Last Updated on October 18, 2017
Racing drones is a fun sport, a virtual reality sport. For us, it’s so fun to see what the drone is seeing and, it’s most fun to fly as fast as you can against your friends!
How to pick your racing drone in the 250mm class
Racing drones are typically following a racing course and need to change direction, speed up and slowdown quickly. You want to look for agility and responsiveness in a racing drone.
Key selection criteria:
- AUW (All up weight). Lower weight means lower momentum and tells you that it can accelerate, decelerate and change direction easier.
- Power to weight ratio. Tells you if you have enough power to accelerate, decelerate and change direction as quickly as you want. The higher the power to weight ratio, the faster and more maneuverable it will be.
- Speed. The max speed tells you what speed you can get on the straight-away.
- Size. Indicator of the racing class.
- Price/Ground Control included/VR Goggles included? The pricing and information about ground control is a good way to tell if your pockets are deep enough to afford a particular model. Many racing quadcopters do not include ground control in the package, some do not include the viewer and for some the battery is not included.
- The higher the Kv (Kilo-Volts) of your motors, the smaller your props need to be and high Kv with smaller props will result in greater agility and speed, and increased power consumption.
- A larger prop setup will usually have lower Kv motors and will be easier to fly steadily, and use less power (current) to lift more weight.
- RTF. Ready to Fly (RTF) quadcopters may still need some prep time. The prep phase takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. This involves configuring the settings of all of the controls on the ground controller and matching them to the features on the quadcopter.
Here are our top affordable racing drones in the 250mm class:
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As you would expect, the Eachine Racer 250 (View on Amazon) is fast and maneuverable – you will want to know how to control a racing drone before pilot one of these.
Power to weight ratio is excellent 11:1. The quadcopter’s flight control is well designed and it is compatible with “Open Pilot” Ground control. This means that it can be a very good base for your racer. It is heavy enough that a very light breeze can be ignored. The Eachine Racer 250 is already fast and controllable but it still can be mod’d if you want to do so.
Included: ground control unit with a 7 inch viewer screen.
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This LHI FPV RTF Carbon Fiber 220 mm (View on Amazon) quadcopter is very fast, feature rich and an excellent racer. If you are really an advance pilot, this quadcopter will quickly become your favorite racing drone. The motor arm of the 220 adopts single layer plate structure. Its carbon fiber airframe features a solid 3mm thick “Unibody” main plate.
Power to weight ratio is very good at 5.8:1. This LHI is very good at 3d flying (changing altitude in mid-course). Its angle of camera is adjustable, zero degree to fifteen degree pitch up. The initial setup is complex hence this quadcopter is for an advanced racing pilot.