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Best Mini Drones

Best Mini Drones August 17, 2017 3:15 pm
Best Mini Drones

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Want a drone but don’t want it to take up much space? Mini drones are the wave of the future, with some of them being the size of your hand and others being only a couple of inches in size. We’ll look at the 10 best mini drones and what sets them apart from the competition.

Cheerson CX-10 Mini


Cheerson’s CX-10 Mini is a great drone, offering a size that is smaller than your palm. It’s agile and quick with the chops to do tricks and turn heads. It’s best used inside and beginners will find it’s perfect for their needs. It is suggested that users by prop guards to help protect the device from any crashes or accidents.

Charing the battery takes only about 30 minutes and a four to eight-minute flight is possible. However, that’s not shabby when you consider the low price of this drone. It’s a great choice with controls that are newcomer friendly and offers a number of flight modes so you can change things up and get a lot of use out of the machine.

Cheerson CX-10 Mini, $17.91, available at Amazon

Holy Stone HS170


The HS170 is a drone that is fun to fly and easy to control. It takes photos and video, and also offers a number of flips and tricks for added excitement. It may take some time to get used to this drone, which makes it better for users of an intermediate level, but beginners will do fine with it after some practice.

Inside the box for the HS170 is the drone, a remote control, 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion battery, space blades, USB charging cable, screwdriver, and user manual. It’s not tough to get it running and will bring about fun for a long time due to the durable materials used in this item.

Holy Stone HS170, $39.99, available at Amazon

UDI U839


The U839 is a fun drone with around six minutes of flight time and 30 meters of range. It’s been assembled to be useful for those of all ages and experience levels, including sensitivity levels that can be changed to be tailored to your flight type. In addition, it’s pretty durable because of the included prop guards.

This drone is great for use outside or inside and features a 2.4GHz transmitter that helps ensure you don’t run into interference from other sources. It has a number of LED lights so you can use it just as easily at night as you can during the day.

UDI U839, $21.99, available at Amazon

Syma X12


The X12 is another drone that can fit in the palm of your hand. It weighs only 13.3 grams and is fast and responsive. It’s surprisingly durable, with rubber feet to support the frame and numerous LED lights in red, white, and green to use while flying at night. The user can also adjust the sensitivity to their personal preference.

This drone is one of the least expensive out there and is great for a beginner to use to get comfortable with the idea of flight before moving on to something more expensive. For the price, it’s worth indulging in as nearly anyone can fly it and do well.

Syma X12, $18.20, available at Amazon

Parrot Airborne Cargo


The Airborne Cargo is simple to fly. There is a takeoff button available on the Android and iOS app that controls the plane. This causes the drone to lift off and hover a few feet off the ground. The same sort of system is available for landing, as well. The app makes complex processes much easier, allowing a beginner to jump right in and fly.

This drone has a camera but it’s nothing special and its battery life isn’t particularly long. It does however allow carrying small items, which is a fun perk. They fly great and the touch-screen interface makes the machine perfect for a newcomer.

Parrot Airborne Cargo, $78.99, available at Amazon

Hubsan H107D


Hubsan’s H107D is an affordable and beginner friendly FPV drone. You will find that despite being small, it isn’t overly difficult to maneuver or control. It will require some practice, however. In addition, you’ll get a seven-minute charge and 640 x 480 video resolution for filming.

The controller for this drone offers a 4.3-inch LCD monitor that lets you fly your drone without actually watching it. These FPV drones are often pretty costly but this is a happy exception. On top of that, it has a range of 100 meters, which is great for this size and price of drone.

Hubsan H107D, $79.99, available at Amazon

Cheerson CX-10WD-TX


The CX-10WD-TX is a decent little drone that is very light yet easy to handle. This is something many micro drones cannot do, so it’s nice to see that’s changing in some devices. On top of that, the price is very reasonable.

The main flight features with this drone include headless mode, one-key return, altitude hold, 3D flips, auto landing and takeoff, and more. It has three different flight speeds, with the lower speeds best for beginner users. It is best used indoors but can be used outside, as well. It’s a pretty cool device for a newcomer to the drone world.

Cheerson CX-10WD-TX, $39.99, available at Amazon

Trndlabs Skeye Nano


The Skeye Nano brings something new to the table, at least when it comes to micro drones. It’s just as small as you’d expect and it costs very little, but it offers something special by having a camera that can record video to a microSD card. It also features small blue LEDs on the right and red on the back. These can also give information about the status of the device, such as if it has a low battery or loss of signal.

The Skeye offers a decent basic drone for the price, albeit in a very small form. The addition of the camera is nice, but having no preview of the video can be a bit of a bummer. All in all, it’s a reasonable choice for someone looking for a small, first time drone.

Trndlabs Skeye Nano, $34.99, available at Amazon

Hubsan H107L


The Hubsan H107L is about the size of a smartphone, yet has plenty of features to keep users coming back to it. It’s a great drone for indoor use but can also be used outside if there isn’t a lot of wind. It’s powered by a 3.7V 240mAh LiPo battery, which gives just under 10 minutes of flight time when charged. However, it can charge in less than an hour. Another option is to buy an extra set of batteries to extend your flight sessions.

The box with the H107L includes a transmitter, spare propellers, USB charging cable, and instructions. For someone looking for a small entry-level drone, this one offers just enough. There are several flight modes to choose from and the rest of the specifications are no slouch, either.

Hubsan H107L, $30.93, available at Amazon

Estes 4606 Proto X


The Estes is a tiny quadcopter that will fit in the palm of the user’s hand. It weighs less than half an ounce and has sides that are just less than two inches in length. The size makes this the perfect drone for indoor use. This device is a ready-to-fly drone, which means a user can operate it as soon as it has been charged.

The Proto X comes with the drone, 2.4 GHz radio, LiPo battery, spare blades, USB charging cord, and instructions. It does require two AAA batteries for user in the transmitter. The controller is small and easy to use with few controls to worry about.

Estes 4606 Proto X, $28.99, available at Amazon

No matter which drone you choose, each of these provides a fun flight experience and some cool features. These drones are great for newcomers as well as those who prefer to do indoor flying. It doesn’t hurt that they also tend to be inexpensive!