A review of a small but interesting GoolRC T10 quadcopter, which is great for teaching the basic skills of piloting flying models. The quadric is not afraid of falls, and besides, thanks to its miniature size, it is absolutely safe for others.
Agree that if you really want to learn how to drive, for example, a car, then it is not at all necessary, but rather not even necessary, to learn this on a racing sports car or a huge SUV. In order to avoid unnecessary trouble, you still need to start with something that is not so powerful and fast, which does not require an instant reaction from the driver and other professional qualities.
Let it be a battered old car, and yes, you won’t look “cool” in it, but you won’t especially worry about the scratches and dents that appeared on it during the training.
Approximately the same can be recommended for those who dream of performing aerial acrobatics on the quadro-hexa- and other “copters” that are so popular now.
After all, driving a flying car is not the same as driving a car on wheels, while many probably know that a more or less large and fast quadric is quite expensive, so the cost of falling from a great height or hitting a wall at a decent speed can also pour into a tangible amount to purchase the necessary spare parts.
To learn how to control such devices, their miniature counterparts are great, which, of course, cannot fly for 15–30 minutes without recharging and carry an action camera on them, but will allow their owners to fully acquire piloting skills with little or no casualties and even without going outside for it. This is especially true now, when it is cold, wet and even snowy outside.
One of these miniature models is the reviewed GoolRC T10.
With its not at all impressive dimensions of 7x7 cm and a weight of 13 grams, this baby has a 6‑axis gyroscope to ensure smooth flight, has a Headless mode, and can also perform somersaults (flips).
The packaging also acts as a small transparent showcase for the copter.
The kit comes with everything you need: the copter itself, a remote control, a charging cable, four spare screws, as well as instructions in English and Chinese.
The remote control is designed in such a way that it already resembles some kind of toy, but nevertheless it provides all the necessary controls.
The photo below shows what the sticks and buttons of the remote are responsible for.
The control panel is powered by two AA batteries/accumulators.
As already mentioned, the quadric is very small.
The weight, with the “protection” installed, is only 13 grams.
On the side (or rather, to say — at the back), there is a connector for connecting the charging cable, as well as a slider for turning the device on / off.
The electronics of the quadcopter are hidden inside the case, which guarantees protection from damage due to falls or collisions with obstacles. Below you can only see the compartment with the battery, which, according to the manufacturer, belongs to the lithium-polymer type and its capacity is 100mA. The copter operates at a frequency of 2.4GHz.
By the way, the protection of the propellers can be removed quite quickly and simply, reducing the weight of the device by not a whole gram, so if you gain experience, you can slightly extend the flight time if you wish.
The layout of the engines is classic — four screws on the engines fixed on the board and the body of the copter.
Bringing the copter into “working mode” is carried out according to the following scheme:
— turn on the copter (at the same time, the LEDs on its body will start flashing)
- turn on the remote control (the remote control will start emitting short beeps)
- move the left stick first all the way up, then lower it all the way down. If the synchronization is successful, the LEDs on the copter will stop flashing, and the remote control will stop beeping.
To mark the position of the copter in space, the front LEDs are blue, the rear LEDs are red. In normal flight mode, the LEDs are solid and start flashing as soon as the battery capacity is close to minimum.
The flight time of the copter is approximately 5 minutes.
The supplied cable allows you to charge the quadcopter from any device that has a standard USB connector. It can be either a smartphone network charger or a computer or even a mobile PowerBank. During charging (about 30–40 minutes), a red LED lights up in the cable plug, which goes out when it is completed.
As mentioned above, the aircraft has a built-in headless mode which is very handy for beginners. The mode is turned on and off by pressing (just pressing, like a button) on the left stick, while the copter LEDs will flash during the entire time this mode is in operation.
In the Headless mode, the copter conditionally loses the concepts of “left/right” corresponding to its current position and replaces them with an orientation relative to the control panel, i.e. The “back” of the copter always seems to be facing you, no matter how many times or how it turns during the flight.
Another interesting feature is flips / somersaults (flips).
To perform a flip, you need to press the front right button of the remote control at a sufficient height from the floor, an intermittent sound signal will be heard, after that you need to indicate with the right stick in which direction you want to flip (right / left / forward / backward). It should be noted that after a somersault, the copter loses altitude a little, so it is worth controlling this with the help of the altitude (throttle) stick.
Since the copter is very light, it is quite difficult to fly outdoors — any, even a not very strong gust of wind, will blow it away. But in the room to manage it is a pleasure.
My short video of the flight of the copter
And more interesting and informative video from the store page
I note that I really liked the copter — it is easy to operate and does not require a lot of space to fly. I can safely recommend it for beginners.
Thank you for your attention and all the best!