Top 5 Best Longest Flight Time Quadcopters for 2016
You are probably ready to buy your first quadcopter and you are considering seriously the model among the all available manufacturers and types. There are a myriad of features you are evaluating before making the final decision. You make your decision and run to an open and safe area to perform your first flight. Then, once the quadcopter starts flying you feel so excited and enthusiastically start to control the quadcopters and making it turn around in the sky when, just after 5 or 6 minutes, the drone loses power and falls down on the ground. Why? You problably have missed the most important feature when choosing a quadcopter or drone. The flight time. Yes, without flight time this hobby may become so tedious and boring. You have to buy extra batteries, batteries charger and use them a lot. Every 5~7 minutes you have to stop, land, re-charge and continue flying again. It is not so fun. You need longer flight time. If possible you should be purchase a quadcopter or drone with longest flight time. And this is what we are presenting here. A list with the top 5 best longest flight time quadcopters available in 2016 market.
1. Chroma Flight-Ready Drone with 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal for GoPro Hero4
This Chroma Flight-Ready Quadcopter is our first choice because it can offer you a long flight time of 30 minutes. So are you looking for a high-performance aerial platform for your GoPro camera? This Ready-To-Fly version of the Chroma camera drone has everything you need.
-Shoot smooth, steady aerial video with your GoPro camera (not included)
-Easy to fly – no experience necessary
-30 minute flight times (Dependent on flying style and/or wind conditions.)
-Advanced SAFE Plus technology
-Smart Mode for beginner pilots
-AP Mode for experienced pilots
-Return Home function
-Uses GLONASS and U.S. GPS for greater accuracy and reliability
-Mast-mounted GPS antenna for superb signal reception
GPH4 3-Axis Stabilized Camera Mount: GoPro-Ready and Rock Steady
The included GPH4 uses state-of-the-art stabilization technology to hold your GoPro camera steady in windy conditions or during aggressive flight maneuvers.
-GoPro-ready camera mount (GoPro camera not included, GoPro Hero 4 recommended.)
-Durable, lightweight construction
-Powerful, brushless gimbal motors
-Advanced stabilization technology
In addition, this Quadcopter offers new technologies and artificial intelligence based features such as Smart mode, aerial photography mode, follow me mode, tracking mode, return home, and adjustable flight boundaries.
Perfect for First-Time Pilots. Smart Mode uses Stick Relativity to move the drone in whatever direction the control stick is pushed, no matter which way its nose is pointed. It also creates a SAFE Circle barrier that prevents you from flying too close to yourself or people standing next to you.
AP (Aerial Photography) Mode
For the Experienced Pilot. The drone responds like a conventional RC aircraft without Stick Relativity or the Safe Circle. Response is smooth and predictable so panning and tracking shots look great.
Follow Me Mode*
Your Built-In Copilot. The drone follows you at a distance and altitude you set so you can focus on lining up the perfect shot using the rudder and camera tilt controls.
*please not that this is only available on Chroma camera drones that include the ST-10+ controller.
Be the Star of the Show. The drone will follow and keep the camera pointed at whoever is holding the ST-10+ controller. This is a great way to capture yourself in action when no one else is around to fly for you.
*Only available on Chroma camera drones that include the ST-10+ controller.
Safe Landings with the Flip of a Switch. The drone returns itself to the start-up point and lands for you. This is ideal for first-time flyers who aren’t quite ready to land themselves. It’s also an easy way to regain visual contact if you accidentally lose sight in flight.
Adjustable Flight Boundaries
Stay Legal. Stay Safe. Fly Responsibly. Never fly beyond altitude and distance limits you define. This will help you avoid sensitive airspace and neighbors.
See also the following video for illustrating the follow me and tracking flight features of the Chroma Flight-Ready Drone.
2. DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone
In second place, we have the DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter which offers up to 25 minutes of flight time.
