Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone

Last updated date: June 22, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone

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Overall Take

With a contoured and compact controller, this quadcopter done will be easy to use for little hands. The joysticks are a familiar tool for children who like to game, so this controller will prove to be a win for the kids. The actual drone is lightweight, and you can use either batteries or an adapter charge as a power source. You’ll find the versatility of this to be super handy. In our analysis of 237 expert reviews, the Holy Stone Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 22, 2020:
Checkout The Best Drone for Kids for a detailed review of all the top drones for kids.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
37 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
3,550 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The controller is sleek, compact, and it fits in the palm of our hands without any problem. Another thing we liked about the controller is that although it has no special anti-slipping materials, we did not have any issues in this area.
- Droneista
F181 comes with a controller that resembles a typical PlayStation or XBox joystick. It’s very comfortable to hold since most of us are familiar with joysticks
- Drones Globe
August 11, 2016 | Full review
It is easier to control: the transmitter of the F181 quadcopter that has both the manual controls and the LCD screen make it easier to note changes in signal, connectivity and such like changes that enable better piloting.
- Drone Lab
The highlights for me were its altitude-hold feature, 360 flip capability, and comfortable remote control. I really loved the way this thing was ready out of the box and also came with two batteries and cables to charge both at the same time.
- IGN
April 21, 2017 | Full review
The F181 has amazing durability for a drone of its price range. A customer mentioned that there was no problem with the drone even after it flew into a clump of pine trees and fell 30 feet to the ground.
- Quad Copter Arena
The flight performance of Holy Stone F181 is excellent.
- Top Best Product Review
This isn't a drone that excels in any one category, but it splits the difference nicely between the needs of a camera, stunt, or racing drone.
- Hot Rate
July 8, 2019 | Full review
We also liked how it’s a great option for beginners as a result of the one key system, headless mode, and altitude hold functions that are available. The one key system allows kids to experience smooth takeoffs and landings by pressing a button.
- Doodle Buckets
July 7, 2019 | Full review
To say the Holy Stone is minor league compared to DJI’s two drones on our list is a gross overstatement, but for anyone looking to see what the drone craze is all about, this $109 drone is surprisingly comprehensive.
- BGR
March 23, 2017 | Full review
Yes, the HolyStone F181C boasts 4 different speed levels. So that you can learn drone flying step by step. By the end of the journey, you can even capture aerial pictures even while maneuvering the quad comfortably.
- Drone Trends
August 10, 2018 | Full review
Functions-wise, the F181 Chaser drone is packed with some really good features. Especially the altitude hold function and headless mode. For some of you who might have never flown a drone before and is wondering what the heck Headless mode means.
- Aerofly Drones
The F181C will fly for between 7 and 8 minutes, according to the makers, and takes a whopping 80 minutes to charge. So it’s a good thing it comes with two batteries and two chargers.
- Rotor Copters
The Holy Stone F181 Quadcopter is equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system which helps make this quadcopter easy to fly. You can fly it indoors and outdoors!
- Drone Lifestyle
September 4, 2017 | Full review
The drone can perform several stunts midair thanks to its gyration capabilities that enable it do 3D flips and rolls. It flips in four directions to give that perfect picture or video required.
- RC Hobby Review
This is a great drone for beginners, it has a lot of features that will make flying a drone that much easier, for a drone that is quite cheap,it is worth purchasing if you are looking for a bit of fun.
- Your Drone Reviews
September 1, 2017 | Full review
This is another great feature that makes this drone so special. The one key return allows you to get the drone back when you don’t seem to find a way to land it back close to you. This prevents the drone from being lost and at the same time assists the beginners with landings (the part of the process when most crashes occur).
- RC Hobbies on Air
March 10, 2018 | Full review
One of the things we really love about the Holy Stone F181 is that it manages to offer you a decent camera at this price. So you can get a feel of aerial photography and videography without having to shell out a lot of money.
- Drones Consumption
The drone is capable of performing complete airborne spins with rotations at 360 degrees – thanks to its stability. Powered with the 6-axis headless gyro system, it is also capable of performing other similar stunts.
- Outstanding Drone
October 31, 2018 | Full review
Awesome sports quad, for tricks and flips
- QuadCopter Guru
If you lose control and have the copter crash, it is nicely protected from serious damage due to the two stabilizing bars underneath it.
- Today Best Drone
August 31, 2018 | Full review
Sturdy and can withstand some hard landings
- Toy Robots, Droids, And Drones
On and all, this is a superb entry-level drone for a person just starting out since this copter provides amazing handling to give you a stellar experience.
- Top Racing Drone
December 4, 2018 | Full review
This drone has one amazing feature that only few other drones have. It has altitude hold function. Meaning you can keep the drone at a certain height. It will hover in that position. It’s great in a sense that you will be able to capture great photos and videos like this.
- Dronethusiast
You will be pleased to know that you also get an extra battery with this quadcopter. It does take about 90 minutes to charge a battery, so the extra battery is a nice touch.
- DroneOmega
It has great maneuverability. It is able to execute four-way flips and make 360 degree turns in all directions. The four-way flip function allows the drone to roll continuously and execute actions with perfection.
