Parrot’s minidrones aren’t really designed for shooting awesome aerial videos. Smaller drones like the palm-sized Mambo are there to let you experience the joy of piloting a drone without forking out too much cash.
Retailing for $120 (which converts to about £95 or AU$160), the Mambo costs a lot less than the higher-end Bebop 2 ($549). It’s quite a fun toy to play with, but it does have its limitations. For one thing, you only get 8 minutes of flight time, which passes quicker than you think.
I found the drone pretty easy to control once I got the hang of it. It took me about one minute to figure it out, despite having never flown a drone before. You can fly it either with your phone or the Parrot Flypad controller. If you’ve flown other Parrot drones, you’ll recognize the control scheme as well and won’t need to learn how to fly all over again.
You can outfit your Mambo with a peashooter cannon or a grabber that can lift up to 4g (0.14 oz). Getting hit by the peashooter won’t hurt, but it’s hard to find the tiny pellets after you’ve fired them. The grabber doesn’t lift much, but Parrot has a video showing the Mambo lifting a sugar cube to drop into tea, so if you practice hard enough, you might impress a visitor from the UK when they drop by your place.
The Parrot Mambo makes for a fun introduction to drone flying, but don’t expect to do much more with this. The short battery life also means you may want to invest in a spare battery to swap in when the Mambo’s juice runs out.
Parrot drone Mambo Fly main features
- FreeFlight Mini app (iOS/Android): Parrot’s proprietary mobile app enables users to control their Mambo Fly drone from their smartphones via Bluetooth. The maximum range for this is 20 meters (65 feet).
- Stabilization: the Parrot Mambo is easy to fly thanks to its array of sensors which enable the drone to stabilize itself while flying.
- Vertical camera: this mini drone’s onboard camera enables users to take “dronies” (drone selfies).
- Flight time: the Mambo Fly offers a maximum flying time of 9 minutes per charge. It takes around 30 minutes to fully recharge the battery.
- Coding: users may code specific trajectories for the Mambo.
Various accessories are sold separately, including an FPV camera, a “Grabber” (mechanical arm), or a “Cannon” (toy shooter).
Parrot Mambo Fly price
The Mambo mini quadcopter drone is available for under $60 (see offers on Amazon).