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Holy Stone Predator HS170 Review

Holy Stone HS170 drone review

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This drone has been in the best selling list on Amazon for quite a while now.

It won’t impress you with some fancy features or any super long battery life, but it still remains a solid beginner flyer even in 2019.

The price for it is also justified as one of the lowest you can get such a drone for.

It’s simple, durable and quite a stable flyer.

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What to look for in a beginner drone

Flight time is obviously important for every type of drone. For beginner ones, it’s probably not a great idea to dissapoint a kid or a beginner flyer with a 2 minute flight time. They won’t have time to even learn the controls.

The HS170 drone can go to up to 8 minutes of flight time, which is quite a lot for this size.

Charging time is important mainly when there isn’t the option to buy spare batteries.

This Holy Stone Charges in about 30 minutes and you cand get aditional spare batteries.

Drone safety is one of the things every parent should take a look at, for obvious reasons. Usually Prop guards and smaller drones are recommended for kids.

The HS170 has a prop protection system that helps with ceiling collisions and the feet are made to bounce a bit and absorb from the contact damage

Ease of use is quite important when it comes to letting a kid fly a drone. So make sure the controls are simple to understand.

HS 170 is a drone with a standard trasnmitter, nothing fancy, but it works. Although I wish it had instructions on it.

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HS170 Price and specs

Again, this drone is a solid buy not because of its overall amazing specs, but because it’s simple and doing the basic things right for a very low amount of money.

It is definitely a beginner quadcopter, and it’s the right size for flying both indoors and outside.

Just keep in mind to get a few spare batteries with you when outside, as you’ll enjoy it even more!

Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: ~
Phone Controlled
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 7
Flight Range: 50
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
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Fliying with this drone will prove to be quite steady, even though it doesn’t have the fancy optical stabilization cameras that more expensive drones in 2019 have.

It can do flips and rolls and all that stuff and even comes with a 3 step speed increase option.

So you can go in sport mode if you’re more advanced or keep it slow if you just started flying.

Speed mode also has the advantage of better facing outside wind.

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The transmitter has the look of a very basic xbox controller or something else you might use for gaming.

It does feel a lot like a toy drone controller, and that’s what it pretty much is.

However, it does do its job pretty well and  comes with things like:

  • trimming buttons
  • on and off button
  • flip switch
  • headless mode


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8.5 Total Score
A durable and stable beginner drone

Even though it doesn't have a camera, this makes it a perfect resilient first drone that you can crash around and it will get back every time.

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  • durable frame
  • steady flight
  • 3 fligth speeds
  • can do flips
  • doesn't have a camera
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