Nowadays a lot of people have in their possession such a cool thing as drone. This device can serve different purposes: entertainment, making money, strategic purposes and so on. Therefore, it is not a surprise that there are a lot of accessories and additional components for quadcopters. One of them is quadcopter controller.
How to choose best controller for drone
First of all, it should be mentioned that there are really many types of controllers on the market. There are a lot of different criteria according to which the remote should be chosen.
Number of channels in controller
The most affordable version of the remote control is 2 or 3-channel. But it should be kept in mind that the reverse side of such savings is limited functionality. Such a controller will be the easiest, most primitive transmitter, and its range of capabilities is hardly enough for normal flight. You will get bored with such a thing and it will not bring the expected pleasure. A full 3-channel remote will fit for indoor drones and children’s toys. Models with such control can fly up and down, forward and back and make turns.
The best variant for a pilot-beginner, who uses the drone just as hobby or entertainment, will be 4-channel transmitter. In addition to the above functions, it can do sideways movements.
For a normal quadcopter flight, 4 channels are enough (speed, yaw, pitch, roll), but if you want to use auxiliary operations: camera suspension control, automatic flight via GPS, cargo capture and transportation, you will need a transmitter with more channels.
In any case, the universal answer to the question “Which remote controller for a drone should I buy?” – the more channels, the better. Take it in reserve, and when you increase the functionality of your quad, you will definitely have no problems.
Controller layout – button position
What is more, it is necessary to consider the location of the controls (pens, sticks, buttons) on the control panel. The most convenient is Mode2 transmitter type, when the stick responsible for acceleration and turns, is located under the left hand, and the angle changes are performed with the help of right hand. All the levers, except increase movement speed stick, have a spring that provides the returning to the neutral position.
Another moment that deserves your attention is the standard for signal transmission. Often, you can find transmitters that operate in the 27 MHz, 40 MHz and 2.4 GHz range. The 2,4 GHz transmitter is considered to be the best. But it should be kept in mind, that the controller range should match your drone range.
Availiability of Fail Safe option
If you have a professional, expensive quadcopter, you’d better buy a controller with Fail Safe option. When the connection between the transmitter and receiver (between the pilot and the drone) is lost, the Fail Safe mode automatically return the drone to the take-off point.
Availiability of Hold option
It is one more option for the drones of high-price segment. When a signal is lost, the system duplicates the last signal until the pilot is able to take control again.
Wi-Fi remote control of the drone
Another type of connection that is actively used is Wi-Fi drone connection. It is very convenient to control the drone using a smartphone or tablet: you do not need to get used to the interface, you can watch the video on the screen. Also you do not need to buy a monitor and controller and carry it to the place of flight. You can control the movement, control the speed and height, take photos and record video clips with one touch of a finger.
As a matter of fact, there are Bluetooth controllers that work thanks to the Wi-Fi connection. This type of the remote connects with your phone with the help of Bluetooth, then the phone itself get connected with the drone.
The main disadvantage of Wi-Fi drone control is a short range. Actually, you can buy a special repeater, which will expand the Wi-Fi area. Nevertheless, it’s better to use mobile devices as an addition to professional equipment.
Let’s sum everything up. It’s pretty difficult to single out the only one quadcopter controller as the market nowadays is full of such devices. As it has been mentioned above, there are a lot of functions and characteristics that should been taken into account while choosing the drone remote. So, decide what price segment you need and what is the purpose for the controller – entertainment or professional use. And then you will find the perfect match exactly for yourself.
You can watch the video with 6 drone controllers, which, according to UAV Futures YouTube Channel, are the best. Maybe this video will help you to choose your perfect remote.