Eachine E016H – Cheap Indoor Drone
The Eachine E016H is an affordable indoor drone that can also be operated outdoors when there is no wind. The neon green mini drone is suitable both as a drone for children and as an office drone for fun in between. We took a closer look at the Eachine E016H and tell you what you can expect from this fun drone.
Who should buy the Eachine E016H?
The Eachine E016H is robust, maneuverable and well protected from damage in collisions thanks to the sophisticated propeller protection. However, the cages around the rotors not only protect the drone from defects, but also bystanders from the drone. Therefore, the Eachine E016H is also ideally suited as a drone for children.
At just 8.8 x 8.8 x 3.0 cm, the Eachine E016H is an extremely compact mini drone that was primarily designed for indoor use. Due to its light weight of about 50 grams, the small quadcopter is very susceptible to wind and should therefore only be flown outdoors when there is absolutely no wind.
If you buy the Eachine E016H, you must be aware that the small drone does not have a camera. Therefore, if you are looking for a multicopter for aerial photography, you should definitely buy a camera drone.
Office drone for variety at work
The Eachine E016H is also ideal as an office drone due to its small size, light weight and sturdy propeller guard. Control the mini quadcopter together with colleagues and provide entertainment during breaks or leisure events. With the included USB charging cable, the Eachine E016H can also be conveniently recharged on a PC or laptop.
Flight time and features of Eachine E016H indoor drone
The flight time of the Eachine E016H indoor drone is about 8 minutes – per battery. Since the mini drone comes with two batteries, you can enjoy up to 16 minutes of flight time before the 3.7 V, 350 mAh batteries need to be recharged. This works conveniently via USB charging cable and takes about 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the power source and power adapter.
As is common with many inexpensive mini quadcopters, the Eachine E016H also features brushed motors that are slightly louder than the high-quality brushless motors found on current top-of-the-line drones. However, due to the relatively low power of the four motors, the noise pollution is kept within limits.
Unfortunately, the Eachine E016H does not have a GPS module, but that is not common in this price range. You will therefore have to do without functions like Return-to-Home or Follow-Me.
Nevertheless, the Eachine E016H has some safety features, such as an audible and visual low battery warning. In addition, as soon as the battery power completely runs out, the drone will make an emergency landing so that you can avoid a crash.
During flight, you can choose between three different speeds to adjust the drone’s responsiveness to your skill level. The modes to choose from are L (30% power), M (60% power) and H (100% power).
Control and flight characteristics
Thanks to a built-in 6-axis gyroscope, the Eachine E016H is stable in the air and can be precisely controlled within a radius of about 55 yards (50 meters). Another handy feature is the drone’s Altitude Hold function, which keeps the copter in place when you release the controller’s joysticks.
To launch the Eachine E016H, you turn on the drone and remote controller and bind (“connect”) the two devices together. To do this, simply move the left control joystick up and then down. To take off, push both control sticks down.
If the drone drifts to the side, you can use the calibration buttons on the controller to make fine adjustments until the drone is stable in the air.
As mentioned earlier, the Eachine E016H will make an emergency landing on its own as soon as the battery charge reaches a critical level. But even if the signal to the remote control is lost, the drone will land automatically, so losing the drone is very unlikely.
The drone’s controller is relatively compact, and in addition to an on/off switch and the two control joysticks, it has a few more buttons for controlling the aircraft.
Using the two shoulder buttons, you can switch between the three speed modes as well as have the drone perform flips and somersaults. Another button on the controller switches to the so-called Headless mode.
In this mode, a simplified control is available to you as a pilot. More precisely, in this mode it doesn’t matter whether the front or the rear of the drone is facing you when you execute control commands in a certain direction. For example, if you press the control joystick to the left, the Eachine E016H will always fly in that direction, even if the front of the drone is facing you. It is the same for all other directions.
To operate the remote control, you still need two AA batteries, which are not included.
Scope of delivery
- 1 x drone
- 2 x battery (3.7 V, 350 mAh)
- 1 x remote control
- 4 x spare propellers
- 1 x USB charging adapter
- 1 x screwdriver
- 1 x instruction manual
The Eachine E016H is an affordable indoor drone with great fun factor. The compact drone is suitable as a fun drone for adults and is also ideally suited as a drone for children. Thanks to its low weight, robust construction and stable propeller protection, the mini copter survives minor crashes and collisions unscathed.
A real plus point are the two batteries that are included with the drone and provide a total of about 16 minutes of flight time. We think the Eachine E016H is an excellent toy drone with great fun potential for young and old!