Last Updated: November 11, 2022

Best Drone Landing Pads (To Bring It Home Safely)

Taking off and landing a drone from the pavement or a road is easy. But we all know that such smooth terrain is not always available when you are out taking those epic drone videos.

Sure, you can always look for a nice flat rock to take off from, or even use the smooth sand on the beach, but it’s not the best option and landing can often be a big issue.

That is where drone landing pads save the day. They give you a largely smooth and flat surface to take off from and land on as well as a nice target for the drone to find when it comes time to land. And they are pretty darn cheap too, which leaves you with almost no excuse, right?

But there are so many landing pads out there, which ones are worth buying?

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Fstop Labs Drone and Quadcopter Landing Pad Accessories 32 inch, Waterproof Nylon for DJI Tello Mavic Phantom 3 4 spark Mavic 2 Pro Zoom Air
  • Bright and easy to see for the precise return home
  • Easy to collapse and carry at only 12 inches
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Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo
  • Well made and sits well even with strong down-draft from drone
  • Collapse and carry in own bag
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SYMIK LP500E Drone Landing Pad 20 inch (50cm) Double-Sided Waterproof (2x3 fold) Fast-Fold Helipad for DJI Mini 3 Pro, Mavic Mini 2, Mini SE, Air 2S, Mavic Air 2, Mavic 2 Pro, Zoom, Mavic 3, Phantom
  • Bright and easy to see
  • Reasonably lightweight
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Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter
  • Highly visible
  • Heavy enough on its own to not need pegs
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CLOVER Palm Landing Mat Pad Mini Landing Field Parking Apron for DJI Spark Drone - Blue
  • Highly visible
  • Safer to land on your hand
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Best Drone Landing Pads


30 Inch Landing Pads FSLabs 30 Inch Landing Pad

Fstop Labs Drone and Quadcopter Landing Pad Accessories 32 inch, Waterproof Nylon for DJI Tello Mavic Phantom 3 4 spark Mavic 2 Pro Zoom Air

FSLabs have produced a solid landing pad in two easy-to-see colors: orange and blue.

It comes with all the features you need:

  • 30-inch width suitable for most drones
  • Waterproof
  • Collapsable with a carry bag (12 inches)
  • Stakes for windy conditions
  • Reflective strips for night flying

Pros

  • Bright and easy to see for the precise return home
  • Easy to collapse and carry at only 12 inches
  • Heavy enough on its own to avoid wind, but also comes with stakes in the case
  • Optional reflective tape for those wanting to fly at night

Cons

  • Stakes are a little too long and might cause issues with hitting the propeller (can buy smaller ones in outdoor/camping store)

Product Information

  • Product Weight: 12 ounces
  • Landing Pad Width: 30 inches
  • Collapsed Width: 12 inches
  • Material: Nylon
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KINBON 30 Inch Landing Pad

Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo

The KINBON landing pad is again quite similar to the other 30 inch pads in this review, except for two things:

The design: it is quite colorful.

It comes with reflective strips that are really great for night flying.

Otherwise, most of the features are standard, but also well made

  • 30-inch width
  • Waterproof Nylon material
  • Collapsable with a carry bag
  • Pegs down windy conditions
  • Light strip for night flying

Pros

  • Well made and sits well even with strong down-draft from drone
  • Collapse and carry in own bag
  • Easy to peg down when windy
  • Great light strip for night flying

Cons

  • Difficult to collapse without a little practice

Product Information

  • Product Weight: 12.3 oz
  • Landing Pad Width: 30 inches
  • Collapsed Width: 11' '/ 28cm.
  • Material: Nylon
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SYMIK LP500E Drone Landing Pad

SYMIK LP500E Drone Landing Pad 20 inch (50cm) Double-Sided Waterproof (2x3 fold) Fast-Fold Helipad for DJI Mini 3 Pro, Mavic Mini 2, Mini SE, Air 2S, Mavic Air 2, Mavic 2 Pro, Zoom, Mavic 3, Phantom

SYMIK LP500E Drone Landing Pad is a very light and simple pad that is super visible with its bright red design.

It does not seem to be as high a quality as the other pads in this review. It is very light and can easily blow away. The manufacturer has not provided stakes, so although it will sit on the ground in light winds, if you live in very windy areas it is not going to stay put for long.

It comes with only some of the standard features you would expect:

  • Size: 20 inch x 20 inch
  • Storage pouch included
  • Folds down quite small

Pros

  • Bright and easy to see
  • Reasonably lightweight
  • Decent size at 20"

Cons

  • No stakes for windy conditions
  • Not round

Product Information

  • Product Weight: 11.9 oz / 339g
  • Landing Pad Width: 20 inches
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Hoodman 60 inch Landing Pad

Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter

This is more of a pro-level landing pad for those that want a large landing surface and high visibility. It is also one of the most high-quality (and price) pads you will find.

This baby is 5ft wide (1.5m) and only collapses down to 20 inches, so it will definitely not squeeze into a backpack :>

It comes with all the standard features:

  • 5ft width (collapses to 20″)
  • Collapsable with a carry bag (20 inches)
  • Weighted rim keeps it down in high winds (weighs 11lb in total)

Pros

  • Highly visible
  • Heavy enough on its own to not need pegs
  • Perfect for pro drone flyers wanting to highlight their landing zone

Cons

  • A bit cumbersome and difficult to collapse (video available from the manufacturer to help)
  • Heavy and large to transport
  • A bit pricey

Product Information

  • Product Weight: 10.3 lb
  • Landing Pad Width: 5 ft
  • Collapsed Width: 20 inches
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Clover Hand Landing Pad

CLOVER Palm Landing Mat Pad Mini Landing Field Parking Apron for DJI Spark Drone - Blue

I wanted to share this one as it is quite a new idea and not often seen on the market. A Hand landing pad.

