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Drone problem

Built a plus quadcopter. faced a 100 issues. solved all of them. suddenly i am getting another issue. yellow light is flashing and mission planner says 'need 3d fix'. i just want to fly on stabilize mode. dont need gps for now. need help. thanks.

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Drone issue

I've built a quadcopter. I connected the battery and the mission planner. All the colors are flashing on the pixhawk and mission planner keeps saying 'initializing APM'. I've never faced this issue before. Suddenly came up. How do I solve it?

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Arduino Drone?

Hi, I would like to make an Arduino- based drone, but don't know where to start.  I would like it to be a quadrotor, but still have the ability to carry out automated tasks, and have a long-range (1-2 miles) communication system that I can control from my PC.  I can program Arduino, and C# proficiently any help?  Thanks.

Question by pianoman99a    |  last reply


Drone not turning on? Answered

I have an Ardupilot 2.6 from 3DRobotics on their quad frame. I am using their power distribution board now instead of using one that I made myself. Before I changed the power board, my drone was working perfectly. Now when I try to arm it (enable the motors) it does not work. The light on the APM 2.6 blinks red when disarmed and is solid red when armed. It only blinks when I try to arm it. I am using a Turnigy 9x transmitter with a turnigy RX. I have tried replacing the RX and it does the same thing. I have a separate battery pack for the receiver because it seemed like it was not getting enough power with the 3DRobotics power board. Could it be a problem with the transmitter?

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Advanced AR Drone?

I've been thinking and have a good understanding of physics, and am planning on possible making an AR Drone similar to the Parrot, however capable of carrying a load and perhaps a small compact paintball gun. Can anyone else say awesome? 

Question by Douglerful    |  last reply


mini drone wiring

Hello guys i'm building my first drone using the arduino pro mini , i'm following this tutorial https://www.instructables.com/id/SpeechVoice-Controlled-Arduino-Drone/ on how to build it but i have a problem with the wiring , i've connect the battery to the arduino and also the hc-05 but i'm having problem with wiring the rest i've uploaded a picture of my wiring so far can someone please help me wiring the rest. http://imgur.com/dK4cRFy thanks!

Topic by omarb22  


About the drone contest:

I read in the desciption for this contest: Individuals and small groups (from universities and hackerspaces) will be creating projects around airborne autonomous and radio controlled vehicles. So does it only count if you enter with an instructable for a flying autonomous vehicle or does any kind of radio controlled project count (like a car or a boat)?

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Nerf Dragonfire Drone

I have been thinking about a design for a nerf variation of the dragonfire drones from black ops 2. It would consist of two remote control helecopters of relatively large size, and some kind of firing mechanism mounted in between them. Any suggestions or input? I need ideas!

Topic by nerfrocketeer    |  last reply


Ziphius, the aquatic drone

Hello everyone, Ziphius is an aquatic drone controlled by your smartphone or tablet. Although we are still in stage of development, we already have a fully functional prototype. This prototype has a Pi and Arduino inside. Right now, we are using Unity for the games development. It will be available to both Android and iOS. If you're interested, check our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDlNh2fgUpo Your feedback is very important for us, specially now that we have been selected to be one of the semi-finalists on the Insert Coin competition, organized by Engadget. engadget (dot) com/2013/02/15/insert-coin-new-challengers/ Thank you.

Topic by Roaz    |  last reply


Plantbot hybrid drone

Hello i recently stumbled upon this instructable here. https://www.instructables.com/id/Plant-Host-Drone/ but the guy didn't put a how two. i was wondering if anyone could figure out how to make one and post a step by step. Also i thought that it would be could if you could make it seek out light. like if a shadow goes over it for more than a minute it seeks out the nearest light source but if it cant find one for lets say 5 minutes then it shuts down.

