In many situations, drone accessories are mandatory to ease our workload and improve the flying experience.
Therefore, in this guide, I’ll share the 27 best accessories I can’t live without that helped many drone pilots and me along the way.
To help, we’ve identified and reviewed the best drone courses for beginners and professionals.
1. ND filters
You must respect a few rules in filmmaking when you need to record cinematic videos.
The camera settings must be set on manual mode, with ISO at the lowest values, and the shutter speed must double the framerate while recording video.
For instance, if you shoot at 30 frames per second, you need a shutter speed of 1/60, whereas if you record at 60 frames per second, the shutter speed has to be 1/120, but the closest is 1/125.
When flying a drone during the day, especially in sunlight, the video will be overexposed if we don’t use ND filters.
ND filters reduce the light from the drone camera into the sensor.
That’s why, to lower those shutter speeds to the required value (depending on the lighting conditions), an ND filter has to be attached to the camera drone lens.
Different filters are made for different drones, but I want to share with you what I use and found to be very useful when recording cinematic videos.
- DJI Avata ND Filters
ND filters always come in packs, and each filter, such as ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, etc., will have thicker and thinner layers to absorb an exact amount of light.
If, for instance, you put your ND4 filter on the DJI Avata and the image is still overexposed, maybe the ND8 or ND16 filter will be the right one to expose your video correctly.
Ultimately, the videos will always look cinematic if you respect this simple rule in filmmaking and use the appropriate ND filter for your drone.
2. Landing pad and reflective vest
Most places where you want to launch your drone will have people unless you are deep into the mountains.
For this reason, it’s very important to let everyone know you’re there. You can do this simply by wearing a reflective vest. It’s better if it’s labeled “certified drone pilot” or something similar.
This may not be enough if people don’t know where you’ll land your drone. It is best to acquire a landing pad for your take-off and landing safety.
I often trimmed the grass when landing my drones because I haven’t used my landing pad enough. Now some of my drones have a green layer of grass on the frame and propellers that cannot be removed and don’t look pleasing aesthetically.
Nowadays, wherever I fly FPV or my standard drones, I always bring the landing pad with me.
Landing pads are inexpensive and have their usefulness; they can fold and are pretty portable.
3. DJI FPV Arm braces
This is strictly for the DJI FPV drone, which we all know it’s very fragile. If you crash it in many situations, the arms will likely break into pieces because of the drone’s weight and build material.
Arm braces will connect the frontal to the rear drone arms, drastically increasing the structure of the drone and the chance the arms can withstand higher impacts or lower the damage on collision.
These arms are like pillars for the drone support and add only a little weight.
4. Landing gear for the DJI Mini 3 Pro
The DJI Mini 3 Pro drone has a flat bottom, and the downward sensors are exposed when landing.
If you don’t have a landing pad and you land on uneven surfaces, you risk not only scratching your drone underneath but possibly also the sensors, or you can damage the camera.
That is why, in many scenarios, the landing gear is an ideal solution.
Please remember that by adding any type of landing gear to the Mini 3 Pro, you will likely exceed the 250-gram barrier and may not benefit from relaxed drone laws.
If you don’t mind that, these landing gears are quite helpful in protecting your drone from scratches or damage when landing.
Here’s another article covering DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro landing gear.
As a note, the DJI Mini 3 Pro landing gears are likely incompatible with the DJI Mini 3 landing gears.
5. DJI Mini 3 / Mini 3 Pro propeller holder
When you carry your Mini 3 or Mini 3 Pro in your backpack, the propellers can move, and you risk bending them.
Some pilots use a rubber band around the drone to hold the propellers in place.
A more efficient way is buying an inexpensive propeller holder made of rubber that will keep your drone propellers safe during transport.
This propeller guard strap stops your propellers from popping out of place and keeps the drone arms secure when folded.
6. DJI RC – A fantastic remote controller
If you bought a Mini 3 or Mini 3 Pro (or similar drones) with the standard DJI RC-N1 controller, I can’t say enough what an improvement the DJI RC controller is.
The DJI RC has an incorporated screen, removing the need to connect your mobile phone to the remote controller to fly the drone.
This comes with the DJI Fly app pre-installed, is easy to use, and does not require any setup when you want to fly your drone.
