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Review Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

The F181 drone by Holy Stone toy company is a small and versatile entry-level quadcopter that’s great for beginners and priced accordingly at around $110. Despite its lowish price it is actually a well-rounded package that includes a few extras not normally seen at this price point (more on that below). It also has enough advanced features to allow it to appeal to both novice and advanced users, giving it a distinct advantage over other drones at this price range.

Since the F181 is only about 5oz (0.3lbs) and around 12.5″ measured diagonally, it falls under the FAA’s UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) registration weight limit of .55lbs, so you can start flying without contacting the Feds. The F181 is black, which allows it to visually stand out when compared to the mostly white drones in this price range. It sports two pairs of LEDs underneath its prop extensions, with red indicating the rear and blue the front. The LEDs can also be shut off using the left trigger button on the remote, but I wouldn’t recommend doing this since they help with overall visibility. Flight time is about 6 to 8 minutes and it takes about 75 to 80 minutes to charge one of the two included batteries.

One of the great upcoming contributors on the drone market is, of course, the Holy Stone Company from China. For instance, the Holy Stone F181 drone – a product that was released about a year ago –is quite a popular device (worldwide). Actually, this is the product that presented the Holy Stone Company to the western market.

While it is true that the drone’s competitive pricing (about $100) has played a great role in its sales, the key aspect to the drone’s growing popularity however, can be linked to the drone’s unmatched capabilities and its portability.

This drone surely does have a special charming attraction to many drone hobbyists and even photographers, which is why we decided to examine and bring out the finest details of the F181.

Like other products sold in the U.S. by Holy Stone, the F181C is actually from a company known as DFD. It doesn’t really matter, since Holy Stone is actually bringing in brands from all over and unifying them under one name. This makes sense in order to build a brand identity, but it also means that if the model numbers are obviously different, then two Holy Stone drones don’t necessarily have any relation to each other.

The F181C is yet another member Holy Stone has brought into the fold. It’s reasonably priced, but is it worth the dough or just a deflated souffle?

The Holy Stone F181 quadcopter is a dynamic little quadcopter that every owner would be proud to add to his arsenal. New pilots would want to know how best to use it. If you are an F181 user, Quadcopter Arena has helpful advice for you. There is also a handy manual for you to download.

You would enjoy the device’s one-key, Headless Security feature, which prevents it from flying off course. The altitude hold function, which enables it to hover in place, is another feature that you would love. What you would relish is that this drone can flip, at 360 degrees, in four ways. It can remain in the air for a relatively long 10 minutes, thanks to its bonus batteries.

Product specifications:

  • Equiped With A Key Return & HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM
  • 4 Channel Transmitter
  • A Key 360° 4-Ways Flip(left,right,forward,backward), Continuous Roll For Perfect Action And Wonderful Performance
  • Remote Control Battery: 3.7 V 750 mAh, Control Mode: 2.4GHZ
  • Range: About 50-100 Meters.
  • Battery Run Time: About 7-9 Minutes.
  • Charging Time: : About 80 Minutes
  • Flight time : 8 minutes
  • Battery type : 3.7 V 750 mAh
  • Camera : 2 MP
  • One key return, headless mode, LED lights

What’s in the box?

  • F181 drone with 6 axis gyroscope stabilization.
  • 2MP (1280 x 720), 720p; still/video camera.
  • 4GB micro SD card and USB reader.
  • Prop guards and landing gear (not installed).
  • 3.7v 750mA battery installed under the camera.
  • 2.4Ghz remote control with two control sticks and LCD info screen; it runs on 4 AA batteries (not included).
  • Complete set of extra propellers.
  • Small Phillips screwdriver for installing prop guards and
  • landing gear
  • Extra (yes, extra!) 3.7v 750mA battery.
  • Two (2) USB charging cables.
  • Extra set of screws and gears for motors.


Let’s take a look at some advantages and disadvantages of this drone:


  • Affordable drone with above average flight time and control distance for it’s price range.
  • Built of ABS elastic plastic that should not break if you crash it from low/medium altitude.
  • Camera is handy and extra battery in package is always a plus.


Camera doesn’t have FPV. Which means you’re not able to see live feed from camera on your controller or smartphone app. This isn’t reason not to buy this drone in my opinion.

Final Verdict

Overall, F181 is great choice for all you who are just getting into world of drones or buying it as a gift for someone else. It’s easy to use and thanks to blade protectors you should be able to fly it indoor during winter.

