Among the many uses of drones the world over, recreation stands out as the most common especially among teens and first time drone users. Racing comes top of mind when thinking about some of the best recreational uses of drones. Depending on the level of expertise and experience you have with drones, drone racing as a hobby will be more exciting than anything else you have ever done with the little UAVs. For your benefit, we have highlighted some of the best racing drones of 2017 to help you make the best choice.
1. Holy Stone HS 200
The HS 200 falls into this category thanks to its four rotors complete with propeller guards. It can therefore be operated both indoors and outdoors. It comes with an altitude hold feature that allows it to maintain a certain altitude and an automatic return home button that automatically guides it to return to the operator. It weighs just over 2 pounds and has an impressive flight time of 7-9 minutes.
2. Air Hogs Helix X4
The Helix X4 is designed to be flown indoors thanks to its protective features that include propeller guards and its tiny nature. There is a less risk of property damage when flying this drone and therefore it is most preferred by beginners who are just learning to fly. It comes with intuitive controls that are easy to use and weighs about 1.4 pounds. It is a quality racing drone thanks to its crash resistance features that stand out from the rest.
3. Hubsan X4
The Hubsan X4 is a good racing drone thanks to its versatility. It is fitted with various modes that can be used by both experts and beginners. It is relatively easy to use and has a powerful camera that can also capture very decent videos and images. It has a flight speed of about 40mph which is pretty decent especially for a drone with its weight.
4. Sunfounder 250
The Sunfounder 250 makes it to this list thanks to its light weight and excellent build quality. It is fitted with various features including a come-home button that allows it to return home safely without any further navigation. It also comes with extra propellers and motor. It is stable and can sustain a flight time of up to 7 minutes with one battery charge.
5. Eachine Wizard X220
The Eachine X220 is designed specifically for racing thanks to its build quality and a perfect controller. The drone comes with an additional propeller that cushions you from having to buy new once in case this one breaks down. It weighs slightly over 4 pounds and has a decent flight time of about 8 minutes per battery charge.
6. TBS Vendetta
The TBS Vendetta is not only made of high quality material but is also one of the fastest drones in the market with experienced players able to attain speeds of up to 100 mph. The drone is made of crash-resistance materials that allow you to easily fix things up in case there is a crash. It has a registered flight time of about 5 minutes and weighs about 1.5 pounds which makes it light and easy to operate.
7. DYS XDR220
The XDR comes with almost everything you need to pull a high stakes racing. It is also equipped with a powerful HD camera that allows you to record high quality videos and images when in flight. The excellent build quality allows you to fly fast and also avoid crashes. But in case there is a crash, the carbon fiber material will help it stay intact. 87.Immersion RC Vortex 250 Pro
The Immersion RC stands out from crowd thanks to the versatility of the frame and the excellent features that include an anti-vibration carbon plate. The Vortex 250 is capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph and what makes it stand out from the rest is the fact that it has the capability of maneuvering very sharp bends without losing speeds. It also comes with lock nut on its propellers ensuring you do not lose your propellers mid-flight.
9. Blade Inductrix
The Blade Inductrix is fitted with a 20 mW video transmitter that allows you to record your in-flight progress as you fly. It has a powerful battery that recharges in about 40 minutes and can sustain flight times of about 5 minutes. It weighs about 2.1. pounds which ensures that it remains light enough to stay in the air for long.