The Walkera Runner 250 Racing Quadcopter RTF –ready-to-fly – is, according to its promotion, built to race. But while fast and tough looking in a very Terminator/industrial fashion, the Runner 250 seems to invoke a recurring lament: the crash and snap. A racing drone by its nature has performance demands that exceed regular applications, and the flip-of-death after a single outing doesn’t scream design integrity, though it is fair to note that as a do-it-yourself kit, manufacturing standards will vary from user to user. As a Ready to Fly airbot, there is an expectation that advanced calculus won’t be required during its assembly.
As UAV racing -- rotorcross – continues its forward momentum with gusto, the market will expand to accommodate the demand with more airbots ‘built to race.’ But as any racers worth their salt understand, especially with vehicles as temperamental as remote control aircraft, being built to race must also include being built to withstand the rigors of racing. With consumer drones, those rigors include crashing.
25 mph is an impressive speed for such a stripped down package, and the Runner 250 is decidedly not for the neophyte as its controls leave minimal room for error while moving at a decent clip, its stated design function. The rotors have impressive power yet tend to lose alignment when stressed by gravitational limitations or physical obstruction. Its carbon fiber modular design frame is useful for swapping out snappers or benders as well as for upgrades.
The Runner 250 has a camera plate for additional coverage with a GoPro or whatever you prefer within loft limitations. The included FPV camera with 5.8 GHz video transmitter can be used with the additionally available receiver and FPV goggles/display system, useful for real time monitoring and opponent intimidation, invaluable when push comes to shove in the competitive airways.
I will say that it flies pretty decently and comes with a lot for the price. So in that regard, it is a good item, as long as you plan to never crash it.
The motors are powerful but after a single crash they jam up...The frame isn't that strong. Not bad but, come on. One crash and it bent on the rear motor mount.
The quad is very stable in flight, but has a slight lean forward...Overall a solid value. No soldering or tinkering. Great if you just want to pop in the battery and go.
Comes with self-tightening propellers...once armed, your props will spin slowly, allowing pilots to visually know that the quadcopter is armed. The video quality is good.