We are happy to stock the brilliant Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack (Black/Fractal).
With so many on offer recently, it is wise to have a make you can recognise. The Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack (Black/Fractal) is certainly that and will be a excellent purchase.
For this price, the Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack (Black/Fractal) comes highly recommended and is always a popular choice for many people. Lowepro have provided some nice touches and this equals great value.
A good drone needs a good backpack. They go together like school and a schoolbag. gym and a gym bag, or dog walks and a little plastic bag. We need them because only by slinging the bag over our shoulders and marching out into the great outdoors do we grant the drone access to all of the beautiful countryside that its high-spec camera deserves access to.
Most of us know the rules about proximity to people and the urban environment, so getting away from them in maximum comfort is an issue for all pilots. That distance exacerbates things, too; when you’re away from home you need to carry as many charged batteries and other accessories as you can.
You might even find you want to bring a laptop with you to admire, edit or share your handiwork on location. At the same time you definitely don’t want to be adding strain to your poor back. You want a bag to be as light as reasonably possible while protecting your precious (or at least pricey) cargo.
Step forth the DroneGuard BP 400 from Lowepro. This backpack features a padded ‘CradleFit’ pocket for a 15-inch laptop, and inside the main body are flexible dividers that enable you to comfortably fit a DJI Phantom (1 to 4 Advanced), the remote controller, an iPad or iPad mini, and up to - by our estimations - eight spare batteries.
Lowepro itself conservatively puts it at five “and some personal items”. Perhaps it’s a weight thing - in fairness I don’t have that many batteries for my Phantom so I wasn’t able to fully test the theory.
A lot of thought has obviously gone into protecting your gear while you bounce over the landscape. The elastic strap with Velcro is both quick and easy to pull around your Phantom, but keeps it in place firmly, even if you hold the bag open upside-down (don’t worry, I’ve tested this so you don’t have to). There is a similar, and equally effective, solution for the controller.
In terms of keeping the weight down while maintaining the bag’s semi-flexible, compression-moulded, FormShell shape, Lowepro opted not to fill the bag with protective (but restrictive) custom-moulded foam. Instead it’s placed a single pad on the lid of the case which can be positioned at any point along the centre, but the logical position is so that it makes contact with.the centre of your Phantom when the bag is closed.
Rock the Cradle
This 15-inch MacBook Pro, made slightly chunkier as it’s encased in a two-piece protective plastic shell, slides neatly into the CradleFit Pocket. Apparently it’s also possible to fit a further 10-inch tablet at the same time, with the pocket’s load supported above the bottom of the bag. like a cradle (hence the name).
The Phantom then effectively becomes part of a central pillar preventing the shell from collapsing in on itself. Don’t worry; it’s a much better idea than it sounds. On the inside lid of the bag is a pocket for your propellers, though I found that it was tricky to use this and the DJI prop bag I already have.
There are other smaller pockets which will serve as homes for spare memory cards and so on, so you can be very flexible with how you load things. Incidentally, I did try using this bag with my Mavic Pro, but I was surprised to find that, rather than putting it in the main drone bay - even if I tweaked the positions of the pads - it actually made more sense to use the spaces either side of the Phantom for the Mavic and its rather less chunky controller.
The design is very flexible. You could easily move a few battery bays to create room for your camera, for example. There’s room for a decent-sized mirrorless or a small SLR, but the hard shell’s width is definitely designed with the Phantom series in mind.
I’m not sure whether this would be a good idea on a long excursion - there would be rather less padding between the Phantom and the Mavic than you might hope for - but in fairness the bag DJI itself supplies with the Mavic Pro isn’t especially thickly padded and the drone and controller must knock around next to each other, so perhaps it’s not that much of an issue.
Finally, perhaps the most important question is do these features add up to a comfortable bag? And I’ve got to say yes. I was happily able to walk several miles with drone, laptop and all the other accessories behind me without feeling remotely uncomfortable (or wanting for the chest strap that at first I’d been worried was missing).
At roughly the price of a spare battery, I’d gladly recommend this as another way of extending the range of your drone - although, coincidentally it’s a case that may also make you want to splash out on another LiPo for your travels...