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LotusRC T580G Review (ready to fly version)

The the LotusRC T580G might look a bit unconventional, it's perfect for professional duties as well as a hobby drone. The T580G can lift over 1LB in payload, perfect for something a little more "professional" than a GoPro. It comes almost ready to fly out of the box, just hook up the rotors, insert the batteries and you're ready to go!

Lotus RC T580G

Lotus RC is a small factory that hand makes the models. Please note they come white boxed with basic instructions, each model is tested at the factory and then test flown to ensure the GPS and flight control is working correctly

This drone is pretty clever, packed with the latest cutting edge technology. They are used not only by hobbyists for fun but also for professional use, mainly for aerial filming and remote viewing. If you're new to RC drones then here is an introduction to the cool features found on this model:

GPS Automatic Take Off & Landing

With a normal radio controlled helicopter or quadcopter one of the most difficult things is taking off and landing. For beginners it usually leads to crashes. But with the LotusRC T580G's GPS automatic take off just arm the system and then select take off. The drone will automatically take off and hover without any further input needed! Ready to land? You no longer need to carefully reduce throttle while trying to keep the model flat, instead just hit the land switch and the drone will automatically land itself!

12 to 20 Minutes Flight Time

Empty payload flight time is about 20 minutes per battery, With full capacity, you'll get more like 12.

GPS Position Hold

No more having to constantly adjust for wind and movement. The LotusRC T580G includes GPS position hold so you can let go of the controls and the drone will stay hovering in that position. This makes flying so much easier and stable. The GPS module knows where it is so can stay at those co-ordinates even if the wind blows.

Altitude Hold

With industrial grade MEMS sensors and 6 DOF motion control the LotusRC T580G will also hold it's height automatically with less drift than other drones on the market. Unlike a traditional helicopter or quadcopter the throttle stick is spring loaded as altitude control becomes much simpler. You can just push up to make the drone fly higher and push down for lower but then just release the throttle to hover at that height.

GPS Return To Home On Signal Loss Or Request

The GPS return to home feature is fantastic. The LotusRC T580G remembers the coordinates that it took off from. If you fly outside the transmitter range or the signal is lost for any reason such as your transmitter batteries go flat then the drone will automatically return to where it took off and land. When the signal is recovered you have the choice to either take over the flight control again or you can just leave it to let it continue and land. Some other drones will not allow you to take control again once return to home is activated which is something to watch out for. You also have the option to enable return to home at any time even if the signal is not lost by just flipping the return to home switch.

Low Voltage Safety

Another great feature that will keep your drone safer. The on-board computer will detect if the battery voltage is getting low and transmit a warning to the pilot to let you know it's time to land. If the battery gets even emptier then the drone will then proceed to land itself to ensure it does not stall and crash.

580g Payload

The LotusRC T580G is named after the 580 grams (1.2LBS) maximum payload it can carry. This is more than enough to carry most mini HD video cameras like the Go Pro or Sony Action Cam for high quality recording. The LotusRC T580G can also be fitted with the Lotus PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) camera mount. This smart electronic mount has a built in computer that will keep your camera level even if the drone tilts forwards or backwards.

Modular Design

You may have seen some other drones on the market that are enclosed in a white one piece case. Although these may look a little nicer in practical terms they are not as good. If you do have a crash it usually means the whole system needs transferring to a new case but with a modular design like on the T580G just the broken arm or part can be replaced. The parts are made from special high impact material but if you did need to replace any part we stock all the parts for making easy repairs.

Lotus RC T580G ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SKU AT580G-RTF
Manufacturer Lotus RC
Build RTF
Radio Equipment 2.4 GHz
Motor / Engine Brushless
Blades Single Blade
Channels 6 Ch
Specifications
  • Aircraft Dimensions: 608 x 608 x 243 mm
  • Diagonal Distance Between Two Motor Centers: 580 mm
  • Propellers: 12inch
  • Battery: Li-Po 3S 2200mah 20C
  • Aircraft Weight: 730g (Without Battery, Receiver & Payload)
  • Take-Off Weight: 950g (With Battery, Receiver)
  • Maximum Payload: 580g
  • Flight Distance: Within Visible Area (Recommended)
  • Flight Time: 12-20mins
  • Maximum Wind Resistance: 4 Class
  • Cover: ABS Composite Material
  • Arm Beams: Carbon Fiber & Glass Fiber
  • Landing Gear: Aluminum Alloy, Glass Fiber & Rubber
  • Brushless Motor: C2806 KV600 Out-Runner
  • Propellers: Plastic Composites
  • Brushless ESC: 2-3S 18A High Speed ESC
  • FC System: Inertial Attitude Self-Stabilization System
Features
  • Light chassis and frame paired with four brushless motors allows for a great payload
  • Altitude hold to assist stable flight and ideal for aerial photography
  • Flies like a co-axial RC Helicopter
  • Self-stabilization suspension
  • 12-inch slow paddle threaded propellers
  • GPS position holding and return to home functionality
  • Auto take-off and landing!
  • Fixed point hovering (GPS hold)
  • Return home functionality
  • Auto landing due to low voltage - aircraft direction can still be controlled by pilot & low voltage set by pilot
  • Made of high grade plastic and aluminum materials
  • High performance FC system provides stabilized flying
  • Each model is tested at the factory and then test flown to ensure the GPS and flight control is working correctly.
Required To Use
  • Very Minor Assembly Required
  • 4 x AA Batteries for Transmitter