Holy Stone Hs170 Review

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 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone


Holy Stone HS170 Review Main Features & Specs

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini Box.jpgThe 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
Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Wingspan Range
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.

Holy Stone HS170

Arguments: Pros & Cons

Holy Stone Hs 170 Pros:
  • Easy to use;
  • Great for beginners;
  • Excellent controls response time;
  • Decent flight time;
  • No FAA registration is required;
  • Can perform stunts.
Holy Stone Hs 170 Cons:
  • 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

Remote Control

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone Remote ControlContinuing 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.

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone

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;
  • Screwdriver.

Our Verdict

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.

9 Total Score

More Stable and Flexible with 6-Axis Gyro Stablization System

Flight Time
User Rating: 2.72 (36 votes)
  1. Reply
    Jimmy December 25, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Can you maybe focus on not saying “thanks to” in every sentence mentioning a feature of the product. 🙂 I was able to leave this comment here, thanks to the web servers ability to interpret html forms.

    • Reply
      Christopher January 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Hello, Jimmy,
      Thank you for the useful advice, we will surely address the issue. All “thanks to” you who brought it to our attention!

  2. Reply
    David February 10, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Is the battery fully charged when the red light on the USB charging cable lights up?

    I find I must constantly throttle the drone to try to keep it at a reasonable height. Is this normal?

    • Reply
      Mark Chesterman February 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Hello, David,

      The battery is fully charged when the light on the USB cable shuts off. If you have problems with your charger, you should contact the manufacturer.


  3. Reply
    Leah December 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    what does it mean when its a constant clicking noise ???? Just opened it and it is brand new please help

    • Reply
      Mark Chesterman December 28, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Hi, Leah,

      We can’t be sure what causes the clicking noise, it might be the batteries or the lights on the drone. Please get through to the seller to settle this issues.

      Have a nice day!

  4. Reply
    Martin April 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    to save battery time from 6-8 min to around- 10+, turn off the drone lights!

    • Reply
      Mark Chesterman April 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thanks for the advice and feedback, Martin!

  5. Reply
    rick mccoy July 9, 2018 at 5:06 am

    lost hs170 drone in tree and cant find it can anyone help

    • Reply
      Mark Chesterman July 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Hello, Rick!
      Sorry that happened, you can certainly check with the seller to see if they can help with a replacement. Or you can try contacting Holy Stone directly: http://www.holystone.com/Support.

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