Quadcopters for Beginners

Best Selling Quadcopters for Beginners

We all have to start out somewhere.  And if your getting started in this hobby, you are in the right place.

 

For beginners, I would highly recommend on getting started with a complete ready to fly quadcopter kits.  These are quadcopters kits that include the quadcopter itself, the battery, and the transmit controller.  All that you’ll need to do is to charge the battery usually via a USB cable, install the battery, and you’re ready to fly.  For most quadcopters, you’ll need to calibrate it by setting the trim and that’s done by laying the quadcopter on a flat level surface.  This will enable better responsive control of your quadcopter and it’ll be easier for you to fly, since you won’t have to over correct.  An analogy of this is if your car’s steering alignment is off and your car is pulling to the right.  By setting the trim, you won’t have to over correct to drive the car down a straight road and likewise in this case, you don’t have to over correct the quadcopter to fly it in the direction you want it to go.

 

Another reason why these complete kits are a great way to start is usually these quadcopters are quite durable.  You’ll quickly learn how to control your quadcopter, and when you crash (not a question of if, but when), it won’t be as painful crashing an inexpensive quadcopter compared to crashing a prosumer quadcopter like the DJI Phantom.  But don’t sweat it when you do crash, because that’s part of the learning experience.  If it’s a reliable brand like Syma or Hubsan, there are usually spare parts that are available for purchase, so you won’t have to purchase a new quadcopter.  When starting out, I would consider a set of spare propellers and another battery.  Usually the flight time for these kits is under ten minutes, so you want to have another battery to prolong your quadcopter enjoyment.

Here are a list of quadcopters for beginners:

Quadcopters for Beginners Comparison Chart

Quadcopter
Fly Time
Size
RC Transmitter
Price
Rating
Reviews
UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 2.4Ghz with 6 Axis Gryo and Camera

7 minutes6.5 inchesIncluded$3.5
Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor

4-7 minutes6 inchesIncluded$3
The Hubsan X4 H107 R/C Micro Quad Copter 2.4GHZ

5-6 minutes4 inchesIncluded$4.2
Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter - UFO

5-6 minutes12.5 inchesIncluded$4.1
Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter - Spacecraft

5-6 minutes8 inchesIncluded$4.2
Nano QX BNF

5-6 minutes5 inchesNot Included$4.4
Heli-Max 1SQ RTF Quadcopter with 2.4Ghz Radio

5-10 minutes4.75 inchesIncluded$$4.7
BLADE mQX BNF

5-6 minutes4.75 inchesNot Included$4.7
Badboy Quadcopter With Camera v959

5-6 minutes6 inchesIncluded$$3.3
Air Hogs RC Helix X4 Stunt, 2.4 GHZ Quad Copter

5-6 minutes9 inchesIncluded$$3.8
For me, I personally like the Hubsan X4.  It’s one of the more inexpensive mini quadcopters on the market, and it’s a great model to get started in this hobby.  There’s even a crash pack kit for this model that comes with a replacement body, four sets of spare propellers, two spare motors, and an extra battery that’s less than half the cost of the quadcopter.

 

Also, if you wanted to get started with learning how to fly a quadcopter, there are flight simulators available for either android or iOS.

 

For Android:

 

For iOS:
Electric RC Sim Lite (Free), but it’s only for model aircrafts
Electric RC Sim ($1.99), the paid version has a quadcopter simulator