Akaso X5C Review

| September 15, 2017 See price

The Akaso X5C is great looking value quadcopter,with all the features you can expect from a quad in it’s size and price range: it is 6-axis stabilized, has a transmitter-controlled camera,headless mode, and will do flips on button-press.

While the Akaso K5C is a clone of the Syma X5C it has some differences. As with the Syma X5C the build quality is high, the quadcopter has legs and prop guards for protection, and the box comes complete with a pair of replacement propellers. For the video functionality the box also includes an MicroSD-Card and a USB card reader.

The X5C is well stabilized, and you will not have to work the sticks just to make it stay planted. The control range is 50 to 100 meters, depending on the charge level, and environmental conditions. Just as other quadcopters which use the 2.4 Ghz technology the X5C will simply drop out of the sky if it gets out of range.

The X5C can fly as high as it’s range permits – then again be careful when pushing the limits.

Replacement batteries and chargers are available, however other parts can be a bit hard to find. The Syma X5C part set is probably compatible, however it was not tested.

The Akaso X5C can lift quite a few grams, however it will not be able to lift a GoPro even if you remove the camera, landing skids and the prop guards.

The quadcopter supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and has three speed modes for beginner, intermediate and advanced pilots. The beginner mode is particularly suitable for indoor flight. The quad’s bright LED lights make night flying fun, and help the orientation too.

The K5C’s wind tolerance is a good, it’s even better than the Syma X5C’s, as it does not have the Syma wind bug.

The suggested age group is 8 years and up. The quadrotor has small parts, so keep it out of the reach of small children.

The quadcopter is a basic unit, so it does not have GPS or automatic take off and landing. It does have headless mode, which means that the left-right-forward-backward stick will interpreted with respect to the quadcopter’s takeoff direction. So using the back stick will bring the quadcopter towards you.

The propellers are gear-driven which cuts the costs, the motors are the coreless brushed type known for their high acceleration, so the X5C is fairly nimble in the air. Even though the X5C is geared it does not make much noise.

The size of the X5C is 31.5 x 31.5 centimeters and the weight is around a100 grams (so it does not need FAA registration). The packages weight is 2.5pounds.
The box contains everything you need for flying, except for the 4xAAbatteries for the transmitter. Even bundles are available with extra batteries for the quad and extra charger.

The camera

is an average-quality item, it can take photos at an 1280×1024 pixel resolution (1 megapixel), and record videos at 640×480 pixel resolution (0.3 megapixels). The video frame rate is 30 fps, the video format is simple AVI, so all players can play it. The camera does not have night vision.

The camera functionality can be controlled from the transmitter, which has buttons for taking photos, and to start/stop recording. The red LED will keep flashing while the camera is recording, so it’s really easy to see ifit works.
The videos and photos get recorded onto the MicroSD card in the camera,which is included in the package. To view them you will have to remove the card and use the supplied USB card reader.
For best results always stop the video before powering off the quad, or the file could get damaged and will be unplayable.

The X5C does not have a live video feed, so you do not need a smartphone forthe video functionality.

The camera is removable so you can lighten up your quadcopter if you do not want to use it. The camera does not have a servo so you can only look around by turning the quadcopter itself. The camera is angled downwards, so it’s best for ground shots.

The battery

is a single cell, 3.7 volt, 500mAh Li-Po unit.The flight time is quoted as 5 to 7 minutes by the manufacturer, in reality you can expect more than 10 minutes of flying on a single charge. The charge time is about an hour.

Replacement batteries and chargers are available – they are great to extend the flight time and get more out of your quadcopter.
USB power banks can be used for this purpose too.

The charger is USB based and works with any USB socket. To charge the battery remove it from the quadcopter, and connect it to the USB charger.Next connect the charger to an USB socket. Charging is finished when the red LED in the charger turns on.
Fully charge the battery before storing the X5C for long time.

The battery does not use the JST connector which is common with quadcopters,so it’s best to go with the official chargers and batteries.

The transmitter

is a full-sized unit so it fits nicely in the hands.
The transmitter uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz spread-spectrum technology, so you will be able to fly with others together.

The transmitter has buttons for every function of the quadcopter, including flips, taking photos and starting/stopping the recording.

Binding the quadcopter to a different transmitter is not possible, as the Akaso X5C uses a special protocol.

The transmitter is mode 2, with the throttle on the left stick.

Binding the quadcopter and the transmitter is easy, just follow these steps:

  • Fully charge the battery of the quadcopter.
  • Turn both the quadcopter and the transmitter off, and set the throttle stick to the minimum.
  • Turn on the quadcopter, then the transmitter.
  • Push the throttle up to the maximum, then down to the minimum again.
Overall

the Akaso X5C is a great value quadcopter – it is not as polished as it’s competitors, however it’s price is unbeatable.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★☆

Resources:

If you liked the Akaso X5C you will surely love the Syma X5C andX5SC. For live video check out the Syma X5SW.
For more insight on the Akaso X5C check out the reviews on Amazon.

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