As I was starting out in the realm of Quadcopters, I had to acquire a cheap, brushed Quadcopter because, at that time, finding an affordable brushless Quadcopter such as the JJRC X1 was like boiling the ocean.
Quads with brushed motors are a complete nuisance because, after a mere 10 to 15 minutes, the batteries burn out completely. This is a letdown, particularly if you‘ll depend on your Quadcopter for daily activities.
When it comes to cheap Quadcopters, I prefer executing due research prior to investing my hard earned cash in the product (honestly, I treat high-end Quadcopters pretty the same way.) Who would like to spend more than 1000 dollars in a drone that will break down in the next couple of months, especially when they could’ve avoided the mishap if they had taken the time to execute a simple search on Google?
Recently, for instance, I was planning on acquiring a high-end Phantom 3 Advances, but in lieu, I thought I would instead hold the idea for a couple of months until I was sure I wanted to invest more than 900 dollars on the drone.
To clear the air, I decided to visit Amazon and review the different drones available in the marketplace. I was astonished by the number of Quadcopters available in stock, including quad brands that I had never heard of.
Amidst my quest to find an affordable, yet high-end Quadcopter, I stumbled upon the JJRC X1, and that’s when my perception changed for the better. For years, I had thought that quads sporting brushless motors and retailing less than $500 were merely a fantasy, but here I was, staring at a high-end Quadcopter packed with mesmerizing features as well as a price tag that won’t break the bank.
That said, here is a comprehensive review of the JJRC X1 that will probably prompt you to add the Quadcopter to your “must get” list.
What you will find in the package:
- 1 transmitter
- 1 screwdriver
- 2 pairs of propellers
- 1 screw package
- 1 English user manual
- 4 propeller protectors
- 1 propeller nut wrench
- 1 JJRC X1 Quadcopter
- 4 spare blades
- 1 pair of landing gear
JJRC X1 Spare Parts
I think the JJRC X1 will easily survive minor crashes that befall it. Nonetheless, this undoubtedly implies that the quad is not utterly invisible. That said, should a mishap occur, rest assured that the marketplace is full of X1 spare parts: all retailing at an affordable price.
Moreover, as you may have noticed in the preceding section of the blog post, JJRC has packed four spare blades for your convenience. Also, the user manual that comes with the package will guide you on how you can quickly and effortlessly replace parts on the JJRC X1.
JJRC X1 Problems
While JJRC equipped X1 with strong motors and decent control rang, there are numerous issues previous customers have reported, and I also think they will need addressing. These problems include:
- Yaw delay bug
JJRC X1’s response to the transmitter is usually excellent and crisp, but numerous previous JJRC X1 users reported peculiar delays on the yaw stick input. After one executes a yaw command, the two distinct motors that need to improve their rotation per minute do so gradually, instead of as fast as possible.
- The drone abruptly lifts one arm during a turn
Another complication related to the Yaw is, when making a quick turn, the front motor on the outer side of the turn might suddenly spin up and then consequently reduce the rotation per minute to a regular level. This, as a result, makes the quad to level out once again.
- Wobble in turns
Amidst flights, particularly when making a faster spin, the quad might exhibit a somewhat Wobble movement, which will eventually die out after a couple of oscillations.
These issues should be non-issues if you’re not new to Quadcopter piloting.
Features and specifications
As you can already tell, the JJRC X1 is packed with features and specifications that are hard to beat. Here is an enumeration of features and specifications you will enjoy in the X1:
- Has a flight time of approximately 20 minutes
- Has a control distance of approximately 300 to 400 meters
- Charge time is 90 minutes
- Has an inbuilt six-axis Gyro
- Comes in two distinct colors: blue and green
- Product dimension is 21 x 21 x 11 centimeters
- Battery for transmitters: four 1.5V AA batteries (they are not included in the package)
- Battery for Quadcopter: 7.4V 1300mAh Li-Po battery (it is included in the package)
JJRC X1 Battery
One 7.4V 1300mAh Li-Po battery powers the X1 and it permits up to 20 minutes flight time: contingent upon the flight weather condition. The user loads the battery into the compartment situated on the rear part of the Quadcopter.
Sadly, you won’t be able to load a bigger battery with a higher capacity into the battery bay. Doing so might breaks down the Quadcopter. Those not willing to wait for 90 minutes until the battery charges fully can purchase an extra battery at a price that won’t break the bank: i.e., 8.50 dollars.
JJRC X1 Controller
Frankly, while the controller has an ergonomic design, I did not find it so enticing. It looks like a beginner toy rather than an intermediate or advanced controller. Nonetheless, that is only my perception. There is a good chance you will find the controller enticing enough.
That said, once the voltage of the transmitter drops below 4.5V, the LED light will start flashing a “DiDi” alarm, implying that it is time to swap the batteries in the remote controller.
Ironically, writing this blog post just made me realize that the JJRC X1 is cooler than I thought. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this quad is one of the best drones I’ve ever come across and would highly recommend that every drone enthusiast tries it as well.