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Unboxing The DJI Mavic Air

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It has arrived. I have really been looking forward to getting my hands on DJI’s latest drone the Mavic Air. What has really drawn me to this drone is its size and how portable it is. I do a lot of photo hiking in the summer and space in my camera backpack is definitely at a premium. To be able to have a 4K drone that can capture stunning images and videos with taking up very little space is really amazing. When you go back a few years and think of the gear you needed to bring with you to capture this kind of aerial footage it’s just mind-blowing … the Mavic Air can fit in your pocket.

This is more just an unboxing video, I will be doing a full review later on with footage and comparisons. I will be also uploading a 60-second version of my unboxing for those that just want to see what comes in the package without all the commentary and fluff.

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

 

Contents of the Mavic Air Fly More Combo Package Include:

  • Air Craft (Mavic Air)
  • Remote Control
  • 3 Intelligent Batteries
  • Charging Brick
  • Power Cable
  • 12 Propellers ( 3 complete sets)
  • Set of Propeller Guards
  • 3 RC Remote Cables (Lighting, USB-C, Micro USB –  Lighting is pre-installed)
  • Gimbal Cover
  • USB-C Communication Cable
  • 3 RC Cable Sliders for remote (one is pre-installed)
  • 2 Spark Control Sticks
  • Battery Charging Hub
  • Battery to Power Bank Connector
  • Carrying Case (Drone Only)
  • Mavic Air Travel Bag


Top view size comparison of the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Air.

 

There is an iPhone lighting cable pre-installed in the Mavic Air Remote. The kit also contains cables for other phones that can be swapped out.

 

Here is the charging hub for the DJI Mavic Air. Can charge 4 batteries one at a time.

 

Pictured is the new rear sensors on the DJI Mavic Air.

 

3 Complete sets of props come with the DJI Mavic Air fly more combo.

 

Contents of the DJI Mavic Air fly more combo kit.

 

The picture above is the new remote controller for the DJI Mavic Air.

 

The new 3 axis 4K gimbal and camera on the DJI Mavic Air now records video at 100 MBS.

 


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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.

Remote Extension Sticks: https://amzn.to/2Sqb8qw

 

 

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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