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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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Review Of Polar Pro Katana For DJI Mavic Air | Hand Held Rig

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In this video we are taking a closer look at the Katana by PolarPro for the Mavic Air. This unit turns your DJI Mavic Air into a powerful hand-held stabilized camera rig. Now some may ask why you would want to turn you Mavic Air into a hand-held camera, a better question is why wouldn’t you want to! The Mavic air has a really good quality camera on board it records at 4K 60 FPS and at 100 MBS. The Mbits per second is higher that the iPhone and the GoPro Hero 6 so theoretically can capture a higher quality video. With its built-in gimbal for stabilized footage it makes for a great hand-held option and doesn’t require the expense of perhaps buying another camera if you wish to capture ground footage.

One of the really nice features of the PolarPro Katana is the fact that it is expandable. If you purchase a kit for the Mavic Air, but later purchase a DJI Spark the unit will be compatible. All you need to do is purchase the Spark specific mount, you don’t have to purchase a complete kit again. PolarPro also sells separately or in a kit a T-Grip handle that makes it easier to capture low footage. Currently the PolarPro Katana is compatible with the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro/Platinum and I am confident that as DJI releases new compact drones, Polar Pro will make new mounts for them to make them work with the Katana system.

I have been using the PolarPro Katana for about a month now, I have had a good amount of time to test and play with it. I am really pleased with it performance and ease of use. Mounting the Mavic Air or other DJI Drones is quick and easy. The handles make it comfortable to hold and really helps you grab some beautiful stable footage. It comes apart nicely and easily fits into your backpack until your ready to use it again.

Katana for Mavic Air: https://amzn.to/2KBTzzS
Katana for Mavic Pro: https://amzn.to/2HVEzuA
Katana for Spark: https://amzn.to/2rjunWJ

Katana With T-Grip Mavic Air: https://amzn.to/2KC39CK
Katana With T-Grip Mavic Pro: https://amzn.to/2JTUfPL

Watch our full review on YouTube for sample footage from the DJI Mavic Air mounted in the PolarPro Katana

 


Polar Pro Katana for DJI Spark, Mavic Air and Mavic Pro. Test footage and review.

 

The PolarPro Katana is well designed and comfortable to hold.

 

All the parts included when you purchase the PolarPro Katana system for DJI Mavic Air, Spark or Mavic Pro.

 

DJI Spark mounted in the PolarPro Katana.

 

Mavic Air mounted in the PolarPro Katana.

 

This shows the difference of the DJI spark mount and the Mavic Air mount for the PolarPro Katana.

 

Optional T-Grip for the PolarPro Katana system. Makes capturing low angles easy.

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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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