Topic by Ches Skelington    |  last reply


Drones, not just for spying

So with the advance of 3d printing, arduino firmware, Raspberry pi, and the general open source approach to making things in the last 15 or so years, it's really not that surprising that drones have become as wide spread as they are. Those not interested in drones view them mostly as either a hobby or a potential threat to their privacy, but I had an idea the other day that might push them into better prominence.   What if drones could be used for construction and basic maintenance?  What if a quad copter was the thing that was wiping down the windows of a skyscraper?  Or messing with dangerous high power electrical lines.... Things that are both tedious because they have to be done over and over again, and that are moderately dangerous for a human being to perform.  Why can't a drone be used for some of that, and can one be designed around those constraints?  This is how a hobby user could make innovations that might curtail some of legal and general paranoia surrounding drones.  This is all well and good, but let's take this a step further: Drones are a necessary part of human exploration.  People talk about putting humans on Mars.  Human beings require inputs. Food, shelter, air.... those sorta things.  If there's a problem with one of those things on Mars, there has to be a way to fix that, and it's probably best if it's something that's established before those humans get there.  Drones could be used to do a variety of tasks, and possibly even establish small caches of water or maybe even limited quantities of iron. Maybe even something like a 3d printed iron shelter.... (Induction heating works by pulsing a electromagnetic coil with high frequency electricity, which can be used to melt magnetic metals with high degrees of efficiency. This could be used to make low grade steel on mars, but if time and scarcity of resources aren't constraints... it would work.) Anyway... I was just sort thinking about this stuff. Let me know what y'all think

Topic by Qcks    |  last reply


How do you make and fly a Drone?

Hello. Indestructible, The final year project I was give in school is how to make and fly a drone. Please I'm confused, I don't know where to start. Any idea whatsoever will be appreciated. Thanks in anticipation

Question by ideal_writer2    |  last reply



what i need to create AI controlled Drone?

Hey guys i am trying to create a drone that can pick up thing and deliver it to their destination indoor . i want indoor positioning system and AI for drone . can anyone of you tell me how to do it .

Question by FaheemK1    |  last reply


Cheap Arduino Drone Project

Hi there  :)  , Right now, I am busy on a project, called "The HoboDrone" to make a cheap ass drone. It is my intention to make a DIY guide for everyone. The next problem that need to be solved right now in my project, is to process all information that comes and goes through this drone, through the Arduino. My question is if it's possible that an Arduino handles next tasks/can deliver enough CPU-power for: - Reading the sensors - Run the code to stabilize the drone - Control the electromotors (output from stabilizing code) - Get input through RC-signals and control the electomotors I did not start writing the code for stabilizing the drone, but there are plenty of examples out there, like the bluecopter: https://github.com/baselsw/BlueCopter (This code doesn't deal with RC-input from a controller on the ground) I have read a similar DIY project which used a Raspberry Pi, which took care of a part of the code. (https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Drone-Pi/) Is it possible to only use an Arduino in a Drone, or should I work in the direction of a coöperation between an Arduino and Raspberry Pi ? Thanks in advance!

Topic by Prestigious_Hobo    |  last reply


Micro drone construction help

For a school project a partner and I are attempting to build a self controlling quadcopter. It should be able to use a specific input from a photo transistor and the be able to navigate on its own. The only problems that I can see running into at the moment are finding an atmega compatible rotor controller, and that not including the propellers it is going to be under two inches (5.08 cm). I would appreciate any assistance possible in finding a motor controller of this size, and will keep this post up to date with our project.

Topic by Kaptia Teramo  


Hello, need help with a drone

Hello people.. Need help with a drone. I would like to hear if someone knows something about ONAGOfly: The Smart Nano Drone.. I found something on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/onagofly-the-smart-nano-drone--2#/ this site, and I am interested if someone can tell me something more about this.. It's a new one, and i think it's even not in the production, but still.. Hope someone will talk to me about this topic. :)

Topic by MarkoD9    |  last reply


Simple Software Development for Drones

Hello Hackers!  I’m David and I’m the head of Developers Relations at NVdrones. I’m writing to you guys and gals because I think you will be interested to know about what we created. We create a platform that allows any hacker to write an app for a drone in the most simple way possible. Meaning you can create a pace of software that will control a drone autonomously based only on inputs from sensor that you attach to our board. No need to know C, change firmware nor spend thousands of dollars for a flight controller that allows swapping of the firmware. With our solution you can by the cheapest flight controller for around 30USD, attach our board (NVextender) and have a solution that can be programmed using Arduino right now and Android, Javascript and more in the future. We just pre launched the developer website http://developers.NVdrones.com and would like to invite your audience to take a look. If you would like to get the pre release Developer Kit send me an email at developers@NVdrones.com and let know how would you plan to use our platform. Best.