Main features include:
- Refer the user manual and videos on this page for troubleshooting
- View a live image streamed from the drone up to a half mile away on the free DJI Go app using your mobile phone or tablet
- GPS assisted flight features let you concentrate on getting great images while the drone helps you fly safely. You can achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes (pending app feature availability)
- Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery. A range of accessories is included:1 battery and charger, 2 full sets of propellers, radio controller, 8GB micro SD card
- update the remote control first before use.
In addition, new developments in artificial intelligence include:
Automatic Flight Assistant
Fly with absolute freedom and confidence, knowing your Phantom 3 Standard will return to you at the press of a button.
Your Flying Camera
Putting a camera in the sky makes everything you capture more exciting and fun to watch.
A View from Above
See exactly what your camera sees with a live HD video feed right on your mobile device.
Intuitive, Powerful Flight
Enjoy the thrill of flight as you speed through the air. Powerful, responsive motors send your Phantom soaring exactly on the path you want.
Full control in your hands with a remote built specifically for the Phantom 3 Standard
Unique Mobile App
Snap photos and record videos with just a tap thanks to a mobile app that turns your device into a camera controller, flight cockpit.
If you are focusing on flight time only the standard Phantom 3 should be enough. However, very similar models exists so please examine the following table to compare the features among Phantom models:
|Phantom 3 Professional||Phantom 3 Advanced||Phantom 3 4K||Phantom 3 Standard|
|Suitable For||Aerial videographers for whom high-quality UHD 4K video capabilities are a requirement||Aerial photographers who need an aircraft with an extended range and live HD view||Aerial videographers for whom high-quality UHD 4K video capabilities are a requirement||Beginners who require a ready-to-fly, affordable aerial platform with Intelligent Flight modes|
|Flight Time||About 23 mins||About 23 mins||About 25 mins||About 25 mins|
|Video (up to)||UHD 4K/30fps||2.7K/30fps||UHD 4K/30fps||2.7K/30fps|
|Max Transmission Distance||FCC：5 km (outdoors and unobstructed) CE：3.5 km||FCC：5 km (outdoors and unobstructed) CE：3.5 km||FCC：1200m (outdoors and unobstructed) CE：500m||FCC：1000m (outdoors and unobstructed) CE：500m|
|Video Transmission System||DJI Lightbridge Video Downlink||DJI Lightbridge Video Downlink||DJI WiFi Video Downlink||DJI WiFi Video Downlink|
|Outdoors Positioning Module||GPS+GLONASS Dual Positioning Module||GPS+GLONASS Dual Positioning Module||GPS Module||GPS Module|
|Vision Positioning Module||✓||✓||✓|
See also the following video for illustrating the features of the DJI Phantome 3 Standard Quadcopter.
3. Parrot Bebop 2 Drone
In close competition with the DIJ Phantome we have the Parrot Bebop 2 Drone. This quadcopter is a great machine which also offers up to 25 minutes of flight time thanks to a powerful 2700 mAh battery. Other features are:
- Enhanced 14 megapixel fish-eye lens offers 1080p video recording and stunning image capture
- Equipped with powerful motors for flight in greater altitudes
- Powerful rear flash LED for better visibility—even in the dark
- Requires registration with FAA. Visit their website for more info on how to register.
This Parrot Bebop 2 also comes with the most advanced flight controllers and artificial intelligence technologies:
Freedom of Flight
Bebop 2 combines aerodynamics, style and durability all into a lightweight and compact drone.
This is the first drone in its weight class with a 25 minute battery life. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor flight, Bebop 2 can go everywhere with you. It is easy to travel with, making Bebop 2 the perfect companion for all of your adventures!
Fly With Peace of Mind
Bebop 2 is not only fun to fly, but safe as well. Its propellers are programmed to shutdown automatically in a collision, keeping the drone and the pilot safe from harm. A powerful rear LED light ensures in-flight visibility, and the automatic “return home” function means your drone will be able to find you at the end of its journey.
Bebop 2’s 14 MP camera has been re-designed so it captures more of the landscape and less sky. You can also film and photograph at a 90° angle without any loss of quality. Bebop 2 is now also equipped with an enhanced fish-eye lens that provides better exposure and clarity, even in low-lighting.
