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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Broken After Three Flights, 18 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Hubsan RC Quadcopter Parts Protection Cover (Toy)
After three flights (by this I mean putting in a charged battery and flying until the low battery warning flashes) 6 out of the 8 mounting points on the frame were broken. Perhaps I got one from a faulty batch. Perhaps because by the time this product arrived I had progressed to flying in expert mode, my crashes may have been more spectacular than those of the positive reviewers (ordered at the same time as an X4 but arrived two weeks later).

It would have been cheaper for me to have simply replaced the four rotor blades with brand new ones after each flight than to have bought this cover. I have contacted the supplier, M-Zone for a refund.

Before installing the protection cover, I had wondered what the additional weight would do to flying performance and flight time. As the X4 flies so much better with undamaged rotor blades, I felt it was worth the trade off to protect the rotor blades. It adds around 7% of all up weight and does blunt the vertical performance noticeably but not too badly. I didn't notice a reduction in flight time, i was too busy having fun at the time.

On my first flight, the cover had actually done a very good job of protecting the rotors blades, there was just one small nick on one of the four brand new rotor blades. Without the cover, the rotor blades would have been totally trashed (trying new stunts). The "arms" on the X4 have a little "break away" section in the middle, which is designed to come apart a little bit, to soften impacts and help protect the body. All four of these break away bits needed snapping back into place after this initial flight, which has never needed doing before when crashed without the cover.

As I fly indoors, I do not need to use the LEDs and prefer not to (too bright! but jolly useful to turn them on to help locate the X4 after a crash). Using the cover, whilst it made the X4 easier to see at distance, made the job of keep orientation more difficult as the white rotor blades were a little obscured.

For a total beginner, I would suggest putting the money towards an E-sky Simulator, which can be purchased for £20 if you shop around. Whilst the free software (called FMS) doesn't look very pretty, it is very well supported with extra models and requires very little in the way of computing power to run.

For any one else, spend your money on extra rotor blades or extra batteries. £10 gets you a pack of 5 batteries.

*Edit 21/1/14* M-Zone have offered to replace or refund after I sent them photos of the damage. I am happy with how M-Zone have handled my complaint.
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