7 Best Foldable Toy Drones
When DJI and GoPro unveiled the Mavic Pro and Karma last year, they helped ignite the foldable drone craze. It wasn’t long before other companies started to follow suit. At the start of this year alone, foldable drones can be found in almost every price segment from the $1000 Mavic Pro down to the $40 JJRC H37.
This buying guide takes a look at 10 of the best sub-$100 foldable drones you can find on the Internet.
- Folded Size (mm)
- Altitude Hold
- Headless Mode
- Flight Planning (waypoints)
- Accelerometer Control
- 3D Flips
- Flight Time (mins)
- Control Range (m)
- Songyang X31
- 5 - 7
- Songyang X33
- 6 - 10
- 50 - 100
- FQ777 FQ17W
- 65 x 65 x 25
- 6 - 8
- Skytech TK110HW
- 160 x 150 x 50
- 6 - 7
- 30 (via smartphone)
- SBEGO 127W
- 90 x 90 x 45
- 6 - 8
- JJRC H37
- 65 x 135 x 25
- 7 - 8
- 30 - 50
- 50 x 50 x 30
The X31 is one of the three smaller models in this list and one of two that comes with a transmitter (remote controller) that can also be used as a carrying case. When fully folded, the X31 will fit into the center of its transmitter. This foldable design of the drone allows the transmitter to be quite compact and small. It is about the same size as a Playstation gamepad. At just $13, it is the most affordable model in this list. However, that affordable price tag also means the X31 is quite a basic toy drone and lacks many features that the other models in this list have.
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At $60, the X33 is the most expensive and also one of the two larger models being about the same size as a Mavic Pro. The X33 also has a lot more features than the smaller X31 and also sports a WiFi FPV camera, so you can see what the camera is seeing using your smartphone. Due to its larger size and inertia the X32 is one of the best models in this list if you want to fly outdoors as it can handle wind currents a lot better than the smaller ones.
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Ticking all the boxes we have for important features and also costing just $45 is the FQ17W (also known as the Eachine E55). Not only is it packed with features, it also has the best folding design of all seven models here and that is why it has earned our Editor’s Choice award. When fully folded, the FQ17W looks like a short cube with all four motor arms concealed underneath its body. Even the propellers can be folded, giving the FQ17W a very neat look once everything’s folded in.
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The TK110HW is capable of matching the FQ17W’s impressive spec sheet but is a lot larger, being almost similar in size to the X33. Being a lot larger also means it handles itself much better in windy conditions compared to the smaller FQ17W. Unlike most models in this list, the TK110HW does not come with a conventional RC transmitter (remote controller). Flying it is done entirely using your smartphone. There are pros and cons to this method and the TK110HW is best avoided by those who prefer flying with a conventional transmitter.
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The 127W is yet another micro toy drone that comes with a transmitter cum storage container. Unlike the other models in this list, the 127W has motor arms that fold downwards instead of sideways. Compared to the X31, the 127W has a better feature set, lacking only altitude hold and flight planning. It is also capable of WiFi FPV.
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The H37 (also known as the GoolRC T37), made quite a lot of waves when it was first released. Looking very much like the more expensive Zerotech Dobby drone, it was not surprising why the H37 piqued the interest of many. Unfortunately, the H37 does not deliver the same performance and feature set as the Dobby since it costs just $35. However, as a foldable toy drone, it is quite a decent offering with many useful features and also WiFi FPV. Best of all, the H37 is so compact when folded that you can actually keep it in your pocket.
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At just $26, the Z201YS offers plenty of value for its price. It has all the features ticked in this list, lacking only flight planning. It even has WiFi FPV which is not bad for a toy drone that costs just $26. It is also one of the three smaller drones in this list. Unfortunately, unlike the 127W and X31 which have transmitters that double as carrying cases, the Z201YS cannot be stored in its transmitter.
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