Blade 180 QX HD Quadcopter

Blade 180 QX HD Quadcopter Breakdown

Blade 180 QX HD Quadcopter Review
Blade 180 QX HD Battery Compatibility
Blade 180 QX HD – What Is In The Box
Blade 180 QX HD Micro Deans Modification
Blade 180 QX HD Motor Rewire
Blade 180 QX HD USB Battery Charging
Blade 180 QX HD Camera Charging
Blade 180 QX HD Camera Operation
Spektrum DX8 Radio Setup
Spektrum DX8 Binding Process
More Spektrum DX8 Settings (Optional)
Blade 180 QX HD Changing Flight Modes
Blade 180 QX HD Camera Test Footage
Blade 180 QX HD – Replacement MOSFET  NEW!!

 Blade 180 QX HD ReviewBlade 180 QX (1)

I was on the fence about getting the Blade 180 QX HD Quadcopter, but after some thought I figured it would be fun to check out.  After hitting the submit button I have to admit that I did start to get excited about it getting here.  That excitement grew when it arrived and I began to look it over.  There is a lot about the Blade 180 QX Quadcopter that I really like aside from the fact that it has a HD Camera.  It is fairly big and I doubted that it could be flown in my house.  The Blade 180 QX proved me seriously wrong.  With it’s Safe feature I was able to fire it up and zip around my living room effortlessly and it was actually a lot of fun, this is without the camera.

The second day, I flew it around my living room with the camera attached thinking that it would lose some agility.  To my surprise the Blade 180 QX Quadcopter actually flies with the same agility as without.  You can feel the added weight slightly.  I am sure there is a little restriction with the camera, but I really didn’t feel it.  I imagine the camera will hinder flipping and some aerobatics, but upright I seriously couldn’t feel a difference.  One thing that I wondered about was how the camera would work in flight and was it going to be complicated.  I have nothing but good news there.  The camera can be operated through  your radio, if you have a computer radio.  If you do not have a computer radio, then you can just operate the camera with the on board buttons.

It takes a lot of stick to keep the Blade 180 QX stable in flight and that creates an issue with pushing the button to operate the camera while trying to fly.  This is not a huge issue in my case and something I am glad to figure out how to get around.  I just thought that I would point that out to anyone that is considering this AWESOME quadcopter.  Another feature that I really love about this heli is that it has three modes of agility instead of two like the Blade Nano QX.  In Safe Mode (Low Angle) the Blade 180 QX flies very similar to the Blade Nano QX.  Flip the switch and the heli goes into Safe Mode (High Angle), this increases the agility slightly.  It gets a little squirrelly, but not crazy.  Flip the switch once more and the heli goes into Agility Mode giving you full 3D abilities.

Another plus to this gem is that I am able to use the same batteries as my brushless Blade mCP X and some of the parts are the same parts used with the Blade mCP X BL such as the main gears.  If you have a Blade mQX then you can use a lot of that heli’s parts for this bad boy.  Although I never expected to get into quadcopters before, I am extremely happy with this purchase and the Blade 180 QX is going to fall into my collection of commonly flown heli’s.  It will be going to the field with me every time I go!  If you are considering this heli, I suggest you leap of the cliff and go for it.  You won’t regret it!

Blade mCP X BL Compatible Parts:

Blade mQX Compatible Parts:

Blade 180 QX HD At A Glance:

After removing the canopy I immediately realized a few things.  Some of the motor wires extend down and block the battery compartment, so ensure that you take a second to bend them out of the way before installing your battery for the first time.  Another small issue I immediately noticed was that the motor wires are magnet wires.  With this type of wires, I learned that they can be easily nicked in a crash.  If the enamel on the wires gets damaged and make contact the incident will destroy the main board’s mosfet chips.  I will be re-wiring the motors soon with wire wrap and will post the walk through as soon as it is complete.  Since all of my Brushless mCP X batteries are micro deans, I had to swap the connector on this heli before I was able to fly.

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You can fly the Blade 180 QX HD without the included landing gear when the camera is not installed.  It looks more natural to me when not using the camera, plus it is one less thing to break in a crash.

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With the landing gear installed – no camera.

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Blade 180 QX HD Battery Compatibility

I quickly realized that I was going to be able to use the batteries that I already had for my brushless mCP X’s with the Blade 180 QX HD (Hyperion 550mAh, Nano-Tech 600mAh).  Below shows the stock E-Flite 500mAh battery, Hyperion 550mAh battery, and Nano-Tech 600mAh battery installed.  All three batteries are snug in the compartment and the Blade 180 QX HD does fly with all three batteries.  The only downside that I had with the batteries, is that would lead to my first immediate modification.  More to come on that.

