Walkera entered the FPV world with the 250 Runner in 2015, one serious FPV racer, but if you compare it to the Walkera F210, you see a huge step in evolution when it comes to engineering and technology used.
The Walkera 250 Runner was quite a good model, one of the first on the market that was completely ready-to-fly, with all the components needed such as OSD and Camera present. Walkera had taken it one step further with the F210; they learned a lot from the previous model, they listened to customer feedback on things they would like to see changed or improvements made, and incorporated them in the F210.
We can say about the Walkera F210 that it is a truly competitive model right out of the box. Not only is it ideal for people who would like to get into the FPV racing, but do not want to build their own model, it’s a great option for those who are experienced and would like a ready to go model with extremely sharp and responsive flight capabilities.
There are also some downsides to the quad, mostly about the way the product is shipped. The propellers for example, are proprietary to Walkera, so there aren’t any aftermarket props which will fit on your racer. Another issue is that the Walkera F210 only supports the Walkera RC, so if you already own some other brand of controller, and would like to go for a custom setup, you’ll find yourself out of luck.
- F210 3D Edition Flip in 3D Aerobatic Mode
- Optimized receiver RX Response 5ms 4 times faster in speed
- Optimized flight controller parameter adjustable by phone
- Optimized OSD (Update lock/unlock, lower battery indicator, horizon line, signal alarm function)
- Anti-shock and durable-Full Carbon design
- FPV(compatible with Goggle)
Everything packs nicely in the box that the Walkera F210 comes in, so it’s great for transportation and storage. The racer comes in a white box with a cool front view of it on the side. Inside there is a nice foam insert interior, with F210 written in white on the top lid. The foam also acts as good protection when carrying your racer.
The first thing you’ll find is a manual and quick start guide, and also a CD for the controller. The battery is a 4S 1300mAh 40C battery, with black on black writing and an XT60 connector. You’ll also be happy to find a toolkit with a wrench and a couple of Allen wrenches.
You have three bags for the cables; one is a charger cable, one is a USB to micro USB cable to adjust CleanFlight settings on the controller, and then one is a cable for your RC trainer port, so you can fly in training mode. You also get a charger with a balance plug and a wall adapter. There is a full set of extra self tightening props, two clockwise, two counterclockwise.
To prevent the battery from slipping in flight, you have a battery anti-slip mat. Getting to the Devo 7 radio controller, it is the same as the one on the 250 Runner, with the possibility to use regular AA batteries, or your own battery source. The main event in the package is the quad itself; a nice looking carbon fiber quad. The receiver antennas can actually be pushed back both ways, without hitting the propellers.
Design & Durability
Similar to what was done on the 250 Runner, it’s a modular design; basically everything is plug-and-play compatible, such as the ESC’s, which have a slotted pin system, which connects to the main power board, so no wires are used. The ESC can be removed by just taking out a couple of screws.
F210 means the racer is 210 mm from motor shaft to motor shaft, diagonally. Walkera uses 5 inch props. The whole frame is made of carbon fiber with aluminum parts at the front, a very interesting feature when it comes to FPV racing, because crashing is an integral part of the hobby. The aluminum beans and parts should protect the quadcopter and give it a very rigid and strong structure in front.
Within the aluminum parts there are LEDs and the aluminum parts, also protect the inside of the racing copter. Inside, there is a dedicated board which has the flight controller on it, the power distribution and the whole electronics. The OSD (on-screen-display) and the FPV transmitter directly plug into this board, in the middle of the frame.
This is also good from an engineering standpoint, keeping the important components well protected from the outside. Another protective feature is a set of motor guards made of plastic, not as strong as carbon fiber, but which still give to the outer edges of the frame good protection so that the motor doesn’t get taken out by just one hit.
The ESC’s are not soldered on, but they are plugged into the main board, so if you want to change those parts, it’s easy to unscrew them, pull them out, put new ones in, and you are ready to go.
For the front mounted camera, which comes with the bundle, there is a protective frame around it. The added protection is not 100%, but it shows the engineers have been listening to the problems expressed by the FPV community, and came up with this excellent bundle.
Regarding the technology used on the Walkera F210, the devil is in the details; it has both front and rear mounted LED’s. The ones on the rear have different colors, and indicate the status (whether the copter is armed or disarmed), but they also indicate the movement, to the left or to the right, a nice feature to have, especially if you are flying in dim or indoor situations. The copters that are following you can also see where you are and where you want to turn.
On the OSD (on-screen-display) which also comes with the bundle you can see the voltage for the battery, the step down voltage of the electronics, and also an artificial horizon for returning the aircraft to the right flight position. The OSD can be turned on or off using a switch on the bottom of the racer.
At the back, the Walkera F210 has an integrated 200 MW VTX. The racer comes with a CloveLeaf 5.8G Mushroom Antenna (SMA) for video transmission, a pretty standard setup nowadays. Again, this is a very clean and tidy set up, not even visible to the eye; it’s all integrated into the frame, but it’s also removable for servicing or maintenance if necessary.
The Camera, one of the highlights of the Walkera F210, is a 700TVL high resolution camera, with adjustable angle, 120° of visual range, and night vision capability. The camera offers real time video transmission, even in bad conditions such as a cloudy day or at night time. It has high performance sensors. Its photosensitive sensors can automatically adjust the display according to the brightness of the light, allowing the racers to concentrate more on their flying.
Keep in mind the model does not come with an external camera mount, so it’s not possible to use your GoPro or Mobius camera. Walkera underestimated the importance of providing support for an HD recording camera, because everybody likes to record their latest, fastest flight, or their latest near tree misses
Battery & Flight time
The whole system is powered by a 4S setup, which means 14.8 volts. When FPV was just getting started, 3S was the norm, but now, with more powerful motors and more capable ESC’s, a 4S battery is required for utilizing the whole FPV racing potential of the aircraft. The 1300mAh 40C 4S battery also comes shipped with the ready-to-fly bundle.
