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Top 5 Best Quadcopter Kits (and parts you need for a drone)

ULTIMATE Guide for 2021

Choosing a quadcopter kit for your first DIY drone build is a very smart choice, as it makes things easier, yet still satisfying.

In this article I’m going to cover most questions one might have about acquiring a quadcopter kit, what parts you might be missing and which are the best drone kits on the market.

Parts needed in a quadcopter kit

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Even though the kit itself will come with the parts already tested and compatible with one another, you still need to learn the basic build of a drone to make sure you have everything and understand the basics.

I have written a complete detailed article on how to build an FPV drone that explains things a lot better.

There are more types of drone kits, as we’ll see down below, but here are the main components that you’ll find in a typical DIY drone:

  1. Drone Frame (usually from carbon fiber or plastic)
  2. Motors ( it can be a quadcopter or hexacopter usually)
  3. ESCs (Electronic speed controllers handle the spin rate of the motors and can be either separated or included into a main control board for smaller drones)
  4. Flight controller board
  5. 2 or 3 bladed propellers ( 3 blades are used in faster racing quads)
  6. Receiver ( for making the connection with the remote)
  7. VTX ( connects the camera to an antenna)
  8. Camera Mount ( either a small FPV camera or a bigger Go Pro)
  9. Camera
  10. Transmitter
  11. Battery
  12. FPV Goggles or a monitor (for FPV drones, of course)

What tools do you need in a DIY quadcopter build?

The minimum amount of tool you need in such a build are some soldering tools, but here’s what I would buy if I was a beginner:

A soldering iron - This is by far the most important piece of equipment if you are working on a DIY drone as you’ll need something to solder all those wires with.Buying a good one will make a difference, so don’t go cheapest with this choice.

4 in 1 hex screwdriver - Pretty much the best tool you can get, this Hex screwdriver from Banggood is the one I use and works amazing for pretty much every screw you’ll face.

Pair of wire clippers -  Anything really works when it comes to clippers so choose one of these from amazon.

Multi tester - You’ll need at some point to test the voltage or make sure something doesn’t get a short. A multimeter will be super helpful.

A good Lipo Charger - This one is a budget one I recommend that’s still very good ( I don’t recommend buying cheaper than this)

What’s the price of a quadcopter kit?

You’ll find that quadcopter kits can vary quite a lot, but the ones I present on this list are situated somewhere between $100 and $700, the typical quadcopter kit costing about $300 for everything.

Pros and cons of a DIY quadcopter kit

When thinking about why you’d want to build your own quadcopter, I need to emphasize that you won’t be able to build something better than big companies like DJI, so there’s pretty much one main advantage to doing this: the satisfaction of having built something of your own.

PROS
  • By using a Qadcopter Kit you can make sure that all the parts fit together
  • You can more easily find build instructions online
  • Building your own drone will make you feel very accomplished and capable (don’t underestimate that)
  • It will help you learn basic electronic skills like soldering and working with wires.
  • You can choose whatever camera you want to fit on it
CONS
  • You will still have to buy some building accessories that I underlined above
  • It takes a lot of hours to have this built (especially if you’re a beginner)
  • If you’re just looking to save money, it’s better to buy a premade quadcopter usually

Best Quadcopter kits in 2021

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In this section we’ll have a look at my top quadcopter kits, and while I do have them in a list, each is the best in their own category, like FPV or camera drone kit etc, so make sure to check them all.

1.Best RTF Quadcopter kit with GPS - QwinOut 450mm

PACKAGE
  •  a solid nylon fiber frame (which is a very durable and heat resistant material
  • 4 powerful brushless motors
  • 4 30A ESC
  • Propellers
  • Flight Controller
  • GPS module
  • Landing gear
  • 1 battery (2200Mah 30C)
  • 1 FLysky Transmitter
  • Carbon fiber Camera mount

The qWinOUt 450mm Airframe is my top choice as the Best quadcopter kit on this list, but you definitely need to check the others, as it depends a lot on what you want to build in the first place.

