Being a first-time flyer is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Depending on the drone model you purchased, you can choose different functions and features to use during your flight.
Congratulations! You’ve officially purchased your first drone and you’re eager to fly. You may not know where to get started, so here are the first three steps you should take to prepare for your first flight.
1. Battery Charging
Like most electronics, drone batteries should come with minimal charge out of the box. Even though it might be tempting to fly as soon as you open up your drone, a low battery may cause a faulty flight. If your drone doesn’t land on its own with low battery or if you are not an experienced flyer, then you could potentially crash your drone.
Another reason we recommend charging your drone batteries right away?
Unlike phones and other small electronics, drones can take 60 to 90 minutes to charge. It’s inconvenient to have to stop midflight to charge your batteries, especially if you don’t have backups ready to go.
Our team highly recommends having an additional pair of batteries if you plan to use your drone for photography or other professional uses. You can find a variety of power options here.
2. Firmware Updates
Reliability, safety, and legal compliance—these are the three main reasons why you want to update your drone’s firmware before flying your drone for the first time.
Firmware updates fix bugs in flight algorithms that affect flight stabilization, battery management, and fail-safe landing (if your drone has that feature). Some manufacturers also push updated airport and no-fly zones, which will keep you from flying near restricted areas.
Compass calibration is also an important update that is pushed through the latest firmware, especially for drones that have a “return home” feature, like the DJI Mavic 2 and the DJI Mini 2.
Drones repairs can be costly; updated firmware is crucial to keeping your drone in the sky and avoiding a crash that could significantly damage your equipment.
DJI officially launched the Mini 3 Pro—an exciting new mini drone with powerful camera options, a lightweight design, and plenty of other features that have fans running to pre-order.
The Mini 3 Pro is not the only lightweight drone on the market— let’s take a look at how it compares to the DJI Air 2S and see if the Mini 3 Pro is worth taking the title of the preferred consumer drone.