Ideafly Grasshopper F210 (ARF): Looks like a toy, flies like a jet

Looks can sometimes be deceiving and what may look like a tiny insect can-actually be one of the fastest racing drones out there. Meet Ideafly Grasshopper F210 racing drone that is able to reach speeds of up to 230KM/Hr and even more if you use a 75C battery instead of the stock 45C. Considering the price of the racing quadcopter, such high speed is actually quite impressive. If you are looking for insane flying power and want to stand out from the crowd, this little grasshopper is the product you can count on. The clever design featuring two antennas at the front makes the drone look very much like a grasshopper. It has been designed from the ground up for speed and agility and meets all the requirements of professional racing.

 

Grasshopper F210 is a cleverly disguised performance machine and uses quality materials, which is something we don’t usually find in most drones in the same price category. The F3 10DOF flight controller, four 2300 kv motors and a streamlined design provides racers and advanced users all the power they need to stay on top of races. The drone is able to take off quickly at 30% of the throttle, which is quite sensitive and it is recommended not to fly the quadcopter indoors. The LED lights at the back change color according to different circumstances and turn blue when the quadcopter takes off.

Specifications

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Parts Specs
Construction material Carbon Fiber frame
Flight controller F3 10DOF with barometer and compass
Motors 2205 2300KV, 100% dynamic balance, 1KG lift per motor
ECSs Flycolor RAPTOR 390 BLHeli 2 – 4S 30A OPTO, supports BLHeli
Weight 344 grams (excluding batteries)
Connectivity Wi-fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, DC Jack, Docking
Camera Front-facing 2MP single cam
Battery 45C 4S 14.8v 1300mAh with XT60 connector, 148 grams weight, also supports 75C battery
Flight time 10-13 minutes, charging time up to 2.5 hours
Transmitter  FPV 5.8G 200mW 40CH
Camera 700TVL, PAL
Charger E4 Balance
Propeller 5045 93-blade) and 5045BN (2-blade)
Headlight 3 Watts
Rear light 3 Watts
Functions Up/down, left/right. Back/forth, 3D rollover and inverted flight, encircling, rolling, low voltage alarm, mushroom antenna, FPV transmitter switch
Package weight 1.43 KG
Product size 20.50 x 24.00 x 9.00 cm
Package contents 1 Quadcopter, 1 transmitter, 4 Three-blade Propellers, 4 Two-blade Propellers, 4 Two-blade Propeller, 1 Balance Charger, 1 Balance Charger Cable, 1 5.8G Antenna, 1 Battery, 1 Instruction Disc, 1 Carrying Bag

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Features

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  • One of the fastest, if not the fastest
  • Solid carbon fiber construction
  • Attractive design
  • Multiple flight modes
  • Versatile controller
  • Powerful brushless motors

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Pros and Cons

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  • Compact body, easy to carry
  • Great for racers and professionals
  • Customizable
  • Very affordable racing drone

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  • HDCam mounting not possible without modding
  • Plastic canopy can life up during flight

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Design and Build Quality

The Grasshopper may feel a little on the heavier side, but the larger 4S battery and extra protection for the camera and battery is just worth it. The carbon fiber and metal parts of the drone are well connected with the plastic parts and the racing drone feels sturdy and well-built. Ideafly F210 isn’t just another dull-looking racing drone and features a streamlined design inspired from grasshopper. The overall design makes it suitable for aggressive flights, while the plastic covers protect internals from harsh landings. It weighs around 500 grams with battery and remains very portable despite its solid construction and some extra weight.

Control and Speed

Grasshopper is able to attain high speeds very quickly so it’s recommended to be careful with the throttle during the first few flights. Flying the drone indoors can also cause collusions as it lifts up and moves pretty fast, making it difficult to control indoors. Let the fun begin once you are out in the open space, preferably with no obstructions such as trees and wires. F210 has been designed to impress when it comes to speed and agility and is not meant for starters. Racers and advanced users would appreciate how quickly it moves between spaces. A top speed of 230Km/hr means the drone is ready for serious racing, while features including inverted flying, self-balancing mode and 3D rollover provide more control and better maneuverability.

Flight Control and Responsiveness

The F3 10DOF controller comes with barometer and compass built right in and promises a great flying experience. The developer-friendly GUI, solid I/O, Oneshot compatibility and a capable CPU means professionals can extend the functionality and tailor the drone according to their individual requirements. The four responsive ESCs (Flycolor RAPTOR 390 BLHeli 2 -4S 30A OPTO) allow setting parameters with widely used BLHeli software. The 2300KV motors ensure 100% dynamic balance and can deliver a thrust of up to 1KG.

Conclusion

If you think you have the sharp reflexes required to fly a drone able to achieve speeds up to 230Km/hr, then Grasshopper F210 is definitely worth trying. Most racing drones are able to achieve a maximum speed of 200KM/hr and if you want to get even more speed out of F210, try adding a 75C battery. It’s also available at a very affordable price so you don’t have to spend a fortune on buying a racing drone. The 3K carbon fiber airframe ensures protection during high-speed flights and harsh landings while the plastic canopy helps protect the battery and internals. However, the canopy is prone to accidentally open during flight and it’s recommended to apply a double-sided tape to avoid that. Although the stock transmitter is not the latest and greatest, it still ensures a trouble-free flying experience. Overall, Grasshopper F210 offers great value for the money and contains all the bells and whistles you expect from a racing drone.

How to Buy

Ideafly Grasshopper F210 is available at a special discount from Gearbest, which is valid for a limited time only. The following link takes to the product page that provides more information about shipping and addresses any pre/post-sales queries you might have.

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