Top 10 Drones for Kids

| October 9, 2017

Drones have been gaining popularity across the globe, and the hype doesn’t stop with adults. As drone technology improves they are able to be smaller and safer – allowing for them to be used safely with kids of all ages.

Although drones are still most known for their professional use in terms of the military, videography, and of course Amazon’s well known plans for using them to deliver packages, there is one more important reason you may want to buy a drone:

They’re fun!

Adults AND children are now able to enjoy drones purely for recreational use thanks to the continuous changes and improvements.

Nowadays there are so many drones to pick from that it’s hard to even begin to narrow them down. Don’t worry, though, because Squadcopters has got you covered. Without further ado, I present our top 10 recommended drones for kids in 2017.

1. F100 Ghost RC Quadcopter Drone

Flight Time:
13 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
No
Weight:
3.7 lbs
Size:
16 x 16 x 6 Inches
Range:
500 meters
Charge Time:
120 mins
Age:
14+
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the F100 Ghost in action, you’re really missing out. The almost UFO-like design gives it a sleek and futuristic feel that your kid is sure to love. With this drone flying high above you, it will definitely turn some heads.

With a whopping 1080P full HD recording and 1800kv brushless motors, the F100 Ghost RC quadcopter drone provides stable shots and a smooth range of motion. Unlike some of its noisier competitions, it is an ultra-quiet device which allows the user to take brilliant shots without too much vibration.

The device also boasts 13 minutes of flight time with a maximum range of 500 meters.

However, a con of the F100 is its inability to carry a GoPro Hero 3 or Hero 4 action cameras which can provide stable high-quality aerial shots.

The First Person View (FPV) doesn’t come standard but it can be added in if you have a few more dollars to invest.

The product also lacks an altitude hold feature, which helps the drone to hover in its position, as well as a GPS - meaning no automatic return to home feature which helps in getting your drone back to the take off position when you’re clueless about its actual position and location.

Another remarkable feature which this drone lacks is headless mode. When it is active, the overall control of the drone becomes relative to the remote controller, so that no matter to which direction the drone is pointing towards, when you press forward on the remote control, the drone moves forward relative to your direction and not towards the position of the drone.

Instead of the headless mode, the F100 Ghost has blue and white LED lights underneath representing the front and rear of the drone: the white is the front, and rear one is blue.

2. Syma X8SW Wi-Fi FPV Quadcopter Drone

Flight Time:
9 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
1.36lb
Size:
19.7 x 19.7 x 7.5 inch
Range:
230 Ft
Charge Time:
150 mins
Age:
14+
Syma Toys is a company that has established itself as providers of quality products at affordable prices. They are one of the most trusted and reliable brands in the drone market - producing a series of elegant and sharp looking drones which are guaranteed to be high-quality.

The latest addition to the series is the Syma X8SW with auto hover. The hover function utilizes advanced barometric pressure technology to enhance the shooting stability and produce crisp, non-shaky images.

Its size is 19.7 x 19.7 x 7.5 inches and it weighs 1.36 pounds, providing 9 total minutes of flight time and covering a range of 230 feet in 150 minutes of charging.
The product also has a one-press takeoff and landing feature along with headless flight mode - which are all really nice additioins.

One important feature that makes this drone stand out is its Wi-Fi camera live-video feed, which allows you to watch the videos live on your Smartphone with the help of their Syma FPV application for both iOS and Android devices.

There are some drawbacks to this drone, however: the device has a 0.3 MP camera; although the company claims to offer a 720p HD video recording option, the image quality is just decent at best. Also, it doesn’t offer automatic stabilization which is a very useful feature to have, especially for younger kids. Fortunately, the X8SW is powerful enough to attach another, better camera if you so choose.

