A few weeks back, I presented an overview of a few quads from the Ares brand. Overall, I was quite impressed with the quality and flying traits of the Ares birds. Since performing my testing, I have acquired some of the accessory items that can be utilized with the Ethos QX 130 or the larger Ethos HD. I'll show you how these add-ons work and why they might even help your flying skills.
There are five accessory units to choose from: a camera ($29.99), winch ($12.99), rocket launcher ($12.99), water blaster ($12.99), and bubble machine ($12.99). I had already experimented with the camera during my initial review of the QX 130. I found it to be consistent with all of the other tiny cameras that are mounted on some mini-quads – not very good. This time around, I'll focus on the remaining four options and see how they measure up.
Each of the accessory units features a simple clip-on mount that secures it to the bottom of the quad. They also have a wire pigtail that must be connected to the quad's control board. When connecting to the QX 130, the body must be removed to expose the plug sockets on the top side of the control board. With the Ethos HD, the control board is oriented with the sockets on the bottom side. While the body can stay in place, the plugs are more difficult to access. I used a small plastic flat-blade screwdriver to push the plugs into their sockets and also to pry them out.
Every accessory package also includes a set of helicopter-like skids with carbon fiber legs. When added to the QX 130, these parts raise the ground stance of the quad so that the underslung add-ons stay out of the dirt. It isn't necessary to raise the Ethos HD to clear any of the accessories.
The accessories are operated using one or two of the four buttons located on the lower-right face of the transmitter. This works okay except that you have to release one of the control sticks to press the desired button. It would be nice if the accessory buttons were located on the rear of the transmitter so they could be actuated without releasing any of the controls. I've considered hacking one of my Ares transmitters to install rear-mounted buttons, but it hasn't happened yet.