Review: Blade Nano QX RTF (Ready-To-Fly) RC Quadcopter

Blade Nano QX
Blade Nano QX

Lately, I’ve been wanting to review another really high quality indoor quadcopter that can be flown around the Christmas tree and drive my two dogs into barking fits. I happen to own a Ink Blade MCX2 helicopter that is awesome indoors and after reading several positive reviews on the Blade Nano QX quadcopter decided to check one out.

After several flights around the house, I agree with those who give this quad an enthusiastic thumbs up. Although the price of the Horizon Hobby Inc. product is around $100, which puts it at a higher price than the also excellent Hubsan X4 (H107C) at $50, I found the Blade Nano QX to be a bit more precise in the way it responds to the transmitter controls. It’s also available as a BNF (Bind-And-Fly) which allows the pilot to bind it to a compatible Spektrum or DSM2/DSMX technology equipped aircraft transmitter. The model I’m reviewing here is the RTF (Ready-To-Fly) version, which comes from the factory already bound to the included transmitter.

Blade BLH7600 Nano QX RTF with SAFE

Inside The Box

Inside the Blade Nano QX box.
Inside the Blade Nano QX box.
  • Blade Nano QX Quadcopter
  • 2.4 GHz MLP4DSM 4CH Transmitter
  • (1) 3.7V 150mAh 1S 25C Li-Po Battery
  • USB Li-Po Charger, 350 mAh
  • (1) extra set of propellers (green & black)
  • (1) extra canopy (green & black)
  • (4) silicone canopy grommets
  • (4) AA transmitter batteries
  • Instruction Manual

 

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Design Quality

Underside of Blade Nano QX showing flight controller and battery.
Underside of Blade Nano QX showing flight controller and battery.

Horizon Hobby has built another high quality product with the Blade Nano QX. This ultra lightweight, super small indoor quad weighs a mere 18 grams and measures 140 mm (5.5 in) in length, but it’s packed wholesale mlb jerseys with big technology features.

Exclusive SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology, developed by Horizon Hobby, uses a combination of multi-axis sensors and software that allows the Nano QX to know its position relative to the horizon. This technology really is helpful for novice pilots in that it allows for easier, safe and controlled flying.

The QX offers two modes; stability mode for first time flyers, and agility mode for experienced pilots. I was impressed with how easy it was to keep under control in the stability mode. Stability mode offers two rates; low-rate for beginners looking for easier control, and high-rate for intermediate pilots wanting aerobatic capability. Agility mode hands over all directional controls to the skilled pilot; no more training wheels!

The flight controller of the QX is a 4-in-1 unit that is a combination of electronic speed controls (ESCs), mixers, the SAFE sensor unit, and a DSM2/DSMX receiver. Two LEDs, blue and red, mounted on the control unit serve as status indicators.

Four 6mm brushed motors are excellent hobby-grade quality and can easily be wholesale mlb jerseys replaced if necessary in the future.

The airframe with built-in U818A blade guards appears to be quite flexible and durable. This nano-sized quad is designed perfectly for indoor flying.

The Remote Unit

Blade Nano QX MLP4DSM transmitter.
Blade Nano QX MLP4DSM transmitter.

This RTF model includes the MLP4DSM transmitter already bound Hydro to the receiver. The other purchase option is the BNF (Bind-N-Fly) model which doesn’t include a transmitter and requires binding to a Spektrum or DSM2/DSMX equipped transmitter.

I found the transmitter to be a straight forward design. The trim function buttons offer precise adjustments for rudder (nose left or right), elevator (forward or backward) and aileron (left or right). Rather than a LCD screen showing trim positions, this unit emits beep tones confirming that adjustments are being made.

Switching between stability and agility flight modes is done by pressing and releasing the left control stick while the transmitter is on. Stability mode is indicated by the glowing blue LED on the 4-in-1 flight controller. Agility mode is indicated by the glowing red LED.

Changing rates (low or high) is done wholesale jerseys by pressing and releasing the right control stick. The transmitter power On-Off status light blinks to indicate low rate and glows steady to indicate high rate.

The remote unit is quite comfortable to hold and takes 4 AA batteries (included).

Flying

The Nano QX is strictly an indoor quadcopter. With a length of 140 mm (5.5 in) and propeller diameter of 50 mm (1.97 in) this small and light model will be no match for even light wind outdoors.

What impressed me the most with this quad is how precise and crisp it responds to transmitter inputs. Getting the model to hover in place is about as easy as it gets with this quad, with only minor throttle adjustments to maintain a hover. The rudder, elevator and aileron required no trim adjustments right out of the box.

Beyond a steady hover, other advanced maneuvers like forward and backward flight, skidding takeoffs, pirouettes, spot landings and skidding landings are all possible with practice. After mastering these, using the agility NATIONAL mode will allow the challenge of flips and rolls.

The model is very forgiving when bounced off of walls as it continues to fly perfectly thanks to the built-in propeller guards. Propeller strikes on most quads can cause the model to fly poorly due to prop damage.

Battery and Charging

The Blade Nano QX comes with one Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) 3.7V 150 mAh flight battery Review: which provides around 7-8 minutes of flying time. To charge the battery use the included USB 3.7V DC Li-Po battery charger. Recharging time is around 30-40 minutes. A full charge is completed when the red LED on the charger goes out. I highly recommend purchasing one or two more Li-Po batteries to extend your flying fun.

A feature that the Nano QX 4-in-1 control unit utilizes to protect the flight battery from becoming over-discharged is Low Voltage Cutoff (LVC). Over-discharging the battery below 3 volts will damage the battery and LVC prevents this by decreasing power to the motors. Enough reserve power remains to safely land the model. Activation of this feature is visually indicated by the blinking of the LED mounted on the 4-in-1 control unit.

Overall Impression

If you or someone you know enjoys the entertainment that remote controlled models provides, this Blade Nano QX RTF is the indoor quad to get. I find myself stealing a few minutes out of my morning routine to fly this one around the living room with an occasional buzz around the top of our Christmas tree.

The precise way it responds to transmitter inputs and the exclusive SAFE technology built into the flight controller makes it an easy quad to develop your piloting skills. Feeling confident with flying in stability mode before advancing to agility mode will take time. Stability mode is perfect for learning to fly in smaller indoor spaces.

The Blade Nano QX is my new go-to indoor quadcopter. It’s not only a Concord, lot of fun to fly when you just can’t get to the park or the weather is nasty, it’ll sharpen your piloting skills for perhaps that next upscale quad you’ve had your eye on Field all Review: year.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Blade BLH7600 Nano QX RTF with SAFE

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