How to Increase Drone Range

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Updated June 27, 2022

For those looking into the best drones on the market, one of the most critical specs research is the total flight range. That’s why we’re here to show you how to increase drone range to reach that optimal distance.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Your drone’s max range will depend on location and the amount of interference and obstacles blocking your signal. However, signal boosters, such as a range extender antenna or a separate remote controller, help achieve optimal range.
  • The first rule for any drone pilot to achieve optimal range should be to check all wire and antenna connections before flying.
  • The maximum distance can be improved by switching to a 2.4 GHz antenna.

Insider Tip

Remember that the max range specified on the box is likely a number that depends on perfect conditions. So anticipate the achievable range to be shorter than specified.

For a continuation of this piece, you can read our article covering what to do if your drone goes out of range. And we have another on how to fly a quadcopter for those interested.

How to Extend Drone Range

Achieving the optimal range can be done if a few ways. Some are equipment upgrades you can purchase. Others mean finding suitable environments that provide a stronger signal and increase flight distances.

But before flying, there are a couple of things every drone pilot should know. And to learn more, you can check out our article that covers how to renew a drone license and how long to charge a drone battery.

Examining Your Gear

Many drone users say the main thing impeding the max range of drone navigation is using the wrong channel or having a loose connection or antenna. So before flying, always make sure to check your settings and connections.

Reducing Interference

This rule always comes down to picking the right environment for your drone. If you need a max range, you’ll have to be in a place with fewer buildings, trees, cliffs, and power lines.

Upgrading your Antenna Or Remote Controller

Some of the best video signal boosters can come by switching out the antenna type. For example, if you’re using a 5.8 GHz connection, you should switch to a 2.4 GHz. While you may lose a little connection dependability, the consensus among pilots says you should use 2.4 GHz for long-range flying.

As far as remote controllers go, one of the best ways to increase your range is to make sure that you are using a separate remote controller, not an app on your phone. This measure is because other apps and foreign signals often interfere with the phone connection.

Warning

Avoid flying near cell towers or powerlines. These can interfere with the signal and even damage your drone.

F.A.Q.S

Do drone range extenders work?

Drone range extenders and signal boosters aren’t gimmicks. Many can extend a drone’s range by around 15%, and the best can increase your drone’s max range by two or three times the norm.


What should you do if your drone goes too far away?

Often, you’ll know your drone is getting out of optimal range when the video signal begins to falter. But if you go too far out, hit the “back home” feature if you have it.


How far can a drone fly?

If you are using a 5.8 GHz frequency without interference or obstacle, the best you should get is about half a mile. On a 2.4 GHz, you can get up to 4 miles.


STAT: A small drone has an average flight distance of 700-1300 feet, while medium drones usually go between 1-2 miles. The most expensive drones can go upwards of 8 miles. (source)

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