Introduction: Poor Drone Owners Carrying Case

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Dog and I decided we needed a better case for our drone rather than the old duffle bag we had been using. However, a good case is rather expensive and we'd rather spend our money on new components, right dog?

Step 1: Bed Bath and Beyond

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While being dragged around BB&B by my wife I noticed these containers which I thought might be useful in the garage. At 9 bucks a piece I bought three. Once I got them home dog said, "That looks exactly the right size for our DJI Phantom II".

Step 2: Old Scraps

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Grabbing some leftover parts from other projects I spent a couple of hours building this little case. I had on hand:

  • A few small sheets of 1" foam ( I used 5 layers)
  • Some old nylon strap from a freebie duffle bag
  • A leftover piece of rubber tubing for the handle
  • A pair of scissors and a utility knife and a drill

Step 3: Just Put It All Together...

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I think the pictures are enough instruction. I drilled holes through the lid and container along the sturdy edge and ran the nylon strap through one set of holes, then the rubber tubing, then back down through the other set of holes on the container. Tie it up and you've got a handle and a hinge.

Good luck

Comments

BoldlyBerardi (author)2016-12-18

I found your article when looking for a generic drone case. Man, this is brilliant! I made one this afternoon for my drone that doesn't have a specific case for it. I even found pvc pipe shaped like a handle. It's perfect. And the whole thing cost me $17. Thank you!

akshay4121 (author)2016-08-02

You are the owner of dji phantom and call urself pooor!!!

I imagine he's poor BECAUSE he's bought a phantom!

:-)

Jacob Raab (author)2016-03-22

What type of foam did you use and where did you get it from?

ericsoffice (author)Jacob Raab2016-03-22

It's been so long ago now I've forgotten. I bought the foam for my telescope case several years ago and I had leftovers. It's just some 1 inch thick foam sheets I found on Amazon. I believe they were 2'X4' sheets. Good luck...

Jacob Raab (author)ericsoffice2016-03-22

thank you

KingShat15 made it! (author)2015-12-19

i made my to beable to put more accessories into it

ericsoffice (author)KingShat152015-12-19

Nice!

BradF7 (author)2015-09-15

I took it a bit further... Wanted a case for two, but wasn't going to pay $300 for some over priced plastic box. So I hunted for something that both my drone's would fit into together. I found this at Home Depot for $56. Took some old couch cushions and a little surgery and presto. My field base on wheels.

ericsoffice (author)BradF72015-12-19

Couch foam sounds like a good idea! I used multiple layers of 1 inch foam layers. It was a bit of a pain to work with... Once solid block of foam looks simpler. cheers

RobertS79 (author)2015-08-11

Oppidum made it! (author)2015-03-08

Taking inspiration from your great idea, I made my AR. Drone case :D Since the drone is controlled through smartphone, I took my old (and quite broken) galaxy note as controller and fitted it as any other component. There is an empty space for the battery that I just ordered and other space for future parts, if i need it. Thank you to have shared your idea!

ericsoffice (author)Oppidum2015-03-31

Awesome! Mine is still working well! cheers

seamster (author)2014-11-17

Nicely done! That's a great solution rather than buying a way-overpriced case for your drone. Love the talking dog, too!

ericsoffice (author)seamster2015-03-31

Ha! :-) Thanks - Weimeraners are great dogs!

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