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( Review ) Eachine E32HW

Old 06-21-2018, 02:39 AM
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Banggood has sent me the Eachine E32HW for review .



E32HW App :

Lets start with the smart device app ( Phone app ) that allows you to enable video recording / FPV and possibly flying the E32HW VIA WIFI . First let me just say that you would want a very powerful phone / device if you plan on using it to fly the E32 as well damned good WIFI . My Android is not good enough , simple as that and even for FPV it's not good enough with lag spikes over 5 seconds . The app is called Eachine MH and if you hate the google app store then the App can be found VIA direct download ( Here ) .

I downloaded the App , put it on a Micro SD card and then put the card in my phone . Once on my phone installing the App was painless . What I like is NO PASSWORD protected WIFI signal from the E32 ( Oh I really like that ) . Before starting the App go to your phones WIFI tool . Start the E32 and wait for the phone to pick up the WIFI signal . Once the phone is locked onto the WIFI signal from the E32 go to the App and start it , it should be that easy . The App allows for two functions , Monitoring ( Video ) and flying . Yeah I am not even going anywhere near the flying option .

Recording video there are two options . Record directly to your phone or record to a Micro SD card ( See Pictures ) . If you record to your phone ( my phone in this case ) expect video quality to suffer . The best option is to record to a Micro SD card . Just remember , that to record video you need the App as there is no option to record from the Tx .

FPV . My Android is not good enough to FPV with as I get lag spikes over 5 seconds long and a lot of things can happen in 5 seconds .



Eachine E32HW :

The E32 is a small / light ( 112.8 gram RTF ) 3.7v single cell quad copter with WIFI video / Headless mode / return function / flip function / one click land function / High - Low rates / unlock function ( safety ) / and altitude hold .

One click land function - It works and works rather well I have to say . Rather than a some what controlled crash , pressing the button actually results in a landing a lot of people would be happy to make on their own .

Altitude hold - The E32 takes off very gently and as soon as you let off the throttle the E32 stops gaining altitude . You can lift off a foot , two feet , three feet or what ever you like . Once at an altitude you like you just fly . The E32 does not fall out of the sky as you maneuver . I flew the E32 as close to the ground a I was comfortable with just to demonstrate how well the E32 holds it's altitude .

Rates - There are two rates , High and Low . Every time you start ( possibly re set ) the E32 it will be in Low mode . 75% of my crashes were a result of being in Low mode ( Control Rates ) . Low mode simply does not offer enough input to counter speed or wind . High Rate , this is where you want to be for all your outdoor flying . Plenty of control and even enough to push against a reasonable amount of wind . Due to the light weight of the E32 don't expect it to fly pretty in windy conditions .

Return Function / Headless Mode - Return function only works in headless mode . ( Haven't tested yet )

Flip Function - So went out and flipped off the E32 . To flip - hold down the flip function - and whilst holding down the button push the E32 in the direction you want to flip it . The flip - The E32 climbs up about a Foot and then flips to what ever side you chose . 1st , let me just say how cumbersome this is and if you are too slow then you may activate a second flip . ( I did , more than once )



Honestly I have been more concerned about how the E32HW flies and I am glad to say it flies well ( High Rate Mode ) . I was genuinely surprised at just how well the Toy Remote controls the E32 . The altitude hold makes the E32 so easy to fly , the one click landing works and makes bringing the E32 back to earth easy and painless . Low rates ? , I would not recommend low rates as there just is not enough control input for when the wind might push the E32 or you pick up a little too much speed and want to stop or turn . 75% of my crashes have been in Low Rate mode and could have been easily avoided if I was in the High Rate mode . The E32 even in High Rate mode is a cat , just so easy to fly and responsive .

