Amazon Prime Day 2017 has arrived, and there are some sweet deals on drones to be found. There are some of my favorites, including the Autel X-Star and the Yuneec Q500 4K, as well as some great deals on accessories like memory cards and a massive sale on DJI Phantom batteries.
The sale officially starts tomorrow, July 11, but deals started popping up tonight at 9 p.m. EST. The Amazon Prime Day event ends at 3 a.m. ET on July 12. Keep in mind that many of Amazon’s deals are flash sales, which means that deals on items listed on this post may be gone before you can get to them. No worries, the Drone Girl team will keep updating this piece all week!
To participate in Amazon Prime Day 2017, you do have to be an Amazon Prime Member. Though, if you aren’t quite sure if you want to be a member yet, you can still try out the free trial and partake in the deals. Sign up for a free trial here.
Autel’s X-Star 4K: The Autel X-Star is one of my favorite prosumer level drones out there on the market, and it’s never been so cheap. The drone, which is priced on Amazon for $747.95 is an additional 20% off for Prime members, putting it at $598. That’s including the camera and controller. Personally, this is my top pick for Amazon Prime Day drone deals.
*Update* it appears this deal is already gone!
Yuneec’s Q500 4K: This refurbished version of the Q500 4K is also an excellent deal at $499. The Q500, though a little old now, was my favorite drone on the market at the time it was released. It was $1,299 at the time, and normally $679 on Amazon today. But with Prime, it’s coming in at $499. That’s the same price as DJI’s Spark, but with a way better camera and much more stability in wind.
Ehang’s Ghostdrone 2.0: The Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0, normally $399, is just $260. The Ghostdrone bills itself as “the easiest-to-fly drone in the world” and requires an Android or iOS device and a small device called a G-Box to fly. It is not controlled by the traditional RC transmitter that drone pilots are used to. The drone has a price reduction of $326.31, and Amazon Prime members get an additional 20% off.
U818A drone: For beginner pilots or someone who isn’t sure they want to commit more than $100 to the drone industry just yet, the U818A is the perfect starter drone. It comes with an RC controller, a camera and an app that allows your smartphone to show in real-time what the drone sees.
I reviewed it in Spring 2016 when I thought it was an excellent deal for $127. The price has since been knocked down to$89.95, but Prime members can get it on Amazon Prime Day 2017 for just $65.99.
Over on the accessory front, there are some sweet deals too.
SanDisk Memory Cards: SanDisk’s Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card is normally $39.99, but Prime members can get it today for just $17.99. It has a whopping 64 gigs, but you are going to want that much room to ensure you never run out of space before your next drone flight. And you can never have too many memory cards.
AAA Batteries: I like to train new pilots on toy drones, which means I burn through lots and lots of batteries. Amazon’s $20.99 100-pack of batteries is now just $15.69, though personally I’m a fan of rechargeable batteries. These ones by EBL are normally $49.99 and on sale for just $16.99.
DJI Phantom 3 and 4K drone batteries: Need a spare battery for your DJI Phantom 3 or 4K? Powerextra is a third-party brand that makes batteries for the DJI Phantom 3 SE, Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Standard, and DJI 4K drones. The battery is normally $70.99, but on sale to Prime members for just $51.99.
For comparison, a regular Phantom 3 battery from DJI is going to cost a whopping $149.
Happy shopping, and let me know about your favorite Amazon Prime Day deals in the comments below!