Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upgrading your 350 QX to Firmware 3.0 - Using PC interface

We've heard that some of you are having issues updating your 350 QX to use the new PC interface. Its important to remember that if you are using older firmware (Original release or 2.0) you will need to upgrade to the 350 QX3 release firmware that is now available on our website here:

http://www.bladehelis.com/ProdInfo/Files/350_QX_Firmware.zip

We made this easy to follow guide to help you with installing the firmware so you can start using the PC interface immediately.


Step 1: Download New Firmware

Once you've downloaded and installed the PC interface  HERE and the FTDI drivers HERE for your multirotor programmer (BLH7840) you will need to select the "download new firmware" link on the first screen that pops up on the PC interface. See photo.


 Step 2:

Install the firmware that you just downloaded but clicking the "install it" button highlighted in the picture below. Make sure you save it to a place that you can easily access such as your desktop.




 Step 3: Selecting the firmware file and USB port

The next screen you will see is the firmware update installer screen. Here you will need to select the firmware file. Its likely that the program will automatically find the file for you, but you may have to select the "..." button to choose the firmware file you just downloaded. After that, you need to select the correct COM port that your USB multirotor programmer cable is plugged into. Here you see that ours was defaulted on COM 3 but needed to be on COM 14.

Once you have these two things selected, go ahead and hit update.



 Step 4:

You will now see this screen. Make sure your 350 QX is plugged into the multirotor programmer cable and is not powered up. After you have it plugged in and you see this screen, you can now power on the model to begin the update.


Step 5:

This is the screen you will see when you fire up your 350 QX by turning on the switch. The firmware file should automatically start downloading. Make sure not to turn off your PC or the 350 QX during this process. If you don't see this screen pop up, its likely that you have the wrong COM port selected and should go back the the previous screen to correct that.


Step 6:

When the firmware update completes, you will see this screen. You can now restart the 350 QX by cycling the switch.


 Step: 7

Once you cycle power, you will see the PC interface working properly! You've just completed the update! Make sure that you've adjusted your radio program to the new QX3 settings as some of the functions have changed.



Congrats, you did it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

FPV Nano QX Racing


Look no further for the greatest way to challenge your bro to an epic indoor race. The FPV Nano QX is a bite-sized drone capable of putting you in the pilot's seat. Not only is this thing very lightweight and durable, its equipped with a camera and wireless video transmitter that allows you to see what it sees in real time. Slap on the included goggles and immerse yourself in a world you haven't experienced ever before.

Fly through the living room while ducking under the coffee table. Zoom through the office while checking in on your employees from the comfort of your own chair. Even check into the kitchen to see if that beer is still in the fridge. Yes, the FPV Nano QX can do it!

There is almost no limit to what you can attempt with the FPV Nano QX, Just make sure the wife doesn't catch you spying on her!

This video also says a lot about what you can do, and we had a blast making it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkK6bHTYbAs

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to Calibrate Your DX4 Gimbals


If you own a DX4 or received one when you purchased your 350 QX2, you may want to calibrate your sticks every so often to keep your radio running in tip-top shape. If you also have noticed that your 350 QX2 is making a beeping tone without any input in Smart Mode, a calibration is required. 

Step 1: In order to get into the stick calibration mode, you first need to make sure your flight mode switch (front left switch) is in position "2" (lowest position) and the Return Home switch (front right switch) is in the "Home" position.


Now, hold both sticks in the lower left corners and simultaneously hold the bind button while turning on the radio. Once you hear a series of beeps, you can then release the sticks and bind button. The far right green LED will flash indicating the radio is in calibration mode.




Step 2:  Start with left Gimbal. Move and hold in the lower left corner and press BIND button one time, “beep beep” will be heard.

Step 3: Move left Gimbal to center and press the BIND button one time, “beep beep” will be heard.

Step 4: Move and hold the left Gimbal to the upper right corner and press the BIND button one time, “beep beep” will be heard.

Step 5: Move and hold the right Gimbal to the lower left corner and press the BIND button one time “beep beep” will be heard.

Step 6: Move right Gimbal to center and press the BIND button one time, “beep beep” will be heard.

Step 7: Move and hold the right Gimbal to the upper right corner and press the BIND button one time, “beep beep” will be heard.


A series of tones will be heard and the LED will go solid, calibration complete 

We hope this helps!

Monday, October 28, 2013

700 X Video Build Series

Our good friend and Team Horizon pilot, Edsel Labao, has put together a really nice build series on the 700 X.

Part 1 Rotor head assembly - http://youtu.be/Xxe3kNHF3pM
Part 2 Frame assembly - http://youtu.be/z60zVlZ-Oc4
Part 3 Tail Assembly and Final wrap up - http://youtu.be/YdYPbKbB2jE


 Great work Edsel!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

180 QX HD - Fun Flying Camera-Quad with SAFE!

Introducing the Blade 180 QX HD, the newest eye in the sky from Blade!

Not only have we taken the extremely popular mQX and completely changed its flying characteristics for the better by adding SAFE technology, we've added a 720p camera in the box that you can control from the transmitter!

The Blade 180 QX Features the EFC-720 camera from E-Flite. This camera comes out of the box with a 2GB SD card and is capable of shooting software enhanced 720p video or taking 1.3mp photos! We have been getting around 30 minutes of video or 15,000 photos with the included card. Of course, you can expand the camera to a 32GB card if you wish too!

This camera can be completely controlled by the RTF transmitter or your Spektrum transmitter. Stop and start video and even take photos right from the transmitter. Switch between modes by holding the trigger for 4 seconds and the camera will swap into video mode. Hold it for 4 seconds again and it will jump into photo mode. The next really nice feature about the camera is that it can be removed and placed on any other model you choose. Got an open receiver channel? Yep, you can control it on another platform! Oh did we mention it has a microphone too?



The flight characteristics are extremely improved due to SAFE technology. Flown the Nano QX? Yea, the 180 QX flys just as good. Flat pirouettes, crisp flight control and the dual stability mode is pretty nice too. High-Angle Stability and Low-Angle Stability give the pilot two self leveling modes to choose from. Less bank angle provides a smoother flight envelope for filming. If you have the desire for aerobatics, Agility mode is perfect for you guys out there that just want to do some fun quadcopter aerobatics.



If you've flown or owned the mQX, the 180 QX is truely a step up in overall performance and the parts transfer over! There are only 4 new parts for the 180 QX HD.

We expect to start shipping this December. Just in time for the holidays!



Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Nano QX ROCKS!

If you are looking for a small quad copter that can be flown by just about anyone, you should check out the new Blade Nano QX. with SAFE technology, the Nano QX comes standard with two flight modes that will surely make it appeal to a variety of piloting skills . Stability mode limits the Nano QX from any adverse attitude and will not allow the model to flip upside down. This mode also features self level which will level the model back out when the sticks are released! Agility mode opens up the Nano QX to aerobatics such as loops, rolls and flips! If you have flown the mQX, Agility mode will be what you are used to flying in.

The Nano QX is available in BNF for $69.99 or RTF for $89.99 and will be available in June 2013

Check it out guys!!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Blade 550 X Video Build Series

Check out this incredibly helpful video build series from Edsel Labao of Team Horizon Heli.

Part 1 Introduction and Tools required for the build - http://youtu.be/RJikJur3Qbs
Part 2 Rotorhead assembly - http://youtu.be/P-aVz7pBYPM
Part 3 Frame assembly - http://youtu.be/vZpYuKX8XZM
Part 4 Tail Assembly - http://youtu.be/cVZK_p7OMeg
Part 5 Wrap up and Flight video - http://youtu.be/M54iCeeCds8