The manufacturer recommends this drone for 14 years and up, we’d agree but also like to mention even though this is classed as a toy adults will love it too. It would make a great gift for any newbie who is interested in getting started flying drones.
Things We Like About It
Everything is included in the box to start flying this drone once you have charged it. While you are charging download the app on your phone and you are ready to go. Do read the instructions though as otherwise your first experience with quadcopter flying could be a disaster.
The UDI U818A is a lightweight drone and because of this is classified as a toy which means you don’t have to register it with the FAA.
The drone will work both indoors and outdoors but we suggest trying it indoors at first while you are getting used flying it and getting to grips with the controls.
Reports from users of this UDI quadcopter are reporting it as really durable and surviving multiple crashes.
The drone comes with 2 batteries so when one is running low you can charge it while using the other which gives you much more flying time.
The package also comes with 4 replacement propellers and a screwdriver.
Other nice features were that it lights up at night, has a 360° Flip Function and also a push button return home feature.
The low voltage alarm function is also handy as the controller beeps when the battery is getting low so you can get your drone back before it crashes.
Things We Did Not Like About It
The main issue with the UDI U818A quadcopter is that it is very lightweight which makes it harder to handle if the weather is windy. If the weather is still or you want to use it inside it will be fine.
Another issue with some users was that the return home feature didn’t work and they lost their drones. This is more likely to be a pilot issue rather than a problem with the quadcopter. If you don’t have the drone in Headless mode the return home feature won’t work. Make sure you read the instructions!
You need an iPhone or smartphone to make use of the camera function.
Is It Worth The Money?
This is a durable drone with a lot of features, if you have a compatible phone this is certainly worth the money. If you don’t have a phone you might want to look at other drones with cameras that don’t require a phone for photo/movie taking.