So, you’ve just picked yourself up a brand new Eachine Wizard X220S only to rip open the packaging and discover that the setup instructions are just about non-existent. Not to worry, your good friends here at RC Geeks have made this handy guide to help you get the most out of your swanky new drone (thank us later).
What you’ll Need:
⦁ A Micro USB cable
⦁ A computer
⦁ Your drone (and the tools inside)
Downloading the Software
The first step to getting in the air is downloading the BetaFlight Configurator. This handy (and free) tool is what we’ll be using to check that your drone is healthy enough to take to the skies.
In our humble opinion, the easiest method of installing BetaFlight is to use the Google Chrome extension.
We’ll even save you the extra few seconds by giving you this link.
If we’re not as tech savvy as we think we are, and the above link doesn’t work, open up your Chrome browser, navigate to the Chrome Store and search for “BetaFlight”. The top result should be “BetaFlight – Configurator”, go ahead and press “add to chrome”.
After the installation has finished, the “Add to Chrome” button will turn into a “rate it button”. Once this has happened, double click on the name of the extension to bring up the view in the screenshot below – then go ahead and press “Launch App”.
Now, let’s not kid ourselves. The first thing you did when you got it out of the box was put on the propellers, right? I don’t blame you. However, it’s now time to remove those beautiful purple props so that we can test the motors without slicing through everything in sight.
Once you’ve removed the propellers, locate the Micro USB slot on the right side of the drone, there’s a black rubber insert that you’ll need to remove first. Of course, we’ve included pictures of that too (we’re very thorough).
Connecting Your Drone
Now plug your craft into your computer using your Micro USB cable. It should make a terrifyingly high-pitched beep, followed by a few more, faster beeps.
With any luck, BetaFlight will now register your drone as being connected by changing the top drop down box on the right of the screen from “Manual Selection” to COM followed by a number. We discovered that sometimes our drone was a bit picky with which USB port we used, so if it doesn’t register right away, try the other USB ports on your computer, before pulling your hair out.
Please note that your device may not necessarily be “COM5”, like ours is, the number relates to which USB port you plug your drone into.
Once you press “Connect”, you should be greeted by this beautifully nerdy screen.
The digital version of your drone in the middle of the screen will move as you move your drone (cool, I know) so if your drone is sat at an angle, it’ll appear like that on the screen. The next step is to make sure that your drone is sat on a flat surface and press the “Calibrate Accelerometer” button. This will just make sure that your drone knows which way to fly, and doesn’t shoot off in a whacky direction whenever you pump the throttle up.
Now that we’re tantalisingly close to getting in the air, it’s time to test the motors.
SAFETY WARNING: It is very important that the propellers are removed for this step.
Hold on to your hats – it’s time to plug in your battery.
Plug your battery in and click the slider in the middle of the screen to authorise the motors to spin up (and obviously read the safety warnings etc, etc…)
Next, test each motor, one at a time by sliding up each of the motor 1-4 sliders, or test them all at once using the “master” slider on the right (you’re just making sure they all spin and don’t make horrible sounds at the moment).
If they do make horrible sounds, or they don’t spin – it’s probably time to give us a call…
However, if your drone’s playing ball, you’re finally ready to get those dashing props attached.
With quadcopters, there are two types of propellers on each craft, clockwise (CW) and counter clockwise (CCW) – it’s important to know which go where – otherwise your drone won’t even make it off of the ground. Luckily for you, we’ve rustled up a handy little diagram for what goes where.
The X220S comes with 20 propellers (yes, you’ll break them all eventually) split in to two packs, the blank pack contains the 5051 props (CW) and the pack with R on contains the 5051R props (CCW). As you can see below, the silver nuts are for the CW props and the black are for the CCW. Please note that we are referring to the direction of the thread, the propellers will actually spin in the opposite direction.
Eachine Wizard X220S Assembly
The props alternate direction on each motor around the quad, which is what allows it to rotate in the sky, so as promised – a handy little diagram showing where each of the props go, and the direction they’ll be turning:
In our opinion, the carbon fibre spanners provided are good enough to do the job – but a bit annoying. I’d recommend picking up a metal spanner to help out. At the very least it’ll stop you pulling your hair out and help you get the props attached quicker.
Now don’t go running off just yet – there are a few more simple, yet necessary bits to check before takeoff.
One problem that we experienced came when we switched down to a 3S battery while we got used to the sheer power that this thing throws out. Because the 3S battery is smaller than the 4S, when we tightened the battery straps, they were dangling off the end and often got caught by the props and took a fair beating. So just check that your Velcro straps are neatly tucked in like ours are in this photo.
On a similar note, if you’re not careful about your wires, you’ll end up with a detachable charging cable (not as good as it sounds). Luckily, there’s a handy little slot perfect for tucking the charging socket into during flight.
Our final handy tip is to attach the foam landing pads that come with the craft (don’t worry, we didn’t know what they were at first either).
Without these, the nuts on the bottom of the craft can become scratched, not to mention the horrible crunching sounds when you try to land…
So, you’re done. You’re all setup and you’re ready to fly!
We’ve just added an image below to show you how to arm your new craft, note that once it is on the ground and idle, it will automatically disarm itself every 5 seconds, but you can change that on BetaFlight if you really want.
Eachine Wizard X220S Arming Procedure
Enjoy tearing around with your new drone, and we’ll pretend we haven’t already crashed ours when we remind you to take your first few flights in an open area!
Eachine Wizard X220S Now Available At RC Geeks
The Eachine Wizard X220S RTF (and ARF) is now available at RC Geeks for only £230, with free next day delivery! We also have a range of spare parts for the X220S range, in case your first few flights don’t go as planned. If you do end up crashing or if you would like any help or advice with the X220S or any of our other products, feel free to get in contact with our team.
Finally, enjoy this assortment of shots we made to whet your appetite for the X220S.