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JJRC H37 Elfie Drone Review – An Affordable Smartphone Controlled Drone

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Normally when it comes to drones, we all expect all drones to be very expensive but there are actually a few drones that are budget friendly with specifications that are not too bad.

Highlights Of JJRC H37 Elfie Drone

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  • Portable / Foldable Design
  • APP control (G-sensor and virtual sticks);
  • Wi-Fi real-time image transmission;
  • Altitude hold (auto-hover);
  • One key return-to-home (not GPS);
  • Headless flight mode;
  • Multiple flight speed rates (30%, 60% and 100%);
  • About 8 – 15 minutes of flight time;
  • Near 100 meters control range in open field.
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    I got my hands on a H37 drone review unit (thanks to PrimeHomes ) and I spent 3 days handling the mini quad-copter drone and I’m quite impressed with the drone.
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    What’s In The Box?

    The drone comes in a portable box. There’s nothing to flashy about the packaging so I’ll go straight to what’s inside.

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    Inside the box, you’ve got the Elfie Drone, USB Charger that looks like a Flash Drive. I actually thought it was a flash drive before I actually brought it out and examined it properly.

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    There’s also the Instructional Manual, a velvet pouch and an extra set of propellers just in case something goes wrong during the flight and any of your drone’s propellers gets damaged.

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    Battery

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    The JJRC H37 Elfie Drone comes with a 500 mAh LiPo Battery. The first time I opened the back of the drone, the battery wasn’t plugged in and I found it a little bit difficult fixing it correctly the first time but after fixing the battery about 3 – 4 times everything got quite easy.

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    What I don’t really like about the battery is the fact that you have to remove it from the drone and charge it separately. Try to be careful when you’re handling the battery so you won’t end up cutting the wires while trying to unplug it.

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    The battery takes about 15-25 minutes to charge fully. Once the battery gets low, the drone would automatically shut down when you try to lift it off so you have to plug it in with the charger.

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    Once you plug it in the USB charger displays a red charging light and stops displaying once the battery is full.

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    Camera
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    The camera is a wide range 0.3MP camera. Wi-Fi FPV allows the drone to capture photos and videos with resolution of 720 x 576 pixels. Recording up to five minutes of video only takes about 23 MB. All pictures and videos are stored directly on your smartphone hence there’s need for an SD card.

    You can find the video files are stored in the VS FPV folder.

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    The camera’s real-time video feed can be displayed on your mobile device (smartphone/tablet) through the VS FPV App or in the folder of the app recommended by your manual.

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    Note : Your Drone Manual may ask you to install a different App. My review unit requires VS FPV.

    Images Taken From The JJRC H37 Drone

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    First Flight

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    Before your first flight, you need the install the APP recommended on your manual on your mobile device. After unfolding the arms, power ON the quad and look turn on the app and connect to the drone’s wifi Hotspot. (It’s usually an open WiFi network)

    In the case of mine it’s “trust-toys-6cce69”

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    Once it’s connected launch the app and tap on connect. You should see the live feed and the virtual joysticks displaying above the feed. Select On to turn on the drone. Usually, by default the propellers are automatically set to be in idle mode so you have to tap on the icon that’s located on the right side of the drone speed (the one displaying 30 is the drone speed)

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    Once you’re done, push up the throttle stick (left one) and the drone will start to rise. Please use your manual if you don’t understand. Trust me I tried flying the drone without reading the manual properly and I couldn’t even control it.

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    I don’t recommend flying indoors if you’ve not gotten used to the controls. It’s best you start outdoors.. Also I recommend you leave the default speed at 30 until you’re perfect with it.

    In case of emergency you can use the “Stop” button, this will stop all the motors instantly.

    Here’s The Flight Test Video :

    JJRC H37 Flight Control

    You can control the drone in two ways, using the virtual sticks or through gravity sensor by tilting the phone. Basically the JJRC Elfie H37 can be controlled just the way you play a mobile game,
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    When you want to land your drone, you just need to press the arrow-down button, and the drone will land and stop its motors.

