I bought and reviewed the Attop YD-829 Sky Dreamer Plus a while back, and was very happy with it. These two little fighting quads looked similar to me in that they were Attop, had three bladed props, and were geared. I was hoping they were similar and I was right! Keep reading to find out more about these awesome quads!
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Specifications
- Model: Attop YD-822
- Size group: Micro
- Camera: No
- Battery: 220mAh
- Charging times: 35 minutes
- Flight times: 6+ minutes
- Flips: Yes
- Speed modes: Three
- Headless mode: No
- One key return: No
- RTF/BNF: RTF
- In the box: 2 x Quadcopters, 2 x Transmitters, 2 x Screwdrivers, 1 x USB Charging Cable, 2 x Li-po Battery, 8 x Blade, 2 x English Manual
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Fully 2-in-1!
First of all, this quad set comes with TWO of everything. That includes the quads; one in white and blue, and another in red and black. Also two transmitters, two batteries, two manuals, two set of extra props and so on. Anything you find in one it is in the other!
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Flight Characteristics
In the air these quads are almost exactly like the YD-829 I spoke about above. They have three rates, low, medium, and high, which go from very docile (and good for beginners), up to fast and responsive for more experienced fliers. They come pre-installed with prop guards, but they are removable with one screw per guard, which will give you a little more flight time, and overall “power”.
These quads are super stable, so stable that I did not even notice there were no trim buttons at first as I did not need them! They hold position well, not GPS good, but very respectable for this cheap of a micro quad.
These quads use 6mm motors that are geared to 3 or tri-bladed props so there is not a ton of “punch” to them. There is still plenty power to fly around aggressively but do not expect the kind of punch you would get on say similar quads that are direct drive, where the props mount straight on the motors.
Both quads come with a red LED inside the body in the front, and a blue at the back. The red one is not great, especially on the black version, however the blue one shines through a clear panel in the rear, making it light up well. I would say only the white one is a good night flyer though as the black plastic lets too little light through.
As I stated in the power and flight portion, these quads do not have a tremendous amount of “oomph” upwards in them, so you need a little bit of height to perform flips. Once you press the upper right shoulder button, you then move the right stick in a direction, and then it will apply some throttle perform the flips. It flips quite tight, so they are pretty nice.
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Flight and Charge Times
These quads come with 220mAh 3.7V LiPo batteries. Using either of the stock USB chargers will take around 35 minutes to get a full charge. Flying with the prop guards on will get you about 6:00 of flight time, and removing them will get about another 30 seconds for a total max of about six and a half minutes.
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Transmitter
The included transmitters that come with the quads have sort of a game controller type design. There are two shoulder buttons, one that says “L” on the left top, which will cycle though the three rates, and one on the top right, “S”, which will emit the infrared light to “shoot” the other quad down. The sticks on the remote are not great, but are also not bad, and can be used easily. There is also one more button, to the left of the right stick, which you click to execute flips.
There is no headless or return to home (Don’t know what headless is? Click here to read more on it) which comes as a bit of a surprise for most nano and micro quads you see these days come with both those features. The protocol is the same as the YD-829 so that transmitter can be used to fly these, and it has full functionality with the fighting.
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Fighting Function
As I stated earlier, to shoot you press the top right shoulder button. The spectrum which the sensor hits is fairly large so hitting your opponent is not too hard. When hit, your quad will do a yaw (spin) or perform a flip by itself. After 6 hits your quad will sink towards to ground, however cutting throttle and re-applying it will let you continue to fly and fight. The box says “4 hits to win” but mine took 6 every time I tested it.
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Video Review
I have also posted a YouTube video review including flight footage, on my YouTube channel. You can watch the video from here on the site or click here to watch from YouTube.
Attop YD-822 Sky Fighter Review: Conclusion
The price of anything is always very important. These come in at about $42 with the cheapest shipping option (DHL) costing $12 (to the US), bringing the total to about $54 shipped.
Overall I was happy with the YD-822 Sky Fighter quads from Attop. They were very stable and slow in low rates, and had ok prop guards which would make them good for a beginner. They also had the option of removing the guards and turning up the rates which makes them much more agile, responsive, and fast which would satisfy more experienced fliers. The price point is $54 with DHL shipping which will get them to you much faster than typical China Post shipping.