Topic by DavidGatti    |  last reply


F330 camera drone help

Hello. I have ordered an F330 frame kit for a drone i wanna build. Basically its that frame because of its compact size, but i want it to have a lot of power since it will have to carry couple of different cameras, including a Gopro, and some mirrorless cameras. Would also like to have a decent flight time(30min) and decent range. Motors should be oveely powerful since i am experimenting with cameras etc, so i dont want it to struggle. Speed or performance isnt an issue, just the heavy payload. What motors should i use, that would fit the 330 frame? Also what battery and transmitter

Question by dsirotic  


Need to know about drone PID in detail Answered

I would like to know more about PID. The math behind it, the calculations, the parameters, everything in detail. We know we can change the PID values on Mission Planner by observing the flight. That is what a customer does. But from a developer point of view I would like to know everything about drone PID.

Question by prash319    |  last reply


How to connect a drone remote to a PC

I have a drone controller that I don't use anymore and I was wondering if it is possible to tur it into a controller for PC(for games). It's using 2.4 Ghz band.

Question by HQVL  


how can i control 6 motors with arduino Mega using PWM?

I have arduino mega and 6 motor of 7.4 V each . i want to create a drone so i want to control each motor . can anyone of you tell me the circuit or may be any Arduino shield that i can use.

Question by FaheemK1    |  last reply


Why is my quadcopter toppling when i try to fly it?

I built a quad copter. I have done all the calibrations correctly (accel, compass, rc, esc). When I arm the drone, motors and propellers are spinning. But when i give more throttle to try to hover it, it doesnt fly upward steadily. Instead it lifts backwards and falls. Why is this happening? Should I change some PID setting?

Question by prash319    |  last reply


Quadcopters on pcDuino

Fter researching auxiliary processors, we decided to use the pcDuino for controlling our drone. The choice was an obvious one because it was not only the lightest of the choices, but also one of the least expensive, and in addition was running Linux as well as providing a wireless card. On arrival we quickly connected it to a monitor, but the adapters we purchased did not work. So as result we shaved rubber off of one of the adapters so that it fit properly in the monitor to connect to the port.  We were able to gather some of the peripherals(USB hub, mouse, and keyboard) key from our computer department for the project. http://esdartemis.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/new-pcduino/

Topic by jingfeng  


Recommendations on propellers/controller for over 100g body.

Hello everyone,I am currently trying to build a DIY drone. I have never involved myself in any sort of creating drones. My current project is about making a drone with a morphing body we created. Previously, we just purchased a pre-made drone and took apart all the necessary components and re-attached all onto the morphing body. But the drone we used is this model : Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter Good Choice for Drone TrainingThis product can make things fly when the weight is over 30~50g. Would you be able to recommend some products or any sources that can be useful for building a DIY drone? Thank you!

Topic by melonmelon11    |  last reply


Raspberry pi3 and drone communication with MultiWii Serial Protocol (MSP) API

I want to make line tracking with drone but i have some problem. the drone's control cart sent to data raspberry but raspberry can not sent to data. i tried communication with msp api but i didn't it. Please help me!!

Topic by isay1  


What do you know about drones?

I would appreciate it if you leave a url or make a bib in MLA Starter (you can make one for free in noodletools)

Question by jamngary    |  last reply


What would a delivery drone prototype look like?

Hello guys, I have been working on this project - delivery drones which has turned out to be a startup at its early stages. Meanwhile, I have never done anything as big as this project but am willing and ready to work. I need to understand the different connections, sources, materials and tools for me to build a delivery drone that can fly autonomously from the base to a buyer's location, drop the parcel and return to home safely. What do I need for a prototype or what can I do to successfully launch this?

Question by JeffreyChix    |  last reply


How do i identify drone camera wires?

