Dji tello (100$) as my first budget drone?

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ColdEd Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Dji tello (100$) as my first budget drone?

Ilias_iliop wrote:

Hello everyone,

I was looking the other day about affordable drones. I never had one i am not sure if i need one or if i am going to use it as much as i think right now. Ok a drone is always something interesting and a great gadget to have but i am some how limited on the budget and maybe those money could go on a lens later on.

I read some reviews and of course i know it has nothing to do with the professional drones or even the dji spark but in the other hand is 100$. I don't have big expectations but is it going to be a good idea as my first drone without kicking the budget?


Judging from the large number of videos people post on Youtube of crashing (and often damaging or destroying) their quadcopter, I opted for a cheap toy quadcopter to practice with first, before eventually getting something better. I think starting inexpensively is a good idea!

I started with a $30 toy and then later bought a Bugs 3 toy class(all manual, no automated features). Good thing as I made errors, crashed a bit, broke a prop, burned out an ESC and a motor, and eventually broke one of the arms. Fortunately, the Bugs 3 is easily repairable if you are a little bit handy with DIY and electronics. I learned a lot!

I recently bought a used higher end drone for $300 (which is selling for $700 new). I'm confident in my use of this drone due to my building up skills on the "disposable" toys

After at lot of practice, my goal is no crashes. I use standard safety practices all the time. I use a checklist before flight. I log my flights and make notes afterward. I don't fly if the winds are too high or the weather is bad. I stay clear of obstacles. If others are flying near me, I talk to them so we coordinate what we are doing.This sounds a bit nuts to most, but I used to fly real aircraft and decided to apply the same aviation safety mindset to my model aircraft. And since then, I've had zero crashes.

Some tips - when you start flying, fly in an open area well clear of obstacles. Start by  taking off to may be 10 feet (3 meters) and learn how the basic controls operate. Then do a practice landing - remember, slow it down as you approach the ground. Take off again and repeat. Fly around - gently and slowing - in a small area. Gradually build confidence. Model aircraft hobbyists tell me it takes a dozen or more flights to start feeling comfortable with the aircraft.

Most of the new drones have highly automated features. That's ok to start, but be sure to learn how to fly competently under full manual control. Too many Youtube videos showing people relying on their automated "Return to home" or automated landing feature - and then crashing because the path goes right through a tree and they didn't know how to manually fly the quadcopter! Seriously! Or not realizing that "return to home" means "close to home" - and watching their quad land itself in the pond 10 feet from where they took off!

Know how to take control and fly manually! Don't let this happen to you!

Lastly, before you buy, where will you fly? My nearest legal flying spot is ten miles out to a model aircraft airfield to fly because we have a bunch of airports around us (no flying within 5 miles unless you notify the airport and tower).

Hope this is helpful!

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