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- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Intuitive piloting through Smartphone/tablet control
- Automatic stabilization system for assisted control for indoor and outdoor flight
- Live video streaming and HD video recording
- 36 minutes of flying time
- 2 HD Batteries included
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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition with Wifi and HD Recording for Apple and Android Phones - Red
The Ultimate Wi-Fi Controlled Quadricopter
With the ‘Power Edition’, fans of AR. Drone 2.0 can take advantage of the new high density Lithium-Polymer battery which increases the battery life of the quadricopter from 12 to 18 minutes! The Power Edition includes 2 HD batteries for up to 36 minutes of flight.
In addition to the standard black propellers, the ‘Power Edition’ has three additional sets of propellers. Red, orange or blue, every pilot can customize their AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition to create a unique and exclusive aircraft. The indoor and outdoor hulls have been redesigned to show off a matte black hull giving the AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition an even more mysterious look. With up to 36 minutes of flight time, release all the potential of your Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition and become the master of the skies.
HD Battery (High Density)
The HD battery is a three-cell Lithium-Polymer battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh at 11.1 volts with a discharge capacity of 10C. It includes a protection circuit (PCM) which protects the battery against excessive charging or discharging as well as short circuits. The estimated flight time with the HD battery is up to 18 minutes.
Record and Share in HD
As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device. With one click, upload your video from the user-friendly interface seamlessly to YouTube or share your pictures on Picasa. With the new piloting application, everything is simple and done wirelessly in an instant. For pilots looking to shoot longer videos, a USB plug-in has been added for larger recording storage.
Join a Community of Pilots
Keep track of your flight data, location, photos and videos and share them with a community of other pilots from all over the world thanks to the AR. Drone Academy. Check who is flying in your neighborhood or watch videos from pilots on the other side of the world!
Download AR. FreeFlight 2.0, the free control application, on the App Store or Google Play and you are ready to fly! By tilting your device, you control the direction of your AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition, and by releasing it, the AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition is instantly stabilized.
With the new AR. Drone 2.0-generated Wi-Fi n Connection, you can fly as far as 165 feet away (50 meters). The AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition pressure sensors on-board provide unique stability that will automatically correct and maintain a still position in the air regardless of altitude and wind up to 15 m/h.
Pilot like a Pro
Thanks to the autopilot feature on the AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition, anyone can be an expert as the embedded sensors allow for easy take-off and landing. The new AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition also features the exclusive and patented Absolute Control piloting mode for beginners that can be adjusted with your growing expertise.
This flip move is exclusive to AR. Drone 2.0! Become a daring pilot and perform barrel rolls by simply hitting a button.
Top Customer Reviews
Q: Is this edition a good value?
A: Yes. The two included batteries are more powerful than the original one you would get in a stand-alone purchase and they, alone, more than justify the purchase price. The other extras like colored props and "stealth black" hull are simply a nice addition.
Q: Do I need anything else that doesn't come in this edition?
A: Yes. Get one more outdoor hull. It costs about $50 and you WILL break at least one hull beyond repair. Electrical tape and gorilla glue work for a while (remember to tape each corner to balance out the weight) but you will eventually need a new one. I also strongly recommend getting the seperate GPS module sold for this unit if you plan on getting the most bang for your buck. Independant flight out of GPS range is amazing/terrifying and should be experienced.
Q: How's the battery life?
A: Sucks. BUT, 15 minutes per charge isn't bad for any quad copter under $2000. It's also why having two batteries is great, 30 minutes of almost uninterrupted fun is pretty good. There are also bigger batteries available.
Q: How's the range?
A: Sucks. BUT you can fix that. I can fly around my 1/3 acre back yard with no modifications. If you want to use a range extender for your wifi signal you can double that but keep in mind this gimps most feedback you get from the quad copter. For example, you loose the real time battery life display (it always says 100%) which is bad. The GPS module increases the range of automated flights to whatever the battery life allows. I've seen videos of 1 mile flights (round trip) on a single charge.
Q: How's the video quality
A: Not bad but not GoPro quality. You get 720p video that is suprisingly smooth, still pictures suck. I've seen people attatch a GoPro to the AR Drone but haven't had a reason to do that myself. The video works for youtube and facebook, you can't film a movie with this but I don't think anyone assumed you could.
I haven't had the wifi issues that other people have complained about- but then, I also know how to optimize my phone's wifi and made sure to tweak the correct settings.
As far as the hardware and on board software is concerned, this is a great drone for the price. Battery life is industry standard, and getting more and replacement batteries is easy.
