Potensic T25 GPS FPV Drone Review

Potensic T25 is an excellent bargain, not too heavy, not too light and sits at a pretty sweet spot for not being very costly while having a remarkable feature set.

What’s Best in This Drone?

  • Compact and small without being bulky.
  • The propeller protectors did what these were intended to do.
  • The 1080p camera addition is excellent.
  • It will keep most if not all smartphones plus the application works well while in use.
  • Nice to find a few spares parts in the package as it looks like they are more probably to be wanted.

Limitations in This Drone

  • Flying time/battery life – and – second battery in the package would help.
  • As a new user, the truth is that learning how to fly is somewhat stressful.

Introduction

Are you searching for your very first quadcopter or an update from a cheap mini-drone?

Reasonable price, decent battery life, and many great features – this Potensic T25 model have almost all the things you could require in a drone.

Let us check out the Potensic T25 review and find out if their performance and feature set are suitable for you.

The Potensic T25 is a cost-effective follow me quad from a growing company. We took it to a test flight and disclosed our research in our complete review here.

Packaging Potensic T-25

close up of all t25 model parts removed from the packagingThe T25 drone arrives pretty well set up right from the pack, and through the first unboxing, you realize you have taken the right decision.

When you order this product, you also will get a detailed user manual, a transmitter, a battery, USB battery charger, four extra protection guards, two extra landing gears, a screwdriver, and four spare propeller blades.

However, as you noticed in the picture above, you will find so many extra little parts, both spares and required that it yet feels like a kit rather than a completed product.

Pro Tip: Because the drone will not include storage memory card for your videos and photos, consider getting a large one, so you are not short of storage memory.

Potensic t25 Specs & Design

Upon our first impression, the white color of the controller and drone is virtually praise to the times of the good old i-macs and e-macs by Apple, and each has quality and robust feel for them.

From a visual standpoint, it pops out unique but we would forgive practically anybody for confusing it to a drone by the market leader.

Functionally, the T25 design done well. The landing leg is replaceable so are the propeller guards and the propellers.

Let us move on to photo and video.

Size of T25 Quadcopter

This aircraft comes at a compact stature and when combined with the camera, it weighs hardly a kilogram.

Its portable size enables it to stuff snugly in your bag so you can go with it comfortably. Due to the small dimension, it is ideal for flying inside where the room is limited.

Camera

photo shows the difference between a regular 720p quality camera versus potensic t25 1080p hd resolution

The on-board camera is the reason why we think UAV’s intrigue many of us, not to mention T25 boasts 1080P. A massive improvement from other versions in its cost range that just offers 720p resolution cameras.

The camera did a pretty decent job. However, it could be slightly jumpy and also the clarity is not quite as powerful as we were hoping.

The video quality is pretty decent, and the camera lens boasts a 120º field of view (FoV), so you may capture plenty thanks to the wide-angle. You find electronic stabilization yet that is as much as it will go so do not expect super stable video.

Videos saved in .avi file on the memory card and .mov format on your iPhone. That is useful as macs do not read .avi format natively so you will need to get VLC or any other editor/player.

You precisely see what you are recording on your remote control screen. It would record any videos or photos straight to your smartphone and an SD card if you got it installed.

We will say it was amazing to watch the T25 rotated at nearly a 25-degree angle and holding its shape.

Pro Tip: For better-quality videos and still shots, we suggest that you route them to an SD card when filming. You can insert the SD card into the slot given for that.

t25 Drone Battery Life & Flight Time

The battery offers flight time of around 8 minutes. So, we ordered extra battery thus we would have twice the flight duration among charging sessions.

The more minutes you could spend hovering, the more effective you will be and better the results you will get from photos and video.

When your flying machine runs out of power, it automatically returns home or gets to your way so you should not face hard luck tracing it down.

The main criticism from any pilot will be battery life. We would advise at least one more battery and possibly two like you went flying, you will want a minimum of 30 minutes.

Also, after the battery of the controller is depleted you are done since it takes 60 minutes to charge if even you brought the power bank.

Potensic t-25 Setup & Calibration

When you are doing all the setups, the “am I performing this correct?” weigh upon you considerably. The set up is not hard; it is just not straightforward nor fast if you are expecting something much like a remote control car.

  1. Charge your batteries.
  2. Install the microSD card, not included in the camera.
  3. Press the prop guards into position.
  4. Install the battery in the remote control.
  5. Install the smartphone cradle in the controller.
  6. Download and start the Potensic-G app.
  7. Switch on the quadcopter and put it down on the level floor, and all lighting should blink red. Note: You ought to be in a spacious area, and the lights are hard to notice in bright sunlight.
  8. Turn on your remote control. Press UP next DOWN in the left side joystick. Lights in the front should flash white, rear blue.
  9. On your smartphone hop into options and connect with WiFi broadcast from the drone (Potensic-xxx) after that come back on the app.
  10. Calibrate its compass by pushing each joystick for the inward and forward corners (left at 1, right at 11). Note: Now you should see a red in between the flashing (red/blue in rear, red/white in front).
  11. Calibrate the gyroscope by pressing every control key to the outwards and forward corners (left at 11, right at 1). Note: You should see lights blink rapidly.
  12. Grab the drone and in one steady motion flip your body into a circle maintaining the drone leveled in your front. Rear lights will turn solid blue.
  13. Now tip your quadcopter face down (props forward) and repeat the same stuff keeping the quadcopter in this angle. Front lights will turn solid white.
  14. The app will confirm calibration ok. After that, you should set the quad again on the leveled surface in which the lights should return to particular blue/white flashing as the quad is waiting for the signal of GPS.
  15. Once the lights go back to everything solid, you are ready to take flight, and the application will say so.
  16. The last step is in the software; you should click on controls to launch the flying display.

T25 RC Controller

t25 drone remote control with screen isolated

The controller appears beginner-friendly. It seems similar to a computer game controller, thus if you have previous experience with the Xbox can feel at home.

Here you can find the [takeoff/landing], [power], and [return to home] buttons together with plenty of indicators which aid in communicating which options the drone got active. Those are lit adequately during use hence hard to mistake.

There are many controls located on the transmitter, but it adds up to a learning bend that is as thin as your know-how with this setup type.

The controller will not feature a display of its own nevertheless the universal bracket lets you snap an Android smartphone or iPhone easily into place.

Flight & GPS Performance

Regarding actually piloting the device, Potensic has implemented a few features that aid a beginner drone pilot significantly.

The first you will find is a single button take-off which literally will work as marketed. Another one is auto-land that relieves a big frustration away by landing on your behalf.

We noticed the T25 drone to be quite responsive for the controller along with a minimal lag – and it includes the footage delay too.

Features & Functions

Potensic’s best-selling T25 drone got many functions, almost too much to grasp. Need to learn more? Keep reading.

First Person View

For real-time video and photos transmission, this quadcopter has the FPV function that enables you to see what your quadcopter is viewing real-time precisely.

GPS Lock

If you occur to be anywhere where you cannot get a signal lock, you may press and hold the right side joystick for two seconds to turn off GPS. Remember that also will turn off any other features that depend on GPS like follow-me and return home.

Follow Me Mode

a woman running with a potensic t25 drone that performs a follow me mode on the track

Follow me is a function that got us really excited. While testing, the drone did what it is supposed to execute and should you backup, it advances.

The issue is with a few GPS drifts; occasionally it could get a bit nearer than we expected that resulted in us stepping back also it carrying on to advance.

Do not expect facial recognition or anything similar to that. This drone uses your smartphone to transfer the GPS transmission. Nevertheless, it is a pretty great use of the technology at a low price range we think.

Headless Mode

A unique function is a headless mode that means forward is ever forward depending on your controller’s starting position and left side is in the forward’s left motion.

It is super helpful if you are thinking grid type. However, if you flip over because you traveled the drone right behind you, you will need to remap the controls mentally for having the drone execute what you need it to perform.

One Touch Take Off

Press the one button take-off, and the props whirr to action lifting the quadcopter to about five feet from the ground at which point you can observe it holds its position.

Return to Home

Also, there is a one push return to home feature that will come right back for you with GPS signal. It is pretty handy because the drone got a distance of around 300m that is pretty good for a model at this amount.

How to Be Safe When Flying

This drone includes several features which make sure you never miss your drone when it is in flight.

First of all, it is backed up with GPS tracking tech that enables you to position your quadcopter accurately preventing any potential loss.

Furthermore, this drone comes with 4 LEDs making it simple to track your drone while flying it at night.

Also, the drone can perform an auto-return if the connection gets dropped or if the battery drains, therefore, preventing any potential crash.

When running on the GPS setting, you can instruct your T25 drone to go back to the place from where it took off in just by clicking the return home button, suppose it gets off of sight.

All these security features help you enjoy the flight experience without stressing that you may lose your aircraft.

Value for Money - Is it Worth It?

In this Potensic T25 drone review section, the first added value is that customer support appears to be efficient coming through online reports. A few customers who have had defective components have had a fast turnaround with replacements that should be additional ease to the bargain.

Aside from low batteries, the Potensic T25 FPV drone yet has some excellent value for cash here – particularly for beginner users. A large part of that worth is what the quadcopter comes with, apart from its functionality. You get all the accessories you need to get started flying.

The T25 quad is an excellent worth, not too light, not too heavier, and sits on a pretty decent place as much as not getting too costly while having a remarkable feature set.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Potensic T25?

The Potensic T25 is a mid-sized drone with a complete suite of features including landing and takeoff assist, full 1080P recording, return to home, and many more.

What I Get in T25’s Package?

Inside the package, you will find the drone itself, a controller, battery, user manual, spare propellers, USB battery charger, protection guards, and landing gear legs.

Who is T-25 For?

The T25 model is made for the experienced and the beginner pilot who needs a cost-effective product but still loaded full of benefits.

How High Does the t25 Model Go?

This drone can travel up to 300 meters high from the drone’s base.

How Long Does T25 Quadcopter Take to Fully Charge?

It has a battery life of close to 10 minutes plus battery charge period for a complete charge is reported at 1 to 2 hours with one extra battery arriving in the box.

How Do I Set Up a Potensic T25 Drone?

The setup process is listed below:

-Charge its batteries
-Install microSD card (not supplied) into the cam
-Press the prop guards into position
-Install batteries on the transmitter
-Install phone cradle to the transmitter
-Download and open the Potensic-G application

How Do I Calibrate a Potensic T25 Quad?

-Turn on the quadcopter and place it down on a level floor, and every light must be blinking RED.

-Turn on the transmitter. Press up then down in the left stick. Front lights should flash WHITE, back BLUE.

-On your smartphone, jump into settings, then connect to WiFi transmission by the quad, then hop again to the application.

-Calibrate the gyroscope by pressing every stick to the outward and forward corners – lights will blink rapidly.

-Calibrate compass by pressing every stick to the inward and forward corners – lights will now include a red among the flashes.

-Pick up the quadcopter and, in one steady motion, rotate your body on a circle maintaining the quad-level facing you – rear lights will turn solid -blue.

-Now tip the quad face down, then do the exact thing maintaining the quad in this placement – front lights will turn solid white.

-The application will confirm calibration ok, and you should set the quadcopter back in the level floor in which the lights would return to particular blue/white flashing when the quad is waiting to GPS signal.

-Once the lights come back to all solid, you are all set to take flight, and the application will say so.

Conclusion - Potensic t25

We hope you enjoyed our review. It may not be the most attractive drone, yet it checks plenty of fields.

While it would not come with the brand of the more popular and bigger names in drone market, the T25 by Potensic still offers you quality experience while being inexpensive.

This model is ideal for everyone searching for an affordable option but with all the features which the more expensive bigger drones have.

47 thoughts on “T25”

    1. Avatar for Oliver McClintock
      Oliver McClintock

      Thanks for your comment, Sherman. We agree with you; Potensic T25 is indeed an excellent drone with high customer reviews. You can message us through the Contact Us page in the top-right menu.

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    After charging one of the batteries, the blue lights on the battery would not go off. The drone was just shipped to me on Saturday, June 8th. What could the issue be?

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      Oliver McClintock

      Mike, we think you better off contact the manufacturer directly to sort out this battery issue. We are just a drone review site and does not involve in resolving any technical problems with the drone and its accompanying parts. As far as our knowledge, maybe one of those batteries arrived defect or internal issue with the battery charger.

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    Hello, I have had my T25 for more than a week now. I am having a problem with the included manual. The text is so tiny, and when I enlarged it to print in a ledger size sheet, it got worse. The manual seems to be a scanned image (4″x6″) that got converted to PDF. I sent the manufacturer a message requesting an original PDF. I am looking for a more legible manual since most of us don’t have good eyes.

    In your “Setup & Calibration” section, you asked to “Install the battery in the remote control.” My T25 does not have such, and it seems to have a charging USB port.

    My last point is, your instructions here, would it be enough to start learning and flying my drone?

    Thanks in advance.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Congrats on your new T25. Feel sorry to hear about your bad experience with the included manual. It used to be the case with some other manufacturers as well. If the manufacturer still has not responded back with a legible manual, try googling for the words “Potensic T25 manual,” and you may find one in appropriate size with easy-to-read text. Or search YouTube for flight demonstration video.

      Our Setup & Calibration section is only a general guideline, and product features may vary from model to model, but it should be somewhere there in the unit. Our instructions pretty much cover the basics and should be enough to take flight, but we recommend reading other customer reviews is equally important. They might contain answers to your problems or help identify new features you were not previously aware.

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    I have a Potensic T25 (GPS & follow me) after I set up with drone and controller and I tried to connect internet with my phone (Samsung-SM-J727V) but I still didn’t get to the phone.

    “Potensic-30dd08” has a weak internet connection. Switch to mobile data is turned on, so you will be switched to mobile data whenever your Wi-Fi connection is weak.

    Yes, I did most time but still didn’t get a connection with phone and drone.

    Please give me an advice.

    Thanks,
    James

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi James,

      Sorry for the late reply, friend. Did you try contacting the Potensic about this internet connection issue? Because their support may help you out.

      As far as our knowledge, app connectivity is not Potensic’s strong suite, but most of the time you can get a connection with drone and phone provided that you have a stable, uninterrupted WiFi or data connection. Make sure you have the up-to-date Potensic app and is compatible with your mobile phone.

      If the problem still persists, try with another phone just to verify there is nothing wrong on your end. Hope it helps James!

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    Is it normal that on low battery the drone returns home by the fastest path?
    Last time it went on a wall
    Cause I was flying low and around a house.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Sibbe, sorry to hear about your drone crash. Since Potensic T25 is a GPS Drone, it features auto return home when it is a weak signal or low power. The drone itself decides the return path, so it necessarily does not have to be the fastest one.

      As a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid flying too close to properties or fly till the last bit of battery runs out rather than safely landing it when the battery hits 10-20 percent. Having a spare set of batteries comes in handy to enjoy uninterrupted flight sessions.

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    The camera of my T25 films upside down. The image is inverted on the application. Can you help me solve the problem? Thank you

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hey, Rudy, that is a strange issue you have with your T25 camera. Did you check the position & angle towards which it is pointing? Maybe it arrived that way. Also, make sure you have the image settings in the application just right. If this is not the case, you better contact Potensic company directly to seek further assistance.

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    I can’t quite understand the headless mode, or even how to activate it. Can you help explain what it is and how to do it?

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      Oliver McClintock

      If you turn this Headless Mode on, you do not have to care for your drone orientation while flying. When you push a stick on your remote control, that is the direction the quadcopter will move. This feature is especially beneficial for beginner and young pilots who are yet to find feet in remote control drones. You can activate it using a button on the controller, but the position of it varies for each drone model. But, it will be somewhere there, and please refer to the manual supplied if you are not sure about the location. If you want to learn how headless mode works, head to YouTube, there are tons of informational videos on how this function works and how to enable it.

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    Any way to find the GPS location of the drone if it goes down in a field? Besides the overview map imaged. Maybe a more detailed map of location?

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      Oliver McClintock

      Keri, nice to meet you. We think there is no other way to find the drone’s GPS location beside the overview map provided. Typically, you would find a more detailed map location in high-end drone brands such as DJI or Yuneec. With T25, GPS is not as advanced as you would have liked, but it is decent for a casual flight. Check with the user manual to see if there are any hidden options within the drone to reveal a detailed map location on the remote controller.

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        Oliver McClintock

        @ Miguel & @ Ivan – Judging both by your comments, we assume you face similar issues. Potensic drones, especially T25, can be quite problematic due to the lack of instructional videos and comprehensive customer support. Their app is hit and miss and can be glitchy at times. We recommend you uninstall and reinstall the app again to see whether a live video feature is working. Also, make sure you have an uninterrupted data connection and close all background apps while running the Potensic app. If the problem persists, it is recommended that both you contact the manufacturer directly, and hopefully, they can help you out with the technical end.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Miguel, Kindly refer to our reply to Ivan’s comment above. It already covers your question. Let us know if you have any further doubts or questions.

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      Oliver McClintock

      That seems a weird issue for some reason. Have you calibrated the joystick properly and disabled the automatic mode before take-off? Try flying in a manual setting without any follow me or tracking options.

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    When I try to film a video on my Potensic, a message comes up that says still is full. I have tried to empty and erase all previous videos, but the message always comes up. Any help with this?
    Kevin Richards

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hello Kevin, welcome on-board, and this storage issue is common with Potensic models. Make sure you correctly export all previous videos onto a PC or external hard drive safely. Before you film a video, ensure the slot is entirely free and always take short videos for space efficiency factor. If you feel the need for more storage, try inserting a micro SD card and enjoy the fun. If it appears to be a technical problem, you better contact the vendor or manufacturer directly for further assistance.

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      Oliver McClintock

      It seems like a strange issue with T25’s SD card. We have not heard of a similar problem with other Potensic customers. Maybe there is a malfunction or product arrived defective. Try contacting the manufacturer or vendor directly for further assistance. They may either help fix the problem or replace the unit when appropriate.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Fouz Ullah, Sorry to hear about your experience with T25. Could you explain your issue a bit more clearly? So, we may help you out. Make sure you read the user manual thoroughly before start flying. Also, check YouTube tutorials or contact the manufacturer should you require further assistance.

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    Lewis L Whitesell

    My T25 controller will not hold a charge. I plug it in, it shows full charge in minutes, and when I pull the app up on the phone, it shows the battery as empty and will not let me operate the drone. Do these batteries have memory and is mine ruined?

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Lewis,

      This battery charging issue is a common debate among consumers, so you are not alone. We have already discussed it here in the comments section. For such technical faults, you better reach out to the manufacturer directly. Right out of the bat, we’d suggest inspecting existing batteries for any damage or buying a new set of batteries from the original vendor.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Dear Scarlett, thank you so much. All credit goes to our graphic design team for putting together such a great design.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Kevin, what you want can be achieved with a smart flight mode called Orbit. But, as far as our knowledge, it is not available on Potensic T25 Drone. Though, it is available on a slightly more expensive Potensic D58 model. If money is not an issue, DJI drones are the go-to option for smart flight modes, including the Orbit one. These are far more accurate, reliable, and works like a charm.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hello Deborah
      You will find this information in the user manual itself. If you lost or thrown away it, download it from the Potensic website under Support > Downloads menu.

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    Such an informative web page. Unfortunately, while flying my T25 Potensic drone, one of my rotor wheels got damaged. The drone kit comes with replacement wheels, yet besides a picture labeling parts, there is no mention on how to replace them. I have sent a message to Potensic yet have no reply regarding this issue. Any help or direction to find this info is much appreciated.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hey Rick, thanks for liking our website. Sorry to hear about your rotor blade bust. Luckily for you, it had arrived with a spare wheel, so you don’t have to spend extra from your pocket. Instructions may be vague, and you should hear back from the Potensic anytime soon. Meanwhile, head to YouTube and type “potensic t25” and you will find some useful videos on the whole setup process, including replacing propellers.

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    Hey Oliver, my t25 drone controller won’t charge…??? I plug it in, and hours later, no battery is showing up on my phone screen.

    When I unplug the charging cord, the power light just blinks because the battery is low. I realize this stuff comes from China, and quality/consistency may or may not always be there. My feeling is that this controller or battery inside the controller is no good.

    Can I buy another controller? Everything else is excellent with the drone etc.

    Jerry

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    Hi Oliver,

    I’m pretty happy with my T25; however, when I fly it out to a distance over 100 m. the drone responds to the controls, but the video quits. The video resumes when returning to me using the RETURN TO ME button. The video files on the phone show that large gap, but the video files on the mSD card are not readable on my laptop. I have gotten it out to 200 m. and 40 m. high, but what good is it if you can’t get the video.

    Also, what about that RECORDING microphone button. I cannot figure out how to use that.

    Thanks
    Owens

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hello Owens,

      Thanks for sharing your comment. It seems like a technical issue, so we hope someone from our community can help you out. If not, maybe try contacting Potensic support for more information.

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    My Potensic T25 flies very nicely and seems to do everything it is supposed to do, but when I try to fly it beyond a distance of about 150 feet, it just does a dip and starts back towards me. It does not return but waits for me to take over with the joystick. I can bring it back, but I can’t make it go further than about 150 feet out from me. What am I doing wrong? I bought this drone to learn on before I graduate to a more expensive drone, so I have a ways to go with the T25 yet. Can you help as to what I might be encountering? I started thinking that it might somehow be locked into the Follow-Me mode, but I have not even used it yet, to the best of my knowledge.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Jerry,

      Sorry to hear about your issues with the drone range. It seems a weird issue because we own a Potensic T25 drone and it flies beyond 150 feet with no problems. The max flight distance of this model is 300m. So, we assume you are either facing a technical failure or the drone is not properly paired/calibrated with the controller. Maybe you could check out some YouTube videos or directly contact Potensic support for further help. What we can say is you have the right idea that is to start with a small drone then advance to high-end units.

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    Is there any way to switch the toggle controls? I would like the forward/back/left/right on the right toggle stick and the up/down on the left; it would be more in line with how I play video games because that’s how I have my controls set up on my ps4. It would make learning how to fly this thing much easier as I’m more familiar with that setup.

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      Oliver McClintock

      Hi Chris,

      We think it’s not possible to switch the toggle controls in this model. Understandably, you prefer the video game controls set up, but S5C is not the most customizable drone around. It’s pretty much fixed in standard controls and left with a bit of a learning curve for beginner pilots. Anyways, check with the vendor or manufacturer directly if there is a hidden option to switch your toggle controls.

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