Hubsan X4 H107L

The Hubsan X4 H107L is a well-built, high quality quad,suitable for the “advanced beginner”. It’s really tiny, weighing a bit less than 30 grams without the battery. Being so small it is best suited for indoor flying, however it performs great outsides too on calm days. Compared to the H107C it’s better built, so it can take even more abuse. The quad comes with prop guards in the box, so you can protect it even more.The box comes with everything you need to start flying, except for the batteries (4xAA required). The props are tighter fitting than on the X4 H107C, which protects the motors better. Please note that the prop removal tool might not be included in the package.

The flight is a bit hyperactive, so you will have to adjust it to stay planted. The upside is that the quad is a lot of fun to fly, and reacts well to your inputs.The range is around 30 meters, and it can fly just as high too. The quad has tiny, soft legs so landing will be really smooth. Despite it’s small size it can lift around 3 grams.

Being a popular quad, a wide range of replacement parts are available, for example on this set.

The quad has bright leds, which make it suitable for night flying. Even better, the LEDs will start flashing when the battery is running out of juice, so you will know when to land.

The quad has multiple modes for beginners and experts. In expert mode you can turn of flips which is a big plus – flips can be triggered accidentally,and they could result in a crash, but not in anti-flip mode! Gyro sensitivity setting is supported too, which makes the quad capable of a really wide range of behaviors, from tame to wild.

The quad is fast, so look out where you fly it! Starting out with tiny stick movements is a great idea.

Suggested age is 14years + . The quad has tiny parts, so make sure to keep it out of the reach of small children.

The quad uses brushed motors which will get used up with hard flying. Fortunately replacement motors are available from multiple sources.

Headless mode is not supported by this quad; to use headless mode the UDI U818A can be a better choice. Being a low-priced model it does not have a GPS, so return home isn’t supported either – but at least you do not have to pay the premium for the more complicated electronics.

The quad is 130mm x 130mm in size, so it’s fairly small, and thus quiet too.Shipping weight is 1.1 pound, the box size is around 3.5 x 7.1 x 14 inches.

Quads this small do not need to be registered which makes your life easier.

Video output

is not supported by this quad; for a related product with video support you may want to check out our H107C review.

If you are adventurous, the quad might be able to lift an 808 keychain camera – you will have to mod them just a little bit to reduce their weight.

The battery

is a 3.7V 240mAh lithium polymer battery.Expected flight time is around 9 minutes, with a charge time of 40 minutes.Replacement and upgrade batteries are available so you will not have to wait that 40 minutes out, with charger and without charger too. The battery has a JST connector, so you can use any compatible charger – just make sure it has overcharge protection. The factory charger can charge only one battery at a time so getting a replacement charger is a good idea. Using the factory charger is really easy: just plug it into an USB port, plug in the battery, and wait for the red LED to turn off.

The quad is fairly intelligent, and it’s LEDs will start flashing when the battery is getting low – so make sure land ASAP to avoid damage to the quad and the battery.

The transmitter

is a standard 2.4 Ghz one so you will not get any interference – you can fly as many quads together as you (and your friends) would like to. If you already have a transmitter you can get a variant of this quad without a Tx, for example here.

The transmitter supports both mode 1 and mode 2, and it’s fairly easy to change the mode.

To activate mode 1:
  • Turn off the transmitter.
  • Move the left stick to the upper left position and the right stick to the upper right position and keep them there.
  • Turn on the transmitter.
  • Move the sticks around twice to calibrate the transmitter.
  • Hold down the trim button bellow the right stick until the LED blinks red.
  • Turn off the transmitter again. It will be in mode 1 next time you turn it on.
Activating mode 2 is almost the same:
  • Turn off the transmitter.
  • Move the both sticks to the upper left position and keep them there.This is the only different step.
  • Turn on the transmitter.
  • Move the sticks around twice to calibrate the transmitter.
  • Hold down the trim button bellow the right stick until the LED blinks red.
  • Turn off the transmitter again. It will be in mode 1 next time you turn it on.
Pairing

the transmitter and the quad is simple: just place the quad on a flat surface, turn it on, then turn the Tx on with the throttle pushed down. The transmitter LED will turn green when the binding is finished, and the quad’s LEDs will turn solid.

The stock transmitter’s range is 30 – 40 meters, getting another Tx may extend your range.

Overall

it’s a great looking quad for the advanced beginner.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★


The H107C is the H107L’s larger brother with a camera on board.For even more information on the H107L the RCGroups thread is a great source.

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