- Droners Guides
May 15, 2016 | Full review
The controller is like your gaming console controller, very comfortable to hold especially if you are familiar with the joysticks.
- The Flight Bay
It offers two modes – beginner mode and expert mode. You can change the speed according to the mode.
- Best Daily Reviews
May 22, 2019 | Full review
For beginners who want to get in for 3D flips and stunts.
- 10 Bolt
August 8, 2018 | Full review
The excellent performance of the flip is made possible by the 6-axis Gyro technology which is just a single button away.
- Wise Discover
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Why we like it: this drone has a built-in anti-interference system that limits each controller to a single drone if you buy two drones and you are worried if your kids can fly them at the same time.
- Little One Mag
F181 is easy to fly, has a sexy design, and comfortable to fly with its ergonomic LCD flight controller.
- Mod Synergy
One of the first things we discovered was that this drone is also exceptionally durable. It can fall out of the sky or Holy Stone F181crash into a tree and there is a good chance it will survice the impact, and – incredibly – the battery still stays in place after a hard fall.
- Smashing Drones
This is another impressive feature of the drones. You can get the drone based on your needs. As a matter of fact, the drones are available at a different price as the manufacturers want to make the drones available to everyone.
- Product Items
August 5, 2019 | Full review
It’s very affordable and has very good, stable flight. It’s responsive to controls and can withstand bumps and crashes.
- The Quadcopters
October 14, 2019 | Full review
The drone looks really cool, especially with the lights on, as they are nice and bright
- Drone Supremacy
Good camera that delivers 720p at 30fps + 2MP stills with autofocus
- Check Corner
July 2, 2019 | Full review
Equipped with a 4GB Micro SD card, this affordable aircraft allows you to control at 4 speeds achieve the perfect performance of 360°flip, giving you a unique perspective and interesting experience.
- GearHunder
May 17, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Another thing we recommend is buying an extra battery for the drone, and the extra spare parts kit.
- Droneista
Batteries are not included in the package so you’ll have to buy them separately.
- Drones Globe
August 11, 2016 | Full review
It has a poor internal cooling system that may cause it to burn out when used without adequate breaks of about 10 minutes.
- Drone Lab
Motor failure aside, I was also disappointed by the low resolution of the stills and shaky video taken by the onboard 2MP camera.
- IGN
April 21, 2017 | Full review
Note that the F181 has a relatively slow yaw. Its right and left movements are not as fast as other quadcopters, but the adjustable settings more than make up for this. It also makes the quadcopter more controllable for novice pilots.
- Quad Copter Arena
It features a shorter battery life.
- Top Best Product Review
Video footage takes up a lot of MB space
- Doodle Buckets
July 7, 2019 | Full review
No First Person View (FPV) functionality.
- Drone Trends
August 10, 2018 | Full review
Limited Battery Time
- Aerofly Drones
There are a very small number of build-quality complaints, but given the volume of these things sold, that seems to be in line with normal manufacturing error rates.
- Rotor Copters
Because it is very light, powerful winds may take control of it
- Drone Lifestyle
September 4, 2017 | Full review
The drone heats up very fast hence should be used between breaks
- RC Hobby Review
The included Lithium-ion polymer batteries give decent power to the drone; however, you have to be sure to follow the instructions for proper LiPo battery care to avoid burnout. LiPo batteries are also extremely powerful, so you may wish to purchase a bag to charge and store it in.
- Your Drone Reviews
September 1, 2017 | Full review
One thing that really disappointed us is that the drone gets heated up pretty quickly and there’s no heat system to counter that effect. This makes it difficult to stay airborne for long.
- Drones Consumption
Lower battery life
- Outstanding Drone
October 31, 2018 | Full review
Propeller guards and camera affect flying performance negatively
- QuadCopter Guru
There is no ventilation, so internal core components like the battery heat up quickly.
- Today Best Drone
August 31, 2018 | Full review
Because of it’s light weight, strong winds may veer it off it’s intended course.
- Toy Robots, Droids, And Drones
Anything at a stretch is bad. It should be kept in mind that a minimum break between two individual flights is necessary. In that way the parts cool down.
- Dronethusiast
At barely 400g of weight, you should expect the F181 to be a slightly unstable in bad conditions such as wind and rain
- Droners Guides
May 15, 2016 | Full review
It has little wind resistance when used outdoors
- The Flight Bay
You might find it a bit difficult while flying outdoors as it has a little wind resistance.
- Best Daily Reviews
May 22, 2019 | Full review
Less fly time
- Wise Discover
October 22, 2018 | Full review
The circuit board hats up often, you have to take a ten-minute break
- Little One Mag
Yes there are negatives that I've observed and experienced with the Holy Stone F181, but most of them were not related to the performance and flight aspects of the F181 Quadcopter drone but more on the lines of fit and finish issues relating to the factory and their processes.
- Mod Synergy
There have also been some issues with the motor overheating.
- Smashing Drones
No FPV: the drone lacks First Person Viewing (FPV) feature. Some might find it troublesome.
- Product Items
August 5, 2019 | Full review
It’s a lightweight quad weighing in at 399 grams so because of this we don’t advise flying the craft on days when the outdoor wind speeds are high.
- The Quadcopters
October 14, 2019 | Full review
The yaw isn’t fast (There are 4 rates in total, and the yaw is the same in all rates), so the turns aren’t very quick.
- Drone Supremacy
Poor wind resistance
- Check Corner
July 2, 2019 | Full review
it does not allow viewing the scene from the first angle
- GearHunder
May 17, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

