It can be tricky to decide on the best mini drone to buy. Luckily, we’re here to break it all down for you. Here’s our Top 10 Best Mini Drone to purchase in 2017.
A mini drone, or micro quad, is really nothing more than it sounds; it is a smaller version of the original quadcopter. Most functionality is generally the same such as the design, flight ability, stability, and durability. There are some major advantages in a mini drone such as an increased battery life and reduced price.
Mini drones can provide a good introduction to remote-controlled flight. Most use a gyroscope and computer controls to provide stability, and some include limited-flight modes so you can learn without risking a crash. Drones are sometimes fitted with LEDs to indicate the direction of travel or to allow night flying. Some models include pre-programmed flying tricks like flips or loops. Drones fitted with cameras let you take stills or capture video from high overhead.
We’ve seen affordable quadcopters, and we’ve seen some really inexpensive ones. However, the all new Eachine H8 Mini probably beats them all with a price tag that’s lower than any other!
- One press automatic return
- Can realize 3D tumbling in four directions with 4 LED lights
- With Headless Mode,no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying
- Has 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control
- 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360 Degree
2) Hubsan X4
The new Hubsan X4 LED edition features a whole host of new improvements to make this model the best micro quad on the market. It may be small, but Hubsan’s X4 micro quadcopter’s performance capabilities belies it’s size with it even being able to fly outdoors, wind dependant.
The X4 comes ready-to-fly with a 4-channel LCD display 2.4 gHz transmitter that features adjustable sensitivity modes for normal or expert flight. Charging for the 380 mAh LiPo battery is handled via a USB charge cable. The H107C version includes a front mounted camera with a video recording function. Just insert a Micro SDHC (not included) and experience birds-eye views from your Hubsan quadcopter. To balance the extra weight the H107C is fitted with larger more powerful motors.
3) Syma X11
While initially the larger quad copters were the kings of the drone market, right now the trend has shifted its focus towards the smaller copters which are also quite affordable as well.
The Syma X11 is a very small, yet highly affordable device that you can purchase right now on the market at a highly appealing price.
4) SYMA X12
Like it’s older sister the SYMA X11 – it’s very small.It weighs in at a petite 13.3 grams.
The Syma X12 Nano is full of awesome features, and includes everything you need to get started flying it right out of the box. Below, we’re going to list and review the features and benefits of what comes in the X12 Nano box.
- 360 Degree Eversion: Being able to roll 360 degrees in the air is something to behold, and the X12 Nano comes with this operating ability.
- 6-Axis System: The six axis system is a real gem on the X12 Nano, and allows you to perform a variety of stunts in mid-air, including rolls and flips! Totally fun, but be warned that flips and rolls can take a lot out of the battery. It’s always best to do the flips when the battery is fully charged and fresh.
- 2.4GHz Radio Control: The 2.4 GHz spectrum allows you a generous flight distance, up to 20 meters indoors, and about 10-15 meters outside. There’s not very much room to fly, but you’ll get in less trouble losing track of it in such a small operating distance.
The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. Never flown a quad-copter before? No problem. The Nano QX uses the SAFE technology system with sophisticated flight control software to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode. If you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks. The SAFE technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover all by itself. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability.
SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is central to the performance of the Nano QX. Even new pilots will feel comfortable with the Nano QX in stability mode because SAFE will make sure the quad is always in control and in an upright fashion. You will feel an immediate sense of confidence and be flying around like a pro in no time!
he Holy Stone 4 channel 2.4GHz Mini RC Drone is a lightweight hobby quadcopter perfect for everyone, from beginner to advanced. It’s powered by a rechargeable LiPO battery and comes equipped with a camera for taking both video and snapshots. It has four levels of control and works well both indoors and outdoors. This drone is great for both beginners and seasoned hobbyists looking for a smaller, easy to use quad.
7) Traxxas QR-1
This is one of the top mini quadcopters for intermediate skill level fliers. The Traxxas QR-1 is great for flying indoors or outside. The design is truly made to last even through the most devastating crashes. Even in the unfortunate instance where something does break it can easily be repaired by purchasing the replacement part on Traxxas’s website. Also, the QR-1 can perform maneuvers and tricks such as barrel rolls, flips and the craziest of stunts.
One of the smallest mini quadcopters available, the Estes Proto X Nano measures in at only 1.5 x 1.5” and weighs a mere .4 oz. Since it’s so small the rechargeable LiPo battery is actually built in and never needs to be removed, even for charging. To charge the quad a USB charging cable is included in the package which you can connect directly to your quad.
The 3D X4 comes with bumpers to help protect the blades while you’re flying.
The 3D X4 can fly backwards and perform rolling 180 degree tricks. It comes with 4 extra propellers for those accidents you might have. You can get about 5-7 minutes of flight time on a single charge in about 65 minutes.
10) UDI U839
The UDI U839 came out as a “clone” of the Proto X (#6 in this article). With its 7mm diameter coreless motors, you’ll find that this is one of the most powerful mini-drones on the market.
Its rubber feet make it great for hard landings, and it sports a high-speed mode for outdoor racing (which also helps it challenge the wind).
One of its key features is the replaceable battery. When your first battery dies, simply swap it out for a another one and you’re good to go for a second round.