If you’re buying a drone for the first time, the options can be intimidating. But the Holy Stone F181 is an Amazon bestseller for a reason. Here are 7 features that make it stand out from other entry-level drones.
1. Flight time – if you include the extra battery
The F181 stays in the air 8-10 minutes per battery, which is a few minutes less than its competition. However, you get a spare battery as well as two USB chargers – letting you charge both at once. This effectively doubles your flight time. In competitor models, a spare battery alone costs $50.
2. Fly back feature
If you’re a beginner, you don’t have to worry about losing your copter. With the press of a button, the built-in headless security system will make sure your drone comes straight back to you. Just make sure there are no obstacles to avoid a crash.
3. Night time action
The 2 sets of LED lights let you take the copter for a spin after work. The red and blue lights look pretty cool in the dark – and also help you orient the drone so it’s flying right-side up.
At $110, it is one of the most affordable drones in the category. Competitors like the JXD 510G are more expensive with less enthusiastic views.
5. After sales service
Imagine the excitement of receiving your new drone – only to open the box and realize it’s damaged. According to one Amazon review, the Holy Stone team is professional and won’t hesitate to replace a faulty item. The same can’t be said of all quadcopter manufacturers.
6. Blade protection
These pads for blades slow down the copter, but they can be a life saver for beginners. They also let you pilot the copter indoors without risking despair if you accidentally fly into a wall.
7. Easy to fly
The 2.8Ghz controller remote makes this one of the easiest drones to fly thanks for the joystick like design.
If you’re looking for a professional video drone, a hobby copter like the Holy Stone F181 won’t have the camera or flight stability to meet your needs. But if you’re hoping to spend a weekend afternoon flipping your new toy in your yard, it’s arguably the best combination of price and features.
Still on the fence? Check out this amateur but comprehensive video review of the Holy Stone F181: