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Old 01-21-2019, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Considering a 230s V2

Considering getting back into the hobby and looking for something that is of good hobby grade, durable and fun to fly.

I have owned the smaller blade helis in the past then moved on to Align and MSH 500 size helis and consider myself a intermediate sport flyer.

After moving to the higher grade brands I told myself not another Blade. But this 230 looks good so wanted to see if its worth considering this time around since I do not want to get back into the hobby full bore
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ive not flown the v2 but flown the first one, it was a good heli at one time was my go to heli just cause a good size not a micro and not a 450. i would fly it closer to myself then i will a 450. it was a lot of fun.
I traded my dad it for something else to get him back into helicopters and helped him big time the SAFE is a nice touch you just push the bind button and it self rights itself.
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The 230S has proven to be one of Blades best helis for training. I waited until the V2 came out before getting one and I am not disappointed. After 6 years hovering micro FPs and CPs inside, this past summer I finally ventured outside to start learning inverted. It has proven to be a very good trainer for me. About half the crashes leave the heli still flyable and the other half result in a broken blade grip arm, tailboom, canopy and/or skids. I'd recommend getting a few spares of each. (The canopy and skids are pretty brittle - I'm looking for more durable replacements.)

Yes, the 230S-V2 is a very good trainer!

I can also recommend the XK K110 as a true beater.
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Just out of curiosity, is there another heli in this size I should be considering?
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Just out of curiosity, is there another heli in this size I should be considering?
If you consider a kit heli or a used one there is the Oxy 3 at 255mm. The Oxy 2 is a bit smaller. You can't go wrong with the 230S though .. I have both a stretched V1 and a stock V2.

The XK K130 has just been shipped but none of us have it yet.
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If you consider a kit heli or a used one there is the Oxy 3 at 255mm. The Oxy 2 is a bit smaller. You can't go wrong with the 230S though .. I have both a stretched V1 and a stock V2.

The XK K130 has just been shipped but none of us have it yet.
Oh there shipping now
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Just out of curiosity, is there another heli in this size I should be considering?
Nothing even close to the 230 price point. This puts the 230 in a class of its own in my opinion. You can fly some really smooth sport and scale maneuvers with the 230 or work on your inverted orientations and crash for $20 or less if you are good with TH.

I've had 3 230s for about three years and never broke a set of skids or a main blade.

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Oh there shipping now
Yes .. and the price has jumped up $20 as pre-order closed. Should have mine soon (XK K130 RTF). It's not in the 230S size class but the videos of the pro's flying it are impressive.
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Yes .. and the price has jumped up $20 as pre-order closed. Should have mine soon (XK K130 RTF). It's not in the 230S size class but the videos of the pro's flying it are impressive.
I went and looked. man i never pre ordered i should had. im tempted but really tryng get my hands on a bigger heli (500-600) just picked up a used 180cfx so telling myself i dont need the k130


OP. if you like the size of the 230s get one. the XK120 that lot of us have had is a good one if you tame it down at first. it can be a really wild heli but its a great machine for its small size.
this new XK130 should be just as good. I hope.
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My eyes are somewhat old so I do prefer larger helis for sight and stability reasons but not the price.

Thinking with this size I would tinker less, incur less crash damage and be more affordable.
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My eyes are somewhat old so I do prefer larger helis for sight and stability reasons but not the price.

Thinking with this size I would tinker less, incur less crash damage and be more affordable.
Understand. the 230s crashes pretty decent, my dad tested mine out a few times after he took it over. he mostly broke the landing gear, bend tail boom, i think he did crack the frame once ( i was the lucky one to get to fix that bad crash) but its not to hard to work on. i really dont think much changed between the V1 ad V2
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i really dont think much changed between the V1 ad V2
I think that the 230 crashes well and is generally quite a robust heli. More importantly its not a fiddly heli to get to work properly. When I had my 180 I spent ages working on it to cure vibration. The more bling I put on it the worse it seemed to get. Also it used to suffer many in-flight failures. The 230 seems very reliable, not suffering these issues.

As for the differences there is the frame, main gear and I think Rx and ESC.
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Did you decide on a heli yet, photocycler?

If not, one route to go is to pull the trigger on the 230 S V2 with a DX6/7/8. That will get you up in the air with very little fuss. Easy to work on if you crash, no tail belt or complicated assembly to fuss with. Then in the coming months you can branch out both smaller and larger. Maybe a T-Rex 150X for backyard flights and then an Oxy 4 for large fields.
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Did you decide on a heli yet, photocycler?

If not, one route to go is to pull the trigger on the 230 S V2 with a DX6/7/8. That will get you up in the air with very little fuss. Easy to work on if you crash, no tail belt or complicated assembly to fuss with. Then in the coming months you can branch out both smaller and larger. Maybe a T-Rex 150X for backyard flights and then an Oxy 4 for large fields.
I bought the XK110 and most likely will pull the trigger on the 230s.

If i go 230s, what blades and batteries are best to run? Assume I don't need any out of the box mods or upgrades?
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I bought the XK110 and most likely will pull the trigger on the 230s.



If i go 230s, what blades and batteries are best to run? Assume I don't need any out of the box mods or upgrades?
Stock blades are just fine.

These batts have been amazing for me.
850 for me was the weight vs feel sweet spot. I didn't like 1000mah batts. Felt very heavy. For. Basic sport flight 1000mah are ok though.

https://www.buddyrc.com/glacier-ice-...tery-xt30.html
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I use the stock orange plastic blades that came with it.

For batteries I happen to use a set that didn’t need any extra adapters. Venom 3S 800 mAh. Set my timer to 5 mins I believe. I think they’re overpriced, but they work.

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These work great and are super cheap. i used these in my blade 230s and my blade 180CFX and trio

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...lipo-pack.html




if you want to spend more get these also great.but they have different connector so would need a adapter

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/graphene...5c-w-xt60.html


I agree with others the stock blades worked fine for me.
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I use these and they are just fine, good for my oxy 2 as well. But yes you will need to change the connector on the 230.
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/zippy-co...lipo-pack.html
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I use the stock orange plastic blades that came with it.

For batteries I happen to use a set that didn’t need any extra adapters. Venom 3S 800 mAh. Set my timer to 5 mins I believe. I think they’re overpriced, but they work.

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I second these venom 800mah. I bought four of them two seasons ago, still going strong last summer. I may look to replace them though for next season.
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I use the Gens Ace batteries. A little more expensive than some but they seem to be very good and durable.

I made up an adaptor lead because if you chop the plug off the ESC and replace it HH won't offer warranty on the ESC. Not in Europe anyway.
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