Ionic 6 Axis Mini Quadcopter Review

The Ionic 6 Axis Mini Quadcopter is a tiny but tough quadcopter from Ionic. It has everything you can expect from such a tiny drone: it has prop guards out of the box, bright LED lights, a 6-axisstabilization system and can do flips on button press.
The Ionic mini-quadcopter is available in three colors: orange, green and white.
Range is around 30 meters, and flight time is around 6 to 8 minutes, which are respectable. The mini-quad uses the 2.4 Ghz technology, so it will simply drop out of the sky if it goes out of range.

The box contains everything for flying, except for the 2xAA batteries for the transmitter.

The Ionic mini quadcopter weighs only 15 grams and is about 7.5 x 7.5centimeters in size. Still it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor flying,and will take small gusts like a champ. FAA registration is not required for the Ionic mini quadcopter, which is a plus.

The quadrotor is very stable in the air, so you will not have to keep adjusting it. The transmitter has trim buttons which can come handy would the quad start drifting.

The mini quad comes with 4 replacement propellers, however parts are a bit harder to find than for the Cheerson CX-10 for example.

Being a tiny quad it will not be able to lift anything substantial.

The Ionic 6-axis mini quad has beginner and expert modes, which make indoor and outdoor flying easier too – beginner mode is better for closed spaces,while expert mode is better to fight the wind outdoors.

The suggested age group is 14 years and up, however younger children can fly it well too. As the quad contains tiny parts, keep it out of the reach of little children.

As other quadcopters in this size- and price-range, the Ionic mini quadcopter is bare-bones, it does not have a GPS, headless mode, or one key return. For such functions you may want to check bit larger models, like the Holy Stone HS170.

The motors of the Ionic 6-axis mini quadcopter are the brushed coreless type, so they can spin up and down really fast.

The shipping weight is around 200 grams, the box size is 20cm x 15cm x 7cm.

The Ionic mini quadcopter’s bright LED lights make night flying fun. It’s quiet too, so you will not wake the neighbors with it.

The battery

of the Ionic 6-axis mini-quadcopter is a single-cell 3.7 volt Li-Po battery, with 150mAh capacity, which is not removable.
The battery grants the Ionic mini quad a 6 to 8 minute flight time after a100 minute charge time.
The datasheet states that the battery is a 500mAh unit, however this isnot the case – you could not even fit such a large battery into the quadcopter.

The charger is an USB based charger. To charge the quadcopter, first connectthe quadcopter to the charger, next the charger to an USB port. Wait for thered LED in the charger to turn on, and you are ready to go.

The quad has low-voltage protection, and it’s LEDs will start blinking once it’s battery is running low. If you see this, land as soon as possible to avoid crashing it.

Charging the battery is possible using any USB socket, including the iPhone or Android chargers, or USB power banks.

While official replacement chargers are not available, other mini chargers like this one for the Syma X12 or this for the JJRC H20 could work. Then again it could be easier to just get a Syma X12 which is better supported.

The transmitter

of the Ionic 6-axis is a game controller-like small sized transmitter. As such it’s a bit more suited to small hands.

The mini-quadcopter uses the 2.4 Ghz technology, which is interference free.This means that you will be able to fly together with others. Also the colors of the mini-quad do not code it’s frequency, they all run on 2.4Ghz.The transmitter is part of the package, and is needed to control the quadcopter – you can’t control it from a smartphone.

The range of the transmitter is 30 meters. Would you go out of range the quadcopter will shut down and crash, so take care. Fly only above soft surfaces if you want to find the limit.

The quadcopter is not available without a transmitter, and it will not bind to other transmitters either.

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

To bind the quadcopter and the transmitter, first turn them off, place the quadcopter on an even surface, and set the throttle to minimum.
Next turn on the quadcopter, then the transmitter, and push the throttle to the maximum, and then back to the minimum again.

To enter the flip mode depress the right stick. Pushing the right stick again will stop the flip mode. In flip mode the mini quadcopter will flip towards the direction of the right stick.

Depressing the left stick switches between low (beginner) and high (advanced)mode.

If you trimmed the transmitter, but would like to reset it, all you have to do is press the “R” and “B” trim buttons together.

Overall

the Ionic 6-axis mini quad looks good, flies well,however the support is a bit lacking. But hey, it’s just a toy, so you can’t really go wrong with it.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★☆☆
Looks:★★★★★

Other tiny quadcopters you may like:

The Cheerson CX-10 and the Estes 4606 are booth very good nano-quadcopters, the Cheerson CX-10is very well supported too.

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