As one of the more popular drones in the consumer market, the Tarantula x6 stands the test of time as one of the most fairly priced and awesome quads out there.
It’s mainly known for it’s size but also for the speed and power it presents. As such, you’ll find online many people that attached a gopro(even with a gimbal) to this drone.
I also made a video review of it down below, if you’re interested to see me and the quad in action:
Battery and Flight quality
As mentioned before, this thing is a huge beast with a total length of 47 cm (with prop guards on) but pretty light weight.
I weighed it myself and got a total of 222 grams with all the accessories mounted except for the battery, which is 50 grams by itself.
- 1200 mAh
- 7,4 V
- about 9 or so minutes of flight time (thanks to the light weight)
In terms of flight experience, I must admit I enjoyed it a lot, especially since it’s so swift despite the large bodyframe.
One thing that could prove to be an annoyance is the fact that there is no on and off button and you have to actually remove the battery after every flight.
If you keep the battery on, the lights will continue to flicker. But this is important only if you happen to be lazy like me.
The 2.4 Ghz transmitter is made from pretty much the same material as the entire drone, some cheap looking but surprisingly durable plastic.
The controls feel pretty good and the sticks have a nice grip overall. Although, a slight inconvenience was that the top buttons are a little harder to use when flying.
They are responsible for doing flips(right one) and changing the flight mode (left). There are also 2 separate buttons for taking pictures and for video.
The controller requires 6 AA batteries to function, which you must provide yourself.The antenna can be used at an angle for better signal reach, which is always a plus.
The transmitter also has a very useful LCD screen that shows important information where you can check on the battery life of the controller, signal strength and the trimming axys.
I bought the no camera version, mostly because I think the standard camera it comes with is pretty much crap.
I don’t have anything with the camera itself, but placing a low quality camera on an instable flying machine is not such a good idea in terms of video quality.
My advice for those of you who want to really benefit from having a camera attached to this drone is:
- either get a higher quality camera like a GoPro, Mobius and my recommendation: a Xiaomi yi camera and tape it to the quadcopter
- or you can also get a gimbal to stabilize the video even more.
I have not tried it myself, and it will probably make the drone slower, but some people have succeeded in making it work.
Here’s a video with
- Tarantula x6
- XIaomi Yi camera (also my recommendation)
- G-2D gimbal
Package and price
The popularity of this drone stems from the fact that the price is very low for it’s size and power.
You can find it on Amazon for about $60 (no camera version) and about $100 for the camera version (not recommended).
In terms of package, it’s pretty well thought and complex. For example, I was really impressed by the fact that it came with a very nice screwdriver that rotates at one end, which I put in my toolbox for later use.
The package comes with:
- a set of spare props
- the transmitter
- propeller guards
- landing legs
The mounting process was a bit time consuming, as there were quite a few parts to screw in.
One last thing to say in regards to mounting the pieces together is you should make sure to put the blue light covering plastic in the front and the red ones in the back.
There’s no other way to do it because the actual led lights under it, are colored themselves and not white as you might expect.
As the actual design of the quadcopter goes, I’m pretty happy with how it looks and I’ve also got a few compliments from some neighbors.
It’s a big imposing machine that looks pretty bad-ass, very deserving of the name Tarantula.