Syma X12 Nano Review

Syma X12 Nano Review

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Nano quadcopters, those mini unmanned helicopters boosted by four rotors, are fitted with vertically- oriented propellers. The standard configuration has the multi-rotors arranged in such a way that a pair of rotors is on a clockwise rotation while the other two turn in a counter-clockwise motion. The design is quite stable with the electronics on-board the craft working superbly to turn all commands into motions.

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Enter the Syma X12 Nano quadcopter – those ultra small and light quadcopter that basically fits in the palm of a hand. A nana quad copter is a simple machine that has a frame, a receiver, motors, electronic speed controls, flight controller and propellers. This inexpensive RC is easy to build, assemble and repair.

Syma X12 Nano Design

The Syma X12 Nano quadcopter measures 45mm x 45mm and stands at 27mm. With its white plastic frame supported by rubber feet, the petite Syma X12 Nano is ultra lightweight at 13.3 grams. The standard propellers are well-constructed and built solidly. Plus features are an extra propeller, a USB for cable charging, an on/off switch, two recessed green LEDs in front and two recessed red LEDs at the back of the frame. The locations of the LEDs may be improved if positioned under the quadcopter’s main frame instead of on top. A bright white LED on the craft’s front helps orient the quadcopter.

Syma X12 Quadcopter

Syma X12 Micro Quadcopter

Flight Performance

At low speed mode, the Syma X12 Nano Quadcopter flies superbly with great pitch and roll. Though stability is evident, the yaw rate is very slow. The colored LEDs are not helpful but at night, the red LEDs reflect off the white blades which effectively aid the bright white LED in orientation.

When the Syma X12 is in high speed, the craft flies really fast. At this speed, maneuvering this craft indoors could be tricky – best to fly it outside. With more aggressive pitch and roll, this quadcopter could take on light breezes. But, even at high speed the ultra slow yaw rate remains.

Flips are set off by pushing/holding the black button on the transmitter’s right side as the right stick guides the flip’s direction. The flips are tight with almost no altitude lost on fresh battery. As the battery loses its charge, the quality of flips degrades. The Syma X12 Nano can handle throws at any position or direction and will right itself even without power.

 

Battery Power and Controller

A 100mAh Li-Po battery that is integrated into the quadcopter’s shell powers the Syma X12 Nano for a 5-minute flight. The inclusive USB charger takes no more than 40 minutes to fully charge the battery pack. However, some users even claimed that it takes no more than 20 minutes to charge the battery. Aside from the downside of a very short flying time, there is no way to source for additional batteries.
The remote control is reasonably sized and does resemble that of an Xbox. In truth, the controller is larger than the quadcopter itself. To power, needed are 4 AA batteries.

Conclusion

The Syma X12 Nano quadcopter is a good buy. It is aptly designed, intuitive to fly, durable and quite affordable. With its rugged design, this nano quadcopter is a fun piece for beginners and aficionados alike.

Lights on Syma X12 Nano

Lights on Syma X12 Nano

syma x12 remote controler

Syma X12 Remote Controler

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