Essential DJI Mavic 2 Accessories – Great OptionsJanuary 25, 2019 18 By Scott Hinkle
OK, so the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom have been out for quite a while now and let’s just say I’ve been a little lax in coming out with my must-have DJI Mavic 2 accessories post. Maybe it’s because I don’t yet have a Mavic 2 of my own and I’m a little jealous, but I can’t say for sure. Still, that’s no excuse. So, as promised to Allen Birnbach in the comments on my Essential DJI Mavic Pro Accessories – The Must-Haves post, here’s it is.
Now some of you may already have or are considering getting the Fly More Combo for your Mavic 2 drone. That’s a great deal, and it’s what I did for my Mavic Pro but, I found that I replaced a lot of the parts that came with my combo with other items (like the charging hub with a multi-charger and car charger with an inverter, etc.).
If you have the DJI Mavic Pro or Pro Platinum then please check out the post mentioned above as this post will focus on accessories for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom models.
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I still have mixed feelings about this one. See my DJI Smart Controller – Is it Worth the Investment? post for more information. All-in-all, it’s a nice remote, if not a bit pricey. Do you need it? Probably not, is it a nice thing to have? Absolutely. In the end, this is one you’ll need to decide on for yourself.
Even though drones have come a long way, flight time still isn’t what we’d like it to be. You don’t want to find yourself sitting around for an hour, waiting for a battery to charge, just to be able to fly for 20-30 minutes and then repeat it all over again. For anyone serious about flying their drone, pick yourself up some extra batteries. You’ll be glad you did.
Today’s batteries are pretty safe. That said, issues do crop up from time to time. Storing your batteries in these bags (especially during transport, say on an airplane) adds another layer of protection, should an incident occur. They are designed to contain a leak or fire and prevent it from spreading.
This is definitely a must-have item. The stock charging system and battery bank options charge batteries one-at-a-time. A multi-charger not only charges them all simultaneously but it also charges USB devices at the same time (think your phone/tablet and remote controller). Having one of these basically insures that all of your devices are ready to go in about an hour’s time vs waiting to charge everything individually.
I used to recommend a car charger but, now with the multi-charger, an inverter for your vehicle is a better choice as the car charger, once again, will only charge one item at a time.
If you’re serious about photography and/or videography then you need to have the proper filters. ND filters can greatly enhance your images. Polarized filters have the added advantage of reducing glare and reflections (really handy for those water shots). Even if you don’t really care that much about neutral density or reflections and glare, having a filter on your camera will protect the lens from damage and scratches.
You can never have enough storage space. Keep a couple of extra cards on hand. Not only will this save you time, should you find your currently installed card full, but it can be a life saver if you have a card that goes bad or has some other issue that prevents you from being able to get the shots and footage you need.
This recommendation is somewhat new for me. Cards fail. Just like any other storage device they are susceptible to wear and tear, breakage, external influences and so on. Enter the backup device. You can now stick the card it and copy the data to a second location. You can use this strictly for having a secondary backup copy or you can use it to free up space on your card after backing it up. Either way, it’s a great thing to have. Check out my Portable Photo Backup Devices – My Top Picks post for more information.
I can never seem to hide from the reflection/glare monster. No matter how I position my remote, I always seem to have an issue seeing my full display clearly. One of my favorite accessories is the sun shade. It has reduced this problem by at least 80% for me, if not more. I highly recommend getting one for your device. It will save you a lot of frustration.
Unless you plan to bring the janitorial cart and clean before launching and landing, you’re going to encounter debris that will get blown around when you fly. Not only will a launching/landing pad protect your drone, and maybe others nearby from whatever projectile is tossed up, but it will allow you to take off from and land on some surfaces you might not otherwise be able to, such as soft sand on a beach.
These really serve 3 functions; protecting others from the slicing effects of the props, should they be struck by them while they are spinning, protecting the props themselves from damage, should your drone brush up against something in flight and an almost bumper effect if your drone were to fly into something (albeit at a very slow speed). They’re something to consider, and something I highly recommend if you’re planning to fly indoors.
