Without a doubt drone racing has grown considerably the last couple years. It began as an amateur sport in Australia, but quickly gathered new drone enthusiasts around the world.
There are a number of new events that show the growth of drone racing, including the Drone Racing League, where pilots complete five different levels of competition and then compete for the World Championship, and the upcoming US National Drone Racing Championship. Undoubtedly, we are witnessing the dawn of aerial racing.
Drone enthusiasts are wondering how they can get into this and become the Michael Schumacher of drone racing. Well, for starters, you need to know what drones to race. Today we compare two amazing drones fit for any enthusiast looking to get into drone racing: the Walkera Furious 320 and the Blade Vortex 250 Pro.
A China-based manufacturer founded in 1994, Walkera has established itself as one of the top drone manufacturers currently in the market. Horizon Hobby, founded in 1985, is one of the most popular RC distributors based in North America. The Blade Vortex 250 Pro is the result of a partnership between Horizon Hobby and ImmersionRC.
A quick heads up, if this is your first time flying a drone, you should to start with a cheaper drone to learn the basics of flying before getting into racing. And if you live in the United States, don’t forget to register your drone with Federal Aviation Administration.
Which is the superior racing drone for beginners? Let’s compare the Walkera Furious 320 and Blade Vortex 250 Pro.
Size, Weight and Material
Walkera Furious 320 is somewhat of a heavier quadcopter compared to other racing drones, mainly due to its 293-gram battery, and the drone is larger than the Vortex 250 Pro. The Furious 320 frame is made of carbon fiber, but a few sections of the drone are made of plastic (such as some parts of the tilt-motors).
The Blade Vortex 250 Pro: is much lighter and smaller than the Furious 320. The Blade Vortex 250 Pro frame has carbon fiber flat arms and aluminum spacers. A very robust quadcopter, the Blade Vortex 250 Pro is more resistant to hard crashes than the Furious 320.
Motors and Speed
The Walkera Furious 320 features four brushless WK-WS-28-015 articulated motors (tilt-rotors). They rotate forward as the pilot gives the quad more stick, resulting in the quadcopter body remaining steady and aerodynamic, instead of leaning 45 degrees, as it usually occurs with quadcopters. This reduces drag and allows for a faster acceleration, while also allowing a better FPV camera angle. The Furious 320 has a maximum speed of 75 MPH, but because it’s a bit heavy, pilots will notice when turning left or right, Furious 320 is slow while changing direction.
The Blade Vortex 250 Pro features four brushless V-Spec 2204 2300kV motors. Their high quality bearings and CNC precision machined parts provide reliable power with a maximum continuous power of 190W. They have a strong 3mm internal shaft. Each brushless motor has a lightweight, flanged aluminum lock nut, ensuring propellers do not get loose during flights. The Vortex 250 Pro has a top speed around 60 MPH and it’s a faster turner, but it has a lateral speed slower than Furious 320.
Camera and First Person View Transmission
The Furious 320 offers two built-in camera options: one with an 800TVL camera, and one with a 1080p camera. The 1080p camera has 12MP and takes photographs with 4000×3000 pixels. A great thing about this FPV camera is the capability of recording flight footage while transmitting live video. Most pilots have to attach an action-camera to the drone to get flight footage, since most cameras do not have this dual functionality. But the Furious 320 camera does both things. FPV transmitter works in 5.8 GHz frequency with a Live View Speed of 60 frames per second.
The Blade Vortex 250 Pro is very flexible and compact, allowing it to be able to carry both a flight cam and a second video recorder (sold separately). The included camera is a FatShark 700TVL v2 CMOS flight cam supported by a carbon-fiber plate that’s vibration dampened. The Blade Vortex 250 Pro is also compatible with everyone’s favorite GoPro 3 and 4, allowing pilots to record high-quality flight footage. Live video transmission works in 5.8 GHz frequency with a Live View Speed of 30 frames per second.
The Walkera Furious 320 makes use of a large 14.8V 2600mAh 25C 4S Lipo battery, weighting 293 grams. Each battery is capable of powering up to 10 minutes of flight time.
The Blade Vortex 250 Pro battery is a 11V 1300mAh 3S 20C Lipo weighing 111 grams and powering up to 3 minutes flight time. However, it also supports a variety of 3S and 4S batteries, so the true flight time really depends on the battery being used.
The Furious 320 is compatible with both Walkera’s DEVO 7 and 10 radio controllers, which are two older Walkera transmitters. Normally the original package includes the DEVO 10, a powerful controller with 10 channels and 30-model memory. It works in 2.4 GHz frequency and has an ARM micro computer system. The menu is easy to understand, and the drone responds responsively to a pilot’s inputs.
The Blade Vortex 250 Pro is compatible with Spektrum DSM2 or DMX models, both of which work in 2.4 GHz frequency. It’s easy to control and very friendly for beginners. The DMX model includes an AR600 6-channel full range sport receiver, while the DSM2 features DuaLink technology ensuring a precise and responsive flight.
Share Your Thoughts
After comparing these two racing drones, which one do you think is most viable for first-time racers? The Walkera Furious 320 is faster but slower when changing direction. The Blade Vortex 250 Pro is slower but more robust. Both have their pros and cons.
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