Blade Nano QX Drone for Beginners
The Blade Nano QX is a beginner drone that is simply designed and fairly easy to fly. This is a low cost ready-to-fly beginner drone so don’t expect any high end features. It is mostly suitable for indoor flying. The drone is designed with incredible stability but it is still agile enough so you can use it comfortably to execute a few flying maneuvers
The construction is sturdy and tough and the design fairly sleek. If you appreciate a nice looking drone, the Blade Nano QX delivers fully in that department. If you are a first time flyer looking for a drone with reasonable mid-level performance standards, then the Blade Nano will be a suitable drone for you. It does not come with lots of high end features such as a camera or autonomous flight functions but when it comes to performance and real pilot-like experience, it definitely delivers and you will enjoy flying it. With the low price of under $100, you won’t feel the pinch much when you crash it. Still, thanks to the sturdy build, it may just survive a few crashes and still be in excellent flying condition.
This entry level drone is so small it will comfortably fit in your palms and it is also designed with the SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that equips the drone with a highly sophisticated flight firmware allowing the drone to remain stable and hover around. This is probably a feature that you would normally expect in the higher end drones with more advanced firmware. For a beginner, it is a huge plus!
Blade Nano QX Drone Features
Here is an overview of the main features of the Blade Nano QX Quadcopter:-
- Has a battery life of 7 to 8 minutes. Battery is a LiPo 150mAh capacity
- Weight is 0.50 ounces
- Built with the SAFE technology
- Uses durable brushless motors
- Includes four spare rotors
The first thing you will notice about the Blade Nano QX is its relatively small size. It is a mini drone with good handling so you can fly it in the tiniest of spaces. The drone also comes ready-to-fly (RTF); no assembling will be required to launch it in flight. You just need to charge and insert its battery and it is good to go.
The quad has a very simplistic design. The frame of the board is made from plastic and it has one simple circuit board. The battery is secured below the drone. While the frame is crafted from a light plastic material, it is still tough and resilient enough to take a little beating. So your tiny quad will survive a few crashes.
It has the SAFE Technology
The Blade Nano QX is designed with the SAFE technology that gives it a slightly more “advanced” firmware for a drone of its size and simplicity. “SAFE” stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is software that will help your drone avoid potential crashes. This is piece of firmware will also help you with the taking off and landing your drone and is an especially useful feature for beginners who will likely be struggling with these flight functions.
The SAFE technology works like a real life autopilot. In case you are getting into trouble in flight, all you have to do is let go of these controls and the Blade Nano QX “autopilot” will automatically take over the flight and take it to a hover in the stability mode. If you are a new user just learning to fly and are wobbling about with the controls, this feature will come in handy.
Once you are comfortable with the controls and have now mastered the basics of drone flying, you can upgrade to the drone’s agility mode that allows you to fly the little quad more aggressively and execute some daring flips and flight tricks.
Excellent Flight Performance
The Blade Nano QX is not just fun to fly around but also gives you very good flight performance. It is suited for complete beginners as well as those who have mastered a few basics of flight. Once you get a good handle of the drone, you can use it for a few flying tricks with fast turns and a relatively good speed. The drone is very responsive to the controls and handles quite well. Once you master its controls, you can enjoy the precise flying performance with the Blade Nano QX.
After attaching the battery, the blue LED on the drone will start blinking. The blinking will continue until the drone is put on flat ground. From here, it will show a steady blue LED light. The drone is now ready for take off. You can now apply the thrust and launch it into the air.
The Blade Nano QX drone utilizes the SAFE function that works as an “autopilot” and will take control of the drone if you let go of its controls. This goes on as follows: after you have released the control sticks on the controller, the drone will be steered by the SAFE technology into a hover position. However, don’t rely too much on the SAFE system as the drone does not have the Return to Home function so if you let it go out of view, it is most likely going to crash. Remember this firmware is not so sophisticated so don’t take your eyes off the ball. If you are done honing your flying skills, you can switch off the SAFE option and begin flying the drone manually.
The Blade Nano QX also comes with a remote control that has a range of up to 40 feet. It may not be much but for a quad of this size and with the same low price tag, that is adequate.
