Over the last few years, drones have gone from niche and expensive to mainstream and affordable. This is also due to companies such as DJI. And with the growing popularity of drones, the number of accessories you can buy for them is increasing accordingly.
I’ve spent a lot of time using and testing drone accessories, so I’m here to tell you that most of them are meaningless and unnecessary.
Everything from the GoPro camera mount to the floats that you think you can take off and land from the water (yes, yes, the drone gets soaked from the spray) to the parachute.
You will buy them, carry them with you, and eventually never use them (or worse, you will use them once, and they will damage the drone Will bring).
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In my experience, there are only three accessories that really make a difference to drone pilots, whether recreational or commercial. These are the ones I use all the time and help make flying more enjoyable when flying for recreation and more productive when flying commercially.
I think it’s easy to see the big buzz with lights in the four corners and spinning props, but all the drones I own turn into a vague blur when in the sky. And those LEDs in the corner do almost nothing.
Solution-Mount the strobe on top.
This helps maintain VLOS (Visual Line Of Sight) on the drone. This is needed in many countries. It’s also a useful safety feature, as it’s not a bad thing to make something with four rotating blades easier to see.
There are many in the world, and there is a tendency to use the Ulanzi DR-01 strobe for large drones such as the DJI Air 2S, and the small and lightweight Ulanzi DR-02 strobe for drones such as the DJI Mini 2. The Mini 2 with the DR-02 is available in whiskers weighing less than 249g. This is good news, as regulations change in many countries beyond that weight.
Fly the drone outdoors. Now consider how difficult it is to look at your cell phone when you are outdoors.
Imagine flying something worth hundreds of dollars now, and you rely on information from your screen to make decisions.
It took me years to stare at the iPhone until I came to the conclusion that I would benefit from the sunshade when I was flying. Since then, I haven’t looked back. Most are lightweight foldable flat assemblies that are held together by magnets, but even the cheapest ones work well.
I’ve been using the Skyreat sunshade for my new DJI drone and it works fine.
I’ve seen people spend hundreds of dollars on drones, then make kits using cheap and nasty microSD cards in discount stores and wonder why 4K video is corrupted.
After years of testing on smartphones, cameras and drones, I’m currently using only SanDisk Extreme or SanDisk Extreme Pro cards that are 128GB or smaller in size (this requires removing footage from the card!). They are cheap, reliable, heat resistant, waterproof and impact resistant.
I have never had a problem with these cards.
If you want to buy a new DJI drone, we highly recommend getting the Fly More Combo pack.
This kit comes with spare batteries (these are expensive if you try to buy them separately, don’t think about buying a third party battery) and a man bag in a carry case. Something like an ND filter (useful if you want to capture a movie-like video). If you’re serious about drones, it’s worth buying a Flymore combo with just those extra batteries.
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