Here are some specs:
|Size||168.4×123.7×46.2 mm without sticks|
|Battery Life||Up to 4 hours before recharging|
|Transmission Range||The maximum transmission range depends on the drone you fly with this remote controller. DJI Mavic 3 can have up to 9.4 mi or 15 km transmission|
|Screen Specs||– 5.5 in|
– Full HD resolution
– 60 fps
– Max 700 nits of brightness
|Compatibility||Compatible with some DJI drones with O2, O3, and O3+ transmission systems, as follows: DJI Mini 3, DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI Air 2S, DJI Mavic 3, Mavic 3 Classic, Mavic 3 Cine, Mavic 3 Pro, Mavic 3 Pro Cine.|
More drones may be compatible with this RC in the future.
Having a single remote controller is fantastic, so you won’t need to use your mobile phone. You don’t need OTG cables, and all the setup hassle is a massive improvement on flying the above drones.
If you have multiple drones, you can use the same remote controller with any of them and swap between them.
This remote controller also has a bright display where you can see decent in full sunlight.
7. DJI RC Pro – A remote controller made for professionals
A while back, I had my hands on this remote controller to review a Mavic 3 drone, and it was absolutely fabulous.
I loved every single aspect of it, from the screen brightness to super smooth controls and video quality.
The DJI RC Pro is indeed an accessory, but not made for everyone, only professionals who want the best transmission and control of very few compatible drones.
While the DJI RC is widely compatible with multiple drones, the DJI RC Pro is the professional version of the DJI RC, offering you unique perks and advantages over any other remote controller.
|Size||183×137×47 mm with antennas folded|
|Battery Life||Up to 3 hours|
|Transmission Range||9.4 mi or 15 km with the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Pro|
|Screen Specs||5.5-inch screen at a Full HD resolution, 60 fps, and a peak brightness of up to 1000 nits|
|Compatibility||– The DJI RC Pro is compatible with DJI Mavic 3, DJI Mavic 3 Classic, DJI Mavic 3 Pro, DJI Mavic 3 Cine, DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine, and DJI Air 2S. |
– More aircraft with similar transmission systems will be compatible in the future.
From dual-band Wi-Fi to the ability to live stream and Mini HDMI output to monitors, the DJI RC Pro is a high-end remote controller you can get for the above-mentioned compatible drones.
8. Drone sun hood for your RC mobile phone
If you have the DJI RC-N1 and struggle with your mobile phone’s brightness when flying your drone in full sunlight, a sun hood may be the ideal solution.
This magnetic sun hood will cover your mobile phone and doesn’t interfere with the buttons of your remote controller. It provides more than enough shade to have good screen visibility when you fly your drone.
It’s compatible with many DJI drone remote controllers, including the N1.
This drone sunshade can help the phone screen get better visual effects when the drone is remotely controlled, avoiding screen glare under sunlight.
9. Tablet mount holder for DJI RC-N1
Flying your DJI drone while having a live feed on a tablet unlocks an immersive experience. You can see details, enjoy nature’s beauty, and improve your flights.
But tablets do not fit on any drone controllers. That’s why we must look for specific accessories that allow for mounting a tablet instead of a mobile phone on your RC-N1.
The Arzroic tablet holder supports most tablets between 7 and 12 inches.
Beware that you must sit and use it because you will struggle to hold the remote controller as the tablet’s weight pushes it down. I can tell you this from my own experience.
10. Waterproof and shockproof resistant carrying case
We all like to take care of our drones, and the best solution is to store and transport them safely.
Of course, there are many drone models, and some carrying cases are incompatible with one another, but we want to share a few of the top carrying cases for the most known drones.
- DJI Mini 3 / Mini 3 Pro Hard Case
- DJI Mavic 3 / Mavic 3 Classic Hard Case
- DJI Avata Hard Case
There are also other cases and backpacks to secure your drone when traveling, but it all depends on the method of travel.
These cases are suitable for traveling by car, but if you backpack, you should try another storage solution.
I recommend the following backpack for the DJI Mini series.
11. Drone charger
Most drones these days do not come with a wall charger.
We sometimes have to improvise and charge the drone batteries with our phone charger.
Although this may work, it’s not ideal because the wattage may differ, the charger may not have quick charging capabilities, and so on.
The 30w of power is more than enough to charge a mini drone battery, and most of these batteries are rated to be charged at 30w.
This charger works for your DJI Mini 3, Mini 3 Pro, and Avata.
If traveling by car, check out this charger.
