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Estes 4606 Proto X Nano Quadcopter Review

October 7, 2015 / no comments, on Reviews, Mini Quadcopters Reviews

Introduction

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano is one of the smallest micro quadcopters ever made. Flying this drone indoors can be a great source of fun for most beginner-level pilots who want to have a feel of how to control a quadcopter. For its size, it has amazingly stable flight. The drone comes in a ready-to-fly package which includes the quadcopter, a 2.4 GHz radio transmitter, one lithium polymer battery, a USB charging cable, an instruction manual and a set of spare propeller blades. Here is a brief Estes 4606 Proto X Nano review to help you learn as much as possible about the features of this micro drone.

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Features

Design

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano RC QuadcopterWith a dimension of about 2 inches square and a weight of just 0.4 ounces (11.2 grams), the Proto X quadcopter is a distinct success with miniature components. Although the components are tiny, this drone is fairly durable when it is flown with care. Due to its small size, it does not have a modular design, so none of its parts are replaceable except the propeller blades. The manufacturers now make this drone with different colors including: black, white, green, yellow, and purple.

Hardware/Software

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano ComponentsVirtually all the external parts of this drone are made of plastic. The build of this drone is relatively sturdy. But due to its light weight, it is more suitable for indoor flying. Its small size allows you to fly it within very small spaces as long as there are no people or obstacles that can damage its propellers. To avoid hard landing in the case of a crash, it is best to avoid flying it in a place where there is hard concrete, a soft rug or carpet will provide a better landing surface. For amazingly fast flight speed and capacity to do a few stunts like flips, this drone has four micro motors that power the propeller blades. Stability is achieved with the aid of 6-axis gyro stabilization. Proto X Nano comes with LED lights at the front and back of the air-frame that help you to detect its orientation. This aids visibility while flying in an environment with low lighting.


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Controller/Transmitter

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano ControllerEstes 4606 Proto X Nano has a small four-channel 2.4 GHz transmitter which comes with anti-interference characteristics. So more than one person can fly this particular type of micro quadcopter within the same area, without causing a disruption in the signals or affecting the performance of other electronic gadgets. All the controls on this transmitter provide a quick response and the conventional joystick controls are used for throttle and forward flight. To power the remote controller, two AAA batteries must be placed in the battery compartment. Although the controller has no LED or LCD screen on the controller due to its small size, it is easy to handle and operate by both adults and children.

Battery

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano BatteryEstes 4606 Proto X Nano comes with a 100 mAh 3.7V lithium polymer battery, which is sealed up in the pod of the quadcopter and is therefore not replaceable. Obviously, the small capacity of the battery will only permit a limited flight time is about 5 minutes for someone who has learned how to hover and fly the aircraft at full speed. A complete novice may be able to play with this quadcopter for about two or three extra minutes. The flight time is quite remarkable considering that other bigger mini quadcopters don’t fly for more than 10 minutes. To charge the battery fully, you need to wait for about 50 minutes. Hence, you should ensure that the battery is charged completely with the USB charger before you start flying. Avoid using a high-current charger to speed up the charging because it may damage the battery. You may charge the quadcopter with your computer, iPhone charger or car charger.

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