The Blade Nano is one of the smallest drones on the market and also one that is suitable for both beginners and experienced drone pilots. It comes with Blades innovative SAFE technology that will stabilise the drone during flight making it safe to fly indoors. Its durable and can take the occasional bumps and has propeller guards for extra safety. The one downside is that there is no camera,however,that should not be a deal breaker because this drone is great to have some fun with and is aimed towards beginners and kids.
- 8 minutes flight time
- SAFE technology
- Lightweight and durable
- Suitable for indoor flight
- Great for beginners
Welcome to another drone review,today I will be reviewing the Blade Nano QX, a minature drone that comes with powerful features and worth the price tag.
The Blade Nano QX may not look like it provides much in the way of drone features, but as you will see from this review, it is a quite impressive drone and comes with a lot of advanced features.
Horizon Hobby have been manufacturing RC equipment since the mid 80’s, since then thy have become one of the leading providers of toy grade drones as well as more sophisticated aircraft. The Blade Nano QX is one of their bestselling mini drones and for good reason. It’s installed with Horizons latest stabilising technology, is ultra-light and crash resistant.
A side note, the Chinese drone manufacturer, Yuneec, make many of the drones for Horizon. So even if they are losing ground to DJI in the higher end of the drone market, they still make excellent toy drones.
Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter measures 18.4*16.1*6.4 and weighs is 18g. This makes it one of the smallest drones in its class. The small size makes it possible to fly in any room – even in spaces as small as an office cubicle.
The quadcopter sports a tough yet lightweight airframe that takes its agility to a whole new level. It comes in many colour schemes one of my favourites is the one that comes in green and black. It weighs about half an ounce, which gives anyone from beginner to experienced, an easier time handling and transporting the drone.
The feather-light design minimises any chances of damage during a crash. Although if you do somehow manage to damage it, there are spare part available from approved retailers.
Safe Technology System
The drone can be flown in two modes, SAFE mode and agility mode, SAFE is for beginners whilst agility mode gives you more options to fly aggressively. The quadcopter is equipped with an advanced flight control software that gives beginners an easier time flying it.
The SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology functions as the core of Nano QX RTF Quadcopter. It is designed to control and stabilise the drone to ensure the helicopter is always in upright and stable position. In this mode, you can let go of the controls and the drone will hover with very little movement.
This advanced technology gives beginners more confidence and enables them to fly like a pro in no time. However, in this mode It means that you cannot do flips and turn at certain angles but it’s still fun flying and the best option if you are a beginner. The system can be switched to an agility mode to provide greater manoeuvrability like doing flips and faster flying speeds, although this mode is more for experienced flyers.
Powerful Brushed Motors
This drone packs incredible power that seems amazing considering its size. It derives its power from a 3.7-volt lithium polymer battery this powerful battery provides extended flight time of 8 minutes on a single charge. Which is in line with other quadcopters in its class.
The battery takes around 30 minutes to fully recharge so it is advisable to have spares around. It drives high-performance, 6mm brushed coreless motors that spin the 1.97-inch propeller at incredible speed to provide a powerful lift.
The quadcopter sports 4 motors that put it in the air in no time. As with all small quadcopters, it zips around fast, so be careful when flying indoors. It does have propeller guards so damage should be non-existent should you crash into something
Elegant and Durable Finish
This quadcopter is not just about power. It comes in a nice, elegant finish that blends well in any environment. The drone sports a powder-coated finish that makes it resistant to scratches and the harsh outdoor elements. The result is a tough and durable quadcopter that can take most bumps and crashes.
The controller resembles that of a video console gamepad, it’s ergonomic design means it fits nicely in your hands. It uses two sticks to control the drone, the left is used to tilt left and right, while the right stick is for rotating the drone.
The ability to go up or down and move left or right can be achieved by using either control. The controller uses 4 AA batteries and they are included with the package.
You can also buy the drone without a controller if you have a 4+ channel DSM2 or DSMX transmitter you can bind the drone to your controller and be ready to fly in no time. Although a word of warning, if you have no controller and wish to buy one, some of them cost as much as the drone itself.
In summary, the Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter is a great drone for beginners, the battery life isn’t long but that can be easily overcome with the purchase of some spare batteries. The design is aesthetically pleasing and built to withstand crashes, there are some spare propellers if they get damaged. It’s one of the more technologically advanced toy drones in the market with Horizons SAFE system installed. The only downside people may find is that it doesn’t come with a camera, in today’s world of drones, nearly every drone is judged by if it has a camera and how good it is. I don’t see it as a flaw. If you are looking for a fun drone and are on a budget this drone will be more than enough.