The DJI Mini 2 is revered for many reasons, including its compact design, its low weight (under 0.55 grams), its video recording and photo-taking capabilities, and its flight time.
However, its compatibility with an array of tablets is somewhat limited.
The Mini 2 is primarily geared toward hobbyists and newcomers to flying drones. In some cases, Mini 2 pilots are pros who simply wish to have a compact drone in their pocket.
With this in mind, DJI designed the Mavic Mini 2 remote controller to mainly be compatible with a smartphone.
Most hobbyists aren’t going to invest in an iPad, so the smartphone works just fine most of the time. Pros on the go might be able to use a smartphone as well, but it’s not ideal for quality drone piloting.
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Why use a tablet?
While it may be easy to travel with, pilots who are used to flying their drones using a larger remote controller and a larger tablet such as an Android, Windows, or Apple iPad may be distressed when flying using only their iPhones.
For some, flying with an iPhone or Android is probably fine, but others who wish to make sure that they can effectively spot all the details within the frame of the drone’s camera may run into trouble with this downscaled viewfinder.
Not only is using a larger viewfinder better for identifying features shown on screen, but it’s also easier to navigate through settings, especially when wearing gloves.
Another huge benefit of using a tablet as opposed to a smartphone is that other people can look on with you as you pilot the Mavic Mini 2.
When using a smartphone, showing your screen is very difficult, and the low visibility of phones in the sun makes it even harder.
Finally, the iPad allows for more accurate flight planning if you are performing an automated flight with your Mavic Mini 2.
The remote control for the Mavic Mini 2 isn’t compatible with an Apple iPad, Android tablet, or Google tablet. That is to say, the way it’s designed currently, as who knows what changes can occur in the future.
There are some devices that can modify the Mavic Mini 2 controller to hold a regular full-size tablet. One very easy at-home way to do so is to skip mounting the tablet to the remote controller altogether.
In some cases, if the pilot plans on being stationary during the flight, all that is required for the Mavic Mini to be compatible with a larger tablet is a long cord that connects the remote controller to the tablet.
If this is the case for you, simply buy a longer cord, with one end being the USBC that sticks into the remote controller and the other being the end that sticks into the tablet.
If you’re working with an iPad, you’ll want to find a cord on one end that has a USBC to connect to the remote controller, and on the other end has an Apple Lightning cord.
If you’re using an Android tablet, Google tablet, or Windows tablet, you want to find a cord that has the USBC on one end to connect to the remote controller and on the other end another USBC that can connect to your tablet.
There are other brands aside from DJI that makes an array of these cords and sells them for fairly affordable prices.
Tip: The new cord should be at least a foot long so that it can wrap from the left side of the remote controller down to your iPad or tablet of choice. This method is not the best, however, but it is the most straightforward and will always work.
There are some cases where the tablet that you are using might be out of date. Early tablets such as the iPad 4 cannot update to the latest generation of firmware and the DJI Fly app will not even download onto the tablet.
You’ll want to find an iPad (if you’re using Apple as your tablet provider) that is past Generation Eight to be safe.
Now we’ve got that out the way, here are some attachments that you can purchase to make your Mavic Mini 2 compatible with your tablet.
Keep in mind you’ll still want that foot-long cord!
Finally, there’s this pad holder from PGYTECH. It features elegant curves along the edges of the aluminum casing, but a long cable is not included.
You may need a longer-length cable if your controller does not have a USB Port.
- Compatible with DJI Mavic 3, Mini 2, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Mini, Mavic Air, Mavic Air 2, Mavic Air 2S, and Spark Remote Control.
- Compatible with iPad Pro 11-inch (5.1 to 7.5-inch) tablet.
- 360-degree Adjustable and CNC-Finished Ends: Flexible design, arbitrary rotation with lightweight (five ounces)
2. No Disassembly Tablet Holder
This no-assembly tablet holder can be folded directly on the remote control and placed back in place.
The tablet bracket is very stable. With double screws attached to the back of the remote control lever, any large iPad can easily be secured with great care.
A silicone pad with anti-scratch properties is placed on the contact of the plate to prevent it from being scratched.
- An oblique angle of viewing a tablet could help to avoid reflections from the sun.
- Compatible with almost all seven-to-12-inch tablets, including the iPad Mini (7.9-inch), iPad Air (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), Galaxy Note (10.1-inch) and Galaxy Tab S7 (11-inch). Your tablet case doesn’t need to be removed. Not supported: iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
- Applicability: DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI Mavic 3 DJI Mini 2, DJI Mini 2, and Mavic Air 2S.
- Packing List: 1* Tablet Holder 1* Screwdriver 1* Type C to Type C Data Cable (11.8″) 1* IOS 2 type C Data Cable(11.8″) 1* Remote Control Lanyard.
The high-quality aluminum alloy for aviation and CNC technology for flawless smoothness make this tablet holder a winner. It’s the perfect fit for DJI Mavic Mini 2, DJI Mavic 3 Zoom, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Pro, Mavic Mini SE, and Mavic Air / DJI Spark Remote Control.
The included support for the hanging strap and tablet sunshade solves the problem of no place to hang a Mavic/Spark controller strap.
- Compatible with iPad Pro (four to 12 inches), iPad Air 2/1 and iPad Mini 4/3/2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4/3/A, Nexus 9/7 (wide up 4.72 inches), Nivida Sheild K1, and most tablets between seven and 12 inches.
- 360deg rotation, 45deg up/down, provide a clear and excellent view. There are only two steps to snap it on/off with no tools. The device is foldable, lightweight, and easy to transport outside with other Mavic/Spark accessories.
- 1 x Tablet Bracket Mount and 1 x Shoulder Neck Strap.
The STARTRC is a special-designed iPad holder designed for DJI Mini 3/Air 2S/Mini 2, Mavic Air 2 2/Mini, and 3 remote controllers.
The support rod in the middle is made from high-quality aluminum alloy. This provides better support than standard ABS support rods and helps to ensure that the tablet remains stable. The tablet mount can be used with accessories like a sunshade.
The 1/4-inch hole in the tablet mount is specially designed to meet your additional needs and provide more exciting matching options. It can be used together with a bike stand for outside riding and can also be used with accessories like tripods or LED lights.
Professional drone pilots have tested this ergonomic design. The remote-control lanyard will help you have a better flying experience.
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With these tablet suggestions and modifications to the remote, you’ll be on the right track!