With stunning HD video and photography, your footage will never disappoint!
Bebop 2 is an ultra-light drone capable of flying in all conditions. It combines exceptional flight performance and excellent stability at high altitudes and against powerful winds. The stability of the Bebop 2 is maximized with its integrated 3-axis digital stabilzation system
How can you pilot your Bebop 2 ?
Bebop 2 is easy to fly using the FreeFlight 3 piloting app on your smart phone or tablet, which is available for free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once downloaded, you can take off and land with the touch of a button, and practice your flips and tricks mid-flight.
Video Streaming in Real Time
Stream footage from your Bebop 2 in real time on your smart phone or tablet. Feel like changing up your view? Adjust the camera’s angle with the single swipe of your finger.
Share with the Community
Share your beautiful footage and images with fellow Parrot drone users through our exclusive Drone Academy. Sign up in the FreeFlight 3 app. FreeFlight 3 also allows you to see your flight history and rebuild your route in 3D.view
Finally, consider also this interesting flight plan applications:
- Freeflight 3 offers an in-app purchase called Flight Plan. Flight Plan is an automated flight planner that uses waypoints to map out your drone’s journey. Prepare your flight on your smart phone or tablet by selecting the route on the map, and watch your drone take flight!
See also the following video for a deeper review of the Parrot Bebop 2 Drone.
4. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter
The Phantom 3 professional offers the highest flying performance combined with an excellent 23 minutes of flight time. Only two minutes less than the models that scored 2nd and 3rd place in our review.
- 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal; Vision Positioning system allows stable flight indoors
- Lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is simultaneously recorded on the internal microSD card)
- Included flight battery and rechargable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of the box. Fying this product is restricted within 15 miles radius of the White House.
- DJI Pilot app for iOS and Android allows live viewing and complete camera control (phone/tablet sold separately; see DJI’s website for compatible models)
This DIJ Phantom 3 professional also has the latest flying technologies incorporated to make the experience more immersive and fun:
Epic Aerial Video
With the Phantom 3 Professional, you’re shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel photos that look crisper and cleaner than ever.
Live HD View
Simply connect your phone or tablet, and a 720p HD view of everything your camera sees as you fly is displayed live.
Keep your Phantom 3 fully under your command while accessing the most-used features right on the included remote controller.
Unparallel Safety for First time Pilots
A unique Beginner Mode helps you learn how to fly in a safe, limited area.
Powerful Mobile App
Complete power is at your fingertips. Control the camera and change flight settings, all from your mobile device.
Fly indoors, low to the ground, and in GPS-free areas with Vision Positioning technology.
5. JJRC H31 Quadcopter
For the latest choice, we have made a compromise between flight time and other important features such as price! For example, you want to buy a long flight time Quadcopter for less than $50. Then, the JJRC H31 can be there for you! The ratio of flight time/price is very acceptable. This JJRC H31 offers a flight time of up to 10 minutes. Moreover, it also offers the possibility to perform night flights using LEDS.
- Waterproof airframe with nice durability.
- It has 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control, With Headless Mode/ no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying
- 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°
- Model structure makes propellers more powerful and can resist stronger wind, Battery capacity is up to 400mAh which makes a longer flight
- One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home, With LED light, possible for night fly
Summary of the properties and items included in package:
Brand name: JJRC
Item name: JJRC H31 RC Quadcopter
Material: Electronic components, ABS/PS
Gyro: 6 axis
Flight Duration: About 8-10 Minutes
Remote Control Distance: About 70-80 meters
Charging Time: 60 mins
Battery For Quadcopter: 3.7V 400mAh (included)
Battery For Transmiter: 4 AAA Batteries (not included)
Product Size: 31 x 31 x 7.2cm
1 x JJRC H31 RC Quadcopter
1 x Transmitter
1 x 3.7V 400mAh Battery
1 x USB charger
4 x Propeller
2 x Landing gear
4 x Protective cover
1 x Screwdriver
See also the following video for a flight test review done by a real owner of the JJRC H31 Waterproof Sport Quadcopter.