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Holy Stone F180C Review

October 10, 2015 / no comments, on Reviews, Mini Quadcopters Reviews

Introduction

The Holy Stone F180C is an excellent trainer drone that expert pilots will also enjoy. With its multiple sensitivity modes, beginners can easily learn to fly it indoors within an hour while professionals can fly both indoors and outdoors and take it up to 50 meters the sky within a few seconds. In addition, the ready-to-fly package includes several accessories that are commonly added to other drones in the same price range. For instance, it has 2 GB microSD memory card, a card reader, 8 additional propellers, a propeller remover, an additional battery, and a transmitter with an LCD display. Here is a concise Holy Stone F180C review that discusses some of the most beneficial features of this amazing mini quadcopter.

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Features

Design

Holy Stone F180c Mini RC QuadcopterHoly Stone F180C has a very durable airframe made of special plastic material. The pod, cross axle, and landing supports have a uniform black color. Propellers in front are white while the rear propellers have a black color to enable you to see the orientation of the drone in the sky. Blue LED lights in front also improve vision at night or in low light conditions. Visibility is enhanced by the size of the drone which measures about 13.5 x 13.5 x 3.5 inches. To keep the propellers and other parts of the quadcopter intact during a crash, the package includes a uniquely designed propeller guard. This guard is strong, lightweight and flexible and it can protect the drone even when it crashes into trees, roofs, mountains and hard concrete floors.

Hardware/Software

Holy Stone F180c ComponentsHoly Stone F180C provides a unique flying experience through its four powerful electric motors. The two motors in front rotate in a different direction from the ones at the rear. To provide extra stability while hovering or flying, this quadcopter is equipped with a 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization system. That is why flying this drone is so easy for beginners. In addition, it comes with a 360-degree version flight capability that you can activate on the transmitter. Flying in this mode is possible at any of the four sensitivity levels.


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Controller/Transmitter

Holy Stone F180c ControllerThe 4-channel, 2.4 GHz remote controller for the Holy Stone F180C is very easy to use. At the top, it has a small LCD display that indicates battery life, signal strength, and sensitivity mode. It has four sensitivity modes indicated by 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%. The first mode is suitable for hovering flying indoors. Beginners can learn to fly effectively in this mode and then try the faster modes after learning to move the quadcopter in all six directions. The 100% makes the drone fly out like a bullet. When the air is still, you will really enjoy flying outdoors in this mode. The maximum control range for this transmitter is specified as 50 meters but it is important to note that the F180C can fly very fast out of range on a windy day.

Camera

Holy Stone F180c CameraF180C’s camera produces still photographs with a 2 megapixel resolution and 1280 x 720p video footage. The quality of the photos and videos are greatly influenced by the flying skills of the pilot. So you will have fairly good quality recordings when you can hover and fly steadily. If you notice that the quadcopter is not well balanced when hovering, you should apply some trim to it using the trim controls. This will enable you to have better picture quality while flying.

Battery

Holy Stone F180c BatteryHoly Stone was gracious enough to add an additional 3.7V 350 mAh battery to the package with a 2-in-1 battery charger and USB cable. This means you can charge at least two batteries at the same time and use them to enjoy a flight session of about 10 to 15 minutes since one battery usually runs down in after 5 to 8 minutes. Charging time is usually about 25 to 45 minutes. To enjoy a much longer flying session, you should purchase a pack of 5 batteries from the manufacturer. But bear in mind that you need to rest the quadcopter for at least 10 minutes after one or two flying sessions in order to cool the circuit board and the motors.

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