The H109S X4 Pro is Hubsan’s number one drone model of all time. It is a truly exceptional and lovely looking quadcopter with many desirable features. I would highly recommend it as an upgrade to the H501S drone which I’ve written about already.
A variant of this drone is the Hubsan H109S High Edition which costs quite a bit more standard edition of the H109S X4 but gives you 3-axis gimbal rotation.
If you thought the 20 minute flight time on the H501S was impressive, wait until you experience the incredibly long 30 minute flight duration on the H109S X4 Pro..Or how about its wonderfully long 1km meter range in transmission? This is due to its considerably powerful 11.1V 7000mAh capacity battery. An additional 8 AA batteries are needed to operate the transmitter.
So let’s start off by taking a look at batteries. The Hubsan H109S comes with one battery for the drone itself, and no batteries for the transmitter. Since one battery gets you around 30 minutes of flying time, you should immediately order three more LiPo batteries; they’re exactly the same as the one that comes with the drone. You can use 8 AA batteries for the transmitter, but I found out that getting a dedicated LiPo battery is much more convenient. It lasts more and is more convenient to charge.
That brings us to the topic of charging. If you want your batteries to be correctly charged each and every time you need to get a high-quality balance charger. I opted for the SkyRC S60, which is a very popular option. It’s economical and very easy to transport around due to its compact size.
So what is balance charging anyway? A balance charger will check the voltages of each individual cell in your battery and ensure they all have the same voltage. This is a critical factor to monitor as if one of the cells voltage increases or drops below the required voltage range the battery could get damaged, or worse, catch fire. You don’t want your new hobby to end up burning down your house, so do yourself a favor and get the balance charger. One additional function of the SkyRC S60 is that you can discharge batteries to the optimal capacity for storage. It’s not the best thing for batteries to be stored at full capacity.
One additional function of the SkyRC S60 is that you can discharge batteries to the optimal capacity for storage. It’s not the best thing for batteries to be stored at full capacity.
To connect the transmitter LiPo battery to the SkyRC S60 charger, you will need a specific cable:
Next thing I got is a Realacc LiPo battery bag. It’s a fireproof bag that you can use to safely store and transport your batteries. It’s also a great idea to put the batteries in the bag while charging. Charging time is when most fire accidents happen, so it’s a critical time to have the batteries in the bag. If a battery catches fire, the fire will be contained in the bag. Also, never charge these batteries unattended. Make sure you’re around to jump in and take action in case of fire or smoke. Always better to keep things safe.
One of the big advantages of the H109S is that it can easily carry a GoPro camera. I would highly recommend the latest GoPro Hero 6 since it has excellent image stabilization features apart from ability to record in 4K. The camera that Hubsan produces is of much poorer quality, but of course it is much cheaper. Here’s a handy link if you want to check it out.
With regards to propellers, you’ll want to make sure to grab a set of H109S X4 propeller guards and save some money in the long run. Propellers are the most easily destroyed part of your new drone, so it makes sense to have a few extra ones around apart from guarding them with the prop guards.
Finally, as you will probably discover shortly after receiving the H109S X4 drone, you will need a good solution to carry the drone and all the accessories around, unless you want to use the box it comes in (very unpractical and doesn’t look cool). The best solution is the hard shell Realacc backpack case bag.
Enjoy your H109S X4! If you have any questions regarding the accessories, leave a question below.