The instructions that came with the drone are nearly impossible to decipher. The majority of the instructions are in Chinese and most of the instructions that are in English don’t make sense. Translating the instructions from Chinese to English must have been lost in translation. After many hours of googling, trying to read Chinese, getting frustrated, I was able to figure things out and get my drone flying. I’m going to try and explain everything to assist other purchasers in getting their drone flying faster than I was able to.
What’s Included: The drone includes a USB charging cable, a remote control which requires 4 AA batteries (batteries not included), a smartphone holder that screws onto the remote control, 4 extra propellers, a screwdriver, 4 propeller blade protectors, user manual and app user manual.
Drone: The drone is already assembled. There are red and black wires sticking out from the bottom part of the drone. One set of wires has a red and black cap on the end and the other just has a black cap. Get the USB charging cable and plug the red end of the charger into the wires with just the red cap on the end. Now plug the USB cable into a USB port to charge. There’s a red light in the USB plug (the part that goes into the USB port). The red light is OFF when the drone is charging and ON when the drone is fully charged. It takes approximately 1 hour to fully charge. When charged, disconnect the drone from the charging cable. The drone does not have an on/off switch. To turn the drone on, plug the 2 sets of red and black wires into each other, The wires with only the red cap fit into the wires with the red and black cap. It’s a tight fit. Once you’ve successfully connected the wires, the lights on the drone will illuminate. I could not get the propeller protectors to stay on my drone. They should snap on under each propeller. There are 2 holes in each of the protectors and a place to put them on the drone, but they wouldn’t “click” on. After many attempts I bagged it.
Smartphone App: The app is available in the app store or by scanning the QR code on the app user manual. The name of the app is GP Tech and it’s purpose is to view what the drone’s camera is pointing at while it’s flying. You can also record video or take still shots using the app. The videos and still shots are stored in a file within the app, but can be exported to your regular photo file on your smartphone. I had a hard time figuring out how to get the app connected to the drone’s camera. I thought it would be done through bluetooth pairing, but could never see the camera’s bluetooth name appear on my list of devices. I finally figured out it’s not in the bluetooth. Go to your phones Wi-Fi settings and it shows up in “Choose a network”. The network name on my drone is GP-17f51e. Connect to that network as opposed to any other network to enable the camera to work through your smartphone. The drone must be turned on for the network name to show up in your list of networks.
Remote Control: The switch in the center of the remote control turns the power on. Before turning on the remote control, make sure the joystick on the left is all the way at the bottom. The joystick on the left controls the start of the propellers turning which results in the drone flying up by moving the joystick up. Move it down to bring the drone down. I found that very small moves are necessary. You don’t want to bring the joystick down suddenly as the drone will crash to the ground. I practiced many times on just lift off, hovering and setting it back down. The joystick on the right controls the direction the drone goes. Left to go left, right to go right, forward to fly forward, back to fly back. I’m still figuring out the remainder of the controls, but that should get you started.
Camera: The camera on the drone is right behind the red power wires. The camera can be tilted up or down. The wires on mine obstructed the view of the camera unless I have it pointed downward. There is no SD card slot on this camera. The instructions I received said there is and I tried putting a micro SD card into the back of the camera and ended up losing my SD card. Oops! The functions on the app can record video from the drone’s camera and take still shots.
The ToyJoy F1C-Wifi Quadcopter seems to be very sturdy as it has already survived many crashes as I learn to use it. I seem to get about 15 minutes flying time from one charge.
I am pleased with the drone but wish it had better instructions and I don’t know what’s with the propeller/blade protectors. I recommend this drone as a beginner one to learn to fly before moving on to more expensive drones. It is a lot of fun!
I received the ToyJoy F1C-Wifi Quadcopter at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review, which I have given to assist other buyers in making informed purchasing decisions. If you have any questions about this review or product, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer it to the best of my ability.