Top view of the stock E-Flite 500mAh battery.

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Top view of the Hyperion 550mAh battery.  In the photo the Hyperion appears to be shorter, but it is the same exact size as the stock battery as far as length and width.

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Top view of the Nano-Tech 600mAh battery.

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Bottom view of the stock E-Flite 500mAh battery.

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Bottom view of the Hyperion 550mAh battery.

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Bottom view of the Nano-Tech 600mAh battery.

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There will be more to come on flight times after I have done more testing.  So far I have successfully flown my Blade 180 QX HD with all three batteries for 5 minutes with no issues.  That is 5 minutes without the camera and with the camera.  The manual states flight times from 5-10 minutes and I know already that you can get more flight time than 5 minutes with and without the camera so feel free to start with 6 minutes at least.  I know that is a safe amount at this point.

(Update 22 Feb 2014) Took the Blade 180 QX HD out in the backyard today and flew all three batteries for 7 minutes with the camera attached.  I will try 8 minutes next time.

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Blade 180 QX HD – What Is In The Box

There is usually at least one other canopy option available, but as of now there is only orange.  It still looks good!

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Below is an image of all of the components in the box.

Blade 180 QX HD

1. fully assembled heli. 2. extra set of blades. 3. optional landing gear with camera attached. 4. 1 – 500mAh battery. 5. phillips screwdriver. 6. 4 – screws for the landing gear and 2 – extra canopy grommets. 7. servo connector for connecting the HD camera. 8. USB battery charger. 9. USB cable for the HD camera to connect to your computer. 10. instruction manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Blade 180 QX HD Connector Swap To Micro Deans

I don’t like wasting batteries, so I swapped the connector on the battery first.

WARNING:  Ensure that you only cut and modify one wire at a time taking extreme care.  If you do both wires at the same time there is a high chance that they will touch during the mod or the cutting tool will complete the circuit as you are cutting.  If the wires touch, in a second your battery will be ruined.  If they keep touching for a long enough period (matter of a few seconds) the battery will explode and burst into flames.

If the wires do make contact smoke will be visible and the battery will heat up quickly.  If this happens separate the wires immediately and place the battery into a container of cold water mixed with salt and leave outside in a safe place, away from anything flammable.  Let the battery sit for a few hours in the salt water, cut both wires completely off to the plastic section (again cutting each wire separately), and then dispose of battery.

1.  Plan out this mod first.  The micro deans connector has one connecting pin.  That pit will assist you during your mod.  There is always a black wire which is the ground.  The other wire will vary in color, usually white and red.  This wire is your actual power wire.  In the picture below notice that my power wire is white and that I have attached it to the micro dean connector pin side.  That means on your helicopter you will need to solder the black wire (ground) to the helicopter’s micro dean connector pin side.  If you do not, damage to your helicopter’s main board and battery will occur.

Cut and strip the white wire and solder it to your micro deans connector.  Do not forget the heat shrink, this will prevent corrosion and the wires contacting during a crash.

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2.  Next cut and strip your black wire and solder it to the other micro dean pin.  Heat shrink both wires and the batter is done.  In the photo I have placed a heat shrink cover over the micro deans main connector pin.  To do this just place enough heat shrink to cover the entire pit with a little extra.  Heat it up for a few seconds, then press it together with your fingers to ensure that the cover is tightly on.  This will prevent my batteries from contacting during transport, which will create the same incident as touching both wires together during modding.  Handle your batteries with care once you have completed this mod.  They do need to be covered in some fashion as shown below.

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3.  Next remove the canopy from your helicopter.  Cut off the stock connector, strip the wires, and solder to the wires to your micro deans connector.

WARNING:  This modification will void the warranty on your helicopter.  Make sure that it operates properly out of the box before attempting this mod.  These steps have worked for my setup and I am not responsible for any damage that you cause during your modification process.

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Again do not forget the heat shrink.  Yes, it is easy to forget when you are in a hurry to get your new heli in the air.

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4.  Heat shrink your work and you are ready to fly.

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5.  Notice how the black wire (ground) is attached to the micro dean connector pin side on my heli.  If you are using micro deans on multiple computers make sure all of your heli’s are connected the same way and that all of your batteries match opposite of your helicopter.  To clarify, all batteries should have the same wire connected to the micro dean connector pin side.  Your helicopters need to have the opposite wire connected to the micro dean connector pin side.

