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PolarPro Skeleton Case & Gimbal Lock Review

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Our latest review is of the skeleton case and gimbal lock for the DJI Spark. These items are from PolarPro Filters who make a wide variety of drone and GoPro accessories. The DJI Spark “Skeleton Case” is a minimalist case that offers motor, blade and frame protection while adding minimal bulk for packing. The included clip also allows you to hang your spark off the outside of a camera bag or backpack for quick and easy access when you need to grab a quick shot. Its made of a nice quality plastic with a rubberized outer coating. The inner surfaces of the skeleton case have padding to prevent scratching on the spark body when mounted in the case.

PolarPro Skeleton Case: http://amzn.to/2nNZavm
PolarPro Gimbal Lock: https://goo.gl/z6xXP5
DJI Spark (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/DvoqK1

Nothing replaces the protection of a traditional case, however there are some instances when packing were space is at a premium and being able to throw the Spark in a backpack without a traditional case can be an ideal situation. The skeleton case offers ample protection in most circumstances.

If you will be using the skeleton case I do highly recommend also picking up the gimbal lock from PolarPro. The skeleton case is nice but it does leave the gimbal exposed a susceptible to damage. The gimbal lock is made of the same materials as the skeleton case and together they make a great pair. Here is our YouTube review of the PolarPro skeleton case and gimbal lock for the DJI Spark.


Some photos of the skeleton case and how to install it.

 

PolarPro skeleton case and gimbal lock packaging.

The contents of the PolarPro Skeleton Case box.

A wrap around clip securely attaches the skeleton case to the Spark body.

Once installed the skeleton case is on securely.

An example of the PolarPro skeleton case clipped on the outside of a backpack.

PolarPro Skeleton Case: http://amzn.to/2nNZavm
PolarPro Gimbal Lock: https://goo.gl/z6xXP5
DJI Spark (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/DvoqK1

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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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Unboxing The DJI Goggles Racing Edition

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This is just a simple unboxing video of the DJI Goggles Racing Edition. We plan on making more advanced training and tutorial videos soon. We thought it would be best to split the videos up as not to have all the information crammed into one video.  Watch our YouTube unboxing video.

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


There are two versions of the DJI Goggles, the original version which are white and the racing edition which is black. The racing edition goggle have a few extra features and design enhancements. In the racing edition goggles DJI has redesigned the head band to make them a little more comfortable to wear as well as a redesigned face plate to make it fit a little nicer to the face and help prevent fogging of the goggles. The DJI Racing Edition Goggles also support non DJI drones such as analog racing drones. This is noticeable by the antenna that is not present on the original goggles. The racing edition goggles also supports viewing of 360 and VR panos shot on the various DJI Drones.

I opted to purchase the DJI Racing Edition goggles so I only need to carry one pair of goggles no matter if I wish to FPV with my DJI drone or with some smaller racing quads. As for DJI Drones the goggles work wirelessly with the Mavic Pro and variants such as the Mavic Pro Platinum via Ocusync. The DJI Goggles also work well with the DJI Spark, Mavic Air and the Phantom 4 series of drones via a wired connection.

Both versions of the goggles also support playback of any device that outputs HDMI. The goggles for example can be used to watch Netflix movies via an iPhone.

Like I stated this article is not a review of the goggles but I would like to add that I was extremely impressed when flying the Mavic Air with the DJI goggles. I have only had a few chances to get and fly with them but I really was amazing at how immersive it was. They are a little pricey but well worth the money in my opinion. There is not much more I am going to cover in this article but make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and bookmark our website for more detailed videos on how to use the DJI Goggles that we will be creating over the coming weeks.

A list of DJI Drones that are compatible with the DJI Goggles Racing Edition

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

DJI Spark (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/DvoqK1
DJI Spark (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2GoBjYN

Mavic Pro / Platinum (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/ZA1UFP
Mavic Pro / Platinum (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2FII6Q1

Phantom 4 Series (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/e7th53
Phantom 4 Series (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2FLgtWN

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