So you want your own personal drone, but don't want to shell out hundreds just to fly around your backyard.
Welcome to the big world of small toy drones, also known as multi-rotors or quad copters or UAVs or those little remote controlled air crafts that you can torment your friends, family and coworkers with.
The come in all shape and sizes, from tiny ones you can fit in your pocket to larger ones that you can fly indoors or out.
And most them are less than a $100.
And they weight less than nine ounces.
So, in the US, you don't need to register with the FAA to fly them outdoors You won't get a lot of bells and whistles, but you can find some that can do flips on their own or have cameras for shooting photos and video and first person view flying Since toy drones can be trickier to pilot than those costing hundreds more, you'll want to look for models that can handle a lot of crashes or can be easily repaired with readily available parts.
Keep in mind, too, that flight times are typically between 5 to 8 minutes and the batteries can take upwards of an hour to charge.
So unless you want the fun to be over fast Go with one that has a removable battery.
Then again, five minutes might be just enough time to satisfy your urge to take flight.