3 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Your Drone
The drones are coming! If you still don’t know someone who owns one, chances are this will change soon enough. A lot of people want to buy drone these days. For this precise reason, we have here a short list of 3 things you should know before buying your drone.
1 – Not all drones are easy to fly
If you are going to buy a drone, the first thing you have to know is that any object that flies is difficult to control. What keeps the drone stable is the computer inside it (usually called a flight controller). Each drone flies slightly differently depending on how the flight controller is configured. Some flight controllers are configured for a more agile flight, while others may be more oriented towards better stability.
When it comes to flying and the level of skill that is required, there is a price curve that you don’t usually get told about. For example, with the carts, airplanes or remote control helicopters, when the price goes up, the level of difficulty goes up along with it.
However, with drones this is not the case. In general, we can say that the more expensive a drone is, the easier it is to fly. The reason the more expensive drones fly the better is because of the sensors and additional features within the flight controller.
2 – Not all drones are ready to fly
When you are looking for drones to buy, you will see some common acronyms that appear in this branch: RTF, BNF and ARF.
RTF means Ready-To-Fly . Typically, a RTF quadricopter does not require any assembly or installation, but you may have to do a few simple things like charge the battery, install the propellers, or “bind” the control to the drone (get them to communicate).
BNF means Bind-And-Fly . A BNF drone usually comes completely assembled, but without a transmitter control. With BNF models, you’ll either have to use the control you already have (if it’s compatible) or find a control sold separately. One thing you should know is that just because a transmitter and receiver are on the same frequency does not mean that they will work together. Even if your transmitter and receiver are on the same channel, they must use the same manufacturing protocol in order to communicate with each other. So, make sure that your control will work with your drone before you buy it.
RFA means Almost-ready-to fly . ARF Quadcopters are usually multirotor kits that are “almost ready”. They usually do not come with a transmitter or receiver control and may require a partial mount. An ARF drone kit can also leave out components such as motors, ESCs (Electronic Speed Controller), or even the flight controller and battery. The definition of an ARF drone is very broad, so whenever you see ARF in the title, you need to read the ad description completely.
To facilitate your understanding we will show some examples in practice:
3 – You need to invest in this hobby
If you just want something to fly in the $ 300 area, then this tip does not apply to you, but if you are thinking of spending thousands of dollars then you need to invest your time and money wisely.
Here are some tips that may be helpful depending on the type of drone you intend to purchase.
Invest in good control. Getting good control is one of the best investments you can make. Controls transmitters (as opposed to smartphones) will not get obsolete quickly, so if you are thinking of staying in this hobby for a while, you will want to get a control that will last for at least a few years. Some people use the same control for over 10 years! The reason you can make it last so long, is because the “transmitting” part is removable so you can upgrade it to work with different or latest communication technologies.
Buy a good charger. It seems crazy to spend a lot of money on a battery charger, but just like your control, a good charger will last for years. Cheap chargers that come in the RTK kits of drones usually charge slowly, are not very reliable, and usually can only charge the battery that comes included (nothing greater). So one day when you buy a larger drone you will need a larger charger anyway. The more expensive chargers can charge just about any battery you can think of, from lithium polymer to lead-acid. You can even buy adapters to charge more than one battery at a time.
Search a lot. We know you’re eager to buy your first drone, but it’s not something you should do hastily. The more research you do, the more knowledge you will gain, and eventually you will begin to understand the differences between all parts of the drone, and the reasons why one piece manages to be better than another. This can save a lot of time and money over the long term because you will not be buying poor quality products, making bad decisions and wasting money.
Hopefully this article can give you help at the time of buying a drone. If you want to read other related buying guides, check out “section buying guides ” of the site, and if you like leave your comment below.