Cheerson cx-10 drone review – smallest quadcopter in the world

Cheerson Cx10 drone review (is it still worth it?)

Being the Smallest quadcopter in the world (at the time this article was written) we can say it's pretty small. Although Cheerson has released an even smaller drone in 2017 called the Cheerson CX Stars!

Why pick the Cheerson before the CX Stars? I would say that being a little bigger, it's more durable and you can also fly it outside.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: ~
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 5
Flight Range: 50
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing
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As much as the design goes, it has a really compact frame, similar to the design of a mini Phantom 3 from DJI, as Flying Ryan RC said in one of his videos.

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Cheerson CX10 flight

Flies like a bug

The moment you get it in the air you'll notice it sounds like a little bug trying to escape. It makes people giggle. Jokes aside, the quadcopter flies really well and stable while being pretty easy to control, even for beginners.​

cheerson-cx10-in-hand

Oh, and the most amazing thing about it: It can do very tight Flips! I surprised each of my friends with this quad. 

They didn't even see it coming. When I started flipping with some little toy that doesn't even look like could fly… let's just say they were impressed.

So what are you waiting for?

It's only $15 on Amazon.com and totally worth buying even if just for impressing your friends.

This is the package it comes with:

  • 4 spare proppelers
  • the transmitter (needs 2 AAA batteries)
  • 100 mAh 3.7 v battery(that comes within the drone itself)
  • a USB cable for charging

Okay, I see you are not convinced yet.

Or just want to let me explain things into more detail, so here we go:

  • An interesting feature is the fact that it has 4 lights on each motor that enable you to see it in dark and also detect the orientation better for flying.
  • In this sense, I do wish they did different colored props, for front and back, because it would make it easier for beginners to keep direction.
  • Did I ever tell you this little guy flies amazing in the wind ( at least for its size)

Here's a cool review and some flight footage

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Transmitter and controls

This guy is just as little as the quad itself, just perfect to fit in your bag and have fun wherever you go.

In the image above I explain the function of each stick, so you know how things go before you hit the first wall in your way.

If you buy a quadcopter/drone, learn how to use it before flying it close to other people!

If you notice the quadcopter drift in a speciffic direction, use the trimming buttons shown in the image above and click the opposite direction button until it gets stable.

 

If it's your first time and you loose control or hit something, just move the left stick in the bottom position and the quad will stop.

This is the perfect solution to avoid problems like the toy flying away(if outside) or hitting something and keep spinning while inside.
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator

By pressing on the right stick you'll activate "the flip mode"

You can change these by pressing on the left control stick .

  •  When you hear one beep, that means you're now in beginner mode and the drone will fly slowly. 
  • If it's two beeps you'll be in intermediate mode, a little faster. 
  • And, of course, 3 beeps means sport mode which will make it fly really fast.

The transmitter also has 3 rates of flying

  • You'll hear a beep right after pressing it.
  • After that, you can move the right stick in any direction and the quad will make a flip by itself and then stabilize on its own.
  • To flip again you need to press the button again and so on.

You can re-calibrate the accelerometer by pressing the left stick in the bottom left position and the right one in the top left position at the same time.

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Cheerson CX10 battery life and charging time

It takes about 20- 30 min to fully charge the battery and you'll probably get like 5- 6 min out of it ( I get 4.5 min if I fly faster) The battery is encased in the quadcopter, so you can't change it after a flight.

You'll need to wait and recharge it before you fly again, or buy two drones and have even more fun! 

When it comes to the range it can fly… it's about 50m at most, if not less. 

But it's not like you need more, after a few meters you won't even be able to see this little fella.

Maintenance Advice

First of all, make sure you buy an extra set of props with you quad and maybe even a guard protection. Check the props if they’re spinning properly. 

Sometimes hair can get stuck in there, but it can be easily get rid of by removing the propellers.

Speaking of that, you can remove the propellers by carefully applying upward force to each of them.

Don’t twist or break them. Also, make sure when replacing propellers to do it correctly. 

Notice that the props are spinning in the directions shown in the image on the left, so you must put each prop on its right spot.

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The new Cheerson CX 10 with camera

Cheerson recently released a camera version of the Cx10 that work just as great.

I'm not a big fan of cameras in such little devices because it drains the battery quicker.

 Here I underline the main differences compared to the original CX10:

  • It has lower flight times, when the camera is on (2-3 min)
  • Takes both pictures and video (now your friends will be even more surprised)
  • Has a headless mode(no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying)
  • Comes with it's own micro SD card slot

These being said, here are a few advantages and disadvantages of this small quadcopter, the Cheerson CX 10. Overall, I think this is very good for beginners, just make sure you first learn how to control it properly.

A great drone for bigger children (it's not that easy to control though). Makes for a great passing time partner, even for adults, as the battery can be charged pretty quick. 

Very cheap, small, perfect for making it a gift, or playing with in the office, on a break.

8 Total Score
Cheerson CX 10 - a great kids drone (and even more)

Are you older than 10? No worries, This drone is fun even for adults! And it's pretty impressive when you actually see something of this size can actually fly.

Flight stability
7.5
durability
8
Battery Life
6
PROS
  • super small drone
  • very cheap
  • strong for its size
  • perfect inside drone
CONS
  • can't be flown outside in wind
  • propellers can break pretty easily (get more)

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

how-to-make-money-with-drones

1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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