After releasing the original Bebop drone last year, Parrot has unveiled its upgraded version, the Bebop 2. The new Bebop 2 has all the features you’d expect from a Parrot drone: a slender design, no moving parts besides the propellers, and the 180˚ fisheye camera. In fact, many of the original specs are the same. The camera is still 14 megapixels. It still uses the digital 3-axis video stabilization. It still has 8GB of internal storage.
Get Ready for the New Upgraded Drone Battery
What has changed, however, is the drone’s battery life. If you recall, the initial Bebop has about 11 minutes of flight time before the electric battery gives up, which may be the reason Parrot includes an extra battery with each purchase. But thanks to the new 2700 mAh battery, the Bebop 2 will stay in the air for up to 25 minutes. Click here to learn more about what mAh means: http://www.batteryspecialists.com/mah.htm
Even though that’s a significant electric battery increase, the new Bebop is as sleek as ever, especially considering that the old Velcro strap keeping the electric battery in place is gone. The Bebop 2 does weigh slightly more than its predecessor (500 grams versus 400 grams), but it’s still lightweight for a drone.
And you get a lot in those 25 minutes. The Bebop 2 has a max vertical speed of 13 mph, and can climb 328 feet in fewer than 20 seconds. 0nce it’s up there, no need to worry about high altitude winds, the Bebop 2 can resist headwinds up to 39 mph. In addition, image stabilizing software will help get the clearest shot. Bebop 2 has a maximum horizontal velocity of 37 mph, but it’ll take 14 mere seconds to reach that max speed. Still, the Bebop 2 can cover a great deal of ground.
The Bebop 2 is controlled by any tablet or smartphone using the FreeFlight 3 app, but if you’re looking for something with a little more responsiveness, Parrot also makes the Skycontroller for piloting the Bebop. The Skycontroller hooks up to your tablet and uses touch screen inputs as well as joystick controls. The newest Skycontroller, the Black Edition, is set to release alongside the Bebop 2. The controller can operate with or without a tablet and has a Wi-Fi range of up to 6,561 ft. Just make sure you don’t lose track of your drone.
For a more immersive experience, you can hook up a VR headset to your sky controller as long as it is HDMI compatible. Doing so will give you a first-person view from the drone’s camera, as if you are seated in its tiny cockpit. It may not be a true virtual reality setup since you still have to use the SkycontroIler to move the drone’s camera, but it’s a fun out-of-body experience.
The Bebop 2 will land in stores on December 14 at a retail price of $550. You can purchase the Bebop 2 and Skycontroller Dark Edition as a package deal for $800.