Hi I have a small drone which was run over, but the camera survived and i'd like to re-purpose the little camera. The camera has only three wires on a connector, it has a space at the back for a micro sd card too. On the pcb where the three wireds are connected the black is marked vb-, the red is marked vb+ and the blue wire is marked P12. Obviosly vb+ & - are easy to desypher. Can anyone help me identify the P12 connection? Would this be a trigger wire of some sort and how do i connect it to actually trigger between capture picture/capture video/off? Also, is it safe to assume that if connected correctly, that this camera can work as a stand alone camera with no other interface being that it has a slot for micro sd card? Thanks in advance for any help :)

Question by GhengisKhan1981    |  last reply


Ardupilot V2.5.1 vs. PiZero

Hello I have a PiZero and an ArduPilot and I want to know if I can use each components on separate projects or do I have to use both of them together? As you can probably tell I'm a noob to drone building and I'm trying to create my own intelligent Drone with a RoboCat Frame and Cover. Can Somebody Please explain to me the difference between these two components and some best practices for building this drone?   P.S. I'm trying to build a submarine drone as well  Cheers!

Topic by JasonT81  


how to generate the 2.4 GHz frequency ?

I am designing the anti drone device which can jam the drone in operating condition and make it inoperable. but i am struct with the problem that how to generate the 2.4 GHz frequency using voltage controlled oscillator.

Question by AbhinavD9    |  last reply


Search and communication software for multiple deep sea drones

Why, for clearly group drone work, like clearing mine fields and searching for an airplane lost at sea, don't we have software that can coordinate a group of drones to systematically work together to thoroughly search a programmed area and either blow up the mines or notify "command" of a "hit"?   I can also imagine aerial drones being used to search for lost hikers or for military purposes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Somebody can do this. 

Topic by Chrmngblly    |  last reply


Google boss concerned about privacy??

One coolest pieces of technology in the hands of independent Makers is the UAV; students and hobbyists can exceed military spec for drones and quadrocopters for a fraction of the cost.  So it concerns me when Eric Schmidt, head of the company that put millions of people's homes online without asking, and has been fined in several countries for harvesting personal data via wifi, trys to influence American policy makers, invoking the demon called Terrorists Might, so that the use of UAVs is restricted on thd grounds of "protecting privacy". What say you, Makers? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22134898 Image of Eric Schmidtvfrom AP via BBC site. 

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Multirotor used as a signal relay?

So in my years since first asking a question about electronics on here i have learned a whole lot. So much so that i am working on plans to build my own multirotor, rc car, and control system all from scrap and open source parts. Everything will be arduino controlled for simplicity (i think it will be easier this way) and i would like to use the OrangeRx radio modules.\ So my question is this; if i wanted to put an fpv system on my car and drive it long distances through a neighborhood, how difficult would it be to have a drone follow the car and act as a relay beacon for my transmitter. I know i could easily get the drone to follow the car by using gps but I have no ideas on how to make it a relay, or if thats even economically feasible on a hobby scale.

Question by budhaztm    |  last reply


Welded structure for 2 camera

Hello, I am building a sensor base one modified stock camera for agriculture survey,this sensor will be under a drone. I an looking to build the structure that hold this two camera. I know how to weld using Stick and Mig so i was looking to use mild steel plate, and bend it to get more resistance. but i don't know how to calculate the minimum thickness ( weight is really important). On the photo attached the red circle and opposite screw hold and the blue one is a bigger screw hole. Each of the two camera weight 250 grams and they are 10 cm heigh. All the best Vincent

Topic by VincentD48    |  last reply


How to make Tank+Drone = Trone

Hi! Can someone please guide me to make a Tank + Drone. I tried youtube but it wasnt much help. The 2 in 1 trone should have the functioning of a tank as well as a drone . On a switch of a button from radio (eg.flyskyi6) a the tank should be able to fly. I have added 2 pics for help.

Question by Barket  


diy drones contest not taking me in!

My instructable has not been taken in one contest for days now what should i do!?

