Drones are remote controlled air vehicle s that are growing in popularity among hobbyists. Flying them is fun and relaxing activity that keeps me coming back for more. They need no cords, and most will come ready out-of-the-box ( minus the battery charge, which can take between 1-2 hours). There are lots of options to choose from – some even as drastic as the Yuneec Typhoon H hexacopter. Though typically, they will come equipped with either 3 or 4 propellers that are powered by motors.
With that aside, the two mentioned models both have their advantages – but which one really controls the sky?
Let’s Review Our Options…
Tricopter: The Beginning of a Technological Boom
Tricopters were some of the first flying toys on the market and ranked high in popularity for light use. The model uses propeller propulsion and three motors. Each has a device, called a servo, used to provide control. Each servo rotates a propeller and allows for proper drone guidance. The pilot then uses a remote to control the tricopter in the air.
Quadcopter: 4 Rotors Take Over
Quadcopters became prevalent in the late 2000’s due to advancement and popularity – their prices came down, and notorious online outlets like Amazon, Best Buy, and Radio Shack took advantage. Now they are being used in movies, surveillance, racing, hobbyist fun, and more. Let’s take a look at why quadcopters have become so popular:
Their designs are simple, symmetrical, and easily operated via remote. Unlike the tricopter, a quadcopter does not need servos to run, which is a complicated tilting mechanism. It relies solely on a motor and the pilot’s control. Each comes equipped with different materials, designs, motors, batteries, and remotes depending on which manufacturer you choose.
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Tricopter vs. Quadcopter Overview
- Most quadcopters come equipped with a hard shell that helps protect it, while most tricopters do not. This means their main hardware is left unprotected, which can result in serious damage if there is a crash. Consequently, your drones chance of survival is less.
- Some quadcopters possess an auto-landing feature, follow me mode, cable cam, 4k live streaming, and many more. Tricopters are much more basic and are used for… well, flying a drone (which is very fun in itself).
- Quadcopters do not rely on sophisticated servos that can be complicated and time consuming to deal with.
- Quadcopters have proven to be, and continuing to be, more popular than tricopters. This means UAV advancements are likely to be made toward quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters – but will leave tricopters as a distant memory in the drone community.
We can now conclude that – after careful analysis – quadcopters are more reliable, efficient, and advancing faster than tricopters.
If you’re interested in reading more about quadcopters, I recommend you read about some of our favorite ones here.