Best cheap Brushless Drones in 2017 (RTF) 2 643

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Updated: 16 feb 2018

If you’re reading this article you probably have at least a vague idea about the difference between brushed and brushless motors. Even so, I’m going to explain a bit about the advantages of one over the other.

You might want to read my other articles related to brushless drones:

Did you check the articles I link in the buttons above? Good!

Now, you might have heard that brushless motors are better than brushed, and that’s perfectly true. 

Lately, these motors are the staple of the RC (radio-controlled) world in pretty much anything from boat to aircraft. 

Even more so drones, which require a constant use of the motors while in the air.

brushless-motor-vs-brushed-motor-magnet-positioning

Top 5 cheap brushless drones in 2018

1.MJX Bugs 3

bugs 3 with action camera
  • Fast Speed
  • Super Cheap
  • Works With Go Pro
+ min
Battery Life
m
Range

2.Aosenma CG35

  • Great Signal Range
  • GPS
  • Works With Go Pro
min
Battery Life
m
Range

3.MJX Bugs 2

  • Great Signal Range
  • GPS
  • Comes With integrated Camera
+ min
Battery Life
km
Range

4.JJRC x1

jjrc-x1-brushless-quadcopter
  • Fast Speed
  • Can attach action camera
min
Battery Life
m
Range

5.Cheerson CX 20

cheerson-cx-20-with-controller
  • Great Signal Range
  • GPS
  • Works With Go Pro
min
Battery Life
km
Range

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of brushless motors

  • they are more powerful
  • the durability is considerably increased
  • they don't heat as fast
  • don't require maintenance
  • don't heat as fast
standard-motor-vs-brushed-when-heating-faster
  • are usually bigger
  • the brushless motors are more expensive than the brushed versions.

Considering the last negative point made, when it comes to multirotor drones the same principle applies: They are more expensive overall than their brushed counterparts.

What are the best CHEAP drones that have high quality brushless motors?

While many people think of products like the Phantom 3 series and other drones like Yuneec q500, there are way cheaper alternatives to these but don’t expect the same level of performance. 

I won’t make many compromises when it comes to quality, so the drones I’m reviewing here are still top notch, compared to some beginner ones for example.

 

MJX Bugs 3 : My top Brushless drone

The Bugs 3 is by far my favorite drone from this list and that’s because it’s unbeatable for its price. 

I have reviewed the Bugs 3 over here with more details, but overall it’s the perfect quadcopter under $100! Yes, I got mine from Gearbest for a ridicoulous price! (cheap) 

The range and speed on this thing makes it able to also play the role of a racing drone no problem.

  • Price: Check current Price
  • Flying Time: 15+ min
  • motors: D1806 - 2280KV
  • can carry GO Pro (and even gimbal)
  • Flying Distance: 200m
  • has speed mode (40+ km/h)
bugs 3 package

Positives

  • Very powerful and speedy
  • has enough power to carry an action camera/GoPro (even a gimbal)
  • very good flight time (over 15 min)
  • Very good range (200m+ )
  • sturdy design

Negatives

  • There's not much to say, I just wish this had GPS

The Bugs 3 is by far my favorite drone from this list and that’s because it’s unbeatable for its price. 

I have reviewed the Bugs 3 over here with more details, but overall it’s the perfect quadcopter under $100! Yes, I got mine from Gearbest for a ridicoulous price! (cheap) 

The range and speed on this thing makes it able to also play the role of a racing drone no problem.

Real Footage with my awesome brushless drone

I took the Bugs 3 drone around the town some time ago, recording just with a cheap action camera. 

My results were pretty great, but what you’ll see next will blow your mind! The following video is made just by attaching a go pro to this drone. 

Take notes on how this guy managed to create smooth video and how amazing the results are. Cheers to Maker Mind!

mjx bugs 3 transmitter diagram

The transmitter on this device is toy grade, but has enough buttons to do the job well. 

I like the fact that there is an unlock button for the motors, so you don’t accidentally start it.

 There’s also a button for doing flips that also works when you have a camera attached. However, I like to keep my go pro safe. 

This drone is super fun to play around with and race thanks to it’s powerful brushless motors and low weight.

Conclusion

The MJX Bugs 2 is the most amazing drone for under $100. Mainly because you can successfully turn it into a very good camera drone for cheap!

Flight Quality
Very stable 88%
Battery Life
very good 83%
Features
Pretty well built 68%
Price
Really can't get better! 100%

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Aosenma CG035 : Best GPS Follow drone for GOPRO

The Aosenma CG035 has the second spot on my list mainly because of its incredible GPS follow feature.

 I recommend buying the version with an action camera slot, so you can upgrade the camera later.

 And again, because it’s a brushless drone, you can attach even a gimbal to it and it will capture amazing stabilized footage

aosenma cg035 with transmitter

Positives

  • Smooth flying
  • You can mount a gimbal with go pro
  • precise GPS
  • excellent flight range
  • Comes with a follow me function
  • It comes with a great Transmitter

Negatives

  • Battery lasts for about 10 minutes with a heavy camera

The transmitter for this drone is almost hobby-grade, which means very high quality. If you decide to invest in this drone, it will be worth it even if only this amazing transmitter.

Depending on the version you’ll get, you can also connect you phone to see the live feed from the camera.

 

aosenma transmitter buttons

A sample of the follow mode on this GPS drone

Alshanmao made a great video showcasing the follow me mode of the Aosenma cg035 by attaching the transmitter to a racing car and letting it follow around. 

