Not everyone wants to take their drone to the park. In some cases, you want a drone that you can play with in the house. Maybe you’ll make an obstacle course or mess with the cat, who knows? It might just be entertainment on a rainy day. Whatever your reasons, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite mini drones for flying around the house. So, which is the best drone for indoor use? Let’s take a look and see what you think!
A word to the wise
Flying your drone around the house can be great fun but be sure to be safety conscious. Make sure no candles are there to knock over. Resist the urge to tempt the dog or cat to chase your drone (despite our whimsical intro suggestion), and be sure to warn anyone present that there will be flying technology at play in the living room. Play hard, play well, but play safe. So, what drones made the cut as our best drone selections for indoor use?
Holy Stone Mini Drone
Our first entry, the Holy Stone Mini drone, is touted as ‘great drone for children and beginners’, but don’t let that fool you. This is a lot of fun in a tiny package for just about anyone. Measuring in at 3.1 x 3.1 x 1.2 inches this mini drone has quite a lot of features, such as 3 speeds, single button launch and land, flips, altitude mode, and headless mode. An alarm sounds when the battery is low but one nice thing about this model is that with the 3 included batteries you get about 21 minutes of flight time. Not too shabby for a drone in as low a price range as this one. One of the things that makes this drone excellent for flying around the house is the built in propeller guards. If you hit the wall, your drone is just going to bounce of it and your propellers should be fine (just don’t try that at full speed. If you think it’s going to hit the wall then stop pushing the thrust for best results). In the case of a crash the motors also stop automatically, so all in all when it comes to flying around the house or even a little backyard time the Holy Stone is pretty darned dependable.
DJI Mavic Mini
Our second entry is for the most serious of drone enthusiasts. The DJI Mavic Mini measures in at 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches and comes with a remarkable number of features. First, let’s talk about the battery life. The Mavic Mini gives you 30 minutes of flight time on a single battery charge. That’s fantastic enough on its own but there is more. The camera on the mini can take 12 megapixel photos and 2.7k quad videos with the greatest of ease and they look profession! Controlling the mini is a breeze as well. By docking your phone in the controller you can see what you Mavic sees (so you can check if the kids are really doing their homework or they, in turn, can check if you are about to check on them). Due to its size, the Mavic mini is a drone that you can fly without having to register it and that is a nice selling point for it as well. If you are worried that the cat is going to get it or that a surprise contact with the wall is going to damage it, you can accessorize with propeller guards for added protection. This is the drone with the most features so if you don’t mind spending a little extra you can really have a lot of fun with this one.
Air Wars Battle Drones 2.4 GHz – 2-Pack
When it comes to drones in the house what you are usually talking about is kids (of all ages) flying them about in a room where the other occupants of the house have been given fair warning. While not the most expensive drones on the list, the Air Wars Battle Drones may be the most entertaining. So, what is a battle drone? Well, in this case, the Air Wars Battle Drones are a set that you purchase which comes
“Complete with 10 assorted weapons”
with two drones that you can dogfight with. Complete with 10 assorted weapons (Spears to poke, hooks on lines to catch and drag the other drone, and more), the goal of a drone battle is to either completely disarm the other drone of its weapons through application of your own or to completely knock it out of the sky. These drones aren’t limited to just flying towards each other and aiming their weapons, you also have 4 attack modes that may be employed. These include:
- Tornado attack
- Circle Attack
- 360 Spin Attack
- Ram attack
Each of these attack styles adds to the strategy and by choosing your own weapons you can really add to the fun. Extra propellers are included just in case your fights get a little too rowdy but we should note that propeller guards are included in the design. In most cases your drone will simply bounce off the wall or anything else that it crashes into and tend to be quite durable. Battles do go quickly, however, at around 7 minutes each, so you may want to purchase two sets so that one is always charging. All in all for sheer fun, this set was our favorite!
In today’s article we have discussed the best drone selections for indoor use. For unadulterated fun we really liked the battle drones but if you aren’t going to be fighting them then the Mavic Mini is the one that we would select. With as many features as both of these selections have going for them you really can’t go wrong with either, so if one of these strikes your fancy then be sure to check it out. Until next time, we wish you happy house flights!