Ultimate review of drones with the best flight time

One of the most important things about drones is the amount of time they can fly. This is among the well-known specifications that everyone must check before buying their first drone. In other words, drones come with different types of motor and battery combinations which means their flight time will vary significantly. We often get messages from our visitors asking about drones with the longest battery life. So today we’ll try to make it easier for all of you by publishing list of drones with long flight time. For example, you can’t expect more than 50 meters from a $20 drone just like you can’t expect more than 500 meters from a $200 one. More money equals to more battery power resulting in longer flight time. Luckily, there are drones with good battery life in almost every price range. If, by any chance, you desperately need a drone that can withstand rather long aerial sessions, then you should definitely take a peek at the list below.

Under $200

NightHawk DM007W

nighthawk-dm007wFirst drone on our list of drones with best flight time is NightHawk. It is not such a popular choice when it comes to drones. They haven’t been on the market for too long which explains why they don’t have such a huge fan base. Despite that, they have created a couple of decent budget drones that can stand the test of time. On of their cheapest ones, the NightHawk DM007W is a nice looking drone capable of providing you with a live FPV feed with the help of its built in camera. For a $60 drone you will get some usual features such as 6-axis gyro, failsafe headless mode and precise hovering capability. Additionally, you will be happy to know that it can do all sorts of flips and tricks. It is primarily aimed at a younger audience who will greatly appreciate these maneuvers.

Specifications:
Max distance – 100 meters
Flight duration – 10 minutes

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Ionic Stratus Drone

ionic-stratus-droneIonic Stratus is slowly (but surely) making a proper name for itself on the market. Ionic seems to be the best long flight time drone in this price range. It’s a competitively priced drone that is able to effectively combat its competition with a fair share of extra features on top of some amazing specifications within this price range. It comes with a GoPro mount which means you will have to use your own camera because it doesn’t come with one. Other than this, it supports headless mode, 1-button 3D roll and one key return; all the features we are used to see with similar models. It sports a clean silver finish with black and white propellers, looking rather fancy once you put the black, shock resistant, prop guards that come with the package.

Specifications:
Max distance – 150 meters
Flight duration – 10 minutes

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JJRC X1

jjrc-x1This bad boy is coming to you straight from LANDVO’s labs where they made sure they produce a rather fancy looking budget drone. This model also doesn’t come with a camera, but it compensates for it with its powerful D1806 – 2280KV brushless motor that is able to provide awfully lot of power to the drone. Additionally, it features the standard 6-axis gyro system that is able to maintain stable flying experience with outstanding control. When it comes to flight time, it is able to fly for around 15 minutes on a full charge which is more than enough for a drone costing just a bit over $100.

Specifications:
Max distance – up to 400 meters
Flight duration – up to 15 minutes

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$200 to $400

Flexify Foldable Drone

flexify-foldable-droneFlexify’s Foldable Drone is a quite unique one featured in this list. As its name implies, this drone is capable of folding, which makes it quite compact and storable in small spaces such as backpacks and purses. Despite this, it is quite a sturdy little guy that can be fully controlled by using either a smartphone app or a dedicated RC controller. It features multiple modules (sold separately) that are will make your new drone a lot more fun in a wide variety of scenarios. Along with its 22 minutes of flight time, this cute little orange toy has awesome features such as waypoint support, one key return and auto takeoff and landing.

Specifications:
Max distance – 200 meters
Flight duration – 22 minutes

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Hubsan X4

hubsan-h107d-x4If you are looking for a beast of a drone that will not set you back for a thousand bucks, then you should seriously take a look at Hubsan’s x4 H501S, also known as Brushless FPV Quadcopter. As its name suggests, it is packed with brushless motors that are able to provide an extra bit of safety on top of decent raw power output to its blades. It works with 5.8 Ghz frequency for its live FPV feed and 2.4 Ghz for its RC controller, which comes with a 4.3 inch LCD screen. In addition to its flight time of up to 20 minutes, it also comes with features such as headless mode, altitude hold mode, follow me and dedicated GPS system that makes up for a great overall stability and flying experience.

Specifications:
Max distance – 300 meters
Flight duration – up to 20 minutes

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Traxxas Aton

traxxas-atonAton is a unique looking quadcopter with fixed camera mount that supports most of today’s action cmaeras. It is packed with powerful motors which allow it to go more than 50 miles per hour in sport mod. In addition to this superfast sport mode, the Traxxas Aton also excels at being a rather stable aerial photography platform in its dedicated film mode. With a powerful 3000mAh 3s LiPo battery it is able to perform awesome aerobatics that are quite easy on the eyes. It can reach maximum distance of up to 300 meters without any sort of control lag and is able to fly for around 20 minutes on a single full charge. All these specs makes it one of my favorite long flight time drone.

