Since there are so many quadcopters on the market, let me start out with a pros and cons list:
· Compact and extremely durable (I’ll get into our abusive relationship below)
· Throttle power is amazing for a small quadcopter
· Bright lights so you can follow your quadcopter outside at night
· It can do midair flips! (check out the vid below)
· 360 degrees flying
· Long battery life (7 non-stop. I will get into more detail on this below)
· Quick USB charging
· Uses 2.4ghz frequency, meaning it can maintain a stronger signal up to 100 meters
· Sometimes you need to turn the controller off and on again to sync if you haven’t used the quadcopter in a while
· Not all buttons on the controller are real (not a big deal, just a little misleading)
· No video camera
· Plastic loops that protect the protectors can get hooked on branches…
So I picked this up from Amazon a while back because I wanted to get into the quadcopter game. I didn’t want to buy a cheap no-branded quad and end up with a crappy experience. I have had this issue before. Where I buy a cheap helicopter and its response was never snappy. It always lazily lulled along and crashed into stuff nonstop. I needed a quad that would move when it’s told and stop when I stop. This is it. The Xtreem is super snappy. I’ve flown it around in tight quarters, outside, under furniture, and it’s always responded well to me. Keep in mind, I am probably the worst RC pilot ever.
Let’s talk about battery life. Every now and then, I would fly the Xtreem for a minute or two and put it down again. I’ve done this for about 3 months now. I have only charged it about 5 times. It’s insane! I have no clue if all those times I fly it, it adds up to 7 minutes before I charge it, but It feels like I barely have to charge this thing at all. Maybe more dedicated pilots will fly the quadcopter for longer times, but as a beginner, this thing is great. The best part that blows my mind, is it will hold its charge for a week or two! Every helicopter I’ve ever owned always needed to be recharged right before flying. The Xtreem just flys in seconds.
Now for the abuse… I am not proud to say, but I haven’t been careful at all with this thing. I have crashed it countless times on countless surfaces. I have crashed it into the floor and full speed, upside down. I have crashed it into walls backwards and it still hasn’t chipped or cracked. The Xtreem uses an extremely durable plastic that protects the propellers from any abusive pilots like me. I am also not proud to say… I’ve also gotten into a pretty terrifying accident.
Lemme set the scene; It’s a cold December night. I head out to the park close to my house and decide “This is the night I test it outdoors”. I reach the park and fly it around for a couple of minutes. “This is great! I wonder how high it can go?!” How many mistakes started with “I wonder how high it can go”? Anyway, I flew it as high as possible straight up. I was in an open field, so I wasn’t too worried about midair crashes. Then suddenly the wind took it violently to the east. And of course, there is a few trees off to the east.
First there was violent swearing for two minutes, followed by a little sobbing for three minutes. Then came the heart dropping feel of acceptance (is this the stages of grief? I don’t know).
The Xtreem was stuck to a few small branches. They were hooked through a few of the loops of plastic that protect the propeller. When I tried to rev the propellers, you would hear the motors grinding as the branch resisted. Luckily after about thirty minutes of tossing heavy things at it (water bottles and traffic cones… don’t ask), there was a lucky moment where I hit the quadcopter and at the same moment, my girlfriend hit the acceleration, it broke free! I was terrified that it would run out of batter and I would see the light start to get dimmer, then I knew it would have been over. But I guess, here’s another example of its durability and battery life ha ha.
Sorry about the long story, back to the review. So yeah I mentioned flips right? There is literally a button for flips(rolls?). They only way to do the flips, is while it is moving in a direction. So you can flip backwards, forwards, left or right, but you can’t just flip it while it’s hovering in the same spot. Check out this crazy video:
So there you have it guys, the most awesome beginner quadcopter that exists today.
Hit me with your questions folks
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