We got our hands on a Bugs 2W, and are very excited to share our experiences with you.
The Bugs 2 series are in the same range as the well known Hubsan H501S, and I have reviewed that one as well (click here to read)
I also made a full video review, viewing this shows you even more you want to know about this great drone
You can click here to go to YouTube and view it, or you can scroll down and watch it there.
When I took the box out of the transport box I got very excited, it looks great on a picture!
I opened the box, and took out the styrofoam insert, and the remote already fell out of the box.
After looking closer there apparently is a top and bottom. so make sure you pay attention to that when you open the box.
the packaging is sturdy, and it can handle the long trip from China just great! everything is well packed.
There is a lot in the package.
As you can see, it is a very complete package, and it is all you need to get flying.
The remote needs 4 AA batteries that are not included, so make sure you have them before flying, it also comes with a phone holder that is mounted on the antenna.
It is big enough to hold a large phone, I have tried to fit an iPhone 6S and that fits perfectly.
The clamp is strong enough to keep the phone in place.
The remote also has a LCD screen that shows all sorts of information.
This is handy, because the image on the phone does not show that, but more on that later.
The remote also comes with 6 buttons, 4 on top and on the frons of the remote.
These buttons are well within reach, and are easy to operate.
Here is a video that shows you what the buttons do.
The drone itself is a quality build.
When you take it out of the box it might feel cheap, but as soon as you look further you will notice that it is far from cheap. it is well built!
The eyes on the drone make it look funny as well, like a real bug.
The motors are great quality, the run very smooth.
Propellers are not self tightening, instead they are pushed on and a nut keeps them well in place.
A small look in the battery compartment shows all the electronics. everything is packed away nicely.
Battery and charging
The battery is one that fits in the design of the drone.
If you look closely you will notice that it is the same one that is used in the Bugs 3, but they have added a design feature to it so it will look nice when it is in the drone.
the battery keeps you in the air for around 15 minutes. this depends on the wind, and the way you are flying the drone.
charging the battery takes a while with the standard charger, close to 4 hours to charge the battery is normal.
This is mainly becuase the standard charger only charges with 0.5A
But, if you have a B6 charger or similair charging times can be reduced to just under an hour without harming the battery. you can set the charging to 1,8A (that is 1C) and that is almost 4 times the power used with the stock charger.
Setting up for the first flight.
Before you can head out and fly you need to bind the remote to the drone.
This is very easy to do.
Put the battery in the drone until it clicks. BEWARE: the drone has no on/off switch, when you put in the battery the drone powers on, make sure you take it out after your flight to prevent the battery from draining.
Once the drone is powered on grab the remote, press and hold the red button, and whilst pressing it slide up the power switch. the remote will beep once. Keep the red button pressed untill you hear a second beep and the remote is connected to the drone.
Here is a small video of the procedure.
Once all of that is done the drone is ready to fly.
Flying the Bugs 2W.
The Bugs 2W has built in WiFi, and this is used to transfer the live FPV feed to your mobile device.
You need to download the BUGS GO app before you can use the FPV funtion.
IOS users can download it in the app store, Android users need to download the APK file and sideload it.
Links for the Bugs Go app.
Before you can use the BUGS GO app you need to connect your mobile device to the drone’s WiFi.
The Wifi name can be different frome the one I have, but it always starts with BUGS.
There is no password!
When you are connected you can start the GO app. you will see this screen.
Tap the GO button and you are good to go, the screen will change to this.
and short after that you will see the live stream from the camera.
Before every flight you need to calibrate the compas.
You cannot take off without doing this, and this is a good thing.
GPS is important, but it is useless if the drone doesn’t know where it has to go.
The compas calibration only takes 15 – 20 seconds, and is easy to do.
This video shows how to do it.
Once the compas is calibrated you can go fly.
Since the drone is fitted with GPS it is important to wait before you take off.
This drone has dual GPS, apart from the standard GPS we all know, the Bugs 2W also connects to GLONASS sattelites, and that is very good, especially in this price range!
FYI: The Phantom 3 Standard only uses a single GPS system! the Bugs 2W uses a double GPS system, and is half the money.
Connecting to 2 systems results in aound 20 connected sattelites, that is a VERY solid signal!
Remember: GPS needs at least 6 sattelites to have a good location, but best is to wait for at least 9 to have a solid location recorded.
Not doing this will result in a flyaway if you want to use the RTH Return Home function.
The display will show you how many sattelites you have. in this picture you see that I had 16 sattelites connected.
All of the above takes little time to do.
Binding the controller only has to be done before first flight.
calibrating the compas, and waiting for at least 9 sattelites takes around 1 minute, and that is pretty fast!
Before you can take off you need to arm the drone with the red button.
Press it once to start the motors.
Taking off can be done using the left stick, press it up to take off.
But the Bugs 2W also has an auto take off and landing function.
The left button next to the red one is the one to use.
When the drone is in the air the display will tell you how high the drone flies, and how far away it is, and the remaining power left in the drone battery
In the image you see that there are 16 sattelites connected, and that the drone flies at a height of 109 meters, and it is 16 meters away.
The battery still has 75% left.
The camera is a 1080P camera and uses WiFi to transfer the FPV feed to the controller, I haven’t tested the maximum distance, but I had it over 200m from me and the feed was still okay. the green WiFi bars in the GO app show the signal strength.
Photo’s and video’s from the camera are okay. the pictures have a lot of color.
The lens has a bit of fisheye, but that is okay. These pictures are uneditted pictures from the drone
And these are the same pictures with a little bit of editting.
The Bugs 2W is a great drone, especially for a starter.
It is easy to fly, and it is not too fast, that makes it easy to control for a new flyer.
MJX made a great drone that is in the same category as the Hubsan H501, and since I have tested both I dare to say that I would choose the MJX over the Hubsan mainly because the dual GPS, also the image transmission is better, and of a higher quality than the Hubsan. The motors of the MJX are a lot better, the ones in the Hubsan sound cheap and are a bit underpowered, the ones in the MJX are silent and powerful.
- Easy to fly.
- bright and simple LCD display that shows all the info you need.
- Strong WiFi signal.
- 720p FPV transmission.
- Accurate RTH landing (within a meter).
- Auto take off and landing.
- App to use FPV
- Charging plug hard to reach.
- Slow charging times with the stock charger.
- No on/off switch.
The video review I made, and mentioned in the beginning of this post is here for you to watch.
Get your Bugs 2W here: https://goo.gl/Fxcyv5