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ESTES RC Dart Quadcopter

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Last Wooter to Woot:
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Last Purchase:
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smartheart


quality posts: 94 Private Messages smartheart

Baby's first drone !!


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rprebel


quality posts: 14 Private Messages rprebel

It has a larger battery than the 3.5 channel helicopters we've seen before (204mAh vs 150 or 180mAh), but there are four motors in the quad vs the 3 in the helis (two for the front rotors and one for the tail). Does anyone know what the flight time is for this?

GURABoy


quality posts: 10 Private Messages GURABoy

For me the Syma S109G Apache AH-64 is the gold standard of RC choppers: easy to learn to use, maneuverable, decent battery life, decent range, reasonably priced. However this quad looks pretty cool. Has anyone tried both and would be willing to offer a comparison? Thanks.

zedoctor


quality posts: 1 Private Messages zedoctor

I own a Hobby Shop and sell these.
They fly AWESOME!
For those of you who know these things, this is IDENTICAL to the Traxxas Quad, except it only comes with one battery.
My in-store price is 59.99, so the price is Woot-er-ific too!

Doc

"That which does not kill me often makes me wish it had..."

newtiburon.com/forum


quality posts: 2 Private Messages newtiburon.com/forum
zedoctor wrote:I own a Hobby Shop and sell these.
They fly AWESOME!
For those of you who know these things, this is IDENTICAL to the Traxxas Quad, except it only comes with one battery.
My in-store price is 59.99, so the price is Woot-er-ific too!

Doc


Able to fly with a gopro attached?

efooter


quality posts: 18 Private Messages efooter

Which rocket motors is this compatible with?

EDIT:
If you're looking for something fun to fly, I'd recommend this one:
http://www.amazon.com/2-4GHz-Radio-Single-Propeller-Helicopter/dp/B00762BMOI

Best RC helicopter you can get for under $50.

joshobra


quality posts: 38 Private Messages joshobra

I'd like one of these in my crap bag.

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flightsuit


quality posts: 1 Private Messages flightsuit

So this thing is for indoors flying only? Meh. I'd rather spend a little more and get a quadrotor that can handle being flown outdoors in a mild breeze.

philippz


quality posts: 3 Private Messages philippz

I have the Syma X1 for $43 and it flies outside very well. It also has a much better remote with digital display and extra buttons for making loops. I stuck a little key cam on it. See video.

photoagent101


quality posts: 2 Private Messages photoagent101

I too would like to find a quadcopter that I can use to practice, that holds a GoPro Hero camera. Seems like this one on woot is too small, but I wonder about the Syma X1.

tennisplayer321


quality posts: 1 Private Messages tennisplayer321

Not the best deal on the net, for a comparison of models with cameras, guns, grappling hooks and bubble makers for about the same price take a look at https://www.massiverc.com/

For example, this one comes with two batteries and two sets of spare blades: http://www.massiverc.com/PrestaShop/en/8-hj-997-mini-pet-micro-6-axis-quad-yellow-bee.html

smoberg


quality posts: 4 Private Messages smoberg
newtiburon.com/forum wrote:Able to fly with a gopro attached?



I have the exact same question... does it have enough lift power to carry my GoPro?

Catbird


quality posts: 4 Private Messages Catbird
newtiburon.com/forum wrote:Able to fly with a gopro attached?



Here's a cool video...

Be advised that the person demonstrating the 'copter is hearing impaired, therefore his speech is a tad difficult to understand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGgVXIlzlC4

breezyjr


quality posts: 2 Private Messages breezyjr
smoberg wrote:I have the exact same question... does it have enough lift power to carry my GoPro?



Not a chance.... You'd need a much bigger heli for the go pro... there's not even anywhere to mount the Go Pro....

And, the go pro probably weighs 10x the weight of this...

Joe_Breezy

bluemaple


quality posts: 76 Private Messages bluemaple
philippz wrote:I have the Syma X1 for $43 and it flies outside very well. It also has a much better remote with digital display and extra buttons for making loops. I stuck a little key cam on it. See video.



@philippz, thoughts:

1) Seriously cool if true - especially that a $43 syma X1 quad could carry a camera with that pic quality. What camera is it?

2) Cheap/small single rotors squash themselves against the nearest tree when used outside. Great wind resistance - if there was any.

3) Warn me the next time you are flying outside so I keep my kids away from you!

BTW, I was talking to a neighbor who flies one of those big carbon fiber quads with a gimbal-mounted, remote control camera. He said he could not advertise commercial services (real estate, advertising shoots, etc...) because the size of his quad and its range required an FAA license or permission or the like. He's very credible.

Close to pulling the trigger on one of these 'toys'...

rbertsch8


quality posts: 0 Private Messages rbertsch8
newtiburon.com/forum wrote:Able to fly with a gopro attached?




no, these are way too small to be able to carry a go pro

rbertsch8


quality posts: 0 Private Messages rbertsch8
photoagent101 wrote:I too would like to find a quadcopter that I can use to practice, that holds a GoPro Hero camera. Seems like this one on woot is too small, but I wonder about the Syma X1.



