Drone racing is, without doubt, becoming more popular and with it the number of affordable drones on the market is skyrocketing. Despite the fast pace of new drones coming to market there are industry standards that have proven to be almost irreplaceable.
The Eachine Racer 250 FPV is one of those drones that was supposed to bring drone racing to the masses and it did quite a job!
With an amazing $189 price tag it provides everything an affordable pre-built entry level racer should.
It is a complete experience that captures the essence of FPV.
The racer is, however, not quite ready to fly right out of the box. There is a transmitter included but you will need your own receiver and controller (Plug and Fly). With that being said the transmitter (5.8GHz) is complete with an OSD (On Screen Display) FPV video feed. Building your own drone is truly a unique experience but the Eachine Racer 250 takes out the hassle of assembly but still offers you to get to know the ins and outs of drone racing kits.
Build and Flying
Performance and build wise the Eachine Racer 250 is everything you could ask for in an entry level drone.
The built quality is really satisfying, a standard carbon fiber body with solid material that can withstand some serious beating and is easy to dismantle.
It comes with pretty powerful 2204 2300KV brush-less motors and weighting just over 400g it flies surprisingly fast. Handling is easy and smooth and after a coule of flights flying it feels effortless.
We weren’t expecting much from the camera at this price level but we were pleasantly surprised.
The camera handles shadows, low lights, fast light changes and the colors are vivid unlike other entry level cameras on drones of this class which seem to be just a step above complete garbage.
The stock battery is firmly secured on the racer and will last you about 10 mins of flying time. The LED taillight are quite bright and can, of course, change colors making it convenient to run more of these in a single race for better recognition. The charger is decent and a better one could probably be your first investment in the long run.
If everything is this easy, it seems like this is just another entry level drone?
Once you get familiar with handling this racer and start feeling you have outgrown it then the customization part comes in to play. There are tons of hardware upgrades and mod possibilities for it and that’s what makes it an ideal drone for advancing from a beginner to a knowledgeable flier and builder.
Lack of proper setup and install instructions for The Eachine Racer 250 FPV could prove to be a bit of a hustle for beginners. Luckily the community is filled with enthusiasts that are willing to share their knowledge on how to set this little beast up for your first flight.
We highly recommend asking someone with experience or visiting the Racers wiki page.
Follow that by checking the video bellow and you will be up and running in no time:
This package includes:
- 1 x Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone
- 4 x Simonk 12A ESC
- 2 x CW 2204 2300KV motor, 2 x CCW 2204 2300KV motor
- 2 x black CW propeller, 2 x black CCW propeller, 2 x white CW propeller, 2 x white CCW propeller
- 1 x mushroom antenna
- 1 x 11.1V 1500mAh 25C 3S battery, 1 x B3AC balance charger
- 2 x headlight LED white 3W, 1 x tail light LED red
- 1 x 1000TVL camera
- 1 x CC3D Flight controller
- 1 x 600MW 5.8G 32CH transmitter built in OSD
- 1 x remote control strap
There are a lot of affordable drones in this category but the Eachine Racer 250 has been a staple among its competitors for quite some time.
Taking everything in consideration, from price, handling to overall performance, we have to say this is the best racing drone in it’s category alongside The ARRIS FPV250.
There is not much more you can get for 189$ that performs this well and offers everything you need for some drone racing action.