DJI is now offering flyaway coverage for its Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 drones, ought to they develop a thoughts of their very own and take off. The price of changing the escaped drone is $225 for the Mini, and $399 for the Mavic, which is on high of the worth of DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty. For that, you’ll pay $50 for the Mini, and $80 for the Mavic. If you happen to already personal certainly one of these drones and the prolonged guarantee, you’re eligible for flyway replacements going ahead.
The prolonged guarantee additionally helps you to exchange your drone when you injury it, twice per 12 months, for $50 every. For flyaway protection, there’s a one-time restrict — in case your substitute additionally goes AWOL, you’ll be on the hook to switch it, although there’s a two-year model of the guarantee that prices extra and covers three accidents and two flyaways.
At half the worth of a brand new drone, the substitute prices are quite excessive in comparison with one thing like AppleCare Plus with Theft and Loss, which solely fees $149 to switch a misplaced or stolen iPhone. DJI’s protection doesn’t cowl you in case your drone will get misplaced or stolen, provided that it’s taken by the sky, but it surely additionally prices much less to start out: including Theft and Loss protection to an iPhone 12 is $219, or $269 for an iPhone 12 Pro, for example.
In fact, you’ll hope that the drones would merely not fly away on their very own within the first place. On the announcement web page, DJI says that “some accidents are inevitable when flying in complicated environments, or in areas with sign interference, robust winds, or obstructed views.” If I have been shopping for an costly drone, I’d hope that it will know what to do in most of these conditions (although wind does look like a sound consider a flyaway occasion.)
It looks as if DJI has made progress on this regard, although — Googling “drone flyaway” brings up a number of tales from 2018 and earlier than, however they appear to be much less frequent these days. Nonetheless, when you’re fearful about shedding your nice drone, it’s good to have extra choices, ought to it ever determine to slide the surly bonds of Earth to go to the good drone manufacturing facility within the sky.