The tiny Propel Quark Micro packs a lot into its diminutive package. It is operated by a 2.4 gigahertz digital controller that boasts of 100-plus-meters range, though at that distance it would be pretty hard to see. With 3 speed settings it is able to accommodate fliers of different skill levels. A 6-axis gyro keeps it stable and maneuverable, and it is able to do one-button rolls. It even includes a safety training cage to keep it out of your, or other people’s, hair while you're figuring out the complex variables of 3D flight, as well as a calibration stand. The Quark Micro recharges with a USB connector and its controller uses 2 double-A batteries.
For those who prefer the hands-on approach, there is a plethora of micro-drones out there that can be flown surreptitiously indoors, away from the prying lenses of regulatory bodies. The Cheerson CX-10 Mini will fly around for up to 8 minutes on a 40-minute charge and brags a flight range of 40 meters, which should about cover most home interiors. The Blade Pico QX shoots for 5 to 8 minutes aloft and is able to perform stunts and one-button flips, with nearly 100 feet of flight range. The Nihui U807 offers a 150-meter range with 10 to 12 minutes aloft on a 120-minute charge.
With heightened awareness of the potential for injudicious use as well as more clearly defined FAA regulations, learning the safe operation of the UAS has taken on new urgency. To meet this need, a rash of inexpensive airbots has flooded the marketplace for whoever's content to figure them out. This poses a legal Catch-22 in the USA as operators 16 years and older are required to have a permit/license to operate drones over half a pound while those under 16 are not allowed to fly them at all. The quandary exists in that to become licensed, one has to prove their proficiency at flying them, which is hard to come by without considerable practice. It is estimated by Business Insider that by 2021 the drone market could exceed $12 billion. Doubtless learning to fly them will be a growing segment of that vast market.
I bought four quadricopters... Three worked well, with the fourth one having control issues on the transmitter. The copters were a success for Christmas Eve fun!
Great gift for kids. I bought this for my 6 year old and 10 year old nephews and they absolutely loved it. They could not stop flying the drones around.
Was bought this as a gift this Christmas, and have had a lot of fun with it! However the fact that the battery isn't easily/instantly replaceable is a bit of a shame...
Very hard to control. 11 yr. old son played with it twice and never touched it again because it was too difficult to control. I do not recommend this product.
Excellent way to catch the interest of the under 14 child. Perfect educational toy. Strong design and easy to use. Perfect gift for the Holidays.