|Flying Time:||6-8 minutes|
|Charging Time:||50 minutes|
|Battery Type:||3.7V LiPo|
By Bob Hammell
I’ve been hearing so much about these new quadcopters and how fun they are to fly both indoors and outdoors.
After hearing this hype for so long, I finally gave in began looking for a quad that would fit me well.
I knew I would need something that could withstand many crashes as there is always a learning curve with new gadgets. I also decided that I wanted one that was ready to fly and came with a battery and transmitter.
Lastly, just as an added bonus, I tried to find one that was in my price range and included a camera already on board the quad.
Since there are hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of different kinds of quad available, I knew I had to do a bit of research before I made my decision.
After hours of reading about many different companies and products, I found a quadcopter called the QR Ladybird made by Walkera. Walkera products all integrate the most up to date technology in mechanics, electronics, software, and aerodynamics.
They are well known worldwide and are committed to being innovative and constantly improving their performance for the benefit of the customers.
They have a strong ability for research and a high manufacturing capacity that can easily keep up with demand. Customers are very important to them and that’s the main reason why I decided to go with this company to purchase my new quadcopter from, not to mention the fact that the Ladybird had many awesome features!
The first aspect that stuck out to me about the Ladybird quadcopter was that it is very durable. The canopy is made out of a stable material that won’t break by falling out of the air or crashing.
The propellers are also made out of a supple material which are meant to be able to withstand crashes or collisions. I have found that over the last couple weeks of flying that these statements are very true.
I had a big learning curve when I began flying and I have crashed at least 10 times. After all of these crashes, not one time did anything break on my quadcopter; there was not one crack on the canopy or one bent or broken propeller.
That was exactly what I was looking for in a quadcopter so I was very happy that I chose the Ladybird.
Besides the durable materials that the canopy and propellers were made out of, there are also a few more features that prevent even further damage on the quadcopter.
The small, lightweight structure is also suitable for indoor flying. This is great for practice with no winds and helped to prepare me for outdoor flying.
From one propeller to another, it measures only a meager 8.5 cm and 3 cm tall. This is barely the size of my hand and smaller than the transmitter itself.
The simple design of this complex machine is also optimized for each maintenance. Although I haven’t needed any spare parts yet, I have researched it and found that spare parts are readily available for if I do ever need to do any repairs.
The transmitter that is included with the Ladybird is the Devo 4 and it has a few cool features that are nice for a beginner or even an expert flier.
It has a 2.4GHz antenna, elev/rudd stick, a thro/aile stick, and a power output switch. The factory setting on the transmitter for the power output switch is 100% which makes movements touchier.
When it is in this setting, the red slight will steadily blink. To put it in beginner mode and have an output of only 50%, just press the button and the red light will blink slowly.
By doing this, you are less likely to make sudden movements that will cause crashes. I used this in the beginning and I noticed a huge difference. I definitely crashed less and it helped me learn the controls better.
A nice added touch to the transmitter is that the Devo 4 has an anti-slip design which also helps to keep better control and eliminates dropping of the controller.
Besides the ability to switch between beginner and expert mode, the Devo 4 also has the capability to switch to roll and flip mode.
After going through a few simple steps to switch to this mode, you can perform 360 degree flips and rolls with ease. This made flying for me so much easier and more fun.
After I mastered hovering and just simply flying without crashing, this mode was so much fun and is a great addition to this quad.
Granted it is meant for more experienced fliers and has many more added functions but I didn’t need that at this point.
Down the line, I will probably upgrade to that one but at this point, I am so happy with my Ladybird. It does everything I need it to do and it really helped me learn how to fly without having to do constant repairs.