Holy Stone F181C Beginner Quadcopter Review
Holy Stone drones are pretty popular among who seek affordable drones. It’s not only affordable but they make quality and durable quadcopters, no wonder that they are in demand.
Holy Stone F181C Beginner Quadcopter is one of the best selling models on the market. Holy Stone F181C possesses all the features that a novice pilot needs. In fact, with the Holy Stone F181C, you will learn all the basic maneuvers that you want to have a little experience in piloting these quadcopters.
Holy Stone in this year has a 4 year anniversary. Since 2014 they deliver the highest quality products to the customers. The brand itself is in partnership with the best-known drone manufacturers, they put their name only on the greatest products.
Holy Stone F181C is a reliable, durable and one of the best choices to take if you want to venture into the world of quadcopters, and you have a tight budget. Let’s have a look in detail to find out why the Holy Stone F181C is so popular.
In The Box
Out of the box, you will get everything you need for a proper flight experience and some extras too.
The Box Includes:
- 1 x Quad Copter
- 1 x 2.4G Remote Transmitter
- 2 x USB charging cable
- 2 x 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries
- 4 x Rotating blade
- 4 x Protection frames
- 2 x Landing skids
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x User Manual
Yes, those extras are the batteries and the charging cables, which are a really nice feature. You can charge up the batteries simultaneously, so you won’t have to wait for another charge up.
Holy Stone F181C has a neat design, it looks really great. It has a plastic frame body with flexible propellers. You can really easily install the landing gears and propeller guards, the screwdriver included is a handy tool for this operation. On the bottom of the frame, you will see the 720p HD Camera. It is detachable, it can be slide on to the drone’s body. The camera angle is manually tillable. It comes with an upgraded 4GB Micro SD card, to record your photos and video.
The battery and the cables are concealed into the body of the drone. You will get two 3.7V 750mAh Lipo Battery. A full charge takes about 80 minutes. The flight time is about 8 -10 minutes depending on the weather conditions. In windy weather, the Holy Stone F181C consumes more power to resist the wind.
On the bottom of the frame, you will find also an on/off switch, you don’t have to juggle with the battery plugging in. The red and blue LED lights are indicating the orientation of the drone during the night flights. The blue ones are on the front, the red ones are on the back. The lights can be turned on and off from the transmitter if you want to save some battery power during the daylight flights.
The transmitter of Holy Stone F181C is a basic one, you will get all the functionalities easily in an ergonomic way. The transmitter works with four 1.5V AA batteries. The first thing to do after you turn on the transmitter is to pair it with the quadcopter. Just simply push the left joystick up and down and the transmitter is paired. You are ready to fly. You also have a little LCD where you can see the different information about the modes you are using.
The left joystick is the throttle that goes up and down. Left and right are the yaw functions. On the left bumper, you have a button to calibrate the tilt rates. It has four different rate that indicates how fast your quadcopter will fly. The right joystick is responsible for leaning forward, backward, bank left and right. Under the joysticks, you will find the buttons for taking photo shoots, video shootings, trim buttons, headless mode button, and up in the right bumper, you will notice the button for flip modes.
Holy Stone F181C is perfectly suitable for all the beginner, aspiring drone pilots thanks to the features that owns.
First of all, the most important one is the altitude hold function. With altitude hold function Holy Stone F181C is hovering at the altitude where you release the joysticks. This feature is really helpful if you want to make relatively still photo shots, or want to record video footages.
The camera, unfortunately, is not the best one, but you cannot expect a fancy image stabilization camera for a quadcopter under $100. In good light conditions, it can be decent. Thanks to the 6-Axis gyro system, Holy Stone F181C is stable in the air.
Headless mode is a must for beginner pilots. In headless mode, the quadcopter can be oriented in any direction, the forward and backward sticks behave like normal.
Holy Stone F181C is also able to do 3D Flips. This feature is really fun to play with.
Holy Stone F181C is flying really stable. It is perfect for the beginners. The 4-speed modes, from 25% to 100% allows the user to pilot the quadcopter according to their skill level. It is advisable to use the higher rate in windy conditions. Holy Stone F181C is a durable piece of kit, it can survive many crashes, with absolutely no damage. The only minus I want to mention is that the motors tend to heat up after hard usage. If you want to fly another session, wait 10 minutes to cool the motors down.
Holy Stone F181C has proved that a quadcopter under $100 can be reliable. It flies perfectly. A beginner pilot will learn easily how to maneuver a quadcopter with this quadcopter. Holy Stone has an excellent customer service.
In fact, it really stands out from the competitors. If you manage to encounter some failure, motor burn out, or some technical problems, you just simply write an email to the address provided on the box. Holy Stone dedication to customers is an example to follow.
The quadcopter itself not accidentally got great reviews on Amazon.
It is a great product for the price of $79.99. You can purchase from the official Holy Stone site, or previously mentioned on Amazon.
If you want to explore what the market offers under $100, you can check out this article to have a picture of the offerings.