As far as flight performance is concerned, the main drawback the Blade Nano QX has is its ultra light weight. While this makes it maneuverable and zippy and makes it ideal for indoor flying, it will be blown off easily by wind. Even light breezes will veer it of course and make it difficult to fly. If you are planning to fly it outdoors, make sure the conditions are very calm.
We would recommend that you fly the Blade Nano mostly indoors because of its very low weight of only 0.58 ounces. If you are beginner, that could also give you great room to practice your flight technique without crashing your drone on hard obstacles or possibly losing it. Flying it indoors also allows you to familiarize yourself with the drone controls without grappling with weather interference.
The quad is a very short battery life and flight time so we would advise that you stock up on a few batteries to enjoy the best flight experience with minimal downtimes. On average, the flight time is less than 7 minutes. The battery has a capacity of only 150mAh and stores enough juice for only a few minutes of flight. The batteries can be recharged with a USB recharger and have a charging time of only 25 minutes. The batteries are also cheap, costing less than $20 with most retailers.
However, these battery specs are not too far for most drones of its class and with its specs which typically have a flight time of 6 minutes to 8 minutes. So it is not like it is performing below average. For its features and price point, it is delivering to type.
The battery life of a quad is generally determine by the amount of time it is able to maintain the hover position. If you are planning to fly the drone more aggressively and even do a few zips, you can expect the juices to be depleted a lot faster so the flight-time will be shorter.
The drone flight controller is fairly simple and intuitive, consisting of only two sticks. The design of the controller resembles that of an Xbox, a feature that most of us will be familiar with. It is also small enough to snugly fit into your hands with your thumbs easily reaching all the control sticks.
It utilizes a four-channel transmitter at 2.4GHZ. This transmitter is also compatible with various other tiny quads so it can end up serving you much longer than you had anticipated. The transmitter offers you two main modes for flying this drone, namely the stability mode and the agility modes. You can alternate between these two modes by simply pressing the right control stick.
The left stick is used for aileron control in moving the drone left and right while the right stick is used in rudder control. For throttle control (for regulating ascending and descending motion) and elevator control, you can move the control sticks up and down. This is just too simple and intuitive and it should take you less than 5 minutes to master these controls and begin flying the Blade Nano QX drone.
The other aspect of the drone controls is that they are highly responsive. You don’t need to fly too much force to the controls. Just a little flick will give the drone an impressive flight performance in the desired direction. Don’t be surprise if you get the drone spiraling off in a particular direction in case you knock any of the sticks accidentally.
There is a power button situated between the two control sticks that you can use in switching the controller on or off. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the control sticks using the sets of buttons located around the ring. If you are beginner, you will want to fly the drone with low sensitivity but as you improve your technique, you should be able to fly the drone comfortably even with a higher sensitivity. The controller uses four AA batteries that need to be purchased separately.
The drone is fairly durable. It has a light plastic build and is ultra light. The light weight means the drone will not fall into pieces when it crashes so it will absorb a few hits. Also the pocket friendly price means that you can afford to lose the drone and not feel the pinch.
The Bottom Line
This is a great drone for most beginners. It is cheap, has more than bare-bones features and it is fairly easy to fly. In spite of its light plastic build, the Blade Nano QX is very resilient and can take a few hits and still be in excellent flying form.
It is also equipped with a sophisticated SAFE technology that will help you avoid crashes as you are learning the ropes of flying this quad. It offers beginners two flight modes-stability and agility- that allow you to get a hang of the drone flying and then “graduate” to a somewhat intermediate flying experience with higher speeds and more zips.
The drone comes ready-to-fly so as a beginner, you won’t find it too intimidating. Once you have charged and connected the battery, you can simply launch your flight and begin clocking your first flight-hours or “flight minutes”. Charging is super fast via a USB charger. It will take less than 25 minutes to fully refill juice. Still, we would recommend that you purchase an extra battery or two for a smoother flight experience with minimal downtimes.
The Blade Nano QX transmitter is simply designed and easy to get your way around. It has a fairly good range as well as compatibility with the numerous other micro drones in the market. You will definitely love the Xbox style design.
Overall, this is a great beginner drone. If you are looking for a reliable low budget performer and are ok with the tiny size, then you will fall in love with the Blade Nano QX drone.