The Aosenma can follow the transmitter perfectly, whether you are in a car or running.

Conclusion

If you want a lot of freedom, GPS and a crazy good Follow mode, then this is the drone for you!

Flight Quality
Great 84%
Battery Life
not that amazing 52%
Features
A ton! 86%

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MJX Bugs 2 - Best GPS Drone with camera under $200

The MJX Bugs 2 is the newer version of the Bugs 3( they got the numbers wrong). 

And this baby comes with brushless motors, an included Full HD Camera and super long range! 

The GPS it comes with makes it stay in place even in strong winds and it also returns to home if it loses signal!

mjx bugs 2 brushless gps drone

Positives

  • Very good build quality
  • comes with GPS (amazing for this price)
  • has a huge 2km range ( I guess about 1 and a half in reality)
  • Camera comes with live feed on the phone app
  • Battery life is good

Negatives

  • you have to calibrate the compass before every flight
  • There's no slot for a Go Pro on it, but you can always stick an action camera somehow.

Want to check a full review of the Bugs 2?

Of course you do!

Here’s my article review on the Bugs 2 drone, an awesome and possibly my favorite cheap GPS drone ever. 

I have also made a video review that you can check bellow

Conclusion

Being one of the best quadcopters for the price, I'd say that anyone who wants to fly farther and for longer times. Unfortunately this drone isn't modular, but I must admit the camera it comes with is pretty satisfying for having fun in a trip or by yourself in a remote place.

Stability
Good 86%
Battery Life
Very good 86%
Features
A ton! 86%
Camera
Ok 57%

JJRC x1 : Simple but efective brushless drone

You can find toy grade brushed motors for the same price, yet this thing is making it on the top of my list as a very speedy and forceful brushless quadcopter.

With its 2280Kv motors and plentiful battery charge (1300 mAh), it can stay in the air for 10 to 15 min and cut the wind like none other.

As with the other drones on this list, I do not recommend it for beginners, as brushless motors can be to powerful to handle.

  • Price: Check current Price
  • flight time: up to 15 min (a little less in reality)
  • stabilization: 6 axis gyro
  • motors: D1806 - 2280KV
  • battery 7.4V 1300mAh
  • Flying distance: under 300 m

Positives

  • very powerful and speedy
  • has enough power to carry an action camera/GoPro (even a gimbal)
  • very good flight time
  • excellent range despite the cheap controller
  • has a slot to connect an fpv camera
  • nice sporty design

Negatives

  • poor led lights
  • it can tip over because of the not so wide landing gear. How to solve this problem: put the prop guards on, so even if it tips over it won't do any damage.
JJRC-X1-transmitter

The transmitter on this device is pretty much toy grade but with a pretty big range of flight.

 I’ve noticed that the starting button sequence is quite complicated as you have to move the throttle button down first, then right to left a few times and only then up. 

Even so, it shouldn’t be a problem after you get used to it.

I’m not a big fan of the landing gear on this thing, as it’s pretty small and the bird always tips over when landing. This shouldn’t be a problem most of the time if you have the prop guards on(included in the package).

Camera

The JJRC x1 doesn’t come with an included camera, but it’s powerful enough to lift even a GoPro, although I would recommend smaller ones.

 Stick your favorite action cams on it, like the runcam or a mobius and it won’t even feel it.

It has a slot for the FPV camera to connect to and there’s even an FPV set you can buy that’s custom for this quad.

Here’s a beautiful video footage of the X1 from a runcam

Conclusion

A very basic, barebones Brusheless quadcopter, very similar to the MJX Bugs 3 on my first place.

Mobility
Good 80%
Battery Life
Very good 86%
Price
Very good 85%
Features
basic 60%

Cheerson cx 20 - a GO PRO alternative for the Phantom 3

This is probably the closest very cheap alternative for the Phantom 3 series. 

A great video platform with included GPS and a great hobby grade transmitter.

 It’s very resilient and pretty tough as it can sustain some beating, although you probably won’t have to find that out if you don’t do stupid stuff like testing the max range(like I did).

cheerson-cx-20-and-transmitter

How well does the GPS function work?

inside-the-cheerson-cx20

It works pretty well, even though it’s not so stable in stronger wind. 

Overall, pretty far from the stability of the Phantom 3, but a nice addition anyway. 

This will enable you to use the return to home function, as it isn’t called “auto pathfinder” for no reason.

Positives

  • the price is amazing for all it can do
  • great hobby grade controller
  • auto return to home function
  • it's resilient
  • can carry a big action camera and gimbal
  • has a good battery life

Negatives

  • the GPS doesn't work perfectly (it is to be expected at this price)
  • one of the legs can get in the footage if you're using an action cam (nothing that can't be edited in post production)

Does the Cheerson cx10 come with an included camera?

No it doesn’t, but some bundles come with a slot for your action camera. I would however invest some additional money in an attachable gimbal and a good camera ( it can easily hold GoPros). 

There’s no point in having this quad besides using it as a camera platform, because it isn’t as nimble to use for racing or speedy stuff in general. 

Here’s some really cool footage with a gopro Hero 3 attached

Conclusion

The Cheerson Cx 20 is the last on my list not because it's bad, but because it's a little more expensive than the rest.

Stability
Good 86%
Battery Life
Very good 86%
Features
A ton! 86%
price
Ok 63%
I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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