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Top 10 Drones with Longest Flight Time for 2018

Avid drone owners have had the same chief complaint for years:Drones have low battery life.

It makes sense that this would be a major complaint for those looking to make the most of their drones. After all, a longer flight life means the longer you have to make sure you get your perfect shot (video or still frame,) or are able to more thoroughly inspect whatever it is you are looking to inspect. Basically, at the end of the day a longer flight time directly relates to having more fun.

While it is true that you can (and should) carry some extra batteries with you while piloting your drone, stopping what you are doing to change batteries out can be a real hassle, and a drain on your productivity. That is why drone enthusiasts need to make sure they check out these drones because of their long flight time.

Top 10 Drones with Longest Flight Time for 2018

Here is a breakdown of the top 10 drones with the longest flight time, click the name of drone to locate the detailed introduction:

Product Flight time Control range Price
Blade Chroma Quadcopter Drone 30min 2500m Check at Amazon
Sim Too Pro 30min 1000m Check at Amazon
DJI Phatom 4 28min 3500m Check at Amazon
DJI Mavic Pro 27min 7000m Check at Amazon
DJI Inspire 2 27min 7000m Check at Amazon
Parrot Bebop 2 25min 3200m Check at Amazon
DJI Phantom 3 Standard 25min 1500m Check at Amazon
DJI Phantom 3 Pro 23min 3000m Check at Amazon
3DR Solo 22min 500m Check at Amazon
Yuneec Q500+ 22min 2000m Check at Amazon

1. Blade Chroma Quadcopter Drone

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This drone is a compact camera drone that is perfect for those who want to travel with their drone. With its all-in-one controller and first-person viewing screen, the Blade Chroma Quadcopter is an easy to handle drone that comes with the right price of $380.

With a 2,500m control range and a flight time of about 30 min., you will be able to get the perfect travelling shots with this compact, smooth-flying drone.

2. Sim Too Pro

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The Sim Too Pro drone is one of the first-ever foldable drones on the market. Thanks to its four foldable arms, this drone is perfect to be packed away to take on exotic shooting locations. However, one of the main features, aside from its size, is the Follow Me feature that this drone comes equipped with. This feature allows the drone to focus in on its uses (thanks to the smart watch controls,) and automatically follow you as you go for a run, walk or even play a little flag football. The Follow Me feature allows the camera to focus in on you, capturing all your activities. The Sim Too Pro has a flight life of about 30 min., with a control range of 1,000m. Thanks to its size, and Follow Me features, this long lasting drone is worth the $480 it costs.

3. DJI Phantom 4

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Loaded with top-notch GPS tech, as well as an auto takeoff feature the DJI Phantom 4 drone is one of the most smooth, and easily controlled drones on the market. Shooting in 4k Ultra HD video, this drones f/2.8 lens is capable of capturing a very broad field of view, thus capturing some truly crisp, breathtaking images. Aiding the DJI Phantom 4 in this is it's ability to hover, allowing you to grab smooth, clear footage while the drone is in air.

With a flight time of just under half an hour (28 min.) you can rest assured that you will have a lot of filming and photography time in the air. The DJI Phantom 4 has a control range of about 3,500m and cost about $989.95.

4. DJI Mavic Pro

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The DJI Mavic Pro has the capability of folding down to nearly the size of a bottle of water, which means this powerful (but compact) drone can come with you into nearly every shooting environment you can think of. With its 27 min. of flight time, the DJI Mavic Pro also has a 7,000m transmission range allowing you to take full advantage of the built in Active track and Tap Fly features. These on-board features will allow anyone to shoot professional looking footage with no experience or effort needed. This drone goes on the market for about $1,299.

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5. DJI Inspire 2

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Selling for about $2,999, the DJI Inspire 2 is a relatively expensive drone. However, this drone is one of the premier film-making drones available on the market. With an integrated HD video transmission system, as well as a 4K camera capable of rotating 260 degrees, the DJI Inspire 2 will be one of the most powerful film-making tools in your bag of tricks. It comes with simple to use controls, as well as obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy, which will come in handy as this drone can go from 0 to 80 km/h in under 4 seconds and has a max speed of 108 km/h. With 27 min. of flight time and a 7,000m control range, the DJI Inspire 2 is the new best friend for filmmakers everywhere.

6. Parrot Bebop 2

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The Parrot Bebop 2 drone is compact enough to fit into your backpack, and is sturdy enough to be able to be the ideal travelling drone for those adventurers or vacationers looking to take the best and most interesting videos and photos on your travels. With improved flight stability, the Parrot Bebop 2 is perfect for flying indoors, as well as outdoors all while being piloted by a third-party Bluetooth controller. With a flight life of 25 min., and a control range of 3,200m, this drone (selling for $549) is the perfect drone for those looking for a travel-friendly system that can produce high-quality images.

7. DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a drone that comes with a high value thanks to its 2.7K video and 12MP stills capability. With the free DJI Go app you are also able to view the footage you are filming on your phone or tablet, while also controlling the drone (within a 1,500m control zone.) With a 25 min. flight life, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard will allow you to shoot interesting footage using its perspective tools such as Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes. With a sales point of $439.99, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the perfect mid-range drone to unleash professional-quality videos and photos.

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8. DJI Phantom 3 Pro

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The DJI Phantom 3 Pro comes with a 4k UHD video recording set up that allows for ideal vision positioning, and incredibly stable indoor flights, and recording. With the on-board Lightbridge technology, the DJI Phantom 3 Pro can stream your drones footage to a iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet (while also recording the footage onto an internal microSD.) The DJI Phantom 3 Pro has a 23 min. flight life and a control range of 7,000m. This drone not only allows you to shoot professional-looking video and photos, but it only costs about $1,299.

9. 3DR Solo

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The 3DR Solo is the perfect drone for those who have never flown a drone before. With a very intuitive and easy-to-use control system (very video game like) even novice drone uses will be able to command this drone and take professional looking photos and videos each time. With the pushbutton commands, the 3DR Solo puts total control of the camera and the drone right at your fingertips, meaning you will be able to record, or take a photo on the fly, easily. The 3DR Solo has a 22 min. flight life and a 500m control range. This drone sells for $259.95.

10. Yuneec Q500+

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The Yuneec Q500+ is a ready-to-fly drone that is loaded with a 16 megepixel, 1080p, 60FPS camera. The camera on this drone has been developed and redesigned from other models to ensure that you are able to produce images with the lowest possible image distortion. The Yuneec Q500+ also has a Follow Me feature that allows the drone to follow you, adjusting to your location based on the transmitter. The footage you are shooting with the drone can be displayed on the Yuneec Q500+'s five inch touchscreen personal ground station in order to make sure you can frame up your shot perfectly. With about 22 min. of flight time, you will be sure to get your perfect shot. The Yuneec Q500+ has a 2,000m control range, and sells for $799.

Jun 06,2018 20:11 pm

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Hi Sir! I would like to hear your advice. We are looking for the right drone for our needs. We re atlkin abour a ranch in Patagonia where we do sheep farming & tourism. The drone we need must have a long range & autonomy, but also endure some harsh weather conditions. Price is also an issue. Thanks in advance for your comments!
Long flight time is crucial for some aerial applications like inspection,surveillance etc. However current drone flying time is very limited,average 15-30 minutes,due to battery limitation. So I think the best solution for the time being is to use lightweight and tough enough uav frame,light enough components(motor,esc etc),appropriate battery.Let me know if you need more info.
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