Drones and quadcopters are gaining popularity and many of them are becoming more affordable. While prices are dropping, they’re not dropping to the point everyone is rushing out to pick one up. This is where products like the E10C Mini Quadcopter come into play. They’re small and super inexpensive and give users a chance to experience flying a drone or quadcopter. Let’s take a look at the E10C Mini Quadcopter from Eachine in the review ahead!
E10C Mini Quadcopter Specifications
- Brand name: Eachine
- Item name: E10C Mini RC Quadcopter with camera
- Frequency: 2.4G
- Channel: 4CH
- Gyro: 6 axis
- Material: ABS
- Quadcopter Size: 60 x 60 x 28mm
- Quadcopter Weight: 15g
- Package Size: 12.3 x 7.5 x 8.5CM
- Color: silver-gray
- Blade size: 30mm
- Flight time: 5 – 6 minutes
- Flight distance: about 20M
- Charging time: About 35 minutes
- Battery for quadcopter: 3.7V 150mah (included)
- Battery for transmitter: 2 x AA battery (not included)
- Camera: 2MP 720P
- Certificate: EN71,EN62115,ROSH,HR4040,ASTM,RTTE,CE.
- 4 channel mini quadcopter
- 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
- With 2.0MP camera can Video/Photograph
- Up / down / left / right / side flight / hover / flip / hand launch / 360° rolling
- 3 flight speed mode
- Low voltage alarm
- Battery protection
- With LED light for night flight
- Memory card and card reader not included
In The Box
- 1 x Eachine E10C Mini RC Quadcopter With camera
- 1 x 2.4G transmitter
- 1 x 3.7V 120mAh Battery
- 1 x USB charging cable
- 4 x spare blades
- 1 x User Manual
Measuring in at 60 x 60 x 28mm the E10c Mini Quadcopter is about the size of a camera lens cap fitting into the palm of my hand. There’s not much to be said about the design of the copter, it’s pretty solidly built and it doesn’t feel cheap but also doesn’t feel premium. The blades are pretty solidly built and they include an extra set so in case you break some you can replace them. There is a proprietary charging port and the included cable is best kept somewhere safe. There is also a power switch and 4 LED lights on each corner and that’s about the extent of the design. Overall it’s a nice little build for the price.
Ease Of Use
Ease of use is going to be on a case by case basis. I recommend you read the (very tiny printed) instructions thoroughly before attempting a first flight. This thing is tiny but the blades are moving fast and it zips around very quick. If you’re not careful you could break blades before you even get it off the ground for more than a second or two. The EC10 Mini Quadcopter instruction manual is pretty thorough and does a good job of walking you through everything from setting up the remote and copter to the basics of control and flight.
You can pick up replacement blades on Amazon for cheap and honestly, if you buy one of these you should future-proof and get some extra blades. I would also be sure to give yourself plenty of room, especially on first flight. Make sure you’re not near trees or power lines outside, running into these might totally destroy the EC10 Mini Quadcopter. Overall there is a learning curve in flying this thing but it can be done, it will vary between people.
This thing is zippy and I mean really zippy. I would not recommend this as a toy for kids under 10 due to the high risk of getting the E10C Mini Quadcopter right in the eye. While this thing is tiny, I can imagine it would do some decent damage to soft tissue, especially with the blades moving so fast. Performance was solid, it was fun to fly it around in the living room once we had the hang of controlling it without crashing into everything. Flying it outside is a mixed bag. You’ll have to do it on a not so windy day. If you’re flying this in the wind you’re more than likely not going to have a lot of control and if it’s a good wind the copter will get blown away. Overall the performance is solid for such a small device.
The EC10 Mini Quadcopter also comes with a 2MP camera on board you can take video and photos with. On the controller there are buttons to activate video and to snap a photo. There is a microSD slot so you can store those files but I honestly didn’t test the video or camera functions on this unit. This isn’t something I would buy for the purposes of video and photos so those were functions I didn’t try. You can check out the Amazon reviews where one reviewer did do a quick test of video on his unit.
Battery life is dismal. The 120 mAh battery is only going to give you about 5 minutes of flight time. It’s understandable given the tiny size of the copter but it would have been nice to get more life out of it. On the upside, it doesn’t take long to recharge it, around 30-35 minutes on a regular USB and less than half the time if you use a 2.1A USB hub.
$35.99. For that price it’s a fun little experience. The company is also offering a Amazon coupon code valid until June 16th, 2016 for $5 off making this an even better deal! Here’s the code to use at checkout. PE98QCZW
For the price it’s worth putting up with only about 5 minutes of flight time per charge. If you have $35.99 to throw at some fun, why not the E10C Mini Quadcopter? There are worse things you could throw your money at.