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NOTE:  There is a slight improvement in flight performance with this mod.

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Blade 180 QX HD Motor Rewire

As promised I began removing the magnet wire from my Blade 180 QX motors and replacing it with 30AWG insulated wrapping wire which I was able to acquire from my local Radio Shack in a pack of three different colors..  Insulated wrapping wire is better than the stock magnet wire because it provides a little bit more power and it is harder to break the insulation in a crash.  If the insulation on the motor wires are nicked in a crash and the exposed areas make contact it will fry the micro chips on the heli’s main board.  This turned out to be a bit of a task in a few ways, but I will lay it out for you and hopefully make it a little easier on you if you decide to try this mod.

WARNING:  This modification will void the warranty on your helicopter.  Make sure that it operates properly out of the box before attempting this mod.  These steps have worked for my setup and I am not responsible for any damage that you cause during your modification process.

It is best to do one motor at a time, that way you don’t forget which motor goes where and where each one plugs in.

1.  Find your first victim and scrape off the small amount of white glue holding the connector on the board.  Once the glue is removed disconnect the motor plug from the main board.

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2.  Try to gently pull the motor arm out of the main frame.  I had a couple that took quite a bit of force to pull out.  The other two were fairly easy.  There is no glue or screws, just pull until it comes out.

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3.  Next push the plastic motor case back, exposing the motor connector.

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4.  Disconnect the motor connector.

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5.  Pull the arm out of the motor casing just like you did the main frame.

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6.  You can slide the motor case from the arm now using this side.  The plug on the other end will prevent your from getting the case off, so this is the only side that you can slide it off of.

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7.  Next cut the black heat shrink from the ends of both connectors and push it back exposing the soldering.

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8.  De-solder both connectors and put them to the side for now, then remove the wires from the arm.

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9.  Size of the new wires does matter.  You don’t want to much slack when you are done, because there really is no where in the main frame to push it out of the way of the battery holder.  I used the magnet wire to measure where to cut on the wrapping wire.  I cut the wrapping wire a little longer and decided to trim it at the end of this task in order to make sure I had enough, because if the wire is too short you are really going to be out of luck.

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10.  Strip the wire wrapping and solder to the motor connector first.  It is best to use two different colors of wire on this mod.  As you see in the photo, my blue wire is on the green side of the connector.  That means that that wire will need to connect to the green side on the second connector at the end or you will damage your motor.  Try to use clear heat shrink because while putting it back together I pulled one of the wires off a couple of times and the clear heat shrink makes that easy to see.  Use only enough heat shrink to cover the pins.  It is a tight fit where it connects to the motor.  We will attach the second connector at the end.  You will see why when you get there.

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11.  Route the wires back into the arm.

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12.  When you get the wires back in the arm you will need to fold back the connector with some slack in the wire before inserting it back into the motor mount.

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13.  It will take a little trial and error to get the right amount of slack, but push the arm back into the mount until it stops.  There should be a little wire slack just beneath the heat shrink.

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14.  Connect the motor connector making sure that you align the green sides.  I also put a small amount of Elmer’s Glue on the connector and let that dry to keep it from coming disconnected later.

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15.  Install the plastic motor cover tucking the motor wires into the slot provided.

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16.  Fold the rest of the wiring to the bottom of the arm, then reinsert the arm back into the main frame.

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17.  Here you will want to put the connector on the main board and test the length of your wires.  Trim them as needed.  Strip the ends of your wires and solder them back onto the other connector.  Make sure that the same wire matches on the green sides of the connectors.

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18.  Reconnect the connector and put some Elmer’s Glue where they come together to keep them from vibrating out just like on the motor connector.  Before going forward start up the heli to make sure the motor runs and that you didn’t pull of a wire while putting it all back together, then move on to the next motor.  Good luck and enjoy.

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Blade 180 QX HD USB Battery Charging

If you plan on using the included USB Battery charger, it works the same way as the Blade Nano QX USB charger which I have laid out here.  Charge time should be doubled as compared to the Blade Nano QX, 60-80 minutes.  If you want to convert the connector on the USB charger to micro deans, it will work.  Make sure to solder the micro deans to match your helicopter’s connector.  Yes, this will void the warranty on your charger.

