I actually got my Inductrix over the weekend, and I was hoping to use it to try my hand at doing a video review. Unfortunately, I do not have a means to charge my digital camera - I only have a UK plug for the charger, and I simply cannot find an adaptor for UK to Canadian plugs!
The GoPro OTOH works fine and dandy, but realized that the fixed focus means that objects close up are very blurry. After being unable to find a plug converter, I finally decided to just snap some pics with my dslr and write a small review of this new toy.
The Bind and Fly set I bought is extremely simplistic and well thought out with minimal space wastage. The package contains the Inductrix, a spare cover (a fine surprise!), a 150mAh 1S lipo battery, a USB charger for said battery, and instructions.
Flight time is about 5 minutes before the low voltage cutoff engages. Unlike the Hubsan which decreases performance when the LVC is activated, the Inductrix simply flashes its LEDs and just drops straight down to the ground. Always remember to set a timer on your radio if it has one! Remember, low voltages kill lipo batteries!
While I do have a mCPX BL, I hardly have the skill to fly it indoors, and even just hearing the mCPX BL spool up in its lower RPMs is still very unsettling. Heck even spooling up outdoors, I keep a good distance away! But I digress.
Now, flying the Inductrix at 100% travel is actually very sedate with self leveling on. Pushing the servo travel to 125% gives it very nice oomph to buzz around. However, once in rate mode, it's a bit too much for me to handle, and putting in some expo on the controls really helps tame the quad down. I personally have 3 flight modes on my radio for the Inductrix (like my heli), each with gradually more travel, so I can hand of flight mode one to a newb to fly with self leveling and low travel, and I can quickly move back to rate mode + high travel with a flick of a switch and press of a button. In addition, I also have a throttle cut switch for when I'm connecting up the battery.
With the DX6, setting up the quad for rate mode is quite straightforward. Simply assign the "gear" channel to channel 6 on the RX, and assign it a switch. I assigned it to my radio's bind button, so a single click will switch the self leveling on/off. You can also assign it to a toggle switch, but I found a single click easier than toggling a switch.
Things I wish would have been different on the Inductrix:
- The front/rear LED indicators are not the best from a visibility standpoint, and I'm guessing the LEDs are placed where they are, on the control board itself, so as not to have to run 4 additional pair of wires. Less things to snag on, lesser things to break, weight savings etc. etc.
- Some better way of telling where the front is, be it by colour coded props or some canopy design.
- A yellow cover. mCPX Yellow. Red is nice, not a fan of blue, but I think yellow r0xx0r! Yes, this is a first world problem :P