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Eachine H8 Mini Review: C. R. A. Z. Y!

Full review of the world's most affordable quadcopter!

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UPDATE: You can now add FPV to the Eachine H8 Mini! Here’s how: Eachine H8 Mini FPV conversion

The Eachine H8 Mini might not be the world’s smallest quadcopter drone, but it sure as hell is the world’s cheapest RTF (click here to know what it means), retailing at just $12.99 shipped worldwide (external link).

I’ve been piloting one for the past few days, and I’ve found it to be an incredibly fun device that doesn’t cost too much. Of course, there are certain caveats concerning mainly the build quality (and flight characteristics) of the quadcopter, which you shall read as we go on.

Lets get started with the Eachine H8 Mini review.

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Specifications

Eachine H8 Mini

  • Size Group: Nano
  • Camera: N/A
  • Battery: 150mAh 3.7V
  • Charging duration: About 25 minutes
  • Flight time: About 5.5 minutes
  • Flips: Yes
  • Speed modes: Two
  • Headless mode: Yes (click here if you don't know what headless mode means)
  • One Key Return: Yes
  • RTF/BNF: RTF (click here to know what RTF/BNF mean)
  • Size: 13.5 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • In the box: H8 Mini RC Quadcopter, 3.7V 150MAH battery, Transmitter, USB cable, Replacement Props (A & B), Soft Foam Landing Cushions, Screwdriver, Manual

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Unboxing

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Build Quality

You’d expect a $12.99 toy to have been built with super cheap plastic with a fragile body. Thankfully, that is not the case with the Eachine H8 Mini. Again, it isn’t the best built nano quadcopter to have been launched, but the quality of plastic is OK.

To put things into perspective, I’d say that the plastic quality on the H8 Mini is second to what you find on the Cheerson CX-10… but not by a long distance.

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The prop guards though, are indeed a little flimsy. They also tend to get bent easily, which causes the blades to brush against the guards. Consequently, you’ll find yourself un-bending the prop guards every now and then. Given the super high yaw rate on the H8 Mini (about which you’ll read later), it is easy to lose track of orientation on the H8 Mini. This emphasizes the need to have prop guards, since a crash is quite likely.

Also, considering the price of this quadcopter, it is likely that it’ll be your first one ever; this would mean that you aren’t really a pro at flying quadcopters, and thus, having prop guards is inevitable.

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The main body looks a little like a severely knocked down Cheerson CX-20. That’s a design that seems to have gone down well not just with the buyers, but also with quadcopter drone makers in China and hence the clones.

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Prop/blade quality is pretty impressive considering the price of this flier. I’m not sure how difficult it is to get spares, but you’re advised to get a bunch of extra props if you plan to fly the Eachine H8 Mini for more than a little while. And since the box comes with only two extra props (1 clockwise + 1 counter-clockwise), you will, pretty much, have to find a spares dealer.

That’s perhaps all there is to say about the build on the Eachine H8 Mini.

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Gallery

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Flight Characteristics

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The Eachine H8 Mini comes with two flight modes, 40% and 100%. To be very frank, there’s just one mode in which you can attempt to fly the H8 Mini. And that is at 40% rates (first mode/low rates).

That’s because the H8 Mini has some CRAZY yaw rates. I don’t usually deal in superlatives like that, but the H8 Mini truly has a crazy yaw. With time, you’ll master the art of using the yaw stick in a way such that it is usable on low rates. But on high rates, the H8 Mini spins like a top. I’m not even kidding here.

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To be frank (some would call it being blunt), the H8 Mini is virtually unusable in high rates. The yaw simply makes it next to impossible to negotiate turns and banks and such.

Flips

To make the H8 Mini perform a flip, you have to:

  • Press the right stick till it clicks
  • Push the right stick in one of the four directions

…and the H8 Mini will flip in the corresponding direction.

Flips are for the most part pretty tight, and can be performed without having to go very high off of the ground.

However, when the battery voltage starts going down, the H8 Mini loses its ‘punch’ and finds it tougher to recover from flips — which is why you’ll have to perform them higher in the air (when battery is low).

Headless mode

(click here to know what headless mode means)

To put the H8 Mini in headless mode:

  • Press the left stick till it clicks
  • Push the right stick up or down
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The H8 Mini handles headless mode pretty well, and is a certain saviour if you wish to enjoy the crazy high yaw rates. Of course, collisions etc. will disturb the orientation, but if you’re in an empty space headless mode on the H8 Mini is certainly a lot of fun. (click here if you don’t know what headless mode means)

Something to keep in mind before entering headless mode

…is to ensure that the H8 Mini faces AWAY from you when stationary (i.e., before take-off).

