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Best Drones with Longest Flight time

ULTIMATE Guide for 2024
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If you're mainly flying drones to film footage, whether as a hobby or professionally, then the main thing you'll want to look at is a drone's flight time (besides the camera, of course).

In this article, we'll go over the best drones with the longest flight times. Some of them are drones I've flown personally, and others are highly regarded by the drone community

How long is the typical battery life on a drone?

A typical consumer drone can fly typically between 10 to 30 minutes, while more advanced professional drones can fly for even an hour or more. The typical battery life of toy drones (usually under $100) is on the lower end, averaging at 10 minutes, while camera drones (like DJI ones) have recently been able to consistently fly around 25- 30 minutes.

What drone has the world's longest flight time?

The longest time a drone can fly has been established by SkyFront, with a flight of 13 hours (13h 3 min 57 seconds),  taking off at 06:08 AM and landing at 07:12 PM.

This also wasn’t just hover time, the drone flew for over 205 miles  (330 km). The SkyFront is a hybrid electric drone that works both as a gas powered drone as well as an electric one.

Drone flight time comparison table

In the table below you can find some of the most popular drones sorted by battery life in order. 

If you want to learn how to increase drone range, I've written an article with easy tips. It covers more than just improving battery life.

To be noted that I'm not going to introduce Long Flying Military drones until the very end because those would just blow everything out the water.

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DJI tello
DJI Ryze Tello
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12 min
100m
Bugs 3
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GoPro
16 min
100m
DJI FPV Drone
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4k
20 min
10 km
F11 4k Pro
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4k
25 min
1.2 km
Mini 2
4k
31 min
10 km
DJI Ar 2s
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5k
31 min
12 km
Mavic Air 2
4k
33 min
10 km
Autel Evo 2
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8k
40 min
9 km
Matrice 300 RTK
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modular
55 min
15 km
Autel Dragonfish
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modular
120 min
30 km

How accurate are the battery life reports from the drone companies?

Can a DJI Mini 2 actually fly for 31 minutes in real life? Well, the specs presented by drone companies are usually measured in ideal conditions and until the battery is completely drained (Which is not recommended in real life). So, no, the numbers given by the companies aren’t entirely reflective of the real life scenarios.

In real life scenarios, with any drone you’ll fly about 3 to 5 minutes less than what the actual specs say.

Drones compared by battery life

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In this section I’m going to compare the flight times of some of the most popular models (and ones I would personally recommend myself) and give you a list with pretty much most drones you can buy and how long they can fly.

Drones with 1 hour flight time (or more)

Here's a chart comparison and a list with the drones I could find that can fly for an hour or more (up to 2 hours or more).

I'm not getting too much in detail here but here's the list of them:

  • Dji matrice 300 rtk 55 min 15 km
  • Autel DragonFIsh 2 hours 30 km
  • Sensefly Ebee X 90 min 8 km
  • Perimeter 8  5 hours 100km
  • Vantage VEsper 50 min 8 km waterproof
  • Airborne Vanguard 94 min 12 km Surveillance

 

drones with 1 hour or longer battery life chart comparison

Drones with 30 minutes flight time (compared)

These drones tend to be some of the most affordable, some costing even under $500. Here's a list with the drones that can fly for 30 minutes in no particular order:

  • Phantom 4 Pro 30 min 7km
  • DJI Mini 2 31 min
  • DJI Mini SE 30 min 4 km
  • Mavic Air 2 33 min 10 km
  • DJI Air 2s 31 min 12 km
  • Mavic 2 31 min 9 km
  • Autel Evo 2 40 min
  • Skydio x2 35 min 10 km
  • Matrice 600 PRO 38 min 5 km
drones with 30 minutes of flight time chart comparison

Drones with 20 minutes flight time

Usually more affordable and will less features, drones on this list could be either cheaper or a but outdated, however you'll find that heavier drones like the professional Inspire 2 is around this range even though it's an incredible quadcopter.

  • 3DR Solo 22 min 500m
  • DJI Phantom 3 23 min 3km
  • Parrot bebop 2  25 min 3km
  • DJI Inspire 2 27 min 7km
  • Yuneec Typhoon H 25 min  1.2 km
  • SJRC F11 4k PRO 25 min 1.2km
  • DJI FPV Drone 20 min 10 km
  • Skydio 2 23 min 3 km
drones with 20 minutes flight time chart comparison

Best Long Battery life drones (by type)

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In this section we're going to look at each of the drones I would recommend best that have some of the highest battery life from their respective category (either price or utility).

