Must have DJI Mavic Pro Accessories
- 1 Must Have Mavic Pro Accessories
- 2 Recommended Mavic Pro Accessories
- 3 Nice to have Mavic Pro Accessories
- 4 Other Mavic Pro Accessories
Out of the box, the DJI Mavic Pro is a fantastic Drone, ultra portable, extremely capable and easy to fly.
Having said that, there are some accessories that will dramatically improve your Mavic experience, and in some cases (like the extra batteries!) some accessories that you really shouldn’t go without.
I’ve had mine for a bit now and I’ve compiled this list of the best accessories for the DJI Mavic Pro.
Must Have Mavic Pro Accessories
These are the ones I think will have the biggest impact on your Mavic experience and that I recommend everyone get.
DJI Refresh Care
While technically not an accessory I still think this deserves to be at the top of the list as it is without a doubt one of the best things you can buy for your Mavic pro.
For ~$100 USD (depending on where you are) DJI gives you a 12 month service plan offering up to two full replacements to your drone in the event of damage.
You need to purchase DJI care refresh less than 48 hours after activating your drone (otherwise you will have to jump through quite a few hoops).
After a friend of mine totalled his drone in his first flight I decided this was a no-brainer and a definite must have, and while I hope I never crash my Mavic you don’t have to look too far to find horror stories and having refresh care definitely offers some comforting peace of mind.
Extra Mavic Pro Batteries
This one is obvious and definitely a must!
While many of you might have gotten the DJI “fly more” combo which comes with two extra Mavic batteries, I initially got just the Drone and after my first 27min flight realised you really need at least one extra battery.
In fact you will probably want more than one, as the Mavic is really REALLY fun to fly and you will want to extend your flying sessions as much as you can.
If you have more than a couple of batteries you might want to take a look at the battery charging hub to make your life a little easier.
Compatible microSD cards
The Mavic Pro’s 4K video and RAW images will quickly fill up the bundled SD card, officially the largest capacity micro SD card the Mavic supports is 64GB, and you should probably aim for a card that size.
That micro SD card should also have a UHS-1 rating and/or Class 10, and a speed class 3(U3) if you want to take full advantage of the Mavics 4k capabilities, check out our article on how to pick and SD card if the ratings and classifications confuse you.
One of the big selling points of the Mavic pro is its portability and if that is one of the reasons you got yours it probably means you intend to travel and move around with it often, in which case a good carrying case in indispensable.
There are many options of greatly varying prices and the right bag for you will depend on your specific use case.
In my case, I already have a good backpack I use for traveling with my Electronics and photo gear, so I went with a very affordable hard carrying case by Deyard which I can just toss in my backpack, along with my other equipment.
LensPen / Lens cleaning kit
You will definitely want something to safely clean smudges and debris from your Mavic’s camera lens.
A lens pen is quite handy as it has a both a brush on one side and a microfiber in the other which should be enough to clean the most common smudges and debris you’ll get flying your drone. Of course you can use other lens cleaning products or kits if you already own them.
Though I’ve yet to crash my Mavic, and I’m really impressed with how easy it is to fly, anyone who has been flying drones for a while knows that accidents happen, and when they do the props tend to be the first to pay the price.
Having an extra set of propellers with you can easily mean the difference between having to go home or getting the amazing shot you wanted.
Recommended Mavic Pro Accessories
OK, chances are you already have some or most of the “must have” accessories, specially if you went with the Mavic Pro Fly More Combo. Next up are the accessories that will make your life easier or enhance your experience in a significant way.
Mavic Pro ND Filters
The Mavic is capable of some pretty impressive video for a drone of its size but if you want to give your footage a more “cineamatic” look you will want to use a Neutral Density Filter when filming during daylight. The ND filter will reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor allowing you to use a higher shutter speed and will also eliminate any “jello” effect you might get in very bright conditions.
The ideal shutter rate is half the inverse of the shooting rate. So in the case of the Mavic Pro this will be 1/48th of a second when shooting at 24fps (recommended for a more cinematic look) or 1/60th of a second when shooting at 30fps.
You can find quite a few examples in YouTube of these filters in action. Take a look at this video or at this side by side comparison to see how a neutral density filter changes the look of your videos.
If you plan to shoot a lot of footage over water you might also consider a Circular Polarizer filter for your Mavic Pro as they will help reduce glare and increase contrast and color saturation.
