If you’re kids are talking to you about mini quadcopters for indoors and you’re wondering what they’re talking about you might be interested in finding out a little bit about mini quadcopters like the Eachine E012.
These are usually flown indoors and are the size of your hand. If you are worried about having something flying about your house and don’t think your home is big enough to cope then keep reading and find out a bit more about mini quadcopters.
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Why would you want to buy a quadcopter for indoors?
Mini quadcopter drones are usually quite small, the Eachine 012 is only 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches and only 1 inch tall, small enough to fit in your hand and very lightweight so it will do little damage, on the other hand it’s lack of weight makes it vulnerable to the lightest wind outside. This can be flown outside but there is more chance of losing control of it.
The range on this machine is 30 meters but with it being so small it would be easy to lose sight of. It only has a 5 minute battery life which doesn’t seem much but you can do a bit of flying in 5 minutes and unless you are an experienced flyer it’s amazing how quickly it can fly out of your control.
The great thing about these mini drones is the fact that they come pretty much ready to fly out of the box, you may have to charge the battery which takes around 30-40 minutes and you will need to supply the batteries for your remote control but other than that stand your quadcopter on a level surface and bind to the remote control using the instructions and you can lift off.
If you have bought a mini quadcopter for a youngster then the fact it can be flown indoors will give them a chance to learn how to use the controls and fly the drone in a safe environment, that’s not to say they won’t get it stuck on top of a tall cupboard or fly it behind something that makes it awkward to get to but they won’t be flying it on a road or in a tree or losing it the first time out.
Is it easy to fly?
Well that is relative. If you ask someone is it easy to drive a car, a beginner will say no and a long time driver will say yes. If you ask a child if this is easy to fly they will play with it for 2 minutes and know how to fly it without problem and say yes and if you ask an older person to play with it for 2 minutes they’ll still be working out the handset and probably won’t have got it off the floor yet. This drone has a relatively basic handset to control it with without too many options to confuse the matter so it can be learned.
The worst part about a mini drone is the short flying time, you can stretch it out if you’re doing basic flying but once you get into doing flips the time will get less. You can buy 6 extra batteries for these quadcopters and that can give you a good 30 minutes of flying time to learn how things work. You can get multi-chargers that work in one usb port so quick and easy to charge more than one battery at a time.
Does it handle crashing well?
The design of the Eachine E012 quadcopter and the blade guards let it bounce off things, although I’m sure if you decide to fly it as fast as you can against a wall it might not like it. In the course of learning how to fly it well you will find it can stand up to quite a lot of bouncing around as the protection ring around the blade is strong enough to protect it. If by any chance you burn out a motor the supplier can usually get spares for you.
Can it do flips?
This drone can do 360 degree roll over flips in whichever direction you choose, it does need a bit of head room and floor room as it lifts up to flip then drops down as it goes over. If you’re not experienced enough to get to flipping it does have headless mode which means that it doesn’t require you to know where the front of the drone is, it will presume the front is ahead of you no matter what direction the drone is facing, this helps while you are learning as you don’t have to keep track of the orientation of the drone.
Can you fly more than one at a time?
People who have more than one child who would like to buy one of these for each of them and want to know if more than one can be flown at the same time. Although I have not tried this myself, reviewers on Amazon.com have said that as long as you bind them separately you should have no trouble so if you want to buy the Eachine E012 for a Christmas gift for one or more children then go for it.
If you want to have a quadcopter but you prefer to fly it indoors as a little bit of entertainment no matter what the weather then you won’t be disappointed with the Eachine E012, it’s not overly complicated in the controls, it can stand a few knocks and it won’t break the bank. It’s a great beginner drone and can help you learn the basics of mini quadcopters before moving up to a larger versions.