The Holy Stone HS170 Predator Drone is a great beginner drone that does more than just fly. It can perform all the tricks your old dog can’t and do them in mid-air! This drone is equipped with the ability to take videos and pictures and is built with a rugged structure that keeps the propellers and body together during those “accidental” crashes. Let’s be honest, they happen to everyone! For the price, I can’t complain. This drone is a perfect practice handle before jumping into the big boys like the Autel X Star Premium (click the link to see my review on that drone!)
This drone is perfect for beginners or children interested in the world of drones and how to handle them. For the price, this drone is surprisingly pretty sturdy and of good quality for the price. At first, I was a little skeptical because of the price and size of the drone but the body’s plastic is quite rugged and well mended for those rougher landings when just starting out. The drone has three different modes for beginners and more advanced flyers and is quite zippy which makes for a fun time for everyone getting behind the controller.
The signal between the controller and the drone stays quite stable too, I might add. There is a routine control connection at 2.4GHz satellite signal that makes for a stable flight and easy operation.
This Drone Comes With
- 1 x Quad Copter
- 1 x 2.4G Remote Controller (1.5v AA batteries not included)
- 1 x 3.7V 350 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
- 4 x Spare blades
- 1 x USB charging cable
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x User Manual
Battery and Flight Time
This drone has a removable battery for easy charge-and-go functionality. However, overtime the battery will likely degrade, but a replacement battery for the Holy Stone HS170 Predator can be ordered on amazon. In my opinion, I found it kind of odd that the battery cable hangs off the drone in an exposed fashion. But what can you expect? The drone is only $40. 😛
The controller is a little bit on the beefy side but still has plenty to offer considering the price. The handles are sturdy and the buttons function well.
Before looking into this drone, I read some of the reviews on amazon to see what others who already bought this product thought and many of them were upset because they thought there was a disconnect or problem with the toggles on the controller. Turns out that upon opening the drone from the box and preparing for lift off, the user MUST calibrate the gyros using the controller in order for the drone to fly with accurate calibration. Please read this review…
After reading that review, it made me a lot more comfortable trying this drone out and turns out the user was right. I think from here on out, I will remember calibrate my gyros… haha!
The Holy Stone HS170 Predator is a amazing drone for just starting out and has a good bang for your buck if you ask me. I think for any young kids or young kids-at-heart looking to get into the drone toys, this is a great buy before diving into the more expensive drones like the DJI Mavic. I also want to mention that the Holy Stone drones are only purchasable on Amazon and they do include Prime 2-Day shipping! (Whoo Whoo!)
So please leave your comment below? Do you have any experiences with the Holy Stone HS170 Predator that you’d like to share? I’d love to read it!