Top 10 Best Quadcopters under $50 – Best Cheap Drones in 2017

The commercial drone industry is booming and drones are much more affordable today than they were a few years ago when the first hit the mainstream market. In this review, we are going to focus on the extremely affordable quadcopters under $50.

It’s recommended to start off with a cheap drone before you move on to more expensive ones. These quads are capable of advanced manoeuvres and each one varies in design, ability and style. And the most important thing is that they won’t leave you in tears if they crash and don’t come back to life.

This article delves into 10 of the most affordable drones available on the market today that will spark your imagination.

Cheerson CX-10

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 22 mm (1.6 x 1.6 x 0.9 inches)
  • Weight: 15 grams (0.03 pounds)
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Operating Range: 20 meters
  • Battery: 3.7V 100mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 4-8 minutes
  • Recharge Time: 15-20 minutes
  • LED lights: Yes
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Recommended manufacturer age: 14 years and up

The package includes: Cheerson CX-10 Quadcopter, radio controller, 4 spare propellers, USB charger and instruction manual.

Cheerson CX-10 is one of the smallest quadcopters on the market today and fits in the palm of your hand. The CX-10 weighs about 15 grams and it is one of the lightest quads you can purchase. It is powered by a 3.7V 100mAh Li-Po battery that has a flight time of about 4 to 8 minutes.

The battery takes about 15 to 20 minutes to charge completely. The CX-10 is perfect for indoor flying and you can you can weave it around furniture and land it on just about any surface. Also, the transmitter gives you about 20 meters of control.

This quad is equipped with 6-axis gyro and can travel in three different speeds. This quad can also be flown outdoor.

However, it’s really lightweight and it will tamper with its sensors and render it unflyable if there’s even a smallest of breezes. As far as color goes, this drone is available in blue, green, pink and orange.

 

Cheerson - CX-10 (2014 World's Smallest Quadcopter) - Review and Flight

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TEC.BEAN X902

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.8 x 11.4 cm
  • Weights: 222 grams
  • Battery: 7.4V 180mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 4-7 minutes
  • Charge Time: 40 minutes
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Control Distance: 30 meters
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes: TEC.BEAN X902 Quadcopter, transmitter, battery, USB Charger, 4 Props and manual.

The TEC.Bean X902 looks really interesting and can be flown both indoor and outdoor. However, keep in mind that it could be blown about rather easily when flying outdoors. With its pop guards that are reaching downwards from the propellers it kind of resembles an actual spider.

These prop guards are really useful because in case you happen to crash your quad somewhere, they serve as an extra layer of protection. The quad is equipped with the newest 6-axis stabilization system that allows smooth flying.

The 2.4 GHz transmitter uses anti interference technology that allows multiple quads flying in the same airspace at the same time. The X902 can reach about 30 meters without any sort of lag problems. It is powered by 7.4V 180mAh Li-Po battery that has a flight time of about 4 to 7 minutes.

The drone also features 2 bright LED lights for nighttime flying and 2 speed modes (slow and fast).

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Syma X5SC

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 31.5 x 31.5 x 4 cm (12.4 x 12.4 x 1.6 inches)
  • Weight: 119 grams (4.2 ounces)
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Control Distance: 100 meters
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Camera: Built-in 2MP HD Camera
  • Battery: 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 5 minutes
  • Charge Time: 130 minutes
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes Syma X5SC RC quadcopter, 2.4GHz remote controller, USB charging cable, 4 rotating blades, 4 protection frames, 4 landing gears, screwdriver, Li-Po battery, 4G Micro SD card, card reader and instruction manual.

The Syma X5SC is known as the best beginner quad. This quad is equipped with 6-axis gyro stabilization that allows enjoying a smooth flight. You can also perform barrel rolls and flips with the press of a button.

The drone come with 2.4GHz transmitter and is able to travel around 100 meters from the control. The X5SC comes with 3.7V 500mAh battery and the battery life will last for around 5 minutes per charge.

The battery takes about 130 minutes to charge completely. The X5SC is equipped with the 720P camera that offers decent image quality in good light conditions but nothing spectacular. The 2MP camera is completely detachable to lighten the load if you are not recording your flight.

