Recently, I was scrolling on the Amazon for the best drones, and somehow I stumbled upon this Snaptain which has received excellent reviews online and comes at a very affordable price. Forbes also covers this drone in its best drone list. In this article, we would discuss everything that you should know about this Snaptain S5C wifi fpv drone including troubleshooting, its manual, reviews, snaptain app and much more. Generally, we have this notion about the drones that low budget means the low quality, but this quadcopter is the slap on the face of this idea. This drone comes around 65$ and capable of doing so many things. I would say that this is one of the cheapest drones in 2019 that you can go for. The drone has solid build quality with amazing performance; it has features that you will get in DJI 600-700 dollar drones.
It is a great beginner drone with good handling and smooth performance. And it comes at such a low price that even if you crash it, you are not going to regret anything. Though I was some videos on youtube where people are flying it indoor and doing the crash landing, the drone seems invincible. Watch the below video where the kid has done crash landing a couple of times, but the Snaptain doesn’t seem to get affected.
Also, one thing that you have to keep in mind that any drone over half a pound must have FAA Registration.
This drone is known for delivering good quality images and videos at an affordable price. It has given good competition to other affordable holy stone drones which are also known for their good quality. The company doesn’t have any official site as such, but if you want to contact them for more information, you can mail them at [email protected] The drone can be delivered internationally; the shipping charges will vary depending on your location. Once you make the purchase, you would be getting below Snaptain S5C accessories with the product.
- SNAPTAIN S5C Drone
- User Manual (Instructions)
- USB Charger
- Screwdriver & 12 Screws
- Landing Skids (2 included)
- Propellers Cap (2 included)
- Propellers Guards (4 included)
- Transmitter (AAA*3 batteries not included)
- Spare Propellers (4 included)
- 550mAh Li-ion Battery (2 included)
Snaptain S5C Review
In this section, we will discuss all the essential features, modes and specifications of the drone that you should be aware of. The Snaptain has done everything to make the drone secure and safe. At the same time, it also looks stylish as well, at this price range you mostly get drones which look like a toy but this one gives you the feel of some high-end drone. Below are some of the critical aspects of the quadcopter.
Build Quality: Drone is made up of high-end ABS material. The company says that it has the propellers made up of carbon fiber that make them almost unbreakable. The drone also has anti-collision barriers in the four corners which makes the drone more sturdy. You also get the propeller guard as well. Apart from solid build quality, it also looks aesthetically good. It only comes in one color, so you won’t have been having any other option to choose from. The drone can easily survive the sudden drops and minor crashes. In case, any part of the drone gets broken, you also get the spare parts of it available online.
Ease of Use: It is a very user-friendly drone with simple UI. With the press of one button, you can take it off and land it. It’s ready to fly a drone; it only takes 10-15mins to assemble after you unbox it. You can control the drone with the controller that you get, or you can also go for Snaptain app that is available on the PlayStore. This is the drone loved by beginners because in minutes you can understand all the handling and control. You can see in the above video how this small kid is flying it first time with good control.
Amazing Features: This quadcopter is loaded with dozens of features to brag about. It has one button landing and takes off. It also has voice control, flips, headless mode and much more. Let’s dive into all these amazing features one by one.
- Smart Voice Control: This is one of the coolest features that you will be getting with the drone that certainly gives this drone an edge. There is some basic command that you can use with the drone-like landing, take off and others. Getting these kinds of features in a drone less than $100 is amazing.
- 3D Flips: The quadcopter is also capable of doing 3d flips with a single press. It comes with six-axis gyro stabilization that gives a steady and quick flip. This feature adds fun to the whole experience; you can showcase it in front of your friends, and believe me they going to love it.
- Gravity Control: The quadcopter has a built-in gravity sensor that allows you to control the drone just by the movement of your smartphone. It tracks the vertical and horizontal position of your drone and gives you the freedom of motion control. In this case, if you move your smartphone right, it moves right if you move it left, the drone will go left. Though, mastering this movement will take some time. So, I would recommend when you are trying gravity sensor, try it in the open ground because responsiveness would be completely different from the control.
- Headless Mode: This mode is very helpful for beginners because in this mode the controlling remains same no matter whatever direction the drone is facing. When the drone goes out of the sight, you don’t have to worry about its front and back; you can easily control it.
- Multiple Speeds: You get three-speed options with the drone that allows you to choose the one you are comfortable with. This makes the quadcopter suitable for beginners and adults both. The max speed that it can achieve is 3.5m/s. The battery lasts around 7 to 10 minutes, keep in mind, more the speed, lesser the battery will last.
Stable Controlling: What I love about this drone that it comes with really good controlling, most of the drones at this range are very difficult to control. But this drone has a very steady and smooth responsive control. It also comes with altitude hold function that allows capturing the video and picture without any jitter. UAV also has trajectory flight function that is one of the advanced technology in which you draw the path, and it will follow the flight course accordingly.