This one is more of a maybe for me. I find that, with the launching/landing pad, I don’t really use these all that much. They have their uses in certain situations but I find that I’m just too lazy to keep putting them on and taking them off and that it’s much easier for me to simply toss the pad out and get flying.
Parts get damaged. Parts wear out and fail. Props are cheap. It only takes a mishap minor mishap to chip a prop (see my Mavic vs Tree – The Importance of Situational Awareness post for more information). Don’t end up missing an opportunity because you didn’t carry a few spare props with you.
So you already know how great the stabilized camera is when in flight. Guess what? You can use it on the ground too. If you plan to take stabilized footage on the ground, consider grabbing yourself a cinema tray. These things basically put a handle on your drone, allowing you to use it as a hand-help stabilized camera. No need to get a separate camera setup for your ground-based needs.
I have this for my Mavic Pro and I have to say, it’s pretty cool to have a spare battery to keep my phone or tablet alive when I’m not near a power outlet. I’ve used this when on vacation and it works well. Granted, I’d rather use my batteries to fly my drone but it’s still a nice feature for when you need it.
I actually carry 4 cables with me, 2 for the side port on my remote controller and 2 for the USB port on the bottom of that same controller. I may be somewhat over prepared but, the way I see it is, a cable can fail and a port can fail. Having 2 cables for each port allows me to recover from a failure of either a cable or port on the remote. Just like props, cables are cheap. Do yourself a favor and get a spare or two. If you have an iOS device (iPhone/iPad), check out this post for a discount code: Quality Replacement Cable for iOS Devices
The lock and cover that came with the Mavic Pro was terrible. The best thing I did was replace it with a single solution. DJI learned from this and did the same. Even so, clips break and covers can get cracked. It’s a good idea to have a spare as this cover protects your camera and gimbal in transit.
It’s always a good idea to protect your terminals from dirt, debris and contact. Dirt and debris can damage contacts or even cause intermittent contact that can lead to various issues including power loss. Preventing terminal contact can prevent shorting or even fire. Some airlines have gone as far as to require that contacts be protected in some manner (tape, covers, etc.) to help prevent such issues.
If you’re like me, you leave your props attached to your drone when you pack it up. It never fails, when I go to fold it up or slide it into it’s protective sleeve, to have a prop in the way. A clip or strap will help to hold the props in place and prevent the frustration of having to align them just so in order to put your drone away properly.
If you have a bag or case, these are more of a nicety vs a necessity. I find that they make it easier to slide my drone into the bag slot and prevent loose stuff from getting tangled in the props and what not when the bag or case is jostled in transit. The bags I have are also waterproof so I don’t have to worry if I have it on a table and I knock over my drink, etc.
I absolutely love this. For battery health and longevity I don’t keep my batteries fully charged all the time. I actually have my multi-charger, tablet, remote and batteries connected on my desk and then plugged into a remotely controlled outlet. Now, when I’m out or at work or wherever, if I decide I want to fly later that day, I can simply bring up my app and turn the outlet on. When I get home everything is fully charged and ready to go. It’s quite the time saver.
DJI GO 4 is a must but there are many others that serve a purpose, depending on your needs. Check out my DJI Mavic Pro Apps – My Top Picks post for a list of some great ones to choose from. Even though the title says DJI Mavic Pro, many of the apps listed there will work with the DJI Mavic 2 series too.
Peace of mind. I actually got this with my Mavic Pro. I never used it but it was nice to have. Sh*t happens. Do yourself a favor and find insurance for your drone. Make sure it has the coverage options you want (water damage, user error, theft – not covered by refresh, etc.). Having a good coverage plan for your drone will let you worry less about the what ifs and allow you to enjoy your flying more. I hear State Farm has a good plan, if you’re not in California.
Conclusion – Essential DJI Mavic 2 Accessories
There you go, another drone, another list of stuff to buy! I hope you find something useful in this DJI Mavic 2 accessories post. If you think I missed something, would change or remove an item I have listed here, have a question or just want to say hello; please comment below. I read and respond to each one.