A quadcopter drone kit can be a great way to get into the hobby of quadcopter flight, and it’s fun! However, as with anything else, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. Knowing exactly what you want and then going out and getting it can save you a lot of money and time in the long run. Here’s a short guide to the different options available and some tips to keep in mind when making your choice.
What’s The Price Of The Drone Kit?
$150 is the average price for a quality quadcopter drone kit. This includes the transmitter and receiver and any extra components you may want to put together. The DJI Tello has a pretty decent range but a very high-speed and surprisingly affordable DIY quadcopter drone kit. If price is important to you, then the Vixen is one to consider. It has all the same features as the Tello, except it’s much smaller and lighter. The two also use the same transmitter, so if you’re looking for more portability, then the Vixen is for you.
The flight controller you choose can make or break your experience with a quadcopter drone kit. If you’re not familiar with flight controllers, you can read up on them or ask your store assistant for advice. If you’d prefer to buy your remote control, there are a few options here too. The best choice for beginners is, of course, to buy an RC quadcopter simulator. These simulators allow you to learn how to fly and have fun in the safety and comfort of your own home.
If you already have a transmitter/remote, or you are looking to replace one of them, there are two great choices; the first is the “built-to-order” radio-controlled transmitter, and the second is the high-tech, fully-integrated, high performance “FPV quadcopter” (aka. quadrocopter) kit. Whether you choose to go with a separate transmitter or the all-in-one FPA quadcopter kit, you’ll be delighted with the multitude of features offered.
Choosing The Motor
Choosing suitable motors will significantly affect the type of flight you can expect, as well as the quality of the quad you are building. The best and most efficient motors will be those that come with your FPA kit. You will also be able to utilize their powerful flight time and high torque without any additional accessories. Additionally, if you don’t want to spend the extra money upfront for a motor upgrade (there’s plenty of that), there are battery packs available as an add-on, which will give you a massive boost in power!
The final part of your FPA or DIY drone kit will be the camera itself. This is where the quality of your work comes into play! There are three types of cameras you can choose from. The “high-end” camera model has a high resolution, night vision, and a built-in swivel head so that you can take your quadcopter out for an exciting ride at night. Alternatively, you could opt for a lower-end “cutthroat” model that offers fewer features, but the pictures it takes will be lower quality (and possibly not even live to stream).