DIY drones 20 kits to build your own

ByConner ForrestandBrandon Vigliarolo

Pre-built drones arent your thing? Here are 10 DIY kits and projects for the wannabe drone pilot in you.

DJI is primarily known for its high-end Phantom line of Drones, but they also offer a line of build-your-own kits known as theFlame Wheel ARF Kits. The kits run from roughly $310-$920, depending on the options you want.

TheRobocat Co-Co 280is 11-inches long but is still called a mini drone.

The kit comes with everything you need to construct this adorable bumblebee-like flyer, except for batteries and a radio system. For $116, thats a pretty good deal.

For $499 Euros ($545 USD), you can have theErle-Copter Drone Kitfrom Erle Robotics. If youre willing to spend extra money, you can add additional accessories to your kit like a camera or a Wi-Fi module.

LHI, which makes carbon fiber drone frames, offersthis ready-to-build kiton Amazon for $113. This model includes a 250mm frame, but LHI also offers a kit with their 500mm frame.

The OCDAY H250 is less kit and more ready-to-fly drone, though some assembly is still required.

For just $199.27, you too can have this drone capable of flying up to 25 mph.

The biggest problem with drones, DIY or otherwise, is that a crash has the potential to cost hundreds of dollars.

Not with Flybrix: All a crash will get you is the need to rebuild your Lego project.

Flybrixdrones arent produced by Lego but they are Lego-compatible, meaning any of the bricks you have lying around at home are fair game to take to the sky. Prices star at $189.

This kit fromLynxmotioncosts around $520 and allows for easy, solder-less assembly. It comes with most of the parts youll need, but you will have to add a flight controller, battery, charger, and remote.

A great way to get started with drones is with thePowerUp Toys PowerUp 3.0, a kit that allows you to turn a paper airplane into a controllable vehicle. The kit is $50 and connects to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to act as a controller.

TheHercules kit from HobbyKingis a $50-kit that gives you a solid body and mounts as a start for your drone. Youll need to supply the remaining electronics to finish it out, though.

For only $59.99 (currently on sale for $47.99) you can buildthis kit drone, but keep in mind its cheap for a reason. Great for starters who want to see if the hobby is for them.

One quick note: Assembly requires some soldering.

This complete kitcomes with everything you need to build your drone, aside from a battery. With advanced components capable of connecting to a first-person view camera its definitely a step up from the RadioShack kit.

It claims to be the the first Full function micro-sized brushless Quad-Copter using Hobby grade components. If that matters to youthis might be the micro drone you want.

Keep in mind youll need a separate DMS2 transmitter.

It might look a bit lanky, but that only because its able to fold up when youre done using it. TheHobbypower X525, like many other drones, doesnt come with a controller.

If programming your drone sounds interesting youll want to try out thisArduino-based kit. It comes with the source code for the drones computer so you can even learn to do a bit of tweaking.

If programming isnt your thing–but 3D printing is–youre going to love this kit. It comes with all the guts needed to fly, but the body is up to you and your 3D printer. Blueprints are provided, too.

Cheerson is a Chinese company that manufactures drones and other electronics, which means theyre a bargain.This kitcomes with everything you need–even VR goggles for first-person flying, it seems.

This Lego drone kitisnt as robust as Flybrix, but its a lot cheaper. And you can do it with fewer pieces.

What better way to learn than with cardstock?Crashing this dronewill be very cost-effective, and if you decide you dont like it you can just chuck it in the recycle bin.

The CoDroneisnt a kit. In fact, this tiny drone comes fully assembled–just without any code. Its up to you to program it!

If you really want a custom drone, you can put one together from separately purchased parts. Make sure you get an open source controller, likethe one used by the ArduPilot community, and either purchase or 3D print the parts yourself for a personal touch.

Pre-built drones arent your thing? Here are 10 DIY kits and projects for the wannabe drone pilot in you.

DJI is primarily known for its high-end Phantom line of Drones, but they also offer a line of build-your-own kits known as theFlame Wheel ARF Kits. The kits run from roughly $310-$920, depending on the options you want.

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

Conner Forrest has nothing to disclose. He doesnt hold investments in the technology companies he covers.

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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