Whether it is a photography drone, an agriculture drone or just a personal drone, having the right tools makes all the difference. Here are the best drone accessories to help you fly better and have more fun.
Note: I’m going to focus on those accessories that don’t usually come with your drone. Things like extra propellers, an extra battery and charger are obvious and in some cases come packaged together with your new drone.
1. FPV Headset or Glasses
If your drone supports an FPV mode (most drones do, even the cheapest ones), you can have more fun flying with FPV glasses or a headset.
If you opt for a headset where direct sight of the drone is completely cut off, make sure there is someone with you to keep an eye on the drone. Otherwise you’ll be violating FAA rules.
2. Travelling Drone Backpack or Case
If you travel a lot with your drone, whether for fun or work, the safety of your drone is extremely important. Mishandling at the airport or an accidental drop can easily damage sensitive components on the drone.
Get a good quality drone backpack. You have two options: a hard drone case which will fit your drone and accessories or a backpack.
A backpack is the best choice if you have to walk long distances. Buy a hard-shelled backpack or a semi-rigid one (easier on your back).
Make sure the backpack is waterproof or at least water resistant.
When you are out in the field whether you are taking photos, doing agricultural mapping or making a film, you’ll often find you occasionally need to let go of the controller.
It’s not always that you have a convenient place to put it or there is someone to hand it to. For convenience and safety, get a lanyard or neck strap and hook it up to the controller.
This allows the controller to hang safely from your neck when you are not using it.
4. Portable Drone Landing Pad
This is another handy accessory for fieldwork where you do not always have the luxury of pavement or grass to land your drone on.
A portable landing pad provides a safe and convenient pad for your drone during takeoff and landing. Most landing pads are waterproof and some come with pegs or hooks to secure them on the ground.
5. Carrying Case for Controller and Accessories
It’s not just your drone that needs a carrying case. Even if you have a large backpack that can fit everything, it’s still a good idea to have a dedicated carrying case for your controller and accessories.
This keeps them from being throne about and getting damaged.
Find a case that’s big enough to fit the controller, a couple of batteries, extra propellers and other essential accessories.
6. Car Charger
For those times you need to charge your drone on the go. Make sure the car charger is compatible with your drone.
7. Portable Work Table
A work table is great if you have to look at some data or pictures or connect extra accessories right there in the field.
You can use any folding table if you have one lying around or buy one online. You just need something small and compact that won’t take up too much space. It should be sturdy and easy to fold and unfold. Make sure it’s big enough to hold the drone, controller and any other important accessories.
If you have some time on your hands, here’s a DIY work table with a non-slip surface.
8. SD Card
You probably have an SD card but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra one. If you collect plenty of data, pictures or videos, having backup is important.
Make sure you buy an SD card that is compatible with your drone and ideal for your operations. If you are filming for instance, get an SD card specifically for 4K video.
9. Safety Reflective Vest
This is a great idea for alerting other people nearby to what you are doing. Here is the vest on Amazon.
You can also just put on any safety vest especially if you are going into a remote area where you might get into trouble.
10. Low-Noise Propellers
The buzzing sound of drones can be quite annoying especially for people nearby. It can also be an unwelcome intrusion in your videos.
DJI is currently offering low-noise propellers for the Mavic Pro series. On the Mavic Platinum, they reduce noise by up to 50% during takeoff and landing. They also improve aerodynamics, which adds to the drone’s flying time.