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

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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.

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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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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.

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Official DJI Mavic Air Car Charger

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When DJI announced and launched the Mavic Air back in January they also listed the Mavic Air car charger as an official accessory. It has been listed as “out of stock” since the Mavic Air launched as it was still in the production stage. For those who have been patiently waiting for the Mavic Air car charger to be released, good news it can finally be purchased as of this week.

The Mavic Air car charger allows you to charge your Mavic Air batteries while out on the go via your vehicles 12 volt accessory port (cigarette lighter). You can charge a single battery, or the car charger can be used in conjunction with the charging hub that came with the “Fly More Combo” kit, allowing you to charge 4 batteries. Keep in mind when using the charging hub it functions the same way as when plugged into a traditional wall socket. It will charge one battery at a time from the most charged to the least.

There are other alternatives for keeping your Mavic Air batteries charged on the on the go such as a power inverter or a portable drone charger. However these can be expensive and heavy to bring with you. Not to mention there are many that only wish to use genuine DJI gear as not to damage the batteries which some cheap 3rd party knock offs have the potential to do. For the price I think the Mavic Air car charger is a nice solution for keeping your Mavic Air batteries charged on the go.

Mavic Air Car Charger (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/V4vbQD
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The DJI Mavic Air car charger packaging.

 

The Mavic Air car charger is compact and easy to store in your drone case or backpack.

 

The Mavic Air car charger can be used to charge one battery at a time or multiple batteries with the Mavic Air charging hub.

 

The Mavic Air car charger can be used with the charging hub that came with the “Fly More Combo”

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