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New to Drone Flying
« on: November 23, 2018, 16:48:08 »
So i am starting this thread so i am able to update as i go along, feel free to add to this thread as all info is greatly received plus it helps others.

So what have i got,

Well i am getting a Hubsan X4 H501S Pro, what does this mean.

Its the one with the advanced controller which i wanted, it has 1080P camera but not a gimbal mounted one, it can fly for 20 mins has RTH and a 5.8ghz FPV pad antenna.  Follow me, and a control range of about 300 - 500mtrs.  Its not very much upgradable but there is a number of things that can be done to this drone.

Some people don't like it and some do (you can't please everyone), but i wanted this drone as being a beginner i wanted something fairly easy to fly straight out of the box. ( I have to say i don't get it until Xmas, but it arrived the other day).

I have all ready purchased Li-Po Batteries (As i plan to double the Drone battery for extended flight time), I have purchased a iMAX B6 AC Li-Po Balance charger for the Li-Po Batteries, I have purchased a Li-PO battery for the Controller as i hate using AA batteries.

I am currently watching some propellers, Landing Gear and Protector rings for Drone, 30A Brushless Speed Controller ESC, and 2 x HRB 2200mAh 11.1v 3s 8C Li-Po batteries. all on popular auction site.

And that's it for now until Xmas time when i can have it and play with it for real, but for now its all about watching You Tube videos and research into various stuff and things. :hmm:

Will post updates on here when i can do that.
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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 17:03:40 »
I am looking forward to your journey.
A few points, first off if you are adjusting things on a bench take the props off!!! If for some silly reason they spin on a bench they could do some serious damage.
Lipos need to be respected. Don't over discharge them as it will damage them, if they go 'puffy' they are being treated outside their usage and might not be safe to continue using!!!! Never leave lipos unattended while charging.

Read the instruction manual multiple times and follow all calibration/setup processes it tells you too.
Make sure it has a home gps lock before you take off Every time.

Don't fly near airports, near people or property. Take it easy as it's easy to get confused about orientation (which way the quad is facing) when it gets 50m or so away!!!

Have fun, relax, and let us know how you get on, vids are great  ::)

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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 17:10:00 »
I am looking forward to your journey.
A few points, first off if you are adjusting things on a bench take the props off!!! If for some silly reason they spin on a bench they could do some serious damage.
Lipos need to be respected. Don't over discharge them as it will damage them, if they go 'puffy' they are being treated outside their usage and might not be safe to continue using!!!! Never leave lipos unattended while charging.

Read the instruction manual multiple times and follow all calibration/setup processes it tells you too.
Make sure it has a home gps lock before you take off Every time.

Don't fly near airports, near people or property. Take it easy as it's easy to get confused about orientation (which way the quad is facing) when it gets 50m or so away!!!

Have fun, relax, and let us know how you get on, vids are great  ::)

Some great advice there Chedds thanks m8 especially the safety stuff which is easily forgotten when in excite mode.  Seriously going to be itching to get it out of the box by xmas time  ~~

Definitely will be respecting the Li-PO's, i see they do a special bag for carrying them, is it worth buying into that  :hmm:


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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2018, 19:44:40 »
Just having a look at the Hubsan 501 and it appears to take a 2S 7.4v lipo not a 3S!!! So double check which lipo you need before ordering as too high a cell count will kill the quad!!!

The legs and gopro style mount seem a bit expensive. It's not as if its a moveable gimbal, it's just a way to mount a gopro type camera. I would wait and see what you think you need after flying it. Well I say I would wait, the excitement factor does make it very easy for 'impulse' purchases  ::)

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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2018, 20:25:05 »
yeah, i haven't got the bigger lipos yet, just ordered one for the controller to void using AA batteries, and that mounted go pro thing is what you say just for mounting, no movement what so ever and just only needed if you want a lower mounted camera me thinks.

Going to search the forum for Li-Po battery info see if there is a write up somewhere on them to understand them better..

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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2018, 20:36:59 »
For info have a search for Josh Bardwell, AndyRC, CurryK, Painless360 on youtube. They all do good reviews and Josh is quite techy and has lots of techy info on all quad stuff especially lipos.

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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2018, 07:46:47 »

Definitely will be respecting the Li-PO's, i see they do a special bag for carrying them, is it worth buying into that  :hmm:
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Watch out for some of those cheap Lipo bags, if you get hold of one when the Sun's out you can see all the micro fibres floating off them. You breath those in they won't come out, like asbestos for sure. I bought one from HK and it went in the bin, get an ammo box 👍

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Re: New to Drone Flying
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2018, 15:50:37 »
Ok just an update so far,

So i have received a Transmitter Li-Po battery so i no longer need to use AA batteries and i have also received the ImaxB6 balanced charger, i also received from the seller a complete empty body for a 501S because they were unable to send my colour i wanted  ~~

oh and the H501S has arrived but not allowed to have it until Xmas  :banghead: but the excitement is building.  Still researching a lot of stuff though and watching a lot of u tube vids  :frantic: