Syma X12 Mini Nano 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channel RC Quadcopter (RED)
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- 2.4GHz technology adopted for anti-interference, you can fly more helicopters at the same time and not interfere with other helicopters
- Very small and sturdy - Product size: 3.03 x 3.03 x 1.06 in - Easy to maneuver in the air in even small spaces.
- 3D 360 degree rotating functions give flexibility and perfect performance when in the air.
- Low voltage warning - don't let the battery die on you while flying in mid-air, the voltage warning will notify you when you should fly it back.
- Easy and great for beginners - easy controls, easy to fly, protection guard to protect from minor crashes.
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|Color||X12 Nano red||—||Red||X12 Nano Black||—||Orange|
|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 8.7 x 3.9 in||1.5 x 8.7 x 3.9 in||3.74 x 3.74 x 1.97 in||1.5 x 8.7 x 3.9 in||1.5 x 8.7 x 3.9 in||3.1 x 6 x 3 in|
|Item Weight||0.67 lb||0.55 lb||1.76 ounces||—||1.1 lbs||3.2 ounces|
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I was going to say that there are clones of this model all over Amazon, but the more I look at ones from Cheerson and Top Race, I've noticed that they are very very similar but different. The other ones have a different controller, but the quads themselves are also missing the little rubber feet that extend below the motors, and they are also missing the white LED headlight. As other reviewers have mentioned, the LED lights on top are very hard to see when this thing is above your head, so the headlight is a very nice way to get orientation. The rear LEDs are red, and the front ones are green. They are on top of the craft because they are soldered onto the main board to reduce costs. I'm more than okay with the red, but I wish they'd chosen almost any color other than green for the front. Makes this look like a Christmas toy. Oh well, I guess there are worse things in life.
Obviously, the controller was designed to mimic an Xbox controller. This makes for a great look and feel, but has a few drawbacks. The major drawback is that the main control sticks are very very short. My other quads have longer sticks, which means I have to move them quite a bit more to get the same reaction. With these, a tiny movement of the stick can result in a pretty drastic reaction, so what was already a fairly touchy control situation is amplified. I find that I'm constantly "bouncing" this thing up and down trying to find and maintain the right altitude. Additionally, the springs that move the sticks back to center/home are a lot stronger than necessary. This gives a strange tactile feel, and you actually have to push harder to move them which can result in overdoing it and pushing too far. The little rubber pads on the sticks are nice and grippy, and seem like they should hold up well. The other downside of the Xbox controller design (and it's not a true downside, I guess) is that there are more buttons on the controller than actual controls - several of the buttons are are completely fake and have no function. Not a big deal, but it can throw you off if you have to remember which are fake every time you need to adjust something. It's easy to switch between low rates and high rates by pressing the left "bumper button" on the front of the controller. To perform a flip, hold the right bumper button down and move the right stick in the direction you want to flip in. If you have enough starting altitude, you can chain quite a few flips together. The flips are nice and tight with a loop diameter of only about 12 or 14", and the quad doesn't seem to lose altitude afterwards, unlike my other quads.
The quadcopter itself seems to be of pretty good quality, and certainly moves up, down and laterally very quickly. Unfortunately as other reviewers have said, the yaw rates are quite slow. I find that if I am headed for a wall, I have to mash the left stick all the way to one side or the other, and then manipulate the right stick to perform a kind of "J" maneuver. If I relied on yaw alone, it would probably crash.
Speaking of crashes, lets get to some of those caveats I mentioned earlier. In the middle of my second flight with this thing, I crashed into the windshield of my car from a total height of maybe 6 or 7 feet. I set it down to take off again, and found that the front left motor would no longer spin. Uh oh! Turns out I managed to snap one of the motor leads off where it was soldered into the main PCB. Those little wires are single strand and very tiny, probably 30 gauge or smaller, so it doesn't take very much. The factory soldering of the motor leads isn't the best, and that may be at least partly to blame for the wire breakage. I also think that not quite enough slack was given to the wire to allow it to flex with the frame during impact, and it snapped. I have had a lot of experience with component level repairs of medical devices, so I'm fairly decent at soldering and got it patched up. Getting the quadcopter body apart was easy enough (they include the perfect screwdriver for this), but removing the PCB and motors without breaking anything was a delicate operation, not to mention getting it back together. There is a full list of replacement parts in the back of the manual, but no indication of where to obtain them or how much they would cost to buy and ship. For most folks, this toy is pretty much disposable. If you break it, do yourself a favor: recycle it and buy a new one. For the advanced hobbyist, repairs are feasible if you're gentle and good with small work, but you'd also probably be better off buying a new one and using your old one for spare parts, rather than order the necessary parts individually and wait who knows how long for them to show up.
