WLtoys V929 Beetle Mini UFO Review

WLtoys V929 Beetle Mini UFO Review

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Just recently I tried the V929 Beetle by WLToys and I found it fantastic! The Beetle flies with its powerful props and the maneuvers I get are superb. The 4-axis mini UFO balances with ease and so, can be flown by learners too, along with proficient.  

Package

The package of V929 Beetle includes:

1 x V929 Beetle QuadBattery

1 x Transmitter

1 x 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po Battery

1 x Charger

Specifications

Weight: 61 gmcharger

Main Wing Diameter: 13.5 cm

Battery: 3.7V 500mAh Lithium Polymer

Charging Time: 50 Minutes

Flying Time: Around 10 Minutes

Range: 100 to 150 Meters

Transmitter

Transmitter of Beetle looks just the same as that of V911. The button on the top-left corner toggles between the rates 20, 40, 60 and 100 percent (Stunt Mode). On moving the stick, the LCD will show number of the channel that is active.

Ranges of the 3 channels (Aileron, Elevator and Rudder) are as follows:

20% – All the 3 31% – to 50% to 68%

40% – Aileron, Elevator – 27% to 50% to 72%; Rudder – 33% to 50% to 66%

60% – Aileron, Elevator – 16% to 50% to 83%; Rudder – 25% to 50% to 75%

100% – Aileron, Elevator – 0% to 50% to 100%; Rudder – 5% to 50% to 94%

 Transmitter

Four Motors

The Beetle has four efficient motors which allow it to fly in winds and perform excellent maneuvers, and also flips.

BNF

I am impressed by the highly accurate engineering of this bind-n-fly quad that can be disassembled and reassembled with such an ease. So, you can replace its parts easily, which is a major advantage.

Transmission Gear

Another impressive feature of V929 Beetle is the transmission gear, to power up the blades, unlike other quads in which blades are directly driven by the motor. Transmission gear helps counteract the instability caused by high speed motors, so Beetle is more stable.

Flying Performance

The quad is stable while flying indoor and outdoor in mild windy conditions. It suits indoor flight at 20% rate. You have to plan ahead as controls lag and feel sluggish. E.g. it is no use if you turn away just before it hits the wall; you should do it much before. I had a collision once or twice and because this thing is very fast, scraped the wall paint!

40% is too fast for indoors. It is good outdoors for beginners, but 60% is the best rate outdoors, offering real fun. At 40% rate, recovering from ‘over steer’ is difficult.

At 100% the bird is little more responsive than it is at 60%, but you will have to take care with the aileron and elevator, because at Stunt Mode, the board will automatically direct the quad to flip, upon getting the respective stick movements, just like the quad is using its own brain. So, if you are not that savvy, it can be problematic with 100%. If you exert too much stick movement, it is enough to send wrong signal to the quad, which brings flip.

Piros – Piros are a bit difficult with V929 Beetle. As it spins, the quadcopter might wobble (maybe with winds?) and get worse. And if you don’t stop or put immediate correcting movements of stick, it will worsen and the quad may fly in a wrong way.

Banked Turns – You may find banked turns tough too, if you are not used to them. And as this quad is quite heavy, you might find its rate of raising and dropping in altitude, acceleration and deceleration quite different than your usual lightweight RC heli like V911. Correct stick movement is very important – so, slight aileron movements will give you correct banked turns – apply too much of them and the quad will go out of your control! Once it exits the baked turn, it gains speed very quickly and you need to be very fast to apply the correct stick movements to control its speed. At the same time, you should increase the throttle just a little so as to prevent it from dropping too much of altitude. Thus, though it is difficult it brings a lot of fun. If you love these types of challenges like me, you will love this quad.

When you stop applying stick movements, it can level itself on its own, but becomes slower. If you want to stop it or slow it down, you should exert the opposite stick movements well on time. 

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Challenging and fun
  • Fast but stable

Cons

  • Landing skids delicate and easily breakable
  • No LEDs, so no night flying
  • Stunt Mode disappointing

Conclusion

WLToys V929 Beetle is very good for both learners and experts. It offers better stability; however, pilots cannot do night flying due to absence of LEDs. But overall the quad is worth investing in.

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