rc drone with camera for beginners adults Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro Headless System Altitude Hold Function Black Main Features · Altitude Hold Function (upgraded): When you release the throttle stick, the drone will stay hovering at the current height. · 720P HD Camera: No FPV (First Person View) You can capture videos and take wonderful photos to record happy moments. · Headless mode: Great function for beginners to recognize the drone and operate it. · One Key Return: Press this button to summon your drone back. (Please read manual carefully) · 3D Flips & Rolls: Cool flips make flying interesting. It can flip at four directions. · 2pcs Powerful Batteries and Motors: Batteries and motors can offer strong power to the drone, support a longer flying time. · One Key Engine Start / landing: Easy and safe to start the flight. · 4 Speed Control Mode: 4 speed modes from low to high are suitable for both beginners and experts. · Left / Right Hand Operation Mode: You can choose a left or right hand mode according to your preference. · Controllable LED Light: The lights can help you to locate the drone especially at night and they can be turned on/off. 720P HD CAMERA: Enjoy the photography during flights! 720P HD camera with upgraded 4GB Micro SD card included, with the sky perspective, your friends and family are going to record the world in a brand new angle! * This drone has no FPV (First Person View). It CANNOT be connected with Phone. 6-Axis Gyro Technology with Altitude Hold Function: Makes it possible for excellent performance of flips and rolls by a simple push of the button. Hold down the right direction stick to perform each a cool roll in any direction. 3D FLIP HEADLESS MODE PACKAGE 3D Flip: You are able to finish the flip with a push of a button! Even for the beginners it is very easy to get a WOW performance with this highly responsive function! Headless Mode Tips: An orientation function. In Headless Mode, no matter what direction the aircraft is facing, forward stick is forward, and back stick is backward. That is all set from the position of it's initial take-off position. EASY for Beginners! What is included: 1 x F181C Chaser Quad Copter 1 x 2.4 Gigahertz Remote Transmitter 2 x 3.7 V 750mAh LiPo Battery 4 x Rotating Blade 4 x Protection Frames 2 x Landing Skids 1 x 4G TF Card 1 x SD Card Reader 2 x USB charging cables 4 x Small Gears for Motors 12 x Screws for drone 1 x Screwdriver 1 x User Manual Specification: · 2.4Ghz 6 Axis Gyro 4 Channel RC Drone Weight:4.8 Ounces (FAA Registration NOT Required) Drone Dimensions: 12.2(L) X3.5 (H) X12.2 (W) Inches Video Recording Modes: 1280 x 720p Transmitter Operation Range: about 50-100 meters Battery of Quadcopter: 3.7V 750mAh Lipo Battery Battery of Controller: 4 X 1.5V AA Battery (Not included) Charging time: about 70-90 Minutes Playing time: 7-10 Minutes

