Eachine E160 RTF Flybarless Brushless 6G 3D RC Helicopter Flight Test Review
Now, what is the e 160? Well, the e 160 is actually i what i would consider at least i'm sure others might consider the same that this is an entry level hobby grade helicopter. Okay. This is not intended for beginners folks um, in my opinion at least it's not intended for beginners as you. You would definitely break this one if you're a beginner pilot, never flown rc before um. I would not recommend this okay for a beginner pilot. Instead, i would consider something like the eachine e129, with altitude hold and uh brushed motors, much safer, okay, much less chance of damaging it in the crash. Also, this was pretty powerful with his brush motors folks uh. Those of you who are considering that should consider this would be intermediate pilots or new pilots that have uh already had eachine e119 e129 and wanted something a little. You know you're skilled with that already, and you want to advance a bit. This would be perfect. Okay, for for that case now um. Additionally, this has the capability of doing acrobatics. It can fly in either 6g stabilized for those new entry level, pilots wishing to enter into a hybrid grade or with a flick of a switch. You can go into 3d mode. Now 3d mode is would be the equivalent of acro mode in a quadcopter. Those are it's very difficult to fly, especially for somebody who has not flown acro or or 3d mode of a helicopter or a quadcopter before.
Okay, almost always you're going to end up in a crash. If you try to do that right out of the box. With that in mind, i recommend those of you that are considering this and wishing to learn to fly 3d and also to fly acrobatics to instead. Consider starting with a simulator program before putting this into 3d mode, and this has the capability of doing such and i'm going to discuss that a little more detail a little bit later here in the review so hold on for that folks, okay, this version comes ready To fly and when i mean ready to fly, it comes with a controller already set up and bound to it. This controller is actually not too bad of a controller it's, a futaba or futaba protocol sfhss. So there you go right there and has all the switches you need to fly six channel helicopter and again i'm going to go over in more detail on that in a bit, but let's go focus on the helicopter for now. Okay, we'll start from the top to the bottom. We'Ll go through each of these components on this helicopter first off the uh rotor blades on this particular helicopter are a combination, nylon and carbon fiber rotor blades. These should be very resistant to damage in a crash i'm. Not going to say they're not going to break these will break and that's. Why they're giving you spares, but they should be resistant, somewhat resistant to crashes, additional things on this particular helicopter.
Let me remove the canopy too, so you can see the insides as we go down through each of these features. But additional features of this is this: helicopter comes with an all metal, rotor hub, okay and all metal pitch horns um. They do have plastic pitch control. Links here and there it has an all metal, swashplate, now i'm, going to go into detail about the swatch plate and what it does a little later here too, but uh and also control rods, are metal here and high precision servos three of them here for controlling Both uh collective and cyclic, this has cyclic and collective control. I'M gon na show you how that works. Also in a bit uh other things on this, it has a brushless motor. This particular motor is a 1308 hulk motor for the main rotor blades. It powers the main rotor blades through a metal pinion gear there to a plastic main rotor gear. There additional items you have this is that futaba receiver attached to the flight control board, although you can also, if you wish – include uh spectrum and plug in a spectrum receiver here, if you wish to use dsm 2 dsmx format along with ppm and s bus. If you wish to use those type of receivers also, you can do such with this particular helicopter other items on this. We have beneath the flight control board. This goes to the main rotor, so this would be the electronic speed control for the main rotor.
I believe, and the wires out of this go to the tail rotor, so this would be electronic speed control for the tail rotor blade tail rotor motor other things on this particular quadcopter. We do have a carbon fiber boom going back here, so this should be crash. Resistant the boom on the helicopter, going back to our tail rotor and brushless tail rotor uh motor, which uh the size of that. What is the size of this little tail? Rotor? Oh it's, a 1104 1104 tail rotor brushless tail rotor. Now this does not have pitch control on the tail rotor like the uh main rotor does um. This is controlled mainly by varying the speed and that will vary the torque on the tail rotor blade to counter the torque of the the main rotor blades on this um. Those are the main parts of that, but now i mentioned this has six channel helicopter control. Now let me mention what that means. Folks, we'll let's go over the controller to get into that. First off we've got throttle, control, we've got rudder control, we got pitch and we got yacht control now for helicopter additional items for the six tails. What they're talking about is, we have an what's called an idle up setting, which is this switch here when you throw it there, and what that does folks is when you throw this switch here. That puts the motor automatically into an idle spin, which will spin up to about 80 percent of its max speed.
