12 Long Range Drone Models to Check Out

The following long range drone models are only intended to be used by the most experienced drone pilots out there. And to be completely legal about it, you should also have a drone pilot’s license.

Current regulations dictate that it is not allowed to fly a drone outside of the line of sight. Seeing some of the ranges of the drones below, that’s more than likely to happen.

We’ve chosen to look at all of the long range drones available, and subsequently, rank them according to their flight time.

12 Incredible Long Range Drone Models

12. DJI Mavic PRO Drone

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo: Foldable Propeller Quadcopter Drone Kit with Remote, 3 Batteries, 16GB MicroSD, Charging Hub, Car Charger, Power Bank Adapter, Shoulder Bag
  • What's in this combo: MAVIC PRO Original Package, 2 Extra batteries, 2 Extra propellers, 2 charging hub, 1 car charger, 1 battery to power bank adaptor and a shoulder bag
  • The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range.
  • Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footageActive Track, Tap Fly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless.
  • Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability.
  • Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors.Fly by Phone over Wi-Fi for even easier flight

What’s amazing about this drone is the fact that it folds down and becomes small as a bottle of water, so you can bring it with you everywhere. Thanks to the New OcuSync transmission system it has up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range.

DJI Mavic PRO Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
27 minIndoors & Outdoors1080p/12MP
Compatible
3 Lithium-Ion1.64 pounds10.5×9.5×9.5 inches7 km

Compared with the following entries on our list, the DJI Mavic Pro can fly for up to 27 minutes, however, due to its Obstacle Avoidance, combined with sensor redundancy flight safety and reliability are highly increased.

Also, it has a 1080p /12MP Action Camera plus G3-D 3-Axis Gimbal (which is compatible with iLOOK & GoPro Models) to take amazing shots and make professional looking videos.

11. DJI Matrice 600 Drone

This pricey drone has a really good camera, it can take 16MP still photos and also the video quality is of up to 4k or 1080p, its new flying platform is designed for professional aerial photography and industrial applications.

Its battery can hold it up to 25 minutes in the air, so compared to the other drones on this list, a pretty low flight time.

DJI Matrice 600 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
25 minOutdoors1080p/ 16 MP1 Lithium Ion8.82 pounds19.7×17.3×27.6 inches5 km

However, it has total integration, the modular design makes setup a breeze. It has A3 flight controller, Intelligent Batteries, great Battery Management system, and Lightbridge 2 transmission system for maximum performance.

10. AEE F50 Quadcopter Drone

AEE Technology AP10 Pro GPS Drone Quadcopter Full HD 1080P 60 FPS 16MP Camera (White)
  • 1080P Full HD Video at 60 FPS, 16MP Still Images, 90 degree capable vertical tilt camera with live first person view streaming, GPS auto stability semi-autonomous flight (Automatic position hold and hover), maximum flight range of 500 meters.
  • 10 inch propellers for maximum flight stability and maneuverability, 44 MPH maximum speed, 22 - 33 MPH cruising velocity, all weather body for light to medium rain and snow, Class 4 wind resistance rating.
  • 5300 mAh intelligent LiPo battery for up to 25 minute flying time, fail safe protocol with auto return home feature (returns to takeoff point).
  • Mini-B USB input for hassle free firmware updates, mobile App available on iOS and Android store for FPV, telemetry data, camera zoom, and other useful flight and camera control features.
  • Not intended for children under 18 years of age.

AEE specialize in making drones for law enforcement officials. The AEE F50, for example, comes together with a sticker saying “Polizei” on the side (needless to say, that translates to “police” in German). However, that’s just the quirkiest spec of this AEE F50 long range drone.

AEE F50 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
40 minOutdoors16MP 1080p3500mAh LiPo<120 min2 kgunspecified20 km

As you can notice in the table above, the AEE F50 comes with a 3500mAh battery that can produce up to 40 minutes of flight at an overall weight of exactly 2 kilograms.

However, the range on this thing is astounding. At 20 kilometers, you might just want to carry a spare battery around.

The camera is equally amazing, being able to capture 16-megapixel photos as well as 1080p videos at incredible heights.

9. DJI Matrice 100 Quadcopter

We couldn’t sift through the long range drones without stumbling across some beauty of a machinery from established drone pros, DJI.

The Matrice 100 is their version of a long range drone, and if it’s anything like other DJI quadcopters, you know you’re in for a treat.

DJI Matrice 100 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
40 minOutdoorsCompatible4500mAh LiPo<120 min11.32 pounds14x10x10 inches5 km

It can fly for up to 40 minutes, which at 2.3 kilos is more than impressive. Its range of operation is slightly lower than the previous entry, but still considerable at 5 kilometers.

