A micro quadcopter (also called mini quadcopter) is a really small quadcopter. While there is no formal definition of what makes a quadcopter a micro quadcopter, most would agree that mini quadcopters fit in your hand and are very lightweight.
Why choose a micro quadcopter over larger models? There are few reasons. Micro quadcopters are:
- Perfect for flying indoors
- Able to maneuver into small and tight locations
There are also some important requirements you’ll want t look for in a good micro quadcopter:
- Durability – You will crash yours, probably many times. Durability is important
- Replacement parts – This is particularly important if you’ll be flying indoors. You’ll definitely want replacement blades along with other parts.
- Stable flight – Don’t confuse Micro with poor quality. The better micro quadcopters fly really well and are very stable for their size.
Wondering who makes the best micro quadcopter? Well, the answer changes frequently as smaller and smaller models are constantly coming out. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated on exactly who makes the smallest quadcopter and share with you a number of other small models here on our small Quadcopter guide.
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The Best Micro QuadcopterThe smallest micro quadcopter that is “ready to fly” right now is the Cheerson Cx-10 Quadcopter.
The Cheerson CX-10 measures a really small 40 x 40 x 22mm. That’s 5mm smaller than the Estes Proto X. The CX-10 comes with a USB charger, and charges within 30 minutes. A full charge delivers about 5-6 minutes of flight time.
The CX 10 has 3 flight modes: beginner, mid and expert. This is a nice tough, considering it’s low cost. The CX 10 is very agile and flies quickly for it’s size. You can even toss it in the air and throttle it up, and it will stabilize.
Controls are very responsive, and the unit reacts quickly to stick movement. Even better? It’s incredible durable and even comes with spare blades. Seriously can’t beat the Cheerson CX-10 for it’s price.
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Estes 4606 Proto XOur previous contender for smallest micro quadcopter, the Estes Proto X is still a very small quad that provides outstanding performance for the money. The Proto X is also the number one selling nano quadcopter on the market right now and a Best Seller overall on Amazon.com.
The Proto X is nimble, easy to fly for it’s size and very stable. It charges in roughly 30-40 minutes, and provides for about 6 minutes of flight time. It even includes bright LEDs that not only make it look like a more expensive model, but also help you with flight direction and allow for night flying.
Read our full review of the Estes 4606 Proto X. You might also run across the Hubsan Q4, which is the exact same quadcopter.
UDi U839 Micro QuadcopterThe UDi U839 quadcopter is a very small and innovative unit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fly as well nor is it as stable as the Proto X or the CX-10. But, it does have a few features that just might make up for that.
Both the Proto X and CX 10 have fixed batteries, meaning you can’t replace them. The U839 allows you to replace the battery. The transmitter also uses the same exact battery, providing some options. The controller itself is very similar to other nano quads.
The UDi U839 includes 3 different modes: beginner, mid-level and expert. Beginner and mid-level provide fairly stable flight. Expert mode is a bit difficult to fly with, and is not a recommended mode for this unit.
Included in the box is a prop guard and a tool to remove the prop blades (replacement blades included as well). Including the prop guard seems like a nice touch, especially for indoor flying, but it just doesn’t work well. With the prop guard attached, the unit is too heavy and unbalanced resulting in erratic flight. We don’t recommend using the prop guards.
The U839 is a little larger than the Proto X. The propeller to propeller dimensions are the same at 45mm, but the U839 is taller. Overall a decent quadcopter for the money, with a unique and really nice look, but we prefer the CX 10 and the Proto X.>>> Get more information and the latest pricing information <<<
What to look for in a micro quadcopter
Because of their size, micro quadcopters have a number of unique features that you need to be aware of and certain features that they really should have to be a fun and viable quadcopter for you. Here are just a few things you should be aware of when shopping for a small quadcopter:
- Durability – Most small quadcopters are flown indoors, and as result you’ll run into items in your home and probably crash the quad often. As a result, durability is very important.
- Replacement Parts – For the same reasons above, be sure your quadcopter comes with and has replacement parts available, especially replacement propeller blades.
- Stability – Because of their size, smaller quads can be harder to fly. So making sure you purchase a unit that is stable and easy to adjust is critical to you being happy with the quad.
- LEDs – Again, because of their small size, small quadcopters can be really hard to see! LEDs on the unit make a huge difference in not only being able to easily tell which direction the unit is pointing, but also for just being able to see it. This is particularly true if you are going to fly outdoors. Make sure your small quadcopter has LEDs that are bright and easy to see.