It’s that time of the year again when you scavenge the web for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday online deals in order to find something worth the time you’ve spent looking for it. Well, look no more as we did the job for you; you now only have to choose which one to get from this list below!
UPDATE: More deals added in the box below.
Black Friday 2016 drone deals under $50
Before we proceed, here is some information worth keeping in mind:
- The prices mention in the parenthesis next to the drone model names are the special discounted Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices which might not be applicable through the rest of the year.
- Clicking on the title will take you to Amazon, while the Buy Now button will take you to independent reseller stores which will typically have lower prices than Amazon.
- Most drones in the list feature headless mode and altitude hold mode. It might be a good idea to read up on how these two modes make flying easier – Headless Mode, Altitude Hold Mode.
Top 10 Black Friday Drone deals for Under $50
What better way to begin this list if not with the cheapest drone? The Eachine H8 Mini is a small, fun quadcopter which comes with all the basic features such as Headless Mode, One Key return and 3D Flips. It’s lightweight and its 3.7V 150mAh battery gives it a flight time of around 5-7 minutes, a good result given the drone’s size… and price!
If you’re new to RC drones there’s no better way to begin this journey than with this really inexpensive quadcopter. You’re not going to regret it!
The JJRC H31 is a medium/small sized drone which is also waterproof, so you could accidentally drop it in water and it would survive. You can fly it both inside and outside as it’s light and it’s made of a very impact-resistant plastic.
The quadcopter is powered by a 3.7V 400mAh Lipo battery and can fly for around 8-10 minutes, depending on the speed mode.
Here’s nano-sized quadcopter from JJRC, the H20H. This one comes with an Altitude Hold mode which allows you to set it how high you want it to hover, then it’ll do it automatically. There’s also a slightly cheaper version without (that we tested) the Altitude Hold feature, but we thought you might want to test it out given the low price.
The JRC H20H packs a 150mAh capacity battery for a total flight time of about 5-6 minutes.
The JJRC H98 is a cool looking quadcopter which combines high performances, low price and on top of that there’s an included camera for video recording. Other features include, Headless Mode, One Key return and 3D flips in four directions.
This drone has an autonomy of around 6-8 minutes given by its 400mAh capacity battery.
With the Syma X5C-1 we get into slightly bigger/heavier drones territory. This one in particular is the improved and optimized version of the original Syma X5C, a quadcopter which has seen a huge success. It comes with a 2.0MP camera to record HD videos and sports an high performance rechargeable battery.
The Syma X5C-1 packs a 500mAh Li-Po battery which allows for about 7 minutes of flight time.
The JJRC H36 Mini is another super cheap drone that features on the list. This tiny quadcopter comes with all the usual functionalities you expect from bigger drones, such as as Headless Mode, One Key return and 3D rolls. The small 150mAh battery gives the H36 Mini an autonomy of 5 minutes, which isn’t that bad all things considered.
This quadcopter is a great option if you want to fly it at home, given the small size, low weight and good build quality.
Another great Black Friday deal is the FQ777-126C Mini at the lowest price of just $25.99. This drone is pretty small, indeed a section of its transmitter doubles as its case. The quadcopter sports 2.0MP HD camera for video recording and a 220mAh LiPo battery for a flight time of around 7 minutes.
The FQ777-126C Mini can also be charged from the transmitter itself and the camera can swivel up and down (manually).
Similarly to the previous drone, also the DHD D1 comes in its transmitter case, but it’s not that surprising as the DHD D1 is marketed as the smallest drone on the market. It is indeed the smallest commercially available quadcopter drone on the market!
The quadcopter can do 3D rolls and can be hand thrown into the sky which should automatically turn on the motors and avoid a comical fall.
The tiny drone can be charged through USB up to a capacity of 80mAh with an autonomy of around 5-6 minutes.
The SYMA X5UC is a drone that has been launched very recently and it is yet another variant of the hugely popular SYMA X5, even though the design has been almost totally changed. The SYMA X5UC features Air Pressure (aka Altitude Hold), Headless Mode and can do 3D flips. It can also shoot HD videos thanks to the included 2.0MP camera.
The quadcopter packs a 3.7 500mAh battery and can fly for up to 7-8 minutes.
The deal over at Gearbest goes live on the 25th (Black Friday) and it’s in limited quantities, thus follow it very closely if you want to get your hands on one!
The JJRC DHD D2 is the successor of the DHD D1, the main differences are the size (it’s bigger) and the presence of a 2.0MP HD camera for taking photos and videos. Also this one can be put away inside the transmitter, thus saving space and improving portability.
The DHD D2 is powered by a 380mAh capacity battery and has an autonomy of about 6-10 minutes.
Summing it up
This concludes our Black Friday shopping list. Did you find anything interesting that you think is worth buying? Let us know in the comments below!
Meanwhile, if you’re looking to research a bit to buy yourself a nice budget drone, you can find some lists (buying guides, basically) on our website for quick reference.