Autel Evo Accessories – Some Excellent Options for 2019 and BeyondAugust 5, 2019
I know that most of my posts center around DJI drones and the accessories, applications and so on that apply to them. Still, this site is about drones in general and, as such, I like to sprinkle in a little non-DJI related drone material when I can. Sometimes it’s how drones are being used in various industries and others it’s a review of some offer from a competitor of DJI.
To that effect, I’d like to let you know about some Autel Evo Accessories that are available. I’ll tell you a little about the Autel Evo, accessories you should consider, whether or not they need to say that they’re specifically for the Auto Evo, where to get them, and my final thoughts.
Let’s get started…
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What is the Autel Evo?
It’s nice to see competition in the drone world. It leads to new features and price points when two or more companies try to grab market share. In the end, that’s good news for us, the consumers.
I haven’t really seen much true competition to DJI, the current King of drones, but I have to say the Autel Evo is a pretty nice machine and it’s specs and features position it right in the middle of the current DJI consumer offerings.
I won’t go into a lot of detail here as I have a full review of the Autel Evo on this site already but I will say that it seems to offer slightly more than the original DJI Mavic series but just a hair less than the DJI Mavic 2 series and the price point is very competitive. If you don’t have a drone yet and you’re stuck in between the Mavic and Mavic 2 offerings, you might want to check out the Autel Evo. It might be the perfect fit for you…
If you’re not familiar with the Autel Evo, check out my What is the Autel Evo? – An Amazingly Capable Contender for 2019! post. You’ll get all the details and specs and even a small comparison showing how it stands up to DJI’s current lineup.
Now let’s talk accessories…
OK, What Autel Evo Accessories Should I Consider?
So, in this section, I’m going to cover products specifically designed for the Autel Evo drone. Here are a few must-have accessories to consider…
Every drone needs a place to sleep when it’s not in use. A bag, designed specifically for the drone in question, is a great place to store it and keeps everything handy in a quick, grab and go, format.
For this particular need, I recommend the Autel Robotics EVO Shoulder Bag. You can purchase the bag individually or as part of the Evo On-the-Go Bundle. It’s also available as part of the Autel Robotics EVO Drone Camera with On-The-Go Bundle if you’re in need of the actual drone too.
If a soft-sided bag isn’t enough protection for your needs or you need a waterproof solution, a hard case might be a better fit. If this is what you need, check out the Evo Hard Case. Again, this is also available as part of the AUTEL Robotics EVO Rugged Bundle, if you’re in the market for the drone as well.
One battery simply isn’t enough. If you didn’t grab one of the bundles that came with additional batteries, and even if you did, it’s never a bad idea to grab a few more. You can buy them individually or as part of the Evo On-the-Go Bundle.
Battery Charging Hub
Having extra batteries is great but charging them individually can be a pain, not to mention time-consuming. Check out the Evo Battery Charging Hub. This baby can charge 4 batteries (two at a time) saving you time and frustration.
Even if you never strike an object, your props will eventually need to be replaced. Grab a couple sets to have on-hand. It can save your flight vs having to miss out because a prop failed or has a crack in it and you don’t have a spare one with you.
At some point or another, you’re going to bump into something. With the prop guards, you may save yourself from critically damaging a prop or injuring someone, etc. These only protect from the edge/side and not from the top or bottom so it’s still possible to cause some damage. Still, it’s better than nothing and can save you a headache.
Now, if you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling, a car charger is a must. Sadly, it can only charge one battery at a time. If you have the battery charging hub, you’re better off getting an inverter and using that hub to charge multiple batteries at once.
Now, all the accessories listed above are made by Autel. That doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t more out there to choose from. For example, lens filters…
Neutral Density Filters
These are must-have for anyone serious about taking video footage and still images with their drone. Think of them as sunglasses for your drone’s camera. Grab polarized ones to reduce glare and reflection. Autel has their own version but I am a huge fan of PolarPro. I recommend the Vivid Collection for the average drone pilot.
If you plan on taking off from less than perfect platforms (think sand, grass, even dirty blacktop), consider getting one of these babies. They’re light, fold up into a small, easy-to-carry form factor and can save your drone from getting junk into it’s moving parts when it blows loose debris around during takeoff and landing. There are a lot to chose from and they come in varying sizes and pattern designs. In the end, you just need something that works. Here’s a great option that doesn’t cost much.
As you can see, there are a lot of accessories that will enhance your overall drone experience and that’s just the physical stuff. Don’t forget to look into your app choices too, not only for drone control but editing and so on.
Do They Need to Specify That They’re Made for the Autel Evo?
The answer is yes and no… It really depends on what the item is. If it’s an app, props, a battery, and so on, then yes, it needs to be made for the actual drone.
You don’t want to try to force something designed for a different aircraft onto yours. It can cause issues ranging from not working at all to causing loss of control or worse. Just don’t do it.
On the other hand, bags, cases, sun hoods and the like can be more generic and not drone specific.
In the end, you want a quality product that fits your needs as well as your drone. Many hard cases out there come with foam you can cut out yourself. They are a great option if you want to customize the layout of the contents, etc. Sun hoods come in a variety of designs and sizes. Find one that works best for you (or one that works for multiple drones if you have more than one, etc.).
Where Should I Get These Accessories?
There’s no shortage of places to get the drones and accessories. You can order directly from Autel, buy from you’re local hobby or electronics store (Best Buy is a great example where I am), check out you’re favorite online stores such as B&H Photo and so on.
Most of the links I provided here link to Amazon. I find that most of my viewers prefer to order from Amazon because they know what to expect and most of them are Prime members so they get free shipping too.
Many people only consider the actual drone when they think about buying one but never stop to consider all the accessories and add-ons that can make their overall experience so much more. From adding functionality and speeding up certain processes (hello battery charging) to safe and proper storage and transport, there’s a whole lot more to discover.
I know I listed a lot of things up there so here’s my top 5 items list:
- Additional Batteries – Don’t limit yourself to one flight at a time.
- Something to Store and Carry the Drone and Accessories In – Be it a hard case or a bag, you’ll love the easy grab and go option.
- Extra Props – You’re going to need them eventually. Don’t ruin a planned flight because you didn’t have a spare or two.
- Battery Charging Hub – Why make the charging time longer than it needs to be?
- Neutral Density Filters – These can make a huge difference in you’re out of the box imaging experience.
Your list may differ from mine but these are most important to me.
So, are there any Autel Evo Accessories that interest you? If so, which ones? Do you already have one of the ones listed above? I’d love to hear what you think of it. Did I miss an accessory that you think should be included in this post? What do you think of my top 5 must-haves list? Let me know by commenting below. I read each and every one.