Nikko Air Elite DRL Drone – Review

This is how I got on with the Nikko Air Elite 115 Race Set. The drone is designed for children aged 8+ and I would suggest having parental supervision while they learn.

This race set is for beginner to experienced pilots. You have two dials on the control pad that let you pick the control type (3 modes to choose from) and a separate control for the speed (again 3 settings 50% 75% 100%).

What this drone is, is basically a lightweight racing drone. The race kit comes with gates to set up a course to fly through. You can use this drone indoors and outside. I wasn’t brave enough to test it outside before it failed to fly properly (I crashed it a few times, now one propeller doesn’t work properly)

On the control pad you have a quick take off and land button which makes it so much easier to land. You also get 16 different tricks you can do to showboat against your fellow racers. All you need to do is press a button and push in a direction to execute the trick. Please make sure you have enough room first! Don’t crash like I did!

I was pleasantly surprised by what you actually get in the box. Here is a list below:

  • Racing drone
  • Controller + 4 AA batteries
  • 3.7V Rechargeable Li-PO battery
  • Modular gate system includes 5 flags, 5 bases, 2 base connectors, and 2 flag connectors
  • 1 set (4) replacement propellers
  • Instruction booklet
  • USB charging cable

The drone looks quite cool with the black and yellow design, not like a bee though. I had a lot of fun whizzing it around the house testing the controls, speed and tricks.

It’s very easy to set up and get flying. You won’t be waiting long before you’re challenging your friends to a race.

The charging time on the drone is roughly 60 – 90 minutes and charges with a USB cable. Admittedly you don’t get too much flight time out of it. Only around 10 – 15 minutes.

Some of the benefits are:

Very fun to use and suitable for ages 8+. I would have loved one when I was 8 years old. They didn’t exist way back then though.

Has different control modes to help with different degrees of experience and skill.

You can adjust the speed between 3 different levels to help with indoor, outdoor or racing scenarios.

The drone comes with a free download for a DRL simulator programme. This means you can try to improve without ever needing to actually fly your drone.

It comes with several spare parts to aid in repairs or lost parts.

Some of the disadvantages are:

I found that the battery life was fairly short to be able to practice properly. This led to a bit of frustration trying to master the controls and develop my skills.

It seems to me that even though you get the protective ring around the drone, it is still very easy to damage. Mine only took 5 or so small crashes for the front right propeller to work intermittently. Back to the simulator for me until I work out how to fix it

The Opinionated Dad Score:

I would give this item an Opinionated Dad score of …….. 7/10

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