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The Best Brushless Drones (cheap)

From powering the rotors in your ancient walkman, to taking RC kits high in the sky, DC motors have come a long way. One major change that happened was the introduction of the brushless DC motor, or the BLDC.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the best cheap brushless drones for November 2016.

More reliable than the conventional motor, the BLDC motor is comparatively more efficient and has a longer life, besides being way more powerful.

The brushless motor has found it’s way to the drone industry, with some of the best quadcopters incorporating brushless motor over the conventional DC motor.

Read more to find the best cheap brushless drones!

Best Cheap Brushless Drones – Top 10!

1. Aosenma CG035

also on Banggood

best cheap brushless drones - Aosenma CG035 with follow me

The Aosenma CG035 is only a recent release, but thanks to the price : feature ratio that it boasts, its suddenly finding itself amid a lot of attention. Two key features that set the Aosenma CG035 apart are — brushless motors (of course!) and the addition of the very popular follow me mode.

The factory have managed to hit a sweet spot with the pricing as well, with the Aosenma CG035 shipping worldwide for well under $200 ($175-ish while publishing this post!).

2. ROA Parkour 280 Racer

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best cheap brushless drones - parkour 280 racer

The Racer 280 is a modular drone with foldable arms. Retailing at $105, it has a full carbon fibre frame. It comes with a Sony CCD FPV camera, which can be detached to allow installation of a GoPro.

Powered by a 11.1V 2200 mAh Battery, it has a flight time of about 15 minutes. It weighs a mere 580g owing to its light weight carbon fibre frame.

3. Bayangtoys X16

best cheap brushless drones - bayangtoys x16

The Bayangtoys X16 is a drone with a 2 mega-pixel HD FPV camera. Powered by a 11.1V 2200mAh Lipo battery, it has a flight time of about 12-16 minutes on a 210-260 minute charge.

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It has a six axis gyro with a 4 channel 2.4GHz transmitter and weighs just around 0.5 kg. It has automatic return to home feature and has a headless mode of operation.

4. Eachine Falcon 180

also on Banggood

best cheap brushless drones

The Falcon 180 is one of the few drones on this list that exceed the $150 bracket. It is powered by a 3S 11.1V 1500mAh 35C Battery and hosts a 700TVL FPV camera. It retails for $172.

As you’ll have seen from the video above, the Falcon 180 is a seriously fast drone and is not meant for beginners.

5. Walkera Hoten X Quadcopter

best cheap brushless drones

Retailing at $175, the Walkera Hoten X is a steal. Powered by a 7.4V 1000mAh Li-Po battery, it has a flight time of 7-10 minutes.

It has 6 axis gyro with a control distance of about 100 meters. The copter has a robust build with LED lights in front and back, making it easier to spot at night time. Definitely a good choice if you want a simple drone.

6. JJRC X1

also on Banggood, GearBest

best cheap brushless drones

Powered by a 7.4V 1300mAh battery, the X1 is one of the few drones on this list that have a flight time of more than 10 minutes. It also has a control distance of more than 200 meters. It features both headless mode and one key return.

It weighs around 1.18 kg and retails at $129.

7. XK X251

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Priced at a mere $109.99 here the X251 is a product from one of the lesser known brands — XK. It is powered by a 7.4V 950mAh lipo battery with a flight time of about 12 minutes on a charge time of 10-12 minutes.

We’ve been testing one for the past few days, and so far it has exceeded expectations in almost every department!

It has a 6 axis gyro and a control distance of 300 meters. It weighs a mere 205g.

8. Eachine Racer 250

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Powered by a 11.1V 1500mAh 25C 3S LiPo battery, the Eachine Racer 250 has a flight time of around 10-14 minutes. It also houses an FPV camera for stills and video. The deign of the copter is very user friendly. It weighs around 400g without the battery and retails at $159.

9. Eachine Assassin 180

also on Banggood

best cheap brushless drones

The Assassin 180 is the 9th drone on this list, and it does not disappoint. It comes with a price tag of $169 shipped worldwide. It is powered by a 3S 1000 mAh smart battery.

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The best part about this drone is the in built GPS which allows it to hold its position a lot better other drones. It has a 520 TVL camera (again with a very powerful 600mW transmitter) that transmits video in real time.

10. HiSky HMX 280

also on Banggood

best cheap brushless drones

The HMX 280 is a very well built and good looking quadcopter. It does look like Toothless from How to train your dragon! It is powered by a 11.1V 1350mAh battery and has a flight time of about 7 minutes.

It has a 5 channel 2.4 GHz transmitter and a control distance of more than 300m. It has the provision for attaching a gimbal mount. Retailing at $166, the HMX 280 weighs around 420 grams.

Best Cheap Brushless Drones – Conclusion!

Some of the drones mentioned here have turned out to be absolute favourites, including the XK X251. Despite being fairly new on the market, the XK X251 is hugely popular both, due to its affordability and flying characteristics.

All other drones mentioned here have something or the other that make them worth recommending. If there are other on your list that you would rather see featured here, let us know in the comments section below!

Meanwhile, if you’re into indoor FPV, check out our lists of:

  • Pepíno

    What about…
    XK X252
    XK X350
    Flying 3D X8
    Flying 3D X6 Plus
    Ideafly Mars – 350
    Cheerson CX-20
    Logger EYE One Xtreme RTF
    Hobbyking Q450
    …?

    • We’ve tried listing the ones that are most affordable. We will do another list with brushless quads that are slightly more expensive but also have better features, such as the ones you mentioned. 🙂

  • vashon100 .

    Xinlin x181 are not brushless motors according to other reports and video linked.

  • vashon100 .

    Geez, the JJRC doesn’t have what you say either; one key return & headless mode according to the linked video. You guys blew it.

    • Hey, please accept my apologies on behalf of the writer of this article. I’ll have it updated. That said, any suggestions for other drones you see fit for this category?

  • Jackson james

    What’s the hubsan drone at the top of the page? The h501s looking thing?

  • Gatzby D Real

    how about this Aosenma CG035 on amazon??? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWOAPCC

    • Yup, that’s exactly the one listed at position #1 on this list!

  • Alexei Rox

    you might wanna try Syma’s inexpensive X8GH. they do beat the price level.

    • It’s a nice one, but it comes with brushed motors and hence can’t be listed here. BTW, there’s an updated Syma now, the X8SW. Do read our Syma X8SW review

  • Jon Johnson

    except for the falcon 180…. the rest was junk…………

    • well, thanks for your opinion, in that case.

  • Jabon Eros

    what about the MJX Bugs 3? same price range as XK X251

  • Thanks very much, very informative! Sounds like the JRC X1 is still a
    very good product for the price. DGI tells me the 4K camera is now
    included for $1,250.http://www.listlar.com/best-drones/