Specifications:
Max distance – 200 to 300 meters
Flight duration – up to 20 minutes

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$400 to $600

XIRO Xplorer V

xiro-xplorer-g-versionXIRO is a well-known mid-tier drone manufacturer with a whole heap of great drones on display. Their newest line called Xplorer comes in 3 different types of drones: standard, G version and V version. Standard version has no stabilization system while the G and V version have. In addition to that, the V version also comes with a full HD camera capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. Truth be told, you will have to get a couple more bucks to get the V version, but in case you have your own camera, you will be more than satisfied with the image stabilization capability of the G one. That is basically all the difference between these 3 models – when it comes to other specifications they are pretty much the same. With a flight duration of up to 20 minutes on a single full charge (and whopping max distance of 1 kilometer) this little guy proves to be a great choice for a mid-tier drone that will not put such a huge dent in your wallet.

Specifications:
Max distance – 1000 meters
Flight duration – up to 20 minutes

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Parrot Bebop 2

parrot-bebop-2Followed by a huge success in recent time, Parrot has released yet another top quality drone. This time, we are talking about their newest flagship model called Bebop 2. As you can conclude from the 2 in its name, it is in fact an upgraded version of their previous model with a few improvements here and there. When it comes to its specifications, it is able to reach 300 meters when controlled with a smartphone but is able to go way beyond that with its dedicated Sky Controller that is not included in the standard $420 price tag. All in all, it’s a great drone that will surely provide you with a ton of fun, especially considering it can last up to 25 minutes in air on a single full charge.

Specifications:
Max distance – up to 300 meters
Flight duration – max 25 minutes

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$600 to $1000

DJI Phantom 3 Professional

dji-phantom-3-professionalAnd there you have it guys. The best-selling drone is finally here! DjI’s third installment in the Phantom series has a couple of great aces up its sleeves. With a crisp clear 4K UDH camera mounted on a fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal you will get the optimal shake-free image time in and time out. With this camera system in place, it comes as no surprise why this drone is considered as the professional aerial photography platform. When you combine this with the rest of its features and specifications, you will begin to understand why is it priced so high. When I come to think of it, it is actually not even priced that high if you take into consideration the fact that it can fly up to 5 kilometers away from you without much control lag. In addition to that, it can last up to 25 minutes in air and has a whole heap of additional features that will surely amaze not only you but your friends as well! Phantom 3 Professional is definitely one of the drones with longest flight times.

Specifications:
Max range – 5 kilometers
Flight duration – 25 minutes

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Yuneec Q500 4K

yuneec-q500-4kAs you can see, we have moved onto the big boys in this list. All of the following drones are equipped with top notch cameras and image stabilization systems that will most likely rock your world once you try them out. Nothing different cannot be said about Yuneec’s newest drone – the almighty Q500. It comes with a 4K CGO3 action camera and a St10+ controller which allows it to have a lag free flying experience for up to 600 meters. It’s 4K CGO3 camera is not only able to record 4K@30fps but excels at shooting slow motion footage. It can do so in full HD at amazing 120fps which is something we rarely see with drone cameras nowadays. Truth be told, there are a couple of them on the market, but they will set you back much more than $700, which is the price of standard Yuneec Q500 package.

Specifications:
Max range – up to 600 meters
Flight duration – 25 minutes

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Over $1000

DJI Phantom 4

phantom-4For “just” $1,400 DJI promises to give you EVERYTHING YOU NEED in addition to the new Phantom 4 drone. While this might not be true, it is undoubtedly the best price per performance (and accessories) bundle currently available on the market. It comes with a WHOLE BUNCH of additional stuff, some of which you will probably never use in your life. Despite that, some of these accessories are rather convenient, such as the additional batteries, carrying straps, whole bunch of high capacity micro SD cards and other similar stuff. All in all, if you want to have the ULTIMATE drone experience and you are not afraid of spending an entire paycheck on a drone… then go ahead… Be my guest and go for the DJI Phantom 4 EVERYTHING YOU NEED KIT. It might not have exactly EVERYTHING YOU NEED, but dang it if it doesn’t come remotely close to it!

Specifications:
Max range – 5 kilometers
Flight duration – 25 minutes

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Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

autel-robotics-x-star-premiumAnd finally, here is another amazing bundle. This one is actually a bit less expensive than the previous one, but it comes with less stuff inside the package to compensate for the price. Despite that, it’s still a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to spare any money while drone shopping. Let’s be clear here – the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone is one hell of a device. It has crisp clear 4K camera (which is also able to shoot slow motion videos… as it should because this guy costs a fortune J ) mounted on a motorized 3-axis gimbal for the ultimate image stabilization. Let’s just say that you won’t even notice any shaking or distortion while filming great aerial videos. With this bundle, you will get a bunch of extra drone equipment such as extra propellers, battery, prop guards, and a 64 gigs micro SD card among other stuff. Its dedicated controller has a top-notch LCD screen with flight information displayed and is equipped with SecureFly magnetic interference protection which grants it amazing range of up to 2 kilometers. All things considered, this is an excellent drone that is straight on par with DJI’s beasts.

Specifications:
Max range – 2 kilometers
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes

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Conclusion

And that’s it guys! With the most expensive drone in this article you have come to the end of the list of drones with long flight time. As you could see for yourselves, there are many variations when it comes to drones’ flight durations. Without a doubt, this particular specification significantly depends on the pricing range meaning that you will have to spend a couple of extra bucks for a drone with longer flight duration.

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