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Parrot Mambo FPV … Like & Dislike

After a lot of flights … I reached some considerations. So, in a nutshell, what I like and what I don’t like.

Like

Easy to control with the Flypad: Mambo responds very quickly to our commands.

Battery life...but if you don’t use camera and hulls. So 10 minutes with a “bare” drone…down to 6 minutes with a completely “dressed” drone.

You can use the camera  on a “Non-FPV” Mambo ( so you can buy only the cam and the cockpitglasses ). But see the Don’t Like.

It’s possible to adjust the interpupillary distance for a correct view. Remember to launch the FreeFlight Mini app and to activate the FPV mode before to use the Cockpitglasses.

The Mambo FPV idea: you can try a race drone without spend a lot of money. This drone is very not-expensive. But see the Don’t Like.

Don’t like

Sometime tot easy to connect : if there are some other wifi-networks around, it could be difficult. This is the correct procedure to connect Flypad & Smartphone.

  • Power on the Mambo (inserting the battery), there is not power button on the drone.
  • When the red lights start flashing green, power on the Flypad (pushing the ‘Parrot’ button).
  • Start the wifi on the smartphone and connect to the Mambo_XXXX wifi ( XXXX is the code of your drone).
  • Start the app FreeFlight Mini. Pay attention: perhaps there are some firmware upgrades.

The camera is not connected to the Mambo: the camera takes only the power from the drone ..so, if you want to download the videos, you have to take out the Micro-SD from the drone and put it on a Micro-SD reader. it’s not possible to download the videos directly from the app. But see the Like.

It not possible to record different flight-configurations…to use for different types of flights: I mean speed, speed-rotation, left/right speed..and so on.

You cannot use this drone for a true race: the video lag (due to the wifi connection) is rather hight: good for a “quite” FPV flight, but not for a serious race. The risk is to hit an obstacle that seems distant.

Conclusions: I like it! Easy to use and it’s an expensive drone for first steps towards FPV races.

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Parrot Mambo FPV review ( very first impressions )

The new Parrot’s baby, Mambo FPV, finally arrived to Italy.  I have been desired it since the first announcement..and now is on my hands.

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In the little box you can find the little drone, the little camera, the little flypad, the little and plastic cockpiglasses..and a little micro-usb <-> usb cable to recharge the battery…no battery charger..bah! Why Parrot??? I have to say the charge of the battery ( and flypad ) is very fast: just 1 hour.

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First of all, a small software / firmware “appetizer”: although I had already installed the latest FreeFlight Mini app, I had to remove it and install it again (both on IOS and Android: it didn’t recognize Mambo). Then there are 2 firmware updates (3.0.3 and 3.0.6). After that you need to download (for smartphones) the “Google VR Services” to use FPV. At the end of this “hard” work…I can fly? No, if I want to use the FPV ( the reason why I bought the Mambo ), I have to adjust/fit/configure the Cockpiglasses for my head and  my eyes. There is a band for the head and two (little) cursors for the interpupillary distance adjustments…and you can set the distance from eyes in the FreeFlight app configuration.

Ohhh I can fly…but..acc! It’s 21 o’clock…to later to go out…so I tried to fly whit FPV in my house..but it’s very difficult for me in a little space! I’m not an expert pilot, but is very, very funny! I have to slow down the every speed of the Mambo … because there is a (quite) video lag … and a lot of obstacles in the room: from chairs to table, to all furnishings ( wi-fi is not a good solutions for FPV, but I think it’s a very economic solution ). In my next post I’ll try to calculate the video lag. Now I can say that the definition of the video in FPV mode is not very good: I think, at the moment, that is due to the few light in the house..so the camera used high ISO. The very good new is that the Mambo responds very quickly to the flypad…the “bad” news is about the duration of the battery: 5/6 minutes with the camera and the hulls ( that can be removed  from the harms).

To be continued…