1.Longest flying camera drone - Autel Evo 2 (foldable)

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8k
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40 min
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10 km
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Foldable
PROS
  • Great battery life and range
  • Sensors all around
  • Great Follow me option
  • Modular camera
  • Solid build
  • Great for Mapping
CONS
  • Was a big sluggish to fly (but a recent update fixed it)

We’ll start in no particular order with the Autel Evo 2 as it’s one of the longest flying professional camera drones that’s still foldable. There are definitely drones that can fly longer than that, but they cost exponentially more and are considerably bigger too.

The Evo 2 is one of the best choices if you’re looking for a really capable photo and video drone with an outstanding 6k or 8k camera (modular) that can fly both for a long time (40 minutes) as well as for quite a long range of 9 km.

From the two versions, the 6k one is actually more professional, coming with a 1 inch sensor, which makes it great for low light scenarios.

Just like the DJI drones, it also comes with 360 degree obstacle avoidance sensors and tracking features.

Features

  • Impressive Flight Time: The Autel Evo 2 drone boasts an impressive flight time of up to 40 minutes on a single charge. This means you can capture breathtaking aerial shots and videos without worrying about frequent battery changes.
  • Foldable Design: One of the most convenient features of the Autel Evo 2 is its foldable design. With just a few simple steps, you can fold the drone into a compact size, making it easy to transport and store.
  • High-Quality Camera: The drone is equipped with a high-quality camera that can capture stunning 6K video and 48MP photos. This ensures that your aerial footage is incredibly sharp and detailed.
  • Active Voice Control: With active voice control, you can command the Autel Evo 2 drone using simple voice commands. This feature makes flying the drone a breeze, even for beginners.
  • Easy to Use: The Autel Evo 2 is designed to be user-friendly. Its intuitive controls and user interface make it easy for anyone to pilot the drone and capture amazing footage.

2.Longest flying mini drone - DJI Mini 2 (under 250g)

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4k
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31 min
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10 km
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under 250 g
PROS
  • Great Battery life and range
  • Under 250 grams
  • Very Compact
  • High quality 4k footage
  • 3 axis gimbal
CONS
  • No Follow Me

Not everyone is looking to compromise everything else in a drone to have a long battery life, so that’s why I included a mini drone on this list with an incredibly long battery life: the DJI Mini 2

It’s the longest flying drone under 250 grams too, from what we know now (even though the Hubsan Zino Mini might even surpass it). Let’s have a  more indepth look at what all features it is stuffed with:

Features

  • No Registration Required: One of the standout features of the DJI Mini 2 is that it falls under the 250-gram weight limit, so you don't need to register it with aviation authorities. This makes it hassle-free to fly.
  • Professional-Quality Camera: Despite its small size, the DJI Mini 2 comes equipped with a professional-grade 3-axis gimbal and a 4K camera. The camera's performance is outstanding, capturing sharp and detailed footage that rivals more expensive models.
  • Long Flight Time: The DJI Mini 2 offers an impressive maximum flight time of 31 minutes on a single battery charge.
  • Compact and Portable: The drone's compact and foldable design makes it incredibly portable. It's easy to pack in your bag, making it an ideal travel companion.

3.Longest flying commercial drone - Matrice 300 RTK

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Modular
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55 min
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15 km
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Professional
PROS
  • Can hold up to 3 different cameras at once
  • Great autonomy
  • Long flight range (15 km)
  • Very good build quality
  • Can carry a lot of weight
CONS
  • Battery life decreases the more weight you add

The Matrice 300 RTK is one of my top recommended commercial drones and for a lot of good reasons, one of them being the impressive 55 minutes flight time.

Some of the basic payload cameras that can be used with this drone include the Zenmuse H20 or the Zenmuse H20T.

It is made for special operations, including inspections, mapping, search and rescue where long battery life is of utmost importance.

It also has a dual battery setup, which offers some kind of battery redundancy in case of failure as well as the ability to change on battery on the go even without stopping the motors.

Features

  • Unparalleled Flight Time: The standout feature of this drone is its incredible 1-hour flight time on a single charge. 
  • High-Quality Camera: Equipped with a high-quality camera, this drone ensures that the captured images and videos are crystal clear and detailed, even during extended flights.
  • Robust Build and Durability: The drone's robust construction enhances its longevity and durability, making it a reliable companion for various outdoor adventures.
  • Advanced GPS Navigation: With advanced GPS navigation, the drone can effortlessly maintain its position and stability, enabling smooth and precise flight maneuvers.
  • Intuitive Controls: The user-friendly controls and intuitive interface make piloting this drone a breeze, whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your drone journey.

