The Techboy TB-802 is at first sight a drone like many others, which however by a special remote control striking. This is more like a computer mouse than a gamepad, and controls the Quadcopter over movements of your hand.
|Dimensions||155 x 155 x 35mm|
|Weight||Approx. 33.4g with battery|
|Battery / endurance||3.7V 280mAh / 6-7 minutes|
|Charging time||Approx. 40 minutes|
The drone itself falls into the category of Mini-Quadcopter with dimensions of 155 x 155 x 35mm. In most categories, it is quite “ordinary”: The flight time is indicated with 5-8 minutes (we arrive at 6-7). Saltos are possible and the range of the remote control is 20m.
Design & processing
On the outside are the protectors, which, in addition to the rotors, span the entire drone and thus protect them against contact from above. They are flexible and to a certain extent unbreakable. The highest falls in my test were made from about 2m on carpet floor, and the drone is externally undamaged and could start every time immediately. The protectors are fixed from the beginning and can be removed later, but I do not see any reason for that. A camera does not have the drone, but it does not need it either.
The remote control
Particularly, the remote control mentioned at the outset, which at first sight can not be recognized as such at all. It is actually held as a PC mouse . It is smaller than the pictures suggest (about 8.5cm long), but can be held well. In addition, there are two different sized brackets for pointing and middle fingers for additional support. As the controller is quite small, however, it can be safely held without this optional feature.
Apart from the directional control by tilting the controller, all functions are performed via the small stick on the left side, which is operated with the thumb . The figure explains the essential functions of the buttons: Depending on the direction in which the stick is held, the drone can be rotated by lateral movements or the height can be adjusted by raising and lowering the control. This also works without problems , even if it may take some time before you have internalized all functions and does not hectic a somersault, if you want to land.
Control of the drone
As mentioned, the control is performed by tilting the remote control. Strictly speaking, it is the same principle as the app control with the smartphone, which we now see on many models. My first note would be exactly the same as with the app control: Sets the speed from the beginning to the maximum . You can do this by pushing the control stick twice (position K1). On the lower steps, the drone simply simply reacts too slowly and does not really come from the spot.
So batteries (3x AAA) inserted into the remote control, battery connected to the Techboy TB-802, and it can go. A pressure on the stick allows the drone to start independently and, if it is windstill, hover on the spot in about 1.5m height. Try it best in the apartment before you go outside the door (creates a bit of space before). Now, by carefully tilting the control in your right hand, you can slowly get a feel for the movement of the drone before you slowly mimic the other functions.
My personal conclusion to the control : I like it very well, even if it has small weaknesses. It works just as advertised, and the Techboy can be pretty much controlled with some practice. After a while, you can also easily do somersaults and change the height easily. Disadvantage number one thing: Although it is pleasant to have one hand free, you have to keep the other hand constantly “horizontally”, which means either bending your elbow or wrist continuously. I felt this in the long run as slightly unpleasant.
The second minor annoyance is that the remote control does not adapt to the drone’s drift during the flight. This sounds a little complicated: If you rotate the drone 90 ° to the left, and tends your hand forward, the drone will obviously drift sideways. If you do not move yourself, it is as if the drone fly in headless fashion, and if you adjust to it there are no problems. If you follow the drone and move around in the circle, you quickly lose the orientation, as the small Quadcopter is aligned, which leads quickly to the crash. Watch your movements.
An advantage is in any case, that one only one hand for flying needs and with the other for example to take pictures or to keep his beer. 😉
In addition to drone and remote control, there were 4 spare propellers, but no screwdrivers for the assembly. For remote control there are, as mentioned, two transparent brackets for different thin fingers. There is a 40cm USB cable for the battery. The instructions are in English and explain the functions of the Techboy TB-802 well.
Conclusion for the Techboy TB-802
The control is absolutely intuitive. I have pressed the remote control colleagues, who have never flown a drone, and they still managed well with her. You can give the Techboy definitely also beginners, for experienced pilots, however, it is probably a bit too slow and the range too low. But that would be my only real criticisms, because for the unusual remote control alone the Techboy – especially for under 20 € – is worth their money.