Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor is one of the best micro quadcopters for advanced learners who want to practice and improve their flying skills. This pocket-sized drone has advanced features which will allow intermediate pilots to practice hovering, learn how to fly in six directions, and master advanced techniques such as acrobatics and 360-degrees inverted flying. With a true ready-to-fly package that contains a pre-assembled quadcopter, a 2.4 GHz remote controller (with batteries), a USB charger, and two 3.7V lithium polymer batteries, you can start flying this drone immediately after you finish reading the instruction manual. This brief Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor review discusses its most important features and the reasons why it is a good drone for practicing advanced flying skills.
Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor comes in a variety of attractive colors. You can find this drone adorned with colors like red, orange, blue, and green. Although, the pod, cross axle, and two propellers in front are usually black, the two propeller blades at the rear come in different colors while the brand name and logo on the center of the pod are printed in the same color as the rear set of propellers. For durability and crash-resistance, the pod and axle were produced with anodized aluminum. That is why this drone can withstand several crashes without any serious damage. However, due to its small size and lightweight, the drone is more suitable for indoor flight. Outdoor flight will only be effective in a very still atmospheric condition with minimal wind.
The Traxxas QR-1 drone has a unique quad-rotor thrust and 6-axis stabilization technology. These two features work together to provide a super-fast response when the quadcopter is flown in expert mode. That is why it can perform many flying stunts that are only possible when flying professional drones. For instance, you can use this aircraft to learn and master snap rolls, 360-degree flips in four dimensions, and high-speed banking turns. Auto-flips and pre-programmed inverted flight are not available in this quadcopter because it is designed to help you learn how to fly like a professional. But even in normal flight mode, the stabilization mechanism makes it for beginners to learn how to hover the drone and start flying at a stable altitude within a relatively short time.
The 4-channel, 2.4 GHz Traxxas QR-1 transmitter is very easy to use. Every time you switch on the transmitter and the quadcopter, the two of them bind together automatically. This saves you plenty of time. Thereafter, with the special digital trim buttons, you can make any trim adjustments required so that the drone can hover perfectly without making continuous adjustments to the control sticks. The control sticks are very responsive and the quad-rotor thrust enables you to do all the acrobatics at high speed. To switch from normal mode to expert mode and back, all you need to do is to press the right joystick. With the bright LED screen, you can see all the important information about your current flight session with ease including: the flight mode, binding status, battery level, and altitude.
Traxxas QR-1 comes with an extra 3.7V lithium polymer battery. Each of the two batteries will take over 45 minutes to be fully charged. To charge your batteries, you can plug the charger into your car, computer or iPhone charger. Then you can use each one for a minimum of 6 minutes when you are flying in expert flight mode. In normal flight mode, you will enjoy a longer battery life (as much as 10 minutes) because you will be flying at a slower speed. Also, doing multiple stunts and maneuvering will also reduce the battery time. The wires and connectors in the battery compartment are very durable with a larger gauge than most other drones and they have silicone insulation.
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Conclusion & Editor Overall Rating
If you are searching for a drone that can help you to practice your flying skills indoors before you start using more expensive professional quadcopters, this could be the perfect choice for you. Although it does not have a camera, it offers you so many other features that are essential for learning real professional flying skills like transmitter trimming, hands-free hovering, inverted flight, flips, loops, banking turns and many more. With the manufacturer’s warranty, efficient customer support, and online ordering of spare parts, you will enjoy using this drone to develop and sharpen your flying skills.
- Quad-rotor thrust with digital 6-axis stabilization
- Quickly master stable hovering and flight in Normal mode
- Includes two high-capacity LiPo batteries
- USB-powered dual-battery charger
- Measures 2.4GHz transmitter eliminates frequency conflicts