10 drones with the best flight times [from $30 to $3000]

Every day of every month, drones are slowly finding themselves in the homes of enthusiasts and curious consumers. What once started mainly in military operations is now becoming commonplace among the general public, and with it, bundles of uses. Drones are nifty devices, manned via remote control, often utilized with a recording device to capture something interesting. A bird’s eye view, a high peak, a sweeping video over an ocean, the potential is endless. Today, we’ll find out what’s the longest flying drone.

Table : Drones With Best Flight Time :

NameImageFlight timeControl rangeCameraPrice
10. MJX Bugs 315 minutes300 metersGoProSee price
9. Parrot AR drone11 minutes50 meters720pSee price
8. TRAXXAS ATONtraxxas-aton20 minutes200 metersGoProSee price
7. DJI Phantom 3 Stand25 minutes1500 meters2.7KSee price
6. YUNEEC Q500+yuneec-q500-typhoon22 minutes2000 meters16 MPSee price
5. 3DR Solo3dr-solo-drone-300x19622 minutes500 metersGoProSee price
4. DJI Phantom 3 Pro23 minutes3 km4KSee price
3. DJI Phantom 4 Pro26 minutes7 km4KSee price
2. DJI Inspire 227 minutes7 km4KSee price
1. DJI Mavic Pro27 minutes7 km4KSee price

Of course, potential needs a little help. Drones aren’t immortal in the skies, and there are hundreds of designs out there.  From frame to blade, efficiency separates quality from fad-style cash ins. One of the biggest factors is battery life, which then translates to flight time. Many drones for sale don’t come with extra batteries either, so there are various factors to consider. The better the battery though, the better a drone can achieve the longest flight time.

We of course want you to find the best tech with the lengthiest of flight times, which will vary based on a few things. Normally it’s based on tiers of price, and also the quality/purpose/make of the drone itself. Not all drones are the same, and many function in different ways, so for the sake of practicality, we focused on what could get you drones with good flight times, how long a recorded video could be. Also, we segmented them in price brackets, depending on what your drone budget might be. So, it’s time to see what are drones with longest flight time!

Related : Top 5 drones for kids and : Top 5 drones for beginners

Drones with long flight time sorted by price :

$200 and Under

12. Holy Stone HS170



Our first pick landed on the list for having an excellent starting price of around $40-$50 USD (depending on where you get it from) and a great flight time versus charge time. While it can only scour the skies for about 6 to 8 minutes, it’s total charge for full battery is about 50-70 minutes. Other models in similar price/size ranges require longer times and get about the same flight duration too. However, it’s smaller in design and more or less a great starter drone to get a feel for how they operate, so if you’re looking to record or mount payloads, you’ll want a different make. If you want drones with extended flight times, you’ll have to move up a model too.

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11. MJX X101C



Next up, the MJX helps introduce newcomers to the glory of video recording, proudly featuring its 720p resolution capture. A nice touch, and even nicer is the lengthier sky time of roughly 8-10 minutes, even though it’s not a drone with the best battery life. The quad-heli style drone currently sits at around $140 USD, marked down from its original plus $200 pricing. So, if you’re looking to budget but still want a cut above the intro brands while having some decent fly time, the MJX is a fine middle ground. We have tested several their drones (you can see results in “reviews” section of our page) and we can say they offer good value for the money. I believe they are on the good way to grow into one of the most recognizable drone manufacturers in this “low” price range. Do you have any experience with MJX drones? Keep reading, we’re getting closer and closer to longest flying drone.

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10. MJX BUGS 3

MJX might not be the most popular brand out there, but it sure as hell can manufacturer a solid drone every now and then. With that being said, I would like to point this out at the very start – if you are looking for a drone that can fly around for quite some time and you do not want to spend a lot of money on it, then MJX Bugs 3 might just be the one for you. Why? Well, in addition to its cca 500 meters of flight range, which is quite enough for its price tag, this little fella also sports a high quality 1800mAh battery that allows it air-time of up to 18 minutes. I doubt you’ll find a cheaper drone with more air-time than this one. Moreover, it is also finely poised with a good design and solid build quality. The only real downside (for some of you, at least) is the fact that it does not come with a dedicated camera, meaning you will have to use your own. Still, considering it only costs a fraction of the price you’d normally pay for a high-end drone, MJX Bugs 3 seems like a winner.

