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How To Use A Bluetooth Game Controller With Ryze Tello Drone

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In this video I go over all the steps on how to connect, pair and use a Bluetooth game controller with the Ryze Tello drone. Ryze does not make a dedicated controller for the Tello, you can however use various game controllers to fly the Tello. These Bluetooth controllers for iOS are normally used to play games on you iPhone or iPad but they also work quite well to control some drones. Now one thing I would like to point out is that these Bluetooth controllers will not give you any extra range for your drone unlike other drones such as the DJI Spark. A Bluetooth controller is different in the fact that it does not connect directly to the drone. The controller connects to your iPhone and then the iPhone to the drone.

The controller I opted to go with is the Speedy controller by PXN. Setup is quick and easy and the controller has a nice quality build. What ever brand you go with make sure it comes with a phone mount. This is important so you can mount your phone while flying.

To set up your Bluetooth remote with your Tello Drone you will need to do the following steps.

  1. The first thing you need to do is power on and put your controller into pairing mode. You do so by long pressing the power button for 4 seconds until the battery lights start to blink slowly. Then press the “wireless” icon beside the lights to enter into pairing mode. The lights will now blink fast to signify it has entered pairing mode.
  2. Now you will need to pair the controller to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth. Open up the Bluetooth options in the settings app on your iPhone. Find the listing for the “Speedy Controller” or what ever brand you are using and click on connect. Your phone will now be paired with your Bluetooth controller. This step only needs to be done once.
  3. At this point you can connect the Tello drone to your iPhone via WiFi as you normally do.
  4. Launch the Tello app and that is it. The Tello app will automatically detect that there is a Bluetooth remote connected. You can go to the settings within the Tello app to view a diagram of what buttons can be used for shortcuts (see Below).

Speedy BlueTooth Controller (USA) https://amzn.to/2IjjPgm
Speedy BlueTooth Controller (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Il8sUW

Ryze Tello Drone (USA) http://amzn.to/2FqSHPH
Ryze Tello Drone (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GpbpYr

Ryze Tello Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2Inivcu
Ryze Tello Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GoCPJF

Here is our YouTube video demonstrating how to connect a Bluetooth game controller to the Ryze Tello Drone

 

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Smatree Portable Charging Station For DJI Spark | Review and Thoughts

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One of the nice features of the DJI Spark is the ability to charge it via a USB cable and a power bank. You can plug the Spark into a power bank and it will charge which is great when you out on location and you have burned through all your batteries. The problem is you can only charge one battery at a time and worse your drone is tied up while charging. This is where the portable charging station by Smatree comes in. Essentially this unit is a 8100 mAh power bank with battery charging bays for the DJI Spark built in. This portable charger allows you to charge 3 spark batteries simultaneously in about 45 minutes…that is supper fast. It can charge a total of 6 batteries before the entire unit needs a recharged. There is also a USB port on the side of the unit that can be used to recharge your Spark controller or even your smart phone. The charger does have some weight to it (12.8 ounces) but still very portable and easily packed in a backpack.

Smatree Portable Charger (Updated Version)

I want to point out that Smatree has updated the portable charging station since I filmed my video and what a great update it was. The old version used a micro USB connector to recharge the power bank at (5V/2A) this worked fine, however it takes over 14 hours to recharge at this rate. The updated unit now comes with it own dedicated charger that plugs into a wall socket and directly into the power bank. The new charging specs are (8.7V/4A) and the unit can now be recharged from empty in about 3.5 to 4 hours. Such a welcome upgrade!

This is a fantastic charger and I think it is a must have accessory for every DJI Spark pilot. I really wish all drones would adopt this method of USB charging, It would save a fortune not having to buy so many extra batteries just so you can have a full day of flying.

Updated Charging Station (USA) https://amzn.to/2ql9Gcp
Updated Charging Station (CAN) https://amzn.to/2v6Yp4u

DJI Spark (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/DvoqK1
DJI Spark (USA Amazon) https://amzn.to/2HoDaxi
DJI Spark (CANADA Amazon) https://amzn.to/2GM5eJX


You can charge 3 DJI Spark batteries in 45 minutes simultaneously in the Smatree portable charger.

 

Here you can see the new connector on the updated Smatree portable charger for DJI Spark. Now at 8.7V/4A.

 

The new dedicated charging brick for the updated Smatree portable charging station.

 

A side by side comparison of the old charger vs. the new charger. Updated charger on the left and old charger on the right.

 

Updated Smatree portable charging station for DJI Spark.

 

Size comparison of the Smatree portable charger beside the DJI Spark

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DJI Mavic Air

DJI Sling Bag Review | Best Case For The DJI Goggles

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If you have been looking for a storage solution for your DJI Goggles you may want to take a look at the DJI Sling Bag. This sling bag style case is designed to hold the DJI Goggles as well as a Mavic Pro or Mavic Air, it also works well with the DJI Spark. One of the really nice features of the DJI Sling bag is the fact that it is convertible which means if you are only going to be storing the goggles inside, it zips up small so you don’t have all the extra bulk. However if you wish to carry a drone in the pack as well, there is plenty of room. It can hold a total of 3 Mavic Pro batteries plus remote, or 5 Mavic Air batteries and remote.

This bag looks and feels like a premium product, something that I have come to expect from DJI gear. One thing I have not been able to find out online is if the bag is water-resistant. Due to the design of the zippers and material I would have to say it is. Overall a nice case for the DJI Goggles. Watch our review video featuring the DJI Goggles sling bag.

DJI Sling Bag (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/pKvG7L
DJI Sling Bag (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2J9fgps

Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

DJI Goggles RE (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/qaWFrQ
DJI Goggle RE (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2HC1meI


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