 

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Blade Pico QX

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm (5.2 x 4.6 x 3.1 inches)
  • Weight: 8 grams (0.3 ounces)
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Flying Distance: 30 meters
  • Battery: 80mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 5-8 minutes
  • Charging Time: 30 minutes
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes everything you need to get in the air. Just charge your battery and you’re ready to fly!

The Blade Pico QX quad is by far one of the lightest available on the market today. The Blade Pico QX makes for an amazing indoor activity. It doesn’t represent much of a danger to anything breakable because it’s so small and light.

Also, if the wind isn’t too strong, this drone can handle in outside conditions. However, the Pico QX won’t function correctly if you try to fly it in any kind of gusty conditions.

The drone is engineered with SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that helps you control the drone’s flight and assists you during takeoff.

You can expect to get around 5 to 8 minutes of flight time per charge with the Blade Pico QX. The battery takes about half an hour to charge completely.  The drone is also equipped with LED lights that provide you with a clear view of it and it never gets lost at night. As far as color goes, this drone is available in black and white.

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Hubsan X4 (H107C)

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 70 x 70 x 60 mm (2.7 x 2.7 x 1 inches)
  • Weight: 40 grams (0.09 pounds)
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Battery: 3.7V 380mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 7 minutes
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Operating range: 100 meters
  • Camera: 2.0MP
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 – 15 years

The package includes Hubsan X4 H107C Quad, Li-Po battery, controller, USB charging cable, extra set of propellers and propeller guard.

The Hubsan X4 is one of the smallest drones available. The drone is made out of sturdy, lightweight material. Also, the X4’s powerful motors enable it to fly pretty fast.  It is equipped with 3.7V 380mAh Li-Po battery and possesses a flight time of about 7 minutes.

The 2MP of resolution that the X4’s camera has is not exactly the best quality available so you may want to look elsewhere if you’re looking to use the camera beyond the recreational level.

The 720p resolution on the X4’s camera means that it can capture in HD. This drone comes with 2.4GHz transmitter and using solely a remote control for operation, the drone can be flown up to 100 meters away from you.

The drone is equipped with LED lights that are clearly visible and somewhat resemble eyes. As far as color goes, the drone is available in black, red and blue.

Hubsan X4 H107C Plus Altitude Hold Micro Camera Drone

This micro quadcopter includes a 2MP 720p HD camera, PLUS an altitude hold system which greatly helps in steadying the quadcopter for aerial video.

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JJRC H98

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 270 x 270 x 40 mm (10.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches)
  • Weight: 63 grams (0.1 pounds)
  • Battery: 3.7V 400mAh Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 6-8 minutes
  • Charging Time: 40 minutes
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Remote distance: 80m
  • Camera: 0.3MP
  • 6-axis gyro
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes JJRC H98 RC Quadcopter, transmitter, Li-Po Battery, camera, pair of spare propeller, 4 protective guard rings, USB Charging Cable, 6 landing gears, tool set and user manual.

The JJRC is a medium-sized drone that features a 6-axis gyro stabilization system that helps stabilize the drone when it is in flight. The drone can fly a distance of about 80 meters from the remote and you can press the quick return button to bring the quad back to you when the battery is getting low. There is also a button that allows you to perform stunts while in flight.

The drone is equipped with 3.7V 400mAh Li-Po battery that will last for around 6 to 8 minutes of flight time. The battery takes about 40 minutes to charge completely. The 0.3MP of resolution that the H98-3 has is not exactly the best quality available.

The good thing is that the camera is designed on a swivel to give you the perfect view from above. As far as color goes, this drone is black, green, and blue in coloration.

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Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 4 x 13.5 cm (5.3 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches)
  • Weight: 408 grams (14.4 ounces)
  • Battery: 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion
  • Flight Time: 6-8 minutes
  • Charging Time: 60-80 minutes
  • Control Range: 30-50 meters
  • 6-axis gyro
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini quadcopter, remote controller, 350mAh battery, four spare rotator blades, USB cable, screwdriver and instruction manual.

The Holy Stone HS170 is perfect for beginner RC quadcopter pilots.

The drone has a sleek, blue body with black blade guards. It is very fast and agile. Also, because of its small size, this drone is great for both indoor and outdoor use. The drone is equipped with blue and red LED lights that are great for flying outside at night.

