The 10 Best Phantom 3 Accessories
Now that you have an awesome drone you may be looking for some great DJI Phantom 3 standard accessories to spruce it up.
Don’t worry there are plenty of things you can do to add to your drone flying experience.
Some are not that expensive and others will cost a little more, keep reading to see what all the fuss is about!
Who Is DJI?
DJI is a Chinese technology company that was founded back in 2006. With its headquarters in Shenzhen, it focuses primarily in the manufacturing drones specialized in aerial photography and videography, gimbals, flight platforms, cameras, flight controllers, and much more. Today they are a world leader in the consumer drone market.
Their drones have been used in numerous popular TV Shows, some of which include American Ninja Warrior and Game of Thrones. Well known for their great quality work, they’ve also won the 2017 Emmy for Technology and Engineering.
One of DJI’s most successful series of drones is the Phantom. These quadcopters are very user-friendly, simple to operate, and are geared towards getting great aerial photos and videos. Currently, the Phantom has four generations and twelve different models, all of which are great for both commercial and hobbyist use.
It is no wonder, then, that DJI’s Phantom was one of the first hobby drones to develop such a big and dedicated community.
But before we can talk about the Phantom 3 accessories that will enhance your experience with the Phantom 3, we should take a little bit of time to talk about the actual drone, don’t you think? After all, with so many different drones out there – some that are newer than those in the ones in this series – why should you choose a Phantom 3 model?
Well, let’s take a look!
Why Is The Phantom 3 One Of The Best Drones?
Released on August 2015, the Phantom 3 Standard is probably one of the best drones for both beginners and more experienced users alike. It is easy to fly, provides great image quality and stable footage regardless of your level of experience, and – as of the day this review was written – it is also one of the cheapest drones that provide 2.7K video recording.
The battery for the Phantom 3 Standard is also above your average drone primarily aimed at aerial photography and videography. This drone can go for a surprising 25 minutes when in full battery! If you have a tendency to lose track of time while flying then don’t worry, for the Phantom 3 Standard has a feature that reminds you to land the drone when its battery starts to run low.
Speaking of features, here are some ones you can find with the Phantom 3 Standard:
- Point of Interest
- Follow Me
- IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control)
- Course Lock
- Home Lock
To top it all off, there are very few companies out there that can match DJI’s quality work at such a relatively affordable price.
That is not to say that the Phantom 3 Advanced and the Phantom 3 Professional should be ignored. On top of all the features presented with the Phantom 3 Standard, the Phantom 3
Advanced has a 57W charger, and the Phantom 3 Professional shoots 4K videos with a 100W fast charger. Their flight range is also much higher than the Phantom 3 Standard.
Now that all that has been said, we can get to the real reason why you’re really here.
Best Phantom 3 Standard Accessories
Battery Accessories For Phantom 3 Standard
This battery is fairly inexpensive when compared to others on the market. Lithium Polymer-based, the Powerextra is compatible not just with the Phantom 3 Standard, but also the Phantom 3 Advanced, the Phantom 3 Professional, and the Phantom 4K. While fully charged, you can expect to be able to fly your drones for 15 to 23 minutes, depending on some other factors.
Some of the Powerextra specifications include:
- CThe capacity of 4480 mAh
- Voltage of 15.2V
- Power of 68 Wh
- Built-in 4 LED indicator lights
The Powerextra also comes with one Phantom 3 Battery safe bag.
The working range for these batteries is fairly wide, working well between 0°C and 40°C (32°F and 104°F). This means that you should be fine flying this on most locations and throughout most of the year.
The Powerextra also comes with over-charging protection, over-discharging protection, and short circuit protection.
Overall, these batteries are inexpensive and tend to work just as well as the original ones that come with your drone. The LED Lights can be a little dim, though.
There were some buyers who have experienced some problems with the Powerextra after a couple of uses. According to them, they kept receiving the “cell broken” error message. It’s hard to tell how common this problem is, but it is still something worth knowing.
Capable of charging three batteries at once, this product is efficient while also keeping your batteries safe and protected. And with the dimensions of 6.3 x 4.2 x 3 inches, this dock is also small and easy to carry around.
One of this product’s cool features includes the LED light indicators that show the battery status as you are charging them.
