At first look, this new JJRC X9 drone wants to be a cheaper alternative for the Spark. It has a similar design and features. Furthermore, being around $150, it comes with its own remote controller. Of course, on paper, everything looks good.
Of course, all drones/quadrocopter somehow look a bit similar. Nevertheless, the JJRC X9 cannot hide who was modeled here. The rigid, non-foldable arms are very similar to the Spark, as is the general shape of the hull. The battery is plugged in the same way from the back of the drone, even the shutter is similar. Small difference: Above the also almost identical power button on the back are not four, but five LEDs. So a little innovation.
The X9 is a good 50 grams (one-sixth) lighter than the Spark and the plastic used cheaper. We’re glued to the underside edges are clearly felt, and even the battery does not engage as well as the prototype. The drone also lacks the sensors of the Spark, such as the striking beam on the front of the DJI drone. Overall, everything is still within the expected, something you have to save the price just synonymous.
The control panel which is included is equipped with two antennas. Probably one antenna is just a dummy. There is also a holder for the phone. The remote control is equipped with a built-in Li-ion battery; after a full charge, it is able to support the remote control for 10 hours. According to the manufacturer, the battery of JJRC X9 is installed at 1000mAh in the quadcopter, which allows it to fly for about 14-15 minutes. The control equipment “breaks through” up to 600 meters, but the range of FPV (video) operation is only 200-300 meters.
On the front of the JJRC X9 console, in addition to the standard controls (sticks), there are 4 more buttons and several LEDs for indicating various states. Next to the gas stick is the “Return Home” function button. There is also an automatic take-off and landing button, it is located in the upper right corner. The JJRC X9 has a brushless motor and an amazingly large 11.4V 1000mAh Li-ion battery which provides a flight time of 16 to 18 minutes, at a maximum speed of 20 km /h. It has a control distance of 300 m. The drone has a built-in 6 gyroscopic axes. This model has several functions including the Follow me function, Tap to Fly, one key takeoff/landing and so on. For a secure flight, the drone has an alarm in case of low voltage. In order to stabilize it, the manufacturer has integrated a GPS positioning system and an altitude maintenance system to allow further hovering.