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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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Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

DJI Spark (DJI Store) DJI Spark: https://goo.gl/DvoqK1
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When planning 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 your 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 the 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 your 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 the 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 too 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 too 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 won’t have to hike a mile to find your drone if it crashes.

Lastly, you need to consider takeoff and landing locations. You don’t want your drone to come into contact with the 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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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.

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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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