Cheerson CX-10 Quadcopter Review

8.5 Total Score
Brillant Fun!

As the world’s smallest flying quad and weighing in at just over an ounce, this little flying machine definitely has a big “wow” factor.

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PROS:
  • Flight stability
  • Lightweight
  • Short battery recharge time
  • Performs aerobatics (flips)
  • Spare parts are cheap
  • Great for beginners

CONS:
  • Blades break or crack when crashed too hard
  • No Return-Home feature
  • No interchangeable battery packs
  • No guard cage for props included

 

 

The Cheerson CX-10 mini quadcopter may be small, but it can outperform some of the bigger drones on the market. It comes complete with a transmitter, USB cable, a user manual, and spare blades. There is no assembly required, so when you open the box – it’s ready to fly.

It measures about four centimeters long, four centimeters wide, and two centimeters in height. Basically, it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It uses a 100 mAh lithium ion battery which is included. The battery is strong enough to power all four motors and gives quite a bit of lift and speed to the quad.

The remote controller takes two AAA batteries (not included). The controller and quadcopter come in matching colors. Once both are charged up, the nano-sized aircraft is ready for takeoff.

How it’s designed

This little quad is equipped with a six-axis flight control board which provides more stability for a smoother flight. Since it is a smaller aircraft, the extra axis gives it the ability to fight excessive turbulence and doesn’t bounce all over the place. Because it has a six-axis design on an adjustable gyroscope, the flight is surprisingly stable. It also gives the CX-10 the ability to perform some pretty tight 360 degree flips mid-air.

Cheerson excellent cx-10

 

Weighing in at a whopping 29 grams (or 1.02 ounces), this is one small quad. It is shaped like the letter “X” and has individual blades on all four corners. The frame is made of ABS plastic which can take a bit of a beating, but the propeller blades are lighter plastic and can be damaged a little more easily.

Each corner of the “X” shaped-body has an individual LED light. Two blue ones are on the front, and two red lights are on the back. This helps to keep a visual on the quad so you know in which direction it is flying. It’s also great when visibility is low (such as dim lighting or foggy), or when taking a night flight.

The four propeller blades can be cracked or just completely broken if it hits something too hard. A guard cage can be used to protect the blades; that is sold separately. It does not prevent broken blades completely, but it does prove to offer some extra protection. If you’re a beginner, you may want to purchase a few replacement parts right from the start.

Cheerson CX-10: Flight Time

It has an average flight time ranging between four to eight minutes with a full battery. It only takes 30 minutes to recharge the battery to full capacity. When the charge on the battery is low, the front LED lights flash.

It can be charged from a computer which will take about 30 minutes, but can also be charged via a phone charger in about 15 minutes. The battery is sealed inside of the quad, so when it dies, it has to be plugged in to recharge. This prevents having interchangeable batteries being swapped out to keep on flying.

The Transmitter

The remote control transmitter has two joysticks. If you’ve ever played Nintendo, it’s a very similar design. Your thumbs do all the work. Push the joystick forward, and the quadcopter takes off and flies forward. The other joystick controls the left-to-right motion.

It’s a bit sensitive so it responds to the slightest movement of the joysticks. Pushing too hard or quickly on the joysticks will result in some erratic flying and probably a crash landing.

The transmitter uses a 2.4G frequency and can control the quadcopter to a distance of about 65 to 165 feet (20 to 50 meters). It uses four channels. It’s made out of durable plastic so if it’s dropped, it won’t incur too much damage.

Cheerson CX-10: Flight Modes

The CX-10 comes complete with three flight modes: Junior, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The Junior flight mode is highly recommended for beginners because it moves slowly and gives you a chance to get comfortable with the controls. A green LED indicator light on the remote controller will light up when in this mode.

The Intermediate flight mode is when you have grasped the basics of flying and have a pretty good idea of what to do with your aircraft. Flips can be done in this mode by pressing the right-handed joystick. Once the flip is finished, it automatically returns to flight mode. No need to disable the flip function. A red LED light comes on and the transmitter beeps twice when you activate this mode.

 

Cheerson cx-10 night lights

The Advanced flight mode is for the expert pilot. This is where you can fly the fastest as well as perform flips. The transmitter will beep three times, and the red LED light comes on in this mode. This is where a little bit of wind during outdoor flying can come in handy. It enhances the speed, and this little guy can zip through the air at an impressive speed.

The CX-10 can fly up and down, left and right, do flips, fly forward, hover in place, and can even be launched from the palm of your hand. If you want to fly it at night, no problem. The LED lights are bright enough that you won’t lose track of it.

The range of aerodynamic flips this drone can do is amazing. By pressing the right-handed joystick until it beeps, the flip action is activated. Push the stick in the direction you want it to flip (forward, backward, right, or left), and that’s the direction in which it will flip.

Most quadcopters need to have the accelerometers calibrated to improve the flight stability. If the quad seems to be bouncing all over and difficult to control, simply hold the left joystick to the lower left then hold the right stick to the upper left for two seconds in unison. This will calibrate the accelerometers and make flying much easier. It’s all done right from the transmitter. There’s no need to plug into your computer in order to calibrate it as with larger drones.

Cheerson CX-10: Safety

It is suggested that quads be flown outside because they need lots of room for safety reasons. The CX-10 mini is small enough that flying indoors is not a problem. Since it can hand launch, there’s no safety concern that it may hurt the pilot during takeoff or landing.

There is no return-to-home feature. If you fly it out of range of the transmitter, it may just take off and never come back. There is no global positioning system (GPS) embedded in it, so you must have a visual line of sight on it at all times or risk losing it.

The Good and Bad

No piece of technology is perfect, and neither is the Cheerson CX-10. The Pros outweigh the Cons, however, and are listed below:

PROS:
  • Flight stability
  • Lightweight
  • Short battery recharge time
  • Performs aerobatics (flips)
  • Spare parts are cheap
  • Great for beginners

CONS:
  • Blades break or crack when crashed too hard
  • No Return-Home feature
  • No interchangeable battery packs
  • No guard cage for props included


It’s definitely making its mark in the aerial drone arena. Being small seems only to add to its attraction. If you’ve never flown before, put the instruction manual to good use before revving up the engines of your aircraft. It’s not beyond breaking since it is only plastic, but the price-to-capability ratio makes it worth it.

Cheerson CX-10: Our Verdict

The Cheerson CX-10 mini quadcopter comes in four colors – orange, pink, green, and blue. It’s perfect for male and female pilots.

The recommended age group is 14 years old to adult. With three different flight modes, it is the perfect learning tool for a new quadcopter pilot. It’s rather inexpensive and fits any budget.

Spare parts are highly available and affordable. As the world’s smallest flying quad and weighing in at just over an ounce, this little flying machine definitely has a big “wow” factor.

8.5 Total Score
Brillant Fun!

As the world’s smallest flying quad and weighing in at just over an ounce, this little flying machine definitely has a big “wow” factor.

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