A flurry of micro FPV quads have taken over the market. Given that winter is around the corner and brushed motors are cheaper than ever before, it’s not really a bad idea to get one for yourself. The JJRC H36 Mini is one quadcopter that can quench the indoor FPV (and Tiny Whoop) thirst this season.
You can get one from Geekbuying.
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 5 cm / 3.74 x 3.74 x 1.96 inches
- Weight: 22.5g (including battery)
- Range: 30 meters
- LiPo size: 150mAh
- Flight time: 5 minutes
- Speed modes: two (low & high)
- Features: headless mode, one key return, flips
- In the box: quadcopter, controller, user’s manual, charging cable, 4 spare propellers
Unboxing the JJRC H36 Mini
It comes in a typical white-and-blue box that we’ve grown used to seeing from JJRC. The packing took a bit of a beating on the way, but I was happy to find the contents in great shape.
The box is small in size and is clearly designed for overseas shipment in mind, much like other quads in this range.
Inside, you find the aforementioned items — the quadcopter, controller, user’s manual, USB charging cable, and spare props.
The H36 Mini is definitely one of the best looking micro quadcopters. It’s much smaller than other micro quadcopters such as the Syma X11 and the X13, but at the same time is bigger compared to nano quads.
Thoughts on the JJRC H36 Mini quadcopter
First thing you’ll notice about the H36 Mini is how small it is. You know the dimensions and the size on paper alright, but the quad will definitely catch you off guard for a moment or two once it’s out of the box.
The next thing you’ll be happy to notice is how stable it is in the air. It’s the ducted design that makes the JJRC H36 Mini almost resistant to lateral winds, and thus gives it an almost rock-stability in the air.
Another thing the ducted design helps with is crashes. You can crash all you like with the H36 Mini, and it won’t break a sweat!
The design, while not completely original (it may have been inspired from Blade’s Inductrix), is certainly working well.
While beginners can enjoy the crash-resistance of the quadcopter while flying line-of-sight, slightly seasoned pilots will definitely want to convert it into an FPV flier.
While the transmitter isn’t something I’d want to write home about, it’s still fairly decent considering you get all of it for under $20. There are, however, ways to pair the quadcopter with better (read: hobby grade) transmitters.
Chiny Whoop conversion
Did you see what I did there? 😉 ‘Chiny Whoop’ is what I choose to call all alternatives of the Tiny Whoop that originate from Chinese companies!
Anyway, to get up and flying in FPV on the H36 Mini, you’ll have to perform a quick mod. There are two ways of going about it — if you have a dedicated FPV camera (I use the FX797T), you can directly solder it to the board of the H36 Mini. However, I have a single FX797T which I use across my projects, so there was a need for a more flexible solution.
The JJRC H36 Mini doesn’t come with a Micro T socket (instead features an mCPX plug), which is a shame because almost every toy quad uses that. So a workaround to that would be soldering a Micro T socket on the main board so you can accomplish two things at once:
- Connect Micro T LiPos (readily available).
- And if you choose to use the stock battery, you can power the FX797T at the same time.
Taking the canopy off of the quad is extremely easy. It’s like the factory is encouraging you to take it off and turn it into a Chiny Whoop! Just two plastic pins (no screws whatsoever).
Keep in mind the terminals are extremely close to each other, and you want an extremely stable hand to do the soldering if you don’t want to be left with a fried quad (‘funny side up’).
- Extremely stable flier
- Small and fit for indoor flights
- Very affordable
- Relatively short flight time, especially with FX797T
- Basic transmitter
The H36 Mini is definitely a step in the right direction. At just $15 it’s an extremely lucrative product, one that I think every quadcopter and FPV enthusiast should have in their repertoire.
You can get one from Geekbuying, who seem to always get the cool stuff first! Use coupon GKJJRCH36 to get a $2 discount.