We recently got our hands on an Eachine H8 Mini by taking advantage of an old 2 for $20 drone deal. To be honest, we didn't have high hopes for this $15 drone – but we were pleasantly surprised with its performance! Here's the scoop…[easyazon_image align=”center” height=”500″ identifier=”B00XHPBF22″ locale=”US” src=”http://www.lemondrone.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/41ImlXBljNL.jpg” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″ width=”500″][easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00XHPBF22″ key=”small-light” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]
We've found that the well-known rule of thumb “you get what you pay for” applies to drones. However, every once in a while we run across a drone that seems to outperform our expectations for its price. The Eachine H8 Mini is one of those exceptions.
The Eachine H8 Mini is made from a flexible and durable plastic. We accidentally sent it tumbling down a flight of stairs – it bounced and banged all the way down, only to get right up and keep flying! There wasn't a mark on it.
You'd think for only have a 150mAh battery that you'd only get a few minutes of flight time. We were pleasantly surprised that the H8 went for a solid 8 minutes or so for us. Plus, we found that the battery recharged pretty quick too, taking only about 20-30 minutes.
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On our very first flight, we were impressed with how fast and agile it was. We assumed it must be in “high” mode. We were wrong. It was only in “low” mode – once we switched it to high, the Eachine H8 really zipped around. Super fun!
It is also a very stable flyer. It was super easy to bring it up into a consistent hover (after a couple small tweaks with the fine tuning adjustments).
We only tested the H8 indoors due to the poor weather we've been having, so we can't attest to the range. However, we found it to be very stable and responsive indoors and we imagine it would fly well on a calm day outside too.
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We can honestly say that you'd be hard pressed to find better bang for you buck than the Eachine H8 Mini. We picked ours up for $15 and we feel we've already got $15 of fun out of it!
We were bummed to note that the drone only came with 2 spare props – most drones we review come with at least 4 spares. We would also have loved to see an inverse flight mode (aka, upside down flying) since competitors in this price range carry that feature. But overall, we'd say you can't go wrong picking up an Eachine H8 Mini if you are looking for a fun little micro drone.