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Since 2012, drones have made up about half of the country's Christmas wish lists. Sadly, in order to procure an awesome one, you usually have to choose between it and making sure your family has electricity that month.
Luckily, we have some good news: You don't have to pony up thousands of dollars for a DJI drone to get your remote control jollies. Check out these five wildly affordable drones for aspiring yet thrifty hobbyists.
The PowerUp X FPV is an honest-to-goodness remote-controlled paper airplane. If that's not enough to get your inner Bart Simpson jumping out of your skull, it is also complete with a wide-angle lens camera, and possesses speed capabilities of up to 20 mph. If you had flown one of these back in third grade, they'd have made you Emperor of the School. Normally this dope DIY kit costs $139.99, but right now you can get one at 25 percent off for just $104.99 by clicking that button below.
If you want to know what the top of your head would look like if Google Maps drew a satellite route through your living room (trust us, it's glorious), then you'll want to grab yourself the AirSelfie 2 Drone. This pocket-sized drone can be controlled directly from your smartphone, and can reach heights of up to 65 feet in the air, allowing you to take amazing pictures of your food that normally wouldn't be possible without a professional crew. Normally the AirSelfie 2 sells for $249.95, but if you click here right now, you can knock 20 percent off and get one for just $199.95.
The Fader Stealth Drone is the perfect option for aspiring drone pilots who give themselves nicknames like "Ghost" and "Nighthawk," but have all the skill of "FartChunk" and "Salmon Fingers." The Fader can be flown by embarrassing n00bs and skilled veterans alike, and is ready to take to the skies straight out of the box. It also utilizes auto takeoff/ landing and altitude hold features that prevent you from accidentally crashing it into your neighbor's car. Normally the Fader Stealth Drone costs $129, but you fancy Cracked readers can take advantage of a 62 percent percent discount plus a further price drop and get one for just $49.
If you prefer your drones to be the size of a double-stuffed Oreo, then the SKEYE 2 Nano Drone will be exactly what you're looking for. It's smaller than the controller used to fly it, making it the perfect size to be the proverbial gadfly buzzing around your housemates. Plus it boasts a number of built-in features, like auto-takeoff and flight stabilization, to help beginner pilots along until they're ready to kick the training wheels off and start throwing sick flips. Normally the SKEYE Nano 2 Drone would set you back $39, but if you click here, you can get one at 51 percent off for just $19.
The TRNDlabs Spectre Drone allows you to capture spectacular HD aerial footage. No longer will you have to hit record on your iPhone before hurling it through the air and hoping for the best. Instead you can hang onto your smartphone and use it to control the Spectre as you watch a live feed of everything it sees while soaring above the Earth. It even supports the IRIS VR goggles for total immersion, allowing you to relive the best flying dreams you've ever had, without the part where you crash naked into your high school and wake up coated in shame. The TRNDlabs Spectre normally sells for $149.99, but if you click here right now, you can jump on a 53 percent discount and pick one up for just $69.
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