10 Essential Drone Accessories Every Pilot Should Own

Here are 10 great accessories that will add real value you to your droning experience. I add a little insight into what each of them do and how to use them.

Here are a few links in case you like the products:

Prop Guards – http://www.dronevalley.com/store/p17/Set_Of_4_Quick_Release_Prop_Guards.html

Range Extender – http://www.dronevalley.com/store/p16/Transmitter_Range_Extender_For_JDI_Phantom_3.html

Car Charger – http://www.dronevalley.com/store/p2/DJI_Phantom_3_Battery_Car_Charger.html

Spare Blades – http://www.dronevalley.com/store/p4/DJI_Phantom_3_Replacement_Blades_%288%29.html

Gimbal Guard – http://www.dronevalley.com/store/p10/Phantom_3_Gimbal_Protection_Kit.html

Hard / Soft Case – http://microraptorcases.com/

50 Comments

  1. 3Vimages on April 4, 2021 at 12:42 am

    You crash all the time? You’re a terrible pilot then …… I have never hit anything in two years of flying.

  2. bulldogboy100 on April 4, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Whilst I enjoyed the video I found it to be centred around the Phantom drones that you own For the average flier who doesn’t have one of these there was one item I find that is essential to 90% of all drones and that’s a landing pad. It protects the camera and protects the motors

  3. Kevin on April 4, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Thank you

  4. D.J. FLAVIO on April 4, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Regular guy helped me out.. thank you

  5. Brian Melick on April 4, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Love your approach. Making all of the information to date that you have presented, that I have been lucky to listen in on, very accessible – I am brand new to this hobby and listening in on what you have to say has sincerely inspired me top jump in with both feet. I am a musician and also a presenter and am hoping to have the ability with the drone to capture some very interesting and intriguing performance footage to mix in with what footage I am already able to capture with my regular cameras. Thank you so much for your time, your knowledge and your passion to share with the rest of us. You keep it simple, clear, concise and honest. You are a cut above. Wishing you great and continued success.

  6. Peter James on April 4, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Super Nerdy that you said a log book is fun to use… however I would have to 100 percent agree with that statement !

  7. Theodore Gillens on April 4, 2021 at 12:56 am

    What happened to Yuneec firebird fpv

  8. Dave Wolf on April 4, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Range extender physics are very simple, you are just enhancing the signal between you and the drone. I have the sky controller and even with that the range is limited. If you get someone hostile to drones with a WIFI and GPS jammer he can brick your drone in no time. BUT if you have a WIFI extender you can override his signal and bring your drone back. I disagree with you on this, my next purchase is going to be a wifi extender, even a small USB WIFI extender mounted to the drone itself. You could also get a USB GPS booster too, you’ll get a little less battery life but it’s worth it, twice I’ve gone out of range and the screen goes blank and that’s a scary feeling before it RTH’s.

  9. James Bandes on April 4, 2021 at 12:59 am

    It’s like a flying cuisanart LOL 🙂

  10. scott carlson on April 4, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Where do I get a pilots log book that is such a awesome ideal. Thank you so much. Once again I really appreciate the information. God Bless you Sir sincerely, Scott Carlson.

  11. MichaelAngelo on April 4, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Best tips ever !!

  12. Coach Z on April 4, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Couple of cut coke cans work good too.

  13. ATsaLioN Gr SkyRider on April 4, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Accurate fast and well presented ,I always enjoy watching your videos ,keep up the good work

  14. wafai amar on April 4, 2021 at 1:05 am

    thanks for your advise

  15. Eric Rose on April 4, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Thanks for the tips 🙂 Waving from The Bahamas !

  16. Xsolent the Drone Dude on April 4, 2021 at 1:06 am

    It’s a pain to use the prop guards on the Mavic Mini, due to the highly limiting payload mode. It limits you to 100 feet altitude and 164 distance when the guards are on.

  17. J N on April 4, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Number one if you loose line of sight you are breaking FAA rules

  18. Robert Campbell on April 4, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Couple of comments. First, I tried the prop guards on my Mavic 2 Zoom and I have found they are too heavy and bulky for continual use. I see them primarily as guards if you are flying in and around objects close by or using them indoors while filming to protect against sudden moves against walls, doors etc. Other than that, I can’t see them as practical for everyday use

    Second, I just learned a simple trick to avoid damaging objects. When you are in return to home mode and for whatever reason, the precision landing doesn’t kick in, and the drone is about to land elsewhere other than the landing pad, simply click into Tripod mode, and this will instantly cancel the landing. Then you can carefully land the drone manually. HOWEVER, if you don’t go into the Tripod mode, you risk sudden moves that can (and did) drive the drone into the back of a car damaging the props and scratching the expensive paint job of the car. This happened to me yesterday because I forgot this caution preached to me by my very experienced drone flying partner. Live and learn I guess…..I hope the scratch kit works…

  19. Kevin on April 4, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Gimbal guard link doesn’t work

  20. TrueKomma on April 4, 2021 at 1:08 am

    How often do you deplete all 4 batteries?

