Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

Reviews over at Brookstone

Time to check out the product page and good reviews (3.7 out of 5.0) over at Brookstone.com

REMINDER:

Today’s offer is the Power Edition

http://www.amazon.com/Parrot-AR-Drone-2-0-Power-Quadricopter/dp/B00D8UP6I0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433212248&sr=8-1&keywords=parrot+2.0+power+edition

Q: Is there a big difference between the Power, Elite and GPS models?

**A:**The copter itself is all the same AR Drone 2.0. The difference between the different packages is the regular AR Drone 2.0 comes with a single 1000mah battery. The Elite is the same as that except you have different body color choices of camouflage and two black and two white props. The Power Edition comes with two 1,500mah batteries, a full set of red, blue and black propellers. The GPS edition includes the GPS flight recorder. In a nutshell the copter itself is the same for all with the only difference being the included accessories / colors options

Does this work with Android devices or only IOS?

Yes and works well

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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
Price: $279.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Wednesday, Jun 03 to Thursday, Jun 04) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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How easy are these to catch? My friend Enrique needs to know.

I received one of these as a Christmas gift (brand new, person purchased it from the local Apple store). Out of the box it wanted to do a firmware update (through the iPhone app), half way into the update the app crashed on my phone, the update would not resume and the drone was bricked. Contacted support and they told me I would have to send it to them for replacement (with a refurbished unit).

Thanked the person for the gift, got the receipt, and took it back to the Apple store for a full refund, $500! Purchased a $50 drone from Amazon that works with a standard controller, doesn’t require firmware updates, and has been collecting dust since my interest in drones faded a few weeks after receiving it.

Even at $280, I’d stay away…

I have the lesser version of this model, but I wanted to say that if you’re in the market for a drone, spend the money and get a quality one.

Not that these are bad quality, because they’re not, but for $300 I would just save a little more and get a step above.

If you’re just curious about drones and don’t want to spend a ton of money, there are plenty of options under $200.

I have been into RC cars for a while, but why do they call these “drones”? It doesn’t appear to fly it’s self, which is what I would call a drone. Aren’t these really quad-copters with a camera?

Two words: BAD IDEA!

Never try to catch a quad.

Yes, they are. I don’t know how they got the “drone” label. Maybe because it sounds cooler than quad copter.

If they do the same with the 2.0 as they did with the 1.0 when the 2.0 came out you can expect they will delete all information about the 2.0 from their website the day they release the 3.0 and you won’t be able to find any official information about the 2.0. You’ll be out of luck. - Jaded 1.0 owner.

As someone who builds quads, I think this is not a bad price for a first time quad purchase, considering it has video. I can’t speak to it’s quality, however. But there are some things to consider.

  1. Flight time is NOT 36 mins. It is 18 mins (max). You can only use 1 battery at a time. Even if you could wire the batteries in parallel and somehow rig them both on the drone (not likely) the added weight would significantly decrease the flight time below 36 mins.

  2. This is wifi controlled. So the range will not be what a 2.4Ghz radio will provide. Probably not an issue for first timers though.

  3. LiPo batteries are DANGEROUS! Go to YouTube and search “LiPo explosion”. Handle with care. I drilled holes in an army surplus ammo can to store my batteries and especially for charging. LiPo bags are and added and inexpensive precaution also. If your batteries catch fire for any reason you had better be prepared. There is no putting them out at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. LiPo batteries are cheap. Hobby King sells these for dirt cheap so an extra battery is not ready all that much of a selling point.

  5. Building them is much more fun, if a bit more expensive for the extra gear, and there’s a time investment to say the least. However, when it crashes and breaks, and it will, it’s cheap to fix because YOU built it! Parts for a homemade are also dirt cheap.

Happy Flying!

I bought 3 of the parrot 2.0 a few weeks ago, on woot and 2 of 3 had bad or non responsibe batteries. Woot responded right away, and advised contacting manufacturer. No response from manufacturer.

I’m very sorry about that, please email us back and let us know you haven’t heard from the manufacturer and we’ll do what we can.

Just my 2 cents.

What is HOT today is next weeks Dollar Store special.

This is not a mature technology its in its infancy. Expect rapid drops in prices as the Laws and Technology for Drones matures. Just something to think about before dropping your hard earned money on any Drone.

I bought one on the last sale and still haven’t been able to fly it. Battery charger doesn’t work. Contacted Parrot and on my third email answering questions: what is serial number, what is full serial number, the proof of purchase didn’t come through, “Now just to verify the behavior of the light on top of the charger while attempting to charge the battery, this light does not come on at all?”? I’ll bet they will end up telling me to send in the charger, or worse, the whole unit, before they will replace the charger. Their customer service sucks!