We all need to start somewhere. You are definitely in the right place if you are just getting started with this fun and exciting hobby are are looking for the best quadcopter kit for beginners.
If you happen to be a beginner, the best way to get off to a good start is with complete quadcopter kits that are ready to fly. This type of quadcopter kit includes the quadcopter, transmit controller and battery. All you will have to do is use a USB cable to charge the battery and then install it. Then you’ll be all ready to fly.
You will need to calibrate most quadcopters through setting the trim. To do this, just place your quadcopter onto a level, flat surface. Doing that will provide you with improved responsive control of the quadcopter. It will also make it easier to fly because you won’t need to over correct.
When you have an RTF kit, it isn’t necessary to over correct your quadcopter in order to fly it into the direction you wish it to go.
There is another advantage to using a complete kit, which makes them perfect for starting out with. The reason is the quadcopters in these kits are normally very durable. You will learn how to quickly control your quadcopter. Then when you crash (it’s a question of when and not if), it will not be as painful to crash an inexpensive quadcopter as it would be to crash a prosumer quadcopter such as the DJI Phantom.
Carbon Fiber Kits
BW® DIY F450 4-Axis RC QuadCopter MultiCopter Frame Airframe Kit
LHI QAV 250mm Quadcopter Race Copter Frame Kit
LHI Emax for 250mm
Glass Fiber Kits
Hobbypower X525 Quadcopter Glass Friber Folding Kit
Hobbypower X525 V3 Quadcopter Foldable Kit
When you do have a crash, don’t worry about it. It’s all part of your learning experience. If you are using a reliable brand such as Hubsan or Syma, usually there are spare parts available for you to buy. That way you don’t need to buy a whole new quadcopter. When you are just getting started, you should consider purchasing another battery and spare propeller set. The flight time on these kits is usually less than ten minutes. So it’s a good idea to have another battery so that you can extend the time to enjoy your quadcopter experience.
There are numerous ways that a multi-copter can be put together. Here are a few tips ...
- Slow and thoughtful progression is much better than diving in head first. It is easy to get discouraged when you try to do too much too soon.
- Starting out with a small and simple quadcopter, either an All Inclusive or Ready To Fly Kit, will greatly improve your chances of having a positive experience.
- For individuals who have good DIY abilities, the F450 FlameWheel or another Almost Ready To Fly type can work well also.
- Just try to build a decent quadcopter as your first multicopter. Don’t start off trying to build a First Person View or Photo/Video copter.
- Even if you’re sure that’s definitely what you want, it still will take some time for you to get up to speed on our flight controllers and copters.
- If all you want to do is have lots of fun and get a taste of things, try out one of the small inexpensive, sturdy, safe micro-quadcopters that are ready to use and detailed below.
- Try out the Flamewheel ARF Build if you definitely are serious. Or if you can afford it and just would like to fly, get our high end model Iris quadcopter.
- A high end Pixhawk flight controller is included with the Iris. Also, both the Flamewheel and Iris can do Video or FPV when you’re ready for that.
- Do not start off with any Frame Up Build before getting complete instructions for how to build a simple and really good quadcopter such as the Flip Sport.
- Definitely do not start off with attempting to build your own frame. There are fewer successes and more failures even among very experienced builders.
- It is absolutely critical that you don’t get started with a dangerous and big multicopter that has lots of video or photo stuff with it. You’ll definitely regret it if you do.
- It is always much more fun flying an agile and small quadcopter than a slow, ponderous and big octocopter or hex anyway.
- With the exception of high end professional photography or HD video that needs large cameras, it is always better to think agile, light and small.
- When it comes to multicopters, safety is always very important. Make sure that you review our Safety Page and keep a good distance from expensive and living things.
- If MultiCopters are new to you, then start off with an affordable Ready To Fly QuadCopter.
- Everything you need comes with it, including the battery and radio. They are excellent for learning, are very sturdy and no assembly is required.
- They are also lots of fun, can be used indoors safely and easily, and usually can be purchased for under one hundred dollars.
- Most importantly, it will provide you with a greater understanding of the way they work and what you’d like to do next.
- For a great first experience, try the Traxxas QR1 QuadCopter. It’s an affordable RTF Micro Quadcopter that you are sure to enjoy.
- The Hubsan X4 is only $45 and is exactly the same as the Traxxas. You can also get it with 720P HD video camera and still photo for just $70.
- You can even get a very easy to fly Hubsan FPV version for $200. It comes with excellent LCD display and RC transmitter.
- Hobby Flip has readily available Hubsan parts.
- Another inexpensive palm-sized micro QuadCopter is the Helimax 1SQ.
- There is even the extremely small Estes Proto X for $40 that is really a Hubsan Hill. It flies incredibly well.
One final note …
In case you decide you want to buy a kit and build your own quadcopter, you will most likely need these to build a complete working quadcopter no matter which kit you buy …
- Solder and soldering iron
- 1 balancing charger
- 3 cell battery (around 3000 mAh)
- battery strap
- 1 set of spare propellers
- zip ties
- a receiver and a transmitter