REMEMBER: You Will Discover 5 IMPORTANT Factors You Need to Consider when Buying Your New Quadcopter Kit! Number 3 Is Really Interesting! These Tips Helped Over 1,000 Readers!
The best quadcopter kit will mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some owners want to have a truly unique experience and start from the hardware up.
This means there is a lot of soldering and technical know-how that a person is required to have. If you are new to quadcopters, you will probably not want to solder circuitry or even have a soldering gun available.
Before you go and buy your kit, here are a few things to consider:
1. The Frame
The frame is everything. In fact, the frame is the one part that I examine very closely. If you choose a kit with the wrong frame type, you will:
- Have a heavy copter
- Easily break your copter
- Have a copter that is not agile
You will want a glass fiber frame or another aluminum type frame that is light, yet durable. The frame you choose may also be retractable. If you want to be able to fold your quadcopter for easy transport and storage, you will need a frame that is able to fold.
2. Replaceable Parts
Nothing is worse than buying the ultimate kit, putting your drone together and finding that after a few flights it has been damaged and you need a replacement part.
Sometimes, the kit will be an older product or it is no longer being produced, and you are buying leftover stock.
In this case, you may be able to buy new propellers that are compatible, but if a major component breaks, you will not be able to replace your part.
When purchasing your kit, you must ensure that replacement parts are available. If you do not, you may crash your quadcopter and be left with a piece of junk that no can no longer fly. Before putting the money into a kit, always do a little research on replacement parts and their respective costs. Past buyer reviews are often the best place to spot this information.
You are probably laughing right about now. Instructions are needed when you are new to assembling quadcopters and you have no idea what you are doing.
Oftentimes, the instructions, if they are provided, are so bad that you will not be able to put your copter together without help or without scouring the Internet.
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is spend hundreds of dollars on a kit and not know how to assemble it appropriately.
Always look to see if instructions are provided and further read through comments to see if the instructions are easy to follow.
You will also want to look at just how much assembly is required. Some are so simple that you virtually snap pieces perfectly into place, but others are so difficult that the average user will not be able to put them together without spending a lot of hours in the process.
Unless you are dead set on a kit, you need to really think about the price. Oftentimes, kits can cost between $125 and $400+ depending on what is included. If you are a first-timer, you will want to really test the waters before putting together your own drone.
If the price is high enough to buy a drone that is already assembled, you will really want to consider buying it. Enthusiasts will obviously not be included here, but those that are new to piloting a drone can truly benefit from a standard model.
When you buy a pre-built drone, you will:
- Be able to fly in minutes
- Have a warranty
- Have reviews to read
If you choose a kit and you break something because you do not know what you are doing, you will lose all of your money in the process. While drone warranties are not ironclad and crashes aren’t covered, if you go to fly your new drone and it doesn’t budge, you will be able to return it.
5. Some Soldering or Pre-Soldered
We touched on soldering before, but let’s explain what we mean. Sometimes, a kit will require some soldering to be done by the user. If you do not have soldering experience, you can mess it up and ultimately fry your circuit board. Furthermore, you will need to buy a soldering gun and equipment to be able to solder appropriately.
There are also pre-soldered models in which all of the soldering has been taken care of for you by the manufacturer. Soldering will often be done to lessen the weight of the copter and is used extensively when attaching motors to your board.
Unless you are very adventurous or you really know your way around electronics, I highly recommend not dealing with kits that require you to do even moderate soldering as it is very tedious.