GoolRC T10 - inexpensive "room" quadcopter for training

GoolRC T10 — Inexpensive “Room” Quadcopter for Training

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!

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