Xinlin X165 Mini Quadcopter Review

Xinlin X165 Mini QuadcopterDespite its name, the Xinlin X165 Mini is a nano quadcopter, not a mini.

Like most nano quadcopters, it is small, cheap and has an internal battery that is charged via the included USB charger.

Let’s take a closer look and see how this quadcopter does!

Flight Performance

Nano drones certainly aren’t known for their spectacular flight performance, but for its size the X165 is just about average.

it has 3 flight rates, all of which are stable and maneuverable enough for indoor flying. In the instruction manual, it says the 3rd flight rate is supposed to activate “headless mode”, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Nonetheless, this quadcopter does feel a bit heavy in the air. This is surprising since it’s so small and light, but I think the throttle just barely has enough power that this quadcopter needs.

Below is a video of a  Xinlin X165 Mini drone test flight:

Lacking LEDs

One of the most disappointing features of this quadcopter is its LEDs. It only has two LEDs on the entire quadcopter. These are on the front, where the quadcopter’s “eyes” are and don’t shine through the frame very well.

Overall, they’re only barely helpful for orientation, and if this was improved, I might have a reason to recommend this quadcopter over other similarly priced nano quadcopters.

Difficult Orientation

Due to the all-white frame of the quadcopter and lacking LEDs, maintaining orientation when flying this quadcopter is very difficult.

Maintaining orientation means to be able to always tell apart the front from the back of the quadcopter during flights. This is necessary to know which direction your quadcopter is flying

In order to fly this quadcopter, you need to be able to discern your orientation simply by telling which direction your quadcopter is leaning. This is something beginners usually struggle with, and because of this, I can’t recommend this quadcopter to beginners. But I do think it’s something intermediate pilots who have no problem with orientation will enjoy.

Transmitter

Xinlin X165 nano transmitter

The included transmitter is your standard cheap and tiny nano-transmitter. This thing is only slightly bigger than the quadcopter itself and is uncomfortable to hold if you have bigger hands like I do.

It has your standard control sticks with thumb pads at the end, which I prefer. Other than that, it doesn’t have anything that sets it apart from the competition.

Press the throttle/yaw (left) stick to change the flight rate and press the pitch/roll stick (right) stick down to activate the flip mode. Then push the pitch/roll stick in any direction and the quadcopter will perform a complete 360 degree flip in that direction.

Lastly, to calibrate your Xinlin X165 simply hold both of the thumb sticks down right simultaneously for a few seconds. Then, hold them both down and to the left. This helps if you notice your quadcopter start to drift even after trimming it out.

Battery Life & Flight Times

The included battery is a 120 mAh internal battery. Like most nano drones, because the battery is internal, you can’t remove or exchange it in-between flights. Instead, you need to charge it each time with the included USB charger.

Charging with the included charger takes ~17 minutes and the battery offers flight times of around ~4 minutes on average. Pretty quick flight times, but that’s just about average for nano quadcopters of this size/price range.

The Final Verdict

When it comes to nano quads, I’d say the X165 is middle of the road. Not bad, but it definitely has some simple improvements that could be made (better LEDs, better transmitter, slightly more thrust) to make this an all around better quadcopter. It’s a little bit more expensive than the CX-10 and frankly, I don’t see why anyone would pick the X165 over the CX-10 anyway.

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