Any of the above-mentioned chargers are only suitable for drone batteries that can be charged via USB-C and do not require a special charger, such as the DJI FPV drone.
12. Protective bumper rings for DJI Avata
DJI Avata is known to be very impact-resistant, but you can protect even more the duct guards with this fantastic accessory, rubber bumper rings that go on the edge of the Avata duct guards.
Even if you hit the duct guards, they will remain unscathed. The bumper rings have good toughness and do not impact Avata’s flight.
13. Avata camera protector
Speaking of protecting the DJI Avata from impacts, it’s a good idea to invest in a camera protector for this drone on top of the above mentioned protective bumpers.
The Avata camera protrudes a bit. During frontal impacts, the camera should be unaffected, but if the surface of the impact is uneven, the camera can be damaged.
Upgrading Avata’s camera is an expensive investment. That’s why I thought it would be helpful to make the Avata even more impact-resistant by adding a lightweight aluminum camera frame.
This will protect not only the camera but the plastic around it.
14. DJI FPV Goggles V2 head strap
I always struggled with the original head strap, and wearing it with how it fits (or doesn’t fit) on the head felt very irritating. I mainly struggled to keep my DJI FPV Goggles V2 on my head without sliding.
I bought a similar head strap that replaced the original one (from iFlight), and it does not have the annoying upper-side belt anymore.
Moreover, with this head strap, you can attach custom Lipo batteries for the goggles (in case you don’t use the original batteries).
15. Extended joysticks for DJI FPV remote controller (and other controllers)
As an FPV drone pilot, I fly pinch and not thumbs as usual.
When you fly pinch, you will quickly discover that the DJI FPV remote controller joystick sticks are too short. I recommend extending them.
The main benefit is precision, as you will have extra circular movement around the joysticks and much better accuracy when you fly FPV drones, such as Avata or DJI FPV.
These sticks are compatible with regular drones. You will enjoy smoother controls on the joysticks and better precision.
16. DJI FPV battery cover
The DJI FPV is the only drone where you will land on the battery, which is completely exposed to damage.
That’s why we recommend this battery cover, which does not add much weight to the drone. It has excellent shock absorption when you land your DJI FPV.
If you’re an FPV pilot who lands in manual mode (like me sometimes), this battery cover is a must.
17. Lipo fireproof bag
Lipo fires can be dangerous, starting a fire in no time.
From storage to transport, you must protect your Lipo drone batteries. We strongly recommend a Lipo fireproof bag unless you have a hard carrying case and keep your batteries there.
Nowadays, standard GPS drone batteries are pretty much safe to charge and store because they have an intelligent function with safety behind them.
Even so, you should store them safely anyway.
Suppose you have custom Lipo or Li-ion batteries for FPV drones. In that case, charging, storing, and transporting them should occur accordingly to safety procedures.
18. 5.8 GHz signal booster antennas
With a classic GPS drone such as the DJI Mini 3 Pro or Mavic 3, you may have to consider a signal booster if you struggle to fly because of high interference in urban and suburban areas.
This 5.8 GHz antenna can be mounted on your DJI RC-N1 remote controller to improve the range.
Usually, a DJI drone should not have issues flying miles away from your position, but there are areas where interference can affect a normal drone flight.
Don’t expect these antennas to solve all the issues and double or triple the flight range – but still, they can improve how far your DJI drone can fly by about 30 to 50 percent, according to the manufacturer.
These antennas are compatible with the DJI RC-N1 remote controller and the following drones: DJI Mini 2, Mini 2 SE, Mini 3, Mini 3 Pro, Air 2, and Mavic 3.
19. Neck strap for your remote controller
Sometimes we want to free our hands and put the remote controller down, but this may not always be the best idea.
We can redirect some of the weight and feel more comfortable with a neck strap for the remote controller.
These straps are usually compatible with the DJI RC-N1 remote controller.
What you get - 1 bracket and 1 lanyard
20. Memory cards
Cheaper memory cards may often struggle to record a video smoothly because the video’s bitrate exceeds the maximum memory card writing speed.
DJI and other drone manufacturers have a list of the most recommended cards (depending on the drone), but here are a few memory cards that never failed me.
Most drones support MicroSD cards up to 256GB, but always check your drone manual or specs to see if it supports 512GB memory cards.
For instance, the DJI Mini 3 Pro supports a 512Gb V30 microSD card.
