Blade Nano QX 3D Review

  

Blade’s Nano QX 3D, a version of the Nano QX that has larger 7mm motors and the ability to fly upside down, was released in January. I had my doubts about whether the flight times would be long enough. If the motors would die every few flights. But I still bought it…

Note: Because this is a quadcopter review, I can’t review takeoffs and landings. Basically, a quadcopter goes up. And comes back down. I will review how it felt on the first takeoff instead.

Backstory:

There really isn’t one… I just saw the NQX 3D and it looked like it would be a quadcopter that preformed well, but with significant battery life and motor life problems.

First Impresions:

When I opened the, as always from Horizon Hobby, nicely designed box and packaging, I didn’t really know if it came out of the box right side up or upside down… The NQX 3D was packaged in nice, clear plastic with a 250 mAH 1S LiPo and USB charger.

Assembly/First Flight Preparation:

Before doing anything, I looked at the manual to see which side was the top. (Hint: the props face down). I then charged the battery. This took about 20 minutes.

Tip: Get the Celectra charger that came with the original mCPX helicopter. This just plugs into a normal outlet and you get a second charger for your second battery (definitely get a second battery).

I then bound it to my wonderful Spektrum DX6 and got ready to fly…

First Takeoff:

As I lifted off, I heard power. Lots of it. And it sounded smooth. Kind of like one of those speedboats when they are going really slowly. I knew, at this point, that this was going to be one of my favorite aircraft.

Flying:

In beginner mode, this quadcopter was like a Nano QX in Stability mode. Intermediate mode was like beginner mode, but it’s a lot faster. And, finally, advanced mode is like a regular RC helicopter, with the motor direction changing on either side of 50% throttle.

Recommended timer settings if using a Spektrum computerized transmitter:

Dx6i transmitter:

Timer: 4:30 minutes

Any Other Spektrum Computerized Transmitter:

Timer: 4:30 minutes; start/stop at 10% throttle

The Specs:

Skill Level: Intermediate

Length: 130 mm

Width: 130 mm

Height: 42 mm

Flying Weight: 1 oz

Full Specs Here

Equipment I Used:

1. Thunder Power TP103CQ-ACDC Charger (link)

2. Spektrum DX6i DSMX Transmitter Only (link)

Verdict:

This is a great all around quadcopter, and it is excellent if you have mastered the original NQX and want high preformance fun.

Rating:

10/10

Thanks for reading the much-delayed Nano QX 3D review. Comment, share, enjoy, and forgive me for the lack of pictures 🙂 ! Reader’s Opinion will be posted this Sunday, so check back…

Blade Nano QX 3D First Look



Two days late, but I *definitely* had a good reason. (Full disclosure: I kept pushing the posting of this post back.) 

As I opened the box of the new Blade Nano QX 3D, I wondered how it would compare to the original NQX. If flying upside down when the quadcopter always looked half way upside down would be any fun. Or if I would put it to the side and fly the original NQX around the room. 

I bound my DX6 to it and flew it. WOW! It almost feels like it has brushless motors compared to the original, and I had to constantly remind myself that they were brushed! In intermediate mode and beginner mode, I had lots of fun pushing the right stick on my DX6 all the way forward and zooming around the (thankfully) large living room. It is durable; after a high-speed crash after attempting a flip, I only broke the motor mount/blade guard. $9 and I was in the air again. (Note that it still flew after the crash. It just had a bad vibration.)

Look for a full review next Sunday or maybe the Sunday after. Thanks for reading! Enjoy, comment, subscribe, and share…

My New Fleet

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You may be wondering why I never posted yesterday. And why part 2 of last week’s post hasn’t been published. I’ll give those answers.

Firstly, I remembered that I would have a few new aircraft come in today. This gave me the idea to, instead of a part 2, give some brief previews on these new products that will be reviewed. Be assured that part 2 will come out on or before next Sunday.

1. UMX Radian:

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I couldn’t resist. The remarkable wind handling of the last one, which I reviewed here, and long flight times made me finally cave in and buy a second one. At least I was able to hold out for four months.

2. Spektrum DX6:

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I really enjoyed my old DX6, but it had a problem with no signal coming out only a few months after purchase. I decided to not send it in, but to keep it as a simulator transmitter and get a higher-end transmitter for normal flying. That never really worked out. I ended up getting another DX6i, missing the DX6’s features a lot.

So, when the time came for me to really rebuild my fleet, I decided to upgrade to the DX7. However, it was too much money to get at the same time as a Radian, Nano QX, and the NQX’s big brother. So I got another DX6, and I’m really happy with it.

(Note: my old DX6 always failed to bind on the first try. I had to try again for it to work. This one binds perfectly.)

3. Blade Nano QX:

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I really enjoyed the first one that I had in 2013. It, as I said a previous post about how I got started in RC, broke in August-ish. Then, I got another. That was still going strong until a few months ago. Somehow, I managed to lose it. I guess I’ll find it once I fly the new one.

Anyway, the Nano QX is one of the best indoor quadcopters. I would have said it was the best, but then its big brother came along…

4. NEW Nano QX 3D:

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This thing is… AMAZING! I was flying so fast around me in the living room that I thought that my head might spin off from moving in circles to keep it in view. Everything else was blurry, and that was only in intermediate mode!

Even more impressive, the NQX 3D got five minutes forty seconds until LVC with the timer activating/deactivating when the throttle went above/below 25% with this flying! I have decided to try to make the timer start and stop at 10% throttle, leaving the timer at five minutes. Maybe I’ll change the timer to start/stop at 25% throttle and last for four minutes.

Conclusion:

Well, there’s the new fleet! I’m going to finally review what I haven’t reviewed soon.

This fleet actually has some type of structure so I don’t buy things left and right. The Radian is the plane that will be flown in high winds, the NQX is the standard house flyer, and the NQX 3D is the indoor pocket rocket! Oh, and the Champ that I’ve had since Christmas, well, I still think that everyone needs a Champ. Also, the Proto X that I’ve had for a while is my very, very, very small flyer.

Thanks for reading, and part 2 of last week’s post will be posted sometime on or before next Sunday the 1st. Then there’s Reader’s Opinion, and then more reviews.