|Flying Time:||8-9 minutes|
|Charging Time:||45-60 minutes|
|Battery Type:||3.7V LiPo|
By Bob Hammell
My whole childhood, I grew up flying planes with my dad and continuing to fly them helps to keep him in my memory.
After reading so many reviews, watching tutorial videos, and even seeing quadcopters on the news, I knew I had to break out of my comfort zone and explore a little.
I got some pointers from fellow RC fliers who were knowledgeable about quadcopters along with doing a bit of research myself on the various drones for sale on the market. After all that, I decided to go with the Heli-max brand quads.
I wanted to choose a company that I would be able to stick with for a while and become familiar with all their products and components.
Heli-Max provides cutting-edge quadcopter and helicopter models that range in difficulties so that both beginners and experts can have fun and enjoy flying.
This was great for me because I figured I can start at the bottom and work up from there. There were also very versatile as many have options for beginner and expert mode right in one quadcopter.
Also depending on if you are tech savvy or not, they had RTF quads along with Rx-R and Tx-R models as well. Lastly, Heli-Max is fully committed to customer service and they stated that with each quad comes full technical support.
That was a big plus for me because I knew I’d need it.
After I found a company I knew I could trust, I moved on to choosing my first quadcopter. The Heli-Max 1SQ Tx-R SLT stood out to me as it could be flown indoors and outdoors along with it coming in an RTF version and a Tx-R version.
For the Tx-R model, you need to already have or purchase separately a 6-channel heli radio. Because I already fly RC planes, I happened to have a Futaba 7C transmitter that is compatible with this quadcopter.
The only thing I needed to purchase was the Anylink adapter so I was able to save a little bit of money that way.
Although many people consider RC gadgets to be toys, this quadcopter is not a toy. I would let a child fly it but only after practicing on a cheap one from the mall or even practicing on a simulator.
A lot of time goes into flying these properly before you can actually have fun and do tricks. It was tedious to start but now I am enjoying it much more as I have all the basics down.
I’ve only had it for about a month and boy can I say this thing was built to take a hit; it is very tough. It has survived at least 10 crashes minimum.
A couple of those crashes involved bouncing down an entire staircase and hitting the top of a tree and hitting every branch on its way to the ground.
After that fall, I was convinced there was no way it was still going to run, but to my amazement, only a couple of the props got dinged and bent. Replacement parts have been readily available so there were no issues replacing the damaged propellers.
I actually bought the replacement propellers in the beginning when I bought a few spare batteries along with the Anylink adapter. I had heard, that quite frequently, the battery life on quadcopters was no better than on RC helicopters and planes so I knew that the extra batteries would be a good investment.
As for the Anylink, it has worked great and I got it hooked up in just a few minutes; even for a beginner like me, I had no issues or confusions binding it to the 1SQ receiver.
I read the manual a bit before I got started and it recommended adjusting the settings on my transmitter so I did just so. It didn’t take long afterward that I was able to take off and begin learning how to hover.
Coming from only flying RC planes, there was definitely a learning curve but I was impressed with myself as to how fast I did get a hang of it.
The control movement seemed to become second nature and I really began to amaze my friends as to how quickly I was catching on.
Even though I followed the recommended settings when I began, after reading a few forums and consulting some of my quadcopter friends, I realized that there are many different ways that it can be setup.
You can adjust the settings to make them either very aggressive or very delicate.
I’ll probably begin to adjust them as I become more comfortable and much more advanced. In my opinion, this was well worth my money as it can grow in difficulty as I grow as a quadcopter flier.
If you can spend a little more, you can get the Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam that includes a video camera.
It is very durable but hopefully soon, that won’t be a necessary component as I will not be crashing!