Tough as a Rock: Air Hogs Helix X4 Review

The Air Hogs Helix X4 is different from most drones because rather than having a traditional plastic body, the body is made from foam. The foam body makes it virtually unbreakable during crashes.

You can crash it into cement, homes, cars, tress, or rocks and it will keep on flying.

Despite its lightweight, foam body, the drone is still capable of performing single-button flips! In our opinion, it’s one of the best models that you can buy for kids.

Due to its strong body and easy-to-use controls, beginners will absolutely love this quadcopter.

As you’ll see later in the review, a major downside to this drone is that it doesn’t stand a chance against the wind.

Flight Time

6 Minutes

Distance

40 Meters

Charging 

45 Minutes

Design and Durability

The first you’ll notice about this quadcopter is its durability. It’s so tough that there’s little chance you’ll damage it during a crash.

Unlike most drones- which have plastic bodies- the Helix X4 has a foam body. So even if you crash into concrete from 100 feet in the air, the damage will be minimal. Needless to say, it’s great for children and people still learning how to fly.

But with every pro there’s a con. While the Air Hogs Helix X4 is durable, its lightweight frame makes it exceptionally susceptible to the wind. So if there’s even a light breeze outside, it will be difficult to maneuver.

But don’t worry- you can always fly it inside without any problems. Since it’s so lightweight, and since the props are protected from the environment, you won’t have to worry about breaking anything.

A Small Drone That Packs Quite a Punch

Despite looking large in the images, this drone is quite small. It measures out at just 8 x 8 x 2. That’s not very big at all. Don’t let its small size discourage you from giving this drone a try.

The small size is what allows it to perform single-button flips and barrel rolls! In other words, the Helix X4 is acrobatic, even though it might not look like it at first glance.

The drone’s transmitter comes with a special button that, once pressed, will allow the drone to effortlessly perform a flip in the direction of your choice. It takes seconds to learn and looks pretty cool, too.

Transmitter

On the transmitter is a “Stunt” button. It’s big and red, so you can’t miss it. This is the button that you press to perform stunts.

It operates on a 2.4 GHz frequency and will fit nicely in your hands. As you can see from the picture, the transmitter is roughly the same size as the drone.

No Air Hogs Helix X4 review would be complete without talking about the drone’s flight modes. There are two flight models for this model:

  • Beginner
  • Advanced

On advanced mode, the controls become more sensitive, allowing you to fly aggressively.

On beginner mode, the controls become less sensitive, allowing you to fly conservatively. Thanks to this flexibility, all experience levels can appreciate this RC quadcopter.

Flight Time

The flight time for this quadcopter is about 6 minutes. If you’re flying in non-windy conditions, then you might be able to squeeze out an extra minute or two. But if you fly aggressively and/or in the wind, it will be less.

Charging the drone’s battery to maximum capacity takes about 45 minutes. To stay in the air longer, I recommend flying your Air Hogs Helix X4 inside.

You’ll experience less drag, which puts less stress on the motors. For more information on how to fly longer, check out this article.

Best Feature – Built-In Prop Guards

The drone’s built-in prop guards make it virtually impossible to break your props. They are completely enclosed in foam, so even if you hit a tree or a rock, they won’t get damaged.

Most drones come with prop guards that come separately and that you have to manually attach.

This quadcopter saves you the trouble by already having them. It looks and flies a lot like the UDI U818A, except it’s much more durable.

Air Hogs Helix X4 Review – Bottom Line

For a decent price, you’ll get an amazing bargain in the Helix X4. It’s one of those RC drones that you have to fly to really appreciate. To summarize, it comes with fully enclosed props, a lightweight foam body, and six minutes of flight time.

Even if you’re a really aggressive flyer who crashes a lot, it should still last you for quite a long time. If you’re looking for a similarly priced drone that’s also great for beginners, read our review on the Syma X5SW.

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