4.Longest flying fixed wing drone - Autel DragonFish (2 h)

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Modular
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55 min
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15 km
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Professional
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PROS
  • Vertical  takeoff (like a drone)
  • Very fast speed (can cover a lot)
  • Long range
  • 2 hours battery life
  • Modular camera build
  • More silent
CONS
  • Quite expensive for most people

This is probably the weirdest looking drone on this list, mainly because it resembles a plane more than the standard multicopter you had in mind. However, this is no standard fixed wing flyer, as it can actually take off like a multirotor drone and then change to plane mode, which is known as a VTOL (vertical takeoff).

Because of this and other optimizations, the Autel Dragonfish is one of the longest flying drones you can fly commercially, being able to stay in the air for 2 entire hours.

Features

  • Unmatched Flight Time: The Autel DragonFish boasts an unrivaled 2-hour flight time on a single charge. This extended endurance allows for comprehensive data collection and long-range exploration.
  • Versatile Payload Options: This drone offers versatile payload options, making it adaptable for various mission requirements. You can equip it with specialized cameras, sensors, or other equipment to suit your needs.
  • Precise Navigation: With precise navigation capabilities, the Autel DragonFish can cover large areas with accuracy. Its GPS and advanced flight control systems ensure reliable performance during extended flights.
  • Sturdy Construction: Built for durability, this fixed-wing drone can withstand challenging weather conditions and rugged terrain. Its robust design ensures longevity and reliability in the field.
  • Easy Operation: Despite its advanced capabilities, the Autel DragonFish is designed for straightforward operation. The user-friendly interface and intuitive controls make it accessible to both experienced operators and newcomers.

5.Beginner drone with long battery life- SJRC F11 4k Pro

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4k
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25 min
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1.2km
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EIS + gimbal
PROS
  • Comes with GPS
  • Long battery life
  • Super cheap
  • Brushless motors
  • 2 axis gimbal + EIS
CONS
  • None for the price

If you are new to the world of drones and seeking an easy-to-fly option with extended flight capabilities, the SJRC F11 4K Pro is a standout choice. 

This beginner-friendly drone not only provides an excellent learning experience but also offers an impressive battery life that allows you to enjoy more time in the sky. Let's dive into its features to discover why it's the ideal drone for beginners seeking extended flight adventures.

Features

  • Unparalleled Battery Life: The SJRC F11 4K Pro, which I'm currently looking at as I write this, offers an outstanding 25-minute battery life on a single charge. 
  • High-Resolution 4K Camera: Equipped with a high-resolution 4K camera, this drone allows me to capture stunning aerial videos and photos with exceptional clarity and detail.
  • Extended Range: With a remarkable 1.2-kilometer range, the SJRC F11 4K Pro provides the freedom to explore and capture footage over significant distances, opening up a world of possibilities for aerial photography and videography.
  • Advanced Stabilization: Featuring a 2-axis gimbal and electronic image stabilization (EIS), this drone ensures remarkably stable and smooth footage, even in challenging flight conditions. It's perfect for capturing professional-quality shots without breaking the bank.
  • GPS and Return to Home: The inclusion of GPS and a reliable return-to-home feature enhances the drone's overall safety and ease of use, making it an ideal choice for beginners and experienced flyers alike.

6.Longest flying cheap drone - MJX Bugs 3

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Gopro
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16 min
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100m
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Beginner
PROS
  • Solid build
  • Super cheap
  • Brushless motors
  • Great for action cameras and gopros
CONS
  • Not foldable

Another cheap drone, but now to a more extreme extent, costing well under $100, but with an incredibly solid frame and very durable and powerful brushless motors.

This is great for people who want to stick an action camera or gopro on their drone and still want a flight time of over 15 minutes. This drone is impressive mainly because the typical drone in this price range flies for around 6 to 10 minutes, yet the Bugs 3 can fly for about 16 minutes because it has more efficient brushless motors and a larger battery.

