Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone Review
In this Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone review, we discuss this interesting new product that promises to take FPV drone racing to the masses. The other quadcopter that was supposed to do that was the Walkera Runner 250, but that hasn’t yet caught the imagination of the public as it was supposed to. What the introduction of the Walkera Runner 250 did was pave the way for other drone manufacturers such as Eachine to enter this under-explored niche.
The Eachine Racer 250 FPV drone is first of all, very fairly priced, at just $135. It is just perfect for beginners getting into FPV drone racing for the first time, as long as they have an experienced drone flyer to help to set up the quadcopter. It does not, as yet, come with a ready-to-fly version, which is a major drawback. Otherwise, there is much to get excited about the Eachine Racer 250 FPV.
Update 2 Jan, 2016 – There is an RTF version available. You can find it Here!
The difference between the Eachine Racer 250 FPV drone and the Walkera Runner 250 is that the latter may look more presentable and make a better first impression, but the Eachine Racer 250 is easier to fly and has better features. The Eachine Racer 250 comes in what is called a PNF or Plug and Fly version, where you need to attach the receiver on your own and set up the radio before flying the quadcopter.
There is a software program that you should download called Open Pilot GCS. This is not a hard thing to do as the software is easy to install and start using. But we wish the instructions were more comprehensive, and this might be a problem if you don’t have an experienced drone enthusiast assisting you with the setup.
The Eachine Racer 250 is surprisingly stable in air despite its small size and has a decent camera as well. Its batteries are well secured so that they don’t damage the rest of the components if the quadcopter were to crash. The LED lights that are used for the headlights are very bright, and can be used for flying in the dark.
The camera can be tilted upwards for faster flying. There is an isolation plate which can be used for mounting a video camera on the quadcopter such as a Runcam.
There are no major complaints against the Eachine Racer 250 and we are quite pleased with its operation. Let’s look at some of its advantages and disadvantages.
Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone Review – Advantages
#1: The Eachine Racer 250 costs just $135, which is a great price for the quadcopter, especially when one considers its quality. No complaints here.
#2: The Eachine Racer 250 is very stable in air and maintains a consistent altitude. It flies great and is easy to control.
#3: The quadcopter comes with a 600mw VTx with OSD.
#4: The cameras used with the Eachine Racer 250 are tiltable, which is great as it helps to maximize its speed while flying.
#5: The extremely bright LED headlights make night time flying possible. The headlights come with an off/on switch.
#6: We like the fact that the Eachine Racer 250 uses easily accessible non-proprietary components, which can be bought from a majority of stores on the internet.
#7: It comes with very thoughtful crash protection features such as a secure battery compartment.
#8: It comes with a Ready-to-Fly version, which is a huge advantage.
Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone Review – Disadvantages
#1: The packaging of the quadcopter is nothing great to write home about.
#2: There are no detailed instructions available on setting it up.
#3: Beginners will find it hard to setup without assistance from an experienced drone hobbyist. Intermediate drone flyers shouldn’t have a problem, though.
I hope you enjoyed this Eachine Racer 250 review. I believe the advantages of this FPV drone outweigh the disadvantages and I recommend it highly if you’re into FPV drone racing.
I wish you all the best, and remember that if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments section at the bottom of any blog post. It’s great to hear from you.
Founder of All Best Drones