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Old Mar 04, 2014, 11:22 AM
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Must-have components for first Hubsan X4 purchase

Hello,

I am planning to buy a Hubsan X4 H107C, with its HD camera.
Reading this forum, I have made a list of the items I am prepared to order along with the quad (this is my very first purchase!).
As I will order from HK shop, I don't want to forget anything.
Please tell me whether this list is relevant, whether if I forgot anything, etc.
  • 1 x Hubsan X4 H107C 2MP Camera RTF
  • 1 x Spare Parts Body Shell
  • 2 x Spare Parts Blade Set
  • 1 x Protection Cover
  • 1 x Spare Parts Rubber Feet
  • 5 x 3.7V 500mAh Battery For Hubsan X4
  • 1 x iMAX B6 Digital RC Lipo NiMH battery Balance Charger
  • 1 x 12V 5A AC Power Adapter For iMAX B6 Charger
  • 1 x Hubsan X4 1-to-5 Balance Charging Cable For 3.7V Battery

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LP
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Old Mar 04, 2014, 11:55 AM
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To save money and energy, just buy a crash set. Such as http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/360822300971?lpid=82

And I'd recommend a blade protector too, such as http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/191068967479?lpid=82
Without a protector.. you'll go through blades fast when learning.

Both are just examples.. you can find them online in numerous places. Probably cheaper and more reliable sales places too.
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Old Mar 04, 2014, 12:03 PM
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My 2 cent.
The Body is not as important. You can always glue and still fly. Plus you can get them easily on Amazon and eBay from US sellers at a reasonable price.

Get some motors extra motors to have on hand. (remember like the props, there is CW and CCW)

The rubber feet stay on a lot better then the v252's, mine have never fallen off, so optional
I thought the recommended batteries were the UDI 380s because the 500's change the cg

Are you planning on moving up/adding to your fleet? maybe look at a devo tx too
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Old Mar 04, 2014, 12:05 PM
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I'm with bschuler's recommendations. The prop guard is really great when fling indoors.

A battery changes in about 30min with the USB change cable that comes with the X4 so you may not need the IMAX etc.

The crash kit has spare motors which will be needed at some point.
Do you have tools: small Philips screw drive and soldering iron?
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 08:47 AM
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Lots of great feedback, thanks a lot!
Blade protection was already in my initial list.
I'll look into motors indeed. But do you really need the soldering iron to plug them back upon replacement??

Re: batteries, I read that the 500mAh batteries work great with H107C, even if they don't exactly fit inside the body.
What do you mean by: "they change the cg"?
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 09:02 AM
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Cg center of gravity, but yes you will need a soldering iron
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Yes, replacing motors or LEDs requires soldering. Search YouTube for videos on doing this.
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 10:58 AM
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Soldering is a bit of a nightmare if you haven't done it before
Rubber feet mine have never come off either
Spare screws maybe
Prop Guard is must if Flying indoors
Got Spare body shell never had to use it
Micro CARD and USB Reader for video
Motors a must
Prop Removal tool
(some companies like BG include Protector and tool )
Most of all Get Flying and Enjoy. It will be the best 60 you will ever spend!
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 01:32 PM
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Good inputs, thanks.

Well, I guess I'll have to get used to the soldering iron if I break a motor!

About the modified cg when using 500mAh battery, I suppose that I can use the tx trims to correct the balance, right?

About microSD card, what are the recommendations: maximum supported capacity? minimum class/speed? other?

Cheers!
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Old Mar 05, 2014, 01:55 PM
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Ditto on the MicroSD question, would these be suitable?

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Old Mar 06, 2014, 12:17 PM
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Same question: would this Lexar 16GB Class 10 work?
http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-High-Per.../dp/B00BQ5UWXI

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Old Mar 06, 2014, 07:37 PM
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My 2 cent.
Get some motors extra motors to have on hand. (remember like the props, there is CW and CCW)
Aren't these DC motors? Couldn't the polarity be reversed?

As for things you need, I bought the 107L a month or so ago, bought extra props and batteries. Put a prop protector on and they have been fine since. I have 3 brand new sets for the outdoors when the snow melts.
I have broken my body and I need to replace it. Motors have been great and haven't had any fail yet, and have I would guess well over 30+ flights into them.
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 09:23 PM
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Aren't these DC motors? Couldn't the polarity be reversed?

As for things you need, I bought the 107L a month or so ago, bought extra props and batteries. Put a prop protector on and they have been fine since. I have 3 brand new sets for the outdoors when the snow melts.
I have broken my body and I need to replace it. Motors have been great and haven't had any fail yet, and have I would guess well over 30+ flights into them.
Reversing the motors will likely make them fail sooner than later as the brushed are made for specific rotations.
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Old Mar 06, 2014, 09:27 PM
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Same question: would this Lexar 16GB Class 10 work?
http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-High-Per.../dp/B00BQ5UWXI

Thanks,
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Any micro sd will work, the class 10 is overkill IMO. The processor on these micro cameras most likely won't see any benefit over class 4 or 6. I may be wrong with this specific camera but highly doubtful. That said, avoid cheap made SDs that could result in corrupted files etc., but super high speed micro SDs are not necessary to get the results you want.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 08:11 AM
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I'm sure the brush to commuter timing is different for the CW verse CCW motors. If you reversed the motor leads, to reverse the rotation, I'll bet you will not see the RPM or power required to fly from that motor.
Has anyone tested this?
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