What hurts this drone is that Parrot, the company that makes it, has moved on to more expensive drones. That means the control software hasn't been updated in a while, and there are no plans to update it. Means there's no controller support, no bug fixes (and there ARE bugs), and other issues, including wifi security as these get more popular. If you search the internet enough, you can find a user update to the official app, or you can use a third party app. The third party app I've used works, but the drone doesn't seem as stable when I use it.
I'm likely to replace this soon with something more advanced, but as an entry level wifi camera drone, this is a nice purchase.
What's in the box.
AR Drone 2.0
3 sets of colored rotor blades, red, orange and blue
C clip removal tool for rotor replacement
2 1500mah batteries
Standard Battery Charger
In Door and Outdoor hulls in black
Set of stickers
What's different from this versus regular AR Drone 2.0 is the Power Edition included the 3 sets of colored rotors, Two 1500mah versus a single 1000mah battery, C clip removal tool, Black hulls versus multi colored.
Also this AR Drone does seem to fly a little more stable and perform flips better than my original one which would always loose a lot of altitude when doing them. This could be the Hardware version of the motors going from 5 to 6.
Setup and How it works
Setup is simple, there practically is none if you don't include applying some of the stickers to the indoor hull. Just plug in a charger battery, download the free freeflight app on your android or iOS device and connect to the Wifi hotspot created by your new AR Drone. You may also want to rename the SSID of said hotspot within the app.
Flight Controls, flying and impressions.
Once you're loaded into the freeflight app you can run through the options and select if you're flying indoors or outdoors, the speed at which the AR Drone responds to controls. Normal versus Absolute control, joypad mode and so forth.
To take off you simply tap the take off / land button on the screen. The drone will go into a full stable hover. If you are in absolute control mode which I recommend for beginners it doesn't matter which way you move the joystick as down will always make the Parrot Fly toward you, right will always make it move to your right and so forth. Alternatively you can control the plane via tilting your device rather than using the virtual joystick. I also recommend using the indoor hull even when outside until you get used to flying. I would also not fly if the wind outside is much more than 10mph. The reason for the caution is that the plans is very easy to crash and you will constantly find yourself having to replace the gears and shafts and on rarer occasion, the rotors. It's best to fly the Parrot AR Drone with decent light as it will not fly as stable or as reliably in little to no light. Also for the best HD video footage you'll want very good lightning otherwise it can get a bit grainy.
With the new 1500mah batteris I've been averaging 15 to 16 minutes of flight time. Your results will vary depending on wind conditions and how aggressively you fly, and if you use the flip command to do stunts.
You have a fix mounted front 720p HD camera and Standard Def down facing camera you can toggle between. You can also take still images as you video. The unit records to a USB stick (not included) or direct to your device.
How high and far does it go.
The answer to this one is not a simple one as the range will vary greatly depending on what device you're controlling the AR Drone with, as well as interference from other wireless networks. The freeflight software has a 100meter altitude limit which is 325 feet, though no limit on distance. From an iPhone you may get as much as a 50 meter distance if you're not any wifi networks to interfere with you. From an iPad you may get around 80 meters give or take.
How to further extend your range / altitude.
One method myself and other's use to extend the range is using a wireless repeater / range extender, plugged in to some sort of portable battery such as an UP Supply. The Range Extender connects to your Parrots WIFI Hotspot then your iOS or Android Device to the Repeater. With a good repeater and not much interference you should easily be able to top the 100meter altitude limit as well as getting good distance. I've tested my own to 80 meters so far using my iPhone connected to it, in a heavily congested wifi area.
What the AR in Parrot AR Drone means.
The AR Part is for Augmented Reality. There are additional free apps downloadable from the app store which allow both single and 2 player augmented reality games. These games range from creating artificial space aliens for you to shoot at to head to head dog fighting against another AR Drone with simulated missiles and lasers. I've yet to actually try any of these apps as I've been more engrossed in the fun of flying and arial photography.
overall this is a nice turn key solution for some great First Person View flying. It doesn't take long to get off the ground but does take some time to master reliable safe flight. The FPV Flying is great as well as watching back your recorded flights which are done either directly to your control device or to a USB stick, I recommend using USB. The main downsides to me is that you can't fly in heavier winds and the exposed gears which damage all too easily in a crash and unfortunately I've spend a much time fixing my Parrot as I have flying it. I give it 3 of 5 stars. I would go higher if it had improved durability with respect to the gears and shafts and the ability to adjust the angle of the front facing HD Camera.