Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone, $99.00 (
Manufactured by Hubsan (
Last updated 01-03-18

This isn't a flashlight, household lamp, Christmas light set, or other thing that glows, but it *DOES* have a number of LEDs on its fuselage (
this word is definitely *NOT* pronounced "fyoo SELL' uh jee" as Drake Parker from the TV program "Drake and Josh" would pronounce it; the word is pronounced "" , so what the hey

I love things that fly; that's why I took the bate and also why I added a seperate section titled "PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO FLY" on my website a number of years ago. I was also attracted to something that this drone has that many others don't...
  • 1: It has GPS -- simply meaning that it can stably hover despite any mild wind and knows where 'Home' is.
  • 2: It has a gyro -- that means it's easy to fly even for a "craptastic" pilot like me.
  • 3: It has all of those wonderful LEDs
This is a small, lightweight (160g), easy-to-fly 4-channel remote-controlled outdoor drone that has advanced features like GPS tracking, follow-me mode, orbit mode, waypoints, etc. Its remote uses RF (radio frequency) radiation.

It sports a 720p camera; both still photos and aerial video can be taken with it!

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

This toy is a bit more complicated to get it to take off than your average toy-grade's how to get it off the ground:

As with any rechargeable product, charge it first (see directly below), install the flight battery, and then you can pretend to fly a dragonfly (well, that's what the kitty cats would think it was if it were designed to be flown in a small living room).

1: Press & hold the "POWER" button on the drone's underside for 3 to 5 seconds (until the lights near the ends of the pylons come on) and then release the button. Place the drone on the ground.

2: On the remote control, lift up the cell phone holder, press & hold the small circular button just to the left of center of the remote for 3 to 5 seconds. The remote will emit a BEEP tone when it is powered up. Release this button.

3: On your cellular telephone handset, go to WiFi settings and click on the Hubsan listing. The password (which you should only need enter once) is: 12345678

4: When that indicates "Connected", open the X-Hubsan app. Select the H507A from the list of drones that comes up. Then, select "Camera" from the lower left.

5: You will be asked to perform a geomagnetic calibration of the drone. Rotate it clockwise as indicated on the phone's display. When indicated, hold the drone vertically with its camera directed downward, and spin it clockwise again until the app tells you that you're finished. Place the drone on the ground so that the tail-end (the end where the flight battery goes in) faces you.

6: Press the Auto Takeoff button on the app. The Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone should now lift off the ground and come to a hover at approx. 1 meter (39 inches). Congratulations, you're now a pilot!!!

For additional instructions & tips on how to fly (including how to fly with your phone only or with the remote transmitter), please read the instructional material that comes with the product.

Press & hold the small circular button just to the left of center of the remote for 3 to 5 seconds and also press & hold the "POWER" button on the drone's underside for 3 to 5 seconds to neutralise them when you are finished.

The battery in the Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone itself is rechargeable; however the batteries in the remote will need to be changed from time to time.

To do this, slide the battery door off, carry it to the top of the basement stairs, and kick it down those stairs into the basement crawling with thousands of hungry termites that have to piddle -- they'll think it's something yummy to eat and start chewing on it, but quickly find it unpalatable, so they all pass micturition on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the four used AAA cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new AAA cells into the compartment, orienting each cell so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in each chamber.

Finally, slide the battery door back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door down the stairs to all those hungry, hungry termites that really need to go poddy now?

To charge the battery in the Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone, plug the larger end of the USB charge cable into any USB port on your Mac or pee-cee, and plug the battery into the bay for it at the other end of the cable. Be certain that the contacts on one end of the battery go in first. If the battery doesn't fit, spin it half a turn and try again. Once the battery slides into the battery bay, firmly push it intil it stops.

When the charge cycle is in progress, the red LED on the charger will be flashing at approx. 1Hz (one blink per second). When the charge cycle is complete, this LED should turn steady-on.

You may then safely unplug the battery from the charger, and unplug the wired USB dongle from your computer.

Fully charging the Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone' battery should give you approx 3 to 5 minutes of flying time.

This RC drone is meant to be used as a toy in a dry area outdoors (or in a large open room indoors), not as a flashlight meant to be carried around all the time, thrashed, and abused; so I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar slang term for a fudge bunny}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or inflict upon it punishments that I might inflict upon a flashlight.

So this section of the drone's web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The range of the WiFi (when flying solely with your cell phone handset) is stated as 100 meters (~328 feet); when flying with the Tx (R/C hobby talk for "transmitter") the range appears to be the same; frequency is stated as 2.4GHz.

The unit has a 4-channel remote control; this allows for forward / backward / up / down / left / right movement (movement on all three axes -- X, Y, and Z). It also has a fully proportional control system; simply meaning that the motor speeds can be varied depending on how far you move the joysticks -- it isn't simply "full power and no power at all" like some other R/C products.

The camera has a video resolution of 1280 x 720 (720P video quality).

Photograph of its remote control with my own cellular telephone handset affixed to it.


Test unit was purchased on the Gearbest website in late-October 2017 and was received on the afternoon of 12-09-17.

The battery charger went to pot well before the flight battery had charged for the first time; however these chargers are common and inexpensive (I paid $3.39 for mine) on Ebay so I'll be flying by 12-15-17.

The PRO in the drone's name indicates that the unit comes with a remote transmitter; if PRO isn't in the name, chances are you will receive a drone that is piloted via cellular telephone handset or tablet computer only.

(I just saw a video on YourTube showing the unboxing of a Hubsan H507A X4 STAR PRO that did not come with a remote control transmitter! The box that his came in was predominately black, while the box that mine (which came with a remote) arrived in was predominately white!)

The life of the flight battery is terribly short, at just three to five minutes. If I worked at Hubsan, I'd have equipped the H507A with a larger capacity flight battery; at least 800mAh instead of the 550mAh battery it comes with.

UPDATE: 01-03-18
The drone fails to power up; I've tried three different batteries.
Therefore, the dreadful, "Failed or was destroyed during/after testing" icon will have to be appended to its listings on this website.
Shame too; I really liked the little fella.

    PRODUCT TYPE: Mini-sized R/C GPS quadcopter (drone) w/inbuilt camera
    No. OF LAMPS: 9 (1 red, 1 blue in remote, 1 red in charger, 3 red, 2 blue, and 1 green in drone itself)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on remote and drone
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 4x AAA cells for remote; 7.6V 550mAh Li:PO battery for drone
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light sprinkle-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: USB charging dongle w/ cable, flight battery, remote controller, 2x front rotor blades, 2x rear rotor blades, 4x blade guards, sm. bag of screws, small Phillips screwdriver
    SIZE: 224.79mm sq. x 66.802mm T
    WEIGHT: 130g (not incl. battery), 160g (incl. battery)
    WARRANTY: Six months


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    (The short battery life is what nocked that last half a remote off)

Hubsan H507A X4 Star Pro GPS R/C Camera Drone *

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