I have a syma x1 and I seriously doubt it would have the lift to carry a gopro... if you wan't something that will carry a go pro you are going to have to get into the $150 and up price range

bnawoods


quality posts: 1 Private Messages bnawoods
bluemaple wrote:@philippz, thoughts:

1) Seriously cool if true - especially that a $43 syma X1 quad could carry a camera with that pic quality. What camera is it?



My guess is that he had a 808 #16 camera strapped to the top. It makes the GoPro look huge and beefy. But it also cant take an impact at all. Its fine if you are a good pilot... Not so good if you aren't very stable with the stick.

geoffreak


quality posts: 0 Private Messages geoffreak

We fly lots of quadcopters at my office (mostly Syma X1s which are awesome and so easy to repair), but one of my coworkers received the Hubsan X4 (which looks almost exactly the same as this model and the Traxxas QR-1). It was crap and is currently being returned.

While it certainly feels very sturdy, the thing is also practically unflyable. Every time you change directions, it will do a flip. This doesn't sound so bad until you realize that simply changing directions is all it takes for the quadcopter to go completely out of control and crash. The only way to avoid flipping is to completely let go of the move stick for at least 3 seconds. Also, after just a couple minutes of flying one of the motors broke internally rendering it useless.

Other complaints include that the quadcopter makes a very high pitch squealing noise all the time which really pains the ears. Also, this quadcopter will draw blood if you touch the blades while they are spinning. All the other quadcopters we fly will sting a bit if they hit you, but will not pierce the skin.

Here's a link to the Hubsan:
http://www.amazon.com/Hubsan-X4-H107-Copter-2-4GHZ/dp/B009M1PO7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366986740&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Hubsan+X4

And a link to the other identical quadcopter, the Traxxas QR-1:
http://www.amazon.com/Traxxas-QR-1-Quad-Rotor-Ready-To-Fly-Helicopter/dp/B00AHXMHVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366987129&sr=1-1&keywords=traxxas+qr-1

rhochstrasser


quality posts: 1 Private Messages rhochstrasser
efooter wrote:
If you're looking for something fun to fly, I'd recommend this one:
http://www.amazon.com/2-4GHz-Radio-Single-Propeller-Helicopter/dp/B00762BMOI

Best RC helicopter you can get for under $50.



I own this one and whole-heartedly agree

danlecompte


quality posts: 2 Private Messages danlecompte
rhochstrasser wrote:I own this one and whole-heartedly agree



For nearly the same price, I would recommend going with the HeliZone Lightning Bird version. It's the same helicopter, but with upgraded 200 mAh batteries. My first V911 developed issues so I returned it and got the Lightning Bird. I've been very happy with it. I haven't noticed any negative flight characteristics from the much larger batteries, and the extended flight times are very welcome. The seller also seems to be very responsive to correcting problems that come up.

choralmusic


quality posts: 2 Private Messages choralmusic
geoffreak wrote:We fly lots of quadcopters at my office (mostly Syma X1s which are awesome and so easy to repair), but one of my coworkers received the Hubsan X4 (which looks almost exactly the same as this model and the Traxxas QR-1). It was crap and is currently being returned.

While it certainly feels very sturdy, the thing is also practically unflyable. Every time you change directions, it will do a flip. This doesn't sound so bad until you realize that simply changing directions is all it takes for the quadcopter to go completely out of control and crash. The only way to avoid flipping is to completely let go of the move stick for at least 3 seconds. Also, after just a couple minutes of flying one of the motors broke internally rendering it useless.

Other complaints include that the quadcopter makes a very high pitch squealing noise all the time which really pains the ears. Also, this quadcopter will draw blood if you touch the blades while they are spinning. All the other quadcopters we fly will sting a bit if they hit you, but will not pierce the skin.

Here's a link to the Hubsan:
http://www.amazon.com/Hubsan-X4-H107-Copter-2-4GHZ/dp/B009M1PO7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366986740&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Hubsan+X4

And a link to the other identical quadcopter, the Traxxas QR-1:
http://www.amazon.com/Traxxas-QR-1-Quad-Rotor-Ready-To-Fly-Helicopter/dp/B00AHXMHVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366987129&sr=1-1&keywords=traxxas+qr-1



Thanks for the info. What would you recommend in this price range?

chimunga


quality posts: 7 Private Messages chimunga

I want this to have a claw grabber on it, like from the toy machines....

geoffreak


quality posts: 0 Private Messages geoffreak
choralmusic wrote:Thanks for the info. What would you recommend in this price range?



Syma X1 by far. Here's a link to thread with a great review and a link to every single replacement part for it.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1797545

luthergaylord


quality posts: 0 Private Messages luthergaylord
efooter wrote:
If you're looking for something fun to fly...


Which would be the best choice for a ten-year old boy?

