While Buying a first Drone is a daunting task, racing drones take even more consideration. This guide should make it a bit easier to narrow down what you are looking for.
What I will Cover:
I will cover how to decipher the features of RTF Racing Drones on the market as well as some hot products in the category.
Racing drones are not the same as Camera Drones, or Aerial Photography drones used to take pictures and videos. Although they can carry cameras, FPV drones are polar opposites of Aerial Photography Drones.
I will not cover advanced modification, building or the different leagues in this guide.
FPV Racing Drones have exploded in popularity since late 2014, particularly recently. Leagues are popping up all over, Clubs are starting and people on a massive scale are flocking to the RC Flight Hobby, particularly with Quadcopters. What makes it popular? The thrill, the competitive nature, and pushing the boundaries of technology! FPV racing is an incredible experience, it really brings out a sense of accomplishment just flying them.
But what are FPV Racing Drones/Quadcopters? A Quadcopter or drone is a radio controlled multirotor flying device that utilizes thrust and torque from motors to guide itself. FPV Technology is First person view, or a camera and video transmitter array, transmitting an analog signal to a monitor or goggles in real time for the operator or a spectator to see. Combine these in a competitive environment and you have FPV Racing, A high speed, high risk sport that is incredibly satisfying.
Features to look for:
Drones to consider:
Floureon Racer 250:
A balanced performing and decent priced quadcopter, the Floureon racer comes with everything you need, it is completely hobby grade, and ready to race out of the box (although you may want to tune it some if you are more advanced). This one is equipped with a Naze 32 Flight controller and powerful 20A ESC’s
Eachine Racer 250:
While these two may look the same or “rebranded” there are several key differences. The Eachine is a bit milder with its 12A escs (same motors) and a less flexible (and less expensive) CC3D flight control board than the Naze 32. It is also slightly more expensive than the Floureon.
Walkera Runner 250:
The Walkera Runner 250 racing drone was born a racer from a family of great products. While far more expensive than both of the above, the Walkera Runner sports a GPS, and a far bigger battery. Being an early FPV Racer it is not nearly as agile, but if you don’t plan on league racing, this is always a good option
Keep in mind this is far from all racing drones on the market, just the best of the RTF FPV Racers, there are plenty more on the market, but it is more than likely that they are not as easy to get ready to go as these. Also remember that the best pilots, tweak, tune and mod, to get the best out of their racing quadcopters. There is loads of documentation on most well-known drones out there, so I recommend taking a look at some of it before buying.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this guide.
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