You’ve already taken the plunge and invested in a DJI Mavic Air or Mavic Air 2.0, but why stop there? We know you’re itching to get out there and start using your new gadget but, trust us, there are some accessories out there that will make all the difference to your aerial explorations.
At A Glance: Our Top 3 Mavic Air Accessories
We’ve scoured what’s out there to bring you the best Mavic Air accessories around, and we hope that they make your droning experiences that bit more special.
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Best For Image Quality
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Not only are spare propellers handy – if you’re anything like me you’ll break a bunch of them while you’re getting to grips with your Mavic Air – but the Master Airscrew STEALTH Propellers really do have some serious advantages over the ones that come included.
As suggested by the name, these propellers emit around 3.5dB less noise while in operation, which equates to roughly a 50% reduction in noise pollution. This is fantastic for any of you that will be using you Mavic Air to get some aerial wildlife shots – there’s nothing worse than spooking that bird you’ve waited weeks to spot as soon as it arrives.
Not only are these propellers quieter than the originals, but they’re more efficient too. We’ve all been there, you’re just about to take the money shot you’ve been waiting all day for when suddenly the propellers slow down, things start to get quiet, and eventually, the props grind to a halt and you’re forced to bring your drone down… if only you’d had a little bit more juice. Well, thanks to the improved efficiency of these propellers, you’ll get a cheeky 2.8 extra minutes flying time per charge, which could just what you need to get that winning shot.
On top of that, these are also available in some vibrant colors, such as orange and pink, so you can spot your drone from a mile off. You might be wondering about compatibility… but there’s no need to worry, these propellers have been designed to be fully compatible with all existing DJI Mavic Air accessories. And not only are they compatible, but they have a color-coded quick-release system so you can change them in a flash.
Our only complaint is the glossy finish – we’d prefer if it was matte, but overall, quieter, longer flights and rapid propeller changing… what are you waiting for?
Let’s face it, drones aren’t cheap, and once you’ve invested in one you’re going to want to take good care of it. The Ultimaxx Travel Case has been designed specifically to keep your DJI Mavic Air safe, and it’s very reasonably priced too.
One of the main things we like about this case is the fact that it’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in a downpour. On top of that, it’s also built like a tank and has been constructed to withstand dents, shattering, and general wear and tear.
The built-in handle makes it super easy to carry your drone around, and the rubberized handle is nice and comfy too. As well as having dedicated sections for four batteries, the remote (with thumb controls attached), cables, chargers, mounts, propellers plus guards, and, of course, the drone itself, but it also has a hollow space in the top where you can slot in your tablet.
If you’re worried about security, the optional padlock hole is a nice touch, and the latches are solid and secure. One thing to watch out for is that some of the spaces are quite small, so be careful when you’re stowing your gear or taking it out – especially when handling the props.
Other than that, this is a fantastic case that really will keep your drone and accessories safe, and at a great price too.
Isn’t it a real pain when a day of patience is about to pay off and just as you try to take the money shot, your battery cuts out? With a maximum flight time of 21 minutes in windless conditions (and let’s face it when are conditions ever windless when you’re flying a drone?), it’s only a matter of time until this happens to you.
Well, why not pre-empt the problem and stock up on some spare batteries? We’d recommend getting at least two, and think that the Intelligent Flight Battery 2 Pack offers great value for money. These high-density lithium batteries can be pumped up to give you that full 21 minutes of flight that not all batteries can provide, and they come with a warranty too.
These batteries are specific to the first Mavic Air model, so if you have a Mavic Air 2 you’ll have to look elsewhere (we’d recommend this Intelligent Flight Battery).
Spare batteries really are an essential bit of kit for anyone that likes to spend more than 20 minutes at a time with their drone. They might not be the cheapest accessory, but we promise you won’t regret it.
One of the nicest things about owning a drone is having an excuse to get out and appreciate the great outdoors. We know it’s always that bit nicer when the sun is shining but isn’t it a pain when you end up squinting at your screen and can hardly see what footage your getting? Introducing this simple yet super effective accessory, the Sun Hood Cover.
This lightweight hood cover is all you need to keep the sun off your screen so you can see what’s going on up there. As an added bonus, it also stops your gadgets from overheating in the sunshine. Compatible with a huge range of phones and tablets, you can be sure to find a model that fits your screen.
