7 Drone Accessories That Will Transform Your Drone Experience

Drone cameras are one of the most exciting developments in the photography world in recent years. And more excitingly, as their popularity grows, so too does the number of innovative and often essential drone accessories available.

A simple drone comes with everything you need to use it from the get-go, but some drone accessories will dramatically transform your experience – and what you can do with your drone.

In this post, we go over some of the absolute must-have drone accessories, along with a few non-essentials that will improve your flying experience.

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7 drone accessories that will transform your experience

1. A spare battery

While drone technology has improved dramatically in the past few years, one of the biggest things holding their potential back is their limited flight time.

Even the best drones can only manage roughly 30 minutes of flight time, which isn’t going to get you far if you’re planning a full day’s adventure.

Serious drone photographers would benefit from three or four spare batteries to keep their flight time far less constrained by battery life.

2. A drone case or bag

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As with any camera gear, you’ll want to ensure your valuable yet fragile drone is protected in transit. There are plenty of drone cases and bags that will house your drone, remote controller, and other accessories.

You can find purpose-built bags for your specific drone model, such as the DJI Travell Bag for the Spark or Mavic Air. The rugged Lowepro Quadguard BP X3 Backpack fits the depth and build of the Parrot Bebop and other quadcopters of similar size.

Or for truly tough, waterproof protection, you can invest in a Pelican case. These hardshell cases can be fitted with customisable foam padding and are a foolproof way of protecting your drone from the elements.

3. Spare high capacity memory cards

These days, quality drones come with 4K video capabilities – but 4K files take up a lot of space. While your drone may come with a standard memory card, these cards are often limited to 8 to 16 GB.

You’ll get far more out of a high capacity card. Invest in a card with 32 GB or 64 GB, which will get you up to 40 or 80 minutes of footage, respectively.

Most consumer drones take MicroSD cards. The best quality cards are UHS-1 standard or higher (UHS-3 is often considered the best for drones). If the card has a Class 10 label, you’re onto a good thing.

4. Spare propellers

Drone bodies are built fairly ruggedly, but the propellers are the most fragile part of the device and it’s fairly likely they could be damaged at some point.

Damaged or chipped propellers can lead to even greater problems because they cause vibrations in your drone’s motor or body. That’s why it’s so important to change them out if they’ve been damaged in any way.

Fortunately, spare propellers are great value, with many sets available for under $15. You can also upgrade your propellers for better performance. For example, you can invest in some low-noise propellers for the DJI Mavic 2.

5. Drone guards

drone in air with drone guards

While drones are built to withstand many tough conditions, by their very nature, they’re exposed to the elements like few other devices.

There are several drone accessories you can buy which serve to protect your hardware. Propeller guards create a cage around your propellers to protect them should you fly the drone straight into a tree or a wall.

Landing gear is another popular accessory for drones. Landing gear is made up of little extensions you can fit to the bottom of your drone to increase its ground clearance and keep the body away from dirt, grass, sand, snow, and any other elements.

While these drone guards do a great job protecting your drone and potentially prolonging its life, it’s important to remember that any extension added to your drone can impact its flight performance by adding more weight to the body.

Another guard you might want to consider is a joystick guard, which protects the screen and joystick on your remote controller.

6. A drone landing pad

As with the drone landing gear, a landing pad protects your equipment from the elements, but doesn’t need to be attached to your drone.

A landing pad is a simple pad that can be secured to the ground with pegs. It protects your drone from moisture, sand, or snow, and also prevents dust and dirt from blowing about your drone and potentially getting into important parts.

These pads are affordable, portable, and foldable, making them a great accompaniment on any adventure – and unlike landing gear, they won’t affect your drone’s flight time.

7. Car charger

As we mentioned above, drones have a fairly limited battery life span of some 30 minutes. But if you’ve driven to your destination, you can extend the amount of daily use you can get from your drone by investing in a car power inverter.

A drone car charger plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter and converts your car’s DC power into AC so you can recharge your drone and the remote controller via its normal charger.

When you’re investing in a car charger, make sure you pick one that has low voltage protection and overheating protection.

Bonus – DJI Goggles

dji drone goggles

This accessory is by no means essential and currently limited to DJI drones, but ups the fun element of piloting your drone.

DJI Goggles enable real-time, first-person view (FPV) flying with DJI drones. The immersive experience will make you feel like you’re flying with the craft.

These comfy goggles have large, high-performance displays, long-range, low-lag wireless connectivity, and direct control of photo and video capture. They can be used with Mavic Pro, Spark, Phantom 4 series, and Inspire 2 drones.

Are you ready to take your drone experience to the next level?

At Camera House, we have an extensive range of cool drone accessories available online in Australia. Shop these accessories for drones today and see how you can transform your aerial videos and photographs!

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