So you want to buy a Walkera Drone…
Compared to other drone brands, Walkera holds one of the oldest and most interesting histories of many. Founded in 1994 in Guangzhou, China, Walkera originally began as a manufacturer of remote hobby helicopters. Upon seeing the success of this business, Walkera expanded its company into UAVs by starting to manufacture MAVs
In 2011, Walkera made headlines by releasing the first commercially available 6-axis micro copter, known as the Ladybird. The Ladybird received so much praise and attention that several other manufacturers quickly tried to follow in its footsteps with similar drone models. This hit with the ladybird began a succession of improved and specialized Walkera drone models.
On June 3, 2014, Walkera opened its USA division to meet the demands on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and eventually went on to own two sub-brands and even two controlled subsidiaries in North America and Europe. Their various drone models are exported to over 100 countries worldwide for hobbyists and professionals alike
Here’s a video below explaining Walkera drone company: The “Walkera Publicity”
Are you interested in owning a Walkera drone? Read more below!
Walkera Product Lines
- Walkera AiBao: Notable for its pairing with the AiBao GO app which allows the user to connect the drone’s video feed to their smartphones in order to play various AR games. Has excellent 16 MP/4K cameras which can capture stunning 1080p video quality as well as a 1.5KM transmission range.
- Walkera VITUS Starlight: Specializes in a clear night vision camera which enables the user to capture clear footage in almost any low-light environment or during the night. The VITUS can also take clear photos during the day and captures in 1080p/30FPS quality.
- Walkera VITUS: Offers a number of features including a portable, foldable design as well as a Three-directional obstacle avoidance system to ensure a collision-free flight. The VITUS also has a 4K/12MP camera and a consistent 25 maximum minutes of flight time. Like the AiBao, the VITUS can also be used to play AR games.
- Walkera VOYAGER 4: Soon to be followed by the even more powerful VOYAGER 5, the VOYAGER 4 not only has the 4K, 1080P quality as most models have, but it can zoom in its camera at a whopping 18x optical zoom. It streams at 5.8Ghz and implements shock absorber technology for a more stable, clean video.
- Walkera Furious215: A lightweight, simple drone with a body built to withstand any crashes or obstacles that may come its way. Other features include its carbon-fiber airframe and its consistent center of gravity thanks to the battery located at the center of its four independent arms. The drone is built so that the user can easily replace and modify all of its key components to their heart’s content. Price: ~$300
- Walkera Rodeo110: A mini racing drone for indoor racing. It weighs as light as about 150g (roughly the weight of an iPhone 6) and uses the F3 controller system for a wide range of auto-stabilization and manual control modes. This drone also has a modular design for easy maintenance. Price: ~$100
- Walkera Runner250: a high-speed drone which streams video from a first-person perspective at 5.8G and shows the drone’s battery life, altitude, speed, and other internal factors to the user while racing. Uses the FCS-250 control design with improved stabilization, altitude adjustment, and full stop features. Price: ~$250
CONTROL POWER SYSTEMS
- Walkera G3EFI Control Power System: As opposed to the typical mechanical systems, this Walkera control power system uses electricity to power sensors which meticulously regulate the energy and safety of your drone. Its specs list two hours of endurance, 2KW power output, Altitude corrections, all at less than 80db of noise.
- Walkera G120EFI Control Power System: Optimizes fuel consumption rate and automatically detects any abnormalities that occur in one’s drone through a series of sensors and immediately displays various signals through a diagnostic lamp to alert the user to these abnormalities. Also features a “cold start” maintained by the system. Outputs 7.4KW of power, has 6 L/H hovering flight, and a simple one-click starts up.
- Walkera G120 Power System: Allows user to directly replace batteries through the plug-and-play system. Uses liquid cooling throughout a series of pipes and channels to prevent overheating of the drone. Gasoline alone is enough to power this powerful drone which continues to functions in extreme high and low temperatures alike. As long as this drone is properly maintained, it is well worth the value for its durability. 6 L/H hovering flight, 45 Kg takeoff weight, -20 °C~40 °C Operation temps, and also includes a one-touch start.
Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Walkera Drone
Pros of Purchasing a Walkera Drone
- Overall budget-friendly: The price range of Walkera drones goes anywhere from $200 – $800 on most models with the exception of a few outliers such as the VOYAGER at $3,300. While these prices are still by no means “low,” Walkera drones are still much more budget-friendly compared to other drone brands whose costs average out to $500-$1500+!
- Build Quality and longevity: A consistent factor of all Walkera drones is their ability to take a hit. Most of their drones are built with sturdy materials such as carbon fiber and some even come with special shockproof builds or collision detection software.
- Customization: Almost all Walkera drones, especially the racing varieties, are very flexible when it comes to DIY optimization. Many of the main components you’ll find are interchangeable to the users own preferred parts.
- Weak landing gear: Although Walkera’s drone quality is generally above average, apparently this came at the price at the below-average landing gear. Many buyers have stated that while drone crashes or collisions didn’t cause problems, rocky landings did.
- Inconsistent customer support: Most likely due to the fact that Walkera is a Chinese based company (although it does own western divisions), the direct customer support from the brand is not always reliable. Direct reports and communication to the Walkera team may sometimes prove difficult, so it may be wiser to secure a warranty with the distributor (Amazon for example) instead.