Rockyoo XK Detect C380-B Quadcopter

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Rockyoo XK Detect C380-B Quadcopter

Power Source: Li-Poly Battery - Max Range: 1000m - For Ages: 14 Years + - All Batteries Included

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Review of "Rockyoo XK Detect C380-B Quadcopter"

published 26/10/2015 | dobieg
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"Excellent toy, but strictly for the grown-ups"

This is a toy, but only in the sense that it serves no practical purpose – it certainly isn’t for kids, it’s a bull-blown semi-pro Quadcopter with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from something you’d expect to pay the fat end of £400 for.

You wouldn’t expect someone to climb onto a high performance sports bike and NOT have accidents, and likewise, don’t go hoping anyone will be able to pick one of these up and fly them first day out without crashing.

The unit consists of a plastic housing in the traditional “X” configuration, a very powerful brushless motor at each end, and a propeller atop. In the middle is space for all the electrics, and underneath the mounting ports for a high-resolution camera.
I’ve seen footage from these, and they are mightily impressive machines.

My mate has one (two actually, both currently out of service, more on this later)
We started off with cheap copters – around the £50 mark.

These were lightweight, and whilst fine indoors, or in calm conditions outside, they got blown about a bit, and the cameras weren’t up to very much.

My friend bit the bullet and moved up to a ‘proper’ copter, and chose the XK Detect X380, because it offered all the ‘big boy’ options, but was about a third of the price of the ‘full on’ “Pro” copters.

There’s probably a reason for this.

In terms of spec, you get a battery which reputedly lasts around half an hour.
It comes with a remote control unit, which needs to be ‘paired’ with the copter.
The copter itself features a GPS for satellite navigation, has provision for a ‘gymbal’ operated camera, and includes ‘take off and landing’ features.

It can evidently find it’s way back to the starting position if it gets ‘lost’ but doesn’t have any object avoidance sensors, so it might attempt a return through a building, or tree (a very good reason for maintaining visual contact at all times)

The unit comes “ready to fly” except there are some absolutely critical set-up procedures you have to complete every time you fly this. These are not made any easier by the lamentable quality of the “chingish” instructions, probably better to see people demonstrating this on youtube as well as reading the manual several times before use.

When setting up, ensure the copter is *ABSOLUTELY LEVEL* when you start off, otherwise it’ll try and fly at whatever angle it starts off at – get it wrong, and it’ll fly in an uncontrollable spiral and smash itself onto the ground.

Assuming you set it up right, all you need to do is press the “take off” button, and it rises to a metre above the ground, you then take over with the dual joysticks; take care you use the “correct” mode.

I’m assuming you took my initial warnings on board, and have learned to fly another copter before you try this, ours were “mode 2” convention, so the left joystick controls up and down, as well as turning the drone left and right.

The right control moves forwards, backwards left and right (mode 1 swaps some of these, if you’re used to that, set the controller accordingly) if you have developed hand-eye coordination for one more, being in the ‘wrong’ setup will almost certainly end in a crash.

Even in a gusty breeze, the copter holds itself remarkably steadily. It is, in essence, flying itself, you tell it the direction to fly in, which is quite different from less sophisticated copters which rely upon you to continually adjust your controls to maintain level flight.

You *can* connect the drone to a computer beforehand and plot a course, which it will follow, but we’ve not got that far yet.

When you’ve had enough, press the ‘land’ button and the unit should slowly descend and land softly, and finally power down the props when it ‘feels’ the ground (and it did this a couple of times)

It also offers ‘headerless’ operation which means left and right (to you) should always be left and right in the sky, irrespective of the actual direction of the copter – word of caution, it can be a bit hit and miss, so be prepared for accidents!
So much for the theory.

We made pretty much all the “day one” mistakes, and now we have two partly-broken copters.
Initially, on his first day out, and without reading the instructions properly, my mate launched the copter, told it to land, but unfortunately it wasn’t sure where, or indeed where “down” was so obligingly threw itself at the ground. The result was a broken helicopter arm, which required around £50 repairs. The pictures look like it’s made of carbonfibre, from the damage I saw, it’s more like a cosmetic ‘skin’ on thermoplastic and offers little if any strength.

On the second day out, we (eventually) got copter 2 to take off and land a couple of times. The third time we were getting cocky, and instead of gracefully taking to the air, it whirled madly about before throwing itself in the long grass, no damage it seemed, so we went for the fourth and final flight of the day.

This then took to the air like a bird, hovered for several seconds, and then we heard a ‘ping’ as one of the prop caps came spinning off (must have been loosened in the previous bump)

I was in the process of saying “get it down fast” when it all went a bit crazy; the unsecured propeller shot off and the copter turned upside down and threw itself at the ground from around a metre up.

Whilst there didn’t seem to be anything *that* bad (all the external pieces were intact) it wouldn’t power up properly, and we’re left wondering if something inside has disconnected itself, or there has been much more serious damage to the internal circuitry.

Follow these rules before trying to use one of these;
  • Learnto fly a smaller (cheaper) less aggressive quadcopter first
  • Take it somewhere that a ‘soft landing’ is possible, although don’t count on this saving your machine when it goes ‘pear shaped’ (as it will)
  • Don’t take your “significant other” – you’ll never hear the end of it!
  • Take it easy – don’t try tricks on the first day out!

*ABOVE ALL- READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MANUAL before you go anywhere near the copter. Even then, don’t try to fly this without an experienced pilot, or at the very least, watch instructional videos online.

This is a highly competent machine, unfortunately it is relatively unforgiving of incompetent pilots.


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  • sharper_fin published 12/11/2015
    I certainly want one of these but... read the manual!?!?! But I'm a man!!! :-) Fine review.
  • LiveMusicLoverLyn published 27/10/2015
    Crumbs that is a poor show of rating, shame.
  • Bollinger28 published 27/10/2015
    No rate from me either - less than 200 rates GIVEN and over 5,000 RECEIVED. All take and no give.
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Product Information : Rockyoo XK Detect C380-B Quadcopter

Manufacturer's product description

Power Source: Li-Poly Battery - Max Range: 1000m - For Ages: 14 Years + - All Batteries Included

Product Details

Manufacturer: Rockyoo

Type: Aircraft and Blimps

Batteries Included: All Batteries Included

Age: 14 Years +

Max Range: 1000m

Power Source: Li-Poly Battery

EAN: 0603629314840

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