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      Benefits of Selecting Action Gear as your Drone Partner

      Benefits of Selecting Action Gear as your Drone Partner

      Written by Warrick Kernes

      Buying a drone is not just about searching shop to shop for the best possible deal, this is the foundation of an ongoing partnership. You're not buying a box of cereal here, you're investing in a wonderful piece of technology and you're going to need great advice before your purchase, help with selecting the best accessories for you to get what you want from the drone, and you're certainly going to need post-purchase support when you're learning to fly or if you need servicing, maintenance and repairs once you start using your new drone. 

      You're not looking for a drone supplier, you're in need of a drone partner and here are some reasons why we want to be your partner in this journey. 

      Quick links: 

      1. Best customer service in eCommerce
      2. Get 10% Discount off booking your RPL (remote pilots license)
      3. Get 25% Discount off drone maintenance or repairs
      4. Full Warranty Support as an Approved DJI, Parrot + GoPro Reseller
      5. Finance your drone purchase using Mobicred
      6. Approved eBucks and Discovery Miles partners
      7. Well crafted bundle packages
      8. Drone Industry Opinion Leaders
      9. Advice on Drone Laws
      10. Learn to Fly with us
      11. Collection or Free Nationwide Courier Delivery
      12. Established 2010 



            1. Best customer service in eCommerce 

        Action Gear was selected as the 1st place winners of the Best Customer Service Award in the 2015 South African eCommerce Awards. Runners up included Superbalist, Takealot and Yuppiechef so you can rest assured that you're in good company. 


        2. Get 10% Discount off booking your RPL (remote pilots license) 

        Action Gear is proudly partnered with the leading drone license schools in South Africa. If you buy your drone from us you will automatically qualify for a 10% discount off your booking fee when signing up to get your RPL with one of our partner schools.

        *Valid for purchases from May 2017 onward.


        3. Get 25% Discount off drone maintenance or repairs 

        We are also partnered with SA's drone repair specialists SkyFix. If you've bought your drone through Action Gear you automatically qualify for a 25% discount off any servicing or repairs with SkyFix. Hopefully you won't need this but if you do it can save you a fair amount. You can use your Order Number as a reference when booking your drone in for repairs.

        *Valid for purchases from May 2017 onward.


        4. Full Warranty Support as an Approved DJI, Parrot + GoPro Reseller 

        Occasionally we see fly-by-night operators selling drones which are grey-imported. While there's a chance to potentially save a few Rands this is not a recommended place to buy your drone as you'll have zero warranty support if something goes wrong. Action Gear is an approved partner of DJI, Parrot, GoPro and more so we back up our sales with 100% warranty support. Unfortunately some people only find out the value of this when it's too late. 


        5. Get Finance for your drone purchase using Mobicred 

        Action Gear is partnered with Mobicred which is a SA based service which will let you buy your drone on credit. If you would like to do this simply sign up on their site and then come back to us and we'll guide you through the process. 


        6. Approved eBucks and Discovery Miles partners 

        Do you have some extra eBucks or Discovery Miles laying around? Why not use them to pay for a part or full payment of your drone purchase? Action Gear is very proud to be one of the few stores in South Africa to be partnered with both eBucks and Discovery Miles. 


        7. Well crafted bundle packages 

        As one of the first companies in SA to sell drones, we're not only interested in giving you the best deals available; we're also interested in supplying you with the right drones and accessories that suit your needs. We've crafted our bundles specifically with this in mind. There are some dealers who sell products in their bundles which outright void your product's warranty 100%. Please be careful of such dealers as you won't be able to get warranty support when you need it down the road. 


        8. Drone Industry Opinion Leaders 

        The experience mentioned above also means that we are looked to by many people in the drone industry to help shape the future of how drones are to be used in SA. We deal directly with the SACAA to help guide safe and responsible use of drones. 


         9. Advice on Drone Laws 

        If you have any questions on the drone operation laws in South Africa or if you need to know which licenses to get (and where from) then we can help. This is a partnership remember so when you buy your drone from us, you gain access to our advice too :) 


        10. Learn to Fly with us 

        If you want a lesson on flying your drone safely and securely then you're welcome to book an appointment with us and we'll spend an hour or so with you for this.

        *Hosted in the Randburg (Johannesburg) area. 


        11. Collection or Free Nationwide Courier Delivery 

        Whether you're based in Kathu, Alldays, Joburg or Cape Town we'll cover the cost all of the door-to-door courier costs to get it to you on our express courier delivery service.

        You can more about the delivery / collection services here.

        *Free delivery on all orders over R1000. 


        12. Established in 2010 

        We've been running strong since 2010! There are only a few drone specialists who have been around so long. If you'd like to read more about the history of Action Gear then click here

        Still not sure?

        If you're still not convinced, then here's another 16 reasons why we think you should buy your drone from us. In closing, here's a few words from Action Gear's Sales Director Dave Davies about the Do's & Don't of purchasing your drone. 

        Did you see these new DJI products?

        Did you see these new DJI products?

        Written by Daryl-Leigh Preuss

        We've seen some interesting new product releases from DJI via their Facebook page. Unlike the previous release(s) announcing the Matrice M200 series, Inspire 2 & Phantom 4 Pro range, or even the release of the Mavic we've had to keep our eye on social media for these new additions. Take a look at these new products (listed in order of the most recent): 

        DJI Goggles:

        See the world through the eyes of a drone using the new DJI Goggles! Amazing views as if you were right there. Turn the camera by turning your head with the option of 720p/60fps and close range 1080p/30fps viewing.