Calibrating the gyroscope

  • In order to calibrate the gyroscope on the H8 Mini: After binding the controller to the aircraft, push both sticks in the bottom left position.

Resetting orientation (for headless flights)

  • If for some reason you need to reset the aircraft’s orientation: Bind the controller and aircraft, and then push both sticks of the controller on the bottom right position.

Eachine H8 Mini Review: BatteryEachine H8 Mini (15)

The quadcopter comes with a 150mAh battery, which is about the standard for nano quadcopters. It takes between 20 and 25 minutes to charge via the supplied USB cable, and returns a flight time of around 5 and a half minutes indoors, and about 5 minutes outdoors.

The H8 Mini doesn’t handle winds very well, so you’re advised to restrict its flights indoors.

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Controller

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Unlike the Cheerson CX-10 (review), the Eachine H8 Mini does come with a controller that isn’t uber-tiny for most hands. The stick tops can be swapped with something tall and pointy, so pinchers like me don’t have much to worry about.

The controller takes 3x AAA batteries, which as you would expect aren’t supplied in the box. I must say the battery hatch is pretty cramped when you slip in three batteries; when I first received the quadcopter I thought for a moment I was inserting the wrong batteries, which wasn’t the case.

Eachine H8 Mini Review: Conclusion

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The Eachine H8 Mini is a lovely entry-level, super affordable quadcopter. For just $12.99 you can get flying, and nothing, at least price-wise, beats that for now.

Read next: Cheerson CX-10A Review!

However, the quadcopter is plagued with some issues such as bendy-prop guards and a very high yaw rate, which make the H8 Mini more of an intermediate pilot’s quad than a newbie’s. And that is perhaps why you should invest in something like a Cheerson CX-10A, get your basics right and then move on to the Eachine H8.

The Eachine H8 can be bought from Banggood.com for $12.99 shipped worldwide.

  • I saw the drone Eachine Mini H8 have problems with the engines, (but I like) I have some questions for you:

    1. knows some engine problems?

    2. As you would take a shipment to Colombia believed?

    3. if you know anything about Banggood change the article by damage?

    4. It’s safe to shop with Banggood?

    5. drone which I recommend, and recommends where to buy it?

    6. which is the maximum time recommended for use? I think buy 5 battery

    Thanks for your time 🙂

    • 1. No engine problems
      2. If you mean to ask if Banggood ship it to Columbia, the answer is yes.
      3. Didn’t get you
      4. Yes, Banggood is safe to shop with
      5. Didn’t get you
      6. I do recommend getting 5 batteries but make sure you give the motors time to cool down before swapping batteries and taking it out for another flight.

      Cheers!

  • Omar

    If I buy two can I use them at the same time

    • Yes, you should. You should be able to use up to eight of these in the same range.

  • Socrates

    Good review. For those who are Mode 1 flyers, you should be aware that the so-called “Mode 1” transmitter supplied when you buy it from Banggood is not Mode 1 at all. Mode 1 has rudder (yaw) on the left stick, and aileron (roll) on the right stick. This Tx has those reversed. If you’re used to flying quads in Mode 1, it’s as though you were trying to drive a car in which the accelerator and brake pedals were reversed.

    This mode is apparently called Mode 3 but I have never heard of anybody using it.

    It is possible by cutting some tracks on the PCB and soldering in jumper wires to fix it, but most buyers won’t have inclination or the ability to do this.

    Incidentally, the Mode version of the Eachine H8 Mini 3D has exactly the same problem.

    • Interesting. Most (almost all) web shops that sell these gadgets don’t usually bother much besides where the throttle is. ‘Left – Mode 2, Right – Mode 1’ seems to be the code.

      • Socrates

        Yes, I’ve noticed that too. Most of the Web shops with these quadcopters assume they are being bought as toys by first time users, and such customers don’t know or care about the differences between Mode 1 and Mode 2. Indeed, sometimes the Web shop people don’t themselves understand the differences between Mode 1 and Mode 2.

        However, there are also many hobbyists who buy these tiny quads, and they are already used to flying either Mode 1 or Mode 2. If you are very used to one mode it is extremely difficult to change, because in a stress situation you will revert to the one you already know, and crash the model.

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