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PolarPro Katana For DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

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In the past PolarPro has released the Katana cinema tray system for DJI Consumer drones such as the Spark, Mavic Pro, and Mavic Air. The Katana Cinema Tray is a system that allows you to mount your drone and gives you hand grips and a place to mount your smartphone essentially turning your drone into a nice stabilized ground camera. The Katana was upgradable and would allow you to purchase different brackets to accommodate different drones without having to purchase the whole system if you wanted to use it with a different drone.

The Katana for DJI Drones relies on the drones WiFi connectivity to work effectively, this basically would eliminate the need for the remote and you could still get a video feed and use the menu system on your smartphone. The DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, and Mavic Air were all capable of connecting directly to WiFi for this setup to work. With the Mavic Pro, there was a toggle switch on the bottom of the drone that allowed you to switch for RC mode to WiFi mode.

DJI did away with WiFi Connectivity with the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom and myself I figured there would be no Katana for this new series of drone. The PolarPro engineers, however, came up with a solution to this issue.. With the Katana Cinema Tray for the Mavic 2 Series you now have to mount the remote in the kit as well, this does add quite a bit of bulk but all in all it does work very well, in fact, it does have some new positives, you can now use the scroll wheel on the remote to adjusts the pitch (and zoom if using the Mavic 2 Zoom) of the camera while filming. When it is set up it does not feel overly heavy, it balances nicely and it is comfortable to hold.

This setup is definitely not for everyone, there are many who wonder why you would want to use such a setup and for me the answer is simple. The camera on the Mavic 2 Pro is quite good. Its a Hasselblad with 1″ sensor capable of 10-bit color, so the question is why wouldn’t you want to use it for ground shots as well. If you out trying to capture some nice cinematic footage with your DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom, mixing in some nice ground shoots can add a nice touch. Using this setup allows you to match the look and feel of your video. Not to mention many of us already have invested in ND filters for the Mavic 2 series that can be also used when capturing handheld footage. When not in use the Katana has a fairly small footprint and can easily store in your camera bag or drone backpack.

If you were a fan of the original Katana cinema tray, I am sure you will like this new setup. It does take some getting used to but in the end, it does work well. You can watch my YouTube video to see the Katana Cinema Tray for the Mavic 2 in action and how to set it up and install the Mavic 2.

Katana for Mavic 2: https://amzn.to/2WBoMsM
Katana for Mavic Air: https://amzn.to/2MOMvB8
Katana for DJI Spark: https://amzn.to/2D5ufPz
Katana For Mavic Pro: https://amzn.to/2MPl2zf
SkyReat Lightning Cable: https://amzn.to/2D4u5YX

 

 

PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom box contents.

Whats included in the PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom box. 

PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom packaging.

 

A short USB cable works best to minimize bulk and dangling cables such as this short lightning cable.

 

You now have to mount the remote PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 to make it compatible.

 

PolarPro Katana for Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.


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Charging The DJI Smart Controller With A Power Bank While Flying

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Here is a quick tip for those who have purchased the DJI Smart Controller. You can charge it via a power bank even while flying your drone. We have all done it, head out to fly and we have charged all our drone batteries only to arrive at our flight location to realize we forgot to charge the controller. Or perhaps you have been flying all day and your battery level on the controller is starting to get low but you want to get one more flight in. With The DJI Smart controller, you can plug a power bank into the bottom USB-C port and charge the remote even while you continue to fly. The Smart Controller supports fast charging with the stock charger, when charging via a power bank it will charge at a slower rate but enough to keep you flying or get you back up in the air. Using a small power bank such as the Anker 10,000 Mah with a 6′ charging cable allows you to conveniently place the power bank in your pocket while attached to your controller. During my unboxing video of the DJI Smart Controller, I even mention that DJI could potentially release a battery pack addon for the smart controller that connects to the bottom and would work in a similar fashion. You can watch me demonstrate charging the DJI Smart Controller with a power bank while I power on the DJI Mavic 2.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
Small Anker Power Bank: https://amzn.to/2u7P8FZ

 


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Smatree Portable Power Station For Mavic 2 Series Drones

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Smatree makes these portable power stations for most of the DJI consumer drone lineup including the Tello, Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and now they have a version for the Mavic 2 series both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Essentially these portable power stations are large power banks that have the added bonus of slots for plugging in your drone batteries. The Smatree Portable Power Station for the Mavic 2 Pro has two slots in which you can charge batteries. The charger will charge two batteries simultaneously in about 1 hour and 15 minutes from empty. This is nice as it is even faster than using the stock charging hub that comes with the DJI Mavic 2 drones fly more kit. On a full charge, you can recharge 3 to 5 Mavic 2 batteries while away from tradition power. Due to the secure locking mechanism, you can even recharge your batteries while in a backpack while you are on the go. This portable charger is perfect for adventurers, hikers and for those who love to camp, you don’t have to worry about being off the power grid. The Portable Power Station also has a USB-A port that can be used to charge the Mavic 2 remote, smartphone or tablet. An all in one solution to keep you powered up and flying. One thing to note, to recharge the portable power station you must use the charger that comes with the Mavic 2 as no charger is included in the box. Personally, I like that they did it this way when traveling it means you only have to bring one charger with you.

I own all the Smartree portable power stations and highly recommend them. You can watch my video review below.

Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Charging Station: https://amzn.to/2CRDFiK
Mavic Air Charging Station: https://amzn.to/2C7N9oK
Spark Charging Station: https://amzn.to/2Rw72PT
Tello Charging Station: https://amzn.to/2CTTAgB
Mavic Pro Charging Station: https://amzn.to/2R8VbaY

 

 


 


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