Video Quality and Range: Here, you will be getting the real-time transmission that will give you the first person view. The aerial mode in the drone is controlled through wifi. The real-time view takes the fun to the next level and you can see the things from the drone’s eyes and it makes the whole experience more immersive. The transmission range of the Snaptain is around 80meters, and that is decent enough for beginners.
Era App & Somatosensory Feature: The Snaptain Era app is very easy to use, which you can download from the iOS or Android Play Store. What I love about this app that you can instantly share the videos and pictures on social media. All the footage that is recorded is immediately saved on the Micro SD Card. All the advanced features like voice control, gravity control, trajectory flight and 3D VR are controlled thought the Snaptain Era app only. It has Somatosensory technology that allows the quadcopter to flip left-right or forward-backward from the horizontal position.
Virtual Reality Experience: If you want to immerse yourself in the flight, then I would highly recommend going with the Virtual reality glasses that you have to buy separately. It provides an outstanding 3D experience. It allows you to enjoy the beautiful view in real time. This is a unique experience and worth giving a try.
*IMP: Make sure you calibrate the device properly before it takes off. Once the calibration is complete, you will see the light indication in which light will flash for two seconds, and then they will flash slowly.
|Product Dimensions||13.9 x 9.7 x 3.3 inches|
|Item Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Assembly||Ready to Fly|
|Drone Battery||550mAh / 3.7V|
|Flight Duration||Up to 10mins|
|Charging Time||90 mins|
|Memory Card||64 Gb Supported|
Pros & Cons
In this section, we will talk about the pros and cons of the drone that you should be aware of. Though the drone has a lot of good features, but at the same time, there are a few things that can turn you off. So, go through all the points and then decide whether the drone is suitable for you or not.
Snaptain s5c drone Instructions and Troubleshooting
The drone is recommended for 10+ years age group. There are a couple of things that you have to keep in mind before and after the flight. For longer life, the drone needs proper care and maintenance. Below are some of the things that you have to be aware of regarding the drone.
Never let it go out of the sight: Never let the drone go out of the sight. You can’t completely depend on the first person view. So, whenever you are flying the Snaptain, operate in the open ground so that it always remains in your vision and you have complete control over it.
Proper Battery Care: Do not overcharge the battery. Only use the charger that comes with the product. In case you want to use a different charger, make sure it is of the same voltage and Ampere. Also, don’t charge the battery before it gets cool down.
Right Assembly: You should read all the instruction for drone assembly. When you are opening the battery cover, push the camera toward the tail, slide the lid and take the battery out. Properly tight the screws when installing the landing skids.
Flight Preparation: This is the most important part of the drone flight. Always turn on the drone first, then go for the remote. Keep the drone on the flat surface and cross check whether drone and controller are connected properly. Then do the flight calibration by holding the control sticks at 45 degrees for few seconds once the calibration is done, you will see the lights will become solid from the flashing. Then, you can connect the drone with Snaptain Era app.
For more information, you can download the Online User Manual from here.
BETTER & AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES (RECOMMENDED)
I would say this is one of the best camera drones under $100 in 2019 for beginners. The features that you are getting with quadcopter are remarkable. It has a unique design and builds quality of the drone is superb. It can easily survive the minor crashes because of ABS plastic & cap and guards. You can have fun flying this drone indoor and outdoor. It provides 720P HD quality footage with its built-in camera, what else do you want in just 65$. This drone is highly recommended for kids, beginners and for those who want a drone for recreational purpose.
You can also fly the drone in the night because it has LED system. The drone is almost invincible; it will crash and again fly. If you want to gift it to a friend, this could be a perfect option. So, what are you waiting for for.. You can buy the drone because it is worth every single penny of investment.
Troubleshooting Questions (Imp)
what is the battery life?
Drones flight duration is from 7-10 minutes, and flight duration might vary depending upon in which speed mode you are flying.
How’s the VR Quality of the drone?
It’s good. You can use your phone in VR glasses and have great visual experience. You can go with the google cardboard.
How do we get the spare parts?
You can buy the spare parts online. You also get spare propellers and batteries with the original product.
The app is not working properly, what should I do?
Make sure, Switch for the Era App is ON.
Is it not responding the Voice Commands?
Check, whether the drone has access to voice commands through the app or not.
The drone is losing the connection in between. What needs to be done?
Don’t go beyond the 80m range of the drone and also make sure that your smartphone is not connected to another wifi network.
Is Flight not stable?
If the drone flight is not stable, I will suggest to return the drone, do the flight calibration and then take it off again.
Drones LEDs are flashing, and it’s not taking off.
Recharge the battery fully and then try again.
How long does it take to recharge the battery?
It takes around one and a half hour for the batteries to get fully charged.
How to use the altitude hold feature?
Leave the sticks in between flight, and it will stay wherever it is.
Can I use the drone with a tablet?
Yes, you can control the drone with the tablet by installing the app.
Where to buy Snaptain s5c accessories?
You can buy snaptain accessories over here.
Which is the cheapest drone that i can buy in 2020?
Here is the cheapest drone in 2020.