The Blade Nano QX BNF micro quadcopter is a great quadcopter with an array of features set to satisfy both quadcopter enthusiasts, veterans, and beginners. It also has an advanced feature that means it will also be great for you as you gain more skills as a quadcopter pilot.It currently lists for $70.09 on Amazon. The Nano QX weighs half an ounce and is made of a durable plastic. It also has a rechargeable battery that can plug into any USB port.
The Nano QX does not come with a transmitter when ordering the BNF version (BNF stands for Bind-N-Fly). Instead, quadcopter vets can bind the Nano to their own transmitter. This is an excellent deal for someone who already has a transmitter they love. The RTF version does come with a transmitter, but it is a basic one. Anyone interested enough to already own a transmitter is likely to have one that is better than the included transmitter with the RTF package. The RTF version isn’t a bad deal, the included transmitter is still good, it’s just not as advanced as a transmitter like the DX5 or DX6.
- Weight: 8.8 oz
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.2in x 6.3in x 2.5 in
- Flight Speed: –
- Flight Time: 10 minutes
- Experience Level: Beginner
- Flight Controller: Transmitter (not included)
Practice SAFE QX
One of the innovative features of the Nano QX that makes it a little more friendly to beginners is the SAFE system. Blade installed two different modes in the Nano QX, the stability mode and the agility mode. When in the stability mode, the SAFE system will automatically hover the craft when no controls are being pressed. This is a great way for beginners to learn how to fly the quadcopter without having much experience. It decreases the odds of a crash and also reduces the damage from crashes when they do happen. The Nano’s agility mode gives flyers more control and maximum height, something advanced pilots look for when flying.
Crash Test Dummy Protection
Speaking of crashes, the Nano QX has a strong build quality that makes it quite resistant to crash damage. The propellers are the only four moving parts, so there isn’t much that can go wrong with this quadcopter. The design of the Nano QX has protection for both the engines and the props. Blade certainly expected this machine to crash occasionally and built it to endure them without a problem. The flyers do need to be careful that nothing gets wrapped in the props so that they are always spinning freely, but of course that’s true for most quadcopters :). It ships with a set of replacement blades for the propellers in case any of them break. This is a valuable asset, because if the quadcopter is unbalanced by having the propellers not all function at the same level, it will not fly properly.
Like most small quads, the Nano QX is a lot of fun to fly. It is light enough to be easy to control, yet heavy enough to stand up to light wind and the air displacement from indoor vents and HVAC systems. Some micro quadcopters are too light to handle outdoor flying, but the Nano QX can fly both outdoors and indoors without any issues. The quadcopter can fly pretty high, so it’s recommended not to fly it near tall trees or power lines. Make sure to keep it in line-of-sight. It’s also fast, so a small indoor space will test the pilot’s abilities and reflexes, but the quadcopter is responsive enough that flying in tight spaces is not impossible – but a fun challenge. The battery charge usually doesn’t last more than 10 minutes, but that’s enough time to get in a good flight. Don’t fret though, it recharges pretty fast. Makes sure to buy an extra battery, so you can have one charge while the other flies, cutting downtime.
The testers over at Drone Parts Review even recommend modifying the stock motors by replacing them with the motors to the CL-0615-14 – NanoQX Motor Set to speed the flight up. Be warned tho, that this type of upgrade usually means a much shorter battery life depending on how much power the motors require. If you’re into tweaking projects, this would be a great way to learn more about how the different quadcopter parts work together.
UPDATE: The guys over at HacknMods have also created a paper canopy to even cut down on the weight some more.
The Nano QX has a great set of features coupled with really strong fundamentals. The build quality makes it great to fly pretty much anywhere. Because of the inclusion of a SAFE mode, beginners will be in good shape as they get used to the feel of piloting a quadcopter. They should also consider making an investment in a good transmitter with the BNF version. If you’re new the quadcopter world, this quad is perfect for you!