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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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DJI Mavic 2 Dual Remote Firmware Update | How To Setup Crystal Sky and Smart Controller

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A few days back DJI released a new firmware update (v01.00.0400) for both the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro. This firmware update fixed a few minor issues but added a long sought after feature and that is dual remote support. As of the filming of my YouTube video and writing this article it is only available for iOS devices and has yet to be updated for Android. This is a problem for many as both the DJI Smart Controller and Crystal Sky both run on Android. In my YouTube video, I show you how you can still go ahead and set up a dual remote system with your Crystal Sky and Smart Controller. I walk through the steps of how to bind a secondary controller to your Mavic 2 and talk about how it all works.

Now some may wonder why you would want two remotes for you Mavic 2 and I can think of two good reasons. First off, you can have a second pilot control the camera movements. You as a pilot can control how the drone is flying and its movements and the second pilot can control the camera moves, this can help create really dynamic and cinematic shots. The second reason and which is why I am really happy about the update, I primarily fly with my Smart Controller, however, sometimes I like to fly with my 7.8″ Crystal Sky for its larger screen and 2000 nits of brightness. In the past, this meant rebinding my original Mavic 2 controller every time, then rebinding the Smart Controller when finished. This was time-consuming and a little aggravating. Now with the new dual remote update, I can keep both remotes bound at all times and choose which controller to fly with.

Now a few things to keep in mind, your secondary controller can do most tasks just like the primary remote however it does have some limitations. You cannot adjust the settings in the menu, that has to be done on the primary controller. If a second pilot is flying with the secondary controller any inputs from the primary controller sticks will override the secondary controller. The secondary controller does have full accesses to all camera controls and settings.

Watch our video on how to set up dual remotes for you Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom including Android devices such as crystal sky and the Smart Controller.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Crystal Sky: http://bit.ly/2RYu9CX
DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU
PolarPro Flight Deck: https://amzn.to/2L9ssk3

 


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PolarPro Gimbal Lock For DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

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With the launch of the original Mavic Pro and then followed by the launch of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom there has been a consistent dislike of the stock gimbal and camera cover that comes with them. Most complaints are due to the brittle build of the cover and that it can break easily. Others complain that it is to difficult to install and worst yet it seems to come loose while the drone is in transit. With the launch of the Mavic 2 series, there were even reports of the gimbal guard scratching the body of the camera.

A few weeks back PolarPro released a new gimbal lock in two variations, one for the Mavic 2 Pro and one for the Mavic 2 Zoom. Curious about the product I ordered one in so I could test it out. I purchased the version for the Mavic 2 Zoom from Amazon and it arrived promptly the next day. It’s a nice simple design and like most PolarPro accessories it has a nice rubberized build and seems to be made of good quality materials. The gimbal lock also has a soft material fastened on the inside to prevent scratching and scuffs which is a really nice touch. The included installation instructions were easy to follow and the gimbal lock attached quite easily, much easier than the stock gimbal lock/cover.

When attached it has a very snug fit, perhaps a little too snug? I am not sure but I definitely would not want it any tighter. It locks on tight and provides secure protection to the gimbal and camera, you definitely do not have to worry about this one coming off while transporting the drone. All in all a nice product for your Mavic 2 drone, the price is a little steep at $25 but I guess its cheaper than having to replace a damaged camera and gimbal. You can watch our YouTube video where we take a closer look at the PolarPro gimbal guard for the DJI Mavic 2.

Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Pro: https://amzn.to/2IgYV4O
Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Zoom: https://amzn.to/2I2OkuI

 

 


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