3. GordVE GV008 Flying Cars Quadcopter

Flight Time:
15 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
No
Weight:
2.8 lbs
Size:
15.2 x 14.3 x 7.5 Inches
Range:
200 meters
Charge Time:
180 mins
Age:
8+
The next drone on the list is quite the stand-out. Meet the GordVE GV008 Flying Cars Quadcopter.

The size of this product is 15.2 x 14.3 x 7.5 inches, and it weighs about 2.8 Pounds. It has no camera installed and neither can an additional one be fitted later - which should be more than enough for your child.

With a charging time of 60 minutes, you get 8 minutes of pure flying pleasure. To make things more interesting, if you get bored of flying, the fun continues on its wheels. The average driving battery time is about 15 minutes. The control distance extends to about 200 meters.

The GordVE GV008 Flying Cars Quadcopter is fitted with led lights to differentiate the front and the rear ends. If it seems like it will be difficult for your kid to get around, there is always the headless mode.

The product also features one key automatic return and a low voltage alarm function. It also has 360 degree rolling action which is sure to keep your kid happy.

This little critter also packs in the latest 6-axis flight control system consisting of three gyroscopes and three accelerometers ensuring stability and control in flying mode.

4. DJI Spark Palm Launch Intelligent Portable Mini Drone

Flight Time:
16 mins
Controller:
Both
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
1.49 lbs
Size:
8.2 x 3 x 9.8 Inch
Range:
230 Ft
Charge Time:
50 mins
Age:
15+
The DJI Spark is definitely the most expensive drone in this list - but that’s for a good reason. DJI is, hands down, one of the most trusted companies in the drone world. For this reason, the DJI Spark is a drone which offers the largest amount of features for your money. If you really love your kid, or if you’re just planning on using the “toy” you buy for them, this drone is your best bet.

This quadcopter is definitely small but is packed with impressive features within its body; a sort of a high functioning spy bug!

At just 8.2 x 3 x 9.8 inches and weighing only 1.49 pounds, the DJI Spark Palm Launch Intelligent Portable Mini Drone is barely larger than a can of soda. However, it offers a whole 16 minutes of flight time after 45–50 minutes charging time for the users.

It has a huge 12 MP camera with the capability to record 1080p full HD videos and utilized rich colors for your shots.

The perk of this device is that it is filled to the brim with loads of features such as GPS, image stabilization, obstacle detection, and the ability to recognize hand gestures as flying commands.

You read that right: you can skip the controller and simply command the device with your palm gestures. If you’re still unsatisfied with the performance, you can also choose the TapFly mode which takes the quadcopter to a specific location of your choosing. This feature can be utilized by installing the DJI Go 4 application on your Smartphone.

With the ActiveTrack option, you can also set the drone’s computer vision to follow a subject of your choice. This is where the obstacle detection sensor comes in handy.

The biggest drawback to this somewhat expensive drone is the equally as expensive additional accessories. If you don’t mind spending a little extra money for a powerful drone which you can still pretend is only for your child, the DJI Spark Palm Launch Intelligent Portable Mini is the ideal choice.

5. Holy Stone HS110

Flight Time:
10 mins
Controller:
Both
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
4 ounces
Size:
12.6 x 2.6 x 12.6 Inches
Range:
100 meters
Charge Time:
60 mins
Age:
14+
Another well-known drone brand, Holy Stone, welcomes us with its new addition to the list of quadcopters for kids through the HS110.

The Holy Stone HS110 contains a 720p (2MP) camera with live video which has the handy feature of connecting to the users Smartphone through Wi-Fi.

Other features include the Altitude Hold (Hover Feature), one key return and Headless Mode function. The product has 4 different speed modes – ranging from low to high to satisfy both the beginners as well as the experts equally. This is particularly useful if you want to ensure that your child isn’t flying the drone too fast.

The Holy Stone HS110 also has 2.4GHz 4-channels so that no interference is caused when there are other drones around.

