What To Look For In Your Kids First Drone
By Jeremy Hood
With the holidays coming up, there is no better time to start looking for your kids first drone.
However, a drone is not just another toy. It will teach them a ton of responsibility and create plenty of awesome bonding moments for you and your child. The drone market ranges from cheap toy drones around $20 all the way up to several thousand dollars. If you're just starting out, you probably don't want to invest in a drone that cost several hundred dollars, so check out some basic features to look for and even a few recommendations.
|Source: provided by Jeremy Hood|
As we mentioned, you can get a cheap drone just make sure you have the right expectations for it.
Obviously, the more money you can spend, the higher-quality drone you will get. Just like with anything in life, usually get what you pay for.
Flight time is one of the main features you should consider when purchasing your first drone. It is directly related to battery life. Most of the toy drones will last about 5 to 7 minutes.There are a couple that last 15 minutes, but you will need to spend a couple hundred bucks if you want them to last any longer than that.This isn't really a huge deal because the batteries are relatively cheap which means you can invest in a few. This way if you have three or four ready to go, you simply need to swap out the batteries and you can be back up in the air in no time.
Just make sure that you follow the manufacturer's recommendations for taking a break in between flights. If you do not let the motors cool down they can burn up quickly. But those are relatively and expensive to replace as well. Most of the batteries take 1 to 2 hours to charge. However, sometimes you can find charging docks that will hold multiple batteries at one time. Even though you can purchase a cheap drone you can quickly see how the accessories will add up right?! It will all be worth it when you and your child have a blast with your first quadcopter.
The range is another important feature to consider when purchasing a drone. The range has to do with the remote control and the strength of the transmitter inside of it. Most of the toy drones will work anywhere from 50 to 100 meters. The more expensive drones can fly a couple miles but you need to spend a lot of money to get to that range. However, 50 to 100 meters should be plenty depending on the age of your child. Plus, you are supposed to be able to see your drone at all times, so, going further than that may limit visibility. You can also modify certain remotes to extend the range if you are not happy with the distance.
Last but certainly not least, whether or not you want a camera on the drone is another big feature.
If you would rather have better flight performance then you can find those drones without a camera.
But most people seem to want the camera so they can take selfie pictures or capture awesome shots of their surroundings. Most of the cameras won't be high-quality on the toy drones but there are a few out there that have FPV capability (first person view). FPV allows you to view real-time footage of your flight with your smartphone or sometimes it is built into the remote control.
This provides you with an incredible flying experience. If you find yourself with a drone that does not have a camera, some people have even purchased tiny keychain cameras and attached them to their drone.
These are just a few features to consider when looking at your first drone. Just try to think about which ones are most important that your budget allows for. Have a look at the infographic below for more features to look out for and a few recommendations for your first drone.
Guest Author BioJeremy is a father and a husband that works in his family’s BBQ restaurant during the day and blogs about drones in his free time. He enjoys kitesurfing and cooking in his free time.
To guest write on kids toys or parenting issues, email info -at- campbutterfly.org