Best Cheap Drones 2017/2018: Drone Reviews


Buying a cheap drone can be a good introduction to remote-controlled flying machines as well as a great gift for someone else.

Compared to more expensive drones these require you to man the controls constantly. Typically there’s no auto hovering, no automatic flying and only basic stabilisation from an on-board gyro.

They’re fun, but flying time is limited to a few minutes, so budget for a few extra batteries – they’re usually cheap and readily available. Just make sure you get the correct type.

Crash packs are available for many mini-quads, too, and it’s well worth getting one, if not just a couple of sets of extra propellers as you will break those that come in the box. Don’t forget that they’re not all the same: one pair rotates clockwise, the other pair anti-clockwise.

Finally, remember that the UK Dronecode applies to these just as much as bigger more expensive drones. If you’re in the US, you have to register your drone with the FAA.

Revell Proto Quad XS

Revell Proto Quad XS

Cheerson CX-10

Cheerson CX-10

Hubsan X4 H107C

Hubsan X4 H107C

Revell Nano Mini

Revell Nano Mini

Parrot Mambo FPV

Parrot Mambo FPV

Hubsan X4 FPV

Hubsan X4 FPV

Syma X5C

Syma X5C

Mota JetJat Nano

Mota JetJat Nano




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