Traxxas 6608 LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor Ready-to-Fly Helicopter, Assorted Colors
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||14.78 x 14.78 x 1.69 inches|
|Item Weight||1.95 Ounces|
About this item
- The number one selling name ins RTR
- Innovative designa and engineering
- Made using only the highest quality components
- Quad-rotor thrust with auto-leveling 6-axis flight system
- High-capacity 650mAh LiPo battery
- Integrated bright, colorful LEDs. 2.4GHz radio system
- Molded two-piece, two-color canopy in assorted colors
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Traxxas was started in 1986 with an idea for what was at that time an entirely new concept for a fully assembled, hobby-class R/C car. This new car would have all the same benefits of a hobby-class kit such as replaceable parts, hop-ups, and a high-quality component radio system, however it would be fully assembled with a colorful body, right out of the box. Traxxas coined the term "Ready-To-Run" (RTR) to describe this new class. Since a fully assembled, ready-to-run car would appeal to the entry-level beginner, a toll-free customer support line was set up from day one to service an entirely new category of hobby consumer. At first, acceptance of the RTR concept was slow because traditional R/C kits had always been unassembled. Once people realized that a Traxxas RTR had the same performance and quality as the traditional R/C kits, only that they didn't have to build it, the ready-to-run car was a runaway hit! A kit version would still be offered for those who still wanted to have the building experience.
From the Manufacturer
Alias is a clean-sheet design that focuses on the performance and design elements that make flying and even learning to fly, fun. The first mission objective was durability. Alias is built around a unique molded-composite frame that is combined with clever high-tech construction to make it extremely light and virtually indestructible. Your flying fun goes on and on without worrying about breakage from crash damage. The next mission was performance. Fun always comes from having more power so Alias' motors have 50% more power than standard motors and when combined with the lightweight design and high-tech materials, Alias is lightning quick and ultra-responsive. A completely new flight control system was developed that provides unmatched 6-axis stability that works in the background without impacting performance and speed. It acts like a virtual spring that snaps Alias back to level controlled flight no matter what situation you find yourself in. New pilots can fly faster and perform aerobatic maneuvers sooner than they ever thought possible with Alias' unique flight control system. Alias is uniquely engineered to satisfy the needs of both new pilots who want to experience the fun of flying and experienced pilots who want a fun and relaxing way to sharpen their skills. Thoughtful design touches abound including the telemetry powered battery fuel gauge that provides visual and audible alerts when it's time to recharge the flight battery. Technology is utilized the right way to enhance performance, maximize durability, increase flight time and make Alias easy to fly. Alias model 6608 comes fully assembled and ready-to-fly in one of 4 fun colors. Included are a 650mAh LiPo flight battery, a high-output USB fast charger and four AAA batteries for the transmitter.
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After doing a fair amount of research I was set on the Blade 180 QX HD because it gets decent reviews and it has a camera to take some basic video, but when I started researching competitors I found the LaTrax Alias. After doing more research I found a great review comparing the two along with another brand using a weighted scoring system (which I loved being a bit of a process nerd) and I was sold. The Alias had LEDs for flying at night or in low light conditions and the Alias is supposed to allow for more tricks, although it is not as powerful as the 180. I figured I should learn to fly something that will allow for tricks so I will be better suited to get the quad back to stable should something go wrong.
The kit comes complete with:
- the quad
- rechargeable quad battery
- AAA batteries for the controller
- USB battery charger
- a quick start guide
- a full guide
- a set of 4 replacement blades
- as set of 2 optional joystick replacements that can be swapped out based on preference (taller and thinner)
- Allen key to replace the blades
The RTF unit comes completely assembled and only requires installing the AAA batteries in the controller along with charging the main batter and installing it in the quad. The process for start-up is simple, turn on the controller, hook up the battery on the quad, wait for them to link, press the left joystick in to arm the quad and you are ready to fly.
The only disappointment I had during un-boxing and setup was the AAA batteries for the controller were DOA. Luckily I had AAA batteries on hand, but I did find it annoying that they arrived dead.
The quad itself was a bit smaller than I expected, but the build overall seems pretty nice, especially compared to some of the other helis I have owned over the years. The controller is electronic and has trim 3 different trim adjustments which allows you to make minor adjustment so that the quad will hover in place when you are not using any of the controls other than throttle.
As for flying the quad, I will admit, it takes some getting used to. The biggest challenge for me is the fact that the left joystick controls both the throttle (up and down) as well as the ability to rotate the quad left and right. I found that when I try to turn I would also increase or decrease the throttle rather than keep the quad level, but I am sure this is just something that I need to adjust to. I will also admit that I had many not-so-graceful landings during my first few flights, but there was definitely a lot of improvement over time as well. I am looking forward to playing with it more over the weekend and posting updates as I learn more.
I ordered an additional stock battery as well as a 3rd battery which has a longer run time. I will review them as well once they come in and I have ample time to try them out.
Important: If you recently purchased one, take a look at the tops of the motors and look for ether little round vent holes or what looks like black resin covering the top. If you see these return it immediately, these are the motors that fail within 8 to 12 battery recharge cycles. If the motors are completely enclosed by metal, these are the new motors and should last you 40 or more battery recharge cycles.
I waited to purchase my Alias until I started seeing more positive reviews about the motors, that was my mistake. I figured that I had given them enough time to get rid of the old inventory of Alias' with the defective motors and started shipping them with the new ones.
My first motor started to die after 3 recharge cycles and was completely dead after the 12th. It started to wobble a little in flight but if I unplugged the battery for a moment and reconnect it then it would stabilize again. I even recalibrated the leveling on it multiple times but that didn't correct the issue. I had followed Traxxas' suggestion to kill the motors and let the Alias fall to the ground if I sensed that it was going to crash, but it didn't make a difference.
I called Traxxas support and they sent out a replacement motor immediately. I installed it and flew Alias for another 3 recharge cycles when another motor died. I called back support and requested that they send along a whole set of motors, which they did without any issue. I really feel for the support techs because they must hate getting calls from Alias owners but they were responsive and professional.
It's a shame that the motors are junk because this is a very user friendly, fun and tough little quad copter. If I had to do over again I would have waited another month or so to see if they fixed the problem and then purchase something else if it wasn't.
Top reviews from other countries
3 niveaux de difficultés sont disponibles :
- basic, avec des vitesses limitées.
- fast, avec une assistance mais des vitesses plus élevées, et surtout la possibilité de faire des figures (loopings, etc)
- expert, avec un control manuel total.
Une fois pris en main, on peut programmer des series de loopings.
Même si très solide, il ne faut pas hésiter a acheter quelques pièces de rechange pour ne pas se retrouver bloqué.
Particulièrement : hélices et diffuseurs de leds.
Par contre, attention aux tarifs pratiqués très variables. Acheté pour ma part à 115 euros.
Il est solide et la batterie dure bien 10mn et met bien 40mn à la charge (en mode rapide)