8. AeroVironment UAS Qube

Drone with Camera for Sale - X5SC Quadcopter RC Helicopter Drones -HD 720p Cam, Easy Control Headless Mode, 3D Flip, 6 Axis Gyroscope, 4 Channels Radio Control, KiiToys USA Warranty & Tech Support
  • 2nd GENERATION with HEADLESS MODE - KiiToys X5SC is upgraded by Syma, the Second Generation of X5C explorer with new features Headless mode, which allows you to fly with any orientation. No need to locate the head and tail again for easy flying from distance. Fine tuned improvement on the drone, Four improved motor with super stong uplift power giving you hyper movement. Utilizing lighter material, the improved version will have stronger lift and stability in the air, and longer flight time.
  • CREATE STUNNING AERIEL VIEDO - Quad Copter with 2MP HD CAMERA mega pixel gives you high quality & resolution, stable flight videos and pictures, not the other low quality Jello videos! The camera is removeable for upgrade.
  • POWERFUL MOTOR, GREAT CONTROL - Quad copter UAV strong motor using 3.7v 500mAh Lipo Battery to power, fast moving works great outdoor & indoor, LED light indicates front and back of the heli and also great for low light flying and light show, 4-channel 2.4GHz Remote Control with fine tunning which can fly multiple Quadcopters at the same time! Using spread spectrum technology long rante remote distance, best anti-interference ability.
  • STRONGLY BUILT - Precision built with strong material to withhold impact and increase durability. Powered by a piece of rechargeable 3.7V lithium battery. Easily removeable for battery change to extend flight time. Charge with USB cable.
  • STABLE FLIGHT - Strong wind resistance and stability, designed for both outdoor & indoor. 6-axis design makes the gyroscope adjustable, promoting flying stability and be able to hand lunch throwing into the air; Full Movement: Ascend/Descend, Forward/Backward, Left/Right Rotation, Left/Right Drifting, Hovering. 3D fliping 360 degree stunt tumbling action. 7-8 mins Flight time with a single charge.

The AeroVironment Qube is unlike anything we’ve talked about up to now. Why? Because its main goal in life is to conduct search and rescue missions. That’s why the drone manufacturers didn’t give too many details about their device to the consumers.

What we do know is that the drone has a range of 1000 meters, it can fly for up to 40 minutes, and that it’s really cheap relative of the other long range drones on this list.

AeroVironment UAS Qube Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
40 minOutdoorsLive Viewunspecified120 min2.5 kgunspecified1 km

7. Lockheed Martin Indago UAS

The Lockheed Martin Indago is the next long range drone on our list. It can fly for up to 45 minutes, more than our previous entries, and up to 2 kilometers in range. Lockheed does not mention the size of the battery, but we can assume it’s over 3500mAh.

Lockheed Martin Indago Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
45 minOutdoors10 MP 1080punspecified120 min2.2 kg32x32x7 inches2 km

6. Allied Drones Chaos HL48 Octocopter

This one may quite possibly be the freakiest drone on this list and on this website. We recommend it exclusively to trained professionals for several reasons: it’s big, a lot bigger than the average drone, it’s an octocopter (eight propellers give true meaning to the nickname “chaos”), and it weighs almost 7 kilograms. This makes any impact with the Chaos a possible disaster.

Allied Drones Chaos HL48 Octocopter Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
45 minOutdoorsCompatible22000mAh LiPo200min6.8 kg157x157x45cm20 km

Equally impressive on this long range octocopter is the battery. At 22000mAh, you can use the drone for up to an hour without any problems.

5. Yuneec HX3 Flying Eyes Hexacopter

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology - 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone, Carbon Fiber (YUNTYHBRUS)
  • The Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology, winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

The Yuneec Flying Eyes HX3 hexacopter may not boast the insane number of rotors that the Chaos above has, but it does have six evenly distributed ones.

This may make it even scarier than Allied Drones’ effort since that one had the propellers distributed in pairs of two like a quadcopter.

Yuneec HX3 Flying Eyes Hexacopter Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
45minOutdoorsCompatibleunspecified120 min1.4 kg72x84x50cm2 km

That being said, the Flying Eyes HX3 long range drone can go for up to 2km from the users and stay aloft for up to 45 minutes. Want more? Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy the camera separately.

4. Aerialtronics Altura Zenith ATX8

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Parrot PF728000 ANAFI Drone, Foldable Quadcopter Drone with 4K HDR Camera, Compact, Silent & Autonomous, Realize your shots with a 180° vertical swivel camera, Dark Grey
  • This drone with a camera equipped with f/2.4 wide angle ASPH lens, HDR, and up to 2.8 times digital zoom captures spectacular 4K videos, Full HD or 2.7K videos (2704x1520), and 21 MP photos without loss of quality. Additionally, you have a timer, a Burst mode that captures 10 photos per second, and wizards to take over professional settings
  • The ANAFI Parrot Drone can have up to 25 minutes of filmed flight time thanks to an intelligent Li-Po battery that optimizes its life and charges 60% faster using the Power Delivery USB Type C charger; Operating Temperature range: -10°C to 40°C
  • With its ultra-compact and lightweight carbon frame (320 g), this quadcopter drone unfolds in less than 3 seconds, reaches a speed of 55 km/h in sport mode and withstands bullets up to 50 km/h
  • Equipped with a Parrot Skycontroller 3 folding remote control, the ANAFI Parrot Drone can be located at any time thanks to the activation of your smartphone’s vibrator when attention or immediate action is needed, as well as the Geofence, SmartRth, and Find My Drone functions
  • Software updates can make changes to existing features, further enhance ANAFI’s reliability and performance, or offer new experiences. It is therefore important to have an updated FreeFlight 6 application and to accept the proposed software updates. Max charging power 24W