    Common Issues With The Drone

    Of course I won’t say I didn’t have my own share of technical mishaps when using the drone.
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    1. Drone Keeps Flying To One Side.

    It means it’s miscalibrated and you need to recalibrate the drone. Place it on a flat surface and connect it to your phone and launch the app. Turn on the drone, go to settings (gear icon) and select calibration. ( it’s the last icon on the settings menu). When you do this, the drone’s front and rear LED lights would blink continuously for about 7-10 seconds. Once it’s done calibrating your drone is ready to fly.

    2. Drone Not Turning On After Crash Landing

    Unplug the battery and plug it in back.

    3. Drone Goes Off When It’s About Taking Off
    The battery’s probably low so all you have to do is to charge the battery

    4. Camera Feed Not Displaying On Your Phone

    Simply close the app (don’t minimize it). Turn off your WiFi and turn it on again. Once you’re reconnected to the drone, launch the app and connect. Everything should be okay

    JJRC Elfie Drone Full Specifications And Price In Nigeria

    Features: Controlled By Phone,WiFi FPV
    Motor Type: Brushed Motor

    Functions : 3D rollover,Camera,Forward/backward,FPV,Gravity Sense Control,Headless Mode,One Key Automatic Return,One Key Taking Off,Sideward flight,Turn left/right,Up/down,WiFi Connection,With light

    Built-in Gyro: 6 Axis Gyro
    Night Flight: Yes
    Material: Electronic Components,Plastic
    Remote Control: WiFi Remote Control
    Channel: 4-Channels

    Detailed Control Distance: About 100m
    Transmitter Power: No transmitter included
    Battery: 3.7V 500mAh
    Flying Time: 8-15mins

    Charging Time (h): about 30mins
    Video Resolution: 720P

    Pricing – You can get the drone for N25,500 on Konga or from PrimeHomesNg.

    Buy Now (Konga)
    Buy Now (PrimeHomes)

    Verdict 💡

    I’d say the drone is pretty good and one of the best at this price range, however I’m not okay with the fact that you’ll have to keep unplugging the battery to charge it and the lack of an obstacle sensor makes it a little bit difficult to handle in enclosed areas but anyone that can handle this drone perfectly would certainly have no problems handling the ones with obstacle sensors.

    Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ (3/5 stars)

    Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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    Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion

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    A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.

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    This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.

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    Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.

    Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.

    I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.

    Google Stadia Reader Opinion

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    Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
    What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?

    George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.
    #MyOpinion🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶

    Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

    Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
    Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.

    ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.

    Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
    Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.

    I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.

    Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too

    Google Stadia Reader Opinion – Join The Conversation

    Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?

    The comment box is yours, let me know what you think

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    Checkout The Xiaomi Fast Charge Tech That Charges A Phone Full In 17 Minutes

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    The new Xiaomi Fast Charge Technology looks to eliminate one major problem we all face daily and that is slow charging.

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    At the moment, Oppo’s SuperVOOC is the fastest wired charger with its 50W speeds at 10V/5A, but Xiaomi is coming up something crazier and different that can charge a dead battery to 100% in just 17 minutes.

    Here is a video posted by Xiaomi’s brand president Lin Bin, it shows a phone with 4000mAh battery charged fully in just 17 minutes.

    Xiaomi has compared this to OPPO’s 50W (10V/5A) Super VOOC Charging that charges 3700mAh battery up to 65% in 17 minutes.

    This was introduced as the world’s fastest smartphone charging tech that can charge the phone up to 92% in 30 minutes.

    For comparison, Huawei’s upcoming 55W Super Charge fast charging technology for the Mate X’s 4500mAh battery will need just 35min to fully charge the device.

    Xiaomi’s new Super Charge Turbo technology is currently in testing stage and will take some time to reach the market… it will be announce few hours from now at an event.

    An interesting move I must say, I feel this is a good innovation. I hope other companies adopt this technology quickly

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