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UDI RC U818A Gyro Quadcopter Review

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The UDI U818A quadcopter is released a couple of years ago, making consumers notice them immediately. The UDI U818A is a quadcopter that deserves everyone’s acceptance. I am also no exception. I found it on Amazon in the bestseller section with a very low price (below $100, and around $60-$70) and good reviews and satisfying ratings from over a thousand buyers. I knew I had to get my hands on it. Got it a week ago and everything’s going well as expected and I decided to write a UDI U818A review on why you should invest in it.

Everyone knows the UDI RC brand for their quality and affordable price. They even have FPV drones on sale at this moment!

First flight test

Well, the UDI RC U818A is a great drone for beginners. It is easy to control, not needing much training. The midsection is not much with four big rotors, which makes the quadcopter lightweight and agile. It flies and performs just like any other quadcopters with the size range. And is surprisingly responsive and stable for the cheap price.

I can even do inversions and 360-degree flips on my first flight even though I have never flown a quadcopter before. But still, I had to read the manual and do some trial and error before performing the flips, which do not take much time. Overall, the quadcopter is fun and easy to fly, especially during low wind condition.

Controller

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The 2.4GHz remote control has an LCD display panel which shows the battery life, throttle settings and camera settings. It has two joysticks, each controlling two of the rotors. The quadcopter is very light and zips around that it can fly out of range of its transmitter and receiver. When your quad gets out of range, you see intermittent receiving of your direction commands on the display panel. My quadcopter has been crashing to trees and walls, because it did not receive the turn command on time.

The range is about 30 to 35 meters at most, so play it safe and make sure you stay within range and follow the quadcopter around if you have to; you don’t want to see it in pieces somewhere.

Once you test flight a couple of times, you’ll be a natural and can prevent crashing to things. There’s a button on the top left that you can press to make the quadcopter do flips and it beeps when pressed. But make sure you get high enough to do flips, otherwise it’ll flip and hit the ground instead.

Battery

The battery is a 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery. When fully charged, it can only support a flight time of 7-8 minutes at most, which makes you appreciate the time flying and not get tired of it easily. It took me nearly 2 hours to fully charge the battery, which I think is a little too long for such a short flight time. I think I’m going to get a longer life battery someday.

The best thing about UDI U818A is that it doesn’t require any assembly when you receive the package, it is already done for you, even the camera is already attached to it. All you need to do is charge up the battery, go out and fly.

Camera

The camera is not that bad for a cheap drone. It actually satisfied me with the video and photography. It has a resolution of 640×480 pixels, which is not at high definition but produces quite a decent picture. The box includes a Micro SD card which can hold up to 2 GB of storage, which is a little too small for a video. So you might want to consider getting a larger SD card.

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Stills captured using the UDI U818A quad

Durability

As I have said just now, my quad has been crashing to things quite often during my first flight test. Surprisingly, nothing happened. No damaged parts, no crack on the rotor protectors or the shell, some scratches here and there, nothing more. Because of its weight, it is actually quite durable, handling impact without any problems. It looks weak and can break easily, especially the plastic around the propellers, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. UDI is really a brand of quality.

Something missing

There’s something important the manufacturer missed out on this model – GPS. It is actually an important feature for a drone. It can get lost and out of sight easily, no GPS guide to hover it back home or fly in place without assistance. But no surprise there, since the cheap price.

7 Total Score
Very Nice

Overall, the UDI U818A is a perfect quadcopter for beginners like me and I would recommend it to people out there whose looking for a flying hobby or something to do this summer. It wouldn’t burn a hole in your wallet, trust me on this. The durability and agility of this drone is an added bonus if you really consider this model, despite the flight and charging time.This UDI U818A review is to let amateurs and hobbyists out there know the difference in different drones and quadcopters out there. Hope it helps!

