If your kid somehow managed to sweet-talk Santa into bringing them a shiny new drone for the holidays, they may be asking you for more RC accessories now. That’s alright. Kids who get into the thrilling hobby of drone flying often wish they had a few more goodies to go along with their new flying toy. In the interest of helping parents avoid spending money where they don’t have to, we’re pleased to present a few ways to sort the wants from the needs, as far as drones for kids and drone accessories are concerned.
Lens protectors and filters
The lens assembly is one of the most vulnerable parts of a drone camera and ought to be protected as such. While a lens hood won’t keep your valuable drone from cracking up if you crash, it will offer a measure of scratch resistance to the lens. A decent lens protector may help to keep annoying propeller shadows out of your pictures and videos, too. A neutral density, or ND lens filter, will allow your kid to shoot high-quality video images even on sunny days. This sort of accessory makes it simpler to shoot with a relatively slower shutter speed, too.
Once you’ve shopped the splendid selection of drones for sale list at Dronethusiast, you’ll want to protect your kid’s new plaything. A few bucks spent on protective devices now may save a costly replacement later on. You wouldn’t send your kid out bicycling without their crash helmet, right?
Extra batteries are always a good idea
When you realize that most drones are not capable of flying more than 20 minutes or so at a time, you’ll understand the importance of keeping extra batteries on hand. Better yet, use rechargeable batteries in the drone so you never have to go home to get a fresh supply. Keep a set of batteries charging in the car while you fly, and switch them out as necessary. Many drone enthusiasts keep a couple of extra batteries in their pockets, especially on cold days when batteries tend to run out sooner.
Propeller guards are always a worthwhile investment
As the little flying robots they are, aerial drones and quadcopters may crash into things no matter how careful the pilot. Generally, drone crashes are due to human error, but not always. Sometimes, things crash into drones and sometimes drones simply run out of juice and make a sudden and severe landing. Propeller guards can shield the blades from such unfortunate events and are a good idea to add to your kid’s pricey drone. You might want to look into switching the standard drone blades with lightweight carbon fiber propeller blades, as well. They look good and tend to last a lot longer, as well, says Camera Dojo magazine.
If you’re lucky, maybe your kid will give you a chance to send their new drone soaring and take your own pics with the flying camera, too.
Jason Lee got a drone so that he could explore aerial photography. But his 2 sons soon wanted a go too, and he ended up buying them their own so that family days out could be enjoyed flying the drones.