Walkera Updates Its Racing Lineup with the Runner 250 Pro
Today we take a look at another great racing drone by Walkera. It seems the company has found another of its core-niches besides consumer camera drones — the booming racing drone market. After the initial success of the Runner 250 — one of the brand’s most affordable and user-friendly FPV racers, Walkera has now come up with an upgrade — the Runner 250 Pro and will be releasing it this month.
- Diagonal size: 250mm
- Dimensions: 221x205x117mm
- Flight controller: FCS-250
- Transmitter: DEVO 7
- Receiver: DEVO-RX717
- 5.8G transmitter: TX5834
- Motors: WK-WS-28-014A
- ESC: F210 ESC
- Battery: 11.1V 2200mAh 25C 3S Li-Po
- Flight time: 10~12 mins
- Weight: 464g (without battery)
Thanks to a new and improved GPS/GLONASS dual satellite positioning system, the new 250 Pro promises to have higher GPS hover accuracy and a faster GPS lock than its predecessor. This will step up the game and allow the Runner 250 Pro to compete with other commercial racing drones and even some custom-made racers in the late 2016 and upcoming 2017 market. Besides this increase in hover accuracy and faster GPS lock, the Runner 250 Pro also comes with a new form factor (measuring 22.1 x 20.5 x 11.7 cm) with optimized and enhanced airframe strength (thanks to the use of carbon fiber) and reduced weight (464g without battery). Due to such improvements, we now have a more responsive and faster racing drone in the 250 Pro.
The upgrades don’t stop there, the Runner 250 Pro aims to improve on the previous model in other aspects as well. The 250 Pro uses a new MR Drone flight control system developed by Walkera which represents a major improvement in altitude control and flight stability. The 250 Pro is now even easier to control when racing with lower chances of pilots losing control of it at high speeds. But if control is somehow lost resulting in a crash, the 250 Pro has some neat features to help you to locate it. This comes in the form of a built-in buzzer that automatically starts buzzing after a crash has been detected which can help in recovering the drone.
The Runner 250 Pro also has a set of indicator lights. In the front are search lights that help illuminate the flight path and is especially useful when flying in low light conditions, allowing you to see what’s in front of the quadcopter. Two red taillights are available at the rear for motor arm status and GPS lock. There are also yellow lights that indicate the direction when the quadcopter turns. These are very much like the yellow indicator lights you see on cars and motor vehicles.
The 250 Pro is shipped with a DEVO 7 2.4Ghz 7-channel transmitter (included in the package) — a powerful remote controller with an easy-to-use interface. It is also compatible with other DEVO transmitters. The propulsion on the 250 Pro makes use of four WK-WS-28-014A brushless motors. It is powered by a 11.1V 2200mAh 25C 3S Li-Po battery that provides up to 12 minutes of flight time per charge (enough for you to complete a full race). Remember, it is always important to buy extra batteries if you intend to fly for extended periods of time. On top of all this, the 250 Pro also comes with an 800TVL camera paired to a TX5834 5.8G FPV transmitter.
To conclude, the Runner 250 Pro is a nice improvement over its predecessor. If you are a beginner at drone racing, this might just be one of your best, most affordable and hassle-free choices to get started.
The Walkera Runner 250 Pro is currently available for pre order at Banggood for $339. It is available in both left hand (Mode 2) and right hand (Mode 1) throttle modes.