This Battery Dock is compatible with both the Phantom 2 and the Phantom 3. But if you have both drones, do no – and I mean do not – try to charge their batteries together at once. Go first for one set, and then the other.
Something to keep in mind is that this product does not come with a Power adapter. It is recommended that you use the DU original charging port with this Battery Dock. The charger can get a little hot at times, so be warned.
Another negative aspect of this product is that just because it charges three batteries at the same time, it doesn’t mean it will be charging them at the same rate. This Power Dock will prioritize the battery that is in the most need of charging and go from there. For this reason, perhaps it would be better to use this product to charge your batteries overnight or while you’re having a meal and still have some time before you use your drone.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone Accessories
There are many people who would consider Prop Guards to be a must for any drone. The Phantom 3 is no exception. And considering these Prop Guards are incredibly cheap, there’s no excuse for not getting one.
The great thing about Prop Guards is that they keep your drone safe, preventing it from flying into trees, walls, or any other obstacles you may encounter while flying. They also make for a more stable landing, and can even help protect your drone’s camera by keeping it off the ground.
These particular Prop Guards are compatible with the Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 3 Advanced, and the Phantom 3 Professional.
Quick and simple to use, these Prop Guards can be snapped on and off your Phantom 3 very easily. They work well with gimbal and are very sturdy.
The Package’s content includes:
- 4 pcs x Prop Guards
- 16 Screws
- 4 Adapters
- 1 String for extra protection
- 1 Wrench
Though I strongly recommend getting these, I will say that one negative point of having these Prop Guards is that sometimes they might get in the way of the camera when you are recording. It’s nothing very major, but it can be somewhat of an annoyance.
The ideal flying weather for drones is a clear sunny day. Blue skies, no wind, and a bright sun. However, if you’re using a small laptop, a tablet or a similar portable smart device, then chances are you’ll have a hard time seeing the screen. The glare can get pretty bad at times, after all.
Well, that is why having Transmitter Sunshades, or Monitor Sunshades, can be so useful. And considering these are fairly inexpensive, there’s no harm in getting one.
Compact and very lightweight, this Transmitter Sunshade is easy to use and easy to store. It won’t clutter your home, and you shouldn’t have much trouble fitting it into bags when traveling.
This product is made of premium soft synthetic leather, and it comes in black and white colors. It is perfect for screens that are up to 9.7 inches.
This Transmitter Sunshade is compatible with Phantom 2, Phantom 3 Advance, Phantom 3 Professional, and Phantom 4K. It might not be as suited for the Phantom 3 Standard, so it’s important to keep that in mind before purchasing it.
using the Phantom 3. Inexpensive and compatible with the Phantom 3 Standard Controller, it is a great product that is sure to please anyone who loves to take their drone as far as possible.
The ASB plastic and copper material prevent oxidation. This Ranger Extender improves the connection of both the remote controller and the Wi-Fi video performance. The range gets extended to roughly half a mile.
And again, you won’t have to worry about getting your house cluttered with Phantom 3 accessories. This Range Extender is not only light but tiny! At only 4.3 x 3.3 x 1.7 inches and 0.6 ounces, you’ll have no trouble storing it or transporting it when traveling.
If you’ve been flying drones for a while, then you know that crashes are unavoidable. It’s sad, but it’s true. Crashes can happen, and they will happen. So why not keep your drone safe from damage by adding an extra layer of protection? Body Covers are great for just that.
Suited for the Phantom 3 Standard, the Phantom 3 Advance, and the Phantom 3 Professional, this Body Cover is available in red, white, and blue. Made out of silicone, their 1.9mm of thickness makes them durable and hard to tear. It also dust proof, anti-scratch, and anti-water splash keeping your drone protected on all fronts.
Another great thing about this Body Cover is that it makes your Phantom 3 easy to spot on the sky while you’re flying it.
That being said, some buyers experienced a little GPS trouble when flying their drone while using the Body Cover. I don’t believe that this is a very common – or even a major one at that – but it is something that you might want to keep in mind.
As we just established, it is very normal to crash drones while flying them. It is an unavoidable part of life. Some crashes are not that bad, while others… Well… Others can be pretty bad. So if you’ve already invested quite a bit of money on your drone, spending a bit extra on a Repair Kit might be wise.
