Entry Level/Beginner Helicopters and Quadcopters

Helicopters

Coaxial

1. Blade CX2 V1 or Blade CX2 V2 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/blade-cx2/

2. Syma S107G

3. Blade mCX or Blade mCX2

 

The Blade CX2 was a good coaxial helicopter for me to learn on.
I bought the Walkera Dragonfly 4 fixed pitch helicopter as my first helicopter to learn on but it was too hard to start out with so I bought the Blade CX2 V1.
After I got good with the Blade CX2 I went back to the Walkera Dragonfly 4 then moved my way up to the collective pitch helicopters.

The Blade mCX and mCX2 are smaller and lighter helicopters (28 g w/battery) compared to the Blade CX2 (227g w/battery). These would also be good choices to start out with.

The Syma S107G is another popular helicopter to start out with.

 

 

Fixed Pitch

1. Walkera Super FP

2. Walkera CB100 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/walkera-cb100/

3. Blade mSR or Blade mSR X or Blade mSR S with SAFE® Technology

4. Nine Eagles Solo Pro 270A

 

For a Walkera helicopter I recommend the Super CP for a beginners fixed pitch helicopter. It is much more stable then the CB100 and it will handle a crash much better. Also the CB100 has more parts that can be damaged in a crash including the flybar.

The Blade mSR/mSR X/mSR S are also popular fixed pitch helicopters. The Nine Eagles Solo Pro 270A is another popular fixed pitch helicopter. Any of these helicopters would be a good choice for a beginners fixed pitch helicopter.

 

 

Collective Pitch

1. Walkera Mini CP – http://www.rcproreviews.com/walkera-mini-cp/

2. Walkera Genius CP – http://www.rcproreviews.com/walkera-genius-cp/

3. Walkera Super CP

4. Walkera V120D02S V2 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/walkera-v120d02s-v2/

5. Blade mCPX V1 or Blade mCPX V2- http://www.rcproreviews.com/blade-mcpx-v1/

6. Blade Nano CP S with SAFE® Technology

7. Blade 120 S RTF with SAFE® Technology

 

For Walkera helicopters the Mini CP or Super CP would be good to start out with for a Collective Pitch helicopter.

I don’t recommend the Genius CP V1 or V2. The landing gear is built into the frame
and one hard landing or crash will break the landing gear and you will need to buy a
new frame and remove everything on the helicopter and move it over to the new frame. This is a lot of work to do.

The V120D02S V2 is a good step up from the Mini CP or Super CP.
Some people are starting out with the V120D02S V2 instead of the Mini CP or Super CP.
The Mini CP or Super CP are lighter than the V120D02S V2 and will handle a crash better.

The Blade mCPX and Blade Nano CP are also good choices to start out with for a Collective Pitch helicopter.
The Blade 120 S is a good step up from the Blade mCPX or Blade Nano CP.
The Blade mCPX or Blade Nano CP are lighter than the Blade 120 S and will handle a crash better.

 

 

Micro Quads

1. Walkera Ladybird V1 or Walkera Ladybird V2 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/walkera-ladybird/

2. Syma X1 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/syma-x1/

3. Blade Nano QX with SAFE® Technology

4. Hubsan X4 V2 H107L

 

The Syma X1 is well know for a good beginners quad. It handles a crash pretty well.

The Walkera Ladybird V1 or V2 is popular and it is a good beginners quad. It also has silicone feet on the bottom which help absorb impact on a hard landing or crash.

The Blade nano QX is popular and it is a good choice for a beginners quad.

The Hubsan X4 V2 H107L is popular and it is a good choice for a beginners quad.

 

 

Nano Quads

These are some of the very popular nano quads on the market. Some of them have different versions of them depending on how much of a beginner you are and what features you would like, for example: auto take-off and auto-land, head hold, altitude hold, auto-level, propeller guards, and more.
You can use this list as a starting guide. There are many more nano quads out there and more keep on coming out.

 

1. Estes Proto-X – http://www.rcproreviews.com/estes-proto-x-nano-quadcopter-review/

2. Estes Proto-X SLT – http://www.rcproreviews.com/estes-proto-x-slt-review/

3. Hubsan Q4 H111 – http://www.rcproreviews.com/hubsan-q4-h111-quadcopter-rerview/

4. Cheerson CX-10

5. Aerix Nano Drone for Beginners

6. Syma X12S

 

The Estes Proto-X, Hubsan Q4 H111, and Cheerson CX-10 are very popular quadcopters. They fly very well and are super stable and ultra responsive.
If you get the Estes Proto-X or Hubsan Q4 H111 I recommend you get the Hubsan X4 H107L transmitter which is what I am using for my Estes Proto-X and Hubsan Q4 H111 which use the same protocol. The Estes Proto-X is the American version re-brand of the Hubsan Q4 H111 quadcopter.
Using the Hubsan X4 H107L transmitter will give you a bigger size transmitter, LCD screen, programmable Dual Rates, and you will be able to turn on and off the quadcopter LED lights by pressing and holding down the bottom throttle trim.

I recommend that you do not get the Estes Proto-X SLT, see my review for details.
I also recommend not to get the Syma X12 and get the Syma X12S instead which is a much improved version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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