UDI U818A Drone Review

The UDI U818A is widely considered the epitome of low-cost drones. This nifty, minimalistic Quadcopter is one of the best beginner’s drone out there on the market. In our UDI U818A review, we will talk about why the drone’s design is important. We will also touch on the fact that there are two kinds of people out there: those who want all-out computer control when it comes to flying the drone and those who rely on actual piloting skills in order to drive the drone. This drone is a good choice for beginners, especially for those who haven’t flown a drone in their lives. UDI U818A HD Quadcopter

UDI U818A Drone Main Features & Specs

The U818A model might not be spectacular if compared to other quadcopters like the Phantom 3 Series from DJI or the Parrot Bebop UAV. However, it makes up for its low price and good maneuverability.

As far as design is concerned, the U818A is simplistic, functional, and there is enough room to fit all the electronic components. However, its chassis is made out of thin plastic. Also, that makes the drone incredibly light and easy to maneuver, especially in narrow spaces.

Latest UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone

Strong powerful motors enable the helicopter to fly much longer and more efficiently. 2 long-life batteries, SD Card Reader, Removable 4GB Micro-SD card.

As part of our UDI U818A review, we should talk a bit about the drone’s photo and video capabilities. The UDI has a rudimentary 1 MP camera that can take still pictures at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. However, the camera does not perform too well under low light or bright light conditions.

As for the camcorder, the UDI’s frontal camera can record at a maximum quality of 640×480 pixels at 30 frames per second, which is far below the average.

UDI 818A HD+ Quadcopter Specs

Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
6-9 min Outdoors 1MP 2 x 3.7V 500mAh 120 min 14.4 ounces 13.4x13x2.2 inches 80-100 m

 

Unfortunately, due to U818A’s ergonomic design, the self-tightening technology has been replaced with simple cross-headed screws which make sure that the propellers don’t vanish during the actual flying. They may not be so fancy, but at least they get the job done.

As for the UDI U818A blade rotation factor, even though the users might think that the screws are of little impact, they still manage to give your drone a few extra RPMs.

Arguments Pros & Cons

UDI U818A PROS:
  • Easy setup;
  • Great for beginners;
  • Easy to deploy;
  • Excellent handling;
  • Excellent price.
UDI U818A CONS:
  • Low battery life;
  • Can’t withstand stronger winds;
  • Poor camera quality;
  • Camcorder sometimes freezes and deletes entire session;
  • Hard to control in mode two.

UDI U818A Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

UDI U818A HD ControllerRemote Controller

The UDI U818A Quadcopter is a decent piece of equipment for a beginner and quite fun to fly around. However, its controller is quite a different story. Unlike any other drone’s RC, the UDI’s remote control looks like it was made by a character from Fallout 4 when fleeing from a DeathClaw.

All the magic associated with flying this cute quadcopter is encased in a bulky plastic case, with several buttons placed in a counterintuitive order. Also, the remote control has two joystick-like controllers used for controlling pitch and direction.

Moreover, there are additional plastic-covered buttons, placed on the RC’s front and laterals. These additional buttons are for taking pictures, turning the camcorder on and off, and controlling the flight modes.

The U818A has two flying modes: the first mode limits the speed of the quadcopter, allowing you to get the hang of flying a drone. The second mode is for pros only because it turns off any speed limitations. Overall, the remote control is rather bulky and difficult to access.

Flying the Drone

Even though the drone can be considered rudimentary at best when compared to other competitors, it still manages to impress the user with its seamless flight controls. The UDI performs well when commanded to move back and forth, however, there is a little latency in commands, and can turn around quite fast.

Furthermore, in our UDI U818A review, we would like to mention how thanks to this drone’s One key 360° Eversion it can perform continuous rolls, as well as back flips or somersaults, these stunts adding a bit of value to the drone. This piece of equipment also has the latest 6-axis flight control systems and 3D lock for more scheduled flight.

The UDI U818A is equipped with four simple 5.25-inch propellers that can be secured in place using metal screws. Usually, drone propellers have a self-tightening mechanism that keeps the blades from jumping out during mid-flight.

However, this also means that the U818A can’t withstand physical stressors that good. In fact, it takes only a whiff of the wind to lose control of the drone. Still, in case you’ve somehow managed to damage your drone, the UDI U818A parts are quite cheap and easy to replace.

What’s in the Box?

Important for any UDI U818A review is to know what you’ll find in the box when you purchase this drone:

  • The UDI U818A Quadcopter;
  • 2.4 GHz Remote Controller;
  • 4GB Micro SD Card;
  • USB card reader;
  • Battery Charger;
  • Two 3.7V 500mAh LiPO Battery;
  • 4 Extra blades;
  • Screwdriver;
  • User Manual.

Our Verdict

To conclude our UDI U818A review, we are inclined to say that this drone is far better suited for beginners or for people who never operated a drone before. It’s easy to use and to deploy, flying is fun, and the controls are decent. However, if you’re a seasoned drone pilot, you will find the drone hard to fly, the control counterintuitive and the video/photo capabilities far below the average. The UDI U818A relies heavily on piloting skills than computer software. In fact, this is the kind of drone you should have if you consider yourself an ace pilot.

8.2 Total Score
UDI U818A-HD Quadcopter

Check out our UDI U818A review to learn everything there is to known about his nifty low-cost drone. You don't need to spend a lot just to have fun.

Design
9
Quality
9
Price
10
Flight Time
5
Performance
8
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2 Comments
  1. Reply
    Ian February 8, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I got one of these off Amazon for $25. Never flown any type of craft before so it was all new. So far I have cut most of the guards off to increase flight time by 2-3 minutes and bought extra higher mah batteries with a multi charger so I don’t have to wait over an hour between flights. I now also have 3 Parrot mini drones but use the 8181a for some practice when I get bored with the Parrots automated systems. This is a great drone to learn on and it is cheap so no biggie when it crashes which I have done often with no damage. Word of warning though, keep your fings away from the blades, they won’t cut you but they will sting.

    • Reply
      The Droneista Team February 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

      That’s great insight, Ian! Thanks for your feedback on the experience with the drones we review!

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