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JJRC H36 review, a Tiny Whoop clone.

Introduction of the JJRC H36

The JJRC H36 is a tiny quadcopter perfectly usable for indoors. I would like to thank Gearbest for sending me a free sample and allowing me to write a review for them!

The JJRC H36 is a clone of the  very popular Tiny Whoop but for a fraction of the price. Gearbest sells the JJRC H36 for 12,67 euro where a ready to fly Tiny Whoop costs you 50 dollar without FPV gear.

The JJRC H36 comes in a small package ready to fly. All you have to do is plug in the battery, put 2 AAA batteries in the transmitter and switch it on.
Inside the box you’ll find:

  • JJRC H36
  • Transmitter
  • 1S 150mAh 30c battery
  • USB charging cable
  • A set spare propellors
  • Manual
JJRC H36 package
The items inside the box of the JJRC H36 package.

The JJRC H36 comes without FPV gear. I do want to add FPV gear but I have to wait for the parts to arrive.
Here’s a list of the parts I will be using for this modification.

Don’t forget to check my website frequently for the follow up article as I only do a small review now!

First flight

The transmitter and the quadcopter will automaticly bind with eachother once you power them up.
Power up the quadcopter by plugging in the battery to the flight controller. The LED’s on the quadcopter will start to blink and you’re ready to turn on the transmitter.

Once you’ve turned on the transmitter it will beep twice and the indicator will start flashing just like quadcopter does.

Now pull down the left stick on the transmitter to arm the quadcopter and put it in the air!

If your quadcopter starts drifting into a certain direction you can calibrate the gyroscope.
You can calibrate the gyroscope by pointing the 2 sticks to the left bottom.

If the LED’s starts to blink the calibration process is started. The LED’s will stop blinking once the calibration is finished.

Note: Please keep in mind to put the quadcopter on a flat surface if you turn it on or calibrate it!

Calibrate the JJRC H36
Calibrate the JJRC H36 by holding the two sticks to the left bottom of the transmitter.

The transmitter & handling

Oke let’s start with the transmitter. The transmitter that’s included is a very small Xbox like controller and is also the main disadvantage of the product. I don’t have very large hands myself but for me it is already quite anoying to hold down the transmitter and control is precisely. I intent to slip over the sticks quite often while flying the JJRC H36. The transmitter is very light weight though and because of it’s size it is very easy to bring it with you.
If you own a Taranis or an other transmitter that allows you to switch modules I would recommend you to do so because it will be way more fun to fly this tiny quadcopter.

I have a Flysky i6 so I don’t have the luxury to change the transmitter module and use it for the JJRC H36. It would be awesome if JJRC offers versions with different receivers for those who just want to fly without modifying the product but hé, it only costs 12,67 euro so who cares? Because after all the JJRC H36 is really fun to fly!

Where the controllers lacks the ability to fly it really precisely the overall handling of the JJRC H36 is absolutely brilliant! I live in a very small apartment but after some practice with the controller I was able to fly it around my apartment without crashing and doing some flips.

JJRC H36 transmitter
The JJRC H36 transmitter. A small Xbox like transmitter.

Flight modes

The JJRC H36 comes with 4 different flight modes, normal, expert, headless and flip mode.

  • The normal mode will be activated if you start-up the quadcopter and bind it with the transmitter. It is very stable and very easy to hover around because any adjustments will be very light and perfectly to slowly hover around indoors.
  • Expert mode is activated by short pressing the left trigger on the transmitter. In my opinion the expert mode could  be a little more aggressive but is still fun to fly and stable enough to fly indoors.
  • In headless mode the quadcopter will keep going into the direction you’re facing with the transmitter no matter what the position of the quadcopter is. You can activate headless mode by short pressing the right button below the left stick. The 2 LED’s on the quadcopter will start blinking if headless mode is activated. I found it very confusing to fly in headless mode and I don’t see a reason to use it, but it works.
  • Flip mode, as the name says, allows you to do flips and rolls. You activate flip mode by pressing the right trigger. To make a flip or roll you just use the right stick in the direction you want. After the flip or roll, flip mode is deactivated. You have activate it again by pressing the right trigger. The JJRC H36 levels itself perfectly after a flip which make it very easy to do so. Even in a small living room it’s childs play to do a flip or roll.

Sadly there is no acro mode available on this flight controller. Once I’ve received the FPV parts can flash Betaflight to the flight controller to get everything we want.

Return to home

The JJRC H36 also comes with a return to home function. If you press the left button below the left stick the quadcopter will be trying to return to your position.
It works, sometimes, but when it works it flies straight into you so be careful using this function. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all and just starts to fly to a random direction. I haven’t been able to test this outdoors yet due the weather but be careful with this function! I wouldn’t trust it to be honest.

Battery life

You can fly approximately 4 minutes before the battery doesn’t give enough power to lift the JJRC H36.
Spare batteries will cost you 1,86 euro on Gearbest so order some spare ones to keep your quad in the air!
Charging the battery last around 30 minutes which can be very annoying because there’s only 1 charger included. I’ve bought this charger myself and use the batteries it comes with for my Eachine QX90. Those batteries won’t fit on the JJRC H36 so please keep that in mind if you consider buying this charger.

Durability

The frame of the JJRC H36 looks very solid and because of its light weight it is quite hard to break. The blade protection works perfectly and even after several hits against a concrete wall it is still in shape. I haven’t even *knocks on wood* broke any propeller yet! But more importantly in my opinion is that it is also very hard to damage stuff inside your house. Because it is light weight and has the propeller guards you can hardly damage anything inside your living room.

I once flew with my Eachine QX90 against my television and it now has a scratch on the screen. I did use a propeller guard on the Eachine but that didn’t help much to prevent the scratch. Luckily the scratch is at a corner and hardly to see once turned on but it still sucks. Crashing with the JJRC H36 against the same tv didn’t do damage at all! Now I wouldn’t recommend anybody to crash into their tv’s but it isn’t as harmful at least! You can’t compare the JJRC H36 with the Eachine QX90 but it gives an idea what impact a crash has.

The JJRC H36 micro quadcopter
The JJRC H36 micro quadcopter with inducted blade guards.

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