And when you give throttle up above the midpoint here, the helicopter will go up and if you go below below the midpoint, you get negative pitch on these rotor blades and the helicopter will push down. But this gives you the ability, if you i invert it, that when you pull down on this, that will and you're upside down the helicopter would automatic will be able to hover upside down using this throttle, they call it idle up. Throwing that to that position. There um another thing that makes this six channel helicopter is, it does have throttle hold, which is this switch here, i'll throttle hold all that really does. Folks is it's it's an arm switch when it's in this position uh. It is armed when it's in this position. It'S in hold, or unarmed or disarmed, in other words, two other switches on this, which actually, i think, makes this a channel instead of six channel. Is you have a switch here for switching between stabilized 6g mode, which is for the beginner mode, which i recommend new pilots of this fly in and 3d mode, which switches this to again what would be called acro in a drone where there is no angle restrictions In 6g mode, there is angle, strict restrictions: you cannot pitch or roll the quadcopter or not quite comfortably the helicopter more than a certain defined angle, and that prevents the helicopter from rolling over or pitching over and crashing. So again, new pilots, new helicopter pilots, myself included, should stick with 6g mode until they do practice some on a simulator and then consider going into 3d mode once they feel very comfortable in the simulator.
Okay. Now what haven't i mentioned – um let's talk about simulators. Okay, real quick again do not attempt to fly this in 3d mode or you will break it if you've, never flown 3d mode before go, get yourself a simulator and we're not talking about spending a lot of money. Folks, this again, this transmitter is simulator capable through that little port right there and for ten dollars. Okay, ten dollars on bag good same place. To get this, you can get a simulator kit, rc simulator. It comes with a software um, and it also comes with all the cables that you would need for most controllers, at least for this particular controller. You just need the dongle that this comes with and the little plug this plugs into your computer. This plugs into the back port here on the controller and you load up the software onto your computer, the provided software and practice with the helicopters in the software in the simulator to practice flying in 3d mode and also practice flying with idle up. If you want to try flying inverted, you can do such in the simulator program and then again, when you feel very comfortable, then consider going back to your original helicopter and i'd recommend starting off. If you're going to fly 3d mode starting off without idle up and just switching to 3d mode, acro and just practicing hover first start off with hover and see if you can hold the helicopter, steady and, however, do not try to do acrobatics in the very beginning.
You will crash it, you will break it then you'll feel very bad. Okay, so that's my spiel about the simulator programs. Folks, i highly recommend them. Okay, let's! Go over what else you get in the box. Um you get the uh helicopter itself um. By the way. This is held on by there's. Also, these little end caps that go over these pins for holding the canopy on the helicopter. I just removed them uh to make it easy to show you what comes inside all right. What what is inside that canopy there additional items you get in the box. You get an instruction user manual for the helicopter. It is very basic. I do not recommend uh. Actually watch my video i'm going to go over more detail than what this particular manual did. If you're new to helicopters, you are not going to be. This is not going to be much help to you. I'M, not i'm. Sorry, fishing, that this manual is bad um. You also get an instruction manual for the controller that's a little better, but not much so again. Watch my video i'll show you how to get in the air folks with this particular helicopter, and also you get a warning saying uh. If, if you don't know what you're doing don't mess around with the this is what i gather from this don't mess around with the control settings in your particular controller, or else you will probably crash your helicopter, so other things you get in the package uh you Get tools for doing uh repair on this helicopter.
If you do crash it, along with spare parts that you get is one plastic main rotor gear and one spare tail rotor blade and one set of main rotor blades, and for powering this you get three 7.4 volt. 700 milliamp per hour batteries, along with a charger for these batteries, basic charger uh for charging these 2s batteries, so that's what you get in this particular helicopter now let's. Let me power this up and i want to show you details like i suggested, of what the controls actually do when you're operating these this particular helicopter speaking of cyclic and collective control. I want to go into detail on that. So let's do that. Folks, three two! One okay, as promised, i want to show you how to get into the air uh we'll have to go over the switch positions. First now i label these because they weren't very well labeled to begin with, to show which position is which and what they really do again. This is your idle switch. Your idle ups, which some people call it forward, is normal flight, which is what i recommend. Beginners use back is idle up which makes any position above zero. You know mid point position. This makes the helicopter go up and this makes the helicopter descend if you come downward when you're in idle position, and it also enables you to fly upside down by giving negative thrust on the rotor blades when you pull downward like that, and that causes negative thrust.
So the helicopter could fly out upside down again. If you are a beginner push this forward, make sure that the switch is always forward. Okay, do not pull it toward you to put it in idle up unless you feel very comfortable uh we're gon na try that i'm going to do a quick check out in the field we're going to set it up and then i'm going to put the uh Position at midpoint and switch to iowa up to show you going up, or down and i'm just going to do up or downs like that. Just to show you what this does but again for most folks keep this switch forward. You know, as you you're learning to fly now, the 6g 3d mode. I recommend for new pilots. Keep this switch up, keep it up. That is the 6g stabilized position again in that position. Here the helicopter will not pitch over a certain degree amount of degrees or roll over of a certain amount of degrees, preventing you know flipping the helicopter from flipping over. So if you keep it in that position and also if you let go of the stick, the right stick, that is, this helicopter – will automatically level itself in flight. Other switches on this for beginner flyers make sure this position switches in the up position. This is low rates and high rates. This is your dual rate switch in effect again, if you want to fly fast, you bring it down like this, and the pitch.
