A selection of the safest mini drones for children and beginners.
If you want to buy a drone for you children, this is where you should be looking. These drones are durable, fun, affordable and most importantly very safe. They're also just as fun if you’re 5, or 55!
All these drones have bright LED lights which look fantastic at night, and headless mode, an essential beginner feature (explained at the bottom of the page).
They are also all protected with propeller guards, which is both a safety feature for the pilot and the drone. Even small propellers can be dangerous around children, but as you will see there are many innovative solutions out there so drones can be enjoyed by everyone.
Now read on and choose the perfect drone for you!
1. Quadbox Nano Drone
In my eyes, the Quad box is the perfect drone for kids.It's easy to set up and has a tonne of cool features, plus the propellers are fully protected by a mesh frame, making this one of the safest options out there. It is also incredibly stable for its size and very responsive to the joystick movements, capable of performing flips and rolls. If a nice mix of safety and fun is important then The Quadbox is the drone for you. Check it out here.
2. Sbego FQ777-124 Pocket Drone
This one really steps it up a notch for portability. Not only does entire drone fit inside the controller, there’s a compartment in the back to hold spare propellers, chargers, and propeller guards. It’s a brilliant solution and it means you can fit the device thing in your pocket! It comes with spare landing gear and 8 spare propellers, but I don’t think you’ll need them as the FQ777’s propeller guards are durable and sturdy. Comes in black white red or blue. It’s another really good value buy and one of the most innovative nano drones I’ve seen.
3. Dowellin D1 LED
The Dowellin D1 is another one I just had to include. It’s a unique looking drone that comes with a lot of fun features and a convenient carry case, but the reason it’s on this list is because of the odd looking, but incredibly safe propeller guard ring. That thing can take a beating and will not only protect your eyes, it'll stop your propellers breaking if you hit from walls and ceilings. It can flip, has two speed modes, and there’s no fancy take-off ritual either, just throw it in the air to start flying. Get it here.
4. Helic Max Sky Walker Drone
The Sky Walker is another drone chosen for its safety. Arguably even safer than the quadbox thanks to its soft protective plastic ball, that won’t mark or scratch any surfaces, and also won’t hurt flying full speed in to someone. It does very well flying outdoors and in the wind, and can roll along the ground like a remote control car if you get bored of flying! Check it out here.
5. Alpha K130 Egg Drone
Ok I lied, this one doesn’t have propeller guards, but it is special. When packed away it is almost the exact size and shape of an egg, but press the button on top and four propellers flick out from the body, transforming it in to one of the sleekest, weirdest drones available. Also for portability this one takes the cake. It runs off an app on your smartphone, so there’s no controller necessary, just your phone and your drone. It has a 0.3MP camera which livestreams to your phone as well, making this one of the cheapest nano drones to offer FPV (First person view). Suitable for ages 8 and up. Buy it here.
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Algorithms running in the drone’s micro-controller ensure any directional change that the operator makes is compensated for. In other words, even when you rotate your drone 90 degrees to the left (so that it’s now facing your left), it’ll still go forward when you push the rudder forward (on a non-headless mode drone, this would make the drone go left.