Parrot Mambo Minidrone Review
Seriously, how much fun can you have with a Drone!?
As you will see in our review, the Parrot Mambo is a whole lot of fun and ideal for kids and beginners to Quadcopters.
It comes complete with 2 special and unique accessories that really set it apart from other Minidrones – a grabber and cannon !!
You will need to hone all your skills so you can race, perform acrobatic challenges or tricks and even take on aerial combat missions.
Solid and robust, this little Drone is packed with features, easy to handle and very entertaining.
Let the good times roll…….
Here is a quick summary overview;
+ High-performance sensors for stability
+ Very easy to control including Autopilot functions
+ Grabber and Cannon included
+ Motors automatically stop in the event of a crash
+ Great fun to fly
– Limited camera use
– Controller not included (Smartphone needed)
- TAKE OFF/LANDING: Easily take off and land at the touch of a button, or just throw into the air
- CANNON: Shoot miniature balls up to 6ft away
- GRABBER: Catch, carry and release cargo up to 4g
- AGILITY: Easily perform superior acrobatic stunts such as U-turns, rolls, loops and flips
- 3-AXIS SYSTEMS: evaluates speed, tilt and obstacle contact
- STABILIZATION: Vertical / horizontal sensors and flight control software provide optimal stability
- CONTROL DISTANCE: Approx 20 meters with phone / 65 meters with Flypad
- BATTERY LIFE: Flying time: About 6-8 minutes / Charging time: About 30 minutes
What is Included in the Box?
Here’s what you get for your money;
- 1 Mambo drone
- 1 Cannon
- 1 Grabber
- 1 USB cable
- 50 Cannon balls
- 1 Quickstart guide
What is NOT Included in the Box?
The Flypad (controller) does not come with the normal package, so if you want this it will cost you extra.
So What Do We Think – Our Verdict
If you like having fun with Drones then this is definitely the one for you.
We think this is the perfect starter Drone for beginner pilots and ideal for Kids !!
Whilst this is a Minidrone, it’s still packed with very cool and sophisticated features plus the added bonus that it can shoot cannon balls, grab stuff, take photos and perform stunts – fantastic !!
It’s also quite friendly…..
On a more serious note, the Parrot Mambo has an advanced flight controller and high-performance sensors, so this makes it very easy to pilot and control.
In addition, you can either press a button to take off and land or simply throw it up in the air.
Either way, this clever little Drone will stabilize and hover on take off and await your further commands, even if you let go of the controls.
It also is equipped with an automatic ‘shutdown system’ which will cut off the motors should you experience a crash or collision, saving on costly repairs…
The Parrot Mambo does not come with a controller in the standard package, so you need to download the app and use your smartphone which is no real issue.
If you prefer to use a controller, you can purchase one very easily, but it’s definitely not necessary.
The user interface is very simple and easy to use.
Once you log in and activate Bluetooth, it should automatically pick up your Mambo and if you have added any of the accessories.
Take off, landing and performing stunts such as reverse direction, rotate and flips are all at the push of a button, making controlling your Mambo very easy indeed.
The same is the case for taking photos, although this is a fixed camera underneath and without a gimbal so is quite limited.
You have a choice of how you want to pilot our Mambo.
You can stay in the default “Joypad Mode” and use the virtual joysticks which are easy to learn or alternatively change to “Accelerometer mode” which works by tilting your smartphone in the direction you want your drone to go in.
It’s your choice.
The Grabber and Cannon accessories are incredibly simple to attach and are then picked up automatically.
They are activated by the touch of a button so it couldn’t be easier.
Whilst the average flight time is around 6 to 8 minutes, this goes quickly when you’re having fun.
With a recharge time of around 30 minutes, it’s definitely worth considering some extra batteries.
Overall if you want to experience some real fun and excitement, from having incredible aerial battles to performing amazing aerial acrobatics, then this is a great choice for you.
You are only limited by your own imagination !!!
Check out this great tutorial to see more of what the Parrot Mambo can do;
We would love to hear about your experiences with the Parrot Mambo Minidrone so please leave us a comment below or get in touch.