Buying your drone is one thing, but you must ensure it runs smoothly. Here are the essential accessories you might need for your drone:
Drones’ flying time is limited, so invest in high-capacity batteries. Expensive drones can last up to an hour of flying. In contrast, entry-level to mid-range models can reach up to 30 minutes.
Generally, the heavier the drone’s weight, the lesser its flying time. And vice versa. So it’s crucial to match your battery with your drone’s specs and activity.
C-rating is an essential factor in batteries. It determines the safe range of your battery discharge. A higher C-rating is often better as it lets your drone take off smoother with more power and speed.
It is to note, though, that a higher C-rating can increase the battery’s weight. That’s why professionals recommend using 45C for a steadier flight, 75C for a much more flexible aerial activity, and 80C-100C for drone racing.
2. Drone Case
When buying a case, identify your drone’s size and ensure that the design is portable, allows easy access, and secures your stuff.
Drone cases can either be a hard shell or a backpack. Hard-shell cases offer more protection and organized storage. On the other hand, backpacks for drones are also secure yet more compact and handy.
Customize your purchase to your needs. If you're flying your drone from a hill, a backpack would be ideal. But if the shooting location requires less moving, then you might want to bring a hard-shell case.
3. Memory Cards
High-performing SDcards can be expensive but offer more consistent and steady footage. The investment is worth it if your main goal is to get a reliable shot with little to no glitches.
If you’re using your drone to capture Ultra HD videos or images, invest in at least 30MBs memory cards. Also, look at your drone’s specifications, as this can affect the type of SD card it needs.
4. Neutral Density Filters
Filters, in general, block unnecessary light in the footage. Neutral Density Filters (ND) are best used in videography. It decreases the entry of light to the lens, allowing long shutter speeds and, subsequently, long-exposure shots.
The darker the filter is, the less light can enter the lens. Make sure to use the right ND with the right weather or brightness of the environment.
5. Landing Pad
Landing pads are essential for two reasons. First, it keeps ground particles from getting stuck in your drone’s components. Second, it helps your drone and the people nearby detect the landing space.
When choosing your landing pad, make sure it’s lightweight and has bright colors for easy detection. And, of course, make sure it can fit in your drone case.