We have chosen SanDisk because they lead the industry with reliable microSD cards for GoPro and drones, but other manufacturers also produce suitable MicroSD cards.
- Up to 130MB/s write speeds for fast shooting
- 4K and 5K UHD-ready with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30)
- Rated A2 for faster loading and in-app performance
21. Video storage
If you’re like me and often record 4K videos on your drone, these tend to take up a lot of space, and our computer hard drives can quickly fill up with videos.
You should consider an external hard drive, at least 1-2 terabytes, to guarantee you will have enough space for all the recordings you can get from your drone. You won’t have to delete older videos!
The T7 Shield is compatible with PC, Mac, Android devices, gaming consoles, and more; Included in the box are USB Type C-to-C and Type C-to-A cables for added convenience.
As a drone pilot, you need to keep a few things in mind, such as:
- What type of hard drive do I want? Although disk drives are okay for long-term storage, they are terrible at transporting and often fail if frequently used. That’s why we recommend solid-state drives.
- Are you traveling with your drone a lot? Then you should look for a rugged shockproof external hard drive so you have peace of mind that your drive won’t fail you even if you drop it.
I personally have had a Samsung EVO 870 2TB SSD in an external hard drive enclosure for a few years now, and I have never had a problem with it failing, but it is nearly full of video footage from my drones and DSLR cameras.
22. Analog mod adapter for DJI FPV Goggles v2
Suppose you’re an FPV drone pilot and already have the DJI FPV Goggles v2 (or you want to buy them, but you have both digital and analog drones). In that case, this analog adapter should be the solution for you.
This little device can receive analog video and convert digital to analog images, which is most suitable to use with the DJI FPV Goggles v2.
23. LED lights for night flights
If you’re not flying a drone at night to record videos or take photographs from above, but you like to have a little bit of fun, then you should consider acquiring a set of LED lights for your drone.
These come in all shapes and sizes, but the one we recommend is universal and compatible with many drones.
Now you can do a little bit of flying at night – just beware that flying a drone at night is strictly forbidden in some countries. Always check your local drone laws!
24. Protective pad for DJI Goggles
If you’re like me, you surely hate the original DJI face pad for your DJI FPV Goggles v2 or DJI Goggles 2.
They can be uncomfortable and get sweaty easily.
I personally changed the pad for my DJI FPV Goggles v2, and I don’t regret it.
If you have either set of goggles, I recommend you improve your headset experience by changing those pads.
Personally, I don’t have any more problems with receiving light through my old V2 cushion or accumulating sweat when wearing the goggles.
For DJI Goggles 2
For FPV Goggles v2
25. DJI RC Motion 2
DJI has recently released the DJI RC Motion 2, an improvement over the old Motion Controller, but the most significant improvement is the broad-range compatibility.
If you’re a beginner or simply want the experience of flying a drone without a remote controller, we strongly recommend the new DJI RC Motion 2.
|Weight||Approx. 170 g|
|Transmission Range||– 6.4 mi (10 km) FCC |
– 3.7 mi (6 km) CE, SRRC, MIC
|Battery Life||6 hours|
|Compatibility||Goggles: DJI Goggles 2, DJI Goggles Integra, DJI FPV Goggles V2, |
Drones: DJI Avata, DJI Mavic 3 Classic, DJI Mavic 3, DJI Mavic 3 Cine, DJI Mavic 3 Pro, DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine, DJI Mini 3 Pro
With this motion controller, you can experience flying drones differently from how you’re used to.
Moreover, with FPV goggles, you will see everything in real-time. The goggles are a fantastic, innovative way to start flying any DJI FPV drone without prior FPV experience.
26. Propeller guards for DJI Mini 3 Pro
If you want to fly your Mini 3 Pro in places where there is a high risk of collisions (such as a forest), propeller guards are essential.
They’re not as good as flying a Cinewhoop drone with strong duct guards and well-protected propellers, but they can protect your drone if it hits something at low speed.
27. DJI RC protective silicon case and screen protector
If you have the DJI RC (the DJI remote controller with the screen), keep it safe from scratches with a protective silicon case.
Moreover, you should install a screen cover for full protection and to avoid scratching the screen – which will eventually happen.
Because it’s a tempered glass screen protector, you shouldn’t worry anymore that you’ll scratch your RC screen!
Anti-scratch, explosion-proof screen, protect your DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro RC remote control screen.