More Quads - Hubsan
There sure seem to be a lot of quad copters these days; some are small, some larger, some are very full featured with GPS and FPV capabilities. Some are RTF and others are built up from the frame.
I’d been having a lot of fun with my little Blade Nano at 18gr all up weight. The Nano is great for indoors but a bit dicey in the wind.
A friend told me about another small quad called Hubsan from www.banggood.com which ships from China for free. This particular one was $42 fully assembled and with a controller. Both are pictured below for size comparison. The Hubsan at 37gr has a bit more weight than the Nano, and handles the wind very well. The Hubsan also has lights which flash for a low battery. My trouble is seeing it because it is pretty small at 4.3”!
Hubsan and Blade Nano
The stock Hubsan only works with its own transmitter which is ok at first. The provided tx takes 4 AAA batteries. However, it doesn’t tell you if you leave it on unintentionally, so it’s easy to kill the tx batts. You can buy blade protectors separately so it’s more guarded like the Nano.
I bought a replacement control board for a Nano and plan to put it in the Hubsan so I can fly it with my spectrum radio. The control board was $35, almost as much as the Hubsan. I’ll have to give up the blinking LVC since the leds will be direct wired.
Hubsan, even has “eyes”
I just got a new Tower Talk and Estes has a Dart Quad Copter RTF, that looks almost identical to a Hubsan for $70. I bet you won’t have to wait 3 weeks for this one though. LOL!
Above is what you get in the package. It comes with a single 1S240mahr batt.
The site offered 5x 1S350 batts for $15 so I got them as well. For charging, I bought a parallel charge cable, shown below for a couple of bucks. I put a micro deans connector on the main end and use a conventional charger. Interestingly enough, this parallel cable has a way to parallel the parallel cables!
Parallel Charge cable for Hubsan batts
A few weeks after ordering this Hubsan, they came out with a Video Hubsan that also has a camera and spot for SD card for a huge price increase, $53 with transmitter and free shipping. So I ordered one of these too. I already bought the control board to swap out. http://www.banggood.com/Hubsan-X4-H107C-2_4G-4CH-RC-Quadcopter-With-Camera-Mode-2-RTF-p-75824.html?bid=1474 Looks like tower also has one in the new tower talk by HeliMax.
So if you’re looking for something a bit different you might give a Hubsan a try. Hubsan does have better outdoor performance due to its weight.