Best Gimbal Guards for Phantom 3 Professional in 2016

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One of the most precious parts of the drone is the gimbal. Unfortunately, the gimbal is also the weakest part. Working on a 3-axis joint is delicate and taxing, because no matter how careful you are with your drone, you will at the very least, at some point, make a hard landing.

There isn’t anything you can do to make the gimbal stronger, but you can buy a guard for it. Unfortunately, DJI does not supply or sell a gimbal guard for the Phantom 3. The good news is that plenty of other places do.

A gimbal guard is essentially a bar that runs between the legs of the drone. It works as a block between the gimbal and anything underneath it. The primary functions of the guard are to protect the gimbal and stay out of camera shot. Below is a list of the best gimbal guards we’ve discovered.

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Table of Contents:

1. SKYREAT Gimbal Guard
2. PolarPro Gimbal Guard
3. YKS Full Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard
4. Anbee Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard
5. Mudder Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard
6. Final Verdict

1. SKYREAT Gimbal Guard

When you search for a Phantom 3 gimbal guard, the SKYREAT guard is one of the first results. It is made of 100% carbon fiber and is built wide where it attaches to the legs. When it gets to the camera, it thins out to completely avoid the shot.

Installation is a breeze. The Phantom 3 Professional comes with two notches on the landing gear. The guard slides right into place. It even includes a set of zip ties to help make the connection more secure.

The SKYREAT Gimbal Guard offers solid protection for your Phantom 3 Professional. Its Amazon page has a score of 4.4 out of 5 in 223 reviews. It only costs $14.99 and is eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

2. PolarPro Gimbal Guard

PolarPro is known for their quality selection of filters. They also have a gimbal guard with a limited lifetime warranty. This guard has a unique design in that it stays relatively thick throughout. To compensate, it has several strategically placed gaps to stay away from the drone’s sensors.

It clips into place just as easily as the SKYREAT guard. The PolarPro Gimbal Guard is made out of lightweight glass filled nylon to make it impact resistant. It retails on the PolarPro site for $19.99.

3. YKS Full Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard

The YKS Full Carbon Gimbal Guard is the only other unique looking guard on the list. Instead of steep angles in the construction, it sports smooth curves. It is made of 100% carbon fiber. The guard completely avoids the camera and sensors of the drone. Among the gaps, YKS has put a symbol of “P3.”

The guard easily attaches to the landing gear. It also comes with zip ties to help secure it in place and a “Remove Before Flight” strap. Unfortunately, there is no warranty information included. Its Amazon listing has it priced at $12.85. It is eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

4. Anbee Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard

The Anbee Gimbal Guard looks like a thicker version of the SKYREAT. It is made of carbon fiber and attaches to the landing gear. Then, it quickly slims down to avoid the camera and sensors. In the center, Anbee has decorated the guard with the letters “dji” to match the drone.

The Anbee guard comes with zip ties to keep the guard steady. It also does not seem to come with any kind of warranty, although it does have the lowest price on this list. Its Amazon listing has it priced at $8.50. It is also available for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

5. Mudder Carbon Fiber Gimbal Guard

The Mudder Gimbal Guard is a carbon fiber gimbal guard that looks similar to the SKYREAT. It is wide at the landing gear but shorter at the camera and sensors. This one does not include any fancy designs or symbols like the Anbee and the YKS.

The product description claims that the guard does not block the camera at all. Unfortunately, there a couple of reviews that mention it getting in the way of the shot. Its Amazon listing has it priced at $9.99 with free shipping for Amazon Prime users.

Final Verdict

There is no major variation in price with gimbal guards. The gap between the most expensive (PolarPro) and the least (Anbee) is less than $12. That is negligible when it comes to protecting a $1,000+ drone.

For the most cautious consumer, the PolarPro may be your best bet. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is backed by a trusted brand. Other than that, the SKYREAT comes with the most reviews, making it the most reliable. Regardless, any good gimbal guard will help keep your drone safe.

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