Control
7
Durability
9
Flight Time
5
Value
8
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3D Full Flight: Various control options for those piloting the U818A Up/Down, Left/Right, Forward/Backward, Leftward flying/Rightward flying, Suspension, 360

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This is a great flying little quad, although it has been fairly windy since this has been delivered I have still enjoyed it, it does fair in light wind but it is a very light little machine and a gust of wind will pick it up and carry it away fairly quickly, It's a tough little bird though, I hung it up in a tree yesterday and instead of freaking out I looked and saw how it was hooked to the tree then I flew it right off the branch fairly easily, then instead of getting hung up even further up the tree I let it fall the rest of the way down, it smacked just about every branch on the way down and really don't even have a scratch on it.The camera is a fairly decent little camera although I upgraded the MicroSD card fairly quickly, the 1gig card fills up pretty quick. I use a USB cable to copy the video files to my computer instead of taking the SD out every time I'm sure taking the card in and out so much will wear it out fairly quick.The remote is great, it feels comfortable in hand and has digital trim settings and a digital readout showing throttle setting, remote battery life, trim settings, camera settings, etc, it also has the 360 inversion button you can tap to make the quad do flips, be sure to have some altitude before doing this a be ready to hit the throttle again to keep the quad from hitting the ground, you can also use the top left button for this, press it and when it starts beeping you can tap you rudder controls up, down, left, or right ta make it flip in the direction you like, this is a little more fun than just the 360 inversion.Read more ›
November 22, 2013
This Quad is really very nice for the money. I paid $65 for the UDI 818A with camera included. I removed the safety canopy and replaced it with one I made from a plastic cup. This allowed the quad to be more agile due to less surface area contacting with the wind. I suggest the Turnigy 600mah batteries. These take about 45min to charge and give about 9min of flight time. Also, due to their discharge rate, they provide allot more response from a lower throttle position. The auto-stabilization is pretty extreme which make this great for someone learning to fly as well as a stable platform for taking pictures. The camera itself is nothing to write home about but it works as advertised. One thing to note is that this quad is virtually indistructable! Crash after crash, it continues to perform reliably. Out of the 9 quads I currently own, which range in price from $40 to $175, the UDI818A has proven itself to be the best overall value for my money.
May 6, 2014
The GOOD. Ordered evening of 1/7/2015. Estimated delivery 13th-17th. Arrived afternoon of 9th.Packaged very well, read instructions (couple of times because English version a bit cryptic, but decipherable). Charged the flight battery supplied ... always takes about an hour to green light on charger. (I've since ordered two additional flight batteries.) Plugged in 4 AAA's (not supplied) to controller and did initial flight testing on our billiard table. The user docs states the rear left black rotor should turn clockwise, and rear right black rotor anticlockwise. Physical rotation is just the opposite to balance the front white rotors (left clockwise, right anticlockwise). So ignored the doc on this issue.Came with four spare rotors, one for each location, charger, and USB cable for camera.Time of use is ten plus minutes depending if you leave the five led lights on (top right button on controller flips them on/off). The undercarriage blue lights in front and red in back are always on. Number of photos or how much video you take also makes a small difference. Ten minutes of full concentration on my part is enough. I'm over 60 by the way. (A 12 year old would already be an expert.)In order to fly well, the unit must be above it's backwash, I found that to be at least three feet off ground level. The controller screen has a bit of information on it, which is not well described in the manual, but is easy to figure out. Lights, photo, camera, indicators.The REALLY GOOD. Little thing is well designed and constructed. I've crashed it a dozen times or so, hard landings on floors, roadways, parking lots, and trees. Even have a great video of flying it into a tree 20 feet up, cutting the rotor power, and watching it fall into some waste high bushes.Read more ›
January 14, 2015
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Type

Helicopter

Features

Remote Control, Flashing

Aerial Photography

No

Action Time

6-10mins

State of Assembly

Almost Ready

Age Range

> 14 years old

Warning

Not for kids under 3

Motor

Brushless Motor

Remote Control

Yes

Controller Mode

MODE2

Dimensions

L33 x W33 x H9cm/12.9 x 12.9 x 3.5inch

Warranty

None

Controller Battery

4 x 1.5V AA Battery (Not Included)

