Drones – Quadcopters – New Electronic Fun Toys
I started this web site with Electronic Games in mind and called it Electronic Fun Toys which are played directly on a computer. Now something new has appeared on the market in the electronic fun toy products and it’s taking off rapidly. It’s called Drones or Quadcopters. These toys will get you away from the computer screen and in the outdoors. Learning to fly and flying you own Drone can be exciting and invigorating. Advance Drones come with multi axis gyroscope, magnetometer, and pressure sensor for altitude, orientation and speed, GPS and video cameras. Drones can be purchased at both Amazon and eBay. Click on either one will take you to their website for a very wide selection of drones. They come in a wide rage of pricing depending if it’s a starter drone of a professional one. Most of the Drones on the market are small and for private use, but that is not the only use of them..
Best Reviews has reviewed the following two Drones and classified them as Best of the Best and Best Band for the Buck.
Best of the Best:
The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter Drone has been rated best in its class. It has a price of $1148 at Amazon. It has unmatched performance and overall reliability. It offers numerous high-tech features that separate it from the rest of the pack. However the instruction are somewhat completed. Click on the picture below to go directly to Amazon’s website for more information and other Drones.
Product Description from Amazon
The Phantom 3 Advanced continues the proud tradition of DJI’s Phantom series and brings several important innovations to the Phantom’s rich feature set. The Phantom 3 Advanced carries a fully stabilized 3-axis 1080p full HD video camera for smooth, crisp videos and still photos. To allow you to see what the drone sees, DJI has engineered a new generation of their Lightbridge technology that allows 720p HD digital streaming of live video directly from the drone. You can control the camera and see video in real time as you fly and you can even share the video using the DJI Pilot app’s advanced features. To aid indoor flying, the Phantom 3 Advanced includes an integrated array of optical and ultrasonic sensors call Vision Positioning that allows you to fly precisely indoors without a GPS signal. The Phantom 3 Advanced includes all the tried-and-true features you’d expect from a DJI drone, including GPS navigation with auto takeoffs and auto landings, intelligent high power flight battery, a built-in safety database of no fly zones, and a powerful mobile app for your iOS or Android device.
|Product Dimensions||21 x 10 x 14 inches|
|Item Weight||11 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||11.3 pounds|
|Domestic Shipping||Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.|
|International Shipping||This item is not eligible for international shipping|
|tem model number||P3-Advanced-Bundle-Extra-Battery|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Customer Reviews||4.5 out of 5 stars|
|Best Sellers Rank||#399 in Camera & Photo #96 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > RC Vehicles & Parts > RC Vehicles > Quadcopters|
Best Bang for you Bucks:
The UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera has been rates the best bang for your bucks. Its cost at Amazon is around $149.00. Its high capacity battery and multi-channel function separates this copter from the rest. You get a lot of features for the price. However it doesn’t fly well in windy conditions. Click on the picture below to go directly to Amazon’s website for more information and other Drones
Product Description pulled from Amazon:
- Strong powerful motors enable the helicopter to fly much longer and more efficiently. • Performance is further enhanced by integrated highly elastic plastic protective frame that protects the propellers in flight and acting as anti-collision safety mechanism • Forward-facing HD camera • Removable 4GB Micro-SD card stores enough footage from several flights • SD Card Reader – upload your new AVI and JPEG files to Facebook, Instagram, Email • 4-Channel, 2.4GHz transmitter has LCD screen and displays full flight status • 4 CHANNEL function provide stable flying and easy operation. Up/Down, Left/Right, Forward/Backward, 360°flips • 2 Joysticks move copter in any direction • LED running lights and remote control signal light • Roll Button for instant 360˚roll • Left trigger + right joystick flips 360˚in any direction • Right trigger turns signal light on and off • Controls for trim, flight mode, power • In-flight trim controls for pitch, roll and yaw • Low battery alarm from transmitter • 2 long-life batteries can be swapped or charged in-place with included USB Power Bank • Recharge the batteries with included USB charger • Charging Time: 90-120 mins; Flight Duration: 7-9 mins. • Product Size: 13.4 x 13.0 x 2.2 in/ 340 x 330 x 55mm
|Product Dimensions||13 x 13 x 3 inches|
|Item Weight||4.6 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Manufacturer recommended age||14 years and up|
|Best Sellers Rank||#74 in Toys & Games ( See top 100 in Toys & Games) #2 in Toys & Games) > Hobbies > RC Vehicles Parts > RC Vehicles > Quadcopters|
|Customer Reviews||4.3 out of 5 stars|
New FAA regulations
New FAA regulations require that all drones purchased before December 21, 2015 must be registered before February 19, 2016 and any purchased after December 21, 2015 should be registered before thy are flown. Drones can be registered at https://drone-registration.net/. A quick glance of the rules are as follows:
- You must be over 13 years of age
- Weight of more then 0.55 and less then 55 pounds
- Registration is good for three years
- The certification ID number must ne attached to the Drone.
- Drones purchased before Dec 21, 2015 must be registered by Feb 19, 2016
- Drones purchased after Dec 21,2015 must be registered before they are flown
- Cost to register is $5.00
- Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
Remember do dot fly over 400 feet and do not fly in no fly zones like the airport. Also do not invade the privacy of others.
Have fun with your new Electronic Fun Toy!