DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Drone

Short Review (Summary): Another excellent Quad by DJI! Packs up small, much quitter than the Phantom 4, and causes less “Fuss”.. By Fuss, I mean less people bother you while flying because they really don’t know what it is until its in the air. Easy to travel with and is an upgrade over my ORIGINAL Phantom 4! Keep in mind, newer Phantom 4 quads do have better cameras than the Mavic so keep that in mind when trying to figure out what quad is best for you!!

Pros
1.) Folds up SMALL – Folds ALMOST as small as my DJI Spark!
2.) Easy to Fly!
3.) Easy to Update – Personally, I always use DJI assistant to update my quads BUT that isn’t really needed.. This updates fine from the app on your phone
4.) Excellent Photo Quality
5.) Smaller motors = Quitter flights!
6.) Good Battery Life – 20 – 30 Minutes
7.) Battery Charges Quickly
8.) Battery can be charged from my Goal Zero Sherpa 100 (See link below) (Make sure you buy the inverter to go with the Sherpa as well)

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Recharger

9.) Works with Litchi (A DJI Go Alternative) – but keep in mind that if you have DJI Care, you will need to use DJI Go
10.) Excellent Build Quality
11.) Loaded with safety features – Obstacle avoidance, limiters on height and distance (If you want), RTH (Return to Home) when you lose signal (Make sure you set this in your app), RTH when battery is about to die, GPS, Compass, and more! This is very safe to fly
12.) DJI Care – They make it easy to buy DJI Care! You have 48 hours after you activate to buy it from DJIs site.. Easy to do and easy to buy!! (Keep in mind, DJI Care doesn’t cover fly-aways)
13.) Tons of following – A lot of folks us and a lot of companies support this quad meaning it is very easy to find parts, accessories, and other items for it! Amazon is loaded with them!!

This or the Spark? I love both my Mavic and Spark! I use the spark as a fun flying quad at parks and places.. I also take it with me when I might want a selfie or group shop.. The spark being so small, most cops and other folks think it is a toy quad so they leave you alone.. The mavic on the other hand has a much better camera but can cause a fuss at times due to its size! So make sure you follow all rules with the Mavic (You should follow rules with all quads though).. Both have about the same range BUT the Mavic has a better battery meaning it can actually fly a much further range! If you plan to fly miles at a time, I suggest the Mavic! But you will be very happy with both quads or either quad! Both are great but both have their pluses!.

Mavic or Phantom? I can say my original Phantom 4 does seem to do better at the beach and in wind but the Mavic does just fine in those places as well.. With that being said, the new Phantom 4s do have a better camera! My older Phantom 4 has about the same camera as my Mavic so I do feel the Mavic is an upgrade from my older Phantom 4

Overall: Great quad, one that is very easy and simple to fly!! I highly recommend this to anyone

HOBBYTIGER DJI Mavic Pro Hard Case – Waterproof Rugged Compact Storage Case

Short Review: I have owned a lot of HOBBYTIGER items in the past so when I purchased my Mavic last week, I decided to go with them for the case!!! This case is simply AMAZING and I only have one suggestion to Hobbytiger if they ever want to improve this case. What is that suggestion?

Suggestion: Place thicker foam on the lid.. At times I can hear my Mavic or controller bouncing around due to the top foam not being very thick.. Is this a protection issue for my Mavic? I do not believe so, this case seems to protect it very well!!

Pros
1.) Small but HOLDS a lot!! – The case is small but holds a lot! What’s the point of a Mavic if you are buying a very large case for it? Exactly!

2.) Mavic is a snug fit – Should provide GREAT protection for it

3.) Nice Cutouts – Cutouts are very nice!

4.) Can hold 3 batteries – one in the mavic, and two spares! YES THE BATTERY slot works great and the batteries fit fine even though the stick up!

5.) Very good controller cutout!

6.) Excellent Price

7.) Case seems to be built very well! Not as nice as a real pelican but you pay for those! This case is wonderful!

Overall: Wonderful case! I highly recommend this case to anyone!! ITS AWESOME

DJI Spark Fly More Combo, Quadcopter, Drone

Short Review: Received my Spark Fly More package today and for a mini quad, this thing rocks.. I wrote a good review on the Yuneec Breeze about 6 months ago, but the SPARK BLOWS IT out of the water!! I only have 2 flights on this right now but it works WONDERFULLY well and is super easy to fly! Why is the spark so good?

**NOTE** Review will be updated as I get more flights on the drone! Edit history will be logged below

**Edit History**
-Firmware Updated added to Pros (#15) (6/20/17)
-OTG Cable allows for USB phone connection to controller added to pros (#14) (6/20/17)
-Battery Charging Time added to pros (#16) (6/20/17)

Pros
1.) Excellent Battery Life for a mini drone! I get the advertised battery life out of my quad! Which is much longer than other quads of this size.. First flight I got 13 minutes and second 12 minutes.. My breeze gets under 10 pretty much any flight

2.) Fly More includes a remote – The remote ROCKS! It works just as well as a larger DJI Remote and has AMAZING RANGE!

3.) Controller not needed to fly – You can fly this with your phone, saving even more space (Distance and range is limited with the phone)

4.) Camera has a gimbal – Again, gimbals work MUCH BETTER than software stabilization

5.) Quality is Amazing – Everything from the battery, the quad, the controller, and even my storage case is simply AMAZING!!

6.) Picture Quality is GREAT

7.) Video Quality is GREAT

8.) Has AMAZING range – using your phones WiFi, the range is limited but using the included controller the range is 1000+ feet!! In any direction!

9.) VERY EASY TO FLY!

10.) Great Value – for $499 (or $699 with fly more) you get a drone with all the features of the Phantom 4 or Mavic.. That’s a WONDERFUL VALUE in my book

11.) Full of Features – This has all the features of my Phantom 4 which blows the competition AWAY when it comes to mini drones!!

12.) Hand Gestures work GREAT – While I don’t see myself using them often, they do work WONDERFULLY WELL!!! I can see how they will come in handy for selfies and whatnot

13.) Fly more is a GREAT VALUE!! The controller and the battery alone are worth the $200 extra! But prop guards, a much nicer carry case,, battery charging bar, and extra props just add to the value! Plus I got a MicroSD card tossed in

14.) While at first I loved the IDEA of my phone commuicating with the controller via WiFi, Video was spotty! BUT I quickly learned the DJI OTG Cable will allow my phone to connect to the controller VIA USB!! Now video is 100% CLEAR!

15.) Firmware update was simple! I used the mobile app for the firmware update BUT normally I use the DJI PC Software.. I did confirm the update installed correctly using the DJI PC Software.. Update was very simpel via the app!! Another plus for this great drone, making it very user friendly!

16.) After several flights now, the batteries for the quad charge VERY quickly!! Normally under an hour! Wow, talk about fast!

Overall: Right now I am in love with this drone and I can’t wait to fly it more tomorrow!! Everything is as expected!