  21. Dennis Maxey on April 4, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I’m just a regular guy who flys drones. I problem I have with rules is stating in the line of sight. I go to a very clear country area, check the wind and take off into the wind. I love the experience of having just enough battery to make it home. It also isnt a problem if I dont make it and have to force land and then go find the drone. So I like the thrill of making it back. I never like to fly in and area with houses or people. Find my drone is my friend. Love you videos. I’ve changed my idea about prop guards and flying around people. My enjoyment is flying the drone. I have no enjoyment to yell look at me look at me….

  22. RemyRAD on April 4, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Just like yourself. I’m a real engineer. Where, recently, I purchased a new, MavicPro. And having worked as an engineer for, NBC-TV, Washington DC for 20 years. Also having been a photographer, cinematographer, videographer. The one thing I am rather taken aback by. Sure, neutral density filters a necessity. But what about skylight, UV/haze and polarizing filters? So many of these videos coming from these drones such as the MavicPro. Have all of this dirty haze in them.

    So it has become obvious to me. Most drone operators are not, professional, photographers, cinematographers, videographers. Most are just guys who like to play with computer games and are flying drones. As they likely wouldn’t know a UV/haze filter if they fell over one. Much less a polarizing filter. Yeah a neutral density filter that you rotate the ring on. That’s called a polarizing filter. But can function as a variable neutral density filter. And so you didn’t even know about that. You’re an engineer and not a photographer/cinematographer/videographer. You’re a drone fly boy.

    And so I also guess. As with your Fandom 3 and/or 4, prop guards. Yeah, of course, sure. What about prop guards for a MavicPro? There was no mention of that in this video. And your link is broken as all I get is a 404 error code on, prop guards. So, maybe not practical due to weight?

    I have to admit I was rather intrigued by the newer, MavicPro 2. With its further enhancements. But for a first timer. The deal I got on the original MavicPro, with stupid good. I mean. With a factory refurbished unit. Each battery costs about three times. What I paid for this original factory refurbished, MavicPro. I mean it’s ridiculous. It’s like, it’s practically free.

    But I have been flying video cameras now for just about 20 years. Before these drones were ever released. I was using camera jib/cranes. As I have a pair of those. And those along with this MavicPro. Will allow me to shoot, truly incredible, rock ‘n’ roll band videos. As everything I have done to date all looks like, Hollywood and major television network TV specials. I wonder why? Probably because I was doing those for nearly 20 years. Ya think?

    So if you do want to up the ante on your drone videos. You might want to look into UV/haze and skylight filters. Along with those, rotating ring, polarizing filters. Which basically adjusts between a, ND-2 and 4. But will also cut through Water and glass glare. As it polarizes the light.

    So it’s one thing to be a competent engineer like we both are. But it also takes understanding, photography/cinematography/videography. I mean. At least. We don’t have to do that darkroom work that, Ansell Adams did. Back in the day. As we develop our video in the computer. No harsh chemicals required. And we do color grading and digital compositing, color correction, lighting correction, exposure correction, depth of field correction. So, yeah. Shoot with Log,, flat. Cheat auto exposure down, 2 stops. Use a UV/haze filter. And/or polarizing filter.

    I’m still not fully understanding the gimbal mount? You can tilt up. You can tilt down. But it does not give you the ability to pan side to side. I guess that’s handled by the drone itself and its positioning. But having the ability to swing the gimbal left to right along with up and down. Would be so much better. But I guess that’s rather impractical. With the legs on these drones not getting into the shot. And so, no panning side to side gimbal. Even though it obviously has something of that capability. Just not to, extreme angles. Which I guess is possible with the DJI, Inspire 2? Yeah at only $10,000 more. Or is that 12,000? Whatever? That’s the real deal.

    Not much has been said about the FAA part 107. Other than it’s required if you want to go commercial. But even if you don’t. It’s something everybody should be familiar with if they are flying drones. Below 250 g or above. But just like my CB radio back in the day. Many of us really just didn’t bother with the licensing. I mean it was a stupid free-for-all after all. But this is a little different. These things are flying around untethered. And people can get hurt.

