Drones & Flying

What to consider when buying a drone

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a drone. Thinking about the following can help you find a drone that is suitable for you.

Age requirements: To choose a suitable drone, it is very important to adhere to the recommended age suitability. Flying a drone requires a certain level of skill and patience and some drones are more complex to fly than others.

Where you want to fly: Some drones are only suitable for indoor use, while others can be flown outside. For safety reasons, there are places drones are not permitted to fly, such as near airports and over crowds.

What you want your drone to do: Are you an aspiring photographer, drone racer or stunt artist? If capturing stunning HD pictures and videos is your aim, we have a great range of camera drones designed with photography in mind. If you want to perform aerial acrobatics, check out our agile stunt drones. Some drones even allow users to experience first person view (FPV), with headsets that let you see the world as though you’re on board the drone.

What support you’ll need: Drones can be tricky to fly, so it’s likely that you may need spare parts at some point. Some of our drones come with spare parts, while others offer a customer helpline to assist you. The manufacturer should be your first port of call:

Sky Viper

Supplier care line: support@skyrockettoys.com
Supplier Phone: 1 888 674 650

Drone Force

Supplier care line: lauren.evans@alpha-animation.com

Air Hogs

Supplier care line: customercare@spinmaster.com
Supplier Phone: 00-80080001230


Supplier care line: customerservice-eu@toystate.com

The basics: Features such as range, battery and charge time vary from drone to drone, and should be a factor in your decision. A drone with lower specifications can be a cost effective choice for short flights, but if you’ll be flying for longer periods of time, or want to roam a bit further afield, you may want to choose a drone with a wider range and longer flight time.

Advice for first time drone users

Flying a drone takes a lot of skill, practice and patience, so please ensure you adhere to age recommendations.

The drone’s guardrails should be correctly fitted before flight to help protect the propellers. On some models these are pre-assembled while other models require you to attach the guardrails. It is essential that guard rails are correctly fitted at all times in order to help protect your drone from bumps and crashes.

Please ensure your drone is fully charged before taking flight. Your drone and controller both need to have enough battery power to fly your drone back safely. If you run out of power while in flight, you may damage or lose your drone.

Pre-flight practice helps. Some of our drones allow you to practice flying with an online simulator, so you can learn to fly a virtual drone before taking a real one to the air!

Fly in open, obstacle-free spaces. Flying in cramped or obstructed areas increases the risk of crashes, which could cause damage to your drone or your environment.

Do not attempt to fly your drone if it becomes obstructed or caught in anything as this will damage the propellers and motors. If your drone does get caught in something it is very important to turn the controller off immediately to avoid any further damage to your drone. You should then carefully remove the drone by hand.

Check the weather before you fly outdoors. Drones should not be flown in wind or rain. Wet or windy weather can damage your drone and knock it off course. Check weather reports before you take off.

Do not fly your drone beyond your field of vision. You must be able to see your drone at all times: allowing it to fly outside your line of sight risks damaging your drone and causing harm to third parties.

Be prepared for the occasional crash as you learn to fly. Learning to fly your drone will take a lot of time, practice and skill. Practice the basics in an open, obstacle-free space, and ensure the guard rails are correctly fitted at all times. Don’t be discouraged by the inevitable bump and crash as you hone your skills.

Can I fly anywhere? For safety reasons, there are places drones are not permitted to fly, such as near airports and crowded areas. As our drones are relatively lightweight, additional restrictions do not apply. You can familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations for flying drones here.

Do I need a licence to fly my drone? As our drones are not for commercial/business purposes, you won’t need a licence to fly—anyone can fly for fun!

Take to the skies with our incredible drones and flying range! At Smyths Toys Superstores, you can find daring drones, remote controlled jets and helicopters, and more fantastic flying devices. Explore our drones for beginners, stunt-enthusiasts and racers—we even have a handy drones and flying guide to help you choose a drone and find out more about drone safety.