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5 essentials for happy drone flying

What are some essential (and non-essential) tools you need to bring before going out flying? Drone Girl reached out to her top Twitter fans for their feedback, and the answers returned range from the obvious, the practical, to the truly exceptional. Think I missed something? Leave a comment below, or tweet @thedronegirl!

1. Battery checker

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Tons of you jumped to the practical answer; @CosmoRogers, @rcflyingbits and @Hovership_RC all think it is imperative to have a LiPo checker.

Ditch the Energizer Bunny; drones traditionally run on LiPo batteries. LiPo batteries must be handled with extreme care, and one way to care for them is to make sure you don’t overcharge batteries or run down batteries. Also they are like $10, so just buy one.

And Mr. Rogers is certainly correct. It is absolutely, very, extremely awkward when you go out to fly, plug in your battery, and realize your battery has no juice. Don’t be awkward. Get a battery checker! Continue reading 5 essentials for happy drone flying

4 accessories you need for your drone

1. Spare batteries! Most consumer drones have battery lives of about 15 minutes. That’s nothing! Easy fix: MORE BATTERIES.

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2. Spare propellers! If you crash, they’ll get beat up. Even if they don’t explicitly break, your propellers will wear down. Over time, this will lead to an imbalance in your copter, whichcan result in shaky video or rolling shutter. Fix the problem with nice, even propellers.62

3. An FPV kit. This stands for “First Person View.” You basically put on special goggles which are connected to a camera on the drone, and you can stream what the drone sees. It’s amazing!

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4. A brushless gimbal. Want stable video? Use a gimbal, which is basically a mechanism that keeps your camera level. A good quality gimbal will eliminate shaky video. Choose a sturdy gimbal with the ability to balance.

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