Now begins the REAL fun... Let's go Flying!
Zipping the little Proto X around the living room is an absolute BLAST. After having banged it into the wall a couple of times I discovered the Quad is much more durable than I'd expected. I found myself getting brave, pushing myself out of my own comfort zone.
it is very well mannered, allowing me to work on very precise flying... not only trying to land on a briefcase, but later landing on a paperback book,
then a cell phone and finally a book of matches!
After flying the little ProtoX around for a few minutes, the LEDs began to FLASH, Indicating the battery was getting low. I found this to be a VERY helpful feature, not only that the Proto X has a Low Voltage Cutoff (LVC) setting, but also that it is set properly. Too many times I've had small quads and helicopters where the LVC was set to a very low voltage. (So low, the heli would lose power and settle on the ground before LVC voltage was met) just to check, I kept flying the Proto X for one minute past LVC and STILL had enough power to maintain altitude. (Continued flying past LVC is NOT recommended for the average user, as it does shorten the battery's lifespan)
I did take it outside one evening when it was dead calm. The LEDs are extremely helpful with staying oriented.
I was very happy to see that the Proto X behaved wonderfully as long as the wind remained calm.
I was not too happy that the battery is not removable (without voiding the warrantee)
but at $39.99 I could pick up another and fly that one while the battery charges and the motors cool off.
The Battery does have a connector and is held in place with double sided sticky tape.
After flying the proto X a few times, besides generally being more comfy with it, I really began to notice just how much I like the LED's.
Previously for keeping oriented I'd depended on having different color blades at the front and rear of the quad.
The Proto X does have different color blades, but also the LED's at the front of the quad are blue, those at the rear are red.
This simple feature makes it VERY easy to tell front from back.
I had a ball turning off all the lights in my living room and flying the little proto X around.
I began to realize my neighbors must think there's something weird going on next door, I could only imagine what it looked like from outside.
(My neighbors DID notice... but they know about my lifelong obsession for anything aviation related... they thought it was a blimp with lights)
It's sound is a little different too... I can only try to explain by saying it sounds like a multi engine insect.... in harmony and perfectly tuned.
I had SO much fun with the Proto X that I bought another one for my Kid. Sorry, Dad is keeping his.
It really IS that much fun.
Check out the video to see the Estes Proto X in action!