I have noticed that after a crash , the E32 re sets and doing so sometimes the E32 seems to be in Low Rate mode . This is annoying and has caught me out a few times now . When you push the rate button , if you only get one beep you are in LOW Rates . You want to hear two beeps as that is confirmation for being in High Rates . ( Be nice if you could manually lock in High Rates ) ( Also be nice if you could reverse the rudder function ) . I really wonder what protocol the E32 uses ? , be nice to try it with a better transmitter . ( Maybe after the review is fully done ) .



Flight Procedure - Manual say's to turn on the Tx first then the E32 quad . Better be quick , because if you are too slow it might go out of the bind mode and you have to start again . I find it horribly fiddly to connect the battery to the quad with the battery installed inside the quad . So what I do is I line up the connectors so they are ready to be pressed together , then turn on the Tx and then plug in the battery . ( Binds every time ) .

It might pay to put the E32 on a flat surface before the flashing lights are done so a not to stuff up the gyro . Now the E32 is fitted with a throttle safety ( Top most button on the left side of the Tx ) , press this button to activate the throttle . I would also suggest putting the E32 into HIGH Rates before take off and once up and flying just pick a nice spot to hover over and click the top most left button to land the E32 .



Crashing the E32 - I am happy to report that the E32 is still flying and flying well . But I have crashed it / into the back of the house / into a small tree / several brick fences / and yes it has not been all a bed off roses . I haven't installed the prop guards so (?) , the front left motor assembly did suffer something that caused the motor / prop shaft assembly to bind . I opened up the E32 and took out the assembly and could see no damage , nothing was bent or broken , but there was this nasty binding . I pulled out the motor and rotated it and problem seriously alleviated . I think when the E32 hit something the motor rotated in it's cage and this caused some alignment issue and binding . ( Easy fix ) So to date I think I have had 6 oops moments with 3 being LOW Rates related , one was due to a unwanted 2nd flip and 2 were simply 100% my fault .

Be aware that if you do crash , and the E32 re sets you may be in Low Rates mode . So might pay to double check the rates .



Video recording :

Video Format is AVC 1280 x 720 / Bit Rate - 3782kb's / Frame rate is VARIABLE from 6FPs to 30FPs . ( Recorded to Micro SD Card )

Video Format is AVC 1280 x 720 / Bit Rate - 1425kb's / frame rate is constant 20FPs ( Recorded to Android Phone )


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHf5rrHpeoQ Some flight video ...


Flying nice and low to show how well the altitude hold works ...



Last Word :

The Eachine E32HW is a surprisingly good flyer ( In High Rate ) that is capable of handling moderate wind with little difficulty . I really like the throttle safety , one click landing as well how precisely the Tx controls the E32 . When you are flying you actually forget how budget the transmitter is because it does what's needed so well . Is the E32 perfect ? , no not really . But where the imperfections are , thankfully are not related to general flying . The flip function is some what cumbersome , you need the APP to record video . For me WIFI FPV is out of the question due to the 5 or more seconds of lag I get with my Android phone . The video recording is average at best and I am not that impressed with variable frame rates .

Where the E32HW impresses : Take off , is really nice for a quad with altitude hold . I like the fact you can fly a few feet off the ground and when you turn or bank or what ever the E32 does not fall down . The E32 holds altitude really well . This ability to hold altitude makes the E32 so easy to fly and would probably make the E32 a top choice for a first RC quad . Landings , just a click of the button and the E32 lands itself , could it be any easier than that ? There are 3 things that are important for any RC aircraft . Nice take offs , easy landing and nice flight performance . In all 3 of these the E32HW from Eachine does a really good job , far better than I ever expected . So lets not lose perspective , the Eachine E32HW is a Toy grade quad , one that performs really well . Is the E32 a game changer ? ( That's a good question ) . I think the E32 raises the bar for Toy Quads , especially when it comes to how well it flies / handles / responds to the Tx . ( Color me impressed )

The video is average , the flip function is cumbersome , you need the APP to record video . These 3 things are the only things I am in anyway negative about . I think the video can be improved upon by focusing the camera correctly ( fixable ) . The flip function - sorry just don't like it . And the APP ? , I would rather see another button on the Tx or a button on the quad to start video recording to the Micro SD card .

