Hubsan X4 (H107L) has everything a novice pilot needs to learn basic flying skills. Without the need to bother about reading a very long manual before you get started, you can start flying within an hour after you receive your drone. It comes in a true ready-to-fly package with a pre-assembled quadcopter, a 4-channel 2.4 GHz remote controller, a 3.7V LiPo battery, USB charger, extra propeller blades, and a well written user’s manual. Beginners can use this quadcopter to teach themselves how to fly quickly with a few practice sessions. Here is a concise Hubsan X4 (H107L) review that gives you most of the details you need to know before you purchase this excellent trainer drone.
With a dimension of 2.3 x 2.3 x 1 inches, this pocket-sized portable drone can easily be transported to any practice field. From the pod to the cross axle and other parts of the air frame, the design of this drone portrays high durability. Although there are not many color options for you to choose, the black and white color provides an excellent contrast with light colored walls indoors, or the blue sky outdoors. This enhances visibility when the drone is hundreds of feet away from you. Two different propeller colors and LED lights are also used to help you determine the direction in which the quadcopter is flying.
Hardware / Software
Hubsan X4 (H107L) has the latest 6-axis adjustable gyroscopic flight management system. Thus, new pilots will find it very easy to control the drone both indoor and outdoors. Although outdoor flight will be a bit challenging due to the 4-ounce weight of the drone, nevertheless, it will be fun to learn how to control the drone in relatively still atmospheric conditions. To enhance fast response to the remote controller in normal and expert mode, this quadcopter is fitted with powerful high speed coreless motors. In expert mode, the drone moves faster and it can do 360-degree flips. Due to the speed at which this drone moves, it is advisable to invest in propeller guards to reduce the impact of crashes.
Controller / Transmitter
Hubsan X4 H107L has one of the most responsive controls. In fact, you must be careful to move the throttle control stick very gently so that you don’t lose control of the quadcopter and end up with a hard crash. The 4-channel 2.4 GHz transmitter is very easy to handle for both beginner and expert. It binds automatically to the drone immediately you switch it on. But you should take some time to trim the controls and ensure that you can hover the aircraft indoors. Flying outdoors requires a little more caution because the of the effect of wind. So if you decide to fly outdoors, make sure you fly in an open place without any obstacles. This will make it easier for to you to recover your quadcopter if you lose control of it. The maximum flight range specified in the manual is 30 meters but experience has shown that you can keep flying until you lose sight of the drone.
The 3.7V 240 mAh lithium polymer battery that comes with the package will keep the drone flying for about 6 to 15 minutes depending on several factors. If you are just learning how to fly and you only hover the aircraft with very short forward flights, you could use it for close to 15 minutes. But if you are flying fast in expert mode, you may not be able to keep the drone in the air for more than 6 to 8 minutes. That is why you have to buy extra batteries. Some users try to fix in batteries with higher ampere-hour capacities but the maximum that will fit into the quadcopter compartment is the 380 mAh battery. Batteries with 500 mAh will not fit in properly. To charge your battery with your computer, car or iPhone battery pack, you can use the USB cable. When charging from a direct wall outlet, make sure you don’t use a charger that will deliver more than 1 Amp. Charging time is usually between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
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Conclusion & Editor Overall Rating
The Hubsan X4 H107L is a pilot’s delight. With the highly responsive transmitter controls, powerful motors, bright LED lights and expert mode, you will enjoy using this quadcopter to learn how to fly first. Then you can invest safely in other hobby grade drones that are much more expensive. This drone delivers one of the best returns for your investment and allows you to really have fun while you are learning how to fly.