It has been almost four months since I wrote a review on the WLtoys V929 Beetle Quad
. As I’d make references to the original V929, please take a look at it before reading this review. I’d like to thank Aaron from Banggood.com
for sending me a WLtoys V949 for the review.
The manual states that V949 is actually the “updated V929”, as well as the “second generation V929”. So how different is this quad from the first generation of the V929? Let’s find out!
Let’s get started!
The quad arrived in a simple foam box. The box is sturdy and all components are intact and in great condition.
The quad looks great without a sad face. The new canopy is sleek and modern.
But I do find the alien inside the canopy a little too kiddish for me.
Flipping the quad over reveals what’s underneath.
The booms are attached with tiny LED lights, which should be the greatest advantage of the V949 over the V929. The canopy also appears to be bigger than the Beetle canopy.
The board has eight sockets – four for motors, four for LED lights. The white text on the board reads 2012/07/30 REV:02 JR-WL-FD02R-1
Booms with LEDs
Each front boom is fitted with a set of 4 x red LEDs.
Each rear boom is fitted with a set of multi-colored LEDs.
While in flight, the multi-colored LEDs at the rear blink (“running”) while the red LEDs at the front just shine brightly.
The transmitter looks exactly the same as the TX that came with the V929, and the one that came with the V939. The V939 TX differs from the V929 that it comes with a working top-right button. It also emits a continuous beep when at 100% rate (stunt mode).
And in version, it is different from its predecessors again. It does not beep continuously at 100%. It does not flip at 100% with full stick movements
. The top-right button does not activate auto-flip like the TX for V939. At rates higher than 40%, pressing and holding
on to the top-right button, and apply aileron or elevator stick movements will activate flip in that direction.
No more accidental flips at 100%! Perhaps it is possible to pull off manual flips at 100%!
At sufficient height, it could flip consecutively
as the flyer could just hold on to the button and continuously apply the desired stick movements. I’m truly impressed by the changes. It seems that WLtoys are listening to our cries for improvements.
I’m not sure if the improvements are applied on the new TX or coded on the new board, as I have not flown the quad with my V929 TX or my V939 TX, or tried the new TX with my V929 and V939.
Note: Please see the next post for updates!
As I received the package late at night, I could not fly it indoors because the folks are sleeping. Good thing this quad comes with LEDs that allow me to fly it below my apartment, at 10pm.
I attached my “matured” V929 battery to the V949, and immediately, I was impressed by the lights. They look great at night!
It’s way cooler than the 2 x green and 2 x blue LEDs on the V939.
As I increased the throttle, it occurred to me that the throttle response is more sensitive than the V929 – it lifted off the ground quicker and with less throttle input. It took me a short while to get used to the new throttle sensitivity.
The quad drifted to the front and left but I got that sorted out easily with 3 or 4 clicks of trim. As it was a windy night, I toggled to 60% rate.
Movements felt very similar to the V929. I couldn’t tell any difference in aileron or elevator controls between the two. However, the rudder of the V949 felt a little less sensitive than before. I’m not sure if the changes are caused by the new transmitter or the new board.
After hovering for a while to get some nice video shots, I took it for some high-speed action. As it zipped through the dimly lit street, it was apparent that my experienced was enhanced by the LEDs. I felt confident as I could clearly see where it was going. The lights allowed me see the state of the quad, so I could apply the right amounts of throttle, rudder, aileron, and elevator controls to keep it to the desired flight path. Did I mention that the LEDs looked great? It sure attracted a lot of attention, even at 10pm at night.
While the V949 is said to be just
the second generation of the V929, the improvements over its predecessor are significant. The ability to fly at 100% without triggering accidental flips, and the stunning LED lights, simply makes this quad much better than the V929. It maintains the same good flying characteristics found on the V929 so someone familiar with that would find handling the V949 pleasantly familiar. The only gripe I have is the slightly higher cost but I expect the price to drop as the factory ramps up production. If you love your V929, then this is a worthy upgrade. If you haven’t gotten yourself a V929, you must get the V949!
+ No accidental auto flips at 100% rate
+ Stunning LED lights that work really well for night flight
+ Flies just as good as the V929
+ Modern and sleek canopy
- Slightly more expensive than the V929
Product Link: WLtoys V949 at Banggood.com
Photo Gallery (full resolution available): Flickr