Starting Flying a RC Drone for Cheap
It’s amazing how often you see drones in the news these days. From the military using them to hearing about local business starting to use them, they are everywhere! This may even have caused you to notice these RC drones flying around in your local park. We sure have seen them!
Tech nerds are also looking at ways to use this new RC drone technology for betterment of society. If you noticed last year, Amazon came out with a drone delivery video and even the UAE is getting in on the RC drone delivery action. Videos like these show quadcopter rc drones swooping down, picking up a package, and then easily delivering it to a desired location.
So this space is heating up… how do you get in on the RC drone action??
Learning to Fly
Buy a cheap mini drone first and then after you have mastered the skill of flying you can look at something a little bigger. Trust us when we say you will crash A LOT.
The cheap options are ones like the “highly-regarded, rugged and stable, 6-axis” Hubsan X4 H107L. We definitely recommend this option since it is so advanced, yet easy to fly as a beginner. If you want to look for something with a camera then check out the Hubsan X4 H107C which is also RTF, or Ready-to-Fly, so you don’t need to put together anything. They include everything you need in order to start flying as soon as you unpack it from the box!
Get a few of these RC drones since you will destroy them over time while learning to fly. Advanced moves include backflips and sideflips which are sure to land you in some trouble when first trying. Check out some of our recommendations of great cheap mini drones here.
Moving to the Next Level
Whatever you do, make sure you are comfortable with flying your mini RC drone before you go to the next level. There are two schools of thought when moving up to the next level of RC drones and it depends on exactly what you want to accomplish.
The first way to do it is to construct your very own RC drone from scratch. This will include a lot of research and time on your part but will make you more in tune with what you create. There are endless ways to construct RC drones and it can be very challenging if you do not know what you are doing. We suggest that if you are very conscious about money and are very interested in learning the intricacies of RC drones then this might be your best bet. Oh, and you must have a good amount of time and patience on your hands!
The second way is to purchase a Ready-to-Fly (RTF) RC drone. The popular one at the moment is the DJI Phantom which has a variety of different options for how to configure the drone. The great thing about this one is it is ready to fly right out of the box and there is really no need to do any sort of research. Most novice users like to purchase this kind, especially if they want to use their GoPro and start taking pictures right away. Once you choose the one you want, just purchase and start flying!
Regardless of which direction you go, just know that there are pros and cons to each. On one hand you will know exactly how your RC drone is built and have an appreciation for all the work that goes into it. You will probably also be much more conscious on the capabilities and expenses associated with RC drones. On the other hand you will have something that is ready to go right out of the box. If you are interested in filming something with your GoPro, you won’t have to go through all the trouble of learning how to build your RC drone.
There are a bunch of spare parts for the Hubsan X4, like extra batteries, prop blades (which break), and motors (which jam), have been helpful. You can import certainly find some of the parts here or search places like eBay and Amazon for some more obscure parts.
A common pitfall when purchasing a RC drone is finding one that is cheaper but that doesn’t include the transmitter. When first starting out, make sure you purchase a Ready to Fly (RTF) model, otherwise you will be stuck with buying a transmitter for more than the cost of the RC drone itself.
In general make sure you have extra parts on hand when first starting out. For the Hubsan X4 H107L we recommend the prop guard and the crash pack. There is nothing worse than learning how to fly, crashing, and then being out of commission while you wait for your spare parts to ship.
Once you move up a level it gets more expensive every time you break something. Make sure you know what you are doing and always fly away from anything you could harm. Always have spare parts on hand to ensure you can stay in the air!
RC drones is a great, super fun hobby but the learning curve can be a bit steep. On of the hardest parts to flying RC drones is maintaining orientation. Start small and work your way up as you learn how to fly.
Once you are good with the flying make sure you stay away from populated areas and always know the local laws. These RC drone laws are always changing but the basic rule of thumb is to fly below 400 feet and in non populated areas and you should have no trouble.
Overall this hobby is challenging yet satisfying. Stay tuned with us as we start to stock more RC drones and try to produce some great content for you to learn from!