    So not everybody following the FAA part 107. It is kind of like, a kid flipping burgers at McDonald’s thinking they are a expert culinary chef. Nope. They’re not. They are burger flippers. And Jethro Bodine, from the Beverly Hillbillies, ain’t a brain surgeon. Even though that’s what he wanted to do. You can’t just do that. You need proper training first.

    So, I don’t think I’ll have any problems flying a drone. I can fly a Piper Cherokee aircraft. I have flown military, F-22 and A-10, attack fighters. Unfortunately just the military simulators. Not the real planes. But those were official, Lockheed and Grumman, military simulators. Multiengine, IFR,, jet powered and a little more complicated than a Piper Cherokee. Yet, I had no training for that. I just got in the cockpit and flew it. And 4 other American military officer pilots watched me pilot that F-22. Asked me why I didn’t do that for the Air Force? I was 4F. That’s why. I tried. Lord knows I tried. Guess I’ll just have to be happy flying a drone? As I cannot pass the flight medical exam. Anymore. Especially at 64 years of age. And I can never play with a consumer flight simulator ever again. I’ve been so spoiled. Flying military simulators. Because that’s all I can fly. Though. I almost had a midair collision with an F-16 in my airspace. Flying the military’s high speed, military flight simulation with other pilots in Germany. But I was in Washington DC. And whoops. I just thought it was a videogame. It wasn’t. I was flying with actual pilots. I wasn’t supposed to be. The Grumman guy wasn’t supposed to allow me to do that. Because I was not a military pilot. And that would have been bad even in that simulation had I collided with that F-16. An official investigation would be undertaken. I mean those military pilots didn’t realize. I wasn’t a military pilot. I thought it was just a computer simulation that was local. It wasn’t. Nope. No wonder General Dynamics wouldn’t allow me near their F-16 simulator. And where the Boeing Lockheed F-22 was a local simulation. And not on the military’s high speed Internet. Like the Grumman A-10 was.

    Otherwise I have been following your videos, sir. And they are superb! It’s great to hear this information from an actual real engineer like myself. And not from clueless beginner wannabes. Trying to tell everybody how to fly a drone. When they really don’t know themselves. They all think they are space cowboys. Flying around abandoned buildings like the it is a videogame. And what happens when some schmuck comes walking in? Blam! Sliced to smithereens without proper guards. Ouch! Yeah. Don’t want that to happen. So I shan’t be doing such frivolous nonsense. And flying through those buildings at, lightspeed. Up and down the stairs. That’s just being irresponsible. That’s just children doing children things. That shouldn’t be doing children things with drones. Because children should not be playing with drones. You don’t give your 10-year-old keys to your car. In other words. And so many of these guys with drones are nothing more than adult children. Playing with drones. And they shouldn’t be. Just like you wouldn’t tell Billy Bob to go fix that high powered television transmitter. If they have never touched one before. Because they’re going to get killed. Really quickly. They won’t know to discharge the capacitors. And zap. They’re dead. Good thing they don’t have a wire between the drone and the remote control. Otherwise they would likely be hit by lightning. And still might be. Some of these guys are flying there drones in precarious weather conditions. On a heavy overcast day. To have that flat smooth lighting. That diffuse lighting. Not considering, the lightning. As that is a bigger word than lighting. It’s got a couple of extra letters in it. And that makes it so confusing.

    I mean I have seen some of these jokers flying their, in the rain. When the MavicPro definitely states. Not to fly it in rainy conditions. But nobody reads the manuals. They don’t have the brains to read the manuals. It has big words in it they don’t understand. Like the word Safety. And responsible. Adult children don’t know those words. They don’t know what they mean. They’re not old enough to. They are simply adults. Yeah simpleton adults. With no brains. No actual engineering skills or knowledge.

    So your videos are truly good and informative. Keep them coming! But look into those other such filters. Clear glass filters are better served by, skylight and UV/haze and polarizing, filters. Your results will be all the better that way. And surely. If neutral density filters are available. So should those others be. Because if they’re not? There is really not a single,, photographer/cinematographer/videographer in the lot of you all. But I definitely know there are some professionals like myself out there. Then I worked with at NBC-TV. At the network. Not for a local Podunk station in some small city. And I know how to get the shots most others don’t. Because I am a professional at this. Just not yet with drones.

    RemyRAD

  23. Fabián Montagut on April 4, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Your videos make me want to be a better drone pilot and not be so scare every time I fly…

  24. Gruuvin1 on April 4, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Wow! There are a LOT of screens reflected in the windows on your set! I bet THAT wasn’t cheap!

