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
- Model: 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.
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.
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.
ALSO SEE: Eachine Tiny QX90 Review!
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
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.
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.
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).
(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
Eachine H8 Mini Review: Battery
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
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
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.