Welcome to UltimateDroneMatrix.com!
This is my attempt to compile as much technical specifications and information about budget drones as possible, and how to mod them for better performance and functionality. And by “Budget Drones”, I mean drones around $100 USD or less.
Like most, I can’t really afford to purchase a Parrot or DJI Phantom right off the bat. So instead, I focus on “Budget Drones”, and how to squeeze the most out of them to get them to perform as close as possible to a professional drone.
My introduction to RC:
Vintage Radio Shack RC Lamborghini Countach
I want to say I got this in either 5th or 6th grade. So maybe 1988?
Needless to say, I remember playing with this for hours on end. Batteries permitted of course. If I am not mistaken, this toy prompted my parents to invest in reachable AA batteries.
On to middle school (junior high), 1989 or 1990.
I got a COX 049 SB-X Stealth Bomber. It was a gas powered single stroke engine, tethered plane, and it was the most awesome looking thing in the world to a 7 or 8 year old. And even now, it still looks badass.
As RC Flight was not within my financial boundaries back then, I ended up switching back to cars, and got one of these guys during my freshmen or sophomore year.
This was a huge upgrade from the lambo, as I could now traverse grass, dirt, and everything else a playground could throw at you.
Though it wasn’t long before I discovered girls and real cars, and these guys started to collect dust and were lost to time.
Fast forward to 2015. The company I work for bought a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced for aerial photography, to replace the usual hired helicopter photography which was generally $2000 a pop. I saw one demo, went home and watched a few YouTube vids, and just like that I was hooked. My inner child re-awoke and now I am obsessed with drones.
I now have 5 drones, with a 6th on its way. And I am looking to build a custom drone next. I am not sure about sticking with the RTF (Ready to Fly) route. Don’t get me wrong, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec all make some awesome drones. But I kind of want to do my own thing on the cheap, as I go. Just to see what I can do.
What inspired you to get into drones? Leave your questions or comments below.