Since a few of the latest Selfie-style drones have hand landing, this is not a bad idea. Hand catching scares a lot of people due to the blades, and this might help.

It slides onto your fingers and provides a bright and easily visible pad for your drone to take off and land on.

Pros

  • Highly visible
  • Safer to land on your hand
  • Small and portable

Cons

  • Makes hand landing a little more complex
  • Another thing you have to carry around.
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Choosing The Perfect Landing Pad

Not all landing pads are created equal and you want to be sure you don’t waste your money on a bad one.

The following are things you want to look out for:

Overall Size / Foldable Size

Depending on what kind of drone you are using, a 30 inch is usually more than large enough a target for any drone to land on. But, there are far larger pads for those that need them.

Don’t forget a lot of the smarter drones take a snapshot of the ground so they will be super accurate in any case. That is why a landing pad helps (it stands out from the background).

Also, have a think about how you are going to carry this thing. Do you have a case or bag for your drone? Will it fit in.

Some of them are as small as 12 inches when collapsed, while others will have to be carried separately.

Wind Resistance

Your lightweight landing pad can always blow away so having a way to secure it to the ground is key. Most are heavy enough to stay put in light wind conditions, but if you fly in more windy places this is key. (The Hoodman is an exception as it is quite heavy and stays in place on its own).

Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter
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Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter
  • Easy set up springs into shape when released from 20 inch carry bag
  • 8 pound zinc coated perimeter cable keeps drone launch pad in place without stakes

This usually involves a simple stake and tie system like with a tent, so consider the ground you might have to push the stakes into as well.

Water Resistance

I know you are not going to take off or land from the ocean :> But seriously, water is an issue.

The ground can often be wet – wet sand on beaches, morning dew on the grass, flying after rain. And you don’t want your drone to get wet (unless you have an awesome waterproof one!)

Night Flying

Some of the landing pads come with reflective strips which might help with night landing (provided you have lights) but the FlatHat also comes with a light strip you can add to the perimeter of the landing pad which is quite a cool idea.

Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo
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Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo
  • 【Waterproof Premium Material】Made of high quality waterproof Nylon material with lightweight, Open Size: 30''/75cm, Fold Size: 11''/28cm. Double sided high-precision printing, and sun protection, not easy to fade. Very waterproof and durable for use, easy to fold and fast-fold.
  • 【Universal Drone Landing Pad】The 30" universal drone landing pad with double sided, which is perfectly fit for RC Drones Helicopter, PVB Drones, DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4/ Pro, DJI Inspire 2/1, 3DR Solo drone, Gopro Kama, Antel Robotic X-star, Parrot drone, and more.

Which Is The Best Landing Pad?

The biggest choice upfront is how big do you need. If you are flying as a hobbyist, the 30-inch options are perfect, while a pro will definitely go for the Hoodman and a smaller drone owner (like the Spark) might want to try the Clover palm landing pad.

Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter
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Hoodman HDLP Drone Landing Pad Launch Accessory 5 Foot Diameter Fits DJI Matrice Inspire Size Smaller RC Quadcopter
  • Easy set up springs into shape when released from 20 inch carry bag
  • 8 pound zinc coated perimeter cable keeps drone launch pad in place without stakes
CLOVER Palm Landing Mat Pad Mini Landing Field Parking Apron for DJI Spark Drone - Blue
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CLOVER Palm Landing Mat Pad Mini Landing Field Parking Apron for DJI Spark Drone - Blue
  • Palm Landing Pad for SPARK
  • [ Mini size ] Convenient to take ; Very suitable for SPARK taking off or landing

As far as the rest of the options go, there are only a few other things I want to mention:

Wind resistance – the Hoodman kick’s ass here as it is super heavy and you don’t need to stake it down. But it’s big and heavy to carry around for anyone wanting to be portable or travel.

Most of the 30 inches are light and easy to collapse (once you learn how) so will be ok in light winds (except the Big D – which I don’t think I will recommend). However, the majority of them need staking down in wind.

And for those that are considering night flying, I would go for the KINBON 30 Inch as it is the only one with the cool light strip to help highlight your landing pad even in the dark.

Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo
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Drone Landing Pads, KINBON Waterproof 30'' Universal Landing Pad Fast-fold Double Sided Quadcopter Landing Pads for RC Drones Helicopter DJI Spark Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4 Pro Inspire 2/1 3DR Solo
  • 【Waterproof Premium Material】Made of high quality waterproof Nylon material with lightweight, Open Size: 30''/75cm, Fold Size: 11''/28cm. Double sided high-precision printing, and sun protection, not easy to fade. Very waterproof and durable for use, easy to fold and fast-fold.
  • 【Universal Drone Landing Pad】The 30" universal drone landing pad with double sided, which is perfectly fit for RC Drones Helicopter, PVB Drones, DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4/ Pro, DJI Inspire 2/1, 3DR Solo drone, Gopro Kama, Antel Robotic X-star, Parrot drone, and more.

For the rest, you can’t go wrong with a landing pad that simply helps you land and take off in less than ideal terrain and locate your landing spot with ease :>