The Parrot Bebop 2 Power is Parrot’s newest drone (as of now), and it’s packed with all the features of the Bebop 2 and more. For the basics of the Bebop 2, see my Bebop 2 Review, but in this review I’ll just cover the upgrades that the Power gives. It was released in September of 2017.
The Bebop 2 Power is a few hundred dollars more expensive than the Bebop 2, but judging by the fact that the Bebop has dropped in price about 50% from when it was released, the Power should follow suit and be cheaper in a year or two. Like the regular Bebop 2, the Power has a few different packages. The cheapest, the FPV pack, includes the drone, the skycontroller 2, two batteries (I’ll get to that in a minute), and the Cockpitglasses 2 (VR goggles). That’s 549 dollars. You can also get the Adventurer, or Xtreme Adventurer packs from Parrot, and those just include a backpack and maybe another battery. I really don’t think that it’s worth spending another 50 bucks for a backpack, but it’s up to you. The FPV pack has everything you could need, and two long-lasting batteries.
What first caught my eye about this drone was an advertised 1-hour flight time. I went nuts when I saw that, but turns out the reason they say it gets an hour is because it comes with two thirty-minute batteries. So you can’t get an hour of uninterrupted flight, but still thirty minutes a charge is really good. I should also mention that Parrot made this drone even more durable than the original Bebop 2, while giving it a sleek new black makeover.
The range on the Power is the same as the Bebop 2, about 1.2 miles. Since the same controller is used for both, the range is the same. However, the Power can go 40 mph, which is a little more than the Bebop’s 37. Also there are intelligent flight modes, with some preset video options (such as orbit, parabola, etc.), and the Follow-me function is included with the drone. With the Bebop 2 you need to pay another 20 dollars for follow-me, but the Power includes it. Overall the Power has several improvements, but the best one is definitely the battery life.
Camera, Controller, Portability
These are all the same as the Bebop 2. However, the Skycontroller 1 isn’t an option with the Power.
After going over all the differences, we need to answer the big question. Is it worth it? Being honest, I think the regular Bebop 2 might give you all you need. However, if you’re looking for more than 30 minutes of flight time, I think the Power is a great option. Plus, you get the controller, the drone, and the new VR goggles, which add value. In the end, it’s up to you, but I definitely think Parrot has great products, and either way you’ll be happy with the drone you get.