What’s the one thing every drone pilot can agree on? A longer flight time is ALWAYS a good thing.
Long flight times mean that you can enjoy flying your drone for a longer period without needing to either recharge or switch batteries. For aerial photographers, you get more time in the air to capture the right shots. For inspections and other drone services, you simply get more time to get the job done.
It’s also safer, because there’s less chance of you accidentally staying up there too long, the drone’s battery depleting, and your drone plummeting to the ground. Ouch.
On this note, I always suggest pilots protect their investment with a drone tracking device – no matter their drone’s flight time.
The drones in this list are some of the best drones with the longest flight time for sale in 2019. If you’re looking for a long flight time drone, this is the place to start.
The quadcopters are listed in order by price, and their flight times are posted in each section.
1. BLADE Chroma 4K
Flight Time: 30 minutes
This is the most expensive drone in this list, but it also has the longest flight time. The Blade Chroma 4K has a 30 minute flight time, one of the longest of any drones out there. It also comes with a 4K camera for taking beautiful aerial photos and videos.
The drone’s controller has a built-in screen for first person viewing, and this package comes with a carrying case and spare batteries. The Blade Chroma flies great and is an excellent option for pilots looking for a longer flight time.
2. DJI Mavic Pro
Flight Time: 27 minutes
The highly anticipated DJI Mavic Pro has lived up to the hype. This foldable drone is an amazing feat of technology:
- Folds down to the size of a water bottle
- 7km control distance
- Can fly at speeds up to 40mph
- Smart features for autonomous flight
- 4K camera
- Obstacle avoidance
- And much more
The DJI Mavic Pro isn’t only one of the best long flight time drones, it’s one of the best drones period.
3. DJI Phantom 4
Flight Time: 28 minutes
Another behemoth from DJI is the Phantom 4. With a 28 minute flight time, you get more than enough time in the air to get the shots you’re looking for. It comes with a 4K camera that takes 12 megapixel photos, and it comes with an obstacle avoidance system to help you mitigate crashes.
The Phantom 4 has autonomous flight capability, so even if you aren’t a great videographer you can still get expert pans and shots. And its gimbal stabilization technology ensures those shots are smooth and eloquent.
4. Parrot Bebop 2
Flight Time: 25 minutes
If you’re looking for a long flight time quadcopter that won’t break the bank, the Parrot Bebop 2 has an excellent 25 minute flight time and it’s affordable for most pilots.
It comes with a 14 megapixel camera for crisp photos, can shoot video in 1080p, and it comes with LED lights for flying in low light.
5. DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
Flight Time: 25 minutes
The Phantom 2 Vision+ plus is another relatively cheap drone with a long flight time. Its 5,200-mAh battery gives it a 25 minute flight time, and its camera shoots video in 1080p.
You can also get a first person view of what your drone is seeing via a WiFi uplink connected to your mobile device. Your mobile device can be mounted on the controller for easy viewing and settings adjustment.
6. Hubsan H501S
Flight Time: 19 minutes
This is one of my favorite quadcopters in the sub-$300 range. The Hubsan H501S has a 19 minute flight time and comes with powerful brushless motors.
The camera shoots video in 1080p with a control distance of 300 meters, and it comes with GPS hold, return to home, and follow me autonomous flight modes. The H501S is one of the cheapest drones with follow me mode (the drone can follow you and shoot video automatically).
For the price, you can’t go wrong with this quadcopter.
7. Babrit Uplay FPV Quadcopter
Flight Time: 8-10 minutes
The Babrit Uplay is an FPV quadcopter, meaning that (like the DJI Phantom 4 and other top tier drones) you can get a real time view of what your drone’s camera is seeing on your mobile device. You can see in the image above how the mobile device attaches to the controller for easy viewing.
This allows you to get accurate aerial photos and videos, and you get a bird’s eye view from above, which is an amazing experience in and of itself. The drone can also do 360 degree flips and will return back to you with the push of a button.
8. Holy Stone F180C
Flight Time: 15 minutes
The Holy Stone F180C sells for under $100, yet it has a nice long flight time of 15 minutes. You’ll be hard pressed to find a drone with this type of flight time in this price range.
It also comes with a camera, can do 360 degree flips, and comes with and extra battery to extend your flight sessions even further. I highly recommend this quad for beginner pilots who want a longer flight time.
That’s it! These are my picks for the best drones with the longest flight time.
If I had to choose the best for pro pilots or aspiring aerial photographers and videographers, I would go with the DJI Mavic Pro.