I was given the opportunity to check out the JJRC H20 6-Axis Mini Drone. This hexa-copter is small in size, but not quite as small as some of the nanos that I’ve seen and flown. For an RC drone, this one is very easy to set up as well as easy to learn flight controls.
Body Size: 16 x 14.4 x 7.4 cm
Weight (KG): 0.14 (0.30 lbs)
Battery Flight Time: 5 t0 8 minutes
Battery Charge Time: 40minutes
Battery Capacity: 3.7V 150mAh
Remote Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Range: 30 meters (98 feet)
Color Options: Red or Gold
Unboxing and Setup
The box that the H20 comes in measures in at 5.75″W x 4.25″H x 3.25″L, but the box that came in was about four times as large and filled with bubble wrap to keep it protected. Inside the box you receive the drone, control transmitter, USB charging cable, small screwdriver, 6 replacement blades, extremely difficult to read instruction manual, and battery.
To setup the H20, all you need is to use the included battery charger to charge the battery. The charger cord is standard USB 2.0, but no AC adapter, so you must plug it into either a computer or if you have a spare AC adapter with USB port like I do. The USB plug will light up red when the battery is fully charged. Once fully charged, unplug the battery from the charger, place inside the battery harness on the drone and plug into the back of the drone.
The transmitter takes two AA batteries that are not included with the packaging. Once batteries are inserted, simply turn the switch on the transmitter, then turn on the drone. Then move the left stick on the transmitter all the way down, then up, then down again. This will sync the transmitter and receiver. you are ready for flight.
Flying the H20 is quite simple and easy to learn. This little bugger is designed for indoor and outdoor use, but you will get much better flight if used outdoors as you have more room. The left stick controls your throttle speed, the right controls your movement. The left trigger controls movement speed and the right trigger is used for one button flips.
The H20 takes off and stabilizes quite easily. There is a built in gyro detector to help keep it balanced. When in flight, this drone looks like it moves just like a dragonfly. The one button tricks button is lots of fun, but you must have the H20 at at least 5 or 6 ft off the ground. Press the button once and it will do a front flip, twice will get a back flip, and three times, quickly, will do a barrel roll. The other neat thing is if you press left or right on the left (throttle) stick, the copter will spin in which ever direction you’re pressing. Another useful feature is that if you press in the right thumbstick, the H20 will return to it’s original take off position, making it easy to land.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
This little flying machine is quite fun to play with. The one button tricks and the very stable flight make this little guy really easy to fly for beginners and more experienced enthusiasts. The short battery life, however, makes the fun only last in short bursts. At a full charge, you’re only going to get about 6 minutes of flight between 40 minute charges. With summer heat rolling in, it makes it more of a chore to charge then take it back out than it is a rewarding experience.
The rigid plastic that the drone is made out of makes the body pretty durable. The blade guards are effective in case you happen to run into a wall or other solid objects such as your own leg. Yeah, that happened…more than once. The included extra propeller blades are much needed as you will eventually run into things and the blades will get bent or broken, making it impossible to stabilize and fly.
As a reviewer, I had to get as much time with the H20 as possible. I charged it and took flight as much as possible in a 48 hour time span. I tested the altitude, in which I can’t say exactly how high I could get it, I estimate about 30 feet. The distance you can achieve is pretty decent, but with its size I wouldn’t recommend letting it go too far before you lose sight of it completely. After 48 hours of charge and flight, charge and flight, charge and flight, I finally blew out one of the propeller motors and it will no longer take flight. All is not lost, though. I can still chase my dog around the kitchen with it.
I used the hell out of this little drone. Probably more than most would in such a short time span. I tested its limits to the fullest extent, and I’m hoping that is why it no longer works. That being said, the JJRC H20 6-Axis Gyro Mini Drone is well worth spending less than $20 on. It’s a good drone to get started with before moving on to more advanced quad-copters. If interested, you can purchase one from Amazon below or directly from the link here.