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$200 to $400

9. Parrot AR Drone 2.0



Parrot has become a staple in the hobbyist drone field, especially for those looking to utilize GoPro cameras or the like. No surprise, as their models, including their Elite AR model here, feature nice payload capacity and one of the better drones with high battery life. This particular drone handles roughly 11 minutes in the air, depending on what you’re doing. However, better times do exist if invest in batteries with higher charge, reaching flight times of up to 20 minutes. Along with its $270 price tag, this might be the standard in your drone collection. Note : price has reduced significantly. You can get one of this for under $200 now.

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8. Traxxas 7908 Aton



At the very edge of the $400 drone range is the Traxxas, a recent model on the market with a mix of flight modes and some great durability. The big thing to note here is, on its own, the Traxxas has a bulky 14-minute lifespan in the sky, a great standard for a new model. Combined with its stability in the air, fighting off windy weather and supporting camera payloads, an enthusiast will find themselves in possession of quality hardware. If you’re interested in drones with best battery life, this is definitely one of models you should consider. Good battery combined with great flying experience is winning combination. Since Traxxas is USA based company that has a many years of experience in manufacturing RC products, I’m not surprised they produced such a great drone for still affordable price.

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$400 to $600

7. DJI Phantom 3 Standard


DJI Phantom 3

It’s pretty hard to ignore the quality of the Phantom in respect to both its enormous price cut (basically down from $1000) and healthy battery life. While likely some manner of conservation is used by its “smart” battery, the Phantom boasts a ~20-minute sky life with a flight range of nearly half a mile. With this impressive range, and at approximately $500 USD, this is where enthusiasm for the hobby starts to pay dividends. It used to be much more expensive but price has dropped after DJI announced new generation of Phantom series : Phantom 4. Now is right time to buy one of these drones with best flight time if you’re interested in them.

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Blade Chroma - Removed at 2017 Update

Chroma Camera Drone CGO2+

Chroma Camera Drone CGO2+

Blade Chroma

Next in our list, the Chroma sits at the very edge of the $600 USD price mark, but for good reason. Cut in half from a prickly $1200, the Chroma also holds champion in this range with a up to 30-minute flight time. This is because its design is primarily made for camera recording and functionality, versus speeding about with impressive aerial feats. However, with this extensive lifespan and ability to capture video at 1080p, it’s a good grab for the “vacationer” kind of hobbyist or those who like to get crisp images during use. If you like drones with the longest flight time this is a solid choice, we feel.

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$600 to $1000

6. Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon


Q500 Typhoon

We’re getting into pricier models now, but with higher value comes higher performance, and the Yunee Typhon really delivers. Along with its extra blades and double battery equipment, it sports some extremely impressive specs which are sure to please. On average, it boasts sky times of approximately 20-25 minutes, while also capable of reaching heights to about 8000 feet. It’s definitely one of the longest flying quadcopters. It comes with its own camera and carrying case too (of course, you can buy it without carrying case if you want). Overall, it feels like something a professional would use, and in this price bracket might be one of the drones with the longest battery life.

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5. 3DR Solo Drone


3DR Solor

In this price range there are few champions tested in terms of performance and life, but among those few the Solo remains a strong contender. This mark on our list was a little tricky, as in fact it sports only 20-22 minutes of fly time versus say, the Typhoon.  It’s basically one of the best drones with good battery life, relatively speaking. If there’s a drawback to list, it’s that this miniature powerhouse sits right at the $800 point, so all the performance does come with a literal price. It’s often called “smart drone” because of all it’s features. Also, 3DR promised to keep its software regularly updated for following years. For now, we have no reason not to trust them 🙂

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$1000 to Unlimited

4. DJI Phantom 3 Professional


DJI Phantom 3 professional

As we approach the tail end of the priciest drone models, performance and quality can be middling. Some expensive models could have HD cameras and durable builds, but only sport 8-minute flight times. The Phantom by DJI, a brand that made up a good chunk of our list, counters this with a quality professionally minded set of hardware. Depending on your budget, this one sits in excess of $1000 USD, and you can opt in for the full package or just the drone/camera, things like that. For flight time it’s pretty impressive, as its battery (comes with two) holds a charge for 25 minutes, so you’re looking at a near long flight time drone.