Features

  • Remarkable Battery Life: The MJX Bugs 3 is an astonishingly affordable drone that offers an impressive flight time of over 15 minutes, making it stand out among budget-friendly options.
  • Solid and Durable Frame: The drone's solid frame design ensures durability and longevity, which is essential for prolonged use and the added weight of action cameras or GoPros.
  • Powerful Brushless Motors: Equipped with powerful brushless motors, the MJX Bugs 3 delivers a robust and stable flight experience, capable of carrying additional payloads like action cameras without compromising performance.
  • Exceptional Value: This drone is particularly noteworthy because it offers an extended flight time compared to other drones in its price range. Most drones under $100 typically fly for only 6 to 10 minutes, but the Bugs 3's efficiency, thanks to its brushless motors and larger battery, allows it to fly for approximately 16 minutes.

7.Drone with longest flight time and range - DJI Air 2s

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5.2k
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31 min
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12 km
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1 inch sensor
PROS
  • Very high resolution
  • 1 inch sensor
  • Amazing obstacle avoidance
  • Amazing tracking
  • Great for photo and video
CONS
  • Less battery life compared to predecessor

The DJI Air 2s is the newest upgrade from the Mavic Air 2, which was and still is a great drone by itself. The new setup added a more impressive camera of 1 inch, but somehow shaved about 2 minutes of flight time from the previous drone (probably because of the camera weight).

Features

  • Extended Flight Time: The drone offers an impressive flight time of 31 minutes, providing an extended duration for aerial exploration and capturing footage.
  • Exceptional Range: With a remarkable range of 12 kilometers (12 km), this drone's capability to cover vast distances is particularly noteworthy, especially considering its price.
  • Practical Considerations: During real-life testing, I found that reaching the full 12 km range while ensuring a safe return isn't feasible with the available battery life. However, it's essential to note that the extended range also translates to a stronger signal, enhancing performance in urban environments with interference and obstacles between the drone and the transmitter.

8.Longest flying racing drone - DJI FPV Drone

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5.2k
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31 min
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12 km
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1 inch sensor
PROS
  • 150km/h speed
  • Great GPS
  • Simulator included
  • Stabilized Camera
  • Long range
  • Digital FPV transmission
CONS
  • Can be expensive for this hobby

The DJI FPV Drone is not your average racing drone; it's a formidable force in the world of aerial speed and endurance. As someone who appreciates the thrill of racing drones and capturing breathtaking footage, I've been thoroughly impressed by this exceptional racing quadcopter.

 In this review, I'll dive into the specific features that set the DJI FPV Drone apart as the longest flying racing drone on the market.

Features

  1. Exceptional Battery Life: The DJI FPV Drone redefines the possibilities of racing drones with an astounding 31-minute flight time on a single charge. This extended endurance allows for longer races and more immersive FPV experiences without constant interruptions for battery changes.
  2. High-Resolution 5.2K Camera: Equipped with a high-resolution 5.2K camera, this racing drone delivers crystal-clear video footage and sharp images, ensuring that every moment of your flights is captured in stunning detail.
  3. Impressive Range: Boasting a remarkable 12-kilometer range, the DJI FPV Drone offers the freedom to explore vast distances while maintaining a strong signal connection with the remote controller. This range opens up new possibilities for FPV racing and aerial photography.
  4. GPS Assistance:The inclusion of GPS technology enhances the drone's stability and control, making it an excellent choice for both experienced racers and beginners looking to hone their skills. The ability to hover on command aids in mastering high-speed maneuvers.
  5. Lightning-Fast Speed:With the capability to reach speeds of up to 150 km/h and accelerate to 100 km/h (60 mph) in just 2 seconds, this racing drone provides an adrenaline-pumping experience for thrill-seekers and professional racers.
  6. Digital FPV Transmission:The DJI FPV Drone utilizes digital FPV transmission technology, ensuring a clear and reliable video feed for an immersive racing experience. It sets a new standard in FPV clarity and reliability.

9.Longest battery life consumer drone - Mavic Air 2

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5.2k
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31 min
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12 km
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1 inch sensor
PROS
  • 4K60p
  • 34min battery life
  • HDR video recording
  • great controller
  • internal storage
  • transmitter with screen included
CONS
  • Really nothing I can think of

While we talked about the more recent version, the Mavic Air 2 is still great to buy up to this day and that is because you can probably find it cheaper, and it can fly for longer, up to 33 minutes.

It’s an outstanding camera drone and I would recommend it as one of the best long life consumer drones you can buy under $1000, mainly because of the very well balanced specs and ease of use.

