When buying a drone for beginners and learners you need to think about more than just the drone itself. The drone is, obviously, a massive consideration but there are two things you need to think about before parting with your hard earned money.
If you take a step back and think about it, these two considerations are obvious but they are things most people seem to miss – make sure you’re not one of them……….
1. Availability of spares
Crashes, bangs and scrapes are all part and parcel of learning to fly a drone and you will experience many of these on your journey to being a competent drone pilot. You will not just crash your drone when learning to fly it, you will crash it many times. Trust me.
There is nothing worse than parting with your hard earned money on a drone, no matter how cheap it is, only to discover you can’t get hold of spare parts for it. There are loads of cheap drones out there, which is good, but you can’t buy spare parts for all of them, which is not so good. When I was looking for a learner drone I found several “potential” drones in local stores but when it came to getting spare parts there was nothing available!
Propellers take a real battering and often break or snap during a crash. Even if the propellers don’t break they often fly off the shaft after a crash and get lost. Spare propellers are essential and if you can’t get spare propellers the drone is going to end up in the bin very soon.
As well as propellers you are going to need loads of spare batteries (if you want to be able to fly the drone for longer than 10 minutes that is) and a multi charger to charge all the batteries.
2. Price of spares
The price of drone spares can vary quite a bit, and one thing I discovered was that cheap drones often have expensive spares. The learner drone on the top of my wish list was a Drocon model, but when I discovered spare batteries were £8.00 each and propellers were £0.90 each I soon changed my mind.
When you consider I managed to pick up 5 batteries and a multi charger for £9.99 and 60 propellers for £2.99, both including delivery, for the learner drone I ended up buying it is easy to see you need to take care when buying a learner drone to make sure you’re not ripped off with expensive, but essential, spares and accessories.