Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter
- Best Beginner Drones
One of the up and coming drones on the market, this quadcopter is perfect for first-time fliers and youngsters. User-friendly, with an intuitive controller, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better choice for the money in today’s market.
Key Features of the Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone
- Slick and stylish black casing makes it easy to find in the sky.
- Can be flown indoors or outdoors.
- Comes with a bonus battery for longer flight time – up to 9 minutes.
- Takes around 80 mins to fully charge.
- Range of up to 100m.
- Comes with a key return and headless security system – it’s almost impossible to lose this drone!
- Bundle comes with quadcopter, 2.4G remote transmitter, two USB charging cables, 2 LiPO batteries, 4 rotating plades, 2 landing skids, a screwdriver and a user manual.
- Size: 31cm x 31cm x 9cm
- 2-megapixel camera fitted to the device
- 6-axis gyro system stabilises the drone when flying.
This drone can be flown straight out of the box, which will cater to its audience, who will undoubtedly be excited to fly the device as soon as they get their hands on it. Putting the rotor guards together is quick and easy, and the landing gear slips on with no trouble at all.
The Holy Stone F181 is perfect for young users – you don’t want to let them take the reins when it comes to the more expensive drones, but this option is so intuitive and stable, you’d be happy to hand over the controller to a youngster.
The camera comes in at just 2-megapixels, which isn’t much by today’s standards – but when you consider the price bracket this drone falls into, you can’t have any complaints! You can also record video, which is more than many of the Holy Stone F181’s competitors can do.
One of the first things we discovered was that this drone is also exceptionally durable. It can fall out of the sky or crash into a tree and there is a good chance it will survice the impact, and – incredibly – the battery still stays in place after a hard fall. So once you’ve verified that the drone is still in one piece, you can continue to fly it without fear of parts breaking off or falling apart.
There are a few small niggles with the F181 that users have picked up on. The first is that it lacks GPS, which means tracking the drones is nigh-on impossible. However, the device does come with a Headless security features which recalls the drones from any location within range.
There have also been some issues with the motor overheating. However, if the user gives the motor plenty of time to cool between flights (rather than immediately recharging it and taking it to the skies once more), there shouldn’t be any real problem to confront.
If you’re looking for a simple, entry-level drone that will take great aerial images and video, this is a great option. For first-time drone buyers, or those purchasing the drone as a gift, you would be hard pressed to get better for your money in this price range.