Review Force1 F100 Ghost Drone with Camera

Picking a good drone can be a difficult process. While there are many drones out there that are great for beginners and many that are perfect for professionals, there’s not a lot out there for novices who want to get more serious about flying. Fortunately, that’s where the Force1 F100 Ghost drone comes in. This review seeks to determine whether the Force1 F100 Ghost is worth your time and your money – as well as whether it fulfills the needs of those in this part of the market.

The Force F100 Ghost Drone is a great drone for several types of pilots. It’s best features include the quiet flight for video enthusiasts combining an onboard camera mount for GoPro Hero 3 and 4 with brushless motors, this is one of the better budget-priced options for photography and videography fans. The brushless motors enable quiet flight, helping to put the focus on the subject of the video.

This drone has a long flight time, due to its double LIPO battery and light weight that help keep it aloft for up to nineteen minutes. This means more stunts, more pictures, and more time in the air.

The F100 Ghost is capable of 360-degree stunts thanks to an intuitive control scheme. New pilots and old pros alike can get a great deal of performance out of this drone.

Remote Control
If you’ve ever played a video game, you’ve probably got a good idea of how to fly this drone. The controller is simple and works, but it’s not really anything special. The remote fits well in the hand and you’ll have the hang of how all the buttons work in just a few minutes.

The control layout is simple. The left stick controls the throttle and the rudder. The right stick controls the direction of the flight. Under the two control sticks are sliders that control left/right and leftward/rightward trim. Between the control sticks are sliders that control forward and backward trim. There is also a power switch in the middle of the controller.

On the shoulders, there are four buttons. Leftmost is a button that switches between high and low speed. Next to that is a button that locks and unlocks the drone. On the right inside shoulder is a button that allows the drone to do three hundred sixty degree flips. Finally, there is a button that toggles photos and videos on and off.

Flying the Drone
Your first flight will be preceded by a bit of set-up. It’s recommended that you conduct this inside, as you’ll want to lay out all the parts from the box. The instruction manual is very clear on set-up, and you’ll have all the tools you need to put the drone together. You will have to manually attach the landing gear, rotors, and propeller guards before starting. You also have the option of attaching the camera mount, but it might be a good idea to skip that step for your first flight.

This drone is a bit too large to fly inside, so make sure you go outdoors for the first flight. Try to pick a day that’s relatively clear – the drone is still light enough that a good breeze will throw it off course. You may also want to find an area that’s free of trees because the drone definitely gets enough height to get tangled.

You’ll start your first flight by pairing the drone with the remote. This is done by pressing the red button on the remote and turning on the drone. Pairing is usually relatively quick, and any problems can be solved by turning off the drone and/or controller.

It’s recommended that you start your flight from somewhere stable. Flat, empty ground is the best – if you can’t find that, start the drone on top of a flattened cardboard box. You’ll want to start by getting the drone in the air before you focus on movement – the trickiest part will be learning how to orient the drone. Your initial flight should be largely composed of learning how to move the drone around before attempting any stunts. If flown under these conditions, the Force1 F100 Ghost should fly quite well.

Product specifications:

  • Flight: 19min
  • Environment: Outdoor
  • Camera: No
  • Battery: 2×3.7V 150mAh
  • Charge: 120min
  • Weight: 3.1 ounces
  • Size: 16x16x6 inches
  • Range: 500m

What’s in the box?

  • The Force1 F100 Ghost Drone
  • Remote Control
  • 2 LIPO Batteries
  • Camera Mount for GoPro Hero 3/4
  • 4 Propellers
  • Balance Charger
  • 4 High Landing Gears
  • 4 Propeller Guards
  • Small screwdriver
  • Wrench


  • The headless mode seems to be aiding the users in flying the drone without worrying about its orientation
  • It is ideal for beginners who can practice flying drones and capture a few aerial photographs
  • It can be flown both indoors and outdoors


  • The camera resolution isn’t the best
  • One could expect a better battery life from this product

Final Conclusion:
As you can see, the Force1 F100 is not without its faults. However, Force1 is known for taking other model drones and improving them with their own twist.

Just make sure you pick through the reviews so you can see many different opinions on this drone.

Overall, most people seem to be pleased with this quadcopter.

Review Tenergy TDR Phoenix Mini RC Quadcopter Drone

The TDR Phoenix WIFI FPV Modular Quadcopter is a medium-sized RC quadcopter with a modular design that allows the user to install/exchange parts based on preference. Advanced controller with smart device holder. Ergonomically designed with easy to use one key commends.Fun and Easy to use 4-way 360 degree stunt rolling in 4 different direction of your choice.

