Drone / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
Flight time of the most expensive drones can last for more than 25 or 30 minutes but sub-200 drones will never be able to fly for that long. You can expect average batteries in these drones to last for between 7 and 12 minutes of flight time. Buy backup batteries and have them all fully charged. When initial flight time is up change to the next set to play with your drone longer without needing to recharge anything. Another important feature to consider is the range that the drone can cover. Range is how far the drone can fly from the controller. While models at the top end of this price point many be able to fly up to 500 meters most will top out around 100 meters. How many meters do you want to cover with your drone? Decide this and then narrow your selections.
Use of Propeller Protector Guards - I highly recommend operators make use of propeller guards on their Drone. They are available from most manufacturers or from 3rd party vendors. Most simply snap in place like the guards for the Yuneec Typhoon G while others like the propeller guards for the SYMA series require very small Phillips head screws and screwdriver for attachment. Not only will the guards prevent the Drones propellers from harming guests and crew but they also aid in avoiding the Drone becoming tangled in sailboat standing and running rigging fishing boat outriggers radar arches radio antennas and domes navigation lights and safety rails! Propeller guards are a MUST HAVE accessory!
The Blue Jay is very beginner friendly because of the easy custom controls. Its possible to auto-hover after takeoff and land gently with just one button push. You can also draw a custom route on your smartphone and your drone will fly the route itself. Like many drones in this price range the batteries leave much to be desired. While you should get 8 minutes of flight time when the drone is new these batteries may wear out after a few uses and will need to be replaced. The Blue Jay comes with two batteries and an extra power pack. If you want a high-quality FPV drone this is the right choice. Even as a beginner hooking this drone up to your phone is easy so that you can get a cockpit experience. Fly around and see everything as it happens with the Force 1 U45W Blue Jay drone.