What quadcopter for beginners?

Quadrotors are getting better year after year, buying one suitable for a beginner is very easy. The best beginner quads have the following attributes:

A quadcopter drone suitable for beginners should be light

, as light quadcopters can’t do that much damage, and do not get damaged that easy either. Large quads like the DJI Phantom can cause all sorts of damage if they fall: they can crush windshields, cause injury to people, the rotating blades cuts through the flesh, and the quad itself will surely fall into pieces.

Contrast this with a small quad like the Cheerson CX-10, the worst that can happen is that you’ll have to replace it’s props, which cost just a few dollars. This kind of safety is even more important if you buy the quad as a present for your son or daughter.

Having said that bit larger size toy quads can be good too, as their slight sluggishness make them easier to control.

The best beginner quads are sturdy, and have a huge choice of parts available.

If one thing is sure you’ll experience many times as a beginner pilots are crashes. The more beating the quad can take, and the easier it is to get parts for the better.

The quadrotor should come with spare propellers and a prop guard out of the box.

Propellers count as consumables when you are starting out. The guard will help you consume less πŸ™‚

Quads with multiple modes make great trainers

, these quadcopters have beginner/intermediate/advanced modes. In beginner mode the quad is the least sensitive, so controlling it is easier as fine stick movements are not required.

The top starter quads do not cost much.

It’s a great idea to think of these as throw away toys – spending a lot on a beginner quad is not that fortunate as you’ll crash it many times anyway. The lower the price,the lower the loss can be.

The quad should come with a transmitter.

Some toy quadrotors are controlled using a Wifi-capable smartphone. While these might look great at first, it will only make it harder to graduate to a normal transmitter later on. If you are looking for a quadcopter for a child, there are quads with small-sized transmitters which will fit their hands better.

Get a quad with replaceable battery.

Toy quads tend to have along charge time, so it’s a great idea to get a quad with replaceable battery and a few spare batteries to have more fun.

Consider getting a quad with a camera.

While a camera is anything but necessary for a beginner quad, it can be a lot more fun. Just imagine a video of the quad chasing the neighbor’s cat πŸ™‚

Some toy quads have Wifi based live, first-person-view video output – you could get these, but Wifi based video links are not useful for flying, as they have a high latency.

Consider using a simulator.

Besides getting a cheap and sturdy toy quad you can improve your skills a lot by using a simulator, for exampleΒ this quadcopter simulator. A simulator never breaks down, will not need battery charging and prop replacement, so you can fly as much as you want to.

Avoid quadcopters with a brushless motor.

While brushless motors are the real deal, they are not for beginners. Just leave them fo rlater when your flying skills have improved. None of the quads in this article have brushless motors, so they are safe.

To learn more about flying a quad, check our “How to fly a quadcopter?” article!

Toy quads usually have a 14 year minimum suggested age. These quads have small parts, so keep them out of the reach of toddlers.

Quadcopters for beginners

Holy Stone HS170
The Holy Stone HS170 before liftoff.
The Holy Stone HS170

is classic we reviewed earlier. The palm-sized HS170 has a 6 to 8 minute flight time after a 80 minute charge time, so getting a spare battery is a good idea. The transmitter is a bit smaller than that of the Syma X5C, so this could make a better gift for children. The transmitter has beginner,intermediate and advanced modes which makes it ideal for learning to fly.Propeller guard and replacement propellers are included in the box. TheHS170 supports headless modeΒ which makes it easy to recover would you loose the orientation.

The Holy Stone HS170 is our suggested quad for starting out.

Features:
  • βœ“ Prop guards in the box.
  • βœ“ Replacement props in the box.
  • βœ“ Easy to replace battery.
  • βœ“ Beginner, intermediate and advanced modes.
  • βœ• Full-size transmitter.
  • βœ“ Mid-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Small-size transmitter.
The Syma X5C

is another classic, we have reviewed it earlier here. The X5Cis suitable for indoor and outdoor flying too, has a 7 minute flight time and a 100 minute charge time. Replacement parts are available too. This is a large-sized toy quad with a full-size transmitter, so it’s best suited for adult hands.

This quad comes with a camera.

Features:
  • βœ“ Prop guards in the box.
  • βœ“ Replacement props in the box.
  • βœ“ Easy to replace battery.
  • βœ“ Beginner and advanced modes.
  • βœ“ Full-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Mid-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Small-size transmitter.
The Syma X11

is a palm-sized, low-cost quadcopter which comes with prop guards out of the box. The transmitter is not full-sized, soit will fit small hands well. The X11 comes with prop guards out of the box, so this will survive crashes. The flight time 6 to 8 minutes, the charge time is 50 minutes. As a little extra, this quad comes with a camera.Choose this quad if you’d like a mini-size, low-cost quad.You can read the full review here.

Features:
  • βœ“ Prop guards in the box.
  • βœ“ Replacement props in the box.
  • βœ“ Easy to replace battery.
  • βœ“ Beginner and advanced modes.
  • βœ• Full-size transmitter.
  • βœ“ Mid-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Small-size transmitter.
The Cheerson CX-10

is a nano-sized quadcopter, great for indoor flying. The CX-10 comes with a small-sized transmitter, which makes it ideal for children. Just as the other quads above, the CX-10 has prop guards so crashes will not wreck the blades. The flight time is 4 to 8 minutes after 40 minutes of charging. A downside of the CX-10 is the built-in battery: you won’t be able to replace it with a fully charged one for continuous flying. The CX-10 has beginner, intermediate and advanced modes so it’s great for beginners. Click here for the full review.

Choose this quad if you’d like to start flying with a really tiny drone.

Features:
  • βœ“ Prop guards in the box.
  • βœ“ Replacement props in the box.
  • βœ• Easy to replace battery.
  • βœ“ Beginner, intermediate and advanced modes.
  • βœ• Full-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Mid-size transmitter.
  • βœ“ Small-size transmitter.
The Eachine E10C

is another nano-sized quadcopter mainly for indoor flights. Just as the CX-10 this quad comes with a small-sized transmitter. This quadrotor comes without prop guards,however a crash set is available on Amazon. The battery was not designed tobe replaced, so a bit of tinkering is needed. The quad can fly for 5 to 6minutes after 30-40 minutes of charging and supports beginner, intermediate and advanced modes. Click here to read the full review of the Eachine E10C.

This tiny drone is a good alternative to the Eachine E10C

Features:
  • βœ• Prop guards in the box.
  • βœ“ Replacement props in the box.
  • βœ• Easy to replace battery.
  • βœ“ Beginner, intermediate and advanced modes.
  • βœ• Full-size transmitter.
  • βœ• Mid-size transmitter.
  • βœ“ Small-size transmitter.

Most toy quads are great for beginners, check our review section for more!

Have fun flying πŸ™‚

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