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Phantom 4 Pro represents the 4th installment in the Phantom series and the flagship (the Pro version) of DJI’s current generation of drones (head to head with Inspire 2, but more on that later on in this list). It is boosted with a 1-inch camera sensor which is quite an upgrade over the regular Phantom 4. It covers 4 times more surface area than the standard version and is capable of recording videos in 4K at silk smooth 60 frames per second. In addition to that, its state-of-the-art camera shoots 20mpx photos in both Raw and JPG formats. When it comes to other upgrades, you will be happy to know that DJI stepped up their sensors game and finally implemented obstacle avoidance into this beauty. It’s a feature we’ve all been waiting for quite some time now, and it is a real refreshment to finally see it in action. It works as smooth as possible and will definitely save you a ton of nerves in the long run. The controller has received a bit of a cosmetic upgrade as well, but more importantly, it has finally gotten itself a dedicated display which will make your lives a lot easier, at least when it comes to FPV. Specifications wise, it’s nothing short of brilliant, but that was also something we all expected from it. Its top speed clocks in at around 45mph (30mph with GPS turned on) and can last up to 7 kilometers without any interference or signal fails. Additionally, it’s battery is not to be taken for granted either – with half an hour of seamless flight duration, needless to say – it’s one of the most powerful ones on the market. And that’s about it regarding DJi Phantom 4 Pro. There’s really nothing more to add about this amazing piece of tech gadgetry other than saying one final time – It’s just too good to be true… Good job DJI!

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The pinnacle of drone’s industry is out in a new fashion and, my oh my, it looks amazing. With a refurbished set of hi-tech features, a slightly improved design and breathtaking specifications that will sweep the floor with the rest of its competition, DJI Inspire 2 seems to be set for going up against the next generation of drones. As everyone expected, it is absolutely packed with sensors (DJI took a lot of effort with sensors when it comes to their new series of drones) and even features obstacle avoidance which is a system that took DJI quite a lot of time to master. Still, it’s available with their newest series of drones and works like a charm. Specifications are something that DJI also worked a lot on. Luckily, they’ve managed to drastically improve their infrastructure and now offer up to 7 kilometers of flight range on all of their newest models. Combine that with approximately half an hour of flight time and you’ll realize just how good the DJI Inspire 2 really is.It powers through windy environments with great stability so, with such a bulky flight life and solid construction, this is definitely one of the drones with longest flight times. There is no doubt Inspire 2 is one of those pricier drones that will mostly be bought by people who will use them for business purposes. I really doubt regular Joes will spend that much money for a drone that they will mostly use for fun. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun drone, one of the most entertaining ones out there… But spending a ton of money for it just for the sake of some good old fun is just absurd… bordering on stupid.

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Even though DJI Mavic Pro is a premium, high-end drone, it is extremely different from the likes of Inspire 2 and Phantom 4. You see, this is a miniature drone that is easy to carry around with you wherever you go. It can even fold, allowing it to fit into virtually any sort of compartment. So, mobility is one of its key virtues and what makes it so special in the first place. But, in addition to its small size factor, you’ll be surprised at what this little guy has to offer. It’s basically the power and performance of a Phantom 4 cramped up in a miniature package. With the recent success of selfie drones, it was just a matter of time before DJI made an entrance… and that’s just what DJI Mavic Pro is for. Competing against the likes of Dobby by Zerotech and S6 by Wingsland, at the first glance there is just one factor that’s completely clear – price gap. You see, DJI Mavic Pro is the only premium model in the selfie drones niche, making it rank much better than its competitors (at least when it comes to sheer performance). This little devil can reach up to 7 kilometers away from its transmitter while the standard in its niche is roughly 0.1km (100m). That just puts things into a whole another perspective. In addition to that, it also has a rather powerful battery that can keep it roughly 25 minutes in air. That’s also amazing when compared to its competitors which last 10 to 15 minutes at best. Combine all of that with its 4K camera mounted on a miniature stabilization system, and you will understand that this little drone is no joke. It really has the power of a Phantom 4 in an extremely mobile fashion, which is undoubtedly its main selling point. So, with that in mind, if you are looking for a great travel companion, look no further because DJI Mavic Pro is the friend you desire!

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What about the xk detect x380 with a flight time of 302 min.


Web site: GearBest says, 30minutes of flight time for the xk detect x380


arghh ! Looks like we missed it. We'll add it to this list on next update, thank you for your suggestion Gary! 😉


If the XK 380 can fly for 302 min its a world record


The world record is 25 hrs


hubsan h501s 20 minutes for less than 250$ with FPV, Follow-me,....


flight time is 30mins not 302mins


What about the DJI Magic Pro. That can fly 27 minutes. It's priced at $999.99 and has some of the top tech features. iMHO this is the best drone for the money. If not it's best getting the original bebop and putting on an extended battery, heck at $599.99 you can get the bebop 2 from parrot and that has a 25 minute flight time with gps (Like the original) but it's advertised out of the box at that Time and for an amazing price.

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