One question I get asked quite frequently is what tablet mount I use when flying my DJI Drones including the new Mavic Air. There are many on the market and for the most part, they are all decent and all work in a similar fashion. What I look for when choosing a tablet / iPad mount for my DJI Mavic Pro / Air or Spark is one that is foldable and compact. When I head out for the day hiking and flying I like to have all my camera and drone gear in one backpack. Space can sometimes be an issue, so that’s why for me the more portable the better.
PowerExtra makes a nice fold-able tablet mount that is compatible with the DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, and the Mavic Air. When not in use it folds up into a slim package and can easily be stored in a backpack or even the stock bag that comes with the fly more combo of the Mavic Air or the Spark. It comes with both a case and a lanyard that allows you to hang the remote around your neck if you need to free up your hands. The build quality is good and constructed of a lightweight aluminum. This tablet mount works well with a full-size iPad or an iPad mini and can also accommodate a larger 12″ tablet.
How To Use A Tablet or iPad With A Mavic Air
So if you decide you want to use an iPad or another tablet with you DJI Mavic Air there are a few steps needed to connect your iPad/Tablet to your remote. You will need to purchase a 3rd party tablet mount for your DJI Mavic Air such as the PowerExtra mount. The first thing you need to do is disconnect the small USB cable on the side and completely remove it from the remote. Now place the tablet mount in the cradle where you would normally mount your smartphone. You will notice the USB cable that we normally use to connect the phone to the remote controller is too short to reach the tablet. Simply use the charging/data cable that came with your tablet and plugs it into the larger USB-A port on the bottom of the remote, the other end gets plugged into the tablet or iPad. That’s it, just turn on your drone and remote like normal and launch the DJI Go 4 App.
Now alternatively what you can do is purchase a short 12″ lightning cable (if using an iPad or iPad Mini). This is not necessary but prevents having a long cable dangling from the setup.
Here is a video demonstrating how to use an iPad with the Mavic Air.
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