Topic by pawanvs99    |  last reply


Noobie here got drone question

I have a cheap sky viper i got at walmart it has wifi and connects to my phone for fpv but im kinda in the mood to tear it apart and see if i can do something different to it. I was wondering if there was any way that I could change the wifi on the drone to run through my wifi at my house and connect through that. I have been looking but cant find anything on this. im sorry if this is in the wrong place let me know and ill move it

Question by Mainemade82  


Increase drone's run-time with multiple batteries system? Answered

Hello guys, this is my first question, so, first of all, sorry for any gramatical mistakes. I recently bought a drone (a cheap one) with a shameful autonomy of about 10minutes of flight. It uses a 3.7v 500mAH LiPo battery for that. I also have 4 extra batteries of same caracteristics (3.7v 500mAH). Let's say that the weight will not influence on the flight, so, what I really wanna know is: How do I attach these 5 batteries in one only system to increase the drones run time? See this image, please. I wonder if this may damage the drone. Another one: Could I just buy a, let's say, 3.7v 3.000mAH and hope that it increases the autonomy in 6x (Since its 6x more mAH) or it will just blow up the hole system? Thank you in advance!

Question by MayronWF    |  last reply


RC Drone Anteanna Mod Help needed

Hey i got a Syma X5C Clone called Trooper 150. i wanted to do the antenna mod of a old router but came to this problem. i dont know whice one to use for ground. there is a solder point. but on the other side it has smal transistors on it. so im not sure if that is ground for an antenna http://i59.tinypic.com/2n6x4kh.jpg http://i58.tinypic.com/2mg4av5.jpg Notice there are small transistors on the other side of the solder point http://i58.tinypic.com/2cym7pz.jpg

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Instructables project makes BBC News!

Just over a year ago, Instructables member Aerocoop posted a mobile-phone controlled drone, the Flone. Today, it has been featured on the BBC Technology News page, and, as I type, is cropping up on other UK news feeds. Bravo, Aerocoop!

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


UAV from scratch and radioshack?

I see that Radioshack is going bankrupt and is closing its stores so they are having a closing sale. So i was wondering is it possible to build a UAV from parts bought at radioshack to take advantage of its sale? Can someone point me to a guide or instructable or 'how to' to build a uav from radioshack parts?

Topic by acadena2    |  last reply


micro electronics

Basic of this post is where e to buy micro size electronics for micro flying drones which are insect size? I asked arduino and raspberry pi, no answer yet.  in this post : https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Ornithopter-Micro-UAV-Drone/     there is electromotor which OP claim that was used also by inventor of little flying drone...regarding arduino uno board i am not sure that was really used by inventor, please see pictures and videos on youtube....so if someone knows please post where to buy such micro size electronics. Thank you  

Topic by ruma29    |  last reply


The Great Challenge! Answered

TO ALL USERS OF INSTRUCTABLES.COM!!! I have a challenge for You! Will there be anyone that will be able to combine AR Drone (or simillar) with the EMOTIV (or simillar) EEG Headset? I'd like to see that becoming a REAL WORKING PROJECT!

Question by smithy.exe    |  last reply


Video: DIY Aerial Drone Beer Delivery

The world can be a harsh place, and believe it or not, there are some people out there who are more than 5 minutes away from their nearest beer! As scientists we have devoted our lives to making the world a better place, which is why we've set ourselves the challenge of building a system capable of enhancing the lives of thirsty individuals across the globe by bringing beer within their grasp! After endless minutes of researching debating the coolest way to do this, we settled on building and flying a drone to deliver the amber nectar. http://youtu.be/oHIv1sXrlf0

Topic by dalbyman  


How can I build and program an rc tank to use as a drone?

I am looking to build and program an remote control tank or car to be used as a drone for paintball. It should be made from cheap parts and have a live camera feed. if you can link me to a website or something that shoes me how to do that and give me a parts list I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Question by thepaintmaster    |  last reply


