JJRC H36 (In-Depth Review)
Ever since the Blade Inductrix appeared, helping to kickstart the Tiny Whoop trend in its wake, a number of manufacturers have taken note and released ducted micro quadcopters of their own to cash in on the trend.
One such model is the JJRC H36 which is currently available for only $16.99 at GeekBuying (shipping included). The H36 shares a striking resemblance to the original Inductrix and is a great base for building a Tiny Whoop. Even without an FPV camera, the H36 is still a lot of fun to fly.
It also makes an excellent toy drone for children, thanks to its ducted motors and thick propellers that reduce the chance of injury. The only real threat that it has is the tiny 150mAh battery which is so small that children might be tempted to put it in their mouths. I guess for this reason, JJRC does not recommend this model for kids under 14.
- Dimensions: 85 x 85 x 30mm
- Platform: Quadcopter
- Diagonal motor distance: 65mm
- Flight features:
- Headless mode
- 3D flips
- 2 flight speeds (High and Low)
- One key return
- Propulsion: 6mm coreless (motors) / 30mm propellers (4-blade)
- Weight: 22g (with battery)
- Battery: 3.7V 150mAh Li Po
- Charging time: about 30 minutes
- Flight time: about about 6 minutes
- Control distance: 30 meters
- Transmitter power: 2 AAA batteries (not included)
Micro quadcopters such as the H36 have a distinct advantage over other micros that feature exposed propellers. For one, the ducts on these models do an excellent job in shielding the props from damage. And because the props have four thick blades, they’re also more durable and easier to locate when they detach due to a crash or for some other reason.
Flying CX-10’s can be fun but it’s no fun when you’re trying to locate tiny 2-blade props underneath your sofa. These thinner props are so tiny, they can be difficult to find even indoors. They’re also a lot more fragile when compared to the thicker 4-blade props such as those featured on the H36.
The H36 has most of the basic flight features we’ve come to expect in toy drones of this price range — 3D flips, headless mode and one key return. Although it doesn’t have altitude hold, that really isn’t an issue since flying is a lot more precise without altitude hold.
Flight performance is where the H36 shines the most. It is a very fast and agile flyer with decent yaw rates — just what you need for building a good Tiny Whoop. Two speed modes are available — High and Low and yaw rates change accordingly. At High speed mode, yaw rate is fast but not “spinning top” fast.
The H36 is one toy drone that begs to be flown fast and furious. Doing tight turns and funnels with this thing is a lot of fun. Flips are also smooth, thanks to the absence of altitude hold. The only issue I have with the H36 is its tiny transmitter.
In High speed mode, the H36 can be incredibly fast but with such a tiny transmitter, the control sticks can be a bit difficult to use unless you have the hands of a small child. Unlike the Blade Inductrix which features a much larger transmitter and is also compatible with DSM2/DSMX transmitter, the H36 cannot bind with popular hobby-grade transmitters such as the FrSky Taranis.
At just $16.99, the JJRC H36 offers plenty of value for a toy drone.It’s great fun to fly and with ducted motors, poses less of a threat to children. Its thick 4-blade propellers are also easier to locate should they detach during a crash. They’re also less fragile when compared to thinner 2-blade props.
And last but not least, for the more adventurous RC enthusiast, the H36 can easily be made into a Tiny Whoop with the addition of a micro 5.8G FPV camera with built-in transmitter such as the FX797T.
Features and Performance8/10
- Very affordable
- Great value
- Fun to fly
- Good base for a Tiny Whoop
- Ducted props can take plenty of abuse
- Small transmitter
- Cannot bind with hobby-grade transmitters from other brands