Parrot Airborne Night Drone Review in 2020

The Parrot Airborne Night is a fun toy drone from the French manufacturer Parrot. Equipped with very bright LEDs, the Parrot Airborne Night is especially suitable for excellent flights at dusk or night.

Parrot Airborne Night: Mini drone with LED lights

The Parrot Airborne Night is currently available in three different versions. The Parrot Airborne Night Maclane, the Parrot Airborne Blaze, or Parrot Airborne Night Swat. They differ mainly in their paint finish, but the functionalities are identical. 

The Parrot Airborne Mini Drone comes with quite an extensive package. In the delivery box, you will receive the drone, a battery, a USB cable or micro-USB cable, stickers and a short manual.

Parrot’s Airborne Night Quadrocopter, which only costs $150 (and is now available at a much lower price), is part of the latest mini drone series launched by the French drone manufacturer.

 Like the other mini drones, the Parrot Airborne Night is quite simple, yet comparatively robustly constructed. Children and teenagers will quickly fall in love with the mini drone, mainly since the fun quadcopter is made of polyamide plastic that can be used not only outdoors but also indoors – for example, in the living room at home – without any great danger.

The propeller protection attached to the rotors is already pre-assembled and can withstand even harder crashes effortlessly.

 If you want to pilot the Parrot Airborne Night in outdoor use or extend the flight time by reducing the weight, you can remove the propeller guards with ease. Individualists can choose the Parrot Airborne Night drone in three different color variations. 

Not only paint and stickers but also the color of the propellers vary. With a weight of 63 grams and dimensions of 180 x, 185 x 40 millimeters (with propeller protection) or a weight of 54 grams and sizes of 150 x 150 x 40 millimeters (without propeller protection), the Parrot Airborne Night Quadcopter is an easy drone that you can carry in your pocket.

Many functions in the FreeFlight app

The most important feature of the Parrot Airborne Night Quadcopter is located directly on the housing. Here the manufacturer has installed very bright LED lights, which on the one hand, act as a kind of spotlight and, on the other hand, give an incredibly modern look. 

The copter nose’s LED lights are pleasantly bright and can be switched on and off within the app. In the air, the toy drone forms a very agile and sporty figure. To fly, all you need to do is download the free FreeFlight app – depending on your smartphone – from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

To start the quadcopter with the app, all you have to do is press the start and landing button. The mini drone takes off quite quickly and then hovers on the spot at the height of about three feet. 

The landing procedure is initiated in the same way. A push of a button in the app is all that is needed for the Parrot Airborne Night mini drone to land safely and relatively stable, as if by magic. 

Also, the app not only provides the standard joysticks for piloting but also several settings. You can also set settings for flight aggressiveness and speed, flight limits (e.g., altitude and maximum distance).

Also, the Parrot Airborne Night Drone has a trick mode, so that after selecting the respective trick – such as a front flip, backflip, and so on – a double-tap on display is sufficient for the fun drone to perform action-packed stunts on its own.

Various monitoring and control modes

Apart from that, three different control modes are available within the app: Ace, Normal, and Joypad

Most pilots probably use the Joypad alternative – here, the fun quadcopter is maneuvered conventionally with the virtual joysticks. If you drag the transparent point into the circles’ respective corner, you can run the Fun-Quadcopter in the corresponding direction. 

With the left circle, you can control the quadcopter’s height and rotation, and with the right circle, you can head forward and backward or left and right movements. 

In “normal” mode, the left control is used to adjust height and rotation. Simultaneously, movements in the forward, backward, left, and right direction are realized by intuitive tilting or tilt movements of the smartphone while holding down the proper control. 

In Ace mode, the right control turns into a directional command, allowing the drone to be maneuvered 90 degrees and 180 degrees in either direction by touching and moving the right thumb.

Ultrasonic sensor included

In addition to the typical gyroscope, the Parrot Airborne Night has an ultrasonic sensor underneath the housing for stabilization purposes. It can align vertically at heights of up to 13 feet. 

Therefore, the ultrasonic stabilizer is a significant safety gain and makes the control of the Parrot Airborne Night drone straightforward and stable. Furthermore, the mini-drone comes with a stop mechanism: For example, if the propellers touch the wall, the motors stop immediately to prevent consequential damage, which is a great feature and should be included in every mini-drone for beginners.

Mini camera for photo function

Furthermore, the Parrot Airborne Night has a mini-camera that can take smaller snapshots in VGA resolution (480 x 640 pixels) or 300,000 pixels.

 However, the Parrot Airborne Night cannot record videos; it can only take photos. The Parrot Airborne Night drone comes with integrated flash memory with a relatively modest memory capacity of just one gigabyte. What a pity: the camera is directed downwards, so that only vertical, but not horizontal or forward-directed shots are possible. 

The fact that the Parrot Airborne Night only has LED lights pointing forward but not downwards is also contrary to the camera’s installation location – a downward pointing LED light would improve snapshots even in dark light conditions. 

Furthermore, the FPV image in the app is of inferior quality and has a relatively high latency (delay time), so that the choice of a theme with the real-time camera image is quite a matter of luck. Nevertheless, the function is praiseworthy; after all, only very few fun toy drones even offer a photo function.

Everything a mini drone should offer

The maximum range of the control unit is around 65 to 85 feet. More is not possible with a conventional Bluetooth connection. Unlike other drones – such as DJI’s camera drones or the Parrot Bebop Drone – the Parrot Airborne Night Drone cannot return to the take-off point in the event of signal loss to the smartphone, as no GPS module is installed. 

If the battery is running low and the quadcopter’s last energy reserves are less than four percent, the drone lands automatically.

The 550 mAh battery is removable and is powered by the supplied micro-USB cable. The flight time with a fully charged battery varies between seven and a maximum of nine minutes, depending on flying. 

The manufacturer estimates the battery’s charging time to be about 25 minutes – using a 2.6 A charger (not included). Supplying the battery with new power using the provided USB-to-micro-USB cable, on a PC with a standard USB 2.0 port, a charging process takes about 90 minutes. We charged the battery with a USB 3.0 port and the supplied cable, so it only took 35 minutes to charge.

Conclusion and evaluation

The Parrot Airborne Night Mini-drone is a great, versatile, and comparatively high-quality gadget, particularly impressive in terms of its safe and intuitive controls.

Other mini-drones have much less to offer and are not as functional and of high quality. Overall, Parrot Airborne Night is a super fun and toy quadcopter with great functionalities, stable flight characteristics, and bright LED headlights.

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