We wholeheartedly recommend the Altura Zenith ATX8 octacopter. This long range drone can go just for 1 km before it loses signal.

However, with up to 45 minutes of flight, it’s really one of the best options on the market. It’s also not such a giant as the previous long range octacopter on this list, and it has an incredible battery at a whopping 16600mAh.

Aerialtronics Altura Zenith ATX8 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
45minOutdoorsCompatible16600mAh LiPo200 min3.5kms66xx66x55cm1 km

3. SteadiDrone Vader X4

Hubsan X4 H107L 2.4GHz 4CH RC Quadcopter with LED Lights RTF, Black/White
  • Uses the latest most innovative drone technology
  • Uses for fun and professional applications
  • Made using high quality components
  • Includes 4 super bright LEDs!
  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity

Insert Darth Vader joke? We would, but this is not the time for jokes as the SteadiDrone Vader X4 is a serious piece of hardware. You can see that just by looking at the price.

However, even more, interesting is how this 4-kilogram drone can hold aloft for as long as 50 minutes. We don’t know how it works, but we definitely applaud the engineers behind it! This long range drone can go for up to 1.5 km before losing signal.

SteadiDrone Vader X4 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
50minOutdoorsCompatible10000mAh LiPo200 min3.8 kg97x96x56cm1.5km

2. Walkera QR X800

Walkera QRX350PRORTF1 QRX350 Pro with Devo 7, Battery, Charger without G-2D Gimble
  • GPS Altitude Hold System
  • One Key and Failsafe Return-to-Home Functions
  • DEVO 7 Transmitter/Receiver
  • Does NOT include Camera or Gimbal
  • High Capacity 11.1V 5200mAh LiPO Battery and Brushless Motors

Impressive as the effort of those from SteadiDrone may be, the nice people from Walkera seem to have it all figured out – and for a much more affordable drone price.

This long range drone can go for up to 2km, for 60 minutes. Like the previous entry, it too has a 10000mAh battery on board.

However, unlike the Vader X4, it can go for an extra 10 minutes all while weighing more and costing less. It’s no wonder the Walkera QR Drone comes in at the number two on this list.

Walkera QR X800 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
60minOutdoorsCompatible10000mAh LiPo200min3.9 kg62x62x46cm2 km

1. AEE F100

AEE Technology AP10 Pro GPS Drone Quadcopter Full HD 1080P 60 FPS 16MP Camera (White)
  • 1080P Full HD Video at 60 FPS, 16MP Still Images, 90 degree capable vertical tilt camera with live first person view streaming, GPS auto stability semi-autonomous flight (Automatic position hold and hover), maximum flight range of 500 meters.
  • 10 inch propellers for maximum flight stability and maneuverability, 44 MPH maximum speed, 22 - 33 MPH cruising velocity, all weather body for light to medium rain and snow, Class 4 wind resistance rating.
  • 5300 mAh intelligent LiPo battery for up to 25 minute flying time, fail safe protocol with auto return home feature (returns to takeoff point).
  • Mini-B USB input for hassle free firmware updates, mobile App available on iOS and Android store for FPV, telemetry data, camera zoom, and other useful flight and camera control features.
  • Not intended for children under 18 years of age.

Our second entry from AEE on this list, the F100 is the ultimate long-range drone. And you can see that just by taking a quick glance at the specs below.

1We frankly are at a loss: how can a giant quadcopter of 6 kilograms fly for up to 70 minutes over a range of up to 10 kilometers?

AEE F100 Drone Specs
FlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
70minOutdoors16MP, 1080p3500mAh LiPo120 min6 kg154x154x23cm10 km

This AEE drone clearly lives up to the needs of law enforcement personnel. Apart from that, the camera is also amazing, being able to capture stable, crystal clear videos at 1080p. The total price for this incredible long range drone? 58 thousand dollars.

Conclusion

Therefore, if you are a beginner and want to fly a long-range drone successfully, you really need to go through our how to fly a drone guide properly.

Then practice on a cheap, beginner drone, and move on to something bigger, and only after that, you can try your luck with a long range drone.

If you are going to buy one of these drones or if you already own one, let us know everything about your purchase.

How it went, what was in the box, how the first flight went, and if you managed to capture any footage with your long range drone? We’re all just as enthusiastic about UAVs as you are!

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