Remote Distance

100m

Charging Time

120mins

Material

Metal, Plastic

Power Source

Electric

Plugs Type

USB

Charging Voltage

3.7V

Control Channels

4 Channels

Model Number

U818A HD

Package Includes

Original Box, Batteries, Operating Instructions, Charger, Remote Controller, Camera, USB Cable

Screwdriver

Included

Frequency

2.4GHz

Item

Quadcopter with 2MP Camera

Camera

2MP

This is a great flying little quad, although it has been fairly windy since this has been delivered I have still enjoyed it, it does fair in light wind but it is a very light little machine and a gust of wind will pick it up and carry it away fairly quickly, It's a tough little bird though, I hung it up in a tree yesterday and instead of freaking out I looked and saw how it was hooked to the tree then I flew it right off the branch fairly easily, then instead of getting hung up even further up the tree I let it fall the rest of the way down, it smacked just about every branch on the way down and really don't even have a scratch on it.The camera is a fairly decent little camera although I upgraded the MicroSD card fairly quickly, the 1gig card fills up pretty quick. I use a USB cable to copy the video files to my computer instead of taking the SD out every time I'm sure taking the card in and out so much will wear it out fairly quick.The remote is great, it feels comfortable in hand and has digital trim settings and a digital readout showing throttle setting, remote battery life, trim settings, camera settings, etc, it also has the 360 inversion button you can tap to make the quad do flips, be sure to have some altitude before doing this a be ready to hit the throttle again to keep the quad from hitting the ground, you can also use the top left button for this, press it and when it starts beeping you can tap you rudder controls up, down, left, or right ta make it flip in the direction you like, this is a little more fun than just the 360 inversion.Read more ›
November 22, 2013
This Quad is really very nice for the money. I paid $65 for the UDI 818A with camera included. I removed the safety canopy and replaced it with one I made from a plastic cup. This allowed the quad to be more agile due to less surface area contacting with the wind. I suggest the Turnigy 600mah batteries. These take about 45min to charge and give about 9min of flight time. Also, due to their discharge rate, they provide allot more response from a lower throttle position. The auto-stabilization is pretty extreme which make this great for someone learning to fly as well as a stable platform for taking pictures. The camera itself is nothing to write home about but it works as advertised. One thing to note is that this quad is virtually indistructable! Crash after crash, it continues to perform reliably. Out of the 9 quads I currently own, which range in price from $40 to $175, the UDI818A has proven itself to be the best overall value for my money.
May 6, 2014
The GOOD. Ordered evening of 1/7/2015. Estimated delivery 13th-17th. Arrived afternoon of 9th.Packaged very well, read instructions (couple of times because English version a bit cryptic, but decipherable). Charged the flight battery supplied ... always takes about an hour to green light on charger. (I've since ordered two additional flight batteries.) Plugged in 4 AAA's (not supplied) to controller and did initial flight testing on our billiard table. The user docs states the rear left black rotor should turn clockwise, and rear right black rotor anticlockwise. Physical rotation is just the opposite to balance the front white rotors (left clockwise, right anticlockwise). So ignored the doc on this issue.Came with four spare rotors, one for each location, charger, and USB cable for camera.Time of use is ten plus minutes depending if you leave the five led lights on (top right button on controller flips them on/off). The undercarriage blue lights in front and red in back are always on. Number of photos or how much video you take also makes a small difference. Ten minutes of full concentration on my part is enough. I'm over 60 by the way. (A 12 year old would already be an expert.)In order to fly well, the unit must be above it's backwash, I found that to be at least three feet off ground level. The controller screen has a bit of information on it, which is not well described in the manual, but is easy to figure out. Lights, photo, camera, indicators.The REALLY GOOD. Little thing is well designed and constructed. I've crashed it a dozen times or so, hard landings on floors, roadways, parking lots, and trees. Even have a great video of flying it into a tree 20 feet up, cutting the rotor power, and watching it fall into some waste high bushes.Read more ›
January 14, 2015

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