With the Walkera Rodeo 150 FPV racing quadcopter, they did not disappoint.
This quadcopter is a tiny racing drone with powerful brushless motors capable of acro mode and excellent FPV flights. Let’s take a closer look!
This is where the Walkera Rodeo 150 really shines.
It’s surprising how powerful such a little quadcopter can be. Its powerful brushless motors and lightweight frame together make this an extremely powerful and nimble flyer. It has insane vertical thrust and power, yet is small and nimble enough to fly in some tight space.
Its flight characteristics are comparable to other hobby grade quadcopters such as the Blade 200QX. It may not fly quite as fast, but due to its agility and size I’d say it’s much more versatile.
The Walkera Rodeo comes with 3 different flight modes, all of which suited for different purposes:
1) Stability mode: This is the standard flight mode that you see in most quadcopters. Stability mode activates the 6-axis gyro stabilization which keeps the drone level at all time, no matter how much stick input you give it.
2) Ratitude/stagility mode: This is a mix of both of the other modes combined. In this mode, the quadcopter will remain level as long as you don’t give the directional stick full input (I.E. 100% in any direction). As soon as you push the directional stick all the way in any direction, the quadcopter will perform an automatic flip and will continue to perform flips until you let go. This is exactly the same as the XK X251 ratitude mode.
3) Acro/Agility mode: Agility mode turns off the accelerometer completely. This means the quadcopter will NOT self-level and will continue to fly in any angle that you input. This mode is most recommended for FPV flying. The Walkera Rodeo does not include FPV goggles or an FPV monitor so you’ll need to purchase your own. Any 5.8ghz compatible FPV display will do the trick.
Design Features & Durability
Aside from the compact and modern design of this 150mm quadcopter, one of my favorite things about it is its enclosed frame design. Most racing quadcopters have carbon fiber frames with the internal parts exposed. This makes them extremely susceptible to damage and crashes. Not the Rodeo 150!
The Rodeo’s frame completely covers all of the inner workings and protects them nicely. I’ve even had light to moderate crashes that the Rodeo handles like it’s nothing. It’s likely that most crashes will likely cause the frame to snap out of place, and can easily be snapped back in. You’re more likely to break the antenna or propellers than anything else. Both are cheap and easily replaceable. it even comes with 4x spare propellers right out of the box.
The LED lights on this quadcopter are rather interesting. It doesn’t feature the traditional style of LED lights, like on the arms of the quadcopter, or on the front and back.
Instead, it has a single headlight in the front which is helpful during FPV flights, even when the sun begins to go down. It also has a red LED ring near the head of the quadcopter that, truthfully, doesn’t help all that much. I would have liked it to change color along with changing your flight mode, but it remains red at all times.
The LEDs aren’t the most helpful for orientation or overall visibility, but the Rodeo 150 is designed mostly as an FPV flyer, and for that purpose, the single headlight is good enough.
The included FPV camera is completely adjustable. This means you can change the angle to suit your needs.
Tilt the camera all the way down if you plan on flying fast using an FPV display, so the camera will be looking forward even when your quadcopter is pitched forward. This gives you the most visibility of what’s in front of you.
While the camera is included and already built into the quadcopter, an FPV display is not. You’ll need to supply your own FPV monitor or goggles which is kind of a bummer, but for the price I really can’t complain.
One of the things I’ve come to know and love from Walkera is their high-quality transmitters. The Devo 7 included with the Walkera Rodeo is no exception.
The Devo 7 is a complete hobby-grade transmitter. It fits nicely in the hand and has a heavy, quality feel to it. This isn’t the cheap plastic transmitter you get with toy quadcopters. This is the real deal. It has metal sticks that feel so much better on your fingers than the cheap plastic sticks most transmitters have.
One of the things I enjoy about the Devo 7 is it’s customization. You can actually go into the settings and adjust the dual rates to your liking. This allows you to create a flight rate for smooth line of sight flying and another for swift FPV flights.
Overall, this is a huge step up from any toy quadcopter transmitter. Those of you making the jump to a hobby-grade quadcopter for the first time will be pleasantly surprised.
The included battery is an 850 mAh 2S w/ EC2 connector, which is pretty common. This means you can charge the battery with your standard hobby-grade charger. If you don’t have one, a charger is included that will take ~1.5 hours to charge your battery and give a mere 6 minute flight time.
This is on the low side in terms of flight times, and a little disappointing. The battery bay is quite snug, to begin with, so I wouldn’t expect to be able to fit a much larger battery inside either.
One neat feature about the Rodeo is that it beeps when the battery is low. Usually, this means there are about 45 seconds of flight time left which I recommend using by flying your quadcopter safely back towards you. The audio queue is very helpful and something that most affordable quadcopters don’t have.
An on/off switch would’ve been nice as well, but instead the quadcopter powers on as soon as you plug in the battery. Keep in mind, you’ll still need to bind the quadcopter to the transmitter once the quadcopter is turned on. This is explained in the “Flight Performance” section of this review.
The Final Verdict
The Walkera Rodeo 150 is an excellent introduction for any pilot new to FPV flying. Light and durable, fast and nimble, this quadcopter is extremely versatile and does it all. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with any sort of FPV display, so you’ll need to supply your own. Looking past that, it’s a great value for the price and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get their feet wet in FPV flying.