Phoenix also comes with an Collision avoidance module that detects obstacles while flying – which greatly reduce the chances of getting a major collision of the drone.

Stabilized drone quadcopter with auto hovering – The advanced altitude holding feature allows the drone to suspend in midair simply even after letting go of the joystick hands-free. This makes it an easy to maneuver drone and easy to fly for starters, beginners, newbies, kids, etc.

720P HD Camera – Capture great HD aerial photos and video footage while it’s in the sky. Perfect for simple and fun aerial photography to show friends.

One-Key Stunt Move – A fun 360 degree rolling feature makes doing tricks easy with the touch of a button. Make your flights extra impressive with your friends and family.
Modular Battery Design – All new hard case battery design gets rid of the exposed wires for a more durable and long lasting battery.

Auto Launching, Auto Return, Headless and Speed Selection Packed with easy to flight technologies, helps beginners to flight like a pro in no time.

Customizable parts designed for easy upgrades, customizations and maintenance.

Modular accerssories includes three types of camera, collission avoidance sensor, and battery.

One-Key Stunt Move
A fun 360 degree rolling feature makes doing tricks easy with the touch of a button.

Modular Battery Design
All new hard case battery design gets rid of the exposed wires for a more durable and long lasting battery.

6-Axis Gyro
Equipped with 6-axis gyro stabilization system for quick recovery after rapid movement.

Product specifications:

Quadcopter Specs

  • Size: 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.1 oz
  • Flight Time: Approx. 7.5 minutes
  • Battery: 3.7V/380mAh 1.4wh
  • Flight Modes: Normal, Headless, 360° Roll
  • Speed Modes: Low / Medium / High
  • Drone Keep watch over Range: Approx. 130ft / 40m

Transmitter Specs

  • Size: 3.6 x 2.4 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 2 oz
  • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Battery: 2 x AAA (not included)

Camera Specs

  • Video: 1280*720
  • Photo: 1280*720
  • Video Format: AVI
  • Photo Format: JPEG
  • Memory Card: Micro SD as much as 32G (not included)

What’s in the box?

  • 1x TDR Phoenix Mini
  • 1x Transmitter
  • 1x Battery
  • 4x Blade Guard
  • 4x Extra Blade
  • 1x Screw Driver
  • 1x USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x Instruction Manual

I think it is well worth it. While it isn’t the most expensive drone out there, it also isn’t the cheapest. The fact that it comes with a camera at such a good price is what sold me. When it came, I was really impressed with the quality construction and the look of the final product. It looks very sleek, and it impressed me immediately. I like the features it has, but I especially like the return to me in one button feature. It has helped me multiple times I am embarrassed to admit.

Nothing too big, but wish it would have a clearer camera. The only thing could be improved would be the inflight time which is around 5-8 minutes max. However, that is usually the average battery life for all other drones in the market.

Final Conclusion:
Lot of experience with quadcopters and drones and this is one of those that’s perfect for beginners! Even for such a simple quadcopter it was really fun for me to fly! Let me start off by explaining why this is the perfect quadcopter for beginners.

Honestly, this is the best and most fun drone. It comes with all that is needed (the drone, controller, free mobile app, obstacle avoidance module, extra blades, battery pack). The functions that it claims to have all work perfectly except for one of them: the auto landing. It works about 85% of the time but sometimes it does not register to land when click the button which could be a little challenging to retrieve the drone back. How easy it is to fly for all ages and controls work great.

This is a nice and easy to fly quadcopter but like the other reviews say the app is worthless. Connected it after turned on the quad then controller then attached phone but when flew it seem to loose control the wifi signal looses it signal and cant stop the copter till it chooses to come down automatically. The camera that it comes with is .3 mg pixel its ok but not great or good for the price tag if it came with at least at 720p camera that would be great but to order that. But if you control the quad ( Like some reviews say) without the app/phone its great but since the controller is small with no atenna the distance is not that long but as for like using the controller better without the phone/app to me it responds way better and doesnt loose signal. Brought it to the park and used the app/phone it lost signal at even 4 ft so it was drifiting towards the fence couldnt stop it even tried turning off the control still wouldnt stop and it finally stopped when it hit the fence and luckly put the props guards if not it would’ve broke a prop or burnt a motor.