Drone Buyer’s Guide: What do you need to consider?

In the recent past, drones have been making news headlines with presenters painting them as tools of mass destruction and gadgets used by the government to invade the privacy of innocent unsuspecting citizens. But while there may be a hint of truth to some of these claims, such news do not give a clear representation of the situation and just how fun it can be to own a drone. Thank God you, along with other drone hobbyists who are extremely enthusiastic, have seen the light. The ability to observe the world from a tiny gadget similar to those many only saw in Sci-Fi movies a while back is thrilling.

With the increased demand, the supply over the years has shot through the roof and now drones are common and readily available gadgets in the market. The trick, however, is in the choosing of the best drone as reviewed by Rotor Copters. Truth be told, with all the tech components and concepts that go into the creation of these gadgets, it can be confusing to make a choice. The below checklist should, however, be enough to prepare you for what lies ahead – even if you do not have any tech bone in you.

Size classes

This should be the first thing you decide on. How big do you want the drone to be? How much will be too much? Rotor copter sizes, especially quadcopters, are measured diagonally from one motor blade to another on the furthest end. The furthest distance represents the size of the drone. Picking a 250 class drone means you have in your hands a drone measuring 250mm diagonally between its motors.

Drones measuring anywhere between 300 and 400 are considered midsize. It is important to note that manufacturers always round off these size classes to the nearest 50mm. As such, your drone might be smaller or larger than what you expect. If you intend to do most of your flying indoors, a small drone will do great. Anything between 50mm and 100 mm will be perfect.

Battery removal

Does the drone come with a replaceable battery? If it does not, you should expect long, boring waits in between flights as you wait for recharging. Generally, small drones (Nano class drones) do not feature replaceable batteries. In all honesty, they do not need this feature since they consume little energy. Good thing many of them cost as much as their batteries do.

For larger drones however, getting one without the replaceable battery feature is setting yourself up for failure. Larger drones consume more power and are expensive. Buying a new one every time the battery runs out is nowhere close to economical. While such drone types are rare, you should be cautious not to take one home.

Charge and flight times

These concepts are self-explanatory. They detail just how long your drone can be in the air and how long the battery takes before it is fully charged. Getting a drone with a replaceable battery along with several batteries will save you the trouble of having to keep tabs on the charging times (if you get a multi-battery charger, even better). As for the flight times, different drones have different specifications and abilities. But generally, small and midsized drones should provide you with about 7-8 minutes of air time when fully charged. Recently, with advanced technologies, some drones can provide up to 15 minutes of flight time (this is quite impressive and few have this ability). Bear in mind however that some small drones heat up pretty fast. A ten minutes cool down is therefore required to keep the components from melting.


This is the component that helps the drone keep their balance while floating several feet from the ground. With advanced technology, you should not pick any gadget with less than a six axis gyro technology. Lighting is another aspect that needs to be considered. However, there isn’t much to say about this, other than; if you are looking to fly under the cover of the darkness, you should get rotor copters with LED lighting for visibility.

Modes of flight

It is important that you pay attention to the flight mode that a drone cones with. With the right modes, you can get the drone to do a lot in a short time.

First thing you should look into is the adjust control rates. This feature affects the sharpness of the drone pitches, yaws and rolls. It makes it either more or less responsive depending on the setting you have. With a faster response the drone becomes more challenging to control. You can pick between expert, intermediate and beginner. Though some manufacturers label these as high, medium and low, but the general idea remains.

You might also love the option of customizing each axis’ control rate and save the settings in different profiles for later date. With the save option, switching between setups becomes a breeze.

There are some drones that come with stunt modes inbuilt allowing you to trigger some automatic stunts. Others still provide you with complete manual control which truth be told can be pretty scary for a beginner.

That should be all you need to get a perfect drone for yourself. Don’t forget to check out customer reviews before spending your hard earned cash. There are YouTube videos available if you need to see different drones in action – make use of these resources.