Hobby or recreational drones can be extremely noisy. In fact, most small hobby drones produce 80dB of sound, which is similar to a loud vacuum cleaner. However, unlike the vacuum cleaner, the sound a small hobby drone makes is higher pitched and can travel further, and there are no walls to stop it.

Exactly How Loud Are Drones?

Chart: The Conversation, CC-BY-ND Source: U.S. CDC, HealthLink BC, WeTalkUAV, RAND Corp., ACT Parliament, U.S. Patent Office

How Far Can Drone Sounds Travel?

Distance:Sound:Sounds Like:
How loud the DJI Mavic Pro drone is at different distances.Distance:Sound:Sounds Like:
How loud the DJI Inspire drone is at different distances.

Why Drones Are So Loud

The shape of the blade.Pitch of the blade.The diameter or surface area of the blade.

Can Drones Be Quiet?

The Quietest Drones On The Market

NOTE:Drone:Noise:Sounds Like:Flight TimeRange:Camera Quality:Price:

01. Funksy 913 Drone

Noise.Weight.Flight time. Range.Camera quality. Price

02. DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

Noise.Weight.Flight time. Range.Camera quality. Price

03. DJI Mavic Pro 2

Noise.Weight.Flight time. Range.Camera quality.Price

04. MJX B3 Bugs 3 Drone

Noise. The MJX Bugs 3 produces a sound of 74 Decibels which will will sound like a small vacuum cleaner, or the average sound of a radio.Weight. The Bugs 3 weighs around 9.6 ounces or 272 grams.Flight time. This drones 7.4V 1800mAh battery can keep it in the air flying for around 18 to 20 minutes. Remember that this depends on the wind speed, how you’re flying it and as well as the wind speed.Range. The controller distance of the drone is around 985 feet or 300 meters. This depends on obstacles and terrain.Camera quality. The drone is equipped with a first-person view HD 720P camera.Price. It’s only $69.99, which makes it a great drone for beginners and children.

The Noisiest Drones To Stay Away From

If noise is what you’re worried about, then you’re definitely going to want to stay away from these drones. The DJI inspire below is actually the drone used in the video at the beginning of this article. It was noisy even at 100 feet away.DJI Inspire 1 & 2The Inspire drones are very noisy at 83 Decibels. You can relate this sound to a power lawnmower or a noisy restaurant. Sounds in this range are deemed harmful if you’re exposed to it for a long period of time.DJI Phantom 4Phantom 4 is also very noisy at 80 Decibels. This drone will sound like heavy traffic.DJI Mavic AirThe Mavic Air is still considered to be a noisy drone at 76 Decibels. This sound would sound like a very loud radio.

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