Best Racing Drones for Kids

Best Racing Drones for Kids

A beginner’s guide to the drone-racing world

If you’ve already experienced the excitement of flying a drone and want to take this thrilling sport to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place!

Drone racing is a very competitive and challenging sport which has been getting a lot of attention lately. The challenge is to control and master a course with your drone and to be the first one to finish.

Racing drone: to build or to buy?

There’s definitely no right or wrong answer to that question, there’s rather two schools of thought.  Racing drones require certain specs that are usually different from the regular drones and for that, some professionals and more established drone racers prefer to build their own drone while others choose to find the perfect pre-built one which also comes with almost everything you need in a racing drone.

Although building your own drone might be less expensive, I personally favor buying a quad then risking to build one. I’ve been using a ready-to-fly (RTV) drone for years now and I’ve no regrets.

Best racing drones for beginners and kids

Finding the best racing drone whether it be a beginner for your kid or a more sophisticated one for your teen is more complicated than buying a regular drone. Here, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite racing drones and I’m sure you’ll find the best pick here within this list:

Eachine Falcon 250 pro FPV Quadcopter

The Falcon 250 is a perfect drone choice for people who have little flying experience. It comes with a pre-assembled drone, transmitter, spare rotors, a battery, and a charger.

It has a more flattering design than its predecessor the Falcon 250, with white LED lights at the front and back of the quad. It also comes with a 1,500 mAh 3 cell battery which lasts 10 minutes longer.

Specs & Features

  • 1500mAH battery
  • LED lights
  • Flight time: 8-10 minutes
  • 700 TVL HD Camera
  • Video transmitter

Pros

  • High Speed (150Km/h maximum speed)
  • Includes an OSD overlay
  • Adjustable camera
  • Includes a carry case
  • 10% tilted motor mounts which adds more speed

Cons

  • No start guide available
  • Poor camera quality
  • No OSD included
  • The USB connector is not always accessible
  • Improperly mounted Rx antenna

Odyssey Starfall X – FPV Racing drone

While the Starfall X isn’t my ultimate choice, it does come stands out as one of the best-designed drones for beginners. Its black and yellow color makes it easily visible even at a great distance. It also excels in the aerial filming and photography category helps the drone earn its place in my list. This drone’s control distance is an astonishing 500 meters.

Specs & Features

  • 5.8 GHz transmitter
  • 1080P HD Camera
  • Flight time: 8-10 minutes
  • Charge time; 1.5-2 hours
  • 1300 mAh batteries
  • six-axis gyroscope

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Attractive design
  • Ariel filming

Cons

  • Unclear manual

Eachine Racer 250

This beast is built from carbon fiber making it a very tough yet lightweight drone in the market! The Racer 250 is ultrafast mainly because of its 2204 2300KV Brushless motors, Simonk 12A Brushless Electronic Speed Control (ESC) and CC3D flight controller.

Another great feature is its adjustable 1000TVL camera and HD night vision.

The Eachine Racer 250 is easy to control and a perfect pick for kids and beginners who want to experience drone racing like never before.

Specs & Features

  • 1,500 mAh batteries
  • Eachine HD 1000 TVL Camera
  • Charger
  • Flight time: 15 minutes
  • Charge time: 1 hour
  • LED lights
  • 2204 2300KV Brushless motor

Pros

  • Great power and durability
  • Easy OSD to use
  • Adjustable camera

Cons

  • Weak quality control
  • Requires receiver and radio set-up before flying
  • Instructions aren’t clear

Arris X-Speed 250B V2

The second version of the Arris X Speed 250B one of the most trusted and powerful drones with a 2280 KV brushless motor and a 700 TVL adjustable camera for a perfect view. It’s reliable, easy to use and durable, a perfect combination for beginner racers.

Specs & Features

  • 700 TVL camera
  • 2280 KV brushless motors
  • 900 meters range
  • Flight time: 10 minutes

Pros

  • Good flight time
  • Customizable

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with extra spear parts
  • A battery charger isn’t included in the package
  • Difficult manual

Hubsan H122D X4 Storm Racing Drone

This carbon made quad holds up perfectly well in crashes, which makes it a good choice of a racer drone for your kids. The H122D has multiple speed levels to make it fun to play with. Unfortunately, the flight time is a little bit short and doesn’t exceed 8 minutes.

Specs & Features

  • 710mAh batteries
  • Flight time: 6-8 minutes
  • 2.4 GHz transmitter
  • LED lights
  • Charging time: 150 minutes
  • 720 HD Camera

Pros

  • Small in size
  • Good flight characteristics
  • Built-in DVR for recording

Cons

  • Short flight time
  • Somewhat heavy
  • No Acro mode
  • No brushed motors

Walkera Runner 250 Racing Drone

The Walkera Runner 250 is a little bit more advanced racer drone. It’s a heavy-duty carbon fiber-built drone and can withstand almost anything. Although it’s considerably one of the heaviest drones in the market today, it’s still a very fast and impressive drone.  Camera resolution isn’t that great, but with this machine, you can live without the high-quality shots.

Specs & Features

  • 5.8 GHz transmitter
  • OSD
  • LED lights
  • Flight time: 14 minutes
  • 800 TVL camera
  • 2200mAh battery

Pros

  • Extremely long flight time
  • Very fast
  • Has GPS installed

Cons

  • Unclear camera shots
  • No battery compartment

Holy Stone HS230 Racing Drone

The HS230 has a camera quality, a built-in FPV screen transmitter and comes with three-speed modes so you can gradually move from a beginner to a more experienced pilot using the same quad! One of the things I don’t like about the HS230, however, is its fixed camera

Specs & Features

  • 5.8 GHz transmitter
  • 720 p HD camera
  • Flight time: 10 minutes
  • Charging time: 90 minutes

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Long flight time
  • Protection against crashes
  • Comes with spare propellers

Cons

  • Fixed camera
  • Hard to handle at first
  • Limited control range

The Verdict

I’ve got to say that although it’s a tight competition, I’m inclined to the winner of the racing drones is the Arris X-Speed 250B V2.

It’s safe, fun and entertaining for all age groups whether professional pilots or beginners, you’ll definitely enjoy racing with that drone. I’ve bought one for my 7-year-old son and my 14-year-old daughter and they couldn’t be happier with their drones.