6 Essential Drone Accessories for Professionals

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Professional UAV operators know how to use their drone's maximum potential, take care of their equipment, and protect the people around them from harm. Professionals like you already have a few extra propellers, several additional batteries, and at least one charger.
You probably also have a generator for when you need to spend a few days in the wild, and a few batteries won’t cut it. Professionals already know about propeller guards and carrying cases. They know how important it is to have a few high capacity (64 and 128 GB) memory cards and a laptop with two or three terabytes of free space.
Drones and complementary equipment have become somewhat ubiquitous in the photographer and videographer community. Everyone from journalists to explorers seems to have a drone nowadays. And let’s face it, a UAV is an extraordinary gadget for travelers, photographers, journalists, and explorers!
  • A photographer or filmmaker can capture images and videos of objects, people, crowds, and wildlife in an unprecedented way. Drones can fly up into the sky amazingly fast. They can hover over a herd of elephants while the operator focuses on their screen to capture the best angles. Modern landscape enthusiasts can take images and videos of skyscrapers or other landmarks of our age in unprecedented quality and range of motion.
  • Journalists can cover breaking news events with the help of a drone. They can film a battle in a war-torn country without exposing themselves to stray bullets or an IED. The fact of the matter is that a UAV is the journalist’s best friend if used cautiously and safely.
  • Explorers and travelers can quickly launch their drones and find new spots to camp. They regularly capture heart-stopping images and videos of nature in action. You can record amazing sunsets, calm sunrises, storm clouds gathering, or a tropical rainstorm with the help of a UAV. Explorers can also find leads and hints of what they’re looking for in dense forests or desert dunes. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

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However, even the pros need all the help they can get to get the sharpest images and the best angles from their UAV-mounted cameras. Here are a few accessories that you will almost surely need in one of your travels. If you read to the end, you will find that there is an extra accessory here, as well as a few tips for you.

Solar Recharging Package

This isn't for your drone in most cases. For the UAV, you have extra batteries and chargers as well as a small generator for longer trips. The solar charger is meant for your phone when you don’t have a generator. Never underestimate the dangers around, especially if traveling into the wild.

Things can go wrong; you can hurt yourself, or you may get stuck somewhere. A smartphone that doesn’t turn on or dies during a 911 call isn’t worth a dime, so you should charge your device using the solar recharging kit every day.

Airflow Meter

Atmospheric conditions may be harsh at certain times of day and night, and your drone may not be able to fly in those conditions. Even if it could fly, the stability of your video recording will be “shaky” at best. You also need to know when storms are about to hit, and for this, an airflow meter is a very useful tool.

You can quickly see the wind speed and direction as well as the humidity and pressure, among other things. Temperature differences are another thing this gadget can accurately measure and record. The meter connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth; there's no need for extra cables.

GPS Tracker

If you have a 2G cellular reception in the area you are about to deploy the drone in, the GPS tracker is your most trusted ally. It provides accurate details about the location of your device, and you can use your smartphone or tablet to locate the lost UAV. Considering that some drones, along with their camera and other accessories, are worth a few thousand dollars, a small investment in a tracker might be the best investment you ever make.

RC Wind Protection

Ever tried piloting a drone in the cold Arctic wind? No? Well, it’s not something you want to do, even if you are the most passionate drone operator in the world. Not only do your hands freeze on the controls, but your remote control batteries drain quickly as well.

The remote control wind protection allows you to operate the drone even during the harshest winters and the coldest winds. Your hands and the remote batteries are well protected so that you can focus on capturing the best footage of the things you’re after.

Shoulder Strap Belt Sling

Flying a drone for hours while keeping its controls firm in your hands and your elbows bent can take a toll on your stamina, concentration, and health. The shoulder strap belt sling allows you to relieve the pressure put on your cervical vertebra and helps you concentrate on piloting rather than pain.

Bonus Accessory Number 7 and a Few Tips

These six essential accessories for drones make it easier to fly the drone, take atmospheric readings and even recover a lost UAV. However, we didn’t mention anything about the monitor on your remote. We’ve got you covered, though!

The Monitor Sunshade Hood Cover is the accessory you need when you wish to pilot the drone during a sunny day. Because of the glare of the screen, you may not see clearly, and the quality of your footage will certainly have to suffer. The sunshade cover eliminates this risk and helps you see everything your drone sees crystal clear.

Whether you’re a professional or a novice drone operator, you can always benefit from a simple, plain logbook. Keep track of your missions and note everything of interest down for later use. Don’t forget coordinates and weather conditions. Also, note down things you noticed but didn’t have the time or battery power to explore. You never know what you’ll find on your next trip!

Don’t forget to take into account the various laws and regulations before launching your drone. As you know, there are regulations that prohibit you from flying in certain zones, like airports and military installations. Remember, you are liable if you break any of these laws.

Stay safe and keep people around you safe while operating your drone. We hope you find some, if not all, of these accessories helpful during your next trip.

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