Small drones are easy to fly and they are a great way of starting off your drone flying hobby. Their small size makes them very easy to transport, they are lightweight, so you can keep them airborne with very little effort and, despite their small size; there are some small drones that can be used for aerial reconnaissance flights. Small drones are growing rapidly in popularity and some people say that, in the future, the mini drones will be used for covert operations by special ops teams. Here are eight of the best mini drones that we just know you are going to want to fly.
Hubsan RC Quad Copter with Camera
The Hubsan RC quad copter is a superb little drone that is great fun to fly and it comes with its own built in camera that takes surprisingly good video footage for its size. With this particular small drone, we recommend that you read the instructions carefully before you fly it and, if you are not an experienced drone flyer, you fit the propeller guard to your drone to avoid damage to the rotor blades. The controls of the Hubsan RC quadcopter are like the controls of a helicopter and the helicopter inspired design of the drone looks really cool.
When you have the camera attached, the Hubsan RC quadcopter weighs 13.6 ounces and the drone measures 2.7″ by 2.7″ by 1″. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to charge the drone and then you will get around five to seven minutes of flying time.
Even though this quad is very small, the fact that it is such fun to fly and that it comes with a camera makes the Hubsan RC quadcopter with a camera a pretty awesome small drone for the price.
UDiRC Piglet U36W Quadcopter
The UDiRC Piglet U36W drone is a small helicopter drone that is at the forefront of drone technology. The unique design of this quad includes the placement of the rotors underneath the body of the drone, between the legs, so the blades cannot strike a flat surface. The Piglet Quadcopter includes a camera that will stream video footage to your smartphone and it has smart alarm that will warn you if the drone is getting out of range.
The Piglet is blue and green in color and it measures 2.6″ by 1.5″ by 2.6″. It weighs in at one and a half pounds. Charging time for the Piglet U36W mini drone is in the region of an hour to an hour and a half and the drone will fly for approximately eight minutes before it needs a recharge.
The UDiRC Piglet U36W mini drone is a well-designed small drone that up there amongst the best mini-drones on the market at the moment.
Coolmade Nano 1603 Mini Quadcopter
The Coolmade Nano 1603 mini quadcopter has the perfect combination of small size and weight to make it easy to transport, but it is still heavy enough to fly reliably when there is a bit of wind about. The drone comes with a camera, it runs off a 3.7V 200mAh Li-Po battery, and it’s a two-tone transparent gray and black coloring with a bright green logo.
The Nano 1603 quadcopter would make a really great entry level drone. It’s not too expensive and it’s strong enough to take a few knocks too. The propeller blades are protected by semi-transparent plastic rings, which will protect the rotors from the inevitable collisions.
The Coolmade Nano 1603 mini quadcopter drone may not be the most sophisticated looking mini-drone on the market, but what it lacks in cool factor it more than makes up for in performance.
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
If you like racing drones, then the Holy Stone HS170 Predator could well be the mini-drone for you. This is no drone for the beginner, but that’s the appeal of this quadcopter. It doesn’t have a secure casing like the Nano Quadcopter or Bangcool, so you do need to know what you are doing with this quadcopter. If you are a beginner and you want to try a Holy Stone HS170 Predator mini drone, take it easy until you get used to flying this one, or you might damage the props.
The Holy Stone HS170 Predator mini RC helicopter drone is a gray and black drone that measures 5.3″ by 1.6″ by 5.3″ and weighs 14.4 ounces. The remote control has a range of 30 to 50 meters and flying time is about 6-8 minutes. The HS170 Predator uses a 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion battery, which takes about an hour and a half to charge.
Bangcool Mini Drone
The Bangcool mini radio controlled drone is another top rated entry level drone. This is an extremely well-made drone with some great features. The Bangcool mini drone has a protective cover over the propellers to help avoid damage to the blades in the event of a collision, and the sensitive controls make performing flips easy. This would be a great drone for young children to learn to fly drones with.
The The Bangcool mini drone is red and black, it measures 3.74″ by 3.74″ by 1.57″ and it weighs very little. It doesn’t have a camera, but that’s one of the reasons that it is so lightweight and easy to fly. The remote control has a range of 100 feet and flying time is about 5-8 minutes. The 3.7V (150MAH) battery takes between half an hour and fifty minutes to charge.
JD Toys JD-18 Wi-Fi FPV Foldable Pocket Drone
The JD Toys JD-18 mini drone is a drone that uses all the latest technology. The drone is connected to your phone, which you use as the remote control, and it streams live video footage your phone as well. The JD Toys JD-18 Wi-Fi FPV selfie pocket drone comes in two colors, blue or red, and it comes with a camera.
The JD-18 mini-drone measures at 25.5cm by 25.5cm by 3.5cm and it uses a 3.7V 600mAh li-po battery, which takes just over an hour to charge. You will get about five minutes flying time from each charge. The remote control has a 100m range. If you are looking for the sleekest looking mini-drone that is different from all the rest, then you need to take a closer look at the JD Toys JD-18 Wi-Fi FPV foldable selfie pocket drone.
JJRC H36 Mini RC Quadcopter
The JJRC H36 Mini RC Quadcopter is a tiny, but tough, mini-drone that packs a lot of punch for its size. The JJRC H36 quadcopter measures 3.4″ by 1.2″ by 3.4″ and weighs 6.4 ounces. The remote control has a range of 30 meters and the maximum flying time is five minutes. Charging the 3.7V 150mAh Lipo battery takes around 30-50 minutes. The JJRC H36 mini quadcopter is a fast and agile mini-drone that will suit beginners and professionals alike.
XTIM BB1 Bionic Bird Deluxe Drone
The unique design of the XTIM BB1 Drone probably makes it one of the coolest drones on the market at the moment. While most drones use propellers, the Bionic Bird has wings and it flies just like a bird. The drone is made out of a combination of lightweight carbon fiber and foam, and it flies really well.
The Bionic Bird Deluxe Drone weighs 1.5 pounds and it measures 14.8″ by 2.9″ by 8.3″. It doesn’t have a camera, but that’s not really the point of this mini-drone. Even charging the Bionic Bird is cool. To charge it, you sit it on a glowing blue egg and it charges in just 12 minutes, which will give you around eight minutes flying time.
Flying the Bionic Bird is a little bit tricky and it takes a bit of time to getting used to it, but it’s a great way to learn more about how real birds fly. It will take some time to master flying the Bionic Bird, but once you have, you will have a mini drone that will certainly make a few people do a double take when they see it.