Considering into the exciting sport of multirotor
flying? The Graupner Alpha 110 Quad Copter
can help guide you through mastering this art! The nimble and extremely
maneuverable Alpha 110 provides the perfect practice platform to prepare you
for the next level of racing when transitioning to larger size copters. Don’t
let the small size deceive you: the Alpha 110 uses the same technology as our
other multirotor racers (Alpha 250Q and Alpha 300Q).
Based on our GR-18 flight controller the Alpha 110 provides
the same ease-of-use and control functions many others have experienced when
using Graupner multirotor flight controllers. The GR-18 is a long-range
receiver that uses the Graupner HoTT protocol enabling real-time telemetry data
of signal strength, receiver voltage and temperature to assist pilots during
flight. Power and simplicity are the hallmarks of the GR-18.
INDOOR – OUTDOOR
The Alpha 110 comes fully assembled – just bind it and
you’re ready to go. The Alpha 110 can be
bound to any Graupner radio (i.e. mz-8, mz-10C, mz-12, mz-18, mz-24 PRO) using
the same settings as the Alpha 250Q race copter.
The Alpha 110 adapts quickly to its surroundings with its
fast and crisp response times – have a fun trip flying through your house or
around your backyard. The installed high
intensity LED’s help you maintain orientation and add some personality to this
TELEMETRY AND CONTROL
Safety is key when flying race copters and the Alpha 110
provides you with real-time information regarding main battery level, giving
you plenty of time to return and land safely before depletion. The Alpha 110 has been specially tuned for optimal
FPV flight but the SmartBox (sold separately) allows you to fine tune the PID
settings to your own liking.
- GR-18 multirotor flight controller software
- Fully assembled and ready to go in minutes
- Light frame construction with blade guards
- Uses Graupner HoTT (Hopping Telemetry Transmission) protocol
- High intensity LED lights helps maintaining orientation
- Multiple flying modes: attitude for beginners and rate for
- Auto flip function for spectacular aerobatics
- Over-the-Air setup using HoTT radio or SmartBox (sold
- Updatable firmware
- Alpha 110 RTF Copter
- Rechargeable 350 mAh LiPo battery
- USB charger cable
- Set of extra propeller blades
GREAT LEARNING QUAD
FIRST LET ME SET THE STAGE FOR THIS REVIEW. I’M A REAL NEWBIE AT RC PLANES AND WANTED TO TRY MULTI-ROTOR TOO. I RESEARCHED WHICH QUADCOPTER WOULD BE BEST TO LEARN ON AND FLITE TEST VIDEOS RECOMMENDED THE NANO QX. THE PROBLEM WITH THE NANO IS THAT I HAVE A GRAUPHER MZ12 RADIO AND IT WOULD NOT WORK WITH THE NANO. I NOTICED IN THE FLITE TEST STORE THAT THEY SOLD THE GRAUPHER ALPHA 110 IN ARF WHICH MEANS THAT I DIDN’T NEED TO BUY ANOTHER RADIO! SO THAT IS WHAT I BOUGHT.
NOW FOR THE REVIEW.. THE ALPHA 110 ARF WAS DELIVERED QUICKLY (ABOUT 4 DAYS) AND WAS VERY WELL PACKED. I OPENED THE BOX AND FOUND EVERYTHING NEATLY PACKAGED IN THE GRAUPHER 110 BOX. THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE QUAD, A 350MAH BATTERY, EXTRA PROPS, BATTERY CHARGER, EXTRA NOSE PIECE AND A MANUAL. THE MANUAL WAS VERY BASIC AND WRITTEN TOWARD THE RTF PRODUCT AND MOST OF THE MANUAL WAS HOW TO USE THE RTF TRANSMITTER. THE MANUAL DID SAY THAT THE RECEIVER IS READY TO BIND IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER GRAUPNER RADIO AS SOON AS YOU PLUG THE CHARGED BATTERY INTO THE QUAD (AND TO GO TO YOUR TRANSMITTER MANUAL FOR BINDING INSTRUCTIONS). I HAD NO PROBLEMS BINDING THE QUAD TO MY GRAUPNER MZ12 RADIO. ONE MORE COMMENT ON THE MANUAL. AT THE BACK OF THE MANUAL (PAGE 22), THERE IS A SECTION NAMED “SETTING IN CONNECTION WITH HOTT TRANSMITTER WITH DISPLAY”. THIS SECTION GOES INTO SETTING UP ATTITUDE AND RATE MODES. THE SECTION HAS LOTS OF STEPS AND A FEW SCREEN PICTURES THAT I CAN’T FIGURE OUT OR FIND ON MY MZ12 RADIO. THEREFORE I DON’T KNOW HOW TO STEP UP AND/OR TUNE THE RECEIVER AS THE MANUAL STATES. I’M STILL RESEARCHING WHAT THIS SECTION IS DISCUSSING AND HOW TO EXERCISE IT ON MY SYSTEM. HINT: MAYBE FLITE TEST CAN DO A VIDEO ON THIS SECTION AND HELP US NEWBIES!!
1ST FLIGHT: I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE ALPHA 110 IS A VERY STURDY UNIT AFTER SMASHING INTO A NUMBER OF OBJECTS IN THE GARAGE ON FIRST HOVER. BY THE END OF THE FIRST BATTERY CHARGE I WAS FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT BEING ABLE TO HOVER AT A STEADY 4 FEET OFF THE GROUND AND MOVE IT FORWARD AND BACKWARD. I LOVE THIS LITTLE THING. IT IS SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN THE NANO IN SIZE. IT HAS PROP PROTECTORS WHICH WORK REALLY WELL. THE BATTERY LASTED ABOUT 10 MINUTES SO SOME ADDITIONAL BATTERIES ARE A MUST.
THE INCLUDED BATTERY CHARGER IS A USB TYPE CHARGER AND HAS A RED LED WHEN CHARGING WHICH TURNS TO GREEN WHEN CHARGING IS COMPLETED. I MEASURED THE VOLTAGE AT THE END OF CHARGING AND IT READ 4.22 VOLTS. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU SHOULDN’T CHARGE LIPOS BATTERIES TO MORE THAN 4.2 VOLTS SO I DON’T KNOW IF THIS SLIGHT OVER CHARGING WILL HURT THE BATTERY IN THE LONG RUN. I HAVE MY MZ12 RADIO SET TO ALARM AT 3.4 VOLTS TO MAKE SURE I DON’T OVERFLY THE BATTERY.
SUMMARY: THIS IS THE PERFECT LEARNING QUAD. IT IS EASY TO GET INTO THE AIR QUICKLY (JUST CHARGE THE BATTERY AND BIND), AND IT IS EASY TO LEARN QUAD STICK MOVEMENTS ON. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE ALPHA 110.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) MIKE ZACHAU from Flite Test on 8/24/2016