E-Flite Blade 300X BNF Review

E-Flite Blade 300X BNF Review

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E-Flite’s Blade 300X achieves a nice midpoint between the sizes 250 and 450. The heli is big enough to make you feel handling a large heli, and at the same time, it is small enough to fly indoors comfortably. A solid control is provided by the AR7200BX receiver with built in BeastX flybarless unit, while the 320H brushless motor offers a lot of power. Setup time is very minimal out of the box for 3D flights as well as for smooth sport flights. (Most of the setup time is spent in programming your TX.) The heli is available only in BNF version.

Package

Blade 300X comes to you in a Styrofoam and cardboard box which can also be used for carrying. An interesting thing you will see in the box is a neat cutout that would fit a transmitter like DX6i. While Blade 300X is now available only as bind-n-fly, maybe they are planning to release one with a transmitter. The package contains:

The Blade 300X helicopter, 11.1V 3S 1350mAh 30C Li-Po battery, E-Flite DC balance charger, bind plug, dummy plug/dust cover (for the receiver), two Alien Wrenches, a small plastic screwdriver, Velcro and zip ties, instruction manual

package 300X

Features

Tail – To start with the tail, tail weights have been added to 300X same like 450. The tail lacks auto rotation one-way bearing, which is a bit surprising. It is belt driven directly from the main shaft, and is variable pitch, controlled by an EFLRD576T servo of E-Flite with a carbon fiber pushrod. The boom is of aluminum, while there are plastic guides for the pushrod. The boom features two pulleys on each side of the tail belt in its front, to guide it into the boom while touching the sides.

Head – The plastic head is controlled by the plastic/metal swashplate and the heli comes with wood blades. The head feels nicely light and there is negligible slop. Three E-Flite EFLRDS76 servos drive the swash. All the servos on the bird are digital and perform a great job with exact centering. The main gear made of plastic is straight cut, and as said earlier, is fixed to the main shaft with no one-way bearing.

wood blades

Motor – The 320H brushless motor by E-Flite is perched in front of the main gear and the ESC is mounted straight beneath it. The ESC is 25A S-BEC of E-Flite and is foam-taped and zip tied at the bottom of the chassis.

Battery – The 1350mAh LiPo flight battery is perched on an angled platform, above the ESC in front of the motor.

battery 300X

Charger – The included charger by E-Flite is a balance charger having a series of LED lights to let you know the progress of things. It charges a little over 1C for the built-in battery, i.e. 1.8amps. The battery has an EC3 sort of plug, thus, if you have a compatible charger, you can use it.

Receiver – The Spektrum AR7200BX 7-channel receiver of the 300X controls everything, with built in BeastX flybarless controller. The setup simplicity of the BeastX’s original MicroBeast is remarkable and now its integration with a Spektrum receiver offers that ease of use and simplicity to Spektrum users too. The AR7200BX has been set up already in the factory with the 300X, so your job is just to fly it and tweak it as you wish.

receiver

Binding

Follow the instructions in the manual exactly and bind your transmitter to the 300X. Keeping up with its regular style, Blade has included setup guidance in the manual for DX6i, DX7/DX7s as well as DX8. To bind your 300X, you have to plug the bind plug in the “BND/DAT” port of the receiver and plug in the flight battery.  Next power up your transmitter while holding the bind switch. Next, switch everything off and remove the bind plug. After that, insert the dummy plug/dust cover in the receiver to shield the three exposed ports. And you are done! All this takes a very short time.

Flying

It is important that you allow the heli to sit still when the gyro starts, else you might experience some weird behavior from your 300X bird. When the battery is fully charged and you start up 300X, it settles in a nice, very stable hover, giving nice tail response. You can control the tail pretty easily.

When you flip up the idle up mode or stunt mode, the chopper becomes indeed lively. You will find a lot of power, with the motor having a very little bogging regardless of your maneuvers. The heli does 3D just right out of the box. Backwards and inverted backward flights are excellent. Watch the excellent 3D flight video by highadvantage given below. The BeastX does a great job by holding the tail. You will be amazed to do flips, funnels and tic-tocs with such a comfort. The wood blades are indeed superb. All in all, 300X offers a fantastic flying experience.

300X is really an excellent heli to offer the user an amazing flying with a great stability while flying inverted, just like upright flight. It feels like a larger heli, though its size is diminutive. It excels in 3D fling as well as it also tracks excellently in fast forward/reverse flying. You can also enjoy the “big sky” sort of maneuvers like immelmans, loops, Cuban and half-Cuban eights, rolling circles, and what not!

300X in inverted flight

The 300X comes with a great starting point from the factory, but then you can customize it to your own style.

You can get the manual for AR7200BX online and is really an easy-to-set-up flybarless unit.

Is it Good for Beginners?

Not really! 300X is not good to start with, but definitely perfect for brushing up your skills further, after you’ve got your basics mastered.

Pros

  • Great stability for upright, inverted and various maneuvered flights
  • Excellent to handle
  • 3D ready
  • BeastX flybarless unit

Cons

  • Wood blades in place of carbon

Conclusion

Blade 300X is an excellent 3D heli and its size is perfect for taking it anywhere you go. You can carry it in your car and if you see a perfect spot to quench the thirst of flying it, you can stop there and fly it. Its size permits you to fly it indoors too with ease. A sport pilot will be pleased to see the lack of bad tendencies in 300X and how well it tracks. In short, 300X offers you the full value of your money.

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