The maximum pitch that you can can go will greatly increase, along with your yaw rate. How fast the helicopter will turn in this axis here, but again for beginner, pilots and new helicopter pilots leave this in the up position. And finally, this is your arm switch when you plugging in the battery again check these switches forward. This switches up this switch is up and this switch is toward you that is hold position or disarm. If you push this switch back, that arms the motor and if you are in throttle idle up these motors, this motor will automatically start spinning, and you may hurt yourself so again make sure especially make sure that this switch is forward. And this switch is back before you arm that motor you know in hole. Position throttle hole position, okay, so with that in mind, let's make sure i got the switches right. Six g and i am in normal forward and i am in low – and i have this switch toward me, which is hold, and now i am going to plug in the battery. And then i want to show you what these uh cyclic and we're going to talk about cyclic and collective control, with with this particular helicopter, so hold on folks, while i plug this in oh actually, i should turn this on turn that on first, this is a Hobby grade and then you plug it in okay, let's, wait a second there. Until what i heard chirps and there we go now, we are bound to the transmitter.
Now i cannot start the motors notice i'm, putting throttle and we're not seeing any motor spinning. Because again, i have throttle hold on but notice that we do see movement. Okay, now, let's, look at this. This is called collective control. Folks, as i go up and down, let me up on down on the throttle, switch notice that swatch plate going up and down and when that swatch flight goes up and down when it goes up. That increases the pitch on the the main rotor blades. Creating more lift and when you pull down that decreases the pitch on the main rotor blades uh, reducing the lift on the blades. So for going up, you increase pitch or collective. You increase collective by pushing up on the throttle, switch increasing the lift on the helicopter and then, when you bring the throttle down that decreases, the pitch on the rotor blades, causing less lift okay, okay and now the next thing. Let'S talk about cyclic control, that's your right stick! When we push forward on the right, stick: notice notice, the back swipe of the swashplate coming up and the front of the swatch plate going down. What that does folks is increases the pitch of the rotor plate, as it goes around the back of the helicopter, causing the helicopter to tilt forward. At the same time, the rotor blade, as it goes around the front of the helicopter, the crease has decreased pitch, causing less lift in the front section again pitching the helicopter forward.
And if we pull back on the right, stick like so notice that the front end of the uh swash plate goes up and the back end of the swatch plate comes down. Creating causing more lift on the front of the helicopter and less pitch and left lift on the back of the helicopter so in effect causing the helicopter to tilt backwards. Similarly, as we look from the back of the helicopter, if we tilt here, we give it uh roll control to the left. We notice that the right side of the uh swatch plate, tilts up and the left side of the swatch splash plate tilts down let's, see if you can see that better up close again, creating more lift on the right side, less lift on the left side and Causing a a roll to the left. Similarly, if we go to the right on the right, stick, the right side of the swatch plate goes down left side of the swatch plate goes up, creating more lift on the left side, less lift on the right and, in effect, causing the helicopter to roll to The right so that's how a helicopter helicopter controls work folks, good morning, quadcopter 101, here with the maiden flight of the eachine e160 we're about ready to go here folks, uh first off, i want to make sure all my switches are correct here. I want to make sure that this is in normal position, pushing it forward, not an idle up.
Remember that folks want to make sure this is in 6g position upward. I want to make sure that this one is in low position, which is upward, and i want to make sure that this one is in throttle hold position which is toward me. Okay and then i turn on the transmitter. First, okay and then we plug in the battery of the helicopter like so and once it's plugged in put it on the ground, let its gyros sync up and connect to the controller. There we go. We are connected to the controller, so we should be good to go first thing: i'm going to do is again double check. My switches even hold low rate 6g and normal now i've got a wind coming from that direction. I want to point it in that direction and i am arming the motors okay notice. It doesn't spin, because i am not an idle up now, i'm going to slowly give it throttle and take to the air so hold on folks and there we go now i'm. Just gon na fly it gently folks. This is again a brushless helicopter, more more hobby grade. Okay and here it comes comes by again. I am not coming out of 6g mode because i have not ready for that. Yet, okay um, i have been practicing on the simulator, but the simulator takes time to till you feel comfortable. I i don't feel comfortable yet to go to 3d mode, in effect, folks, with this i'm okay flying in 6g, but not 3d mode.
