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How To Use A Bluetooth Game Controller With Ryze Tello Drone

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In this video, I go over all the steps on how to connect, pair and use a Bluetooth game controller with the Ryze Tello drone. Ryze does not make a dedicated controller for the Tello, you can, however, use various game controllers to fly the Tello. These Bluetooth controllers for iOS are normally used to play games on your iPhone or iPad but they also work quite well to control some drones. Now one thing I would like to point out is that these Bluetooth controllers will not give you any extra range for your drone unlike other drones such as the DJI Spark. A Bluetooth controller is different in the fact that it does not connect directly to the drone. The controller connects to your iPhone and then the iPhone to the drone.

The controller I opted to go with is the Speedy controller by PXN. Setup is quick and easy and the controller has a nice quality build. Whatever brand you go with make sure it comes with a phone mount. This is important so you can mount your phone while flying.

To set up your Bluetooth remote with your Tello Drone you will need to do the following steps.

  1. The first thing you need to do is power on and put your controller into pairing mode. You do so by long pressing the power button for 4 seconds until the battery lights start to blink slowly. Then press the “wireless” icon beside the lights to enter into pairing mode. The lights will now blink fast to signify it has entered pairing mode.
  2. Now you will need to pair the controller to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth. Open up the Bluetooth options in the settings app on your iPhone. Find the listing for the “Speedy Controller” or whatever brand you are using and click on connect. Your phone will now be paired with your Bluetooth controller. This step only needs to be done once.
  3. At this point, you can connect the Tello drone to your iPhone via WiFi as you normally do.
  4. Launch the Tello app and that is it. The Tello app will automatically detect that there is a Bluetooth remote connected. You can go to the settings within the Tello app to view a diagram of what buttons can be used for shortcuts (see Below).

Speedy BlueTooth Controller (USA) https://amzn.to/2IjjPgm
Speedy BlueTooth Controller (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Il8sUW

Ryze Tello Drone (USA) http://amzn.to/2FqSHPH
Ryze Tello Drone (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GpbpYr

Ryze Tello Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2Inivcu
Ryze Tello Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GoCPJF

Here is our YouTube video demonstrating how to connect a Bluetooth game controller to the Ryze Tello 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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