Ulanzi Drone Strobe – Safely Increase Your Flight Distance!
Now, as you know, if you're flying during civil twilight, which of those hours right around sunrise in the morning and sunset in the afternoon, where the lights starting to change and everything, looks magical out, there, you're required by the FAA to have some type of lighting kit. Like this installed on your drone, that can be seen for three statutory miles and that's the let other pilots in the area know that you've got your drone up now. The good news is it not only increases their visibility of your drone from above, but it also increases your visibility, the drone from below, which means I can see the drone further means. I can fly the drone further, so it extends my visual line of sight and let's be honest. A drone like this that's small and gray up in the sky is difficult to spy and for older guy. Like me, I can get five hundred feet a thousand feet with my maverick mini and still see it in the sky, but if I go 1200 feet even though I can see it the minute, I look down on my controller glance back up. It takes me a second or two to find that drone up in the sky I've got to wiggle it a little bit to see it. Moving around I can't go 1500 feet. I can't go 2000 feet it's. Well, beyond my visual line of sight, I can tell you the minute. I turn this on and pop it.
On the back of the drone and I've got that beautiful white flashing light up there. I can see it at 1200 feet. No problem. Look down find it immediately 1500 feet even 2000 feet easily in the sky, especially on days that are a little bit darker it's, so easy to spot up there. So for me I love the fact that I'm within mandate, so if I'm flying in those Twilight hours I've got to light on there and I'm, letting other pilots know I'm flying, but even in bright sunlight. I pop this in the back of the drone a lot when I've got to fly out pretty far because it allows me to keep track of that drone and extend that visual line of sight. Now I'm gon na spend a few minutes just explaining what this does. I'Ve talked about other strobes like this before I did a review, I guess a couple weeks ago of the Loon cube product, and I liked this product an awful lot. I think they did a great job with it. It'S really easy to use it's rechargeable. Just like this one is. I had a couple of dings on it, though I'm, a big fan of finding a product that works really well that's, not terribly expensive. This was pretty expensive and the reason I like the Ilan's II better than this one right now is because it's less expensive and it does the same job so I'm going to comparisons between this.
This and probably the firehouse unit as well, because a lot of people are asking about that one, but you lawns he's, a company that's been around for a long time and the minute I did this review. I had a lot of people say to me: Rick you got to get to yalanji product and check that out so I've been flying with this for a couple of weeks, and I like it enough a lot. So let me start off with the unboxing. When you pop open the box, you're gon na get all the stuff you see in front of me, the lights in there. You get two velcro pads because on the bottom of the light, there's the mating pad for the velcro, so you stick that stick this on your drone! Stick this on there and you're good to go. You get two of those you can cut those to the shape you need to. I cut it in half to fit into the back of my maverick mini. I like it on the back like that, because it still lets people see it above, but if I'm flying away from you with the drone, I can keep an eye on it. You also get a charging cable. Now one thing that's different with this one: over the Loom cube, one of the things I picked on was they're using a micro USB connection on there, which is kind of an older standard. Now a lot of us have micro, USB cables around so it's.
Not that big a deal this one charges over USB see and they give you a little nice USB ad USBC cable to charge this thing so that's pretty cool. They get an instruction manual as well structure manuals got all the details you need about how to turn it on and how to move through the different modes. Now some of the specs on this physically, it is bigger than the other one. So this is a lot small, a little more compact. This one is about an inch across and about an inch 0.7 tall, so it's a little bit bigger and clunkier, but unless it's a tiny drone like the Mavic mini this disappears on the outside of the drum. So don't worry about that there's, a charging port on the bottom again it's a USB C charging port and then there's a button on the bottom. That actually turns it on and steps through the different stages you can go through now. The other advantage to this is it's it's, all one light so inside there the LEDs can actually be white, be red or be green, depending on what stage you've got it set at. I also like the fact that it's got six LEDs, so it's extremely bright when it's up in the air. I said I wasn't going to do the comparison, but I guess I'm, going back and forth with the other one. The Loom cube there's only four LEDs, but side by side and I'll.
