Our top 3 picks for the best quiet drones that are almost silent.
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Silent drone is a bit of a misnomer, we prefer to call them "quiet drones" - as drones have moving parts that keep them in the air, so they will always make some noise. However, manufacturers pay attention to noise when building drones, resulting in quieter quadcopters than the norm.
The Spark is a small and portable drone. Surprisingly, it is one of the quietest quad copters you will ever find on the market. But do not not expect the Spark to be completely silent, you will hear some noise when flying indoors. However, when flown outside it is quieter than most other drones due to DJI modifying the propeller blades to minimize air resistance. If you want a quiet drone that is intelligent and ultra-portable, the DJI Spark is highly recommended and you can check out our full DJI Spark review here.
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The Mavic Pro Platinum features a slim design and a compact chassis that is both powerful low noise. The Platinum has an improved flight time of 30 minutes and a noise-power reduction, making it the quietest and most portable DJI drone.
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Apart from the impressive flight time and noise reduction it is equipped with a 4k camera and a 3-axis gimbal for stability. With this drone you will enjoy improved endurance and a quieter flight.
The Mavic Pro Platinum can fly longer and runs quieter compared to the DJI Mavic Pro. Both drones have same forward and downward visibility system for obstacle avoidance, and come with a tri-axial gimbal for stability and foldable propellers.
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Outlaw is another affordable drone that is extremely quiet and easy to fly. Even beginners or those who have no drone flying experience will enjoy flying the Outlaw. The Outlaw drone reduces sound output using its brushless motors and has been designed to minimize air drag resulting in a quiet drone flying experiance.
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The Parrot Mambo is one of the cheapest silent drones available in 2020. A mini drone that is perfect for beginners looking for a silent easy to fly drone. The Mambo is well built and can be flown indoors and out, comes with autopilot and a decent camera, the only downside is the reduced flight time of around 8 - 9 minutes.
The Yuneec Q500 is a large, almost silent drone that is constructed with a strong chassis that helps to reduce unnecessary noise and vibtation during flying. The Yunecc comes with a Ultra HD 4k camera and a 3-axis gimbal for stability, allowing you to shoot with incredible detail and unparalleled realism, making it a great easy to fly drone for professional aerial photography and video filming. It is incredibly easy to use and quick to set up.
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Like any other piece of tech, you need to consider a few things before investing in a budget drone. You will need to look at three essential aspects and find the right balance between them to ensure you get the best. These include:
Propellers come in various shapes and sizes. Based on multiple rounds of prototypes and acoustic tests, bat-shaped propellers are more effective in reducing the noise of the drone. In addition, the shape looks really cool!
If the materials are thick, there is less room for the sounds that can come out of the drone and cause interference. Remember, however, that the drone must be light and robust.
These are effective in damping the propeller noise output. Usually acoustic damping materials are used to reduce the radiated noise by directing it into the sky.
Drones with large, slower propellers are quieter. When the propellers rotate slowly, they produce less noise and their large size produces a low-frequency sound that is better camouflaged by background noise.
A quiet drone must have a stable body that can cover all the internal functions of the drone. If the engine, battery and other features are exposed, noise can come out.
Unlike brushed motors, these designs are generally quieter. They also tend to be more powerful and energy efficient. They could last longer and require little or no maintenance.
If you only want to fly a quad-copter, you might not care about the noise it makes. However, there are certain cases where a quieter drone is more suitable.
Use cases for a quiet drone:
We hope you found the review of the best silent drones useful for surveillance or filming when low noise is required. The noise output of the drones is usually due to their design. Those with a rigid / thick chassis tend to make far less noise. Those with a bat shape, large and slower propellers with brush-less motors and noise protection covers are also quieter.