- Skill Level
Posted on September 19, 2014
This Hubsan X4 H107L is a the best quadcopter for beginners. The main reason it is so popular for beginners is that it is super small, really fast, and relatively easy to learn how to fly! If you take a look at our rankings of the best micro quadcopters you will understand a little more about why. We wanted to come up with a checklist to help you out with regards to flying this little quadcopter as it truly is one of the best quadcopters for beginners out on the market today. After you get the hang of this little guy you can certainly start looking at some of the bigger best quadcopters since you will be more familiar with how quadcopters actually handle.
Charge up the battery as it doesn't come with the battery charged. Once that is fully charged the red light on the charger will turn off. At this point you need to turn on the controller for the Hubsan to pair with it. Once your controller is on then plug the quadcopter battery into it. After that you should hear a beep and the controller will bind with the quadcopter.
Place your quadcopter on a level surface, stand directly behind it, and throttle up with the left joystick. It's best to give it a good amount of throttle to get the quad about a foot or two off the ground. Once you have some decent height play with the right joystick as that will give you forward, back, left and right. I'd start with just that, don't try to doing any rotation of the quad as that will just confuse you and you will crash. Get the hang of the throttle and moving in the various directions.
Learn to turn off the throttle if you run into things. If you can train yourself to do this then you will save a good amount of propellers. One of the best things you can do is pick up the protector ring for your quad as you can see in the top picture. It will save you tons of propellers and really make sure that your quad doesn't smash too hard into the walls. Crashes are part of flying quads so don't expect to be good when you first start.
The parts on this quad are small and can easily be pulled out. Be especially careful with the battery cables as unhooking the battery can be difficult and if you aren't careful you could pull too hard and dislodge a cable. If you need to replace a motor then you must have a soldering iron so make sure you have one if you plan to crash a lot. ;)
Crazy flying and crashing is part of learning to fly and this beginners guide to isn't going to help in that regard! Sometimes you can confuse your little quad and will need to reset it. Luckily there is a fairly easy way to do this.
1. Disconnect the battery and turn off the transmitter (controller)
2. Turn on the controller and then reconnect the battery to the quadcopter. Make sure you listen for the beep to make sure it is is connected.
3. Do a "stick wiggle" to recalibrate - Place your quadcopter on a level surface after it is on and binded. Pull the left stick to the bottom left position as far as it will go. As you hold that right stick in that position, wiggle the right stick back and forth left to right until the lights on the quadcopter flash. (usually after a few seconds) This will mean that the gyros are reset and you are ready to fly. Check out a video on how to do it here.
This is one of the best little quads you can get to start the hobby and we hope this beginners guide to the Hubsan x4 was able to help you out a big. We love the Hubsan X4 because it is cheap enough for beginners but has the capabilities to entertain an advanced flier. We highly recommend getting this copter before you look at something bigger. For a few other good options, we lay them out here. Make sure you also ready the Hubsan X4 Manual as that can help as well. Great, so what are you waiting for??...Grab one today and welcome to the hobby! :)