Wanted: Infrared Laser Tag Technology for a New Drone Game

Hi, I'm looking for someone to develop infrared laser tag technology that enables drones to chase, shoot and record 'hits' on participating drones.      Here are the features I'm looking for: a)  Used primarily indoors to avoid problems with FAA, BVLOS, wind etc. b)  IR LEDs detectable @ 30 m c)  Indicates 'hits' by light and sound d)  Detection proximity + -  12" diameter e)  FPV not required for MVP- line-of-sight ok f)  'Shield' feature preferred g)  Self contained rechargeable battery h)  Smartphone integration preferred i)  After a certain number of 'shots', cannon briefly disabled    If you are an laser tag developer and this is something you can do please get in touch.     I will pay, or glad to cut you in on a Kickstarter / crowdfunding campaign revenue share if you prefer (or a combination of both).  I'm a Kickstarter specialist and plan on featuring it on a crowdfunding campaign.    I don't come onto the board very often, so please email me directly at: Earl Brown ebrown@combathawks.com 805-984-2925 Santa Barbara, CA  USA

Topic by EarlB7  


AirDog: World's First Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro

Hey everyone! I wanted to tell you about this new awesome thing called AirDog. AirDog is the world's first auto-follow drone for GoPro camera that follows and films you autonomously, so you don’t need to rely on filmmaking crew to get breathtaking views. Forget about remote control operation – Airdog is a unique solution for action sports or anything else you wish to film without actually holding your GoPro. Here you can see our AirDog in action: http://bit.ly/AirDogVideo Have a look at our Kickstarter page: http://bit.ly/KickstartAirDog It would mean a world to us if you could support it or spread the word on your websites. Let’s make a revolution in drone-made photos and videos together! There are four major AirDog advantages: 1. It is tested and working prototype ready for production. 2. It will be the first commercial product of its kind in the market from November 2014. 3. It has AirLeash - waterproof GPS device tracking your movement with a significantly better signal than smartphones. 4. Two years of R&D; invested into the creation of a working prototype to get the best possible solution. We'll be thrilled to hear from you! If you want to know more, don't hesitate to ask us anything - dita@airdog.com Best regards, Dita Team Airdog http://airdog.com/

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Code to start/stop and adjust speed for Arduino Uno to 1 single drone motor

I'm hoping I can get this answer as simple as possible - I'm sure what Im asking has been done a million times over so I'd just love to be able to copy and paste the code - HOWEVER I really don't know what to do next anyways.Attached images: The set up as a whole 6s LiPo battery - 6,000mAh 80A ESC - "Mystery" brand Drone motor; U7 T-Motor brand, 420KV, 3-8s LiPo battery Arduino Uno Wires connected from ESC to Arduino Uno: Black to: GND White to: ~6 digital pin Red (grey connector wire from arduino to esc) to: 5V FIRST: I have it set up in 'a' way that will allow this to function/interact correctly. I do not need an accelerometer and I am wanting to turn it on/off-start/stop and adjust speeds (for all intense and purposes) through my desktop via the USB port. So I want to be able to do all of this through the Arduino create agent editor thing on my desktop. NEXT: So even if/when someone is so nice enough to show me the code in such a way I can just copy and paste into the editor - I really don't know what to do next. How do I get it to go? I'll have to adjust numbers in certain sections of the code in editor. I'll need some help with this, e.g. this number means this - that means that and adjusts the speed accordingly, etc.But basically; How do I turn this set up on and off in the editor controlled from my desktop. Thanks AND please let me know what I can clarify.

Question by ChrisD513  


Car power from car batteries while not in a car?

I bought a car battery just so I could take it with me camping and charge my cell phone. Here is the problem: car powered devices are designed to be charged in a car while the car is running. The voltage of car power is 14.4 volts and the voltage of a fully charged car battery is 12.6 volts. The car battery will charge my cell phone because it is low amperage and does not drop the voltage very much (only if the car battery is mostly full), but if I try to connect my inverter and power higher-amp devices the inverter will beep and not work because it senses low voltage. One way I can get my battery to work is if I had a DC step up transformer. A car battery ranges between 0 and 12.6 volts. I need something which can supply a constant 14.4 volts as the battery is drained. Another option is if I got two batteries and hooked them together in series for 24 volts. If I did that I would need a transformer which could convert 24 to 14.4 volts as the batteries drained. So what is the best way to do this? This is for my camera drone: a DJI Mavic Air. If I could charge my drone batteries with a car battery I could fly a lot longer. Thanks-Jacob

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