In January of last year, Parrot took the wraps off of its AR.Drone 2.0 at the Consumer Electronics Show. And needless to say, the easy-to-fly iPhone-controlled quadricopter, with its built-in 720p camera, wowed the crowds.

Unfortunately, though, the AR.Drone 2.0 suffered from a problem similar to its predecessor—battery life. The RC vehicle could only fly for about 15 mins on a single charge. But that’s about change with the new Power Edition…

Parrot has announced this week a new version of its AR.Drone 2.0. It’s called the ‘Power Edition,’ and the company says that its powerful new high-density lithium-polymer battery gives it a cool 36 minutes of total flying time.

From the press release (via Engadget):

With the ‘Power Edition,’ AR.Drone 2.0 fans can enjoy the powerful new high-density lithium-polymer battery, which extends the flight time of the AR.Drone 2.0 by 50 percent! Because it is an exclusive edition, it includes not just one, but two of these high-density batteries!

With a total of 36 minutes of flight time, you can unleash the full potential of your Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and become the master of the sky!”

Also new on the AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition are sets of color blades, including piano black, blazing red, fiery orange and cool blue. And of course it still features its HD camera and Wi-Fi N support, allowing you to fly 165 ft away.

If you’re interested in picking up the new version of the AR.Drone, keep an eye on your local Brookstone store this month. It’s a bit pricey though, even by AR.Drone standards. The Power Edition comes with a price tag of $370.

  • Tyler

    cool as hell

  • Eric

    Hey, can anybody lend me $370?

    I promise I’ll pay you back……..

    • MyFlammingSkull

      Ok no prob

  • Battery life was a show stopper… Now 36 min sounds awesome!

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    I always wondered- this baby needs to be connected to WiFi in order to be controlled or it uses its own standard radio like any flying remote controlled toy?
    Just curious since WiFi signals are sensitive in the city, so wondering if you could fly this thing in a random park.
    Edit: nevermind, I found the answer- it generates its own WiFi connection.

  • Thanks be to Todd

    Word to the wise. If you’re the type of person that likes to push the edge of the technological envelope with gizmo’s….the Drone will break your heart eventually. Let’s just say that I have one that I fly and one for spare parts.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      What do you mean?

      • Thanks be to Todd

        Let’s see how high it can go
        Let’s see how far away I can fly it

      • Mike

        Think about it say it is 100ft in the air over a hard ground when that battery dies a quadricopter with no power can’t fly. And a fall from 100ft and electronics do not usually end well.

      • mehrab

        You clearly have no clue -_- i have the predesser in like 11-13 minutes it starts slowing down (in terms of height) at the 12-15 point it drops 5 feet every second at the 14 minutes point it barely flies its like 5 feet off the ground

  • Dady King

    We can attach a spy cam n fly straight away to girlfriend window..

  • seyss

    36 minutes aint that “cool”