  25. Gscop1 on April 4, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Great Job ! Im a 66 year old newbie. Have had my Mavic Air 2 for about a week. Violated most of your walk slow advice..lol…Retired police Chief in N. Georgia….38 years serving a large urban community now enjoying mountain life. Drones Are Addictive ! Ill be getting most of your list of items…how does the prop guard effect flying time ?

  26. Edward Blair on April 4, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Thank You

  27. Larry Arnold on April 4, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Just received my DJI Maverick mini will this ranger extender work on it or do I need different ones? Really enjoy all the information your sharing
    Thank you

  28. Joe Janis on April 4, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Wanna sell me your dji goggles?

  29. Jeffery Eck on April 4, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Excellent video, thank you. I’m now going to use the prop guards on my new Mavic Mini.
    Please do an in depth video on how to use the Kittyhawk app. Many Thanks

  30. PALMA STUDIOS on April 4, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Good video, very helpful …!!!!!!!

  31. John Cavanaugh on April 4, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Thankyou my friend for enlightening me on added a accessories that would be beneficial and added for safety of people a d that of the drone! I’m looking forward to viewing your other utube videos! Thanku once again and Godbless! 🙂

  32. Robert Campbell on April 4, 2021 at 1:21 am

    I’m wondering how useful you think a landing pad is. Seems to me, it forces you to place it in level spots where nothing can intrude up into the Gimbal. Also, likely prevents sand being thrown up by the prop wash to get into the drone itself. And they are very inexpensive. Thoughts ???

  33. Colin Munro on April 4, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Your so right about prop guards, in fact I think they should be mandatory, some drone are huge compared to the mini and the though of the damage they would do to someone doesn’t bear thinking about. However I guarantee there’ll be a bunch of guys and girl who’ll scream and shout that it’s their right to do as they like and to hell will the danger to others.

  34. DJShotty on April 4, 2021 at 1:28 am

    For the Mavic Air I suggest a MicroSDHC to USB3 adapter, and a pair of tweezers to remove/replace the card into the drone.

  35. Firdaus BJ on April 4, 2021 at 1:29 am

    What about Drone Parachutes?

  36. Olivier Schotveld on April 4, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Why you did not talk about a landing pad?

  37. Gramps Ramblings on April 4, 2021 at 1:30 am

    You mentioned using a logbook for logging flights, which one are you using?

  38. Rick Sturm on April 4, 2021 at 1:30 am
  39. MojoPup on April 4, 2021 at 1:31 am

    "If you hated the video"? That’s funny. Your videos are some of the best on YouTube.

  40. machbauer132 on April 4, 2021 at 1:31 am

    The thing with the log book is pretty vague. Why should anything, that is written down, prove your a skilled pilot? I mean you could still be terrible pilot, that never dived into the settings and only flew around without filming much. Having a Youtube channel like you is much more foolproof, since you have dated Videos, with you in the picture!

  41. scott carlson on April 4, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Hi, my name is Scott, I also really enjoyed your video’s and really appreciate your information. I also am a newbi. Real newbi. I don’t even have a drone yet they are in the mail somewhere. I have been watching videos for a long time. I am 64 I have st stage 4 Emphasema also 13 months ago I find out I also have stage 4 Sqamus cell lung cancer. I should have been been dead 8 months ago. But I am a fighter and have a wonderful wife that takes such good care of me anyways I want some thing to help me put my mind on something else so flying Drones gives me hope and joy. And really enjoy guys like you thank you so much. I have made some mistakes on Cheap Drones. So it will be a slow start. Because my wife and I are both disabled. So another reason I enjoy your information. Thank you so much Sir God Bless You. Sorry about the long comment I wanted you to get to know me.

  42. Brian Hirose on April 4, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Question, are you going to have a sun shade for the Mavic mini and if so what will be the cost? Thanks

  43. Ron Wiscgb on April 4, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I expected to see a take off/landing pad on the list. Im not a current flyer, are landing pads included in most drone kits?

  44. Dr. Ronald Clark on April 4, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I agree with every bit of what you list. Great job.

  45. Limitless Potential on April 4, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Do you think we should get prop guards ?

    Jk. Great video man. Ty

  46. Guns Ammo amd More on April 4, 2021 at 1:34 am

    prop guards are nothing but tree hangers

  47. Clemente Gomez on April 4, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Nice Video

  48. David Winiger on April 4, 2021 at 1:38 am

    4 minutes on prop guards?

  49. aggyMI on April 4, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Effortless style and delivery manner

  50. EPIC DRONE FLIGHTS WITH MATT GREEN on April 4, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Would like for you to discuss someone on a show the proper way to sell a drone to someone else and how to let the FAA know that you no longer own that drone. Just in case New owner of drone does something stupid and the registration number on drone comes back to you. Thanks

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