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An Overview On Drones For Kids

Are you searching for that awesome tech gift for the child in your life? The latest trend is drones for kids. Their own personal drone will surely get them super excited, and you will win the greatest gift giver award for the year. But before you go out and make that purchase, let’s take some time to research the best drones for kids.

If you aren’t familiar with drones, it is important to understand how they work before purchasing one for a child. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is controlled by a remote handled by its user. Drones come in all sizes and with many different functions. Be sure to think of the child and their abilities in terms of hand-eye coordination.

Drones can easily be a great study for kids wanting to learn more about electronics and how they work. The easiest way to explain this is to teach them the parts. There are three main parts to a drone: the rotors, controller and power source. Each part contributes to the overall flying ability of the drone.

The rotor, another word for the propeller, is in place to give the drone its lifting abilities. Drones come with a wide variation of rotor sizes. If the rotors are smaller in size, the drone will be easier to maneuver. You can also buy drones with more than one rotor. The Holy Stone HS170 Predator has four rotors, which earns it the name “quadcopter.” The advantage to multiple rotors is, again, easier maneuverability. Also, you can still carefully land the drone if one rotor stops working, as long as the others are intact.

Drones can be bought with all sorts of power sources. Some are made with rechargeable batteries. This is convenient in terms of cost-effectiveness. You won’t have to keep buying more batteries to keep it going. The alternative to rechargeable batteries is removable batteries. The Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone is battery operated. Besides the never-ending cost, removable batteries add unwanted weight to a drone that will slow it down in the air. One of the things you don’t want in a drone is added weight that makes it more difficult to navigate.

In order to navigate, you’ll need that third part: the controller. Controllers have come so far since the first drone. Now you can purchase a drone with a controller that works through your smartphone over WiFi. Many also come with a simple handheld controller, which would be best for a child’s drone. Some are motion sensor-controlled, such as the Scoot Hands Free Mini Drone, which is entirely controlled with your hand motions.

One important thing to keep in mind is the restrictions on drone usage. You’ll want to teach your child where they are allowed to fly their drone and how they are allowed to use it.

