Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Power Edition
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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.
My second AR Drone 2.0 arrived on time and flies well. My first drone was the Elite Edition. The main difference between the Elite and Power Editions are:
* The Power Edition comes with four sets of props - black, red, blue, and orange. The elite comes with one set - two white and two black.
* The Power Edition comes with two HD 1,500 mAh batteries. The Elite Edition comes with a single 1,000 mAh battery.
* The Power Edition comes with a propeller clip tool and spare clips. The Elite Edition comes with no tools and no spares clips.
* The Power Edition has sleek black hulls. The Elite Edition comes with camo colored hulls.
As a videographer, I realize the quality of the HD camera, along with its lack of stabilization and quantization noise in the recorded video rule this copter out for any thought of professional work. My goal is move up to a much more expensive and capable platform when I feel ready. In the meantime, I want to learn and make my mistakes on a much less expensive quadcopter - and I've made quite a few I wouldn't want to make on an expensive rig (like losing it in a canyon).
If your desire is to have a fun quadcopter that you can shoot okay video with then the AR Drone 2.0 will be an excellent choice. If you're looking for a hobby grade quadcopter or one with high quality video capabilities you might do better to consider something like a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus (to the tune of $1,200 for starters) but first, practice with the AR Drone 2.0 before you lose that $1,200 out of inexperience.
A few additional words of advice…
1) Work your way up to fancy flying. The times I've crashed my drone were the times I took chances at a skill level I wasn't ready for. For your initial flights, work on learning basic control. When you have that locked into your brain then get a little more bold with your moves. Oh, and on your first few flights, set your tablet "TILT MAX" as high as it will go in Freeflight settings. If you're indoors, that will make the drone not so sensitive to over-correction.
2) I live in the desert. I can't fly my AR Drone 2.0 at mid day because it will literally melt. I'm serious - I lost a hull because it melted in the sun. Thus, don't put your drone in the back window of your car to transport it on a summer day. You'll be buying a new hull, guaranteed.
3) Don't fly your drone around people without the indoor hull on it. I've read too many stories about people being sued for personal injury from inexperienced drone pilots. Learn to fly it well before even thinking of taking it over the heads of people. Even then, think twice.
4) A good habit to learn if you find yourself needing to recover from a piloting error, is to immediately take it up. Then, let it hover, relax, and gain control. By taking it up, you're less likely to hit a tree, person, or building or damage the drone from an unintended impact.
5) The dreaded "fly away" - If you're going to purchase the Flight Recorder (with GPS) for your AR Drone 2.0 and fly using Q Groundcontrol, always remember to clear the waypoints out of your drone immediately after flying an autonomous mission. The drone remembers your last mission waypoints even after being powered off. If you flew your drone at your aunt's house in California, you live in Oregon, and you forgot to delete the last mission, guess what happens the next time you fly? Yep, it takes off and heads for California. You won't see it again. Also, before each autonomous mission, make sure to set your "Flat Trim" and do an in-flight "Calibration" before sending it on a mission. It is essential your drone accurately know what is level and where North is else it may fly off in the wrong direction.
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