The Best Cheap Drones of 2017

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If you are a drone enthusiast and are just starting out in the drone game then you must go for budget beginner drones for practice before getting a professional level high-costly drone.

There are tons of manufacturers out there and are producing many beginner budget drones so it might be very confusing for a consumer to select a drone. There are few things that you should look out for before purchasing a drone:

• The maximum speed the drone can fly on.

• The onboard camera of the drone. Many Drones also provide a mount to attach your own GoPro cameras.

• The flight time or the battery time of the drone, this means how much can the drone last in the air on a single charge.

• There are two types of controller available in drones, a typical hardware RC controller and a smartphone​ app RC controller.

• The drones can fly in a particular range without losing the connection with the controller.

• The return to home feature commands the drone to automatically come back to the main location using GPS so you don’t have to go look out for it.

Down below we have​ listed some of the best budget drones that you can get your hands on and start exploring the sky:

• The Hubsan X4 H107L:

The Hubsan X4 H107L is a small palm sized 4 channel 2.4 GHz Quad copter that provides live HD video that you can watch on the controller. You can fly it indoors and outdoors. This drone is fairly simple to use and is ready for the flight straight out of the box. It has built in batteries and comes with everything you need except for the controller batteries.

The drone can be charged using a USB connector. The flight time of the drone is 10 mins, maximum speed is 15 mph and the range is 250 ft. The drone also has a built-in camera and return to home feature.

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• The UDI U818A HD+:

The UDI U818A HD+ as its name suggests is a high-quality camera drone for beginners. It has a robust light design which makes it easy to maneuver and perform tricks like roll, flip, 360 etc. This drone does not require FAA registration due to its unique design.

The drone comes with two Lipo batteries, a controller with and LCD Display, a micro SD card, a USB card reader and spare blades. It has 6 axis gyro stabilization and return to home technology. The battery life is 9 mins, the range is 110 ft and the maximum speed is 10 mph.

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• The Holy Stone HS170:

The Holy Stone HS170 Predator mini is one of the cheapest Drones in the market. It does not have features like HD camera or return to home functionality but it offers a lot according to the price point. This drone is for people who are looking for simple Drones for entertainment.

The drone is very easy to fly and you will learn controlling it pretty easily unlike other drones which take time to learn. The battery life of the drone is 6 mins, the range is 160 ft and maximum speed is 10 mph.

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• The Mokasi 6-Propeller Pocket Drone:

This tiny little drone is an ideal birthday gift or a fun toy for young ones which will help them to learn. It is only 4.6 ounces and its 6 propeller provides stable flight and you can perform flips easily.

The Drone has a frequency of 2.4 GHz and only needs 3 AAA batteries for the controller. The flight time is of 5 mins and you can control the copter from a distance of 20 to 30 meters.

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• The DWi Dowellin RTF Remote Control Drone:

This is also one of the unique micro drones available out there. It has 4 propellers and has a controller with some great functionality that it does not look like the controller for such a small drone. The body of the drone is colored orange and white.

The package includes the drone, a controller and a USB charging connector. There are three speed modes available which function high, medium and low. The flight time is of 4-5 minutes and can be operated from up to a distance of 50 to 60 meters. There’s a headless mode which provides the solution for pilot loss-of orientation.

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• The Syma X5SW-V3:

The Syma X5SW-V3 is a highly featured beginner drone and is very affordable for the given functionality. It includes an HD camera, first person live video on your Smartphone via an app, 6 axis gyro stability. It can also perform 360° flips and continuous roll and stays stable.

This drone can be controlled by your Smartphone and comes with many spare parts. It serves as a great starter kit. The only thing that it lacks is back to home technology. The drone has a flight time of 7 mins, the maximum speed of 11 mph and can be operated from up to a distance of 160 ft.

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• The E010 Mini UFO:

This is one of the best selling UFO which measures only about 3.7 x 3.7 x 2 inches and weighs only 1.5 ounces. This Quad copter has a strong motor, self stabilization technology and a single button to perform a 360 degree flip.

The drone has return to home feature and compass mode. The flight time of the drone is 6 mins, range of 100 ft and the maximum speed of 9 mph.

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