UDI U818A Drones Review

If you are looking for your first drone, the UDI U818A is an excellent choice. It is the perfect entry-level drone for the new hobbyist that doesn’t want to invest a lot of money on their first drone but still want the fun and excitement of flying one. Crashes happen, even for the more experienced fliers, but they are even more frequent with the novice learning to fly. This drone can take a beating while you gain the experience needed before making a more costly investment.

Getting Started

The UDI U818A is very easy to fly and even has 6 gyroscopes for stabilization. It comes ready to fly. All you need to do is charge the LiPo battery and insert 4 AA batteries into the controller to be in the air. It can take 1 – 2 hours to get a full charge on the LiPo battery and you will get 7 – 9 minutes of flight time.
It comes fully equipped with a 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery, a transmitter and mini camera (640x480 pixels).

Also included are 4 spare propellers, mini screwdriver, battery charger, and a USB connector to connect the camera to your computer. Since you only get 7 – 9 minutes of flight time with the battery, you may want to purchase a couple of extra batteries to extend your fun.


If you’ve never flown a drone before, you may want to start by just practicing your takeoff and landings before venturing higher into the air. Once you have the hang of flying and landing your drone, you may want to practice taking pictures and video. The controller has a button with a camera icon next to it for taking photos and a button with a camcorder icon next to it for video – simply push the button to start recording video and again to stop. The camera only records video and not audio.

The controller also has a 360 eversion button that will automatically take the drone through a 360 degree loop. You will need to be at least 10 – 15 feet off the ground to successfully complete the flip. There are two flight modes available: the first will limit climbing and turning speeds for beginners and the second will allow you to use it at full capacity.


The UDI U818A is really a great option for someone looking to get into the hobby without spending a lot of money. You can’t really compare it to the more expensive models, but it stands head and shoulders above models in its price point. For its price, it has a lot of features and is a lot of fun to fly. You will definitely get your money’s worth with the UDI U818A.