Drone for 20 euros: This is how the test went

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I am often asked in the office whether drones are worth it for 20 euros. In most cases, I don’t think any words would be needed to answer the question, the facial expression should speak volumes. A drone for a maximum of 20 euros — that can’t be anything.
Admittedly, my experience in this regard has suffered lately, I love flying with high-quality camera drones like the DJI Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 — and if I get the urge to run through the garden with a small drone, I choose my good one old Blade Nano QX .

So why not have new experiences and immerse yourself in the world of €20 copters?
For this reason I bought 4 mini drones, which may cost a maximum of one blue bill (plus crushed ones). In this article I will present the little speedsters and maybe also clear up my reservations. Maybe they are worth it after all…

Drone for 20 euros: This is how the test went

Of course, one cannot make the same demands on such a cheap drone as on higher-quality models. Drones for 40, 50 or 60 euros ( here is a comparison and test of the best drones under 100 euros ), usually have small cameras, longer flight times, longer ranges and a better, more elegant feel.
Of course, all of this could not be put to the test in the test of the 20 euro drones, here it was all about maximum flying fun for minimum money.

Important criteria were: flight behavior (stability, maneuverability, liveliness), flight duration, robustness, price-performance ratio

1.) X31 Folding Drone

  • Price: 18 euros
  • Flight time: 4-5 minutes
  • Charging time: 30 minutes
  • Especially: foldable

Because I was so excited about the concept, I had to start with the X31 drone . Two things make the X31 particularly exciting: On the one hand, it is a foldable drone , so it can be made even smaller and more manageable by folding in the axes, and on the other hand, the quadrocopter is so small that it can be placed in the remote control.
In the test, the X31 turned out to be a fairly good-natured copter, which is precisely tailored to the requirements of beginners and newcomers : the inexpensive drone is not too nervous or overly sensitive, neither in roll nor in thrust. Just right for first flights and cruising in the apartment.
In the hand, the small drone looks quite valuable, it forgives crashes well. The flight time is around 4-5 minutes , you have to plan 30 minutes for charging.

This distinguishes them from the other drones up to 20 euros:

  • foldable design
  • Battery permanently installed
  • Tiny

2.) JJRC H36

  • Price: 19 euros
  • Flight time: 5 minutes
  • Charging time: 30 minutes
  • Especially: fast & manoeuvrable

Compared to the X31, the next Nano-Copter is significantly livelier, more agile and more powerful. Personally, the JJRC H36 is a little more fun for me because you can heat the apartment to your heart’s content.
Lightly built, with a protective frame, nothing can happen to the propellers or the inventory — if necessary, spare propellers are included in the scope of delivery.

I was able to fly for around 5 minutes in the test, and the battery was charged after 30 minutes using a USB charging cable.

The JJRC H36, like the subsequent Eachine E10, is a clone of the popular Blade Inductrix* – but costs just under a third.

This distinguishes the JJRC H36 from other drones up to 20 euros:

  • good feel of the remote control
  • agile, nimble drone
  • Good flight characteristics

3.) Eachine E010: Third drone, second clone

  • Price: 20 euros
  • Flight time: 5 minutes
  • Charging time: 40 minutes
  • Especially: very manoeuvrable

What was said about the JJRC H36 applies analogously to the Eachine E010 drone: Nice, smooth flight, little jerking and when you accelerate, the mini quadrocopter is really fun. In the test, I didn’t notice any difference between the Eachine E010 and the JJRC H36. In short: a typical clone except for the battery power cable.

4.) Hexacopter JJRC H20

  • Price: 20 euros
  • Flight time: 5-6 minutes
  • Charging time: 25 minutes
  • Especially: hexacopter

After the foldable X31, there is now another oddball in the UAV sky: The JJRC H20 with its 6 motors is a so-called hexacopter (hexa = 6, quadro = 4) and the cheapest option for anyone who wanted to buy a hexacopter once in their life .
In the mass market, this type of multicopter plays a subordinate role, only Yuneec relies on this type. In the professional segment, hexacopters such as the DJI M 600 platform are particularly valued for their redundancy, which would still allow the copter to land safely in the event of a motor failure.

Of course, there can be no question of that with a 20 euro drone! Still, the JJRC H20 hexacopter is really fun and feels more accurate in terms of control accuracy. In the test, however, this feeling only lasts for a limited time, since the copter develops a will of its own in the second flight and says goodbye forever. I can’t judge whether this is just an isolated case, I informed the seller about this.

I was able to stay in the air for around 5:30 minutes in the JJRC H20 test , after which I had a 25-minute breather. I already know the filigree protective frame from my beloved Blade Nano QX.

This distinguishes the JJRC H20 from other Drone for 20 euros

  • 6 motors (hexacopter)
  • Gold look
  • Fine flight performance

Conclusion: are they worth it?

Up until now I had my doubts about the point of these nano drones. What should one expect for so little money and how well would the cheapest copter fly? In the course of the test flights, I had to clear up my reservations and, to be honest, I only have these reservations, if at all, about the X31 , which is pretty cool, but not performing well enough for me.
I found the quadrocopter JJRC H36 and Eachine-E010 outstanding for the maximum price of 20 €. Agile, fast flight, stable hovering, not too long loading times – these copters are a fun little gadget for hobby heaters and office pilots.

There are more test reports and comparisons in the drone test or in the ranking of the best toy drones .

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