The part that is hard , is giving the E32 a score ! It flies really well and the toy Tx also works well . So a overall score that would be fair , I would have to call it 8.5 out of 10 . Would I recommend the E32HW = Hell yes ! Especially for anyone starting out or some one struggling with a regular quad . I think the E32HW would make an excellent machine for learning or building confidence . Now the only question needing answering - What protocol does it run ?
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:37 AM
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I've had great luck with Eachine equipment. Sure it's budget gear but performs as advertised. The EV800D Goggles are en excellent buy. Bulky but great quality.

Nice to see you landed while that helicopter passed over.


Haven't researched but I think there is a TX module that can be had for cheap that will handle their protocol. (I read that it will control the E013 small pepper FPV drone, which is another excellent product for the $$$, So quite possibly E32 as well)
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:26 AM
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IrangeX IRX4 - I have two of these modules .

At this time I have hand balled the E32 to my brother who is a wana-bee quad flyer . In other words he talks the talk , but hasn't done much in the way of walking the walk .

The E32 is so easy to fly and handles well .. So I hope it will boost his confidence and get him out and flying .. Rather than paying - flying a quad - lip service ...

He wants to buy a $1500 camera drone and
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:09 PM
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Thank you for the great review. I got it as a present and it is great. I have only one issue. I have 32Gb micro sd card and it does not record any videos or images. When the card is not inserted it saves files to phone just fine. I tried different card formating to NTFS,exFat and fat32 but none of them works. Any thoughts on this?
Thank you in advance
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Old 12-15-2018, 06:49 AM
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Hmmm ,

Card simply might be too large ..

Do you have a smaller card to try ? ( 4GB / 8GB )
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Old 12-15-2018, 09:37 AM
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I was a reviewer for Eachine for a while .... but they seem to have gone quiet in direct supply for review.

I must chivvy them up again ... I actually like their 'toy-grade' multi's .... they simply do what the box says. As good as or even better than WLToys ...

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Old 12-15-2018, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
I was a reviewer for Eachine for a while .... but they seem to have gone quiet in direct supply for review.

I must chivvy them up again ... I actually like their 'toy-grade' multi's .... they simply do what the box says. As good as or even better than WLToys ...

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I have a few WL Quads
959 from way back
And a 686 I got last Christmas ( Xmas to some )

On the factory transmitters they bite .. Handle like wet rags !
But , and it's a Brazilian Butt ! Bind those quads to a 9x or a Taranis and they fly fantastic .
Every toy grade quad I have bound to a 9x ( 9x - 9XR - 9XR pro ) or Taranis flies simply fantastic . No matter the brand .
Why I just love the multi protocol Modules and Transmitters .
( Also have a few Jumpers )
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I do bind to a FlySky 9x at times ... and agree - its much better.

Only item that suffers - the 959 camera will not switch on / off or change vid to photo with 9x. I have the diagram for the wires and what they do ... but its only the camera info. The Rx in the 959 ??

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I put the camera from the 959 on my 686 ...
And it can be turned on / off from the Tx .. ( Taranis Q x7 )

Just got to find the channel that control the function and give it a 2 position switch .
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Originally Posted by old4570 View Post
I put the camera from the 959 on my 686 ...
And it can be turned on / off from the Tx .. ( Taranis Q x7 )

Just got to find the channel that control the function and give it a 2 position switch .
Yes - I can operate camera when I remove from the 959 ... as you no longer are using the 959 Rx ... that's the problem.

The camera is a simple on - off by switch to a pair of wires ...

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Originally Posted by old4570 View Post
Hmmm ,

Card simply might be too large ..

Do you have a smaller card to try ? ( 4GB / 8GB )
It may be the case... I do not have it but will somwhere to try..
Thanks
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