The Parrot Mambo is a mini FPV drone with cannon and interchangeable grabber. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and come with lightweight, making it perfectly suitable to flight indoors. It supports modular accessories and it’s those accessories that set this latest Mambo apart from similar drones. It’s a small plastic drone that’s intuitive to fly and lots of fun. It can be flown using your smart phone.
- Indoor and outdoor minidrone
- Grabber and cannon accessories
- Bluetooth control from a smartphone (controller optional)
- 30 minute charge time for 9 minutes flight
- 5m/sec maximum speed
- 3-megapixel camera / 1GB internal storage (not expandable)
- Weight: 63 g (without bumpers or accessories)
- Dimension: 71 x 71 x 18 mm
- 60 FPS vertical camera; Streaming and Recording HD 720p 30 FPS FOV 120°
- 660 mAh Lipo battery
It has never been so easy to escape thanks to the Parrot Flypad which lets you fly your Parrot Mambo over a distance of up to 100 m. Fly not only farther, but also longer with the new high-performance Power Battery lasting up to 10 minutes. There are 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometers inside with a downward-facing ultrasound sensor all working to make for generally stable flight. The Mambo comes with blade protectors that are easy to pop on and off and when you first start flying it around they’re an essential addition.
Interact with other drones and pilots using the included Cannon accessory. Attach the Cannon to your Parrot Mambo and let the games begin! Test your skills with target practice, and fire these little balls at a pyramid of cups or other light-weight targets. You can load up to 6 pellets into the Cannon at a time. The first pilot to knock everything down wins! This feature is very similar to Wingsland S6.
Attach the Grabber to the Parrot Mambo and use it to transport mini-objects that weigh up to 4g to a new location. Simply activate the claw on the home screen of your FreeFlight Mini app, carry something up into the air, and put it down wherever you want.
Thanks to an advanced flight controller and high performance sensors, the Parrot Mambo is easy to pilot and control. In addition, the autopilot functionality ensures that it will stay stable and hover, even if you let go of the controls. Lastly, the Parrot Mambo comes equipped with and automatic ‘shutdown system’ that cuts the motors off in case of a crash or collision.
The controller looks and feels like a simplified Xbox controller, with two multi-direction sticks that control rotation, elevation and motion. There are a couple of buttons that activate special acrobatic moves (which you may want to avoid performing with the headset on, unless you have a barf bag to hand) and a button for take-off and landing.
The 0.3-megapixel camera really is not great. Think an old VGA webcam level of quality and you’ll hit the mark. It’s noisy and blurry and the colours are underwhelming. Still, it can still be relatively fun to get a top-down view of your living room.
Battery life and charging
Best case scenario -no hull, no accessories -and you can expect up to 9 minutes of continuous flight. Throw in the extra weight of the hull and accessories and I found this closer to 6-7 minutes. Not amazing, but enough to have a quick round of fun. Thankfully, charging only takes 30 minutes when connected to a 2A USB adapter, which could’ve been worse.
You can pick up a spare FPV battery for less money. I would have said it’s worth stretching to the battery plus battery charger pack so you can be charging a second battery while the drone is in flight-otherwise the battery needs to be attached to the drone to charge. However, Parrot says this charger dock takes 1.5 hours to charge a single battery, which negates its usefulness.
- Fun and easy to fly
- Reasonably quick charge time
- Easy to set up
- Fun accessories
- Short flight time
- Mini pellets are really easy to lose
- Can only lift 4g using grabber
- Doesn’t do well in even light wind