Drones have been gaining a lot of popularity in these past few years. Drones are cool. There’s no denying that but getting into flying them can be a bit intimidating. There are a lot of drones out there and some can be pretty expensive. So, here is a list of the best affordable ones to help you get started.
#1. The Syma X5SW
The Syma X5SW drone is Syma’s most recent and most advanced quadcopter. Its price is reasonable and it comes in three colors. Syma is currently dominating the consumer drone market for a good reason.
The body is light, durable, and secure. The gears have covers to prevent damage, and the camera can be removed or attached.
Flying the drone is easy. It’s very stable and responsive. Hovering can be done with no issues and it’s very nimble. It has both a high-speed mode and a low speed. The low speed is good for in doors and beginners while the high speed is perfect for experts and zipping around.
The battery is a 750mAh 35C battery which allows a flight time of around 6 minutes with the camera on. Removing the camera increases the flight time by a noticeable amount.
Current price: $39.98
#2. The Tarantula X6
The Tarantula X6 is a popular drone on the market. It’s fairly inexpensive but is mostly known for its size. It’s strong, flexible, and includes shock mounts to improve durability.
A small LCD screen with flight information is on the controller for easy access. The controller is made of the same plastic as the drone, so it’s just as durable.
Despite its size, it’s swift and agile. It works well for both recording and zipping around.
The battery is a 1200mAh LiPo battery which gives it a flight time of around 9 minutes.
Current price: Under $60
#3. The UDI U845 Voyager
The UDI U845 Voyager sports 6 rotor blades and a unique UFO-esque look.
The plastic it’s made from is lightweight and durable. Each rotor blade has a leg and the camera is mounted on the bottom in the center.
The controller layout is similar to a Xbox controller and has an attachment for your phone. It will display various flight data in real-time.
Flying the drone is simple and easy. Its simple layout allows for smooth movements and nimble turns. Its range extends up to around 250 feet.
Inside the drone is a 700mAh LiPo battery giving it a flight time of around 9 minutes. Because of the larger battery, the charge time is around 2 hours. To counter this, the drone comes with an extra battery, so you can charge one while using the other.
Current price: $49.99
#4. The Hubsan FPV X4
The Hubsan FPV X4 is built with power and mobility in mind. With a top speed of 10 mph, it will give you a taste of drone racing.
It’s made of a dense plastic and feels heavy. Lights on the body communicate its status and help you see it at night.
The controller has a 4.3in LCD screen. It shows in-flight information including battery life, flight times, and live video. It also has MicroSD card slots.
Various sensitivity controls give both beginners and experts the experience they want.
The battery is a 380mAh LiPo battery allowing around 6 minutes of flight time and a 30-minute charge.
Current price: $74.95
#5. The JXD 509W
The JXD 509W is a quadcopter that will entertain both beginners and seasoned pilots. It’s surprisingly stable and includes some great features.
It comes with a 2.4GHz controller that includes a clip to attach your phone. The camera will transmit directly to your phone. It has little to no delay, but it relies on Wi-Fi, so the signal gets worse the farther you go. Its range is around 330ft.
Low, medium, and high are the speed modes included. You get the exciting high-speed action and the low-speed recording sessions.
The battery is a 600mAh 30C LiPo battery. Flight times are around 8 minutes depending on camera usage.
Current price: $62.96
#6. The Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
The Blade Nano QX RTF is an easy to fly quadcopter designed to be flown indoors. The design is simple, stable, and durable.
It comes ready to fly, so all you need to do is remove the packaging and charge it up!
The controller is shaped similar to an Xbox controller and includes buttons to adjust the sensitivity.
The Nano QX RTF reacts quickly to the controls and zips around with ease. A special feature to note is its SAFE technology, which allows it to hover when you take your hands off the controls.
It has a range of about 40 feet and a 150mAh battery that allows a flight time of around 7 to 8 minutes.
Current price: $59.99