We have been flying the DJI Air 2S and the Mavic Air 2 for a while now and we have come up with a handful of accessories that we found have made our lives easier as drone pilots and photographers. Here are the things we would recommend you pair with your drone.
The battery life on these two drones is impressive but you can seemingly never have enough of them. They cost $115 from DJI direct but you can get a renewed battery from Amazon for only $94. Amazon also offers deals if you buy two and you can even get them with Prime shipping.
DJI Air 2S Bag, Case, or Backpack
You will definitely want to get something to carry your Mavic 2 or Air 2S around in. I personally prefer the GPC cases. They are tough, waterproof, and even float. They are expensive but will protect your investment. Some people like drone backpacks as they offer a lot of flexibility. However, there are a lot of different options from $10 to over $100 on Amazon and you’ll want to choose what is best for you.
Air 2S ND Filters
I love using filters to help me get the correct exposure. For the first time, DJI is making their own filters and even released them with the Fly More combo. However, we really like the Freewell filters. You get more options and at a good price. I prefer the All Day Kit as it includes ND/CP 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 as well as a CPL and ND 1000 and ND 2000 filters for only $129.
Get a good SD card for your Air 2S
You’ll need a good high-quality micro SD card for your drone. Don’t skimp on this one, a generic card can leave you without footage. We recommend a 64 GB card or larger. We have had great success with the Sandisk Extreme, pick one up here.
Firehouse Arc V strobe light
If you want to fly at night then to do so legally you’ll need a light that can be seen for at least 3 statute miles. The best option out there is the Firehouse Arc V. Greg from the Pilot institute did some awesome tests and this is his recommendation as well as ours.
If you want to fly with a larger screen then you’ll need to get an adapter mount in order to do so. Amazon has a lot of different options out there from $15-40. However, I typically fly with an iPad Mini and I’m using this 3D print I got for free from Thingiverse. Click here for the print.
Prop Holders for the Air 2S and Mavic Air 2
The DJI Mini 2 shipped with propeller holders. Initially, I thought it was a dumb little accessory but I found how easy it made it to take the drone in and out of its case. So I went back to Thingiverse and found this print. It works like a charm, but if you don’t have access to a 3D printer you can get one from Amazon for only $10.
Landing Pad for any drone
You’ll definitely want a landing pad. I find they come in handy for landing in grass, gravel or over dirty areas. They aren’t expensive and fold up for easy transport. Find the size that works best for you. They aren’t expensive and there are a lot of options over at Amazon.
Keep those batteries safe…
If you have multiple batteries and want to keep them safe don’t mess around with aftermarket chargers. The multi-charger from DJI is the way to go. Also, I recommend storing your batteries in either an ammo can or a lipo bag.
If you fly indoors or around people…
Propeller guards are a must if you fly indoors or around people. If you are flying indoors often there are tight spaces and you want to turn obstable avoidance off. If this is the case the prop guards can be quite handy.
MSI GF65 Thin Gaming (Editing) Laptop
If you are recording videos in 5.4K or even 4K and your computer is struggling to edit it you may want to upgrade your rig. Unfortunately, editing computers can be quite pricey. I’ve found great success using gaming computers. They often have impressive specs at lower prices. I use the MSI GF65 Thin and it has been a beast editing this 5.4K footage. I recommend getting one with a new i7 processor, a dedicated graphics card, and at least 16 GB of memory.
Get your Part 107
If you plan to put your video footage on YouTube or you want to make a few extra dollars with your drone photos then you’ll need to get your part 107. This involves passing a test that was created by the FAA. Unfortunately, this isn’t easy and the questions are solely drone-related. Chris has curated a lot of resources to help. I did it the easy way and used the Drone Pilot Ground School to help me. They have videos, practice tests, and more to help you along the way. I found it easy and incredibly helpful. It is a definite recommendation. Learn more here.
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