The Yuneec Typhoon H Plus is a professional level drone, with a unique design setting it apart from other pro-level drones. The Yuneec Typhoon H Plus was launched as an upgrade to the Typhoon H as their ‘most powerful consumer product’ yet.
We will look at the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus as not only an option to other pro-level drones, but also it is a worthy step up from the original Typhoon H.
Yuneec has stuck to what works with the Typhoon H Plus, keeping more or less the same template as the previous model. The Typhoon H Plus is slightly longer than the previous model at 520mm rather than 480mm and being lighter in weight at 1905g than the previous model’s 2205g. There’s still the distinctive six rotor setup and clever landing gear which makes this model stand out from the rest, along with the substantial camera hanging underneath the drone as opposed to a front mounted camera on many other models.
The Typhoon H Plus isn’t exactly a fold up and stick in your pocket size, so the rotor arms fold down to at least reduce the drone’s storage space. The propellers also have a quick locking facility for quick and easy dismantling and now have a more efficient pitch to provide more lift. The whole unit still feels quite large, but this is not so much of a deficit considering it will be used with most professional applications. The slight improvements to the design have made for better noise performance (78 db now compared to the old, but 81 db) and flight. 3 db may not seem like much, but the measurement of decibels is logarithmic, which means a small increase in numbers is a significant amount of volume increase in reality. Quieter drone flight means less intrusion and the more scope for using drones where noise levels are a priority.
A six propeller setup may initially seem more power hungry and more things to maintain and replace, although there are many advantages. Flight time isn’t a problem, it’s quoted as up to 30 minutes (25 minutes on the previous model) and the drone will automatically switch to 5 rotor mode if one motor fails mid-flight. It can’t be emphasized enough for the peace of mind the 5 rotor mode gives, especially if you have experienced a drone with four motors having one fail midflight. It’s not a pretty sight…
It also has to be mentioned the cool looking lights under each motor. In low light conditions you can definitely keep an eye on the drone and they act as its own pretty little light show. This can be switched off if necessary.
The larger form may seem more bulky than other models, but the upside means the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus can take wind speeds of up to 35 miles an hour. This is a huge improvement over the 20mph wind restriction of the Typhoon H. Other gadgetry have been upgraded to improve the quality of flight, including the flight control and electronic speed controller (ESC). A new Pixhawk Flight Management Unit adapted specially for the Typhoon H Plus further makes the drone more efficient in flight.
There’s also the inclusion of Intel’s RealSense collision technology. The system intelligently detects obstacles, charting the best routes of flight using the on-board cameras and sonar sensors to detect environments. It’s a pretty efficient system which can detect moving objects or those that are hard to see.
As we all know, what goes up must come down, so the Typhoon H Plus has plenty of built-in safety features. These include no-fly zones like around commercial airspace and the flight height limit of no higher than 400 feet if set. You can also set your own flight limits via GPS restricting the distance the drone can fly from you and via the Smart Circle mode the drone will fly within a certain radius.
The ST16S controller is like the drone itself, being very similar to the previous model with greater improvements where needed. It’s an all in one device just like the previous ST16 controller with a central 7-inch LCD display and a 1 Mile 2.4/5.8 GHz Wi-Fi range. The screen on the new version is better quality with with a more contrasty display. Functionality has also been improved with the latest Flight Mode 2.0 firmware and now with a 720p live video feed from the drone’s main camera. An HDMI port on the controller allows this feed to be viewed on an external TV or monitor.
Everything you need information wise is also displayed on the controller screen from flight information to all the camera controls such as the camera’s tilt angle and exposure settings. You can also set the autonomous flight modes, which include Curve Cable Cam, Follow Me, Journey Mode, Orbit Me, Points of Interest and Return Home. These are exactly the same as on the previous model.
A C23 1-inch CMOS sensor camera is employed on this drone, a significant upgrade from the previous model. The camera hangs down under the drone like a mounted mini gun, visually making the drone very obvious it is a camera-based unit or has a payload with the purpose. It’s mounted on a three axis gimbal with 360-degrees of rotation. The camera itself can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and stills at 20 MP. A big improvement over the previous model that did 4K video at 30 fps, with stills at 12.4 MP.
The up in quality of the camera means better lowlight performance as the 1 inch sensor can gather more light. A 40.5mm standard ND filter is also employed which comes as standard in the package.
|Yuneec Typhoon H Plus||Yuneec Typhoon H|
|Sensor||1 inch C23||GC03+|
|Flight time||30 minutes||25 minutes|
Yuneec has definitely built and improved on the original Typhoon H, but it also comes at a higher price point. There are a lot of improvements here and with the options of multiple payloads, makes this a tasty option for a professional drone pilot. There are enough autonomous features here for beginners and light users and upgraded features like the camera and Intel RealSense technology to get excellent footage. Bad weather handling is also a boon making it a contender in the commercial market with the likes of the CGOET thermal imaging camera and E50 inspection camera options.
The problem is drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro are still heavy hitters in this market and arguably DJI offers some of the best all-round functionality in both their hardware and software. If you want a great all rounder than you can’t go wrong with a DJI, but if you want a drone that can handle weather conditions better and take multiple payloads, the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus may be just the option.