Quadrotors are easy to get, but are really easy to crash and loose too, so it’s a great idea to get a cheap drone, even more so if you just start flying.
While cheap quadrotors do not have the performance of the larger ones, they are still fun to fly and make great trainers.
A lot of these cheap beginner quadcopters come with prop guards which make the flying even safer both for the quad and for you.
Some quads have a camera too, so you’ll be able to review your flight from high above.
To get the most fun out of your cheap quad, choose one with a replaceable battery. Toy drones charge time can be surprisingly long, but if you get a few more batteries you can keep flying while the other batteries are charging.If the LEDs start flashing mid-flight the battery is getting low, so land as soon as possible. A lot of toy quads come with a USB based charger, so you’ll need a computer or an iPhone charger to charge them.
Quadcopters use the 2.4Ghz interference-free transmitter technology,multiple quads can fly together, just make sure you bind them one after another. Once out of range these simple quadcopter will simply crash, so take care!
These quadrotors are small, so you do not have to register them with the FAA.
The best quadcopter drones for under $100
|Name||Flight Time||Charge Time||Range||Extras||Beginner Mode||LED||Camera||Replaceable Battery||Details|
|6-8 mins||60-80 mins||30-50 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||✕||✓||Price
|4-9 mins||100 mins||50 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||720p||✓||Price
|5-7 mins||40 mins||40 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||✕||✓||Price
|5 mins||30-50 mins||30 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||✕||✓||Price
|2×15 mins||90-100 mins||100 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||720p||✓||Price
|9 mins||40 mins||30 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||✕||✓||Price
|7 mins||25 mins||20 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||✕||✓||Price
|7-9 mins||90-120 mins||30 meters||props, guard||✓||✓||720p||✓||Price
|8 mins||40 mins||40+ meters||props||✓||✕||✕||✓||Price
|4-8 mins||30-40 mins||40 meters||props||✓||✓||✕||✕||Price
The details of the best quads under 100
The Holy Stone HS170
is one of our favorite quads. It’s palm sized, has a simple one-key return mode, and will fly outdoors too. The transmitter is mid-sized, so it’s suitable both for adults and for children(the suggested age group is 14 years and up). To start flying you’ll need6xAA batteries for the transmitter and that’s it. The transmitter is mode 2only, the throttle is on the left stick. The quad has beginner, intermediate and advanced modes, and the parts availability is great too.
Overall this is the best quad of the pack, highly suggested.
The Syma X5C
is a classic, a large, 31cm X 31cm flying machine, most suited for outdoor flying on calm days. The X5C comes with a full-sized transmitter, so it’s best for adult hands. The transmitter needs 4xAA batteries, and can control the onboard camera too. The flight time is 4 to 9 minutes depending on how you fly, the charge time is 100 minutes. The good reputation and good part-availability make the X5C a good choice for outdoor flying.
The Syma X11
is a palm-sized quad, with very stable flight.The X11 comes with a mid-sized transmitter, so it’s well suited both for adults and children. The transmitter supports both mode 1 and mode 2, and requires 4xAA batteries for to work. The flight time is 5 to 8 minutes after an hour of charging. All in all the X11 is a good quad and a safe choice.
The Eachine E010
is a small, though not tiny quad from Eachine. The E010 weighs 21 grams with the battery installed, and it flies well both indoors and outdoors if the weather is calm. The E010 comes with a small-sized transmitter, so it fits small hands the best. The transmitter needs 2xAA batteries, and you can start flying.The E010 has well-tuned beginner and advanced modes, and the prop guards are stronger than what you’d find on similar quads. Choose this one if you’d like to get a high quality small quad.
The Qcopter QC1
is a large, 40 cm X 40 cm quadcopter drone,and it weighs 125 grams. As it’s this big, this quad is best suited for outdoor flying. The QC1 comes with a 720p camera you can control from the transmitter, for example you can take photos while it’s up in the air. The transmitter is full sized, so it best fits adult hands. To start flying you’ll need 4xAA batteries for the transmitter.
The quad comes with two Lipo batteries for flying, and it can fly between 10and 15 minutes using a single one – you get 20-30 minutes of flight time without having to buy an additional battery.
This quad is a great choice if you’d like to fly outside only.
The Hubsan H107L
is a good quality, palm-sized quadcopter from Hubsan. With this size it can easily fly outside if there’s not much wind. The H107L comes with a mid-sized transmitter, so it will fit adult and teen hands too. The transmitter supports mode 1 and mode 2 flying, and needs 4xAA batteries. The flight time is about 9 minutes after 40 minutes of charging. Overall it’s one of those average quads you can’t go wrong with.
The Blade Nano Qx
is a tiny quadcopter weighing only 16grams. As such it’s best for indoor flying, but will fly outdoors on calm days too. The 7 minute flight time and 25 minute charge time is great too.The transmitter is normal-sized, so it best fits adult hands. The transmitters needs 4xAA batteries for flying, and supports both mode 1 and mode 2 flying.
The UDI U818A
is a large, 34cm X 33cm sized quadcopter, best suited for outdoor flying. The U818A can fly for 6 to 9 minutes using a single battery after 1-2hours of charging. The quadcopter comes with two batteries, you can fly for two times as long with a simple battery swap.The U818A comes with a full-sized transmitter which can control the 720pcamera too.
The Syma X1
is a basic, palm sized quad. The X1 can fly well both indoors and outdoors, and comes with a full-sized transmitter that fits adult hands the best. The flight time is around 8 minutes after 40 minutes of charging, the transmitter needs 4xAA batteries for flying.
The Cheerson CX-10
is a really tiny quadcopter, just 4cm X 4cmand weighs 11 grams. Due to it’s size it’s better suited for indoor flying, but will fly outsides in calm weather too. The quad comes without a prop guard, so it’s a bit less protected than the others. The transmitter is mode 2 and best fits small hands. To start flying you’ll need 2xAA batteries for the transmitter.Choose this quad if you’d like to fly the tiniest quad ever.
If you still could not find a quad you like, check our review section for even more toy drones!