This one is suitable for the Phantom 3 Advance, the Phantom 3 Professional, and the Phantom 4K. It is not, sadly, suitable for the Phantom 3 Standard.
That being said, it is still a great kit to own. The parts are lightweight and yet strong – strong enough to mount both the gimbal and the camera. This Repair Kit is ideal not just for repairing broken parts, but also replacing them.
The package content for this Repair Kit includes:
- 6 Rubber balls
- 6 Anti-drop pins
- 6 Screws
- 1 Anti-vibration shock absorbing board
- 1 Hexagon screwdriver
- 1 Gimbal mounting plate for the Phantom 3 Advance, the Phantom 3 Professional, and the Phantom 4K
At 1.1 ounces and 16 x 12 x 2 inches, you also should not have any trouble finding storage space for this Repair Kit.
Phantom 3 Standard Accessories For Camera
A Gimbal Guard is another fairly inexpensive accessory that can help in adding another layer of security to your Phantom 3 drone. This one was designed so that it could secure not only your drone’s gimbal, but also the camera during takeoff and landing.
Made out of carbon fiber, this Gimbal Guard is strong, durable, and effective while also being extremely lightweight. It should not, in any way, affect your flying experience. And when put on properly, the Gimbal Guard should not get in the way of your camera.
Supposedly, this Gimbal Guard is compatible with all the drones in the Phantom 3 generation, but none of the Phantom 4 generation. So it’s supposedly compatible with the Phantom 3 Standard, the Phantom 3 Advanced, and the Phantom 3 Professional.
Note that I said “supposedly”. That’s because this Gimbal Guard’s biggest weakness is that it is quite hard to install properly, especially when it comes to the Phantom 3 Standard. You might need to make some special adjustments, maybe a little trim to fit it properly, and it might take a couple of tries to figure out how to correctly position the Gimbal Guard so that it won’t interfere with the camera.
Another downside is that this product does not come with attachment mechanisms, making it even harder to install it correctly.
Lens Phantom 3 accessories
If you are interested in taking your aerial photography to the next level when using your Phantom 3, then you should seriously consider purchasing some lens accessories. After all, high-quality filters can truly help you take your pictures to the next level.
This professional Lens Accessor Kit might just have everything you need while also being easy to use. Suited for the Phantom 3 Standard, the Phantom 3 Advanced, the Phantom 3 Professional, and the Phantom 4K, these filters can be easily mounted without removing the original filters. Lined with felt, all you need to do is slide it into place and the filters will be held together by friction.
This Lens Accessory Kit includes:
- 1 UV Filter
- 1 CPL Filter
- 1 Variable ND2 – 400 Filter
- 1 Rose Petal Lens Hood
- 1 Lens Cap Protector
- 1 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
These filters have razor sharp optics and prevent glaring when you are using your Phantom 3 camera. They really have a wonderful quality.
However, the filters might leave a little mark on the outside of the camera. Your drone should still be fine since this is just a cosmetic problem, but it’s still something to keep in mind. And although these filters are very light and are not supposed to interfere with the flying, some buyers did experience some minor difficulties.
Another downside to this Lens Accessory Kit is that you can’t use the rose petal lens hood together with some filters.
Another Phantom 3 accessories you should really consider if you want to take your aerial photography or filmography to the next level is a memory card. This might seem obvious, but it is exactly for this reason that I find it worth mentioning. There are many times when there is an obvious product that could enhance our flying experiences, but because we don’t feel a pressing need for it, we keep forgetting about it.
So, a Memory Card. These high-performance little things can save so much trouble after you
are done playing with your Phantom 3 and are looking to transfer all the pictures and videos you took while flying to your computer. Be it because you want to post it on a social media platform or because you want to do some high-level editing, having an easy to use and easy to carry storage unit for all your files is pretty much essential to anyone interested in aerial photography or cinematography.
This one has a nice 64GB of space available and is compatible with the Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 3 Advanced, and the Phantom 3 Professional. It is also nicely priced and has a nice and simple design that is suitable for anyone. It’s hard to find any negatives points worth mentioning.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Accessories Conclusion
As you can see some of these Phantom 3 accessories are definitely more wants than needs.
However, some, like the upgraded batteries can be quite useful.
Also, depending on if you are using your drone for professional reasons, you may need several of these upgrades to compete.