Elevate Your Mavic 3 – New Landing Gear Review
, its a deluxe landing gear kit that will add a little extra clearance between the bottom of your drone and the Ground every time youre landing or taking off now, i think the mavic 3 to me at least represents a brilliant engineering effort from dji, for so many different reasons. But one of the things i love so much about this design is the ability to take a large quad like this fold, the arms in against the body to create this small portable package that i can take with me pretty much anywhere, and this design is based In large part on the original mavic pro that dji released about four years ago – and that was their first folding design for a quad before that they built fixed airframe quads, like the phantom series, which were great quads, they flew really well. They were stable in the air, but they were big and it was really difficult to bring them along on a trip, because having a big quad like that thats, a fixed airframe means youve got to put it in a case. Youve got accessories to bring along and by the time you backed everything up you had this giant suitcase. You had to drag with you to the airport so when dji released the mavic pro, i remember seeing that for the first time and to me it was a technical epiphany and i actually put a clip out. That said, the mavic pro is the future of drones, because i really felt like the minute they released that design.
Other companies are going to see that and start building drones that fold and sure enough. Most of the companies today that build drones build the floating style drone and its based in large part again on that mavic pro design. So the mavic 3 is the latest generation of that drone and it folds up really nice. But the challenge is with a folding quad like this: they have to make it small and its a bit of a catch 22, because when you make it small, you have to compromise on certain things and one of the things that these suffer from is the ground Clearance right here and you wouldnt, think thats a problem, but all of the sensitive electronics on the bottom hold of the sensors, the heat sink. The camera are really close to the ground and when you first boot up this drone, the camera goes through a power on self test, routine, where it gyrates in all directions to make sure its got freedom of movement. And if this is sitting in a field with grass or if its in soft dirt or if its in a parking lot, even when it first spins up its so close to the ground, that any kind of wetness or debris or anything down, there could get up On this heat sink or on these sensors or inside the camera, and cause all kinds of problems with the drone, even if you take off and land from a parking lot, thats cement through mcadam theres dust down there, theres particles down there and when that quad spins Up and those props start, spinning theres prop wash downwards its going to kick up all that dust and debris and trust me its going to get up inside the sensors and, more importantly, its going to get up inside that really sensitive gimbal assembly.
So anytime we fly these. These foldable drones, like this, were always looking for a way to get them a little higher off the ground to eliminate those issues and starting with the mavic pro we were on the hunt for a landing gear kit that would raise it up off the ground. Just a tiny bit and every drone since then the mavic air series, the mavic mini series, the original mavic air we found landing kits for all of those, and the challenge is anytime. A new product like this comes out all of the accessory companies out there just spin up their factories and start producing products to fit the quad that they think youre going to want to buy, and i always like to research it a lot before. I recommend a product because theres a lot of accessories out there that dont work really well. They fall off the drone. They break really easy, theyre kind of a flimsy design. So, in the case of the mavic 3, when it was first released, i started hunting for landing gear kits to find one that i felt was stable enough and it was going to last you a long time. It was easy to use and it was reasonably priced and we settled on this particular model. Now, a little bit of research behind these theres really three ways that you can raise this quad off the ground. The first one is, you can add extensions to the legs.
Now we did that on other quads, for example, heres the air 2s. This has leg extensions on all four of the legs. The back arms have a clamp on it. The front arms have these foldable units and you can fold these up nice and small and then fold it up with those on there. The challenge with this quad is its a lot heavier. So when i looked at the arm extensions, i thought to myself thats putting a lot of weight on those arms, its raising it up and its really causing a lot of torque on those arms. I didnt really like that plus i was worried that a lot of the kids we looked at either scratch the arms when you put them on or they fell off really easily, and the worst thing you can have is three of them still on there and one Missing when you go to land because its gon na its gon na land like this, so those were out right away, we tested two kits there and i didnt like either one of them. Then the other choice was to find something that snapped on the bottom of the quad like this one and the nice thing about snapping on the bottom of the quad. Is it acts like a platform where the quad is actually sitting on it? So all the weight is handled by that platform, and these came in two designs. They came in what ill call a ski design where, when you extended the legs, they were skis.
They were basically long pieces on the bottom here that look like two skis two rails on either side, and that seems like a much more stable landing. But the problem is when youve got that piece on the side here, if you land it on uneven ground, its going to tilt the quad and then youve got an issue with the camera either hitting the front or the back in the back. So we settled on this design, i call it a spider design which basically has four feet that are incredibly stable platform somewhat flexible and the quad sits on top of that and adding it to the quad couldnt be easier. You basically hook these front two arms inside underneath where the camera is push it down in the back, and these back to snap right into the sides of the quad and when its on you can see the difference in clearance, i mean look how much higher that Is that cameras way off the ground now everything underneath the sensitive electronics are way off the ground and it doesnt block anything on the bottom, so theres custom cutouts down here to let the sensors see through it its not going to block the heat sink or any Of those problems and when youre done for the day, you can just pop it off and throw it back in your kit. Now you could leave it on the quad. You could fold it up like this if youre just going to put the quad away fully extended.
But if you want to fold the arms in you, cant leave it on there thats one of the drawbacks with a mount on the bottom of the unit. But for us with all the once, we test it its really, i think the best design of any of them and what i like so much about it. In addition to it, being this incredibly stable platform, thats going to protect your quad, is it matches the color of the quad, its really heavy duty, its really high impact plastic really heavy duty, and i like the fact that the arms can be folded at different different Dimensions here, youve got a little detent on the top, where you can fold them halfway down or roll the way out. My suggestion would be to fold them all the way out, because it gives you the most stable platform when youre landing and again at the end of the day. I know a lot of people out there like to hand launch and hand catch their quads if youre doing that, thats great, but having these with you in your kit, they do fold up really small having these with you in your kit, if youre flying on any Kind of wet day where the field may be a little wet, maybe the winds kicking up and youve got to land it. You want to make sure youve got something thatll, take it up off the ground because landing this in wet grass or soft dirt, where it sinks down into the into the dirt or into the grass youre gon na get debris and gunk up inside the quad thats.
A really bad thing, one other thing i will tell you is: i always use a landing mount, no matter where im flying and that nylon is a bit flexible and because of the weight of this, when this lands on that nylon mat a lot of times it Sinks down through the mat and that during power on that gimbal will actually scrape against the mat and i get errors on the gimbal so having these. On. Whenever i fly pretty much ensures me that ive got that clearance between the camera and sensitive electronics in the ground. It just gives me peace of mind that im not going to get a bunch of gunk and other things up inside that that sensitive gimbal assembly so thats pretty much it for today. Now again, when we find a product like this, that we like we bring them in, we are from the website. Ive got a link below where you can find it on our website. You can find it on amazon. You can buy it either place. If you want to support the channel im sure you can probably find these elsewhere, but if you buy them from us, were going to be here after the sale. So if you have any questions or problems well pick up the phone, we can talk to you about it. You can send us an email. If youve got issues, we definitely want to stand behind any product we offer. So if you want to support the channel hit those links, if you havent subscribed to the channel, yet i promise you we have so many amazing clips coming up on different products.
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