Drones for Kids with Long Lasting Batteries

Top 5 Drones for Kids with Long Lasting Batteries

With the ever-increasing number of features and functions packed into kid-friendly drones today, it’s easy to get sidetracked by flashy options when shopping around.  But even the coolest specs should take a backseat in favor of battery life, because your batteries determine how much high-flying action your kids will actually get to experience.  Most kid-friendly drones deliver a mere 7 – 9 minutes of flight time, which means the drone (and its battery) can go from hero to zero in minutes. But we’ve done the research and without crossing over into the professional world of expert/ commercial grade drones,  we’ve picked out five kid-friendly drones that boast long-lasting batteries to deliver the longest, action-packed flight possible. 

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone

The DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter is the ultimate choice to give you the best of both worlds – a long-lasting battery and amazing, premium features and specs.  Featuring a specially designed “Intelligent Flight” battery, the Phantom 3 packs a 4 cell battery with a 4480 mAh capacity and 15.2 voltage.   This means the Phantom 3 can deliver 25 minutes of uninterrupted flight action, and the recharge time is quick, only 90 minutes to reach a full charge.

Things We Love

  • Its Intelligent Flight Battery giving you 25 minutes of nonstop action
  • Fast Battery Recharge Time (just 90 minutes to reach full charge)
  • Awesome Automated GPS flight assistant for drone retrieval at the click of a button
  • 2.7K HD Camera for videos and pics with 2704×1520 resolution
  • Cool live streaming HD video feed to your smartphone/tablet
  • Incredibly long distance flight range (up to 3,300 feet)

Things We Don’t

  • The price – the DJI Phantom 3 is priced higher than most kids drones due to the premium features and specs
  • The camera range does not match the flight range, as the video/camera feed will cut out about halfway through the 3,300 max distance
  • You will need to register this drone with the FAA

Parrot Bebop 2 Drone

The Parrot Bebop 2 Drone is the first in its weight class to outperform many of the market’s longest lasting, kid-friendly drones, with 25 minutes of action-packed flying at an incredible speed of 38mph.  The Bebop 2 packs more power than its predecessor, the Parrot Quadcopter, with a potent 2700 mAh battery to give it maximum capacity and an upgradable option to purchase a 3100 mAH 11.1V battery, to use for additional flight time.  Besides this, it’s got an excellent battery recharge time of only 90 minutes to reach full charge, which is comparatively faster than most batteries in the market.

Things We Love

  • Its super long 25 minute flight time beats the competition
  • Fast Battery Recharge Time (just 90 minutes to reach full charge)
  • Its tech is incredible – this drone is fully controlled through your smartphone/tablet
  • HD camera with 14-megapixel photos and 1080p HD videos
  • Great long distance flight range (up to 1000 feet)

Things We Don’t

  • Despite the great value and long charged times, the price of this drone is expensive, which means your kids should be adept at flying before splurging on this drone
  • You will need to register this drone with the FAA

QCopter LED Quadcopter Drone

The QCopter Drone is a favorite for kids and makes our top five for long-lasting batteries at a very affordable price.  While flight times are not quite as long as the DJI Phantom 3 or the Parrot Bebop 2, the QCopter delivers 15 minutes of nonstop flight, which is double the action time of most drones for kids.  The QCopter’s powerful 3.7V 1100 mAh battery gives you the capacity to fly, flip, and twist without interruption and the QCopter even gives you an extra battery, so your kids can get a total of 30 minutes of flight time before having to stop the fun to recharge.

Things We Love

  • You get 2 long lasting batteries that deliver 15 minute flight time each, giving you an incredible 30 minutes total charge
  • This is one of the most budget-friendly drones offering a long-lasting charge
  • No FAA registration is needed
  • Durable Quadcopter design for great flight stability
  • Its comprehensive “Drone Crash Kit” including all the essential replacement parts, including a spare battery
  • High Definition Wi-Fi FPV Camera with zoom and cropping capabilities
  • Quad Altitude Hovering feature
  • 360-Eversion flip feature for awesome flips and tricks

Things We Don’t

  • Long Battery Recharge Time – these batteries will take about 120 minutes to reach a full charge x2
  • Very short flight range (only up to 100 feet)

DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone

Our next great pick also comes from DJI, the manufacturer known for building premium features into incredibly compact sizes, and its Spark Mini Drone doesn’t disappoint.  The DJI Spark Mini’s tiny frame packs a ton of power and can sustain up to 16 minutes of flight time at an incredible 31 mph.  The DJI Spark uses just one LiPo 3S Lithium battery, giving you 1480 mAh and 11.4 volts and takes only 80 minutes to recharge.  However, if you choose to purchase the optional DJI Spark accessory kit, you’ll get even more value with an extra battery and a superefficient charging hub, which enables you to charge 1 battery in only 50 minutes and up to 3 batteries in just 85 minutes.  

Things We Love

  • The price – this is one budget-friendly drone delivering long-lasting flights up to 16 minutes per battery charge
  • No FAA registration is needed
  • Gimble Camera with “TapFly” feature to snap pics by tapping your phone and get awesome 12 MP photos and 1080 p/30 videos
  • Super cool “FaceAware” feature which enables the drone to lift off using facial recognition technology
  • Awesome Flight Autonomy feature with obstacle detecting sensors
  • Palm Control mode lets you take selfies with only a hand gesture

Things We Don’t

  • The remote controller, extra batteries, and charging hub are considered accessories and are sold separately.  

Altair Aerial Blackhawk Long Range & Flight Time Drone

The Altair Aerial Blackhawk rounds off our top five and is unquestionably one of the cheapest, kid-friendly drones on the market that offers a surprisingly long range and flight time for its price.  While this is definitely a no-frills drone, the Altair Aerial Blackhawk can deliver flight times between 15 – 17 minutes on its medium throttle option and can span 300- 500 meters distance.  The Altair Aerial Blackhawk uses just one Lithium Polymer battery, which recharges in under 90 minutes.

Things We Love

  • The price on this drone is a winner, delivering up to 17 minutes of flying action for an incredibly budget-friendly price
  • Durable construction made from metal, which is a step up from most of its plastic competitors
  • 6-Axis Gyro design to deliver stability and speed
  • Comes with extra propellers and propeller guards for added durability
  • No FAA registration is needed

Things We Don’t

  • There is no camera on this drone, although it does have a camera mount
  • There are no premium options or extras, like headless mode or one-touch take off – this is a manual drone with a joy-stick control
  • This drone is fairly low-tech – there are no app features to enable you to control from your smartphone/tablet

The Bottom Line

While many factors can impact a drone’s battery performance, such as speed, throttle selection, and hovering vs. flying, choosing a drone with long-lasting batteries guarantees your drone will stay in flight at least twice as long as its kid-friendly competitors.  Whether you choose the luxe DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter or its economic counterpart, the DJI Spark Mini Drone, you can be confident that any of these top picks will deliver maximum battery performance to ensure your kids get the long lasting, high flying fun they crave.