up (TX will beep), and then all the way down again. Now the blue LED will go solid "on", and red copter LED will turn off momentarily, and then start flashing much faster (it's initializing the gyros).
3. Once the fast flashing stops, the red LED on the copter will go to a solid "on". Now place it in the flat LZ area. BE CAREFUL NOT TO MOVE THE THROTTLE (LEFT) STICK WHILE YOU'RE MOVING IT TO THE LZ OR ELSE IT WILL COME TO LIFE ON YOU!
It's now ready to fly.
Flying the quadcopter:
A couple of things to know: The left stick is throttle (up and down), and rudder, or rotate left or right. The right stick is forward and backward, or tilt left and right. The white propellers are the front of the copter - you'll be able to see them as they spin - and the black props are the rear. They will mostly disappear visually as they spin.
You have to "fly the tail" on this because it will keep pointing in the same direction no matter which direction it is moving. It has no real rudder to keep it pointing forward as you fly it forward, which is a little strange if you're used to flying planes or helicopters (without heading-hold).
1. The TX has a silver button on the upper left corner (and another button on the upper right corner... but don't touch that button! ...for now). This left-side button switches the TX from low sensitivity to high sensitivity. The LCD screen on the TX shows this with an "L" or an "H". The TX always starts in low mode, but I find it's not responsive enough for my liking, so I press the button and switch to high ("H") mode. You might start in "L" just to get a feel first.
2. Make sure you have a fairly large area to start with, preferably inside so the wind doesn't throw you off. An empty garage is a good place to learn how this flies.
3. Lift the copter up off of the LZ by raising the left stick. It will probably start to drift left or right, or tilt or turn. Set it back down by lowering the left stick and then use the trim tabs around the two sticks to correct the drift. Toggle the trim tab levers in the opposite direction of the drift you are trying to correct. Do this a few "beeps" at a time. Repeat the lift-watch-set down-trim process until it's fairly stable. Then you're ready to fly it around.
4. First step - Learn to hover it in one spot.
5. Second step - start moving backwards and forwards, left and right, and rotate left and right (with the left stick) also.
6. As you get more comfortable, you can begin flying it around. It will handle calm outside conditions, so outdoor flight is possible. Try flying easy figure-8 patterns.
7. The props are fairly resilient, but if you're about to hit something, chop the throttle and let it fall. It will do less damage that way and will probably survive the drop unscathed.
Acrobatic 360 flip:
Yes - It will do this with a touch of a button (remember that upper right button on the TX?) by holding down the button on the top right corner of the TX and moving the right stick left (or right, depending on which way you want it to flip - it will flip forward and backwards, too!). Make sure you are at least 4 feet above the ground when you do this, and keep in mind that it will continue to try and flip as long as you hold the stick to the right or left. It happens pretty fast, so be prepared to be startled.
That's it! Have fun!
This has been the best $50 that I have spent in a long time. There are so many things going for this kit, where do I begin.
-Incredibly durable. I have crashed countless times from goofing around and flying indoors and have yet to cause any permanent damage. Even though this is a cheap product they made good choices in durable materials.
-Very stable and easy to fly. My wife has no experience with helicopters, but I was able to get her to try this out in our living room.
-Stable in outdoor conditions. I was surprised at the ability to fly this in light-breeze conditions.
-Payload capacity. For fun, I strapped an iPod nano to the bottom to shoot video. This weighs 35 grams and the quad seemed to be able to handle it.
-It can do flips! Nuf said.
- Not a whole lot to say but.....
-I had some glitching problems, but rerouted the antenna through the canopy, and they seemed to go away.
-Battery life is better than the similar sized fp helicopters but with as much fun as these are, it always seems short. Spare batteries can be had for about $7.
In conclusion, after buying one of these I bought five more at the new lower price and plan on giving them away as Christmas gifts this year. This product should be up there as one of the best toys of the year.
"When insert the charged battery, quad copter will into automatic detection state (the indicator light flashing swift in the first ten seconds when power on) at that time, please place it at a level position, if not copter will fly inclined"
Plug in the battery, put it down right away on the floor or table top. This should be included in the printed instruction manual, the toy is worthless without this knowledge. But once you know the secret, it works quite well and I can recommend it.
It is NOT nearly as easy to fly as their helicopters, so prepare to have more of a learning curve.
- it works outside
- the remote has an LCD screen that will show you what the control levers will do
- flies high and fast
- flips are fun
- crashes and keeps on going
- moves pretty well
-the biggest con is the way this battery works, you have to take it out to charge it and it is rather tedious to do so.
-the battery falls out crashes
-the start-up process is annoying and it seems to lose the binding to the controller to easily
-sometimes on start-up it calibrates itself wrong for what level is, even if you start it on level
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