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Review: AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition brings longer flying time

•, Raymond Wong
 We praised Parrot for ironing out control kinks and upgrading the first AR.Drone's VGA camera to an acceptable 720p one. Needless to say, we declared the $300 AR.Drone 2.0 the drone to buy.

There was just one niggling annoyance we had with the AR.Drone 2.0: flying time. The AR.Drone 2.0 can take to the skies for only around 10 minutes with its included 1,000mAh battery before it's forced to land. That's not a whole lot of play time.

In June, Parrot started selling $70 batteries with 1,500mAh that pushed the AR.Drone 2.0 to 18 minutes, but even so, a lot of drone owners weren't too impressed with the 18 minutes of flight time.

Longer Flying Time

With the recently released AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition, Parrot's doubled that flying time to 36 minutes. But the company cheats a little. We say cheat, because the Power Edition only achieves its combined 36 minutes of flight using two 1,500mAh batteries that are included in the box.

Since the drone only has one battery compartment, you're really looking at two 18 minute sessions of flying with battery swapping when the first battery runs out of juice.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Decades ago a friend of mine who had a small metalworking lathe in his garage, was using it to make small gasoline engines - model airplane engines, like yo find in hobby shops. He was making pistons and cylinders that were polished down to the 10,000th of an inch. There was no blow-by. There must be a method to make these drones gasoline engine powered. They could stay aloft a lot longer, and you would hear them coming.

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