Walkera Hoten-X Review

Walkera Hoten-X Review

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Walkera’s Hoten-X seems to be a conventionalized tribute to the Horten brothers for their work. Though it is not a flying wing, but a RC quadcopter, the innovative and otherworldly lines of Horten brothers’ Ho229 are reflected in the canopy of this quad.

Package

The package of Walkera Hoten-X contains: 1 Hoten-X quadcopter, 1 1000mAh Li-Po battery, 1 Li-Po charger, extra blades, tools and assorted wires, instruction manuals and CDs.

Specifications

Overall Length: 26.6 cm

Width: 20.8 cm

Height: 10.5 cm

Weight: 266 gm (9.38 oz)

Main Rotor Diameter: 18.6 cm

Gyro: 6-axis gyro

Transmitter (Standard): DEVO 7

Transmitter (Option): DEVO 10/8S/7E

Battery: 7.4V 1000mAh Li-Po

Motor: Brushless WK-WS-26-004

Receiver: RX2635H-D

Fuselage Width: 26.6 cm

with TX

Overview

Hoten-X is a brushless quad of 200 size which features a 6-axis gyro. It is operated by a 1000mAh 7.4V Li-Po battery that offers a flight time of about 10-11 minutes. Its protocol is compatible with all Devention transmitters. You can fly it on 4 channels. However it is highly recommended that you fly the bird with a computer radio whereby you can dial in dual rates, expo settings and gyro gain etc. The telemetry function (very useful for protection of battery) too is available on only 6+ channel Devention radios. The flight software can be upgraded using the UP02 module (and only then you can get telemetry – quite annoying!!)

Structure

The light weight of the quad is ensured by the generous use of composites on the main frame and in the arms, which also make it very strong.

The receiver and the escs are nicely safeguarded by a composite frame. Rubber grommets are provided to absorb vibrations inside the structure. The receiver sports the same plug functions as that of the QR Ladybird, such as an outlet for cameras/light etc and for other accessories.

If you take a look into the main frame, you will see three PCBs piled on top of each other. The topmost is esc, while the other two are the escs. It is not very complicated to replace if a part is damaged.

The landing gear is also very tough. Moreover its wide and long stance makes landing easy on uneven surfaces.

An interesting point to note is the orange props are at the backside of Hoten-X rather than in the front unlike in most other quads.

In short, it seems that the quad is designed considering every minute detail. The structure is not unnecessarily complex, but it is still very strong and yet light. Only drawback seems to be motors are not very well-protected against an inverted crash.

Flight

If you are not sure because of the size of Hoten-X, take it up very slowly and make slow circuits while getting a feel of the quad’s flight. If you bind Devo 8S to the bird it will gently lift off the ground at about 1/3 throttle. Its low-pitched whirl is quite different than the high-pitched whine of the ladybird, and also much more noiseless than you would think of. It is so stable that sometimes you had only to control the throttle to keep the altitude constant. The accelerometer does their job best and the quad hovers dead still.

flight

Regarding circuits, you can ease the stick forward and begin to move forward bit by bit. Once you leave the stick, it will come to a stable hover. Hardly any quad would fly with such poise. In the 6-axis mode, Hoten-X will not flip, even upon giving it full elevator/aileron. So, doing circuits is extremely easy. When you throttle down a little, it seems to flutter so minutely for a couple of seconds, but with a better management of throttle, this can be removed.

You will find Hoten-X so comfortable right from the first flight that you can think of trying the 3-axis gyro mode. In 3-axis mode, it flips just easily without much drop in the altitude. Even you can accomplish rolls easily. (NOTE: If you want to fly small quads, practice a bit on the Ladybird first as it definitely improves your thumb movement.)

Pros

  • Superb stability
  • Brushless motors
  • Well-constructed airframe
  • Comparatively long flight time of over 10 minutes
  • Upgradable flight software

Cons

  • Proprietary non-standard parts
  • Non-standard battery plug
  • High acquirement price
  • Telemetry available only upon upgrading

Conclusion

Hoten-X is very predictable in its flight performance and is very stable. It is lightweight and very, very strong too. However, as the quad uses non-standard parts, availability of parts and prices are expensive. Even the battery plug is non-standard which can be exchanged for a JST plug or the like.

Enjoy these HeliPal videos of indoor as well as outdoor test flights of Hoten-X.

 

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