This mini-drone is a perfect gift for children, or for those interested in getting into remote control quadcopters. We wrote this Holy Stone HS170 review to give you a better idea of the features and performance of this amazing little quadcopter. This drone is of a surprisingly good quality considering the price point. It has 3 different modes for beginners to more advanced modes and really is a lot of fun to fly Included are a set of replacement blades in case you lose or break one with intensive flying. Each of the blades has a different angle to it, so be sure to install the replacement properly, otherwise the drone will not fly properly, and may even flip over. This drone has flexible landing feet to provide some cushioning when the quadcopter lands on purpose or accidentally. The feet are springy, so on landing don’t be surprised if the drone flips over. It also has curved propeller guards to soften impacts on the wall, and on the ceiling. These features increase the robustness of this little drone.
Flying the Drone
After installing the batteries into the remote control, the drone started to light up like a Christmas tree. It’s so silent that we’ve actually managed to pilot it inside a busy office without anyone noticing that it was there.
The drone responds to the controls quite well, and thanks to the headless mode, moving around the environment is pretty easy even for someone who never flew a drone. In fact, the controls are so smooth and responsive that it feels like operating an RC car.
As part of our Holy Stone Hs170 review, we’ve tried to see if the mini-drone can perform stunts as well. Being equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system, the Hs170 performed a couple of 360 degrees spins and some evasions.
The tricky part was to pilot the drone back to “home base” for recharging. As the well begins to run dry, the Hs170 becomes harder and harder to control. We recommend landing the drone after 5 minutes of flight and to switch batteries.
- The Holy Stone Quadcopter is perfect for a first-time try out, especially for your kids. On top of its advanced flyer modes, it comes with three different modes for beginners. This, together with the highly responsive controls makes this drone quite easy to fly. For an amateur, it hardly takes any practice to get the hang of flying!
- Excellent controls response time;
- Decent flight time;
- No FAA registration is required;
- Can perform stunts;
- Wind proofed, and shock proofed.
- Doesn’t have a camera;
- Incessant beeping during headless mode can get annoying
- The motor assembly can easily break;
- Poor battery life;
- No inscriptions on the remote control;
- High recharge time.
Holy Stone HS170 Overview
The Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini Drone is one of todays best-selling mini drones you can buy. Each HS170 packages is fully included with a HS170 quadcopter, a 2.4 Ghz controller, a USB charging cable, and one 3.7V 350mAh Li-Ion battery. This includes everything you need to get your Holy Stone HS170 flying in the air, as soon as possible.
But if you want to add more length to your flying time, we also recommend getting some additional batteries. This will certainly further help to enhance your experience with the HS170 Predator, which we highly recommend for its ease of us, outward appeal, and overall reliability.
For its price, the Holy Stone HS170 delivers plenty of value that shouldn’t go amiss!