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The Blade 350QX Quadcopter

The Blade 350QX Quadcopter

Horizon Hobby introduces the Blade 350QX RTF. Is it a cheaper version of the DJI Phantom or a new contender in the market?

BREAKING NEWS:

350 QX RC HelicopterHorizon Hobby announces a new version of the 350 QX for Aerial Photography including a Gimbal and Camera: Read More

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BLH7811Blade Brushless Outrunner Motor, 1100Kv: 350 QXRRH350QXPROPADAPTER-CFBUNDLE
If you are looking for Blade 350QX parts they are now available via this link.

 

 

31s+kzarCEL._AA200_Give your Blade 350 QX  a new look with these easy to apply new skins

The Blade 350 QX

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression! That is of course very true. However, there are times when you need to take a second look just to make sure. The new 350 QX quadcopter from Blade might just make you take a second look.

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When you first lay eyes on the copter I bet the first thing you thought of is “hmm this looks kind of like a toy” and rightly so. Then your eye may glance over the heli and you may think to yourself “it looks somewhat plain” and you can’t really argue with that logic. However, when you discover that the RTF version of the quad has a price point of $469.99 including a Spektrum™ DX5E transmitter and a 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and charger, things start to seem a little more interesting. Add to that a GPS, SAFE Circle, 3 flight modes, hands free options and a return to home feature. I would say that’s a pretty impressive list for the money.

Is it a DJI Phantom Killer?

blade 350 qx rtf

While we have not had a chance to test the heli we do have some interesting comparisons that may actually give the extremely popular DJI Phantom a run for their money. One in particular is the apparent lack of and notoriously horrible DJI customer service. A simple search in the forums will result in many stories on how the customer service simply ruins the love of the DJI Phantom to many pilots.

On the other hand Horizon Hobby  has an excellent customer service record and their unwavering support for their entire product line. Personally I have dealt with them and I could not be more thrilled with the respect and the followup that I received on multiple occasions. If everything lines up it looks like we are going to have a Blade350qx vs DJI Phantom showdown in the weeks to come.

Update 2014

The 350 from Blade is a solid performer one which has a tremendous amount of potential. Albeit, the initial production run, after launch, had some major propeller malfunctions. Blade was quick to remedy the situation offering replacement props to customers. Nevertheless, the critics were quick to judge that the 350 QX was rushed in the final testing phase to compete with DJI. Additionally, many customers were reporting having problems with interference with their GoPro cameras. While the exact nature of this problem was very hard to diagnose with multiple versions of the GoPro camera most customers felt extreme frustration centered around the fact that blade painted this quad as GoPro compatible. 

A New Version: The Blade 350 QX AP

Named the Blade 350 QX – AP. The AP stands for aerial photography and is the turnkey solution for RC Heli pilots that want to get in to the multi-rotor market. It is specifically geared for those that don’t own a GoPro camera. Additionally, due to the fact that the majority of quad copter pilots flying the Blade 350 QX wanted more control over their aerial shots a gimbal was included in this new set up. So with the addition of an internal camera the “C-Go 1″ and a gimbal the Blade 350 QX AP takes another step closer to matching the technical specifications and performance envelope of the DJI Phantom Vision and now the Phantom Vision 2.

What do you think about the Blade 350 QX?

Tell us what you think and leave a comment below.

If you are curious click here to see the Blade 350 QX Manual


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FLYING MODES:

- Smart Mode
GPS/Altitude Hold, SAFE Circle™ feature and Stick Relativity. Perfect for novice pilots.

- Stability Mode
Limited flight envelope, self-leveling and optional GPS Hold. Ideal for video capture.

- Agility Mode
Aerobatic performance with AS3X™ flight characteristics and unlimited flight envelope. For experienced pilots only.


blade 350 qx fpv- SAFE Circle™
Never worry about flying too close to yourself with this invisible pilot barrier (Smart Mode only).

- Stick Relativity
Move the cyclic stick on the transmitter right or left, and the 350 QX will move right or left relative to the pilot regardless of which way it’s pointing.

- GPS & Altimeter Technology
Keeps the 350 QX in a stable hover position for seamless video capture.

The Blade 350QX Box

- Return Home
Flip a switch and the 350 QX will automatically return to where its motors were started.

- GoPro Compatible
The 350 QX has more than enough power to carry a GoPro camera.

An anti-vibration camera mount is included with purchase.

 

MSRP: RTF $469.99 | BNF $419.99



Key Features

  • SAFE™ technology provides three flight modes with the flip of a switch
  • Smart Mode with GPS/altitude hold, stick relativity and the innovative SAFE circle
  • Stability Mode with flight envelope protection and GPS hold
  • Agility Mode for aerobatics and aggressive flying
  • Return Home function automatically lands at the home position
  • GoPro® compatible anti-vibration camera mount* included (camera not included)
  • Intelligent motor control automatically stops the propellers upon impact with an object
  • Ready-to-Fly out of the box with a Spektrum™ DX5E transmitter, 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and charger

 

What is SAFE Technology? (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology is a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system. It also offers smoother flight capability that battles windy conditions for you and multiple modes so you can fly with the level of protection and assistance that suits any given moment of the flight. Learn more from the video below.


Aerial footage from the mounted GoPro Camera.


Anti vibration camera mount footage

Thank you to YouTube user zoomtt


Flight Modes


 Agility Mode Flight Test


Blade 350 QX Unboxing, Assembly and Startup


NEW:  Interactive 350QX Parts Finder
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The Blade 350 QX ManualClick here for the
Blade 350 QX Manual


350 QX SPECS – Model BLH7800

Main Rotor Diameter: 22.8 in (580mm)
Main Rotor Blade Length: 8.27 in (210mm)
Main Motor Size: Brushless, 1100Kv
Battery: 11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo
Length: 18.3 in (465mm)
Width: 18.3 in (465mm)
Height: 5.43 in (138mm)
Flying Weight: 24 oz (680 g)
Approximate Flight Time: 5–14 minutes
Is Assembly Required: No
Rotor Type: Quad-Copter
Experience Level: Beginner
Completion Level: Ready-to-Fly
Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor

In Conclusion

There is no doubt about it, the Blade 350 QX is a very agile and zippy multirotor quad. It has all the features that you would want from beginner to expert and may be considered one of the best investments for entering the hobby. The popularity of the multirotor helicopters has spawned a whole new generation of RC pilots that are eager to get to the skies bypassing the traditional learning curve of several years and hundreds and hundreds of dollars with traditional remote controlled helicopters. Even the traditional single blade fuselage helicopter pilots will agree that the technology, the interest, and the popularity will only benefit the hobby as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 comments

  1. I love my Blade 350 QX. Here’s my first day of flying it around.

  2. Flys amazingly well. Only negatives are.

    Altitude hold in stability mode would be great.

    Lack of a dedicated brushless gimbal .

    Lack of accessory port to add things like fpv cam gimbal or bigger battery.

    Ability to turn off leds would be nice.

    Landing skids should have replaceable feet or skids instead of entire landing gear. Simple rubber strip or plastic strip.

    These are minor issue except gimbal.

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