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Ryze Tello Drone Full Review | Setup and Test Flight



At CES 2018 the Tello drone was unveiled and there was a lot of confusion at first as it was believed to be a new DJI Drone called the DJI Tello. However is was soon cleared up that it was in fact a new drone that feature some DJI technology as well as Intel technology inside but was the creation of a company called Ryze. For the most part DJI will be the company looking after sales of this mini drone, even when purchased from amazon the Tello is shipped out by DJI.

Unlike many other toy grade drones at the $100 price point the Tello features sensors on the bottom to help hold its altitude and position when in flight. This makes for a better more stable flight experience whether flying indoors or outdoors. Due to its small size and only weighing 80 grams flying outdoors should only be attempted on days without any significant wind. The Ryze Tello is controlled by your smart phone via its own dedicated app however there is support for some 3rd party Bluetooth game controllers.

The DJI/Ryze Tello ships with one battery that is rated for 13 minutes of flight time. Keep in mind those numbers don’t usually pan out in real world flying conditions and you are more likely to experience 9 to 10 minutes of flight time. 10 minutes of flight time is really not bad for a drone of this size. You can purchase spare batteries however at the time of publishing this article they were still listed as unavailable. The batteries are charged via the aircraft with a micro USB cable which oddly enough is not included. I guess they figure most people had several lying around. There will be a charging hub for sale down the road that can charge several batteries independently from the aircraft which will come in handy especially if you have several batteries to charge.

Ryze Tello (DJI Store)
Ryze Tello (Amazon)

Tello Bluetooth Controller:
Tello Case:


The dedicated app for the Ryze Tello is well designed and intuitive. The layout is well-organized and the learning curve is quite low. Even a consumer brand new to drones will be up and flying quickly. The app offers many smart modes including, throw and go, 360 spin, circle, up and away and bounce. The Tello drone is capable of doing many different styles of flips and I really like how Ryze has implemented them. It’s as simple as going into the “flips” flight mode and swiping on the screen the direction you want to flip. Ryze offers two ways to land the Tello aircraft, one is an automatic landing and the other is palm landing. When you select palm landing you have 5 seconds to place you hand under the aircraft. Once the sensors recognize  your hand the Tello will gently descend until it has landed, the engines will then turn off.

Who is this drone gear towards? Well that answer is subjective. If you’re looking for a good aerial video/ photo platform than this is not the drone for you. It is capable of 5 MP photos and 720 HD video however the results are mediocre at best. There is no gimbal however the video is stabilized by software. I would say this is an excellent drone for those who are looking to learn to fly and don’t what to shell out $1000 for a higher end drone, it’s a nice little drone to learn on. Also it is a really nice drone for kids, you don’t have to worry about them crashing your expensive drone if they want to fly.

All in all a great little drone for its price category, its stable in the air and fun to fly even if used just indoors for those times you just can’t fly outside due to weather or season.


The Ryze Tello drone is quite small and only weighs 80 grams.


Ryze Tello Drone with the propeller guards removed.


A size comparison of the Ryze Tello drone and the DJI Spark.


All the contents inside the Ryze Tello drone box.


Here is the packaging for the Ryze Tello Drone.

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DJI Mavic Air

Unboxing The DJI Goggles Racing Edition



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)
DJI Goggle RE (Amazon)

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)
Mavic Air (Amazon)

DJI Spark (DJI Store)
DJI Spark (Amazon)

Mavic Pro / Platinum (DJI Store)
Mavic Pro / Platinum (Amazon)

Phantom 4 Series (DJI Store)
Phantom 4 Series (Amazon)

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Tips For Flying Mavic Air and DJI Spark in Winter and Cold Weather



In this video I go over some tips on how to safely fly your DJI Drone in cold and winter conditions. These tips pertain to most DJI drones including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Spark and the new Mavic Air. The biggest problem with flying drones in cold temperatures is the batteries are not designed to function in cold temperatures. There is a chemical reaction that needs to take place within the batteries and cold temperature really degrade their performance. Watch my tips and tricks video on how to fly your DJI drones in cold weather.

Landing Pad:

Hot Hands:

Mavic Air (DJI Store)
Mavic Air (Amazon)

DJI Spark (DJI Store) DJI Spark:
DJI Spark (Amazon)



When planing a flight with your drone in the winter, the first thing you should consider is how to transport your drone while keeping it reasonably warm including the batteries. It can be as simple as keeping you kit in your vehicle while driving to your flying location. Don’t leave the aircraft in a cold vehicle, if you stop for lunch bring your drone case in with you so it doesn’t cool off too much. Once at location you may have to do some hiking to reach the desired spot to fly your aircraft. This is where a drone can cool considerably even on a short 20 minute hike. Carry your batteries in your coat preferably an inside pocket. Your body temperature will help keep your batteries warm until you are ready to use them.

Consider purchasing hand warmers to keep your batteries warm and toasty. If you wish to keep you batteries and DJI Drone in a backpack while hiking to location, 3 to 5 hand warmers strategically placed in your case or backpack will keep the drone and batteries warm until you arrive at location and even while flying for several hours. Bring some extra unopened hand-warmers as spares in case you need more heat or the existing ones start to cool.

Keep you flights shorts! Once the drone is up in the air the batteries will cool quickly and you will have decreased flight time. In certain conditions ice can build up on the blades of your drone which could lead to an aircraft malfunction. Short flights allow you to check on the propellers often to make sure there is no build up.

Don’t fly to far! It is a good rule of thumb not to fly as far as you normally would in ideal weather conditions due to the fact that the battery will deplete quickly and you may find yourself to far away and the battery power level decides to drop quickly. Staying close by allows you to make a quick landing if need be. Plus if worse come to worse you wont have to hike a mile to find your drone if it crashes.

Lastly you need to consider take off and landing locations. You don’t want your drone to come into contact with snow. The warm aircraft will melt snow quickly and the moisture could easily damage electrical components within your drone. It’s a good idea to bring along a portable landing pad. This keeps the elements away from you motors and gimbal and provides you with a nice flat surface to launch and land your drone. There are many nice foldable landing pads that are light and compact and easily fit into a drone case or backpack.

Please be aware that most drone manufactures including DJI do not recommend flying drones in cold weather, if you choose to do so, you do at your own risk. However if you take a few extra precautions you can safely fly all winter long and really extend your flying season if you are located in a colder climate.


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