Sure. Generally, we allow returns within 30 days from receipt. If you ordered it on our website or Etsy, send us an email email@example.com and we can begin the process for return. Amazon customers, you can start this process through your order page.
If there’s something wrong with your kit (item damaged, not working, missing parts) then email us immediately and we will fix/replace/send ASAP.
That’s a really good question we can’t answer! Anyone who can handle the tools required to build can complete one of our kits. We’ve seen 7 year olds solder a drone by themselves and 40 year old adults struggle. We try to provide clear step-by-step instructions aimed at the most novice of builders.
Not yet! We hope to add DIY tools like soldering irons and glue guns to our purchasing options in the future. You can generally find a reasonably nice soldering iron online for about $45. Other things you might need: glue gun, helping hand, multimeter, solder.
No. We primarily use “off the shelf” items from other manufactures and combine them into a working product. Some things we make in house such as laser cut boxes. We try to be very “open source” about each kit and make our instructions available for free on our website. In theory, you could source and make each one of these boxes like we do… but why would you want to!
Currently, the Lego Drone instructions are over 20 pages long! We didn’t want to cut down a forest, so we make all of our instructions available online here. They are in PDF format so you can easily print them if you like to have your hands on paper. We also have a YouTube channel with instructional videos for some of kits.
This kit is meant as an introduction to drone building, flying and troubleshooting. There are a lot of reasons a drone might not fly. Here are a few things that often go wrong:
Charge your battery. Sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. Charge for a couple hours and then give it a go again.
Check the board, is it facing up in the right direction, and somewhat level? There’s an accelerometer (detects the gravity and balance).
Check each solder joint. There are 8 (2 per motor). Make sure you have the right motor wires in the right spots. Make sure your soldering isn’t too messy, globs of solder might cause signals to cross or get confused.
Check that the props are on the right motors and the right motors are in the right spot. The motors spin in different directions and each prop (A or B) are angled for that specific motor.
Check your frame build. We give you a handful of Legos to get started. In general, the lighter you can make the frame the better -- longer flight times, better balance and control. If you build a heavy frame and it’s not flying, it’s possible the heavy frame combined with the small motor is maxed out on power. Try a lighter frame. Also, try out other frames --wood, cardboard, plastic!
You might have ended up with a bum motor set or battery or board. If you think this is the problem, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a new part ASAP!
Maybe. Conductive thread has a slightly different texture and is a little thicker compared to standard threads like polyester. You can sew by hand using a needle with a medium eye or with a machine with a “heavy” needle. We like this article on Adafruit for some sewing advice.
Yes! We supply a laser cut box that has cutouts for each of the components, but you can theoretically put the “guts” inside anything and make accommodations for those parts. Check our social media for users doing just that!
It is difficult to control the spectrum of colors you see in the crystal. Variations occur from the cooling rate, thickness layers, imperfections etc. You can experiment with different conditions and see what you get.
Yes, the USB outlet will work with both Android and iPhone operating systems (so far!)
Of note, iPhones in particular will try to draw as much power as fast as possible. As a result, the charger battery will drain quickly, we’ve seen it in 15 minutes! Basically, the juice is heading all to your phone -- you might notice the USB booster getting hot to the touch, that’s ok! If your iPhone is drained completely, you won’t get to full charge with this charger, but you’ll get somewhere in a pinch.