We talk to lots of people who want to start flying but find it hard to know where top begin. So we've made step by step guides, based around the budget and how hands-on you want to be with it all. You've found level 2 - Starting Racing. This guide is the perfect place to start.
When you get to this price point, around $700-$950, a lot more options open up and it starts to become more custom and selective, steering away from the pre-made kits. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to get going flying racing drones with as little to no soldering at all.
The three main items you'll need in this catagory are:
There are a wide range of drones that would be suitable for your use. You'll be wanting to purchase a bind and fly drone (BNF), where an RC receiver is already installed in the drone.
If you're looking to get into RACING, I would suggest any of these BNF Drones:
If you're looking to get into FREESTYLE, I would suggest any of these BNF Drones:
The transmitter you buy is very user dependant of the feel of the controller itself. It is also dependant of the features and performance of the controller. We've got a whole blog comparing the two best controllers on the market so also give that a read before you purchase.
The RC controllers I would recommend looking at include:
*Note* The Tango 2 uses Crossfire. When pairing this with a BNF from above, make sure you choose CRSF or Crossfire. Not all the BNF's above have a Crossfire receiver.
The FPV goggles will be your main view from the drone and allow you to see any obstacles in your way. The quality of the goggles and the video image is heavily price dependant and we recommend spending a little more on a decent set of goggles. "The video feed and RC control link are the only two things keeping you $300-$600 drone in the air"
We delve deeper in our blog of the best FPV goggles which covers price, performance and quality but to remain within the budget laid out at the start of this guide, I would recommend the BetaFPV VR01. For their price and size, the performance and quality is un-matched!
Batteries: Depending on what BNF you choose, you'll need a suitable battery. Most of the BNFs listed include what battery is recommended.
Props: You'll need lots of these spare when you're starting out. The size you'll want is again dependant on the BNF you get. Match up the size of the drone (3", 4" or 5") with the propellor size and you'll be sweet.
If you have any questions with any of this guide or the products in it, don't hesitate to email, call or come in-store and we'll try and help out as much as possible. All of the methods to contact us can be found at the bottom of this page.