Top 6 Drone Accessories for the 2016 Holiday Season
The winter holidays are right around the corner. That means it’s high time to start shopping for the perfect gift for the drone enthusiast in your life.
Yet buying a drone-related gift is easier said than done. Because it’s a technical hobby, it’s all too easy to buy a gift that won’t be appreciated – or worse, one that isn’t even compatible with your loved one’s drone.
That’s why we’re here to help. Any of the six drone accessories below are sure to make the perfect Christmas gift for drone lovers of all ages and experience levels.
1. Drone Tool Kit
It might not be the most exciting gift ever but a drone tool kit is sure to be appreciated this holiday season.
A drone tool kit allows you to easily make repairs, adjustments, and altercations to your UAV. The tools are specially designed for use with drones so you don’t have to waste time hunting around your normal toolbox for the right ones.
Selecting a drone tool kit with a precision screwdriver is essential. Because of the small size of drones, one of these small and skinny screwdrivers is needed to reach many components. This is especially true if you’re doing any maintenance or repairs on your drone’s motor.
The best drone-specific tool kit is the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Tool Kit. Another option is to buy a more general tool kit designed for electronic and hobby use, like the Stalwart 25 Piece Precision Tool Kit.
2. Drone Carrying Case
A drone costs a lot of money. So protect your loved one’s investment by gifting them a drone carrying case this holiday season.
A high-quality carrying case ensures the safety of your drone during transport and storage. The best models have a soft inner layer and a hard outer layer. They’re also completely waterproof. A normal backpack just isn’t going to do the job – the case needs to be designed for drones specifically.
It’s important to consider the model of drone the case will be used for. Though universal options are available, a carrying case designed specifically for your drone ensures a snugger fit and even more protection.
The Depstech Hardshell Backpack is a great option for the popular DJI Phantom 1, Phantom 2, and Phantom 3 drone models. It’s waterproof, spacious, extremely rugged, and is easy to haul from point A to point B.
The Senka Hardshell Backpack is perfect for DJI’s newest Phantom model, the Phantom 4.
3. LiPo Battery Bag
Most drones now come with LiPo batteries. Though they’re now considered an essential component to drone technology, they can also be dangerous if handled incorrectly.
The most important thing you can do to stay safe, and increase the lifespan of your batteries, is to store them in a LiPo battery bag. These special storage containers are fireproof to protect your home if one of your batteries combusts during storage. A LiPo battery bag also lets you safely transport your batteries from your home to the field.
The Teenitor LiPo Battery Safe Bag is sure to make your loved one’s eyes light up. The bag is spacious and helps safeguard against accidents while storing, charging, or transporting your LiPo batteries.
4. Micro-SD Card
One of the most common uses of drones is photography and videography. Chances are your loved one uses their done, at least in part, for a similar application.
These images and videos are stored on a Micro-SD card. Every drone enthusiast should keep a few of these close at hand to store all the amazing aerial footage they collect.
Once again, it’s important to verify the drone model before buying Micro-SD cards. Each drone requires a slightly different version. It’s easy to check with the manufacturer to make sure the Micro-SD card you buy as a gift is the right one.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB Micro-SD Card is a great choice for those using the popular DJI Phantom 4.
5. Enhanced Camera
A lot of today’s drones come stock with built-in cameras. Yet there are still a lot of budget models that don’t.
If your loved one has a low-budget drone without a camera, a great gift that’s sure to make them smile on Christmas is an enhanced drone camera. These cameras can be mounted on drones so they can take images and videos just like high-end models.
Of course, you must make sure that the enhanced camera you select is compatible with the drone in question. Of utmost importance is whether the drone has enough power to actually effectively fly with the camera installed.
Numerous enhanced cameras are built specifically for this purpose. We recommend GoPro cameras thanks to their quality, performance, and durability.
6. FPV Goggles
Cause some serious excitement this Christmas by giving the drone lover in your life the gift of FPV goggles.
Short for first-person viewing, FPV is one of the most exciting ways to pilot a drone. It gives you an inside look from the drone – the view that a pilot inside the UAV would be experiencing.FPV goggles make first-person viewing even more exciting. Rather than look at an image on a handheld LCD screen, the images from your drone’s cameras are transmitted right into the goggles. It’s a new take on virtual reality that makes flying a drone even more fun.
Few FPV goggles come anywhere close to the Fat Shark Dominator V3 FPV Goggles, specifically designed for use with the DJI Phantom 3 and Phantom 4.
Any of the six awesome drone accessories above will make the perfect gift for the drone lover in your life this Christmas.
However, if you really want to up the ante, why not consider buying an actual drone as a gift? There are plenty of budget drones for kids and beginners as well as high-end drones for those more serious about the hobby.
No matter whether you buy a drone accessory or a full-on drone, any drone-related gift is sure to be a hit this holiday season.