DJI has introduced quite a handful of accessories for its best-selling Mavic Pro drone – a model released last September that proved so popular the company could not initially match its supply with global demand. Two of the new products are safety related – with one of them being an absolute first for DJI.
The Propeller Cage is a lightweight protective cage that mounts on the Mavic Pro’s arms and completely encircles a set of slightly smaller propellers. The cage system won’t work with the factory props, so you’d need to purchase a set of the 7728 quick release folding propellers.
The cage isn’t meant for experienced pilots (though it would be a great addition for indoor flying). Instead, the set is meant for those new to piloting, giving them a chance to hone their skills without the potential risk of “live” props.
With the added weight of the cages (and the smaller size of the propellers), the Mavic Pro has a maximum flight time of up to 12 minutes rather than the maximum 27 that can be achieved in stock mode. DJI recommends that the craft be flown in Tripod mode for better precision and stick control.
There’s a second option for those who want a little more safety. DJI has also released Propeller Guards, similar in concept but differing in design from those available for the Phantom line.
Both the prop guards and the cage, says DJI, “help to protect the aircraft’s propellers especially in tight spaces and other locations where the Mavic Pro may fly in close proximity of objects.”
DJI announced a few other add-ons. The new Charging Hub allows a user to charge up to four Intelligent Flight Batteries in a single session. It charges in sequence from the battery with the highest charge to the battery with the lowest – ensuring you’ll be in a position to fly as soon as possible. It’s also apparently compatible with the Phantom 4 series 100W charger – a combination that will reduce charging time even further.
For toting your Mavic Pro around when you’re not flying, DJI has also released what it calls an Aircraft Sleeve. It’s padded on the inside, and will help reduce the risk of scratching and keep your Mavic Pro dust-free. Not a bad solution, since this is the type of drone that gets thrown in the car glove box on occasion.