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Blade 180 QX HD Camera Charging

You will need to charge the camera before use of course.  Below is how it is done.

1.  Connect the included USB cable to your computer.  You can also use a wall adapter such as what comes with an iPhone or Kindle Tablet.

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2.  Next connect the camera to the other end of the cable.

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3.  First a driver will be installed onto your computer immediately and you will need this driver to remove your footage later, so let it do it’s thing.  The Red LED on the bottom of the camera will glow steady when the camera needs to be charged then both the Red and Blue LED’s will blink during charging.

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4.  When charging is complete the manual states that the Blue LED will glow solid.  In fact both the Red and Blue LED’s glow steady as you can see below.  It looks purple.  The camera charges in about 90 minutes.

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 Blade 180 QX HD Camera Operation

The camera is surprisingly light and one of the coolest features is that the camera lens pivots slightly.

Camera lens pointing straight.

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Camera lens pointing down.

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Another awesome feature is that the camera uses Micro SD cards for memory and comes with a 2 GB Micro SD card.

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1.  Make sure that the Micro SD card is fully seated into your camera.  If you remove the card make sure that when you are installing it, that it is straight.  It does not take much force to install the card, so do not force the card into the slot.  There is a dent that can be felt when the card slides into place properly.

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2.  If you are using a non-computer radio you will need to use the camera’s on board buttons to operate the camera before flight.

Here is the Power Button that turns the camera and off.  There is a reset butting in the small hole in the middle here.  If you have trouble with the camera starting use this button to reset it.

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Here is the Start/Stop button that starts and stops capture and the Mode Button that switches the camera from video to still mode with the memory card slot between.  The camera comes from the factory in still mode.  Press and hold this button and you will see the LED flash.

  • 2 Flashes – Video Mode
  • 1 Flash – Still Mode

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3.  If you are using a computer radio then you have to option of operating the camera using a button on your radio.  You will still need to turn the camera on with the on board Power Button before flight, but after that the rest can be done with the radio being used.  After the camera is charged and the landing gear is installed on your heli, attach the camera.

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There is a slot in the frame for the included velcro strap.

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Ensure to pull the velcro as tight as you can during installation to avoid camera movement during flight.

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If you are using a non-computer radio then you are done and ready to fly.  Keep reading if you are using a radio such as the Spektrum DX4e, DX5e, DX6i, DX7, DX7SE, DX7s, DX8, DX9, and DX18.

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4.  With the camera installed remove the canopy.  Find the three pin connector on top and connect the included servo wire as shown.

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5.  If you leave the servo connector as it is, it will interfere with battery installation.  I found that routing the servo wire under the motor boom as shown below helps with this issue.

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6.  Next connect the other end of the servo connector to your camera.  If you connect the servo connector to the camera upside down, it will not operate with your radio.  The manual illustrates the connector being plugged in with the three holes on the connector down, in fact they should be installed facing up.  The solid side of the connector pointing down as shown below.

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THIS IS THE WRONG WAY, Connecting it as shown below as per the manual will not work connecting it the way that I have shown above.

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Now you are done.  If you using the radio settings that follow you will be able to use the Bind/Trainer button to control your camera during flight.  Once you are ready to fly, push the Power button on the camera.  Hold the Bind/Trainer button to change from video to still mode.  Then push the Bind/Trainer button to start/stop recording video in video mode or to take a picture in still mode.

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Spektrum DX8 Radio Setup

Overall the radio setup for the Blade 180 QX HD was fairly simple and straight forward.  I am still playing around with the DR and Expo settings so I have no recommendations for those yet.  The following steps walk you through setting up your DX8 for the 180 QX HD.  These settings are all you need to get the 180 QX in the air with the camera operating from the Bind/Trainer radio button.

You can keep reading for manual setup of your radio or you can download my DX8 file at the following link.

Blade 180 QX – DX8

1.  To enter the System Setup menu, hold down the scroll wheel/button to the right of the screen.  Hold it down while you power on your radio.

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2.  Once the radio powers on you will see the System Setup menu.

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3.  Scroll down to Model Select and click the scroll wheel to select the option.

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4.  Select an empty slot and select it.  You will then be taken back to the System Setup menu.

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5.  Scroll to Model Type and select it.

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6.  Select Airplane.  This screen has changed with the newest Spektrum DX8  software update.

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7.  Select Yes to reset model.  This will take you back to the System Setup menu.

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8.  Select Model Name, then change it to a name to fit your Blade 180 QX HD.

