Akaso K88 Review

The Akaso K88 is a sturdy, good looking quadcopter from Akaso, featuring a HD camera, one button flip, very bright LED lights, and a strong styrofoam protecting frame, making it one of those indestructible quadcopters.

Just as other quadcopter in this category the K88 has 6 axis gyro stabilization (3 axis for accelerometers and 3 axis for gyroscopes) and flies very smoothly, it will keep it’s position fairly well without drifting.

The control range for the Akaso K88 is 50 to 100 meters depending on the environment, and it can fly just as high too. However once out of range this will drop out of the sky, so fly above soft surfaces as much as possible.

The K88 is suitable for both indoor and outdoor flight, however due to it’s size it really shines outdoors. It will take light gusts easily, however moderate to stronger winds can carry it away.

The transmitter has high and low modes too, which make the mini-drone suitable for beginner and advanced pilots, and make indoor-outdoor switching easier.

While the quadrotor is well built, and comes with replacement props out of the box, parts are generally a bit hard to find, so in this respect it’s a bit lacking compared to Syma’s offerings for example.

Still, batteries and replacement charger are easy to find and it’s even available as a bundle.

The box contains everything you need for flying, except for the 3xAAbatteries for the transmitter. (Older versions of the Akaso K88 with the all-black transmitter needed 6xAA.)

The K88 weighs around 105 grams, and is 33 cm X 33 cm in size – so while it can lift small objects, lifting a GoPro is out of question. On the upside,drones this light do not have to be registered with the FAA.

As with other quadrotors, the K88 is suitable for ages 14 and up. Younger children could play with it too, however it’s dangerous for toddlers as it contains small parts, so keep it out of their reach.

The Akaso K88 does not have headless mode or one key return, so it’s not as advanced as it could be.

The mini-drone’s propellers are gear-driven, still it flies very quietly.The motor is the fast-accelerating brushed coreless type.

The package weight is about 460 grams, the package size is about 34 cm X 34cm X 14 cm.

This is probably the best-lit mini-drone you can find, as it has a LED stripe along it’s edge. Night flying is great, it shines like a shooting star up in the sky.

The camera

of the Akaso K88 is a 1.3 megapixel unit, it can take photos at an 1280×1024 pixel resolution, and record videos at640x480, 30 frames per second. The video is average quality; the camera records audio too, however it’s not really usable due to the propeller noise.

As the K88 is not an FPV quadcopter so no smartphone is needed for the video functionality. The videos get recorded to the 4Gb MicroSD card which comes in the package. The format is simple .AVI, which makes it viewable with any video player application. The package includes an USB card reader too, which is a nice addition.

The camera can be tilted by about 30 degrees, so you can point it in the direction you wish. The camera is not removable.

All the camera’s functions are on the transmitter, so unlike simple drones,(e.g. the Hubsan H107C), you can take pictures, start and stop the recording from the transmitter – a nice little feature.

It’s important to stop the recording before powering off the quadcopter,otherwise the video files will get damaged. If you still experience video issues, make sure the card fits the camera nicely, and reformat it as fat32.

The battery

of the K88 is a fairly high capacity, 850mAh3.7volt LiPo battery. The battery gives the quadcopter a 6 to 8 minute flight time, after 1.5 to 2 hours of charge time. The flight time can be increased by turning the LEDs off.

The charger of the quadrotor is a simple USB based charger, it’s compatible with any USB socket, including the iPhone charger too.

Charging is simple: disconnect and remove the battery from the quadcopter,and connect it to the charger. Next connect the charger to an USB port and wait for the LED to turn off.

As the charge time is really long, the best way to get more fun out you quadcopter is to buy more batteries – USB power banks won’t really work as you’d have to wait too long for the battery to charge.

The K88’s batteries use a standard JST plug, so it’s easy to find compatible batteries. In theory any single-cell 3.7 LiPo battery which fits the quadcopter should work – just make sure you do not over heat the motors with the extended usage.

The transmitter

of the K88 is a full-sized unit, so it’s perfect both for smaller and large hands. As the mini-drone uses the interference-free 2.4Ghz technology, you will be able to fly together with others. All you have to do is bind the quadcopters to their transmitters one-by-one.

There are two versions of this transmitter, an older, full-black one which requires 6xAA batteries, and a newer red and black one which only needs 3xAAbatteries.

The control range is between 50 and 100 meters depending on the environment,and the quadrotor will drop out of the sky if you fly out of range, so take care.

The transmitter has an LCD screen with all the information you’d need: it displays the transmitter battery status, trim settings, and low-intermediate-high modes as 0,50 and 100%.

The transmitter has buttons for taking photos and starting/stopping videos on the top right side, a button for easy mode on the top left side.

It also has two shoulder buttons, the right shoulder button toggles flip mode, the left shoulder button cycles through the low-intermediate-high modes.

The transmitter is mode 2, with the throttle on the left stick.

To bind the quadcopter and the transmitter, turn both of and set throttle to the minimum. Next turn both on, and push the throttle up to the maximum and down to the minimum again.

Overall

while the Akaso K88′ support is a bit lacking and has a long charge time, overall it is a nice little quadcopter, with exceptionally strong LED lights and very strong frame.
Fun:★★★★☆
Value:★★★★☆
Looks:★★★★★

Resources

Dragon Blogger reviewed the older version a few months ago. Even though things have changed, it is still relevant. If you liked the Akaso K88 you will surely love the UDI U818A and the Holy Stone U818A too.

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