Check out our Holy Stone Hs170 review to see one of the greatest mini-drones in action. Since the whole drone hype started, customers are more focused on the size of the actual drone and attachments than the flight itself. However, there is fun in actually piloting the drone yourself. The Hs170 was specifically made for flying enthusiasts who want to learn the ABC of flying around a little thingamabob. Before starting our Holy Stone Hs170 review, we state that the Holy Stone Predator instructions section is a little vague when it comes to flying tips for customers who have no experience flying the drone. Therefore, this guide will prove to be very handy.
Holy Stone HS170 Review Main Features & Specs
The Holy Stone mini drone, which has quite a long and tedious name: Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter is a great start for customers who always wanted to give this drone hype a try.
According to the Predator’s user manual, this drone is not suitable for children under 14 years old and should always be operated in the presence of an adult. Weight, size, and transmission range are all in accordance with FAA’s drone regulations, so you won’t have to register this drone in order to fly it.
|Holy Stone HS170 Mini Drone Specs|
|6-8min||Indoors/Outdoors||Not Included||350 mAh||60min||14.4 ounces||10.6 inches||60-80m|
The Holy Stone Predator Mini drone is suitable for both indoor and outdoor situations. It’s windproof and shockproof design ensure the best flying experience regardless of setting. Keeping the drone in the air is easy due to the 2.4 GHz Remote control, that sports out the digital proportional radio control system.
As mentioned before, this little drone can stand quite a being, albeit it looks so fragile. Its chassis is made out of grade-A polycarbonate material, ensuring that the drone is both resistant and aerodynamic.
The Holy Stone Predator Drone is equipped with four high-powered engines that can keep the drone steady in the air thanks to the 6-axis gyro stabilization system and the screw-attached propellers. Furthermore, due to the headless mode technology, the drone will always be oriented in the direction of the controller and not in the direction of the drone’s head. That is something this drone has in common with the Holy Stone HS300.
Arguments: Pros & Cons
- Easy to use;
- Great for beginners;
- Excellent controls response time;
- Decent flight time;
- No FAA registration is required;
- Can perform stunts.
- Doesn’t have a camera;
- The motor assembly can easily break;
- Poor battery life;
- No inscriptions on the remote control;
- High recharge time.
Holy Stone Hs170 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
Continuing with our Holy Stone Hs170 review, we need to mention the first impression we got after getting a hold of the drone’s remote control, was that we were not looking at a drone’s remote control but at a Nintendo gamepad. The RC looks pretty decent: it fits into the palm of your hands quite nicely, and we did not have any issues reaching the buttons.
However, upon taking out the remote control from the box, we quickly discovered that we didn’t know what to do with the buttons. There’s actually no inscription on any of them, except for the On/Off inscription found beside the black power switch. But after perusing the drone’s manual we had no trouble figuring out which is which.
As usual, the drone’s RC has two stick-like buttons which let the user control the drone’s direction and height. Although the face of the remote control seemed quite blank, the response time was more than incredible.
Basically, we could not find any kind of lag between remote and drone, and although the remote operates on the same frequency as most Wi-Fi adapters, there was no kind of interference.
The remote control operates at a distance of 60 to 80 meters, although we had a couple of issues when we’ve flown the drone over a couple of powerlines. Sadly, during our tests, we’ve managed to crash one of the drones into a tree.
Flying the Drone
After installing the batteries into the remote control, the drone started to light up like a Christmas tree. It’s so silent that we’ve actually managed to pilot it inside a busy office without anyone noticing that it was there.
The drone responds to the controls quite well, and thanks to the headless mode, moving around the environment is pretty easy even for someone who never flew a drone. In fact, the controls are so smooth and responsive that it feels like operating an RC car.
As part of our Holy Stone Hs170 review, we’ve tried to see if the mini-drone can perform stunts as well. Being equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system, the Hs170 performed a couple of 360 degrees spins and some evasions.
The tricky part was to pilot the drone back to “home base” for recharging. As the well begins to run dry, the Hs170 becomes harder and harder to control. We recommend landing the drone after 5 minutes of flight and to switch batteries.
Good Performance of Wind-Resistant Control Range: About 30-50 Meters
Another issue we’ve had with one of the drones is the loud beeping sound the RC made when it was in the headless mode. First, we thought that the battery may have some issues, but it was actually the RC acting up. A quick and easy way to get around this is to push the right joystick all the way down and then to place it in the top left corner.
The beeping should stop at this point, and you can resume your flight without further issues. All in all, the Holy Stone Predator Quadcopter is so easy to use, that even a child can do it.
What’s in the box?
Before you open the box, you should know what you will find inside:
- Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini quadcopter;
- Remote controller;
- The battery;
- 4 spare rotator blades;
- USB cable;
- User manual;
As part of our Holy Stone Hs170 review, we have diligently weighed the good and the bad in order to come out with a mark. For its endurance, design, and good response time to controls, the Holy Stone Hs170 Mini drone will receive a 9 out of 10. This drone would have easily earned a 9.5 or even a ten if it wasn’t for the low flight time and the lack of camera. So, if you’re new on the droning scene, then you should definitely look into the Hs170 predator, a mini-drone for pros in the making. If you want to read more about mini-drones, also check out our review of the Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter.
More Stable and Flexible with 6-Axis Gyro Stablization System