The DBPOWER Hawkeye-II FPV quadrocopter in the test
Flying a quadrocopter is fun, no question, but as with any RC hobby, the models are often very expensive and even the slightest mistake quite a big hole in the bag. Especially as a beginner is recommended a quadrocopter of the lowest price region, which is also RTF (ready to fly). The DBPOWER Hawkeye-II is such a quadrocopter that I have tested for its suitability.
DBPOWER Hawkeye II Quadrocopter
* Function: forward, backward, up, down, left, right, flight sideways, hover, 360 ° rotation, throw to fly
* Remote Control Frequency: 2,4 GHz
* Remote Type: Radio Control and WIFI Control
* App: "CX-WIFIUFO"
* Remote control: Range: 30m
* WIFI image transmission range: 20M
* Flight time: 5-8min
* Charging time: 90min
* Battery: 1x rechargeable 3,7 V 700mAh Li-Po
* Transmitter battery: 4 x AA battery
* Suitable age: 14 +
* Hawkeye II
* Remote control with smartphone holder
* 4 spare rotors, 2 screwdrivers, a USB charging cable
* Operating instructions (English)
First impression of the DBPOWER Hawkeye-II
When I unpacked the Hawkeye-II quadrocopter, I first wondered about the rather barren delivery. In the box were the Quadrocopter, a remote control and a manual. I missed accessories, but as I looked closer at the packaging, I finally found a bag with 4 spare rotors, 2 screwdrivers and the charging cable. The bag was stuck very unfavorably on the underside of the plastic insert, so that it is hard to find.
The DBPOWER Hawkeye-II is about 15x15x5cm tall and has a detachable wireless or camera module. It can be controlled via an app as well as it can be operated normally with the enclosed remote control. The camera module can be used to display a live image, which simplifies the control. Shooting is also possible with the camera and stored directly on the smartphone or tablet.
The 3 flight modes can be adjusted via the remote control, whereby the speed and maneuverability of the quadrocopter change. There is also a 'flip' mode.
First impressions / commissioning
Before the Hawkeye-II is ready, you should recharge the battery. This is mounted on the underside of the quadrocopter, between the WLAN module / camera. Charging time is about 1-2 hours, flight time 10-20 minutes (depending on whether you are flying with WLAN module / camera).
When the battery is charged the Friemelei begins. The battery can be stowed well in the shaft, but the cable of the battery is in such a way in the way that the cap can hardly be closed. Only when I literally squeezed the cable, I could close the cap.
On my first flight attempt I wanted to control the DBPOWER Hawkeye-II with the enclosed remote control. The smartphone I stuck as a display in the smartphone holder of the remote control. The required app I could download in Google PlayStore and also the wireless connection, I could easily make the Quadrocopter.
The video signal output on the display was stable and only minimally delayed. I mastered my first attempt on the remote control with flying colors. I must confess, however, that the Hawkeye II is not my first quadrocopter. Nevertheless, the Hawkeye-II is stable in the air and is therefore also ideal for beginners. Minor flight errors are forgiven because there is plastic protection around the rotors.
During the second flight attempt, I wanted to control the quadrocopter completely via the smartphone. This attempt was more or less backfired. Although I was able to establish a connection with my Nexus 5, I also got a picture of the camera within the app, but input via the control buttons was not accepted by the quadrocopter. Only with another Android smartphone I was finally able to operate the quadrocopter. The input was so tough that a stable fly was hardly possible. After about 5 minutes, the connection simply broke and the DBPOWER Hawkeye-II crashed down 15 meters. I was amazed that the quadrocopter survived the impact without damage. Still, I wanted to recalibrate it, which should be done in the event of a major crash.
I went to the manual, after which you should move the left and right stick to the bottom right. A >> RED << LED should finally signal that the calibration process has been completed. I waited in vain for the red signal. The quadrocopter has several LEDs. 2 Red (front), 2 Blue (back) and a green in the middle. Upon closer inspection, I found that the central LED when calibrated changed its color to yellowish and actually blinked. I suspect that the user manual here is simply wrong and the LED flashes red rather than yellow.
The biggest shortcoming, however, is the lack of backup. Normally, with quadcopters, you first have to release the fuse with a key combination of the remote control, so that the quadrocopter starts at all. With the DBPOWER Hawkeye-II, the rotors are immediately ready to start when the remote control is switched on. If you accidentally hit the thrust stick, it can lead to unsightly injuries.
►Good for beginners and professionals
►3 different flight modes
►Bad quality camera
►Controlling via the app is a disaster
►No fuse after turning on the remote control