Blade Nano QX Review

Blade Nano QX Review

The Blade Nano QX is an excellent entry-level small/mid-size quadcopter. It is easy to learn to fly on, but it is powerful enough to ensure that you really won’t get bored with it anytime soon – it can be tough to master it! Read on for our full Blade Nano QX review and see how it stacks up against other quadcopters like the Syma X1 or the Parrot AR.Drone!

Blade Nano QX quadcopter – nice and small and easy to handle!

Packaging

The Blade Nano QX comes in a small cardboard box, with everything that you need to start flying. It includes:

  • Blade Nano QX quadcopter
  • One 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po battery
  • 4-channel DSMX transmitter with batteries
  • Compact USB Li-Po battery charger
  • Yellow and green accessory canopies
  • Extra set of colored propellers

Everything you get in the box with the Blade Nano QX

Blade Nano QX Design

The Blade Nano QX is a small to mid-size quadcopter, measuring about 5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. If you are familiar with the Hubsan X4, it is slightly larger than that (but not by much). The Nano QX quadcopter weighs about 16.5 grams, which is essentially half of the weight of the regular Hubsan X4 or the X4 video version. Since there isn’t any camera gear included, Blade was able to keep the weight to a minimum which aids in maneuverability and flight time.

Guts of the Blade Nano QX – Blade Nano QX Review

The main part of the quadcopter frame is plastic and and the electronics are all concentrated in a very small printed circuit board that is right underneath the canopy. The cross arms are made of plastic but seem very sturdy, and the motors are actually mounted in the middle of the frame arms, rather than at the very end as in most quadcopter. This gives the quadcopter a little bit narrower flying profile that it appears. The frame arms continue and dip down where they form the feet that actually rest on the ground when landing, and then curve up to form very small built-in propeller guards. This is an innovative approach to the issue of protecting the quickly spinning propellers, and in practice it actually does a decent job of preventing damage to the props (and preventing crashes too!). It isn’t quite as good as a separate propeller guard, but it also weighs significantly less.

The propellers are protected by these great lightweight guards

The propellers are standard, and the motors look to be typical brushless motors that you will find on any quadcopter. Overall, the Blade Nano QX has a solid design and while extremely light, is pretty durable too.

Flying the Blade Nano QX

The Blade Nano QX is very easy to fly, even if this is the first time you’ve ever flown a quadcopter. It has a special mode called SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) that is made specifically for beginners to quadcopters and r/c flying. Essentially, it limits the power and aggressiveness of the quadcopter so that you can more easily learn how to control the aircraft without frequent crashes. It also enables the quadcopter to hover once you let go of the controls, so that you don’t have to worry about keeping it at a certain height or having it crash on the floor. Check out this short video on the SAFE technology in action on the Blade Nano QX:

Of course, you can also disable the SAFE technology by enabling the Agility mode, which you will likely do after a few flights (or if you’re outdoors). This lets you control the quadcopter more precisely and take on more advanced maneuvering and techniques, and the Nano QX really shines in Agility mode – you realize how powerful and capable the little quadcopter really is! Overall, the Blade Nano QX is great to fly – easy to learn for beginners, yet powerful enough for even pros to have fun on. The small size of the Nano QX means that is is suitable for both indoors and outdoors usage, though given its light weight the Nano QX won’t do well on windy days.

Blade Nano QX Quadcopter in Flight

Charging and Battery

The Blade Nano QX comes standard with a  3.7V 150mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery, which provides about 7 minutes of flying time. Recharging the battery takes about 30-40 minutes with the included USB battery charger, which is fairly standard for quadcopters of this size. While those 7 minutes definitely go by quick, overall the Nano QX flight time is comparable to similar aircraft and it is pretty good given the power and maneuverability.

Remote Control

The Blade Nano QX comes with a standard 4-channel DSMX transmitter (with batteries!) that fits pretty nicely in your hands. It is certainly not a high end controller, but it is very suitable for this quadcopter. Additionally, it is possible to buy a bind-n-fly (BNF) edition of the Nano QX if you are so inclined.

Blade Nano QX Review – Final Verdict

The Blade Nano QX is an excellent quadcopter for any first time flier, and we’ve determined that it is currently one of the best quadcopters on the market right now. With the SAFE auto-level technology, it is an excellent quadcopter to learn how to fly on before moving up to more advanced models such as the DJI Phantom series. At about $90, it is significantly more expensive than other similar models, such as the Hubsan X4. However, the advanced technology and the solid reputation of the Blade brand are worth the extra money in our eyes, at least for those consumers who can afford it!

The Blade Nano QX comes in two color combinations – yellow and green

Where to Buy

The best option for purchasing the Blade Nano QX quadcopter is on Amazon.com: Purchase the Blade Nano QX Quadcopter on Amazon.com

Other Blade Nano QX Reviews:

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FliteTest does a Blade Nano QX Review:

Flyin Ryan looks at the quad in his Blade Nano QX Review:

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Nano QX RTF with SAFE

Key Features

  • Features exclusive SAFE™ technology with stability and agility modes
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • 4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
  • Includes yellow and green canopies with sharp Nano QX graphics
  • Includes assortment of extra rotor blades
  • Includes MLP4DSM 4-channel DSMX transmitter with batteries
  • Includes E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po Battery
  • Includes compact USB Li-Po battery charger

Overview

The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. Never flown a quad-copter before? No problem. The Nano QX uses the SAFE™ technology system with sophisticated flight control software to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode. If you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks. The SAFE technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover all by itself. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability.SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is central to the performance of the Nano QX. Even new pilots will feel comfortable with the Nano QX in stability mode because SAFE will make sure the quad is always in control and in an upright fashion. You will feel an immediate sense of confidence and be flying around like a pro in no time!Learn more about SAFE at www.flysaferc.com!

Product Specifications

Type: Quad-Copter
Main Rotor Diameter: 1.97 in (50.0mm)
Gross Weight: 0.58 oz (16.5 g)
Length: 5.5 in (140mm)
Motor Size: 6mm brushed coreless
Kit/ARF/RTF: RTF
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Experience Level: Intermediate
Recommended Environment: Indoor
Is Assembly Required: No

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