The Quadcopter UDI 818A Review

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30m Control Range

2 hour Recharge

9 min Flight Time

2 MP Camera

Introduction

This drone is perfect for beginners, and those looking to practice their flying skills before moving onto more expensive aircraft. This drone features a protective pop guard ring that prevents the props from getting damaged.

The bare-bones flight computer on this drone demands more from the pilot. Thus it is expected that you will crash the drone a few times at the start, you should avoid flying over concrete or asphalt, and stay above grassy areas. This will avoid any possible damage to the drone. It flies fair in light wind but it is a very light machine and a gust of wind will pick it up and carry it away fairly quickly.

The drone has very cool looking LED lights at the center of the props instead of at the core which makes for a flashy and interesting look. There is a headlight that is useful for night flying, but can be left turned off during the day.

Battery and Flight Time

The battery takes about an hour to charge. Time of use is ten plus minutes depending if you leave the five led lights on. The undercarriage blue lights in the front and red lights in the back are always on. However, this is with the camera off. If you have the camera on, you will only get 5 minutes of flight time. A second or even third battery is a must if you plan on flying this drone for a longer period of time.

 

UDI 818A Review

Pros and Cons

Easy to fly and agile

This drone is good performance and flight characteristics.

Robust to crashes and impacts

Good material and design makes this drone robust.

Great for beginners

Great controls and ability to withstand crashes.


(3.8/5)


$39.70
(as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET)
Price Disclaimer Product prices and availability are accurate as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Sluggish yaw rate

The turning rate can be improved.

Low memory card included

The 2GB included card is of low quality.

Not stable in windy conditions

The light weight makes this drone easily affected by winds.

Camera

The camera on this drone is nothing to get excited about. It is only a 640 x 480 pixel camera, so you will not get anything of high quality to share with your Facebook friends. There is no stabilization technology, images and video do look a bit jittery. Also, the camera only records video, and not audio. You can take pictures by pressing the appropriate button on the controller. The video will not look impressive on a big screen, but it is still fun to record and watch.

Controller

The controller takes 4AA batteries that are not included. Use a Phillip’s head screwdriver to remove the battery panel. The remote feels comfortable and has digital trim settings and a digital readout showing the throttle setting. It also has the 360 inversion button you can tap to make the quad do flips. Be sure to have some altitude before doing this and be ready to hit the throttle again to keep the quad from hitting the ground.

The button controls are for taking a photo, staring or stopping the video, flip the drone, and change the flight mode. The digital display also outputs the battery level and the amount of thrust.

 

UDI 818A Review Video

Flight Performance

This drone has speed and quick maneuvering advantages of a small quadcopter but has better stability due to the larger widely spaced rotors. There are two flight modes available. The low mode scales back the performance, so is best for beginners. The high mode opens up the performance and provides for very fast turning, and climbing.

This is a very light quadcopter, so you do not want to fly this outside when there is a lot of wind. It does feature good pitch performance and banks nicely. The 360 eversion mode is fun to play with. At a push of a button, the drone will do acrobatic flips and rolls. Be sure to have decent altitude before doing these tricks.

This drone is equipped with many innovative features such as anti-interference, long distance control, and optimized power consumption. Also, there is a 6 axis gyro stabilization unit built into the body of the drone, which provides for stable flight. This drone does have a headless mode, which makes for easier flying. The heading of the drone is measured relative to the controller, as opposed to the drone direction of flight.

UDI U818A Review Summary

This is a great training quadcopter that will get you used to learn the basics of flying. This drone is very robust and will survive multiple crashes and impacts due to its rigid design and durable qualities. This drone is very nimble and handles better than most drones at this price point.

 

UDI 818A


(3.8/5)


$39.70
(as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET)
Price Disclaimer Product prices and availability are accurate as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
UDI 818A Review Brief

Summary

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00D3IN11Q” locale=”US” tag=”droneomega-20″]The UDI 818A quadcopter[/easyazon_link] is perfect for beginners, and for those who are looking to practice before moving up to more expensive drones. This rugged quadcopter is very tough, and can handle several crashes as you are learning to fly. This drone has a minimal design, but is very agile. It can also do 360 degree turns at a press of a button. This quadcopter has the speed and maneuvering of a small drone, and the widely spaced rotors make it more stable in flight. Read the full UDI 818A review for more information.

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