Are you having a tough time finding the longest flight time quadcopter drones on the market today? – If so, you’re in the right place!!!
Just imagine that you have just saved enough money to finally buy the drone of your dreams. You’ve charged the battery, driven to the beach and got the thing in the air…..only to find that after 15 minutes, your fun is on hold until you can charge the damn battery again!
Whether you use your drone for pleasure or professionally (to take aerial photography or survey land), finding a quadcopter with the longest flight time can be pretty tricky. You could easily spend hours trawling through the manufacturer’s websites and still not find the info you need.
That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled the stats in an easy to read table. Now all you have to do is decide on which features you need and choose a unit that suits your budget.
As a general rule, you get what you pay for. For example, you won’t get much more than 5 minutes of flight time from a $20 drone and you won’t get much more than 20 minutes from one costing $200. In the case of quadcopters, more money equals more battery power and obviously longer flight times.
We understand the pain that SFS (Short Flight Syndrome) can take on budding drone pilots and that’s why we’ve researched the best drones on the market to find the longest flight time quadcopter available today (and it’s 8 longest-flying competitors).
Longest flight time quadcopter and it’s rivals
|Make & Model||Flight Time||Max Range||Max Speed|
|DJI Mavic 2 Pro||31 minutes||8000 meters||72 km/h|
|DJI Phantom 4 Pro||30 minutes||7000 meters||72 km/h|
|Blade Chroma||30 minutes||2500 meters||65 km/h|
|DJI Phantom 4||28 minutes||5000 meters||72 km/h|
|DJI Inspire 2||27 minutes||7000 meters||92 km/h|
|DJI Mavic Pro||27 minutes||7000 meters||65 km/h|
|Parrot Bebop 2||25 minutes||3200 meters||65 km/h|
|DJI Phantom 3||25 minutes||1500 meters||58 km/h|
|DJI Phantom 3 Pro||23 minutes||3000 meters||58 km/h|
Drones with long flight times are essential for some businesses – real estate, construction, farming, and so on. To get the job done the first time, you’ll obviously want a machine that can stay airborne for the longest time possible on a single charge of the battery.
(Of course, you should always take an extra battery (or two) with you when you want to take to the skies, but it can be a real pain to stop what you’re doing and have to return to base.)
Even with rapid advancements in drone technology, the maximum flight time that you’re going to get is just over the 30-minute mark and that’s with the impressive DJI Mavic 2 Pro. This top-of-the-range drone has a top speed of 72 km/h and a maximum range of 8000 meters (8km).
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Flight time: 31 minutes
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Flight time: 30 minutes
Flight time: 30 minutes
The Blade chroma has been around a while but is still proving very popular. It comes with 6300mAh Li-Po battery which has a very respectable battery life that gives a flight time of around 30 minutes and a range of about 2500 meters.
The 5.5″ touchscreen controller is a perfect size and is very straight-forward to use. It only features controls that are strictly necessary so as not to complicate the flying process.
The CGO2+ model has a 1080P camera and the CGO3 model has a 4K camera. With both models, the camera is very stable thanks to the three axis gimbal system. We also like the “leg-like” structure of the drone which does a great job in keeping the camera safe when landing on rough surfaces.
The Blade is designed with a patented Safe technology. This helps you to have a smooth and steady flight – no matter how bad your flying skills! This GPS enabled drone has a 5.5-inch touchscreen display and integrated 5.8 GHz WiFi, which means that you get clear live latency-free video transmission.
The CGO2+ camera captures 16MP photos with an intelligent no-distortion lens which is very good for capturing detailed aerial shots. It’s also capable of taking awesome aerial footage in 1080P resolution and it can even make slow-motion videos (120 frames per second).
Another great feature worth mentioning is that you can record audio with the built-in microphone. This function can be turned on or off using the ST-10+ controller or the app.
This quadcopter has many modes including Smart Mode, AP (Aerial Photography) Mode, Follow Me Mode, and a Return Home mode.
The Smart mode is great for noobies, in that the drone actually moves in the direction relative to the direction you select with the controller. Also, you can create a “virtual barrier” which prevents your drone from flying too far away from you.
The Follow Me Mode allows the drone to follow you (or anything else) allowing the unit to maintain a constant distance and altitude. And obviously, the Return Home mode makes sure the drone can find its way back to you if the battery gets low or it loses its signal.
With a flight time of 30 minutes, the Blade Chroma is the third longest flight time quadcopter available today.back to menu ↑
DJI Phantom 4
Flight time: 28 minutes
DJI Inspire 2
Flight time: 27 minutes
DJI Mavic Pro
Flight time: 27 minutes
Parrot Bebop 2
Flight time: 25 minutes
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a smartphone-controlled quadcopter that has a 14 megapixel camera that can record in 1080p.
An update on the original Parrot Bebop, this one has a fish-eye lens which shoots jitter-free footage and it also has removable user-serviceable rotor blades (which is great for when you are not using the drone).
On first glance, the drone doesn’t look so different from its predecessor. But on closer inspection, the design is much more robust and the new model has a larger 2700mAh capacity battery. This neatly slots onto the back of the drone but note that it does have to be removed for charging.
The design of the Bebop 2’s is different from most other quadcopters in that it’s not a single solid unit, but two elements connected by a series of rubber balls. On top of the balls sits the main body of the drone with the camera inside. The design means that there is very little judder, making it a great machine for aerial photography.
We particularly like that when taking-off and landing, the drone is smart enough to know when it is not safe enough to do so – for example, if you try to take off and one of the rotors hits an obstacle, the motors immediately turn off until you move the drone to a clear space.
The motors are powerful enough to cope with relatively strong winds but on the negative side, there is a small amount of drift in positioning when flying. This is not a huge issue unless you intend to fly it in a small, confined area.
To conclude, the Bebop 2 is responsive, fast, has a flight time of 25 minutes and makes a great starter drone for beginners.back to menu ↑
Phantom 3 vs Phantom 3 Pro
Flight times: 25 and 23 minutes
The biggest difference between the Phantom 3 and the Phantom 3 Pro is the price with the Pro about $550 dollars more (at time of writing).
If you’re new to drones and just want to a quadcopter that can capture video and take pictures, the standard Phantom 3 is a great choice. But if you want better specs and more stability, the Pro is the way to go. The Pro shoots in 4K whereas the standard can only manage 2.7K.
Both models have a three-axis motorized gimbal. This makes the drones very stable and keeps videos smooth and judder-free.
Both models take micro-SD cards but the major difference comes with the remotes. The Pro version has a rechargeable battery and is built much better than the more plasticky and lighter standard’s remote. We’re not saying that the standard’s remote is bad, it’s just “standard” but perfectly adequate for getting your drone off the ground and flying it around.
Another major difference between the two quadcopters is that the Pro has a visual sensor. This helps to keep the drone stable if you should lose GPS. It’s also much better if you intend to fly inside and want to avoid hitting a wall!
Regarding battery life, you’ll get about 23 minutes from the Professional and 25 from the Standard.
Regarding build quality, the Pro just feels better. While the quadcopters weigh the same, you can really feel the difference so it really comes down to how much cash you have available.
So which one to choose? – If you are flush and you want all the bells & whistles with 4K recording, the Professional is a great drone. But if you’re not a professional photographer or videographer, you may not need the specs that the Professional gives you. If you just want to fly around and take footage of your dog on the beach, the Standard could be perfect for you.