The expected flight time is between 5-9 minutes, depending on your flying style and how aggressive you are on the sticks.
The FC (flight controller) is one of the stars of the Walkera F210 model. It comes with an F3 Flight Controller running Clean Flight out of the box. You can actually connect it to the Clean Flight Software on your PC and make any adjustments or tuning that you want, either to the flight modes or to the PIDs.
That being said, it comes tuned out of the box, so you don’t actually have to make any adjustments, unless of course you’re an advanced user and would like to tune it to your liking. Experts could set flight control parameters according to their needs, and exchange experiences and ideas.
There are two different RC options when it comes to ordering the bundle; you can choose either a DEVO 7 or a DEVO 10 Transmitter. The DEVO 10 comes with a color display and a lot more features to set. It would be sufficient to start with the DEVO 7 because you could also use features such as the Expo and Dual Rate. The LCD screen is nothing to write home about, but you will not find yourself modifying the settings that often.
As stated, the Walkera F210 is very agile, and very responsive in the air. It has different flight modes, ranging from a beginner mode with high horizontal balancing, to an intermediary mode, capable of 3D flips and rolls, to a racing mode, in which the aircraft is capable of reaching 80km/h or 50mph, and travel as far away as 800m (or 2624 feet) from its user.
Value for money and guarantee
Walkera F210 also has a 3D version, which allows more advance flight acrobatics such as inverted flying, rolls and turns. With a battery, the 3D package will send you back about $450, which is something to consider if you decide to pick up a Walkera F210. As it turns out, it would be a very good decision, when considering the agile, blistering fast flight performance and durability of the racer.
The Walkera F210 has a lot of features to make it crash resistant, from the durable but slightly bendable frame, to the plastic motor guards and the yellow ionized aluminum to the front camera casing. This is a defining feature, because you can enjoy your drone and keep it in the air as much as possible, with little maintenance required of you.
Even the night vision mode of the camera ensures you’ll be flying after the sun has set.
The Walkera 250 Runner package comes with goggles included, so right out of the box you can start your drone racing career.
You receive a user manual, the same high quality DEVO 7 transmitter, the main quad, one 2200mAh 20C 3S Li-po battery, the battery charger, and the Google2 kit, which is pretty nice. It has a CloverLeaf antenna, a battery pack that conveniently strips to the head set, and additional cables.
The big selling point is that it is RTF (ready-to-fly), the OSD (on-screen-display) and FPV (first-person-view) are all set up. It can seem a bit overwhelming at first if you’re new to the territory, but it’s also a great way to learn.
You will find the quick start guide to be very helpful, easy to understand and packed with good information.
Flying is really smooth and really fast, however there is no GPS or return to home function. If those functions are important to you, you can get the Walkera 250 Advanced version. The camera tilts up and down and the picture quality is better than expected, with a camera field of view of 70 °.
Note: Keep in mind the OSD does not show battery status and it is possible to find yourself falling out of the sky.
Specified flight time is about 12- 14 minutes; realistically you will be spending about 9 minutes in the air for each flight session. Speed is clocked at 25mph and RC distance is about 1 km.It has a lot of good design quality, build quality is very durable and of course flying is a ton of fun.
The Robocat 270 is an interesting kit. It has an articulating frame and you can squeeze a lot of components inside, and arrange them neatly. It is not the lightest, smallest, fastest drone, and people know that when they buy it. It is more of a FPV cruiser than a racing quad, so you should not expect any crazy acrobatics.
However, the kit does come at around $100, with no FPV system or RC, but you can use the ones from previously owned drones.
The Robocat’s most striking feature is the articulating Lexan Body Shell, supplied in several colors: yellow, black, green, orange, white, and clear.
The Robocat 270 has significantly better stability in the air when compared to the Walkera 250 Runner because of the top mounted motors of the Walkera, which leave a lot of weight at the bottom of the craft. As opposed to this sort of flying, the Robocat 270 hovers, leveled, with little swaying in the wind.
Further comparing the two racers, there is a bigger difference in the field of view with the Robocat outclassing the Walkera 250.
Also from Walkera, the Furious 320 is a cool looking new aircraft with the added feature of tilting motors for rapid acceleration. Carbon fiber plates mean the build of the aircraft is very tough, and with a dragster like aspect, which almost begs for some decals.
There are three different versions of this quadcopter: one is a bind-and-fly version, another comes with a DEVO 7 controller, and a version with GPS and the DEVO 10 controller. It also sports a 1080p 60fps HD camera with micro-SD recording. It is the same camera used for FPV mode.
You can find a GPS and a non-GPS model, with the CC3D LibrePilot control board. It has three flight modes for Non GPS: 6-Axis Stalibization, Horizon (stabilized and free tilt), and Acro (manual mode). The GPS version has an Arduino Mega 2560 with GPS Hold and GPS Return home functions.
The Furious 320 has got a huge 4S battery in it, making it quite a hefty quad copter with a total weight of 1100g. For that reason it will require FAA registration in the US, no matter which version you have. As noted, the forward movement of all versions is controlled by forward and backward tilting motors, similar to a V22 aircraft. The racer, thus remains at a level angle in the air, maintaining its somewhat aerodynamic form.
Now let’s see the pros and cons of Walkera F210.
- Durable carbon fiber and aluminum frame
- Agile and responsive
- Customizable flight firmware
- User friendly flight modes
- A fail-safe bug where the motors would stop 20 seconds after losing radio signal
- Sometimes it doesn’t bind the DEVO 7 transmitter
Now let’s see small review on Walkera F210
The Walkera F210 represents FPV racing at its extreme, where all the fun is at.