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LowePro DroneGuard BP 250 Review | My 2018 Summer Adventuring Kit

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So about this time of year, we start to plan and book some of our summer excursions and at the same time, I like to get my drone/camera gear ready for our summer adventuring. This year I wanted to change the backpack I was using to something better suited to what I need. I had been using the GoPro Seeker, it’s an excellent backpack but was no longer meeting my needs. What I didn’t like about it was the fact that most of your gear had to be stored in the main cavity, it’s quite deep and hard to access the gear that is stored in the bottom. I found myself having to empty everything to find what I was looking for. I’ll still use it for short hikes and maybe family day-trips to the zoo or beach when I won’t have a lot of gear to bring.

So after researching many camera/drone backpacks, I decided to go with the Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250. It’s better suited for me and my gear. When the main cavity is opened, all your gear is in full view and easily accessible. The interior is fully customizable and can be configured to accommodate a variety of drones, GoPro and camera gear. The Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250 looks to be well-built and is extremely comfortable to wear which is important especially on those day-long hiking trips.

Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250: http://amzn.to/2F9XkgE

Here is our YouTube video as we go over the backpack in detail, do a quick review and show you what drone / GoPro gear I will be packing for this years summer adventuring.


Here is a list of some of the drone, GoPro and 360 camera gear I will be packing in this backpack.

Mavic Air: https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Polar Pro Mavic Air ND Filters: http://amzn.to/2oFCPy3
Mavic Air Tablet Mount: http://amzn.to/2FbldBn
GoPro Hero 6: http://amzn.to/2GZcxh8
GoPro Hero 6 ND Filters: http://amzn.to/2F9Hm1T
GoPro Hero 6 Macro Lens: http://amzn.to/2FNXYgY
GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2CWhc0P
GoPro Shorty: http://amzn.to/2FP0xQ1
GoPro Dual Charger: http://amzn.to/2F8vi0V
Rylo 360 Camera: http://amzn.to/2CXxLJF
FeiyuTech G5 Gimbal: http://amzn.to/2FRTiXy
GoPro Floating Handle: http://amzn.to/2oHI1l9
RavPower USB-C Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2FO5wAg
Joby Gorillapod: http://amzn.to/2Fn66Yd
Manfrotto Extension Pole: http://amzn.to/2oHiMPK

The main cavity is fully configurable to accommodate a wide variety of drone and camera gear.

 

Has a removable pouch, perfect for storing small parts, cables, and spare propellers.


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PolarPro Extension Remote Sticks Review

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the remote extension sticks by PolarPro for the DJI Mavic Air and DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom. When DJI introduced the original Mavic Pro they also introduced its new compact remote. In order to keep the remote small and portable, the control sticks were designed a little shorter than traditional remote sticks. This also rang true when DJI launched the DJI Spark, it also had a small remote and remote sticks. This became the new standard for DJI’s portable drones. When DJI Released the Mavic Air and the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom they stuck to the smaller remote sticks even though they could now be removed for even easier packing, this is most likely due to the fact that users are now accustomed to the shorter style remote sticks.

The problem with a shorter stick is that it does not give you the fine control as a longer stick, think back to science class and what you learned about levers. PolarPro has released an ingenious new stick for the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom and Mavic air. This new stick comes in the same size as the stock sticks from DJI but have the added feature of extending from .75 inch to 1.25 inches. This allows you to set the length to what you feel is best for you. When the sticks are collapsed they are the exact size of the original remote sicks and thus will stow away in the Mavic Air or Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom remote.

This is a great product for those who need nice precision controls when filming very specific shots with their DJI Drones. Watch our video review to see the PolarPro DJI Mavic Air/Mavic 2 remote extension sticks in action.

Remote Extension Sticks: https://amzn.to/2Sqb8qw

 

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks packaging

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks extended and closed comparison. The sticks expand from .75 inch to 1.25 inches.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks attached to Mavic 2 controller.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks attached to Mavic 2 controller.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks attached to Mavic 2 controller.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks when extended compared to stock DJI sticks.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks when closed compared to stock DJI sticks.

 

PolarPro remote extension sticks fit nicely in the remote the same as the stock ones.

 


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Easiest Way To Discharge DJI Drone Batteries Before A Flight Or Storage

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One nice feature of DJI intelligent drone batteries is the fact that they will self-discharge after a predetermined amount of time that can be set via the DJI Go 4 app. Storing a lipo battery at full charge can damage it over time and that is why DJI included this feature in it intelligent drone batteries. The discharge, however, can take several days and what if you have a last minute flight and you need to discharge your batteries quickly. Some airline around the world requires lipo batteries be drained before you enter the aircraft. Personally, I have never been asked to show my batteries are discharged before a flight but I do know of people who have been asked to show every battery. It’s better to be safe than sorry when traveling on a plane to avoid any unwanted hassle.

My method of discharging DJI Drone batteries such as the Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom and the Phantom 4 Series is to use the Battery to power bank adapter. This adapter is included in the fly more kits for each drone and can also be purchased separately. The adapter essentially turns your drone battery into a power bank that can be used to charge devices such as smartphone and tablets. To discharge your DJI Drone battery quickly simple fit the adapter on your battery and charge up any devices that needs charging. Your drone batteries will be quickly and safely discharged using this technique. Now one problem using this method that can come up is if you own many drone batteries you may run out of devices to charge before you drone batteries are all empty. In this situation what you can do is plug your drone battery into a traditional power bank. Essentially you are just moving the power from your drone battery to your power bank. This works great considering power banks tend to have high capacities and can take quite a bit of juice.

Using this method is better than other methods such as letting the motors run on the aircraft until the batteries are drained. In my opinion, this puts unnecessary wear on your aircrafts motors.

You can order battery power bank adaptors here if you do not own one already.
Mavic Air Adapter (DJI Store) http://bit.ly/2yv7Utc
Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Adapter (DJI Store) http://bit.ly/2Al6frG
Mavic Pro/Platinum Adapter (DJI Store) http://bit.ly/2ySZxqX
Phantom 4 Series Adapter (DJI Store) http://bit.ly/2yS7mNx

You can watch our YouTube video demonstrating this technique of discharging DJI drone batteries for travel and flights. A good resource for those who are wondering how to travel with a drone.

 


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