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. Therefore, if you want to fly a long range drone successfully, you really need to go through how to fly a drone properly, practice on a cheap, beginner drone, move on to something bigger, and only then try your luck with a long range drone.

Furthermore, so as to be completely legal about it, you should also have a drone pilot’s license. Current regulations dictate that you can’t fly a drone outside of your 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 Drone Bundle

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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$1,299 27min. Indoors & Outdoors 1080p/12MP
Compatible
3 Lithium Ion unspecified ~726grams 10.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 7km

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 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

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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$4,599 25min. Outdoors 1080p/ 16 MP Compatible 1 Lithium Ion battery unspecified ~4kg 19.7 x 17.3 x 27.6 5km

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 F50 Drone

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 the AEE F50 long range drone.

AEE F50 Drone Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Wingspan Range
$37,000 40min. Outdoors 16MP 1080p 3500mAh <120min. 2kg unspecified 20km

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

DJI Matrice 100

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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Wingspan Range
$3,300 40min. Outdoors Compatible 4500mAh <120min. 2.3kg 650mm 5km

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

Qube UAS

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 to the other long range drones on this list.

AeroVironment UAS Qube Drone Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Wingspan Range
$2,000 40min. Outdoors Live View unspecified 120min. 2.5kg unspecified 1km

7. Lockheed Martin Indago UAS

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 do not mention the size of the battery, but we can assume it’s over 3500mAh.

Lockheed Martin Indago Drone Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$25,000 45min. Outdoors 10MP

1080p

unspecified 120min. 2.2kg 81x81x17cm 2km

At $25,000, this long range quadcopter isn’t at all cheap, but it’s well worth the money with that 10MP, 1080p camera.

6. Allied Drones Chaos HL48 Octocopter

Allied Drones HL48 Chaos

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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$20,000 45min. Outdoors Compatible 22000mAh 200min. 6.8kg 157x157x45cm 20km

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 HX3 Flying Eyes

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 that Allied Drones’ effort since that one had the propellers distributed in pairs of two like a quadcopter.

Yuneec HX3 Flying Eyes Hexacopter Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$3000 45min. Outdoors Compatible unspecified 120min. 1.4kg 72x84x50cm 2km

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

Aerialtronics Altura Zenith ATX8

We wholeheartedly recommend the Altura Zenith ATX8 octacopter. This long range drone can go just for 1 km before it loses signal. However, at just $2,000 and 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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$2,000 45min. Outdoors Compatible 16600mAh 200min. 3.5km 66xx66x55cm 1km

3. SteadiDrone Vader X4

SteadiDrone Vader X4

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!

SteadiDrone Vader X4 Drone Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$19,995 50min. Outdoors Compatible 10000mAh 200min. 3.8kg 97x96x56cm 1.5km

This long range drone can go for up to 1.5 km before losing signal.

2. Walkera QR X800

Walkera QR X800

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.

Walkera QR X800 Drone Specs

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$2,700 60min. Outdoors Compatible 10000mAh 200min. 3.9kg 62x62x46cm 2km

It’s no wonder the Walkera QR Drone comes in at the number two on this list.

1. AEE F100

AEE F100 Drone

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 above. We 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

Price Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
$58,000 70min. Outdoors 16MP, 1080p 3500mAh 120min. 6kg 154x154x23cm 10km

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

Are you going to buy one of these drones? Do 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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