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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition review

Luke Johnson



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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
  • Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition


Our Score:



  • Hugely entertaining at first
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Integrated HD camera


  • Glitchy app
  • Expensive
  • Shortlived entertainment lifespan

Key Features

  • iOS and Android app control
  • 720p HD video camera
  • 36 minute flight time battery life
  • Manufacturer: Parrot
  • Review Price: £320.00

What is the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition?

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is an incremental improvement on the stock second-gen model. It introduces a menacing new all-black colour scheme and tripples the quadrocopter’s battery life, jumping from 12 minutes of flight time to 36 minutes. Controlled via smartphone or tablet, the high-end flying machine features an integrated HD camera and is compatible with both iOS and Android. It can even throw a badass barrel-roll.

With a £320 price tag, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is far from cheap. Can these seemingly small improvements live up to this lofty pricing? Let’s take a look.

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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition - Design

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition has been given something of a ninja themed makeover. Gone are the vibrant colours of past models, replaced with a stealthy black finish. It comes with both a streamlined outdoor hull and a bulbous, protective indoor shell with extra foam and plastic padding.

Unlike past models, the Power Edition comes boxed with a range of additional rotor blades in a variety of colours. These black, orange, blue and red accessories not only allow for a level of customisation, but let you bring a bit of vibrancy to the black being. Although it is possible to change the blades on a whim, doing so is anger-inducingly fiddly. It’s a good job it comes with plenty of spares as the small clips used to hold the blades in position ping off never to be seen again.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition weighs just 380g and there's no escaping the fact that this big kid’s toy really does look the part. That said, its expanded polypropylene body (a foam, plastic blend not too dissimilar to polystyrene) doesn't really match the £300, and nor does it feel like it'll survive the inevitable crashes.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition - Features

Battery life is the big feature improvement on the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 over past models. This improved staying power isn’t achieved by any particular wizardry though; it simply comes boxed with two 1,500mAh Lithium-Ion power packs as opposed to one 1,000mAh one. Although the adding staying power is gratefully received, the need to stop and change power supply halfway through a session is hardly ideal. What’s more, the added battery has been built into the Power Edition’s increased price, so it's far from a great deal. Having run down the juice, recharge times are quiet lengthy too, with a couple of hours needed for each battery to return to full power.

The stability of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is second to none on the mass market front. A stocking-filler RC helicopter this is not. Left to hover, the Drone will hold its position with seeming ease, keeping a constant, stable space between itself and the ground. The four rotors are individually powered, with the drone’s clever electronics working to keep things as level as possible.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

Controlled via an app, there are a selection of touchscreen based command options available. With joy pad style controls the standard, you can also choose to use your smartphone’s accelerometer to move the drone forward and back, or side to side. An emergency landing button is included on all control setups, and is needed more than we would have hoped.


July 27, 2013, 11:09 am

You will probably have as much fun flying the Blade mQX RTF, which only costs £110, than this. If you really want more then you need to up your spend to for something like a DJI Phantom with GPS and add a GoPro for your video needs.

Mirko Massarutto

May 17, 2014, 9:12 am

Hello, i want to use it to film soccer matches is it in your pinion a valid tool? can it move horizontally (right and left while filming ahead) ?

Clement Rodney

May 17, 2014, 11:03 pm

beside the extra batteries and the color props and a sleeker looks, whats the difference between the Parrot 2-power edition and the normal Parrot 2.0?, eg; mainboard etc

Craig Sayce

June 13, 2014, 8:26 am

I have an ar drone 2 and to date I've spent well over £150 upgrading it these upgrades are firstly ceramic bearings for the prop shafts, strengthened prop shafts, lighter stronger gears and pinions, lighter stronger props, bigger stronger c clips (these secure the props too the prop shaft), a swivel bracket for the front facing cam, a top mount for my gopro cam, extended landing legs, upgraded battery pack, outdoor/indoor all in one prop and gear protectors,original tool kit and for a bit of fun a remote control LED kit these things take some time to find as there are many ppl selling very cheap bits of kit passing it off as top end gear my bit of advice the first product you need to buy is a packet of gear protectors as you will find due to the bad design of the drone that after your first crash with the outdoor hull the first thing that will get damaged is the gears there is no protection and parrot know this and should have really built in the protection or at the very least provided a set of protectors. Before you invest your money in one of these drones read other ppls posts in the many forums btw you can convert the drone very easily too radio control and still use your ios or android device too watch what the drone is recording through it's cameras this also makes it much much much more stable also the drone does have the option of GPS. I hope this clears up some questions you might have please feel free to ask me any.


September 8, 2014, 10:45 pm

The dji phantom 2 quadcopter is one hell of a title but then this is one hell of a machine, note machine NOT toy. It is, however, a machine with built-in fun. My experience is somewhat limited but I belong to a small group and what I am learning from them is amazing. I have... Read More

Tad Poll

May 17, 2015, 4:32 am

Are you kidding me. Biggest POS on the market, not to mention OVERPRICED. THis company deserves nothing more than to go right out of business, and with the quickness. Please - STOP BUYING THESE THINGS. Take a stand against shoddy engineering, people. Please.

Thomas Kirven

July 14, 2015, 5:12 pm

very cool toy until you realize the actual flying experience, without fail,becomes frustrating quickly because of poor laggy connection. It really irks me honestly, that such a brilliant toy can be rendered useless and frustrating, because parrot decided to only make half of a flying experience and sell it as a whole.

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