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Jan 31, 2013, 10:29 PM
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So I am inspired by all the mods I am seeing one here and it looks like I should invest in a soldering iron, any suggestions???
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Jan 31, 2013, 10:33 PM
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Also, not to be snarky, I am having a heck of a lot more fun learning to fly my 35.00 quad and not freaking out about hitting the ceiling, the fireplace the bookcase, the light fixture, the cat, than I was trying to learn to fly my 125.00 quad and just being worried about killing it before I even had a chance to learn how to fly it!!
Jan 31, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dmzim
So I am inspired by all the mods I am seeing one here and it looks like I should invest in a soldering iron, any suggestions???
This is what I used. I highly recommend it.

Adjustable heat soldering station.

Compatible with Hakko soldering tips.
Jan 31, 2013, 11:38 PM
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I'd agree with HP on the iron. The cheap Hakko compatible irons are great for most uses. I have one that looks identical to the HK version pictured above that I got about 8 years ago and has served me VERY well. I've used it heavily for a number of electronics projects and love it. I've soldered many SMT boards with it as well as through hole stuff and with the right tip it's a joy (and hakko compatible tips can be found pretty cheap too.) I actually got mine from Circuit Specialists here in the states and they've since switched to a different design but their price is still about the same as I paid 8 years ago:

Yeah, it's about twice the HK price - but it ships from the US so it's probably cheaper and faster shipping.

I also found that my daughter loves my X1. I guess getting the bumblebee was a good call (I really only picked it because it was a few dollars cheaper than the other two on Amazon.) So I got play with mine quite a bit this evening. She loves retrieving it for me when I crash.

I was slightly off about the light on mine. With the stock TX the light does go solid once it's bound. What I was thinking of was how it binds with the 9x - goes from fast to slow once it binds - then goes solid once I turn the TX off and back on.

I was able to confirm that the stock TX stays bound if I turn the TX off and back on - but if I pull the battery from the 1X then it's no longer bound when I turn it back on unless I reset the TX as well.

What's really odd is with the 9x if I turn the TX off and then back on it stays bound - but when I turn it back on it goes instantly full throttle.

So yeah it will bind and fly with the 9x but something funky is going on there for me. Not sure what could be causing this.
Jan 31, 2013, 11:50 PM
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Thanks for the vote, J.
Feb 01, 2013, 06:52 AM
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I have just recieved my X1 from Banggood, arrived in a round 12 days to the UK direct from China, but I have a problem with the trim. The rear left hand rotor does not spool up as fast as the others, and even when on full throttle it veres sharply to the left. I have tried trimming it out, but can't get rid of the problem, and I just don't know where to go next with it.

Can anyone help please, I really would like to get it up in the air and flying straight and level.

Thanks Dave T
Feb 01, 2013, 08:24 AM
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Panic over, it was just me being stupid, and not ensuring that the X1 was straight and level when turning on the TX and setting the gyros......no wonder it went diving off to the left after firing up the Tx for the maiden flight.

Flight 2 when off without mishap, and has given me an insight into what fun this little quad is going to be

Thanks Dave T
Last edited by deegeetee; Feb 01, 2013 at 08:31 AM.
Feb 01, 2013, 09:20 AM
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Mine arrived today.... have taken the battery cage off and fitted some velcro to the frame and battery.....easier to fit/remove the battery now..... Oh what fun this little quad is... and a better way to learn that using a PC flight sim... :-)
Feb 01, 2013, 09:53 AM
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got my x1 from amazon yesterday. I've wanted a quad for a while, and an email from xheli made me see how cheap they have become.

this thing is a blast to fly and is really durable. I can't believe how stable it is! I have coax helis that are less stable!

I'm not thrilled with the battery cage and lock. oh well. what do you want for $38!
Feb 01, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by derelicte

I'm not thrilled with the battery cage and lock. oh well. what do you want for $38!

have a look at this
Syma X1 Spacecraft battery box mod (2 min 49 sec)
Feb 01, 2013, 10:24 AM
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^^ thanks. I've seen people recommend this. I may have to do it when I get the 600mah tiger batteries in.
Feb 01, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Tboost
I guess im gonna tell u next week if its possible to use the V911 Tx with the X1, anyways, i think im gonna spend some bucks on the Turnigy 9x.
According to what i have read, the 9x its fully compatible with the V911 and X1 right?
Originally Posted by Randbo39
When using the 9x, how would I switch from low to high mode?
Feb 01, 2013, 10:49 AM
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I removed the battery box, and hold my batts in place with a piece of servo tape, doubly-secured to the strut with a bit of sewing thread at each end ot the tape.

Feb 01, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Heli Pad
Where to get the 2dB antenna?
That antenna is just a coaxial dipole. If --OZ-- will give you the dimensions, they're easy to make. Just get some RG-174 coax, strip a couple of inches of the outer insulation (leave the braid intact), fold the braid back over the outside of the cable, trim each section (the folded braid and the inner conductor) to length, and slip some heat shrink over it.
Feb 01, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by TomQ
If you are looking for a responsive, fun, quad then the Syma X1 is not for you.

The Syma X1 hovers. On high rates you can get it to move, but don't ask it to change direction unless you plan the move six months ahead of time.

If you want to do more than hover in place then you will want something other than this. Mine went back in the box after just a few flights. Wasted money.

I would love to see video proving me wrong.
yea i guess it can be slow to respond but i really quite like it

Syma X1 mini Quadcopter first outdoor flight and thoughts raw footage and audio N3M1S1S (8 min 24 sec)

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