Syma X5C-1 Altitude Test. Failed…

Yes, this had the potential to go very wrong indeed.

I’ve been quite impressed by my Syma X5C-1 since getting it at Christmas, but I’ve struggled to find any definitive answer as to how high it can actually go.

YouTube videos have titles like ‘altitude test’ and then show impressive feats of flying, often followed by crashes, but none actually say how high the drone really went. I had a go myself last week, and flew in to a tree

The best I’ve managed to learn is that the range of the quadcopter’s 2.4ghz control is approximately 30m (~100feet), although there’s a good video here on how to increase that range. But that’s the range of the controller, not the height the Syma can fly to.

Syma X5C-1 Altitude Test - failSo I came up with a plan. It mostly consisted of installing an altitude app on my HTC One, then zip-tieing the phone to the quadcopter.

Sadly the phone wouldn’t fit through the landing brackets on the bottom of the drone and strapping it to the top of the craft was out as that would impede the rotation of the blades. So the only place it could be strapped to was the bottom of the feet, effectively turning my rather expensive phone in to landing gear.

Yes, this had the potential to go very wrong indeed.

Fortunately, it didn’t go wrong, as the phone proved too heavy for the Syma X5C-1 to lift, as this video shows.

So, back to the drawing board. Just how high can a Syma X5C-1 fly…?

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4 thoughts on “Syma X5C-1 Altitude Test. Failed…

  1. Kevin Hall says:

    Hi Mark, maybe a laser measuring device aimed at the drone from the ground would work. I do have a Ryobi “sonic tape measure”, but no idea of it’s range.Alternatively, how about tying one end of a reel of cotton to the drone and let it spool out as it ascends, to give you a fairly accurate distance above ground?

  2. Kevin Hall says:

    On further thought, it would probably be best to mark the cotton when the drone reaches max alt and keep the cotton taut for it’s descent to avoid contact with the rotors. Once landed, keep halving the cotton until you have a length that you can measure and multiply accordingly.

  3. To find out how high a Syma X5C-1 can fly, I turned my HTC One in to … ssymadrone.wordpress.com

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