The list of features was almost too good to be true: FPV via iPhone, hover, return to home, set a flight path on the app for the drone to follow, camera for video and stills, extra battery, blade guards, screwdriver, extra props? I mean c’mon, that’s a nice set of features to get at this price point! When the U42 arrived as scheduled through my Prime account, I couldn’t have been more psyched. Packaging was very good, everything was neatly tied down and arrived without a dent or scratch.
Too bad that was the best part … Putting the batteries on a charger (I did purchase a set of five additional batteries and a charger for less than $17-bucks) I went about the business of putting the thing together. Te app download went without a hitch, and I was beaming when I bound the drone to the app and could see the drone’s POV on my iPhone 6 screen!
I placed the drone on my living room floor, and pressed both joysticks in and down to spin the rotors. I take the drone onto my 300sf deck and set it down. I reboot the whole works and give another go only to be met with the same set of problems: no rotor spin left/rear, drone lifts an inch then sets down again.
Then it happened. Nothing.
I went ahead and repacked the whole thing and contacted Amazon returns for a full refund. In the meantime, I get an email from the seller asking me to leave a positive review. I called the number (CA area code) and said that the drone was a lemon.
So that was that. A potentially great drone, but mine sucked.I went ahead and bought the Hubsan H502E X4 Desire which has GPS, a better camera, and a longer flight time.
* Dimensions: 36 x 35.5 x 10.7 cm
* Aircraft Weight: 130g / 0.29lbs (no need to register with FAA)
* Video Recording Modes: 640 x 480p
* Max Flight Time: 7-8 minutes
* Charging Time: Approx. 60mins
* WIFI Distance: 40 meters
* LCD Control distance: 100 meters
* Battery for quadcopter: 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po battery
* Battery for controller: 4 “AAA” batteries required (not included)
1x U42W Quadcopter
1x 2.4Ghz Controller
2x 500mAh LiPo Batteries
1x USB Battery Charger
4x Spare Propellers
1x User Manual