UDI U818A RC Quadcopter Review
UDI U818A RC Quadcopter Review
The UDI U818A is one of the best looking RC quadcopter models because of its thin and sleek design. It is also much larger than most other models of quadcopters we have seen except maybe for the DJI Phantom and the Parrot. Because of its size, as long as it can actually lift off the ground, it would have a better chance in being resistant against outdoor windy conditions. This is definitely one of the only models that you can try out outdoors.
- 6 Axis Gyro
- 4 Channels @ 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
- Includes a Video Camera (FPV)
- Charging Time: 120 minutes
- Flight Duration is about 7-9 minutes.
- Remote Distance for binding is up to 30 m.
- Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
The look of this one is something that catches me off the bat. Most other quadcopters look often too childish with names like spaceship, bumble bee, or mini bumble bee, or lady bug. I am not sure how many grown men who are the type of people most likely to get really hooked on rc helicopters or rc quadcopters would want to be piloting something called a mini bumble bee.
However this UDI U818A model is one that would appeal to any men who is concerned about their image. It is sleek, dark, lightweight, and just looks amazing overall. It is also not that small so in terms of size, it is a good fit and a good buy for the adult guy who wants to start with a RC quadcopter.
But how is this model different or unique compared to the other models of rc toy drones out there?
The U818 Quadcopter has some of the same specifications as most other models. It has a 6 axis gyro system which is supposed to allow it to figure out in mid air how to stabilize itself. The transmitter operates on a 4 channel function allowing it to always have a strong communication with the receiver on the quadcopter while in flight.
As for the main controller, it has a LCD screen for telling you what modes and conditions the toy is at. The transmitter and receiver communicate at the standard 2.4 GigaHertz radio frequency that all other RC Helicopters and RC quadcopters are on.
Like most other RC quadcopters there is a button on the controller which lets you choose between Mode 1 which is novice or beginner level and Mode 2 which is for advanced or expert flyers. The Advanced mode is the one that lets you do aerial stunts.
The main feature this model has which most other quadcopter kits or quadcopter models don’t have is that it has a very small pinhole sized video camera installed at the bottom of the RC device. The camera is not High Definition and after you record something, you can get the video off of the camera onto your desktop computer using a USB Cable which would connect from the camera to the computer.
Something that is not good for this design is the claim made by the sellers that the batteries this model uses is supposed to be of high capacity and the motors are supposed to be more powerful than other models which should allow it to fly longer in the air. From looking at the specifications which state that it would require that you charge the LiPo batteries in the charger for around 2 hours (120 minutes) just to get 7-9 minutes of flight time shows that the batteries are actually extremely non-efficient. The smaller models often takes 30-60 minutes to charge the batteries.
This larger model takes twice as long, while the claimed flight time is exactly the same as the micro-quadcopter models. So it is clear that the claims that the U818A can flight longer are actually false claims.
These are the types of functions that this model can do….
- Up and Down
- Left and Right
- Forward and Backward
- Leftward flying and Rightward flying
- Suspension – basically staying in one spot in the air without veering off in any direction.
- 360°flips – Yes, you can do some really cool stunts.
- Video recording
The range for the quadcopter is only 30 meters (100 feet) away and that means that if you want to take it outside, you can’t let it get out of sight of you. Don’t bring the U818 up too high or it could blow away, even if it is one of the bigger models in the market.
As for the power, the battery that is used for this much bigger model has a voltage rating t 3.7 Volts and the current is 500 MiniAmpHour (mAH). The battery is included so you don’t have to worry about going on some online store to buy one just to take your first test flight.
The device has the dimensions of 13 x 13.4 x 2.2 inches so it is small enough to fit into a backpack. You can take it with you out to a field and try to fly the device.
In terms of cost, the U818A Quadcopter model is one of the more expensive ones, at just around $100 and that means that you should expect any potential or interested buyers to get their money’s worth and get a solid, durable, long lasting product. There has not been many people who have reviewed it and that could be a sign that this model and the company who sells it, UDI RC might not have the best reputation on their models.
When you do buy the product, you get three main parts, the 500 mAH LiPo battery which is one battery, the Transmitter/Controller, and the actual U818A RC quadcopter. I note that the transmitter requires 3 AAA batteries to turn it on and those are not included. Be sure to stop by your local grocery store to have those ready.
Overall, how does the UDI818A compare to similar models?
At this point, we can tentatively say that it is one model which is worth looking into. We’ve seen it compared to the U817A, U816A, U819 and all the others in the 81X series. It is slightly more expensive than the others and that is only because of the small pin-sized camera in the front. Is the extra $10-15 worth it to get the camera with the microSD card and 2GB of space for video recording? We think so, since video capturing is a huge part of the uav experience.
(Note: As always, what we say in the review is just our own personal opinions. We might know slightly more than the average interested buyer, but there are many other hobbyist which are much more knowledgeable. We are part of the RC Hobbies Forum and constantly check our own facts and information with others to make sure that the information we provide is correct. To see what other people have written about the U818A, Click Here.)