Best Toy Drones Under $100 to Gift Your Kids in 2019
Drones are latest craze among kids and adults these days. It requires good amount of effort to learn and fly a drone like a pro and when you or your kid is learning to fly, you will be crashing and breaking your drone very often. It is always a good idea to start with a small and low cost drone first. Flying a toy drone also doesn’t requires any compliances and regulations so it saves lot of time and headache already. We have compiled a list of 5 best toy drones for you and your kid which is under $100 and can be considered a good gift for 2019.
Toy drones are a subcategory of RC — Radio Controlled — gadgets. Many RC toys are flying drones or UAVs — Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. What makes a toy, rather than one meant for professional endeavours is usually due to its size. A toy drone may be more compact, or fit within the palm of a hand than a flying drone, though those can be considered toys as well.
While buying a toy drone, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First, all drones have mediocre battery life at best, and you won’t find one that flies for 20 minutes without having to pay a premium price. Second, there are a few different sizes of drones, ranging from micro (fits in the palm of your hand) to full-size drones (intended for capturing footage).
5. Holy Stone HS170 Predator
This mini drone is a perfect gift for your kid, or for those interested in getting into remote control quadcopters. It comes with 6 axis gyro and gives 3 speed controls for beginner, intermediate and advanced flyers. It comes at a cost of $29.99 and does much more than its price.
Holy Stone HS170 Predator weighs around 13.6 ounces and has a 3.7V 350mAh Li-ion battery. It gives a flight time of 6-8 mins and takes about 30 minutes to charge the battery. You can fly this upto 30-50 m indoor or outdoor. Flying this drone is real fun. The gyroscope works flawlessly, causing the drone to hover in place with no problem after trimming it, and it is very quick and maneuverable.
It is a small drone which flies really well and it is easy to control and kids can use this without any problems. It looks small, but has decent responsive performance and is rather robust. It can handle bumps, crashes and falls quite well. Most importantly, this drone is very fun to fly.
4. Syma X5C
An excellent toy drone equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, more scheduled flight, operating more to the force and comes at a cost of $35.99. Syma 5XC is the best selling RC hobby drone on Amazon right now, and has 61% of reviewers rating it a full 5 stars.
It measures just 31cm x 31cm x 8cm, so it’s not quite micro and it’s not quite a full-size drone. It has a 3.7V 500 mAh Li-poly battery which gives it a flight time of roughly 7 minutes, and takes around 100 minutes to charge fully. It is controllable up to 50m (which is great for a toy drone). This drone comes with an HD camera that records 720p, and there’s room for a microSD card.
All in all, this is one of the best toy drone available in the market today for less than $50.
3. Hubsan H107C X4 CAM
Hubsan, a Chinese drone manufacturer, famous for building low cost drone in camera and racing domain has come up with H107C X4 Cam camera drone which cost only $39.99 and comes with great features. Hubsan H107C X4 is intended for stunts, and you can flip it four ways (left, right, forward and backward). 6-Axis Gyro Technology enables the drone to flip and role by a simple push of the button. This little drone packs a big punch for its size and has surprisingly powerful motors.
H107C X4 Cam is a light weight drone, measures about 2.75 x 2.75 inch in dimension. It has a 380mAh Li-Po which supply 3.7V power to its controller and rotor. H107C X4 takes approximately 30 min to full charge and can fly for 7 mins for upto 100 meters. It comes with 480P standard an 720P advance camera for photography.
You can fly Hubsan H107C X4 indoor. It gives stable flight and comes with different flight modes. While flying outdoor you have to make sure there is no wind. This drone can’t be used outdoor even with medium winds.
2. Parrot Mambo Fly
Another legendary drone company Parrot has made a under $100 drone – Mambo Fly for kids and young adults to learn to fly. Selling at a price of only $69.99, Mambo Fly is a feature loaded drone that will make you fall in love with it. With a 10 mins flight time, it can go upto 60 meters (with flypad controller) and 40 meters with phone app.
Mambo Fly weighs approximately 73g and comes in a size of 132mm × 132mm × 40.64mm package. It has 4 propellers and has features like FPV, 3 separate flying modes, Facebook and YouTube live feed share, multiple smart blocks, altitude hold, multi-directional flip etc.
Mambo fly has a 660 mAh, 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery, which gives approx 10 mins of flight time (8 mins with camera feed) and takes 1 hr 30 mins (30 minutes with fast charging) for charging. Mambo has an excellent camera at this price point with can pictures at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and can record video at a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
There are two green Led lights placed at the front of the chassis and these give the machine a somewhat bug like appearance. The limbs and the rotor blades are made of plastic, too. However, for all that, the unit is quite sturdy and durable, although it is recommended that you use those prop guards at least for the first few times you are flying the machine.
Mambo Fly also supports some advance features like altitude hold, three separate flying modes. The hands-off mode works when you set the unit at the Easy Mode—handy enough for first time flyers. Then you can go up to the Drift Mode which turns off the horizontal stabilization, so you’ll have to have some more skill to guide the drone properly. Finally, for seasoned flyers, there is the Racing Mode where, in the absence of any stabilization assistance, everything comes down to manual control.
With Parrot FreeFlight Mini app you can handle the drone with the help of your smartphone. The app comes with loads of features and a user-friendly interface and you’ll especially appreciate the live feed share features which let you share your footage live on Facebook and YouTube. According to the manufacture’s claims, the Parrot Mambo FPV is the only minidrone in the market that packs this feature.
1. DJI Tello – The Best Toy Drone Under $100
DJI Tello, a $99 drone is designed for stunts, shoots videos smoothly, and even gives a lesson in coding. Tello is built by DJI, the world leader in Drone industry. Tello has a flight time of 13-minute, and you can start your flight by simply tossing the drone towards the sky. Tello is fully loaded with great features which you will find it very rare in other drone in the same cost range.
Tello weighs approximately 80g and comes in a size of 98mm x 92.5mm x 41 mm package. It has 4 propellers of 3 inch in size and has features like Range Finder, Barometer, LED, Vision System, 802.11n 2.4G wifi, 720p Line View Camera and micro USB charging port.
Performance wise Tello can goto 100m distance at speed of 8m/s and gives 13 mins of flight time. It has a detachable Battery of 1.1Ah that gives 3.8V supply for the controller and rotors. Tello has an incredible camera at this price point. A 5 mega pixel camera which gives 82.6 degree FOV and can record 720p HD video in MP4 format. It has also an inbuilt Electronic Image Stabilization for better picture quality.
Tello has collision detection system. It also hovers in place when your hands leave the controls. It also comes with Auto Takeoff, Auto Landing, and Low Battery protection features. This is made possible with a combination of Intel’s Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) and DJI’s flight stabilization technology.
It has real-time HD video transmission to your smartphone or tablet. You can throw it to take off, it has a bunch of autonomous ‘EZ’ flight modes and it has flips pre-programmed. So in summary DJI Tello is the best drone available under $100 today in the market.
Quick Comparison of best toy drones under $100
|Drone||Size & Weight||Battery||Flight Time||Camera||Price|
98mm x 92.5mm x 41 mm
|1100 mAH||13 mins||720p HD||$99|
|Parrot Mambo Fly||
132mm × 132mm × 40.64mm
|660 mAH||10 mins||1080p HD||$100|
Hubsan H107C X4 CAM
|2.75 x 2.75 inch||380 mAH||7 mins||480p & 720p HD||$39.99|
|31cm x 31cm x 8cm||500 mAh||7 mins||720p HD||35.99|
Holy Stone HS170 Predator
5.3 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches
|350 mAh||6-8 mins||720p HD||$29.99|
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