WLToys Q242G FPV Quadcopter Review
In this article, we will review for you the WLToys Q242G FPV Quadcopter. The name indicates that it is a toy drone, which can’t do really much, besides then flying and giving an FPV transmission. The main target for this drone is the children who don’t have much expectation from a drone. But you can see for yourself in this WLToys Q242G FPV Quadcopter Review.
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 3.8cm (3.66 x 2.56 x 1.50 inches)
- Weight: 43.5 grams (1.5oz)
- Controller frequency: 2.4Ghz
- FPV frequency: 5.8GHz
- Control Range: 40 meters
- Battery: 3.7V 400mAh Li-Po
- Flight Time: 6 minutes
- Charging Time: 1 hour
- Camera: 2MP 720p HD camera
- 6-axis gyro
- LED lights: Yes
- Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up
What’s in the box?
- WLtoys Q242G FPV drone
- Remote controller
- 2GB micro SD memory card
- USB card reader
- Li-Po battery for the drone
- 2x USB charging cables
- Battery for the remote controller
- Users manual.
Design and build
The Q242G has a lightweight airframe with relatively long durability. The frame is made out of durable plastic, this way it’s both resistant and lightweight, which is good for a drone. The motors are quite big for this size of the drone. It features a 6-axis gyro that allows a stable flight but a stronger wind still can mess up your control over the drone. As for the aesthetics the WLtoys Q242G is equipped with colorful LED light which looks good and makes it easier flying in the dark at night. The drone can be flown indoors and outdoors as well. But due to its short-range, it’s advised to use only indoors.
The Q242G comes with a 3.7V 400mAh Li-Po battery that gives you a flight time of about 6 minutes. Which needs about 1 hour to fully recharge.
The controller looks and feels really nice. It looks like a controller from a console which is nice. But the very best part about it is the fact that it doesn’t require any AA batteries because it has its own, which you get in the standard package. The controller has a grey-red color combination which gives him a sportish look. And the controller also has a screen with its own sunshade, so you don’t have to attach your phone each time you’re flying your drone.
Considering the fact that the display uses a lot of power, it’s a bad move that the manufacturer did not provide a power switch for it. There is no option to turn off the display if your battery goes low or if you plan to fly the Q242G with a pair of FPV goggles.
It has a 2MP camera that can record in 720P, under the drone there is an FPV transmitter that works with 5Gz. Luckily you don’t need to connect any phone to the controller because you have a screen on the controller to follow the FPV live feed that comes from the drone. You can store the drones footage on a micro SD card which is also provided with the standard package.
Until this point everything is kinda perfect, but now comes the bad part. This little quads flying range is only about 30-40 meters. So you won’t lose anything if you use it only indoors. Otherwise, it moves and flies really quick, just be sure you’re flying within the drones range.
However, you have to be very careful when flying in tight spaces with many obstacles and valuable things because the motors are kinda strong and they can mangle, twist or even rip off the propellers during a crash. The Q242G doesn’t have any intelligent flight features due to the low camera and flight time but it’s able to perform amazing and swift aerial flips.
The drone has three-speed modes, another thing that shows it’s an ideal indoor or beginner drone. The speed modes can be toggled via the button of the left shoulder on the transmitter. There isn’t any visual indicator to tell you which speed mode you are in. So you have to pay attention to the beeps which tells you what speed mode you are in (one beep-speed mode 1; two beeps-speed modes 2 and three beeps-speed modes 3).
All the visual and build aspects of the drone are really satisfying. It’s built with a lot of attention and good taste. The color on this drone is also practice and eye-pleasing. And the build is at the same time strong and light which is perfect. However, the flight aspects/performance is really disappointing, it can fly for only 8 minutes and up to 30-40 meters far. Taking into consideration that it’s a toy drone, and it’s really small (so they couldn’t fit any professional hardware inside) it’s kinda understandable but still disappointing. This way it’s only good for children, an adult barely can find any interest in such a drone.