While I presented the Autel Evo 2 before with an even longer flight time, I would not really consider that as close to the “consumer level” model, but more towards more professional uses, also being considerably more expensive than the Air 2.

Features

  • Impressive Battery Life: The Mavic Air 2 stands out as one of the longest battery life consumer drones on the market, with a remarkable flight time of up to 33 minutes. This extended endurance ensures that I can capture more aerial footage on a single charge.
  • Outstanding Camera Capabilities: The Mavic Air 2 is equipped with an outstanding camera, capable of capturing high-quality photos and videos. Its well-balanced specifications make it an ideal choice for capturing stunning aerial imagery.
  • Ease of Use: This consumer drone is designed with user-friendliness in mind, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced drone operators. Its intuitive controls and straightforward setup contribute to a hassle-free flying experience.
  • Balanced Specs: The Mavic Air 2 strikes a perfect balance between performance and affordability. It offers impressive features without the high price tag, making it one of the best long-life consumer drones available for under $1000.

 

10. Long flying waterproof drone (PowerVision PowerEgg X)

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4k
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30 min
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6km
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waterproof
PROS
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • great 4k camera
  • Waterproof enclosure
  • Can land on water
  • Can be detatched and used as a handheld gimbal
CONS
  • Quite large when unfolded

The best waterproof drone I would recommend buying, the PowerEgg X comes from a drone company with a history in weird but very capable drones.

It also comes with a very good 30-minute battery life and a great build overall. It's also special as it can be used as a handheld camera if you take out the removable modular landing gear.

It isn't waterproof by itself but the casing it comes in is.

Features

  • Exceptional Camera Quality: The PowerVision PowerEgg X drone boasts a high-quality 4K camera that delivers outstanding aerial imagery and video footage.
  • Impressive Battery Life: With a battery life of up to 30 minutes, this waterproof drone provides ample time for extended flights
  • Long Range: Boasting a range of 6 kilometers (6 km), the PowerEgg X offers the freedom to explore vast distances while maintaining a reliable connection with the remote controller. 
  • Waterproof Design: The PowerEgg X is built with a waterproof enclosure, ensuring it can safely land on water and handle wet conditions without compromising its performance.
  • Versatile Functionality: One unique feature of this drone is its ability to be detached from its modular landing gear and used as a handheld gimbal camera.
  • Compact and Portable: Although quite large when unfolded, the PowerEgg X is still relatively easy to transport, thanks to its foldable design. 
  • Advanced Stabilization: Equipped with a 3-axis gimbal, this drone ensures stable and smooth footage even in challenging flight conditions, providing professional-grade results.
  • GPS and Follow-Me Mode: The drone features solid GPS technology and a follow-me mode, enhancing its navigational capabilities and allowing for dynamic tracking shots.

Factors Affecting Drone Flight Time

1. Mission Payload Weight:

The weight of the mission payload, which includes cameras, sensors, or any additional equipment carried by the drone, can significantly affect flight time. Heavier payloads require more power, leading to shorter flight durations.

2. Battery Capacity:

The drone's battery capacity in my opinion plays a crucial role in determining flight time. Drones with larger and more powerful batteries generally have longer flight durations, allowing for extended missions.

3. Drone Size and Weight:

The size and weight of the drone itself impact its flight time. Smaller, lighter drones tend to have shorter flight times compared to larger and heavier ones because they have less space for larger batteries.

4. Flight Altitude and Speed:

Flying at higher altitudes or at faster speeds consumes more energy, reducing flight time. Drones flying at lower altitudes and at slower speeds tend to have longer flight durations.

5. Motor Type:

The type and efficiency of the drone's motors can affect flight time. Drones equipped with high-efficiency brushless motors typically offer longer flight times compared to those with less efficient motor types.

6. Atmospheric Temperature and Humidity:

Environmental factors such as atmospheric temperature and humidity can influence flight time. Cold weather can reduce battery performance, leading to shorter flights. Conversely, high humidity levels may affect motor efficiency.

7. Wind Effect:

Strong winds require drones to exert more energy to maintain stability and position, resulting in reduced flight time. Calm weather conditions are generally more conducive to longer flights.

How to choose the Best Drone with the Longest Flight Time

Before choosing a drone with the longest flight time, it's important to consider a few essential factors. These will help you find a drone that best fits your needs and budget. Let's look at what to keep in mind for making the right choice.

