Review: XK X251 WhirlWind Racer Quadcopter

BY Alan Perlman
18 June 2016

This is a sponsored article, written by Leo over at Drone Mission.

Take it away, Leo!

Keeping it simple may be the answer to XK Innovation’s success recently.

XK X251 is a new mini quadcopter with powerful brushless motors, designed to be fast and swift. If you are looking for a swift little quadcopter, this may be it, the XK X251 WhirlWind.  Shortly after the initial release, a version 2 was introduced with some slight modifications to cater for beginners.

XK X251 WhirlWind

First Impressions

This quadcopter is very fast and can take a nice punch (vertical take-off).

It is easy to fly if you have flown a quadcopter and have mastered your flight orientation. The XK radios are well made as always, but the spinning dial that gets in the way is still there on the right. The beeping spinning dial is not in the most practical position to reach while flying, but for this aircraft, it is only used to navigate the menu. The material is a mixed of carbon fiber structure with light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego), strong but will destruct on direct impact at high speed. It does not break easily out in the field, if it just falls out of the sky, as the total weight is only 205 grams.

Version 2, great for the beginners, auto flips and returns to rear facing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qtxFlIesFk

XK X251 WhirlWind Version 2

User Segment

Keen Beginners, Park Flyers With The Need for Speed, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget USD$104.99 (June 2016 source: GearBest – use coupon: XKX251GB to save $25 on orders over $120)

What To Expect If This Is Your First Quadcopter

You can easily spend 12 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 5-10 minutes from our tests. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Power on your radio transmitter first, make sure your throttle stick is at the lowest point. Check to make sure all your switches are up (position 0). Connect your battery to your copter, lay the copter flat on a hard surface immediately. This will allow the copter to self-level the gyroscope.

Once the red and yellow stops flashes stops, you have successfully binded with the radio. A green LED indicates you are in 6-axis gyro mode and a red LED indicates you are in 3D mode. To fly, flip the throttle hold switch down “on”, the copter is now live. To lock (disarm), move your left throttle stick down to the lowest point and flip the throttle hold switch back to “off”.

The copter LiPo battery may get a little warm after each flight. When the voltage is low (7 volts), you should manually land within 30 seconds to prevent the battery from over-discharging. Over-discharging a LiPo battery below 3 volts per cell, can permanently damage the battery. It is best to let the LiPo cool down before the next charge.

There are dual rates assigned to the right switch.

XK X251 WhirlWind LED Indicators

XK X251 WhirlWind Flight Characteristic

Flight Characteristics

The XK X251 is swift, with precision responsive controls.

Similar Model Aircraft

Users have recommended these 2016 alternatives: the Walkera Rodeo 150, the Hubsan X4 501S, Cheerson CX-91, JJRC X1

XK X251 WhirlWind Factory Specifications

Factory Specifications

Material: Carbon fiber, composite materials engineering
Radio Frequence: 2.4Ghz
Gyro: 6-axis
Battery: 7.4V 950mAh lipo battery
Flight time: About 12 mins
Charging time: About 60-80 mins
Range: 300m
Flight weight: 205g
Quadcopter size: 177 * 177 * 83 mm

What We Love About It

  • Fast and a good punch
  • Hardy ABS structure
  • Configurable radio transmitter

What Is Essential We Hope To See In The Next Version

  • Allow for full acro setup

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 7 favorites during this release recorded June 2016.

An update to follow.

Source

  • https://dronemission.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/xk-x251-whirlwind-racer-quadcopter
  • http://youtube.com/diydrone

Alan Perlman

Founder & CEO

Alan is an FAA-certified drone pilot and founded UAV Coach in 2014 to help connect drone enthusiasts, to provide world-class sUAS industry training courses, and to help push the drone community forward with a focus on safety and commercial opportunities.

Join a global community of

50,000+

drone enthusiasts.

Subscribe