There are three modes for the Holy Stone HS170. The beginner mode is very useful if you are learning to fly quads for the first time or when you are flying indoors because it allows you to focus more on the controls and less on the speed and responsiveness. With the advanced mode, the drone is pretty fast and more responsive.

The drone is equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system.

This feature helps keep the quad oriented and stable as it flies through the air. The drone is powered with 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion battery that has a flight time of about 6 to 8 minutes.

The major disadvantage to this drone is that there is not camera on it. However, if videos and photos are not important to your drone experience the HS170 is a great option. As far as the color goes, the drone features a black and blue design that looks amazing in the sky.

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UFO 3000

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 1 x 17.8 x 10.7 cm (8.3 x 7 x 4.2 inches)
  • Weight: 454 grams (1 pounds)
  • Battery: 3.7V Lithium Battery
  • Flight Time: 5-7 minutes
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes UFO 3000 Quadcopter, remote control, 2 3.7V Lithium batteries, 4 spare propellers and user manual.

The UFO 300 is equipped with ultra bright LED lights that go all the way around its propeller guards. This feature allows you to enjoy high speeds, tricks and outdoor flying both day and night.

This stunt quad was made to light up the sky with amazing acrobatics and it is also able to perform 3D stunts, one key 360 flips, and 2 speed modes.

Two speed modes, high visibility and added stability makes the UFO 300 a great option for beginners. The UFO 3000’s precision steering and compact design will allow you to fly around at high speeds. This drone comes with 2 3.7V lithium batteries to double your flying time and each battery has a flight time of about 5 to 7 minutes.

That means if you fully charge both batteries you will get about 10 to 14 minutes of flight time.

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The Haktoys HAK903

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.6 x 2.3 cm (3 x 3 x 0.9 inches)
  • Weight: 113 grams (4 ounces)
  • Battery: 3.7V 150mAh Li-Ion
  • Flight Time: 7-9 minutes
  • Charging Time: 30-45 minutes
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Control Range: 90 meters
  • LED lights: Yes
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

The package includes HAK903 Quadcopter, 2.4GHz remote control, USB charger, 4 spare main blades, screwdriver and user manual.

The Haktoys HAK903 is perfect for those are just starting to venture into quadcopters. Its carbon fibre structure will be able to withstand minor bumps and crashes. The drone is easy to control with 2.4GHz remote control.

This drone can reach 90 meters despite its small size. The HAK903 is also equipped with 6-axis stabilization system that allows pilots to hover the drone with ease. The quadcopter also has LED lights that are great for flying outside at night. These lights will flash slower when the battery is low.

The quad is powered by 3.7V 150mAh Li-Ion battery that has a flight time of about 7 to nine minutes. The battery takes about 30 to 45 minutes to charge completely. It is important to note that overcharging may damage the battery so you shouldn’t charge it more than 45 minutes. Sadly, this drone does not come with a built-in camera to capture your flight experiences.

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Syma X11

Last update was on: February 27, 2017, 7:21 am

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 36 x 20 x 9.1 cm (14.2 x 7.9 x 3.6 inches)
  • Weight: 385 grams (13.6 ounces)
  • Battery: 3.7V 150mAH Li-Po
  • Flight Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Charging Time: 40 minutes
  • Controller Frequency: 2.4GHZ
  • Flying Distance: 40 meters
  • 6-axis gyro
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 – 10 years

The package includes Syma X11 Quadcopter, remote control, 3.7V 150mAh Lithium battery, 4 spare propellers and user manual.

The Syma X11 is one of the best entry-level quadcopter quads available in the market. The X11 comes with a 150mAh battery and has a flight time of about 5 to 7 minutes. The battery takes about 40 minutes via USB to get charged to 100%.

There are two flight modes on this drone and it is able to travel around 40 meters from the control. The body of the drone is extremely durable and it is equipped with 6-axis gyro stabilization system for smooth flight.

As far as the color goes, this drone is candy apple red in coloration. The Syma X11 is probably the best bet at the moment for those who are just starting with the drone hobby. On the other hand, there might not be much in the X11 for you if you are a season drone flyer.

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Summary

These drones offer different sets of features to suit the needs and skill levels of the people who fly them. These drones are proof that inexpensive drones are not always as bad as people think them to be. If your budget is tights this is a great list.

Also, this list is a great place to start if you are trying to find a quad to purchase as a present, or you are struggling to choose your first drone.

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