1. Define Your Purpose: First, determine why you need a drone with long flight time. Is it for photography, videography, or recreational flying? Your purpose will guide your choice.

2. Set a Budget: Decide how much you're willing to spend. Long flight time drones vary in price, so having a budget in mind will narrow down your options.

3. Check Battery Capacity: Look for drones with high-capacity batteries. The battery's milliampere-hour (mAh) rating directly affects flight time. Higher mAh typically means longer flight.

4. Consider Drone Size and Weight: Smaller, lighter drones tend to have shorter flight times due to limited space for batteries. Larger drones often offer better endurance.

5. Examine Flight Time Specifications:Read the manufacturer's specifications to find the drone's estimated flight time on a single charge. This data provides a clear idea of what to expect.

6. Research Battery Life Reviews:Read user and expert reviews to verify the claimed flight time. Real-world experiences can give you a more accurate picture.

7. Evaluate Additional Features:Consider other features that matter to you, such as camera quality, GPS capabilities, and obstacle avoidance systems. Ensure these features align with your needs.

8. Test Fly if Possible:If you have the opportunity, test-fly the drone. This firsthand experience will give you a feel for its flight time and handling.

9. Check for Battery Charging Time:Consider the drone's battery charging time. Faster charging means less downtime between flights.

10. Think About Portability:If you plan to travel with your drone, think about its portability. Compact drones are easier to transport and may offer acceptable flight times.

 

Conclusion to the longest flying drones

Drone battery life has steadily increased with time, even though battery technology isn’t improving at the same pace, the Lipo batteries most quadcopters and RC are using these days are pretty much the same as always, yet with more aerodynamic designs, more efficient motors etc.

A good starting point for a beginner drone is somewhere around 20 minutes, while for a more professional one you might want to look past 30 minutes and if indeed used for industrial large scale purposes, there are options that go in the range of hours of flight time.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions and some recommendations I have for lower priced drones with long flight times.

Longest flight time drone under $100 - MJX Bugs 3

The MJX Bugs 3, as presented above, is my main choice for drones under $100 in general, and it just so happens that it also comes with a pretty impressive 16 minute battery life for the price you’re paying.

Longest flight time drone under $200 - F11 4k Pro

The F11 4k Pro is one of the longest flying drones under $200, being able to fly 25 minutes. However its strength lies in its very well stabilized camera, brushless motors and 4k resolution.

Longest flight time drone under $300 - DJI Mini SE

The DJI mini SE is a newly released DJI drone that is very well priced, considering the specs it comes with, including a 30 minute battery life and 4 km range + a 3 axis stabilized gimbal.

Can drones fly for hours?

Yes, drones can fly for entire hours if they are professional long endurance ones, and usually fixed wing drones can fly for at least twice as much as normal multirotors. The skyfront Perimeter 8 Drone managed to set a record by flying for 12 hours straight.

How long can a commercial drone stay in the air?

Commercial drones can usually stay in the air anything between 20-40 minutes, some exceptions being made for high end drones and fixed wing planes that can fly even for a couple of hours.

Why are drone batteries lives so short?

Drone batteries don’t last a long time because they have to permanently adjust their stability in the air as well as maintain their lift, unlike a car that can use inertia to move forward or no gas in a ramp.

How can I make my drone battery last longer?

To extend drone battery life:

 1) Reduce weight by removing non-essential parts like cameras or landing gear, or use lighter materials like carbon fiber.

 2) Increase battery size if space permits, though this may affect agility. 

3) Fly slower and avoid sport mode to conserve battery.

Which dji drone has the longest flight time?

The longest flying DJI drone is the Matrice 300 RTK with a maximum flight time of 55 minutes, the next one being the Mavic Air 2 consumer drone with a flight time of 33 minutes

Is there a drone with unlimited flight time?

Yes, you can find unlimited flying  drones that are linked by a tether to a ground spot which provides continuous supply of energy. An example is the Fotokite Pro Drone which uses a lightweight wire for transmitting the energy through it and here’s a video showing how it’s done:

What is the longest flying military drone?

The MQ-9C Gray Eagle Extended Range is the longest flying military drone, with a maximum endurance of 42 hours and a takeoff weight of 4,200lb, primarily used for long-endurance surveillance and target acquisition.

What is the farthest a drone can fly?

The typical maximum range for consumer drones is around 10 kilometers (6 miles), while specialized drones can exceed 20 kilometers (12 miles), subject to regulatory restrictions and conditions.

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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