Postcard from a dead drone

Remeber that drone that I was happy to have a couple of weeks ago? Well, it got returned to K-Mart this morning, dead as the proverbial Dodo. It wouldn't charge. They didn't have a replacement for me, so I got my money back, but their web site doesn't show any drones at all, so I would imagine that the 2 they had won't be stocked any longer.

Considering that it cost a whole $45 AU, it was a good buy. I expected to find something fragile and only suited for indoor flight, and it was actually a lot better than that. OK, the charge time was a lot longer than the claimed 100 minutes, and it seemed to need to be trimmed every flight, but it survived hitting the wall, the screen door and a couple of chairs and nothing got broken. Not a prop or a prop guard. Even with modern plastics, that's a good thing to be able to say.

I have no idea why it suddenly stopped charging. A few days ago, the light at the back stopped coming on during the charge process, but charging itself still worked. Then yesterday, even that stopped. It could have been a simple loose wire, but to get inside I would have had to dismantle it completely and cut the body open, and I didn't really want to do that. I actually wanted a replacement. Or perhaps I'm just cheap.

Now I'm looking online for a replacement. Something under $100 so that if I do manage to break it, the loss isn't that great. Thankfully there are quite a few options, even here in Australia where the Australian dollar price seems to be double the US dollar price.

I'll let you know how it goes.


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