Mini Drones are perfect for learning basic maneuvers and techniques without the pressure of a huge price tag. Before you start flying, do a quick check to make sure everything is set up correctly and the space around you is clear. To perfect your navigational skills, practice basic maneuvers indoors until you’ve mastered the basics. After that, it’s time to take your Mini Drone outside and enjoy a fun flight!
- Mini Drones will generally have a much lower transmitter range than medium or large models, so always keep your drone close and in sight.
- If you can’t find the drone’s packaging or manual, do a quick Google search with the name and model of your drone along with the keywords “transmitter range.” You should be able to find information for most drones online!
- Most nano/micro drones have a full charge of 5-7 minutes, while small/mini drones usually have a flight time of 20-25 minutes on a full battery.
- These fly times may seem short, but they’re still very fun! You can still cover quite a bit of ground in 5-7 minutes as well.
- You should also watch out for any breakable decorations, such as vases and picture frames.
- When you’re flying outside, be aware of your surroundings and avoid obstacles such as buildings, trees, power lines, or vehicles.
- Do this for the first few flights, even if your drone can lift off from other places, such as tables or your hand.
- If your drone won’t connect with the transmitter, try holding down the binding button on the transmitter first, then turning it on. The signal should connect automatically.
- If it still won’t connect, contact the manufacturer for help.
Drone Basics for Beginners
- Since Mini Drones are toy-sized, they’re perfect for indoor use. Generally, you wouldn’t be able to safely fly a larger class of drones indoors.
- Make sure to use a light touch, just in case the drone is more responsive than you may think.
- If you do over-correct, use gentle nudges to return the drone to a neutral, stable position.
- Maintaining balance can be tricky, so try to use soft motions until you are familiar with your drone’s sensitivity.
- Give it a little extra throttle right as you land to make it extra smooth.
- If the drone wanders, make corrections by gently nudging the drone in the opposite direction.
- Make sure to keep your corrections slow and gentle. If you turn the drone hard, you could lose control of it.
- Once you’ve gotten used to turning, practice taking off from a set spot, turning a square or circle, and then landing on the same spot.
- Make sure there’s no one in the area where you’ll be flying before turning your drone and transmitter on and practicing your skills.
- If a storm or heavy winds start to roll in while you’re flying, you should bring your drone immediately.
- Generally, you can expect the breeze to affect the drone’s horizontal direction as well as its ability to hover in one spot.
- The fly time tends to go up with the drone size, so if you buy a mini/small drone, your flight time will likely be a little higher.
- You should especially avoid flying out over large bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans.