Something about electronic flying vehicles is very appealing to me. I have been thinking about buying a drone for quite a while now but after playing with one of my friend’s drone for like 5 seconds I knew it looks a lot easier than it really is. I managed to crash his within those few seconds, after which I decided I better hand over the remote control again in order not to destroy his crazy expensive toy.
So I knew that if I would buy one myself the first one had to be a cheap ass drone to allow me to get a bit better at flying before spending a lot of money on it. Therefore I was rejoiced when I spotted the Cheerson CX-10 Mini, with a price of roughly 16 dollars I knew this was what I had been waiting for. Actually I ordered two of them at once so that I could fly together with a friend, and I threw in some bumpers for two dollar a piece for safety measure. It was only after ordering when I started to wander if you could fly two of them at the same time — would the remote controls interfere on the same channel? I was starting to worry a bit but was curious to find out and didn’t cancel my order. Banggood, the shop of my choice for this purchase, delivered the package with their normal free shipping in about two and a half weeks at my work address. And after 6pm a colleague and me decided to take these little drones for a spin.
The first positive thing we noticed was that you can fly two of them at the same time, which is a lot more fun then taking turns. How many you can fly at the same time I am not 100% sure about but the description says “4 channel” so I assume you can fly up to four of them at the same time. But if you want to be sure you will have to contact the manufacturer or one of the Chinese wholesalers. The second thing we noticed was they are indeed “mini”, they easily fit in your hand. Personally I really liked it since it allowed me to practice with them indoor without generating major safety issues for my coworkers. Me and my colleague where having a blast, crashing into almost everything (ceiling, walls, plants, floors, etc.), and all that goodness lasted for about 5 minutes… Then the batteries were drained. Which was a bit of a downer, as I feared that it would take quite a bit of time to charge them again. But luckily I was wrong, it only took 10-15 minutes to get the battery to 100% and we could continue our fun. Now some other coworkers were coming to see what was all the fuss about and asking if they could give it a try as well. All in all it was a great success and I had to email the link of the product to a few people who were interested in buying one for their “kids” (read: they wanted one for themselves).
If you are a complete beginner to flying drones you will experience that handling the Cheerson CX10 Mini is not super easy, for the first few tries. However after a few runs you will noticeably become better and better at it. And because they are so cheap you won’t be afraid to test them to the limit, which will make your learning curve a lot shorter. I will post a few pictures at the bottom of this blog and will try to upload footage of some air time. But if you really want to see what you can do with these (after a lot of practice) you only need to go to YouTube and search for Cheerson CX-10 Mini, and you will find some cool action shots. For example, you can even do flips in mid air with them.
Please note that they do not supply you with batteries for the remote control! The manual isn’t too clear as well, the sentences sometimes don’t make much sense. They are probably literally translated from Chinese. But still you can find a dozen movies online on how to use them. Basically you first switch the drone one and then the remote control (while keeping the left stick pointing downwards). You will hear a few beeps after which you need to turn the left joystick up, you will hear another beep, then you turn the joystick down again after which you hear the last beep and you are good to go. If you turn the left stick upwards the blades will start to spin and you start to fly, if you turn the same stick to the left or right it will spin around its center point. With the right stick you can move forwards, backwards and to the left or right. That are the basics.
To wrap it up: I would recommend the Cheerson CX10 Mini to anyone. It is a cheap drone from China which allows you to practice your flight skills before you spend money on a bigger and more expensive model. You can view the specifications and price by clicking on the following link: Cheerson CX-10 Mini. I bought it a few weeks ago for about 16 dollar. I would also recommend to add a few bumpers which are only 2 or 3 dollar, and if you are a beginner you can better buy two or three since you are likely to break them pretty quick.
We will be giving a few away for free at random among our Facebook followers in the next week or so, all you have to do to take part in this lottery is to like our Facebook page (if you hadn’t done so already). Good luck everyone!