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9.  Once you name your model, push the Back button on the left.  On the System Setup menu select Switch Select.

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10.  Change Flap from Aux1 to Inh.

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11.  Change Trainer from Inh to Aux1.

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12.  Change Gear from Gear to Inh

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13.  Change F Mode from Inh to Gear.

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14.  Change Aux2 from Aux2 to Inh.  Change Knob from Aux3 to Inh.

Basically when you are done make sure your screen looks like this.  Then press the Back button.

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15.  From the System Setup menu, press the Back button once more.  You will then be taken to the radio’s main screen.

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16.  From the main screen press the scroll button to enter the Function List menu.

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17.  Scroll down to Servo Setup and select it.

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18.  Scroll down to Travel, press the scroll button to select it, and rotate the scroll button until you see Reverse.  With the box blinking around Reverse press the scroll button.

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19.  Scroll down and select Throttle.  Like above change it to Aux1 then select it.

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20.  Scroll down to Nor Rev and select it.

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21.  Scroll to the right until the color block moves to the right under Rev, then click to select.  Push the Back button and this will take you back to the Function List menu.

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22.  In the Function List menu scroll down to D/R and Expo then select.

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23.  Scroll down to Expo and change the value for Aileron to 70 and 70.

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24.  Find the Aileron switch on your radio and move it down to position 1.

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25.  Notice that once you flipped the Aileron switch that the Pos: changed from 0 to 1 and the Expo is back to 0.  Don’t freak out.  Most of the switches on the radio have three positions, that you an set differently.  There are many uses for this.  We are just making sure all of your settings are the same for all three positions just in case you accidentally bump the switch while you are in mid flight, you don’t lose control.  Again for Pos: 1 change the Expo to 70 and 70.

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26.  Flip the Aileron switch to position 2 and repeat.  Once the Expo is 70 and 70 push the Back button to return to the Function List.

Blade 180 QX (54)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blade 180 QX (55)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.  Scroll back up to Aileron and change that to Elevator, then change the Expo for Elevator to 70 and 70 just like you did for Aileron.

Now you are DONE!!!  Your heli will now fly and control the camera using the Bind/Trainer button.  Now you just need to bind the radio to your Blade 180 QX HD.

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 Spektrum DX8 Binding Process

This process of binding the Spektrum DX8 with the Blade 180 QX HD is exactly the same as binding with the Blade Nano QX, so I am not going to retype it.  You can find it with the video here.

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More Spektrum DX8 Settings (Optional)

– Setting the Timer.
– Setting Throttle Hold.
Stagility Mode (with setups for other radios as well)

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Blade 180 QX HD Changing Flight Modes

1.  Find the F Mode switch on the left side of your radio.  With the switch in the 0 position your helicopter is in Stability Mode (Low Angle).  The LED on the main board will be solid Blue.

Blade 180 QX (82)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blade 180 QX (80)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Move the F Mode switch to position 1 your helicopter is now in Stability Mode (High Angle).  The LED on the main Board will be Blue and blinking slowly.

Blade 180 QX (84)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LED will blink as shown in the video.

 

 

3.  Move the F Mode switch to position 2 your helicopter is now in straight up Agility mode with full 3D abilities.  The LED on the main board will now be steady Red.

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 Blade 180 QX HD Camera Test Footage

This is some basic test footage that I captured indoors and outdoors.  There is nothing special about these, just testing the clarity.  I figure if you are considering buying the Blade 180 QX HD that you may be interested in what the camera can do.  I hope this helps in your decision.  The only issue that I had, was when I pull the video footage from the camera to my computer, Windows Media Player doesn’t seem to like them.  I had to change them to Quicktime to get the to play.

Test Pictures Indoors (Camera Straight):

Blade 180 QX Test (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Blade 180 QX Test (2)

 

 

 

 

 

Blade 180 QX Test (3)

 

 

 

 

 

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Test Footage Indoors (Camera Straight):

 

Test Pictures Outdoors (Camera Down):

They look as if a filter was added with Photoshop, but these have not been edited at all.  Straight from the camera to you.

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Test Footage Outdoors (Camera Down):

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Blade 180 QX HD – Replacement MOSFET

One of my readers “magic smoked” a MOSFET.  Here is the MOSFET that he used to replace it.  Thank you Ted!!

 

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Here is the MOSFET location on the actual board.

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Close up of the “magic smoked” MOSFET.

blade 180 qx hd old mosfet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of the new MOSFET.

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