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Tips For Flying Mavic Air and DJI Spark in Winter and Cold Weather

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In this video, I go over some tips on how to safely fly your DJI Drone in cold and winter conditions. These tips pertain to most DJI drones including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Spark and the new Mavic Air. The biggest problem with flying drones in cold temperatures is the batteries are not designed to function in cold temperatures. There is a chemical reaction that needs to take place within the batteries and cold temperature really degrade their performance. Watch my tips and tricks video on how to fly your DJI drones in cold weather.

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When planning a flight with your drone in the winter, the first thing you should consider is how to transport your drone while keeping it reasonably warm including the batteries. It can be as simple as keeping your kit in your vehicle while driving to your flying location. Don’t leave the aircraft in a cold vehicle, if you stop for lunch bring your drone case in with you so it doesn’t cool off too much. Once at the location you may have to do some hiking to reach the desired spot to fly your aircraft. This is where a drone can cool considerably even on a short 20-minute hike. Carry your batteries in your coat preferably an inside pocket. Your body temperature will help keep your batteries warm until you are ready to use them.

Consider purchasing hand warmers to keep your batteries warm and toasty. If you wish to keep your batteries and DJI Drone in a backpack while hiking to location, 3 to 5 hand warmers strategically placed in your case or backpack will keep the drone and batteries warm until you arrive at the location and even while flying for several hours. Bring some extra unopened hand-warmers as spares in case you need more heat or the existing ones start to cool.

Keep you flights shorts! Once the drone is up in the air the batteries will cool quickly and you will have decreased flight time. In certain conditions, ice can build up on the blades of your drone which could lead to an aircraft malfunction. Short flights allow you to check on the propellers often to make sure there is no build up.

Don’t fly too far! It is a good rule of thumb not to fly as far as you normally would in ideal weather conditions due to the fact that the battery will deplete quickly and you may find yourself too far away and the battery power level decides to drop quickly. Staying close by allows you to make a quick landing if need be. Plus if worse come to worse you won’t have to hike a mile to find your drone if it crashes.

Lastly, you need to consider takeoff and landing locations. You don’t want your drone to come into contact with the snow. The warm aircraft will melt snow quickly and the moisture could easily damage electrical components within your drone. It’s a good idea to bring along a portable landing pad. This keeps the elements away from you motors and gimbal and provides you with a nice flat surface to launch and land your drone. There are many nice foldable landing pads that are light and compact and easily fit into a drone case or backpack.

Please be aware that most drone manufactures including DJI do not recommend flying drones in cold weather, if you choose to do so, you do at your own risk. However, if you take a few extra precautions you can safely fly all winter long and really extend your flying season if you are located in a colder climate.

 


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DJI Crystal Sky

PolarPro Flight Deck Review | The Best Crystal Sky & Tablet Mount for DJI Drones

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A few weeks back Polar Pro launched one of its newest products called the Flight Deck and I have been waiting for a mount like this for a very long time. Flight Deck is a system for mounting your Crystal Sky monitor in you DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic 2 and Mavic Air controller. However, with the included free tablet mount it is also a great solution for mounting tablets in the controller as well. The best part is, with its quick mount feature you can swap monitors on the fly quickly and easily with no hassle. Up until now if you wanted to fly with a Crystal Sky and a tablet or phone it meant you had to bring several types of mounts out in the field with you, not anymore!

One nice feature that PolarPro included is the removable mounting plate that is attached to the tablet mount, this allows you to remove it and attach it to any smartphone or tablet mount that you wish. This makes the Flight Deck even more versatile. The PolarPro Flight Deck is compatible with Both the 5.5 inch and 7.85 inch Crystal Sky monitors and can be mounted in the DJI Mavic 2 series, Mavic Air and the Mavic Pro/Platinum. One feature that really makes the Flight Deck stand out from other mounts is the fact that you can adjust both the height and angle of the Crystal Sky, most mounts only allow you to adjust the angle. It has a small loop at the bottom for those who like to attach a lanyard to their remote. When attaching the Crystal Sky to the Flight Deck, no screwdrivers are needed. The flight deck used thumb screws that can even be attached to itself so they won’t get lost when not in use. The PolarPro Flight Deck also feature tapered edges that give the unit a much more natural feel when mounted in the controller. PolarPro states that other mounts will be introduced over time for devices such as smartphones and possibly extra large tablets, making the system even more adaptable.

PolarPro’s engineers did a fantastic job in the development of the Flight Deck, a quality build, and a truly useful product. I highly recommend the Flight Deck to anyone looking for a mount for their Crystal Sky or tablet.

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The PolarPro Flight Deck with 5.5 inch crystal sky attached.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck with 5.5 inch crystal sky attached – Back View.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck mounted in the Mavic 2 controller.

 

The quick connect/disconnect feature allows you to set up and tear down quickly with no hassles.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck includes thumb screws to easy attachment to your Crystal Sky.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck can be adjusted to many angles and heights to accommodate any users preferences.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck folds up nice and small for easy storage and transport.

 

All parts included in the box of the PolarPro Flight Deck.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck comes with a bonus tablet mount.

 

The bottom of the included tablet mount features a removable quick connector that can be attached to any tablet or phone mount with a 1/4-20 tripod connector.

 

PolarPro 10″ USB-C and lightning cable. Works well with Flight Deck.

 

PolarPro Flight Deck packaging.


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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.

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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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