The manual states that the charge time is 50 minutes and the flight time is 4 minutes. This is about right. You should also be sure to allow at least 15 minutes of cooldown after a flight before you start charging again. Lithium ion batteries are finicky and you can run into some very serious problems if you try to charge a hot battery. The "low voltage warning" indication - when all the lights start flashing - is really more of a "oh by the way, I just fell out of the sky" indicator. Once the lights start flashing, this thing is already on its way down and the best you can do is steer it away from bad landing spots, if you can. I'm sure this is done to extend the "usable" flight time - the battery is only 100mAh, and we're lucky to get 4 minutes flight time out of it. If the warning lights turned on sooner, that would probably be 3 minutes of flight time. I wish that this thing had a prop guard, but the extra weight would only further reduce the time it spends in the air.
The manual is the last caveat - there's a lot of information in there, but the writing is hilariously bad. It helps to combine a good imagination with a decent understanding of the material. I'd read something and say to myself, "Okay, what the &@#$ does THAT mean? Wait... wait.... oh, alright, now I get it". Good for a few chuckles, unless you're not really familiar with this sort of stuff.
Overall, I'd recommend this to just about anyone wanting to get into quadcopter flying, as long as you're okay with the things I've mentioned here. It's a fun little gadget, and though the manual says otherwise it's definitely "toy grade". At $30, it's really hard to go wrong. Enjoy!
The Syma X12 Quad
· I fly this on high speed mode and find it to be great indoors, and fully comes alive outdoors.
· The yaw rate is slower than the CX-10, but can be overcome by adding equal or harder aileron (left-right on right stick) in addition to the direction of yaw (left-right on left stick). Practice that and you'll soon have it banking high speed from opposing walls in an 's' pattern. Add a little throttle in the turn to keep it at a consistent height.
· The low voltage indicators come on late, but you can feel a hint of sluggishness near the end of the flight and bring it back home safely. If you think the battery is low and want to fly it back safely from high elevation outdoors, I'd recommend reducing throttle, give it a little yaw in either direction, and some forward elevator to bring it down in a controlled spiral pattern. It won't then have to fight the vortex ring state/downwash if you bring it straight down with a near-empty battery.
· The flips are acceptable with a good battery charge. Not as tight as the CX-10, but it's easier to do multiple flips in succession.
· I find the white LED 'headlight' to be very useful when flying in dusk (my favorite) or at night outdoors. If I feel I'm flying uncomfortably out of range, I'll rotate the quad until I see the headlight and use the forward elevator to bring it home. The other LEDs on top aren't as bright as the CX-10, but I do get a good sense of tail lights/headlight and have no issues when flying.
· The propellers are beefy and can definitely take hits and crashes. I haven't had to bend them straight once, and that makes for more time flying, less time waiting for replacement parts to cross the Pacific.
· The size works well, even for those of us with large hands.
· It is very easy to trim in flight with the d-pad near the sticks. It is more intuitive than the CX-10 controller. Trimming is barely needed, as the quad calibrates itself when you bind to the controller.
· The low speed/high speed and flip buttons are easily accessible with the index fingers in mid-flight. No need for the awkward inward press of the stick.
· The controller has a good solid build quality, and a nice rubber feel on the sticks for precision flying.
· The audible beep when changing modes is a bit loud for my tastes. Maybe a future DIY modification is in order.
The Charging Cable
· I've added a black arrow to the top of the small connector with a Sharpie to better orient the charging cable for faster connections.
· The light on the USB end glows when it is done charging, which is the reverse of my other quads.
All in all, this is a great flyer with stability for indoor flight and speed for outdoor flight. I've bought some for friends, and will be picking up another to minimize the charging downtime. A good trainer for the eventual bigger quad w/GoPro and gimbal.