How much weight can the drone carry? (pounds and kilograms)

Feb. 15, 2022

One consideration that often gets thrown around when choosing a drone to buy is the payload capacity of the drone. However, once you start attaching accessories to your drone, you become more concerned about how much weight the drone can carry or lift. What is the average carrying capacity or lifting capacity of a drone?

The weight a drone can carry depends on whether it is classified as a toy drone, a mini drone, a hobby drone, or a professional drone. For some drones, the payload is 5 pounds (2.27 kg) and can be as high as 500 pounds (227 kg). The drone companies and manufacturers always use moter testers or other tool equipment to test the load of the drone to ensure the standard capacity. In this article, we'll examine the weight payload of your favorite drone models, from inexpensive hobby drones to DJI models and even professional drones. We'll also discuss how to reduce the weight of your drone, Please read on patiently! 

How much weight can the drone carry? (pounds and kilograms)

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How much weight can a drone carry or lift? 

How much weight can a drone lift depends on different factors affecting payloads. To improve your drone effeciency, you can use TEST TOOLS to make it!

Drones generally fall into four categories: toy drones, mini drones, hobby drones, and professional drones. Those who are new to drones usually prefer toy drones so that if they crash it, it won't cost them a lot of money in their pocket to replace it (toy drones average about $30). These drone pilots, if they continue to fly their drones, will eventually upgrade to hobby drones. For many drone pilots, this is the type of drone they've always preferred, but for those whose work involves drones, they may have professional-grade drones.

Factor 1. Classification of the Drones

Toy drones aren't meant to carry a lot of weight, so if the drone can carry half a pound, you're in luck.   

When you get into professional drones, the payload increases to 25 pounds or even 500 pounds, which is 227 kilograms. These drones could theoretically lift a man! 

Besides type, what other factors affect the payload of a drone? Let's now discuss these factors.

Factor 2. Drone Weight

Toy drones cannot carry a lot of weight, not only because they are cheap, but these drones are also usually small. For the same reason, the payload of mini-drones is similarly low: they don't have much. 

Professional drones can carry the most weight, partly because they are usually very large in size. These drones are designed for mine surveys, search and rescue, and other tough jobs, so they have to be rugged and durable. 

Factor 3. Battery Weight

A drone's payload includes everything the drone carries, which also means batteries. If your drone has a lot of batteries, or a heavy battery pack, there will be less weight available for carrying accessories. 

Factor 4. Number & Size of Propellers

Props are another factor that comes into play when it comes to the carrying capacity of a drone. Propellers test can generate lift, but if they're too big, they make them heavier. Like everything else, the drone must support the weight of the props, which can reduce its payload.

The number of propellers also affects the drone in the same way, because the more props there are, the heavier the props usually are, even though more motors and props mean more lift. 

Factor 5. Strength of movement 

Enhanced drone motors can fly drones at full load without wavering. If you attach a smartphone carrying case to the drone, the cheaper motors will start to falter. 


What happens if the recommended drone weight limit is exceeded?

Assume you are reading the information in this guide too late. You're excited about all the accessories you can use with your drone, from propeller guards to smartphone carrying cases, and you're ready to capture the action.

How do you know if you're overdoing it on the weight? Your drone will certainly tell you some signs to warn you:

Tight start or failed start

If your drone has a particularly low payload capacity (less than a few pounds), chances are high that it won't even take off when you add too much weight. The drone simply can't support its own weight plus the weight of the accessories you've installed. 

In some cases, you may be lucky, especially if your drone is new and otherwise in good condition. A drone with a decent, albeit tight, load may be able to lift off when there is excess capacity. However, the drone won't fly fast, and you may hear whirring and squealing from the components.

Lack of flight control

Your drone is in the sky, but it doesn't perform well. Even if you keep a straight flight path (or however you try), your drone zigzags and zags like there's no tomorrow. If you try to customize the flight path, the drone still doesn't want to fly the way you want it to.

And, the sound you hear on takeoff is now much louder. 

At this point, your drone is struggling to stay in the air. It flies intermittently because that's all it can maintain. 

The whirring or harsh noise - most likely your drone's motor, by the way - is worsening as your drone gets more and more nervous. It's only a matter of time before it can't take it anymore. 

Premature grounding

It seems like now is the time, because your drone is going down. Maybe the drone will make a soft landing, but more likely, it will crash. Hopefully, you weren't flying your drone too high when this happened. 

Even if your remote control is working properly, you can no longer control the drone. The motor pushes itself so hard that it may break, so your drone can't fly.  


You walk up to your drone and feel it with your hands. It's hot to the touch. A strained motor generates a lot of heat when it is overworked, and that's what you feel.

If you have only been flying your drone for a while, the engine may not be fried. Once your drone has cooled down a bit, you can take it home, charge it, and give it some time. It may come back to life.

However, if your drone is pushed to the point where it crashes, the motor and your drone may fail. 


5 tips to reduce the load on your drone

Whenever possible, it's best not to push your drone to its payload limit. The following 5 tips will help you travel easily with your drone. 

● Bring only the accessories you need

If your drone is equipped with a high-tech camera, do you really need to strap your smartphone to the drone? No. The phone's camera is not as good as the drone's camera, so what's the point? All you're doing is adding weight to the drone.

For each accessory you rely on, ask yourself if you really need it. You can bring one or two accessories, but not too many. 

● Change the frame

The next four tips involve modifying your drone, so you may need to proceed with caution if the drone is still covered under warranty. Repairing your drone is a surefire way to void the warranty. 

With that warning, one thing you can do if you still want to proceed is to replace the drone's frame. The frame is the plastic or metal casing that keeps the internal components secure. It is also usually very heavy. 

If you can find a lighter frame that fits your drone, then you may think it's worth replacing its original frame and installing a lighter weight frame. 

● Shrink the frame support

Since you have personally replaced your drone frame, you have gained a better understanding of drone frames and you may also feel comfortable replacing the frame support. The supports come in 20×20 or 30×30 stacks. If you get smaller, you can reduce the weight of the drone by a few grams.

In the long run, that's not much, but it can make a difference. 

That said, double check that the drone's frame is still adequately supported by the smaller frame stack. You don't want a bad setup just to reduce the weight of the drone. 

● Replace the motor

Now here's some real Frankenstein for your drone: replacing the motor. Before you go out and buy a new motor for your drone, take out the current motor and weigh it. Then research the different motors. If you find one that is a few grams lighter, then you can go ahead and install the new motor. A motor that is just slightly lighter is not worth the hassle. 

● Take off the prop shroud or buy a lighter prop

Prop shrouds are handy when you're a beginner, but at the end of the day they're self-weighting. Once you are comfortable with your drone, get rid of the prop shrouds. Your drone will automatically be a few grams lighter.

If you are still unhappy with the weight of your drone, you can always remove the prop and add a new, lighter one. Double check that the prop is compatible with your drone before you buy it! 



Drones are incredible, as evidenced by drones with payloads of over 500 pounds. While the average drone may carry a few kilograms, many professional drone pilots with heavy hitters have a much higher weight capacity, sometimes around 25 or 50 pounds. 

Whether you use your drone for work, play or both, make sure you know its weight capacity to ensure you don't overload it. Good luck! 

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