A few weeks ago I was given an orphaned Syma C5X a coworker found while taking his dog for a walk through the woods near his home.
Being at work there wasn’t much I could do but clean it up a bit and in doing so I found that the camera still had the stock SD card. I popped it into my phone to see if it had any pics or videos. I was amazed that it was still functional and found a few sky pics and also a number of videos. Only one was of any length and the date on it was Oct 1, 2013! Five years of being in the wilds and enduring the elements.
I took it home, discarded the battery, and found the power switch had rusted in the on position. I popped a new battery in and, as I was expecting, got no response. I thought that maybe it was shorted at the switch, so I opened it up and planned to verify the theory. I pulled the plug out of the housing and plugged in the battery and, to my surprise, it powered up and starting blinking!
At the time I had no way to know if it could fly as I did not have a controller, but yesterday I received the multiprotocol module I ordered and after some trial and error I was able to control my CX-30. I then turned my attention to the C5X and I’ll be damned, it synced up to my QX7 and two of the motors fired right up!
Thought I’d share.