Blade Nano QX Breakdown
I was recently away from flying for an eight month period and upon returning, decided to get the new Blade Nano QX in an attempt to try something new. I have wanted to try quadcopters, so I figured why not. I have to say right off the bat that overall it was a good decision. Truthfully the Nano QX is not as much fun as the rest of my collection, but there is fun to be had with this little guy along with some benefits. The first benefit that I found from this heli is that after being away from flying for eight months, it helped me regain my confidence in flying and the SAFE mode feature allowed me to comfortably refresh my memory with orientations.
As a matter of fact, the SAFE technology this heli offers makes this a gem for any beginner to the RC heli world. It is extremely stable in SAFE mode which prevents loss of control. As your novice skills improve, just flip a switch and you can get a taste of what it is like to control a 3D heli. Once you flip this heli off SAFE mode it does get very squirrelly, but it is a lot of fun. I was also impressed by what was in the box, because it came with both the yellow and green parts. There is also a new USB battery charger included that will make this heli more portable for travel.
I do not have many complaints about this heli at all. It was easy to set up and bind to my radio. It can be flown outdoors, but the smallest breeze really affected its flight. To me this heli is the best that I have owned for indoor use. It is the first in my collection that I unleashed in my home and did not crash it at all. The main frame was my biggest disappointment because it is flimsy and I am sure that it will not withstand many crashes, however it can be strengthened heat shrink or by filling the under part with something such as hot glue. These are all small things and at the cost if you are curious, I say go for it. You will not be disappointed.
Blade Nano QX – What Is In The Box
As you can see initially the Blade Nano QX is set up in yellow, but it can be quickly reconfigured in green.
Below is an image of all the components that come in the box.
Here is the yellow and optional green side by side.
This shows the underside of the heli.
This image shows the battery installed as it was out of the box. It does not matter though and I actually prefer the battery installed with the label toward the canopy.
The canopy removed revealing the controller board.
This image shows where the double sided controller board mounting foam is located.
Spektrum DX8 Radio Setup
Overall the radio setup for the Blade Nano QX 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 Nano QX. These settings are all you need to get the Nano QX in the air. I have read that some were having issues binding especially with the Spektrum DX8 radio. My initial binding went like clock work. I have not updated the software in my radio in eight months and that may be the reason I had no trouble binding. I am not sure, but intend to update my radio’s software shortly as an experiment to verify if that may be the cause. I will update this post as soon as get the opportunity to do an update.
You can follow the steps below to manually setup your DX8 or download my file below.
1. To enter the System Setup menu, hold down the scroll wheel to the right of the screen. Hold it down while you power on your radio and the System Setup menu will appear. Scroll to Model Select and press the scroll wheel.
2. Scroll down to an empty slot then push the wheel button. After you push the wheel button the Main Menu will pop back up.
3. Scroll down to Model Type and push the wheel button.
4. Select the Airplane option, then push the wheel button.
5. On the Confirm Model Type select Yes and push the wheel button. Once you push the wheel button you will be taken back to the Main Menu.
6. Scroll to Model Name and give your new slot a name to refer to your Nano QX.
7. Once you have named your new slot go back to the Main Menu and select Switch Select. This is not optional and this step must be completed.
8. On the Sw Select page scroll over to Flap and press the wheel button. The box will then blink and using the wheel button you can scroll the different options. Scroll from Aux1 to Inh.
9. Next scroll over to Trainer and change the setting from Inh to Aux1. Once Trainer is Aux1 you will be finished with the System Setup menu portion so press the Back button twice to exit the Sw Select menu and the System Setup menu.
NOTE: You will not be able to select Aux1 here until you have changed the Flap setting so ensure that you change that one first.
10. Once you back out of the System Setup menu you will be on the main page. Double check and make sure you are in the right slot. Then press the wheel button to enter the Function List menu.
11. In the Function List menu select Servo Setup.
12. Highlight the first option here and scroll until it says Reverse then select Throttle.
13. Scroll Throttle until it says Aux1, then scroll to Nor Rev.
14. Push the wheel button with Nor Rev highlighted to reverse the servo. The dark block will then be under Rev. After this push the Back button to return to the Function List menu.
16. I’ve gotten into the habit of using Throttle Hold with my other heli’s. I am not sure why the manual doesn’t show you how to set it up for the Blade Nano QX. You can use Throttle Hold and it does come in handy, besides I don’t want to break the habit of using it in an emergency. Here is how to set it up for the Blade Nano QX and Blade 180 QX HD.
Push the scroll button at the home screen to enter the Function List Menu.
17. Scroll down to Throttle Cut and select it.
18. On this screen select Inhibit.
19. Change Inhibit to Mix0 and select. The screen will change.
20. When the screen changes, highlight Mix0 and change it to Mix1.
21. Once your screen looks like this press the Back button until you return to the home screen.
22. Now flipping this switch from 0 Mix to 1 Mix will engage Throttle Hold. Flip it back to 0 Mix to turn off Throttle Hold.
Spektrum DX8 Binding Process
The following video will walk through the binding process. It is pretty cut and dry. Ensure that all switches on the radio are at the “zero” setting and that your throttle stick is all the way down. The LED light on the heli is difficult to see with the canopy on, so feel free to remove it so you can see the LED better. Power on the Blade Nano QX first by plugging in the battery. With power the heli’s LED will go from red to blue and then start blinking indicating that the heli is ready for binding with your radio. Next push and hold down the Trainer/Bind button on your radio the flip the power switch. Hold the Bind button down for about 2 seconds, release and wait for the blinking blue light on the heli to go steady. Once the blue light on the heli is steady everything is good and you are ready to start flying.
(Update 17 Feb 14) There were reports of people having issues binding the Spektrum DX8 Radio with the Blade Nano QX. I had no issues with binding with mine, but I remembered that my radio software was out of date and figured that had something to do with it. Today I got around to updating my radio’s software and was curious if I was going to have binding issues. I did have to rebind and the first attempt was unsuccessful. I turned everything off and attempted a second rebind which was successful. I then put four batteries through with no issues. Now I am sure that maybe those having issues have a faulty Blade Nano QX.
Spektrum DX8 Binding Video
This was a bit difficult while holding my camera to record. I did not have my tripod, so I had to make due. I hope this helps.
USB Battery Charging
Here are the steps for using the included USB battery charger to charge your battery. With the USB charger plugged into my laptop the indicator light was facing down so I used a long USB extension in order to demonstrate the indicator light function. The extension is not required.
1. A driver is not required for this device so go a head and connect the USB charger to your computer. You can also use a USB wall adapter with the USB charger.
2. The light will not illuminate until the battery is installed.
3. The battery will only fit into the adapter in one direction. You know that your battery is properly installed when the LED on the USB charger illuminates as shown in the image below. The charging process takes around 30-40 minutes to complete. My battery actually took 35 minutes.
4. Your battery is fully charged when the LED light on the USB charger goes dark as shown below.
5. Once charged remove the batter from the USB charger, disconnect the charger from your computer, and you are ready to go.