“You can find the drone laws in your area at knowbeforeyoufly.org,” says Molly Thornberg, a technology and parenting expert and the brains behind the Digital Mom Blog.

There are some federal restrictions on drones you should know about. The weight of the drone determines whether or not you have to register your drone with the government. Any drone over 0.55 pounds must be registered. Your reasons for flying a drone and usage of the drone may require you to register it with the federal government as well. One last thing to remember when using a drone: Keep it out of designated flight zones. Most of the time, you won’t have to register it if you’re just using a drone as a child’s play toy.

Now that you have an idea of what a drone is and how it operates, let’s look at some good buys for that little one in your life. For those that have no experience with drones, it is a good idea to start with an inexpensive and lightweight quadcopter (four rotors). These come in about 2-4 ounce weights. For safety’s sake, you can find a drone with rotor guards. They will keep small appendages from injury, as well as protect furniture that the drone hits (which you should probably expect if you are buying for a child).

Before upgrading to a more expensive drone, try setting goals for the child to achieve. This will help them command skills that are needed for the bigger and heavier drones. Teaching them how to land and take off safely is a great place to start, and then lead into hovering. Finally, have them work on keeping the navigation under control while the drone is in flight. Once these skills are mastered, then consider an upgrade.

If you are on a budget, you are in luck. There is such a wide variety of drones that you will most likely find one in a modest budget. The simpler drones made for kids will not break the bank, and you can rest assured they will still get a great gift. You also won’t feel a punch to the gut when it breaks.

Will the child be using this drone inside or outside? This is an important question to consider. If you are planning on it being an indoor drone, you’ll need a space that’s approximately 10 ft. x 12 ft. to practice flying it inside safely. A two-car garage or bonus room would be ideal for an indoor drone.

With all these things in mind, you can confidently determine the best drone for kids. Even the more economical drones are sturdy and built to last.

DWYM Fun Fact

The U.S. created the Predator, the first military drone, to target Osama Bin Laden. Ever since then, the military has increased drone usage by leaps and bounds and even uses some drones with weapons on them in combat. These drones are usually manned by several people. Although the US created the first military drone, Israel was the first to produce non-military drones.

Drones are considered an asset to humanitarian groups. They can relay information from secluded areas that people cannot reach. Additionally, they can deliver supplies, including food and medicine, to troubled areas.

Drones also assist law enforcement by tracking certain troublesome individuals. If police are given tips that a certain house or property is growing or making illegal drugs, they can fly the drone over the property. The footage can then be used by police to stop illegal actions.

There’s also a variety of other practical uses for drones. Farmers use drones to count cattle, survey crops and even plan a layout of the land. Real estate agents use drones to add videos of a property to their online listings. And drones are also used to help marketing agents upload footage of the product or services they are trying to sell.

As of 2017, there were roughly 181,000 registered drones in the US, making Americans the population that uses drones the most. If you have an unregistered drone that is caught, you could be fined up to $27,500. So be sure to register the drone when required.

The Drone For Kids Buying Guide

  • It’s important to teach your kids that drones are not toys. They are a responsibility that will need replacement parts and maintenance.
  • Safety is paramount when it comes to your kids and drones. “Blade guards prevent finger injuries and aid in protecting the drone in a crash,” says our parenting and technology expert Thornberg.
  • Give your neighbors a warning that you are getting a drone just so they aren’t alarmed. Some people see them as spy cams that invade their privacy. Just be polite and do your due diligence to keep them away from neighboring properties.
  • Be sure to check your drone with federal regulations. If a neighbor or passer-by sees it and reports it, you don’t want to be hit with fines.
  • Practicing with your child will teach them best about the rules and regulations of using a drone. They can be a great teaching tool if you take advantage of that time with your child.
  • Try to start your child off flying in calm weather conditions so they can practice without getting discouraged from wind or rain.
  • Drones with cameras are not entirely necessary for kids, especially if your child just wants to learn how to fly one.