For such a small price, this really will make a massive difference to your outings. The plastic might be a tiny bit on the flimsy side, but we think this is a decent trade-off to keep the weight down. Go on, you won’t regret it… and it will probably save you a few wrinkles too.
There’s nothing worse than eagerly playing back your footage only to find out your memory card cut out just before that magical moment. We love that the Mavic Air comes with 8GB of internal storage for emergencies, but it’ll get used up quicker than you think, especially if you’re shooting 4k videos.
That’s why we recommend getting some backup memory of your own. The SanDisk Extreme Memory Cards is a solid favorite, and is available in a range of sizes. We know that the Mavic Air can handle microSDs with a capacity of up to 128GB, and the Mavic Air 2 up to a whopping 256 GB, but we’d recommend getting a couple of smaller cards instead. Using a few smaller cards instead of one large one insures you against any losses or damages – as they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. One 32GB card should hold just under 20minutes of 4k video, which is pretty much one battery’s worth of flight time.
If you’re big into videos though, then the SanDisk Extreme PRO and SanDisk Extreme PLUS cards might be more up your street, although they will cost you a bit more. They have the advantages of being super durable and having rapid transfer speeds too.
If you’re going to be flying your drone above sand, bogs, snow, or even long grass, then we’d recommend investing in the Arzoic Landing Gear. After all, no one enjoys those moments when the sun is beginning to fade and you’re still wandering around trying to find your drone after that last flight that went wrong.
By adding four triangular legs to your drone, you’ll add 1.26 inches to its height, which will help you to spot it from further afield. On top of that, the legs also provide a softer landing, protecting your camera and the body itself. Weighing just 0.05 lbs, they won’t drag you down and cut short your fly time either.
For a rapid set-up, each leg is lettered, and these correspond to positions on the drone. After matching the letters to the positions, it’s a simple matter of fastening up the clasp and, hey presto, you’re ready to fly.
We really think this bit of landing gear is a steal – improved visibility, softer landing, and super easy to set up, what more could you ask for less than 15 bucks?
Anyone that’s serious about their image quality should consider investing in the Pro Lens Filter Kit.
ND (for neutral density) filters ensure you get the optimal exposure for high-quality images that hardly require any post-processing tampering. They do this by controlling the amount of light that reaches the sensor in the camera, so your images don’t come out over or underexposed. This kit includes an ND4, an ND8, and an N16 filter, which will have covered on gloomy, cloudy, and bright days, respectively.
PL (for polarizing) filters also control the amount of light that reaches your lens, but they instead act to cut down on glare and reflections, which makes them particularly useful when shooting watery scenes. ND/PL filters combine the effects of both filters, producing incredible images. This kit includes an ND4/PL filter, an ND8/PL filter, and an ND16/PL filter, so you’ll be sure to get properly exposed and crystal clear images. Oh, and they’re super lightweight and there’s also a carry case included too.
Designed for the Mavic Air, these filters are an affordable way to upgrade your images. However, one thing to bear in mind is that the DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo now includes some ND filters, so if you’ve purchased that combo, this might not be the filter set for you.
Overall, we think these filters are definitely worth the investment if you’re looking for a simple way to up your image quality.
If you’re anything like me, even when you have the best intentions, you always forget something. But what if that something happens to be charging your spare battery or, even worse, your main battery? Fear not, for this Car Battery Charger has you covered.
This three-in-one charger has two intelligent battery charging ports, as well as a USB charging port, so you can charge two batteries plus a controller all at the same time if you need to. It takes just over an hour to fully charge two batteries, and even less time if you just need to charge one, so by the time you arrive at your destination you should have stocked up on juice.
The gold-plated contacts improve contact and reduce heat, acting to prevent short circuits and accidents. But if you do bump into problems, there’s a 1-year free replacement service.
Unfortunately, this charger is Mavic Air 1-specific, so those of you with the newer model will have to look elsewhere. But for Mavic Air 1 users, we’d definitely recommend picking one of these up.