(1) Helizone Lightning Bird
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UGD3HS/

(2) Air Hogs Saw Blade
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009X5F5LC

(3) Gyro V911
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00762BMOI

(4) the ESTES Dart Quadcopter being sold here at Woot.com

unit311


quality posts: 0 Private Messages unit311
geoffreak wrote:We fly lots of quadcopters at my office (mostly Syma X1s which are awesome and so easy to repair), but one of my coworkers received the Hubsan X4 (which looks almost exactly the same as this model and the Traxxas QR-1). It was crap and is currently being returned.

While it certainly feels very sturdy, the thing is also practically unflyable. Every time you change directions, it will do a flip. This doesn't sound so bad until you realize that simply changing directions is all it takes for the quadcopter to go completely out of control and crash. The only way to avoid flipping is to completely let go of the move stick for at least 3 seconds. Also, after just a couple minutes of flying one of the motors broke internally rendering it useless.

Other complaints include that the quadcopter makes a very high pitch squealing noise all the time which really pains the ears. Also, this quadcopter will draw blood if you touch the blades while they are spinning. All the other quadcopters we fly will sting a bit if they hit you, but will not pierce the skin.

Here's a link to the Hubsan:
http://www.amazon.com/Hubsan-X4-H107-Copter-2-4GHZ/dp/B009M1PO7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366986740&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Hubsan+X4

And a link to the other identical quadcopter, the Traxxas QR-1:
http://www.amazon.com/Traxxas-QR-1-Quad-Rotor-Ready-To-Fly-Helicopter/dp/B00AHXMHVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1366987129&sr=1-1&keywords=traxxas+qr-1



You have no idea what you are talking about. Just because you can't flt it doesn't make it crap. The hubsan x4 is super easy to fly and it incredibly stable. Its like its on rails even in wind. X1s are fun to fly and all but these are so much faster and more agile. You really need to check out the thread on the hubsan X4 on rcgroups.com. The hubsan is designed to flip at full stick when it is in expert mode. In stable mode it is impossible to flip. TO anyone thinking of getting one of these, do it now. It is the best 50 bucks you can spend on something RC related.

Massive Overkill


quality posts: 2 Private Messages Massive Overkill

The Estes Dart\Traxxas QR-1\Hubsan X4 are glass quads. They fly really great in close quarters and have good precision, but they're prone to breakage. Also the LED lights ARE NOT sufficient for night flying. Think I'm biased? I sell them. If you still want to buy this glass quad, ours comes with an extra set of props that no one else offers and rubber bumper feet to protect the motor pods. Ours are also flight tested:

http://www.massiverc.com/PrestaShop/en/57-hubsan-x4-h107-super-glue-special.html

Those cracks in the motor pods: The first time you replace or push your props on tighter, it will cause those cracks. The plastic is crap and Hubsan is coming out with a V2, which has better plastic. You've been warned. If you want a bulletproof quad that flies like a raped ape, get a V202:

http://www.massiverc.com/PrestaShop/en/25-v202-with-beetle-canopy.html

We're making a Frankenquad, which is a V202 on steroids, check out some video of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIEiJRJJx9s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAc5OXv8Aqc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHGWpS83rQU

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http://www.youtube.com/user/MassiveOverkill1

Massive Overkill


quality posts: 2 Private Messages Massive Overkill

Those of you recommending a V911 over a quad please stop.

V911 was awesome in its day. My blog is part of the V911 modding bible:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1603147

The V911 can't come close to touching a quad, which costs the same price.

efooter


quality posts: 18 Private Messages efooter
luthergaylord wrote:Which would be the best choice for a ten-year old boy?

(1) Helizone Lightning Bird
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UGD3HS/

(2) Air Hogs Saw Blade
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009X5F5LC

(3) Gyro V911
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00762BMOI

(4) the ESTES Dart Quadcopter being sold here at Woot.com


Air Hogs are a bit of a let down. Looks like both 4 channel helis you listed are the same, good chance the V911 was a Chinese clone of the other one. I don't have experience with the Lightning Bird, but I can tell you the V911 is loads of fun.

If the 10 year old has no experience flying helicopters, start them on the Syma 107, it's less expensive to wreck and easier to get the hang of.

chamber1111


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unit311 wrote:You have no idea what you are talking about. Just because you can't flt it doesn't make it crap. The hubsan x4 is super easy to fly and it incredibly stable. Its like its on rails even in wind. X1s are fun to fly and all but these are so much faster and more agile. You really need to check out the thread on the hubsan X4 on rcgroups.com. The hubsan is designed to flip at full stick when it is in expert mode. In stable mode it is impossible to flip. TO anyone thinking of getting one of these, do it now. It is the best 50 bucks you can spend on something RC related.



As a not so proud owner of the Dart... 2 actually... I will agree with you both here @ different points. I don't have a Hubsan nore used one so I have no opinion but the Dart does fly well in beginner intermediate and expert BUT have fun fixing it and finding parts to even do such a thing. The traxxas has parts and are replaceable unlike the dart. I have a Blown motor on 1 and a cracked canopy on the other... Think you can salvage parts ??? Fat chance. The canopy which also holds the motors is all 1 piece and you can't pass the motor through. So I guess, Cut the wires or buy and extremely precise soldering gun... Traxxas is a lot more repairable from what I've seen.