Parrot AR Drone
Parrot AR. Drone 2.0
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0, is a remote controlled Quadricopter with built in HD Cameras and sensors.
Being a gadget guy, and the owner of two remote controlled helicopters, of which only one now remains, I just had to get the Drone and try it out.
Controlled remotely by either your smartphone - iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android 2.2 and above, the AR.Drone establishes a personal wi-fi connection with your desired controller.
Having lots of fun with this guy, and at same time I am also using it for work related purposes, the HD Cameras certainly come in handy and impresses clients when footage is attached to reports!
Photo Credit: Bill Armstrong
What's in the Box?
- Main AR. Drone 2.0 Body!
- Indoor Protection EPP Hull & Outdoor Aerodynamic Hull!
- Lipo Battery Charger (Various Plugs)
- Stickers & Target for Reality Games!
- Fast Repair Double Sided Tape!
Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Quadricopter (Orange/Yellow)
Parrot AR Drone with orange and yellow foam body
One AR.Drone, but two hulls!
The hull with four protective loops is used for indoors, whereas the other is for the outdoor environment. Having said that, I am still using the indoor hull for outdoor use until I get more experience, this way when I do make mistakes and have some bumps or rough landings (which takes a lot) the propellers have the maximum protection. Make sure when you change hulls/environment that you tweak the settings on your device so the Drones responses and behavior adjusts to the environment.
Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Demo
Parrot AR Drone Spare Parts Below!
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Questions & Answers!
- Question. Is it possible when I am flying my Drone for someone else to take over control of it?
Answer. It is not possible as you have paired your device with the Drone, for another device to take control, you need cancel the pairing with your device so that the other device can pair and take control.
- Question. What's the Drones range?
Answer. Depending on your location/environment, the range is much greater if used in open spaces where there are less Wi-Fi waves. Generally the average range is approximately 160 feet.
- Question. What's the maximum height you can fly the Drone?
Answer. Because of the sensors on the Drone it can fly pretty stable up to 20 feet. Depending on the Wi-Fi capability, the Drone can normally reach a height of approximately 160 feet.
- Question. Can the altitude be adjusted or restricted?
Answer. Yes, this can be accomplished by adjusting the settings, start off and remain at the lowest setting of 10 feet until you are comfortable in controlling your Drone.
- Question. Can my Drone be used to lift item's?
Answer. No! your Drone was not designed for that task and if you attempt to do so it will more than likely make the Drone unstable and could result in a crash or reduce the life expectancy.
- Question. Is there spare parts that can be purchased?
Answer. Yes! see below.
- Question. What's the maximum speed of the Drone?
Answer. Your Drone can reach up to 11 miles per hour, settings can be adjusted to reduce or increase your Drone's tilt angle which affects the speed.
- Question. How long is the battery life?
Answer. You can fly your Drone on a fully charged battery for approximately 12 minutes, a low battery indicator will sound when battery runs low, this is the time when you need to recall your Drone. The battery normally takes approximately 1 hr 30 minutes to fully charge.
My First Outside AR. Drone 2.0 Flight
Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Training Academy
- Pilot Academy for AR Drones
All the training you will need!
Bastens 1300 mAh LiPo battery and charger upgrade for the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 & 1.0
This lit comes with a 40W LiPo charger; a wall plug with power cord, and a 1300 mAh battery
I have personally tried this and you can expect around 15 to 20 minute flight time, not much more so watch for battery low indications, naturally this also depends on the weather and how you control the drone.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Charger Set
It's a charger so not sure how much I can say about it! works well for me.
It comes with 1 LiPo charger (13,5V/0.9A Output) and 4 power plug adapters which works in the US, UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Your Parrot AR Drone 2.0 can also be used in video games. At present there is AR.FlyingAce, AR. Race, AR Hunter & AR. Rescue! The Camera mounted on the front of the Drone detect the different color of hulls (yellow, blue, green) to differentiate players from one another. Games can be downloaded from the Apple App store.
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Battery Lithium-Polymer Replacement Battery
High grade Lithium-Polymer battery that has 3 cells.
Includes a PCM (Protection Circuit Module) which can protect the battery against over charge, as well as over discharge and short circuits.