Mavic Pro Landing Gear / Leg Extensions
If like me you tend to take off from grass more often than not, then you’ll probably want to invest in some leg extensions for your Mavic.
These are a pretty cheap accessory that will prove invaluable when landing in less than perfect locations, or at the very least keep you from having to constantly wipe the green off your drone after it mows down the lawn.
Nice to have Mavic Pro Accessories
These are accessories that you can probably live without but that you might really appreciate depending on your specific use cases.
Battery Charging Hub
If you have a few extra batteries, you might not like having to wait for one battery to be charged to then swap it for the next one.
In that case the charging hub will make your life a little easier, the hub will allow you to set up to 4 batteries to charge (sequentially so they will charge one after the other, not at the same time!). This gives you the fastest way of getting all your batteries fully charged. And allows you to easily set all your batteries to charge overnight and start your day with 2 full hours of flight time!
Advanced battery charging Hub? what’s the difference?
You might have noticed there are two versions of the charging hub, with a more expensive “advanced” version being offered, and it might not be immediately clear what the difference is.
The two Charging Hubs can both charge up to 4 batteries at one time. In order to fully charge the first battery as quickly as possible, the Intelligent Flight Batteries are charged in sequence according to their power levels, from high to low.
There are two main differences between the two Charging Hubs.
- First, the standard Charging Hub only supports the Mavic’s 50W Battery Charger and Mavic Car Charger, while the advanced version also supports the 100W Battery Charger and Car Charger from the Phantom 4.
- Second, the advanced version will balance the voltage of each battery cell to improve charging efficiency. When one battery’s charging enters the second-half of its charging phase, the next battery will enter the first-half of its charging phase. With 4 batteries all at 15%, the advanced charger can get 4 batteries fully charged in 140 minutes using the Phantom 4’s 100W charger, while the standard version will need 270 minutes with the Mavic’s 50W charger.
In short, if you own a Phantom 4 or its 100W charger, and if you want to charge your batteries in the shortest possible time then you’ll want the advanced version, otherwise just get the cheaper regular version.
Controller Sun Shade / Hood
This will of course depend on how prone to glare your mobile phone is, but if you find you are having trouble seeing your mobile’s screen in sunlight a sunshade cover will take care of that.
A controller sun shade for your Mavic will also allow you to use a lower brightness setting on your mobile phone, extending it (and the remote controller’s) battery life.
Mavic Pro Lens/Sun hood
One thing I noticed is that the Mavic footage does get a lot of lens flare when shooting in sunny situations, this can be minimized by using a lens hood, and there are quite a few available for the Mavic Pro. As an added plus, it will provide some protection for your Mavic’s gimbal in the event of a crash.
The reason the lens hood is not higher in this list though, is that it seems to be only partially effective at reducing lens flare. So unless a more effective solution comes out this is more of a “Nice to have” accessory which will have a more limited effect than I would hope for.
However, if anyone has a more effective hood or method for reducing Lense Flare that would go straight into my “Must Have” pile.
Mavic Propeller Guards
These will come specially handy when flying indoors or in tight spaces (but really, don’t fly indoors!), though they might not be of much help against a stray branch, still if you are a novice pilot every bit of protection helps and they are cheap enough to be worth keeping around.
My main issue with the propeller guards is they are a bit on the large side, but other than that they seem to have no effect on the maneuverability or flight time of the drone.
Other Mavic Pro Accessories
Mavic Pro Water and Snow Mod
Here is one I haven’t actually used but which looks quite useful if you are flying near large bodies of water (like from a boat) or in snow.
A “Float Kit” for water or snow, this probably won’t save your drone if it’s plummeting into the sea but it should allow for emergency landings in water or at least allow you to retrieve it should the worse happen.
Although to be fair you could probably build this kit yourself from a set of leg extensions.
Mavic Pro Table Holder
This one is fairly specific, but some folk might want to use a tablet with their Mavic Controller, either for the extra screen real-state or the extra processing power it might have compared to a mobile device.
If you are one of them there are quite few options of “tablet holders” in different styles that will allow you to do just that.
“Ready to Go” Hat
OK, maybe this doesn’t qualify as a “must have”, but how cool is this hat?
This five panel cap has the mavic remote controller’s “Ready to Go” text embroidered in the front, and looks pretty damn cool.
Yes, it probably won’t affect your flying experience but it’s definitely a cool accessory to wear while flying your Mavic Pro, and at least you will look the part while wearing your brand new DJI Googles.
Well that’s it, let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed any good Mavic Pro accessories.