Win2″ XL by X-Hover Review
For some people, having a micro is the only way to get some stick time in their busy neighborhood parking lot or nearby park. Unfortunately, 5-inch quads are sometimes intimidating and too loud to fly in your front or backyard. With micros, you really don’t need to worry because they’re very quiet and likely not going to do too much damage if it hits something. Personally, I never had a micro until I recently purchased the BNF Win2XL by X-hover. Today I’ll share my thoughts on this tiny little 2-inch ripper and tell you what I like and what I don’t like about it.
The Build Quality
The overall build quality is actually really clean. You can buy the kit with all the parts and build it on your own and save around $50 USD but personally, I think it is worth the $50 extra dollars to buy it already built and ready to bind. You can tell that they really put some thought into the way they placed the RX antenna, receiver, and wires. Everything seems to be very durable and protected. The Camera is tucked into the 3d printed pod giving it the needed protection in case you crash nose-first.
The bottom frame seems a little weak and it is a unibody frame instead of having replaceable arms which is a downfall. From what I’ve read on the Xhover site, some people crashed it and broke the arm really easily but I guess that can be done with any drone if you crash it hard enough…
I did have to resolder my JST cables because they were getting frayed at the solder point within the first week of flying it. I also added a capacitor from one of my 4 in 1 escs that I have a bunch of and video seems to be better. Before it had some lines as you can see in the videos below. I am sure they will improve the build as more reviews like this one are made from customers. Build quality IMHO is a solid 9 out of 10.
The tune that it came with was pretty much unusable but I expected that. I had to do some troubleshooting with one of the customer service reps at X-Hover who told me that PID profile 1 is basically the custom tune they send it with and PID profile 2 is stock PIDS. The person I spoke with was really helpful and provided great customer service which is rare these days. Kudos to X-Hover for that. The person I spoke to said that in the PID filters section, I had to change the settings from Bi-Quad to PT1 to get rid of some serious throttle response issues and then tune down the P’s a lot. He was right, it flew much better since then I made some further adjustments. Here are my PIDS that I’m currently using and still finding that it needs more tuning.
Battery duration is definitely an issue with this micro, I bought the recommended Tattu packs (450 mah 3s) and they really only last about 90 seconds if you’re pushing it. I like to race so when I tried hitting the RQ track I basically could only do 1.5 laps, granted, I know that the RQ track is designed for 5 inch quads running 4, 5 and 6 S batteries I just thought I’d share an example that you could relate to. If you fly normally, you probably get about 2 minutes but the pack comes down at below 3.75v per cell. I am going to start looking for bigger batteries that don’t weight much more than the ones I have. I’m trying to find something around 650mah
Overall Thoughts About The Win 2 XL
Overall, I’m really happy with it and my teammate Flip Mode FPV just ordered one so we can start having spec micro races together. I’m pretty sure a few other local pilots ordered them too after watching me rip with mine. Its really fun, the thing moves as fast as a 5 inch quad and can take turns like nothing I’ve ever flown before. You have so much room for error on this thing when you see a tree in front of you full speed you can correct and miss the tree so easily because it’s so damn nimble. Check out the footy below and let me know what you think!
Here are some cool action shots: