Walkera Rodeo 150 review – Aka hands-on the little beast
I always try to be short with my reviews, but when I have in my hand a nice quad like this Walkera Rodeo 150 I always go with the flow… As unusual, my goal is to discover (or at least try) all the strangeness and weakness of this drone.
Walkera over the time became a favorite drone brand among RC enthusiasts. Lately, their product range seems to be focused on FPV racing quadcopters. I already reviewed two of them and I’m very curious if this Rodeo 150 has the same nice build quality and excellent flight performance.
The Walkera Rodeo 150 quadcopter was announced in two variants, BNF (Bind-N-Fly) and RTF in bundle with the Devo 7 transmitter. Both versions are available in black and white.
Walkera Rodeo 150 quadcopter review
Before I get into details I need to thank LighTake for offering this drone in order to make a honest review. Our first contact started with the left foot. LT “borrowed” and published my Kaideng K80 review on their website without my consent. Immediately as I noticed them they quickly understood that it was not a fair thing to do and they took it out.
As I already own a Devo 7 remote controller so I requested the BNF (Bind & Fly) package of the Walkera 150 Rodeo, this way reducing the shipping costs and eventually custom fees.
Walkera Rodeo 150 drone highlights
- Suitable for both indoor and outdoor flights;
- Modular design;
- Brushless motors;
- External receiver port;
- Versatile F3 flight controller;
- Multiple flight modes;
- Onboard buzzer;
- Powerful headlight;
- 600TVL camera with angle adjustment;
- Available with 25mW or 200mW VTX.
Rodeo 150 review – At a glance
The drone arrived in a surprisingly small box which is suitable for storing but without a handle is not proper for carrying the quad to the flying zone. Luckily, I own the Think Thank FPV backpack.
Inside the box, besides the Rodeo 150 I found the following: flight battery, balance battery charger, 15V AC/DC adapter, micro USB data cable, FPV antenna, 1set of spare propellers (2CW and 2CCW), prop tools and user manual.
At first impression I like both, design and build quality. Unfortunately, unlike its predecessors the frame is made entirely from nylon and not from carbon fiber. Also there is no room for secondary camera. The only way to record the journey of your flight is to use a FPV display/goggles with built-in DVR.
In the front part of the aircraft is located the 600TVL camera, right above the two LED lights. The angle of the camera is easily adjustable (-10º to + 40º).
The foldable RX antennas make the Walkera 150 look like a grasshopper. The short linear FPV antenna needs to be screwed on the tail of the quad.
According to your local RF regulations you can opt between two VTX modules (US – FCC and Europe – CE). While the TX5832 (FCC) has 4 Channels and 200mW output power the TX5833 (CE) has 8 channels and 25mW.
Changing the VTX channel can be down through the micro DIP switches located on top, behind a small rubber panel.
On the right side of the aircraft is located a micro USB port (FC – Firmware port), external RX connector and SBUS/PPM switch.
Propellers are self-triggered, which is nice because prop nuts/caps can be easily lost on the flight field.
Instead of a tail status light, the Rodeo 150 features 3 red LEDs on each side of the FPV camera (visible form every direction). Solid light means armed and ready to fly, intermittent light means no transmitter or LVC alarm (low battery).
The 850mA Li-Po battery comes with an unusual connector (at least for me), called EC2. This will make it difficult to find cheap third-party spare batteries. Genuine ones cost about $15. The battery has its own room in order to be protected during crashes.
Walkera Rodeo 150 review – Camera / FPV system
Usually, the first question of the unwise in this field is “what kind of camera has this drone?, is it HD?“. It is very hard to explain them that when it comes about FPV racing quadcopters the most important factor is not the image quality. Speed, agility, maneuverability and durability are more important.
As I previously mentioned, you can adjust the angle of the camera according to your flight style. The image quality is good, but I reviewed better FPV cameras. Unfortunately, there is no OSD information displayed.
Without obstacles (trees and buildings) the range of the TX5833 is pretty good, I received stable signal from about 100-120 meters far from me.
Walkera Rodeo 150 review – First usage – Test flight
I’m glad that I received a black one because my flying zone was completely covered in fresh snow. In this conditions, finding a crashed white drone is very difficult. If you have luck and the battery remains connected, just turn off the transmitter and a load sound (beep-beep) will help you find it.
Binding the Rodeo 150 with the Devo 7 is very simple. It is made automatically at powering ON, no need for any special preparation. This can be a drawback if there are more pilots in the area with similar equipment.
In mode 2 the motors can be armed by pushing the left stick (throttle) to the lowest left position. At “zero” throttle the motors are completely stopped, no idle rotation.
Video of my first flight with the Rodeo 150
Using the 3rd position “Mix” switch you can toggle between stabilized/beginner mode, intermediate mode and advanced/freestyle mode. If your are not an experienced pilot do not switch to professional mode!!!.
Stabilized mode works like a charm. The quad is very stable, responsive and damn fast. On intermediate mode you can roll in all 4 directions, but be careful, it works different like in case of toy drones.
Unfortunately the fun ended after 6 minutes. Definitely I need to order few spare batteries.
I tested, both FPV and LoS flights. My Goggle 4 matched perfectly with the Rodeo 150 quadcopter. Again, if you are a newbie practice first in LoS mode!!! (Line of Sight).
Design and build quality
Walkera Rodeo 150 review - Verdict
Although it is advertised for indoor flights I would recommend this only for experienced pilots because this little beast has madness amount of power.
Both racer and freestyle pilots will love the speed and maneuverability of the Rodeo 150.
My only disappointment was the relatively short flight. In my opinion you will need at least 3 spare batteries for a decent flight session.
User Review( votes)
Probably it’s too late to order it for this Christmas, but if you are looking for a new toy for the next flight season you can find it for $169.99 right here. If you need even smaller brushless FPV quad, Walkera recently announced the Rodeo 110.
- Super small brushless quad;
- Fast and responsive;
- Versatile flight controller;
- You can set the angle of the camera;
- Low-voltage alarm (onboard buzzer);
- Spare parts availability.
- Short fun time (about 5 minutes);
- Nylon airframe instead of carbon fiber one;
- No OSD.
Walkera Rodeo 150 review – Photo gallery