Blade Helis 350 QX BNF Quadcopter w/LiPo, F/W 2.0, Charger & GPS
This is the Blade 350 QX Bind-N-Fly Quadcopter. As standard equipment, the Blade 350 QX Bind-N-Fly package includes Firmware 2.0, GPS, LiPo Flight Battery and Battery Charger.
This version of the 350 QX drone has been optimized with firmware Version 2.0. Firmware 2.0 facilitates an updated flight mode configuration, as well as a refined starting procedure and includes GPS/Compass error detection.
- Flight Mode Configuration:
- Smart Mode (unchanged)
- AP Mode - RC Control, GPS and Altitude Lock, Smooth Self-Leveling (indicated by a purple LED)
- Stability Mode (unchanged)
- Agility Mode (available only with DX6i or higher)
- Start Procedure:
- Standard Left-right-center procedure remains active
- Sticks in the corner procedure now active (inside, bottom corners)
- Compass and GPS Error Detection:
- Visual error detection indicates the user to calibrate the compass via yellow status LED blink
- GPS will disengage to prevent adverse flight conditions if errors become problematic
- Charger Configurations: Now includes a DC car auxiliary port charger instead of DC alligator clips
The Blade® 350 QX drone takes Blades knowledge of heli design to the aerial video market. This highly capable quadcopter features dynamic flight modes that enable stable video capture from an included GoPro® compatible camera mount (camera sold separately). With the 350 QX, novices and experts alike can get involved in this exciting hobby.
SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology is a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system. It also offers smoother flight capability that battles windy conditions for you and multiple modes so you can fly with the level of protection and assistance that suits any given moment of the flight.
Engineered with SAFE™ Technology
- Smart Mode: While in Smart Mode, SAFE technology engages the innovative SAFE Circle™ which prevents the 350 QX from flying too close to its pilot. When in a hover, GPS and altimeter sensors keep the quadcopter in a consistent stable position. The Stick Relativity feature allows the 350 QX to follow the directional inputs from a pilot regardless of the orientation of the quadcopter.
- Stability Mode: In Stability Mode, SAFE technology limits the flight envelope of the 350 QX and enables self-leveling characteristics for consistent level flight even when pilot input is abruptly removed from the control sticks. In Stability Mode, GPS Position Hold is active when the pilot stops providing stick input.
- Agility Mode: The 350 QX utilizes AS3X flight characteristics to deliver a robust flight experience. While flying in Agility Mode, the 350 QX can perform aerobatic maneuvers with extreme stability thanks to SAFE technology.
- GPS & Altimeter Technology: GPS and altimeter sensors in the 350 QX provide the ability to remain in a specific position for stable aerial footage and peace of mind.
- SAFE Circle™: Never worry about flying too close to yourself with this invisible pilot barrier (Smart Mode only).
- Stick Relativity: Move the cyclic stick on the transmitter right or left, and the 350 QX will move right or left relative to the pilot regardless of which way it's pointing.
- Return Home: During flight, with the flip of a switch and without any stick input from the pilot, the 350 QX will automatically return home to where its motors were started.
- GoPro® Compatible: Thanks to four 1100Kv brushless motors and ample power from a 3S 2200mAh 30C Li-Po battery, the 350 QX has more than enough power to carry a GoPro® camera (Camera not included). An anti-vibration camera mount designed for use with GOPRO® products is included with purchase.
- Charger: 2-3S LiPo DC Balancing Charger (included)
- Main Rotor Diameter: 22.8 in (580mm)
- Main Rotor Blade Length: 8.27 in (210mm)
- Main Motor Size: Brushless, 1100Kv
- Battery: 11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo
- Length: 18.3 in (465mm)
- Width: 18.3 in (465mm)
- Height: 5.43 in (138mm)
- Flying Weight: 24 oz (680 g)
- Approximate Flight Time: 5–14 minutes
- Is Assembly Required: No
- Rotor Type: Quad-Copter
- Experience Level: Intermediate
- Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly
- Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor
- Maximum Yaw Angular Velocity (Rotational Speed)
- Smart/Stability Mode: 200º/sec
- 3-axis mode: 380º/sec
- Maximum Tilt Angle
- Stability Mode: 45º
- Stability + Pressure sensor (Mode 0 without GPS): 30º
- Smart Mode (Mode 0 with GPS): Position controller allowed up to 30º
- Agility Mode: No limit
- Maximum Ascent/Descent Speed
- Smart Mode: 2 m/s
- Stability Mode + Pressure sensor: 3 m/s
- Maximum Flight Velocity
- Only applicable in Smart Mode: 4 m/s
Needed To Complete:
- A 5+ Channel DSM2 or DSMX compatible transmitter
- Power supply required for included DC Charger (car battery or AC power supply)
This product was added to our catalog on March 24, 2014.
FYI, I paired this to a Spektrum DX6i transmitter. I must have missed something in my setup as I am able to access Safe Mode, AP mode, & stability mode, but not agility mode. Since I am just learning to fly this type of aircraft, that's fine for now and I'll figure out what I missed later.
I was able to aclimate myself with this quad in fairly short order. I tried safe mode to see it in action. Since I have been flying my mCX2 for a couple of years and also fixed wing aircraft for many years, I didn't want to get used to the "stick relativity" feature as I thought that might be a cause for confusion.
I found the AP (Aerial Photography) mode to be very similar to safe mode, essentially the same without stick relativity. I familiarized myself with the craft in this mode, and quickly learned what it was capable of. In AP it is *very* stable and forgiving. Large stick inputs were tolerated but did not result in the sudden changes in attitude - the firmware seems to limit performance to a certain degree to keep the craft as stable as possible (which makes sense if you're using it for photography).
Once I was comfortable with AP mode, I switched to stability mode. This allowed for much more dynamic flight making the quad much more sensitive to control inputs. This is easily the most fun of the three modes I have tried, and I've put in 4-5 hours of flight in this mode in the two weeks that I've owned it. If I ever figure out how to enable agility mode, I may try that, but the safeguards that are built-in to stability mode have kept me from crashing more than once.
Also, during one flight I lost sight of the quad in low cloud cover, and was unable to regain visual contact with the copter. I quickly flipped the switch to engage the Return to Home feature, and moments later the copter descended out of the clouds and came right back to where I took off from. This feature is awesome, and in and of itself justifies the cost of this copter.
I am docking one point from my review for something that many other 350 qx owners have made note of: repairs can be very tedious due to the design.
While stability mode reduces the risk of crashing, it won't stop you from flying into a tree! I did this on about my fourth flight, and as advertized, the rotor strike with the tree caused the motors to shut off to prevent damage. Problem was it was 30' above the ground when this happened, and it fell to the ground and cracked both the upper and lower body parts.
I obtained a replacement body set (about $35) and set about repairing the copter. It took me about three hours to remove all of the components from the damaged body and install them in the new one. As this was the first (and hopefully last!) time I did this, I was very deliberate so as to insure that everything was installed in the proper place. Once I had reassembled the unit I took it out for a test, and it performed as good as new. My only complaint is that 1. my only option was to replace the entire body, and 2. that it took me three hours to do so! Now that I have done it I imagine it would go more quickly if there is a next time, but it took me much longer than I expected.
All in all, this is a great little copter, lots of fun to fly, and the multiple modes and especially the RTH feature are awesome! I've shown this little guy to my friends and they all want one, too! :))