The 6-axis gyro stability offers an extra oomph for the perfect functioning of 360o flips.
Weighing at just 108 grams with the size being 12.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 inches, the Holy Stone HS110 takes about 60 minutes to get fully charged and provides 10 minutes of flight time at a range of up to 100-120 meters.

What makes the HS110 really special is its 3D Virtual Reality headset compatibility - which is not included in the package but is available at an affordable price. It also features a mobile control function, supporting the native Smartphone application in order to activate multiple functions such as a Gravity Sensor Mode.

6. DROCON Scouter Foldable Mini RC Drone

Flight Time:
7 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
No
Weight:
11 ounces
Size:
7.6 x 7.2 x 2.3 inches
Range:
40 meters
Charge Time:
60 mins
Age:
1+
Dracon is focusing as a brand to be the game changer in the world of drones. They proved with their U818PLUS that they could pack in a ton of features into a drone and yet make it affordable without compromising on the quality. Here is yet another game changer: a foldable and portable mini RC drone. The best part is that the drone can be snugly contained within the remote control itself!

The drone is 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.7 cms (unfolded) and a mere 5 x 5 x 2.7 cms (folded) and weighs only 0.5 lbs. It could sit in your palm and you wouldn’t even notice it. Its extra small size means there is no camera fitted on-board.

The product has three speed modes which are easily switchable: low, medium and high, so that your kid can grow step by step from a beginner to a little expert.
It also comes with a bright LED searchlight on the head with which users can navigate the drone easily at night.

This device also has an altitude hold, a hover mode - when you loosen the grip on the throttle, it doesn’t fall down; instead it hovers in the same location. Additionally, Drocon also comes with a one touch function button activated during hover mode; it helps the drone to spin on its own axis.

It is child-friendly, in the sense that it is very easy to operate, with built-in features like one key take off/land and one key lock/unlock.

However, one drawback of this product seems to be the charging and the working time. It has a flying time of only 5-7 minutes after the device is fully charged, which takes about 50-60 minutes.

7. Rabing RC Drone Foldable

Flight Time:
15 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
4 ounces
Size:
7 x 5 x 2.4 Inches
Range:
100 meterss
Charge Time:
60 mins
Age:
14+
While many drones require you to purchase additional accessories to fully utilize them, Rabing shares a comprehensive bundle for an unbeatable price. You get the charge hub, the car adapter and the square props along with an already exceptional drone.
The Rabing is a very portable drone: 12.8 x 12.8 x 2.4 (expanded) and 7 x 5 x 2.4 (folded) - which also makes it great for kids.

The Rabing RC Drone Foldable is available with two types of controllers. Flying with the normal controller gives you about 900 feet of range, while flying with your mobile device takes the drone to around 200-250 feet. It also features a 2.4GHz mode and dual frequencies with 4 different channels so that you don’t have to worry about interference..
It takes about 60 minutes to completely charge, whereas the flight time is just 10 - 15 minutes.

With the help of a 6-axis gyroscope, the drone can perform a full 3600 flip with just one click of a button. It also has a dedicated key to perform the take-off and landing in a safer way.

The Rabing RC Drone Foldable records 720p HD videos with a staggering 1200 wide angle camera suitable for wide panoramic aerial shots, and the hover feature results in capturing crisp images and videos without any shaking.

The drone also allows you to connect your Smartphone so that the first person’s view can be activated along with the Virtual Reality Glasses or the VR box enabling you to control the eyes of the drone. In short, you see what the drone sees.

When the one key automatic return button is pressed, you can quickly gain access to the drone even if it was previously out of your reach. However, the show stealer would really be the customizable route mode, which can be activated using the same fpv application. When it gets connected to the WiFi in the drone, the route mode allows you to design and draw a flight path on the phone and steer the drone according to your desired air route.

