JJRC JJ-1000 Review

Ahh, the JJ-1000. Such a powerful micro quadcopter.

In this review of the JJRC JJ-1000, we’ll go over all its features, flight characteristics, pros, and cons. I’ll also share a few tips I’ve picked up on that have helped improve my flying experience with this model.

No time to waste, let’s get to it!

Initial Impressions of the JJRC JJ-1000

Oh that name, what a mouthful. The JJ-1000 comes with a very low price tag for this beast of a micro quad, but it’s not without flaw.

When paired with the right transmitter, it flies amazingly. Capable of both indoor and outdoor flying, it’s a very versatile quadcopter.

The problem is the included transmitter’s highest rate features an auto-flip mode. This causes the JJ-1000 to flip whenever the pitch/yaw stick is pushed all the way. My recommendation for newer pilots is a JJRC H6C transmitter which flies at high rates without this issue. I’ll speak on other great transmitter options later in this review.

Key Features and Characteristics

Sporty Flying: With the right transmitter, the JJ-1000 is an extremely zippy quad on high rates. This is largely due to its steep pitch. When flying full forward, the JJ is nearly 180 degrees vertical! This makes for very fast flying that can cut through the wind easily. Best of all? It’s fast AND agile as well.

Smooth Banked Turns: What would the point of a fast quadcopter be if it wasn’t stable enough to control that speed? Well, the JJ-1000 surely is. This is by far one of the smoothest micro quadcopters I’ve flown. Performing a turn is a gradual transition with the JJ rather than a sharp turn like most other quads of this size. This gives it such a precise feel and makes it so enjoyable to fly.

Near Perfect LEDs: The bright red and blue LEDs shine through the body of this quadcopter like a waving American flag! Not really… But they sure are bright! These LEDs aren’t so visible during the day, but at night they illuminate through the ENTIRE body instead of just on the arms where most micro quads have them. Well done, JJRC, well done.

TIP: With certain transmitters, you can even toggle the LEDs! Turning them off increases your flight time so be sure to do so when they’re not necessary.

Headless Mode: Not all transmitters will have this, but the option is there. For those of you who don’t know, headless mode is the ability to fly without any direction being the “front” of the quad. It controls differently than the standard method of flying. Personally, I find headless mode to be boring but newer pilots may prefer it.

Included Propeller Guard: It’s a propeller guard…. And it’s included. Sweet! This propeller guard does work very well for protecting your drone. It does its job, but it also weighs down the JJ-1000. This decreases your flight times and also makes your quad a little more sluggish, messing with the flight characteristics!

I suggest newer pilots keep the propeller guard on. Once you begin crashing less and less, take the prop guard off and unleash your full force on the skies!

Outdoor Flying: Something that really blows my mind about the JJ-1000 is its ability to fly outdoors and handle light wind. Largely thanks to its extreme forward pitch, the JJ-1000 cuts through the wind easily and makes for great outdoor flying. A personal favorite outdoor flyer of mine. You certainly won’t be flying this in a hurricane, but it can be fun flying it in a large field!

Indoor Flying: While I’d argue that indoor flying certainly isn’t the JJ-1000’s strong suit, it is still very capable. Its yaw is a little too slow to perform indoors for my liking and it’s also EXTREMELY loud which seems to upset my dog – and sometimes my own ears too. With that said, on high rates it is certainly possible to fly indoors with the JJ, some people even prefer indoor flights with it.

Durable and Lightweight Frame: When flying fast, it’s inevitable that you’re going to crash here and there. Luckily, the JJ-1000 is equipped with a very strong frame capable of handling many. Your motors will take a beating and eventually need a replacement, or you can just order an extremely affordable BNF (bind-n-fly) replacement!

While certainly not indestructible, being able full speed without the fear of easily breaking your quad is a huge relief.

Some Drawbacks

Tight Battery Bay: The battery bay on this quad is less than spacious. JJRC had a chance to get this right when the original JJ-1000, the JJ-1000A, had the same issue.

This makes it difficult to insert and remove the battery. 380 mAh batteries are my preference for this multicopter, and that’s about as large as you’re going to be able to fit.

