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You can go backwards, you can hover, and you can go straight up or straight down. What is it? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no …it’s a drone! If you are familiar with the RC world, you probably already know this, because the news about quadcopters has been buzzing lately.
Drones (quadcopters) are unmanned aerial vehicles that are extremely fun to fly (especially if you love this type of stuff). In this day, the word “drone” is normally used when talking about some kind of remote controlled unmanned aircraft – this could mean a quadcoptor or even a slightly more advanced octocopter. Take note that when we refer to “quadcopter,” we are referring to “drones, quadcopters and UAVs – we’re telling this so that you do not get confused.
Today, we are going to teach you about quadcopters, give you some buying tips, tell you about flying them and much more, so pay close attention to what we have to tell you in this article.
What is a Quadcopter?
The quadcopter is one of the top selling products in the world of remote-controlled vehicles – so many people are already using them. A quadcopter is an unmanned helicopter that has a total of four rotors. It has a total of four arms – each arm has a propeller and a motor at the end of it. In some ways, they are similar to helicopters. However, the difference is – their lift and thrust comes from four different propellers, instead of one. Also, a helicopter has a tail rotor that is used to help stabilize the craft, whereas a quadcopter does not have a tail rotor.
When the quadcopter is flying, two of the propellers spin counterclockwise, while the other two spin in the opposite direction (clockwise) and this is what allows the machine to hover in the air.
People of all ages enjoy quadcopters and some even use them for photography. In addition to this, they have been used in disaster management, police operations and agricultural applications.
They Have Different Names
As we stated in the beginning of this article, many times, quadcopters are referred to by different names, such as quadrotor, quadrocopter, quad-copter, UAV, UAS or drone. You also have tri copters (those have three blades), hexacopters (six blades) and octocopters (eight blades). The multirotos that have a large amount of blades have a tendency to be larger and are designed to carry a heavier load. For example, Amazon has talked about using octocopters due to their stability and ability to carry a large amount of weight. However, if you do not plan on flying packages around town, the quadcopter will do just fine.
Buying a Quadcopter
It’s time to pick your first drone! Isn’t that exciting? Of course, mind you, you should treat this as if you are going out and buying a car – research is needed. You need to find the quadcopter that is right for you. Go to your local hobby shop and you are likely to come across dozens of different models. We are going to split this into three different sections – you have buying drones for kids, buying drones for adult and buying drones for hobbyists.
Quadcopters for Kids
We’re going to start by telling you about buying quadcopters for kids. Let’s think about this – fast-moving flying object with sharp blades – what could go wrong here? Pretty much EVERYTHING.
We’re going to be honest with you – drones are dangerous – adult supervision is a must. As for the drone itself, we recommend going for something that doesn’t cost a whole lot, yet is sturdy. You need one that has blade guards that will protect people, pets walls and other obstacles going against your little pilot.
Introducing the Rolling Spider
For under $100, you can get the Rolling Spider – it is an indoor mini-drone that has 2 big plastic wheels (the wheels are removable). The wheels are there for protection and rolling. Take note: In order to fly this phone, you will need a tablet or smartphone.
Introducing the Syma X5C
If you want to give your kid a traditional outdoor RC experience, the Syma X5C would be the best bet. This one offers better range – it’s fast, big and sturdy. It also have LEDS that will help keep track of the drone while it is in the sky. Plus, with the Syma X5C, your kid will be tickled, because it comes with a nice high-def camera.
Quadcopters for Beginners (Adults)
As an adult, even though you’re a beginner, you will want something that is a bit more sophisticated. Today, we are going to introduce you to 2 quadcopters that would be perfect for beginners (these two have a low price tag on them).
The Hubsan X4 H1o7
If you like fast flying objects, you’re going to enjoy the Hubsan. This beauty has amazing maneuverability and speed all packed into a plastic shell that will fit in the palm of your hand.
The Parrot Bebop
If you are searching for something that is a bit more sophisticated, Parrot’s Bebop would be a great choice. This features a fisheye camera (180-degrees), built-in GPS and an automatic flight-stabilization. The GPS will allow the quadcopter to fly back to your launch location in case it gets out of sight.
Quadcopters for Hobbyists
If you’ve already owned a couple of quadcopters and you know all about them, we have something in store for you.
Phantom 2 Vision +
Have you heard about this one yet? It features a nice GoPro-style camera that you can control from the remote, it has a GPS feature that allows it to return to you and you can even use your tablet in order to plot the flights. Mind you, this one is more expensive, which is why we recommend it for hobbyists.
Flying a Quadcopter – This is Something You Must Learn
In all honesty, flying a quadcopter isn’t exactly easy. However, with a little bit of practice, you should start to fly like a pro in no time at all. One thing I do recommend – start with the beginner, cheap quadcopters, before you go for something expensive. I’d hate to see you crash something expensive into a tree.