Do this clip eventually I'll compare the brightness of them. I think they're both about the same. The one advantage to the Ilan's II, though, is that the casing, on top of it there's plastic? On top of it, it has the electronics sitting a little higher in it. So when I put it on the top of the drone, I can still see it from a distance away, even though it's above me, so that light tends to broadcast around that Plexiglas on the top and sort of give me a much better visible view of that Thing in the sky I found with the Loon that it was on the top. It gave great light above it and if it was gay darker, you could see the flashing, but I couldn't really see the LEDs from behind it because they broadcast above and not all the way around. This one is like a 360 broadcast to those LEDs, so that's pretty cool, so let me show how it works. If you hit the button, the first thing we'll do hold it for a second, and it turns on it comes on, is red first it'll flash. Then I can move it to green. I can make green flash and it's gon na flash slowly there's a bit of a break between them. If you want it to flash faster, you hit it against now. It'S gon na flash faster then finally is going to move into white, so it stays on first, then it goes to the long flash where it's got that gap in between the flashes and then it'll flash a little faster.
Now for me with the three colors. If I'm flying it during the day, whites what I want to go with and that's the pattern I want. I want it to flash constantly like that, because that gives me a really good target to keep track of if I'm flying at night, red or green is pretty cool, so I've used both of those as well now to turn it off. You just hold the button and it actually turns off and you're you're set. I like it again because it's one of those things that doesn't permanently attached to my drone so it's not like I've hot glued it to the side. I'Ve got some velcro, so I can move from my maverick mini to my maverick Pro to my sky. Do to my hotel, Evo it's. One of those things I can use with any drone. I'Ve got out there in the field, but to be honest with you ever since I started testing these and flying with them pretty much. Every time I take off, I've got that fully charged on the back of the drone and I'm flying with it. Now the rechargeable battery inside on that flashing, I showed you that intermittent flashing that I like not not the one with the big pause, but the one that I showed you I liked you can get about 20 hours of use out of it, which means I charge It once a week – and I use it pretty much every time I fly it I've yet to have it go out of charge in the field.
You can charge it from a home charger. You can charger from your car. You can charge it from a battery bank. So it's a really easy product to get out there and run with, and that was pretty much it for today. So the nice thing about it again is I, like the price it's about 25 26 bucks for this, and it just works. You put it on the drone and you're good to go for me again. I didn't see a real need for it because I don't fly during those civil twilight hours normally, but once I started using it on the drone and saw how much it increased. My visual line of sight it's something that I use pretty much every time I fly and I've also found other uses for it, just like I'd mentioned with the other one. The fact that I can put it on my bike when I'm riding around the neighborhood or I can put it on my backpack – strap when I'm walking and it's got a little bit dark towards the end of the day, I've, even stuck it to my dog. When I'm walking my dog around the neighborhood and have a little green light flashing there, so if cars are by, they can see the dog is there on the sidewalk and and be aware of that fact. So there's a lot of use cases for it, but yalanji makes a really solid product and I've had it on the drone.
Now for I'm gon na say two and a half weeks or so not a single problem with it. It'S weatherproof it's got a nice little rubber seal on the bottom that protects it from water intrusion. So, overall, I think they've built a really nice product they're at a really decent price. Now I liked it so much that I actually added it to the website, so we're stocking these now, if you guys decide you want this and you like it, I've got a link below where you can go to our website and check it out. I'M sure you can find them all over the Internet, but if you want to support the channel hit the link and you go to our website and pick it up, but overall I think it's a wonderful product now I do have a couple more on testing. So, if you're into this kind of drone, strobe thing stay tuned to the channel because I'll be testing the firehouse one nest next and there's a few others after that, that I'm looking at pretty hard. So if you have a suggestion of one that you love, let me know and I'll bring it in, and I know it's a bit of an esoteric product. It doesn't appeal to everybody, but since I've started using these it's become a regular part of my kit that I take out every time I fly and I really find some value in it. So hopefully you guys have enjoyed the clip.
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