Furibee H818 Remote Control Quadcopter 2.0MP WiFi Camera – Review
If you’re looking for a great present for the holidays, take a look at the Furibee H818 Remote Control Quadcopter. It’s a palm-sized drone with a built-in camera. Light and fast, it’s easy to control using a smartphone app or handheld joystick. The Furibee is an affordable entry-level quadcopter for children and beginners.
- Flight Time: 7 minutes
- Charging Time: 90 minutes
- Weight: 61 grams
- Battery: 500mAh
- Radio Control Range: 2.4GHz, 80-100 meters (262-328 feet)
- Wireless Control Range: 30 meters (100 feet)
- Smartphone App: Yes
- Camera: 2.0MP, 720p
- WiFi: Yes
- Features: 6-Axis Stabilization, Headless Mode, Altitude Control, Rollover
The Furibee H818 comes packaged inside a black travel case with a controller/transmitter, USB charger, propellers, screwdriver, and user manual. The handsome zippered case is well cushioned for shipping and handling and makes it easy to bring your new toy on the go. Inside the case, the orange quadcopter is nestled in black foam. The rotor arms are folded shut for transport but it’s easy to fold and unfold the rotors. The device itself is made out of lightweight plastic and fits in the palm of your hand.
You need to connect the drone to the remote control before you can start flying. You’ll need two AAA batteries for the remote. Then, start by inserting the battery pack and extending the rotors. Then turn on the drone and wait until the indicators start flashing. Hold the remote in one hand and follow the instructions in the manual to calibrate the device. Basically, you hold the remote and push the joystick up and down until the lights stop flashing. You can also download the FuriBee Toys Android app to control the drone and view in-flight pictures and video.
How to Fly the Furibee H818
Once you’ve paired the remote control with the Furibee, you’re ready to fly. While we know many users will opt for the smartphone app, we had more fun using the remote control. You can use the gyroscopic sensor in the controller to fly the drone by tilting the remote forward and back and from side to side. The remote also has a joystick, trigger, and four buttons. While it takes a few minutes to find the right angle and distance to apply to the remote, you feel more connected with the quadcopter and in control of the flight at all times. You can enable a similar function in the smartphone app, but you will feel more like a real pilot with a joystick in one hand.
The Furibee is blisteringly fast and easy to turn. Six-axis gyroscopic stabilization delivers a smooth flying experience. The bright orange color and LED panels at front and rear help you to keep track of the device as it zips across the sky. The Furibee features a 360-degree flip feature, compass mode, headless flight mode, and altitude control. Altitude control is a great feature for such an affordable model. The drone is able to hover steadily at a set height without throttle input from the pilot. This is useful for kids and beginners that want to ‘fly’ the drone without immediately crashing into the ground in manual mode.
There are some limitations to such a small product. Flight time is limited to 7 minutes and it’s too small to fly in any real wind. The remote control has a maximum range of 100 meters, but at that point you risk losing the quadcopter behind an obstruction. You can’t control the device using the app and the joystick at the same time. You have to turn off the remote control if you want to use the smartphone app to guide the drone; keep in mind that the app has a shorter range of just 30 meters (100 feet). Charging the battery takes 90 minutes; we ended up charging the battery in short bursts and flying the drone for a few minutes at a time, but that will limit your time in the air. This is ideal for the backyard but not for the park or the beach.
One selling point for the Furibee H818 is the built-in FPV camera. The camera is connected to your phone using a WiFi signal with a maximum range of 50 meters (around 160 feet). The 720p 2.0 megapixel camera is adequate for viewing images and videos on your phone, but keep in mind that most cellphone cameras now have more megapixels. If you want to take aerial photography or drone videos of epic landscapes, this is not the right camera. That said, it’s not intended for high-def videos. This camera is more of a toy, intended for occasional ‘drone selfies.’ Altitude control keeps the drone steady and allows you to capture decent stills. There is a built-in “Beauty” tool for image modification, but we recommend exporting the photos to your phone and adding a filter to improve the results.
The FuriBee H818 6-Axis Remote Control Quadcopter is an affordable entry-level drone for kids or beginners. It’s small, fast, and fun to fly with an intuitive handheld controller and selfie-ready camera. Priced at just $65.99 on Amazon, the FuriBee is a good Christmas present if you, your friends, or your family are interested in remote control toys. Just be prepared to dodge flying drones all Christmas morning.