        • Type: FPV (First Person View)
        • Ultra high quality screens
        • Long range
        • Low lag wireless connectivity
        • Photo and video capture
        • Intelligent Flight Mode support
        • Immersive experience
        • Ergonomic design
        • Up to 6 hours operation time
        • Compatible with Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 series and Inspire series

        You can read more about the Goggles here. Get yours at Action Gear!

        DJI Tracktenna:

        Released roughly 6am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook

        Signal loss is a common problem when it comes to obstructions and magnetic interference. With the new DJI Tracktenna, it gives you perfect signal strength with boosted gain and automatic repositioning.

        • Signal reception is 32 times stronger
        • 100 times reduced interference
        • Long distance flying can now reach up to 10km
        • Compatible with the Cendence remote controller (see below), Matrice 200 Series and Inspire 2

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.

        DJI Cendence:

        Released roughly 5am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook

        With over ten customizable buttons, five analog control channels and antenna interchangability, the new DJI Cendence, along with the DJI Tracktenna, can augment the power of DJI Lightbridge technology increasing overall anti-interference and video downlink quality.

        • Multi-drone compatibility
        • Flexible and Efficient design
        • Customizable buttons
        • New LCD display

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.

        DJI Ronin 2:

        Released roughly 4am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook

        Able to support a wider range of cameras, the Ronin 2 can resist high winds and moves smoothly when mounted to a car. A detachable grip allows the Ronin 2 to stand on it's own as well as enhanced intelligence to make professional shots easy. (Panorama; Timelapse; CamAnchor)

        • Compatible with cable cams; drones; cranes; Steadicams and more
        • Dual battery system
        • Effortless transitions between scenes

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.

        If you see anything else being released, feel free to get in touch or tag us on Facebook! You're also welcome to let us know how you feel about these latest releases from DJI in the comment section below & if you're keen to get them.

        DJI Firmware Update for Phantom Series

        DJI Firmware Update for Phantom Series

        Written By Daryl-Leigh Preuss

        It is always best to keep your drone updated with the latest DJI firmware to ensure your drone is working at it's best. Not only does your drone need the updates but your remote needs them too!



        With regards to the DJI Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced and Phantom 4 remote controllers, we would like to ask you to please do the following if you're using one of the above models:

        • Please ensure your remote controller is at least 50% charged
        • Launch the DJI Go App
        • You will see either a doctoral hat or 3 lines icon on the upper right corner of your screen. (The DJI Go App will show a "doctoral hat" but the DJI Go 4 App shows 3 lines instead.)
        • Hold the doctoral hat / 3 lines icon for a couple of seconds 
        • This will direct you to the download link.
        • Now update your firmware to V1.8 (Please do so even if you've updated to V1.8 before, this latest firmware version number has remained the same)

        This update will improve your image transmission giving you a better view for safe flying!


        If you're curious about other firmware updates or news, select the "firmware" tag below. You can also sign-up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news. 

        DJI Mavic Pro Firmware Update

        DJI Mavic Pro Firmware Update

        Written By Daryl-Leigh Preuss

        To All Our DJI Mavic Pro Customers,

        As most of you know, DJI frequently release updated firmware for your drones in order to improve functionality and some times add features.

        DJI have just released a new firmware for the DJI Mavic Pro, v.01.03.0550. This firmware improves it's hovering performance as well as optimizing it's Return To Home function.

        We advise, all our DJI Mavic Pro customers to update their drones to this new firmware before their next flight.

        Before upgrading your Mavic, you'll need to download the latest version of the DJI Go App from the Google Play Store or Apple App store. Ensure your mobile device, Mavic Pro drone and remote controller are all fully charged. Your Mavic will also need a formatted memory card in it.

        Once the firmware update is complete, you'll be ready to fly!

        Please feel free to forward us your awesome Mavic Pro footage. Looking forward to it.

        If you're interested in other firmware updates, select "firmware" under the tag section below. You can also sign-up to our newsletter and we'll email you the latest news & updates.

        The Crash And Burn Of The Lily Drone

        The Crash And Burn Of The Lily Drone

        By Warrick Kernes

        The Lily Drone rocked the internet with this video released nearly two years ago but even until now we've not been able to get our hands on any. Despite it never coming to market I still get people asking me for the Lily Drone by name or at the least people ask about that drone you can throw off a bridge to start the flight or that drone which you can launch out of the water. Now sadly though Lily is never going to fly... 

        The bright guys behind this tech have stated that despite their huge crowd funding success and having searious amounts of cash injected to get their production started they needed yet another round of funding and haven't been able to get a funder to back them this time around. Here's an exert from the email they sent out: 

        "We have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds. Over the past few months, we have tried to secure financing in order to unlock our manufacturing line and ship our first units – but have been unable to do this. As a result, we are deeply saddened to say that we are planning to wind down the company and offer refunds to customers" 

        We've been saying for a while that this video which was such a success for them was also going to be their downfall. They showed their cards early and were then slow to deliver allowing their competitors time to see what the consumers were looking for and how they could build this into their own drones. As yet there aren't any other drones which you can throw into the air to start it up but there are plenty of water proof drones and plenty of their competitors adopted the follow-me feature and quickly implemented it into their own tech.

        It's sad to see an internet sensation like this tumble but they have taken the honourable decision to refund all of their crowd funding customers in full. Thankfully this will go a long way to keep the faith in crowd funded ideas in the future. 

        Take a look at our range of drones which are very much on the market and ready to fly.