To drone or not to drone… there will always be those days you aren’t sure whether to take your drone with you or leave it at home. A full biff case like the Ultimaxx Travel Case is undoubtedly great for drone-specific outings, but it’s bulky and perhaps you’re only taking your drone just in case you see something cool. In that case, the Aircraft Bag and Sleeve Combo is the perfect accessory for you – you can slip your drone and controller in your backpack just in case and you’ll barely know they’re there.
The waterproof external materials will keep your items nice and dry, and the soft inner linings not only protect your drone and controller from scrapes but also keeps them free from dust (and whatever else might be lying around in your rucksack). The softness also lets you slide your gear in and out very easily. Plus, it’s great safety-wise, as it takes the edge of the propellers when you’re rummaging around your bag.
On top of that, if you do end up using a hard case for your drone, this is a great bag for other accessories, such as camera lenses or filters. And there are handy little hooks on the side of the bag and sleeve which are great for keeping them close at hand. Obviously with bags this slim, you don’t get a crazy amount of padding, so you’ll still have to be careful with your gear.
Overall, this is a massive upgrade from using an old sock and it’s totally worth the money.
Clearly, there’s a huge range of accessories out there, and it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole and start buying them all. But, before you do, it’s good to be clear about which ones you really need to have and which ones you’re getting just for the hell of it.
It’s nice that the Mavic Air has an in-built 8GB storage capacity so that you’re never caught out with zero memory, but you’re definitely going to need more. Especially if you want to make use of the 4k video capacity.
As we said earlier, we reckon getting a few smaller cards is a safer bet just in case you lose a card, but then again, it can be nice to have a huge one and not have to worry about swapping over cards all the time. Whichever you go for, you’ll definitely be glad to have the extra space.
As much as we love the Mavic Air, a 21-minute maximum flight time can be pretty limiting. If you don’t want the fun to be over after a short stint, then you’re going to need some extra batteries.
Buying more than one at once will save you money in the long run, but they aren’t the cheapest bit of gear either, so you might opt to build up your collection slowly. Try and make sure whatever batteries you buy are capable of giving you the full flight time too.
There’s no way you aren’t going to need these at some point. You will inevitably crash your drone into a tree, take a rough landing, or even squash it in your bag at some point. And you don’t want to have to give up on a day’s filming because you didn’t have any spare propellers.
They’re pretty reasonably priced, and some have the added bonus of being brightly colored, so you can add a personal touch to your set-up.
Although it’s possible to get away without one of these, they really do make looking at your screen much easier on the eyes. However, if you live somewhere that isn’t super sunny, this might not be your biggest priority.
Lots of people seem to get creative and make their own sun shields too, which is a great way to cut down on costs.
We love lens filters, but if you’re using your drone for a practical reason, such as to monitor vehicle movements, then you probably aren’t too concerned about image quality and post-processing.
However, if photography is your thing, you’ll love having some extra filters to make your pictures that bit better.
Keep an eye out for what’s included in your package too, as the Mavic Air 2 More Fly Combo set comes with some filters included.
Although there are some pretty sleek sleeves out there, and they’re certainly more stylish than an old sock, you can probably live without one. They don’t provide much padding, and you’re most likely going to put them inside another bag anyway, and odds are you have something knocking around the house that you could use instead.
Okay, so there you have it – our top Mavic Air accessories and what to bear in mind when you’re shopping around. But if you’re still unsure which accessories to purchase, here are our top three:
Our top accessory for image quality has to be the Pro Lens Filter Kit. These filters reduce glare and optimize exposure so you don’t have to faff around editing your photos later on.
They won’t break the bank either, and they really are a must-have for any photographers out there.
Our top practical accessory is the Intelligent Flight Battery 2 Pack. We know it’s not the most exciting purchase, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have at least a couple of spares.
You really don’t want to lose out on that magical shot because your battery ran out just before you could capture it. You might find yourself doubling up on a two-pack and having four batteries knocking around…
And, finally, our overall favorite accessory is the Master Airscrew STEALTH Propellers. Not only will you need them when (that’s right, when, not if) you snap one of the originals, but they have other perks too.
For instance, if you chose the orange set you’re way more likely to spot your drone in the distance if you crash land.
On top of that, these propellers are quieter than the originals so you won’t spook and wildlife, and they also give you a few minutes more of that precious flight time.
With all these perks, and at such a reasonable price, you certainly won’t regret buying yourself some spare propellers.