RTF means ready to fly, and that’s why this quadcopter is on this list because it’s quite a hassle to buy a kit and needing to buy additional parts for it afterward.

It’s an overall great build with solid parts and even a GPS module and battery included in the package.

It comes with the FLysky FS i6 which is one of my top recommended drone controllers for beginners.

2.Best FPV quadcopter kit

Unfortunately, I haven’t found any solid FPV quadcopter kits, so I built one myself.

You can check my full article on how to build an FPV drone and the parts you need to buy for it.

In my opinion, building an FPV quadcopter is the most worth it out of all of these quadcopter builds, as the final result might be even better than what you can currently find RTF on the market.

It’s an intermediate level FPV build with the following components:

3. Best Cheap quadcopter kit - QWinOut 330mm

PACKAGE
  • 1 x F330 Airframe
  • 4 x A2212 1400KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • 4 x 30A Brushless ESC
  • 2 x 845+845R Blade Propeller
  • 1x APM2.8 APM 2.8 Multicopter Flight Controller Built-in Compass
  • 1x 6M GPS with Compass L5883 25cm Cable
  • 5x 10cm Servo Extension Lead Wire Cable MALE TO MALE KK MK MWC flight control Board
  • 1xGPS Folding Antenna Mount Metal
  • 1 x Landing gear
  • 12 x3.5mm Bullet Connector( banana plug )
  • 1 x Hook & Loop Fastening Tape
  • 1 x T Plug Male Connector Silicone Wire with 11.5CM 14awg

Another drone from QWinOut, this is a smaller quadcopter compared to the first one on the list and doesn’t come with a ready-to-fly package, as you won’t receive the transmitter in the package (but it’s great if you already have your own transmitter).

This drone comes with motors, frame, propellers, flight controller and GPS, but there are some parts like the camera mount that you might need if you want a camera build. You’ll also need to buy your own battery for it to work.

4.Mini quadcopter kit (educational drone for kids)

PROS
  • 1 inch sensor
  • 360 degree sensors around it
  • 1080p live feed
  • Very fast
  • Stable in flight
CONS
  • Got a bit outdated

If you want to have your kids building something, using their brains, and cooperating with each other, this might be the best solution.

It’s a simple to install mini quadcopter kit that comes with everything included, from the batteries to the motors, propellers, and even lego building blocks for the body.

The kids will have to solder the wires of the quadcopter, so make sure to have a soldering iron.

Overall a great choice if you want to teach your kids something and help them feel accomplished.

5. Best programmable STEM Drone (DJI Tello EDU)

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PROS
  • Comes with GPS
  • 16 min battery life
  • 250m range
  • Smart flight modes
  • Super cheap price
  • Adjustable camera angle
CONS
  • Brushed Motors
  • Camera not stabilized

One of the best drones under $100, now coming in the EDU build which allows you to program the behaviour of the drone in Scratch, python and swift. This programming also works with the standard version of the tello (I tested it myself).

It’s awesome for teaching kids programming (and pretty much anyone), as it’s way cooler to see your programming have a direct effect in real life.

The drone has a 12 minute battery life, electronically stabilized camera and can even do some interesting stunts.

Frequently asked questions

Let's see a few more details you should know about foldable drones before you head out and buy one.

Does the battery come included in a quadcopter kit?

Usually the batteries are not included in quadcopter kits, as there can be issues during shipping (especially if they come from China).

However, the first drone on the list does come with an included battery and is shipped locally through amazon.

Can you get a drone kit with a camera?

I did search online quite a bit for a good quadcopter kit that comes with a decent camera but couldn’t find anything. That is because usually the camera is modular anyway and you typically have two choices, either get an FPV camera and use FPV goggles or get a Gopro or any other action camera to record with it.

Conclusion

Building a drone is very entertaining and educational, and whatever you build from this list, it’s going to be a lot of fun and the surefire way to get your project ready and not worry about parts not matching is by buying the perfect quadcopter kit for the job.


paul posea
Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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