TIP: Put a piece of scotch or duct tape at the end of your battery so you can remove it from the battery bay without having to tug on the wires.

Red LEDs in Front: This comes down to personal preference, but I know many quadcopter pilots are used to having red LEDs in the back. If that’s what you’re used to, this can make orientation difficult… For the first 30 minutes or so of flying. You’ll adjust in no time but I just wanted to note it for the sake of completeness.

Slow Yaw (Low/Medium Rates): The yaw rates in low and medium rates are less than desirable. When bumped up to high rates, however, the JJ-1000 flies amazing and more than makes up for the sluggishness of the previous two modes. Because of this, I don’t recommend the JJ to complete beginners. Intermediates and experts will have a blast.

The Included Transmitter – Automatic Flip Mode in High Rates: This is such a big nuisance that it can’t go unmentioned. As stated before, the included transmitter in the RTF package causes automatic flips on high rates. This occurs when pushing the pitch/yaw stick 100% in any direction. This means you can’t fly to the JJ’s max speed without performing a flip – making the included transmitter near worthless. Bummer!

Luckily, there are other transmitter options as stated below.

Loud: Not much to elaborate on here. It’s very loud for a micro quadcopter!

Very Short LVC: LVC stands for Low Voltage Control. This means that when the battery gets low, it only gives you a couple of seconds of warning before it falls out of the sky. I would have liked at least 10-15 seconds to be able to return the quadcopter safely.

One Key Return: As is the case with many toy quadcopters, the one key return function is simply not very functional. It merely flies the drone backward at 100% full speed, whichever direction back is at the time. It doesn’t take into account the direction it took off from, nor the pilot’s location, so it just flies back from wherever it is. Not very useful!

JJRC JJ-1000 BnF vs RTF?

As spoke about before, the transmitter included in the RTF (Ready-to-Fly) package causes automatic flips at the highest rates. This really takes away from the otherwise enjoyable experience of flying the JJ-1000.

Because of this, I highly suggest avoiding the RTF packages altogether. Instead, I’d recommend buying the JJ-1000 BNF model and a separate transmitter. Bind and Fly are just another way of saying that the package ONLY comes with the drone and you’ll need to buy a transmitter and batteries separately. It’s also cheaper, so you can put the extra money that the RTF package would cost towards a better transmitter and batteries instead.

Which Transmitter should You Buy for the JJRC JJ-1000 BNF?

H6C Quadcopter Transmitter

H6C Transmitter

The transmitter most often recommended to buy with the JJRC JJ-1000 BnF is the H6C transmitter. It offers 4 different rates at 25% speed, 50%, 75% and 100% for precise control of your rates. It’s affordable and shaped like a video game console controller, which fits comfortably in your hand.

NOTE: The H6C and H8C transmitters are exactly the same and both will work for the JJ-1000.

A more expensive and a personal favorite option of mine is a modded Devo 7E transmitter. This one is a bit complex as you’ll need to open up the transmitter and solder a modded chip to the motherboard, and then flash it by connecting it via USB. I know, it probably sounds like I’m speaking Chinese to most of you and whether or not the hassle of modding is worth it is up to you.

If modding isn’t for you, the previously mentioned H6C transmitter is MORE than capable of providing an enjoyable flight experience. There are some other options such as the Yi Zhan X4 transmitter, the V272 transmitter, the Tarantula T6 transmitter and lastly the WL Toys V666 transmitter.

The RTF version of any of those models will include the mentioned transmitter, but the H6C transmitter gets the job done more than adequately and is offered as a standalone product as well.

The Final Verdict

Paired with the right transmitter, the JJRC JJ-1000 is a beast of a micro quadcopter. It’s so agile and fast, it makes flying outdoors an absolute blast (no rhyme intended). The bright red and blue LEDs are more than capable for night flights.

Overall, I’d recommend this quadcopter to any intermediate or expert pilot looking for a fast and durable, yet inexpensive outdoor quadcopter to bash around regularly. I hope this JJRC JJ-1000 review was helpful.

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