I'M. Sorry folks you're not going to see that today. However, if i can keep this in one piece, i would like to learn to be more proficient with flying a helicopter. Okay. You know i've always wanted to learn to fly helicopters they're just, but they are a lot more difficult to fly than your average drone. Okay, a lot more. They require skill. I have to admit that, and most helicopter pilots will tell you it took them a while to learn how to fly that thing. So we're just going to go around back and forth to show you flying. I went test out its flight time with that battery mainly let's, bring it in let's, see. If i can hover it pointing forward, it might go with the right stick and it it's going with wind. Actually, i guess let's bring it in closer, so you can see it at least but yeah, even in 6g mode. This requires some concentration, this particular drone or helicopter. It does not fly exactly like a drone. Okay, it's not and that's the wind blowing it toward me. Trying to keep it pointed toward the wind yeah if you're beginner helicopter pilot. Like me, i would recommend waiting for a more calm day. I wanted to get this review out. Maybe i should have waited for a more calm day, but the wind seems to be an issue today with it trying to give it some keep it in the air now trying to keep it close to me that's another problem, let's see if i can hover it At least hover it and that's one of the things i recommend folks um is, if you're new to this practice by hovering.
First, okay, just hover that's, the first thing you need to learn to do the same with the drone and then once you get a better feel for hovering, then try going out and back out letting go of the stick rotating and then back bringing it back toward You okay pushing forward and also, at the same time, trying to maintain same altitude wow that wind is picking up, but okay let's. Try that hovering again let's just stick with hovering here. Folks for this beginner helicopter pilot, but um yeah don't be overconfident, especially with this particular drone. You drone pilot, or this particular helicopter. You drone pilots out there it's a whole new ball game. You know you need to to learn this one and it's going to take some practice both on the simulator and in real time again beginners or beginner helicopter pilots. I recommend that you keep it in 6g and be very don't, be overly optimistic. What you can do do not put it into a 3d mode. I strongly recommend you don't do that in your first flights, you will break it. So: okay, here's the wind let's turn it sideways. That'S, the wind blowing it away, you're, bringing it back toward me. Close up, and also maybe you shouldn't fly as close as i've, been flying it to me too, if you're new to it i'm i'm. Taking a chance here, i don't want that blade to run into me, because uh helicopter blades can cause damage, especially if you've got a brushless motor that's.
The e160 folks trying to see its bank angle in this 3d mode. That'S max bank angle i'm not going to higher rate by the way, either today with a maiden flight, just we're here to just show it to you in flight. Now, if you want to see somebody fly this in acro mode or in uh, what do you call that 3d mode and what it can do? I highly recommend that you see uh ali shamal's review of this. He put it through its paces, but he knows how to fly a helicopter. Okay, he's been flying a lot longer than me, so he knows what he's doing. Folks is what i'm saying so uh a lot of other people are going to say. I'Ll share him. I don't know anything: no, you got ta admit the guy. Doesn'T know how to fly so check out his review. Folks, if you want to see what this could do upside down hovering upside down, it can do it so well. It does seem to have a reasonably good flight time um as for flying indoors. I would not recommend this indoors again. Those blades are spinning rather fast. You can hear them we're in there and um they can cause damage to whatever they run into so do not fly indoors i'm. Recommending folks, you avoid that. I know you're going to be tempted in the winter months here to fly this indoors would not recommend it. So, oh reasonably good entry level hobby grade for intermediate flyers into helicopters and again i am going to be practicing both on this and with the simulator program that i recommend that you consider before i, because i do want to learn to fly 3d with helicopters.
So not a bad helicopter at all nicely made with all those metal components. On this thing now i'm wondering when do i get a? Is there a warning when the battery is low? There is no light on the tail boom like on the e119 and e129 to let you know when your battery is getting low, just don't see it so no flashing, light warning, in other words or low battery. You know other reviews i've seen this. They were only able to get about six minutes of flight time. Okay, i mean hear that the motor's changing so there you go that's how you learn. It lands itself reducing throttle and then important, as always put it on hold folks and that disarms the motor so it's safe to approach and safe to disarm. So let me unplug it we've got some mud on it. I don't want that mud in the gears. Okay unplugged, so that is the eachine e160 it's, very nice drone or helicopter um kind of pricey, though folks. So again, this is not for beginner pilots. This is for intermediate uh drone pilots or those with rc experience who wish to learn how to fly a helicopter, advanced helicopter, but already already have been flying, maybe some of the toy grade helicopters. This is the next step up so hope you enjoyed this flight. This is quadcopter 101 signing out hi quadcopter 101. Here again, hey, if you want to get your own shout out in one of my future, videos make sure you subscribe to my channel it's real simple, just go to my channel page and click on that subscribe and also make sure to click that bell button right.
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