8. Altair Aerial #AA108 Camera Drone

Flight Time:
10 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
1.7 lbs
Size:
10 x 9.1 x 4.3 inches
Range:
100 meters
Charge Time:
60 mins
Age:
14+
For those preferring Zen-like simplicity, Altair has a broad range of products satisfying their customers minimalistic preferences. A chart-topper among them is the Altair AA108 Camera drone. There is no need for a detailed manual to experience the drone for the first time, you just need to put the batteries in and you’re good to go.

The Altair Aerial AA108 features the usual Headless Mode which is connected to the altitude hold function. This helps users to hover in a single spot to take a bird’s eye view of the landscape.

The size of the product is 10 x 9.1 x 4.3 inches, and it weighs around 1.7 pounds.
The drone has a 120 degree wide-angle lens and records video at 720p HD resolution. The maximum range is 300 feet (100 meters) and the flight time ranges from 8 to 10 minutes on a full charge.

In addition, the product features a 1- button takeoff and landing option. Similar to the other drones, this function helps with connecting the users to their smart phones so as to engage the real-time first person view via the FlyingSee App by UDI RC.

Another feature of this quadcopter is the low battery alarm which is fitted inside the controller so that even when the drone is barely visible, you can get the low battery alert on your controller rather than the usual emergency blinking of the LED lights on-board. Along with the low battery alarm, this drone model also contains an out-of-range alarm. It gets activated whenever the drone drifts further away from the user.

9. DROCON U818PLUS

Flight Time:
15 mins
Controller:
Remote
Camera:
Yes
Weight:
2.8 lbs
Size:
15.2 x 14.3 x 7.5 Inches
Range:
60 meters
Charge Time:
180 mins
Age:
8+
Drocon is the only competitor to the DJI Spark on this list with regards to flight time. Being a trusted brand in the international drones market, Drocon revealed its quadcopter with a wide-angle lens of 120 degrees which records 720p video at a maximum bit-rate of 30Mbps.

As the competition revs up in the drone industry, the top manufacturers are forced to offer their customers more affordable products without compromising the features. The Drocon U818Plus belongs in that product category.

It has a Wi-Fi based First Person View Real-time transmission which allows you to see the world through the drone’s point of view. This helps enable better maneuvering in closed places by utilizing the FlyingSee app, which also has an in-built option to configure the flight route path as well as Gravity control and 3D Virtual Reality mode. Users can get live video streaming at 20 frames per sec.

In addition, the usual Headless mode, altitude hold, a speed switch to change the minimum and maximum speeds in a click, one key take-off/landing, emergency stop when essential due to low power and out of range alarms are all a part of this drone. To top it all off they also included a whooping 1000 mAh battery. With that new modification, the drone boasts of reaching up to 15 minutes of flight time when fully charged for 180 minutes. The Drocon has all this at less than half the price of the competition.

10. SainSmart Jr. Kids Drone RC Quadcopter Watch Style

Flight Time:
10 mins
Controller:
Watch
Camera:
No
Weight:
13 ounces
Size:
5 X 5 X 3 CM
Range:
100 meters
Charge Time:
60 mins
Age:
14+
Is your kid so deep into the sci-fi world that it seems like he/she always has their head in the clouds? Do you they don’t know the value of time?

If the answer is yes to any one of the above, then this next drone is the perfect one for you. This futuristic looking remote controlled drone developed by SainSmart Jr. is super compact at just 5 x 5 x 3 cms. Despite its small size, it’s jam packed with features. Starting with the headless mode which you can switch to even while you are in flying mode, and the automatic return key that keeps your drone under control - and finishing with a unique functionality: the real time first person view video recording capable of saving your collections to your Smartphone instantly.

It does a 360 degree roll over using its gravity sensor.

At about 30 to 60 minutes of charging, you get about 6-15 minutes of flight time with a range of up to 100 meters.

The SainSmart Jr. Kids Drone is a fun filled bonanza for the entire family; an occasion for everyone to get together.

Packed with loads of features, there is only one thing to ask: Does it also tell time?
Well, nope! However, the future versions may incorporate this rather basic feature.
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