If you have had the DJI Phantom 3 for a while, you know that one of the first accessories you need to buy for your bird is a protective carrying case or backpack. That is, unless you want to break the Phantom’s little parts as it rattles in the back of your car in a regular backpack. As a drone pilot, you will quickly realize that you will need to use your drone in different locations and therefore you need to invest in a good carrying solution that allows you to comfortably carry the drone while protecting its delicate parts, such as the gimbal, camera and the propellers.
When it comes to choosing a travelling case for your DJI Phantom 3, there a variety of options available, ranging from hard shell cases which provide maximum protection for your drone to backpacks which offer ultimate portability and convenience. However, if you want the best of both worlds, you can go with hard shell backpacks, such as the DJI Phantom 3 hard shell backpack. Hard shell backpacks are a light version of hard shell cases fitted with shoulder straps, making them comfortable and convenient to carry on your back. In this article, we take a detailed look into the key features that make the DJI Phantom 3 hard shell backpack the go-to carrying solution for aerial photographers and cinematographers who have to go through difficult terrains and wet conditions while searching for the perfect shot. You can also go through this review to find other great backpack options for the DJI Phantom 3.
The DJI Phantom 3 is a durable, light weight and water resistant backpack case designed to provide a secure and ultra-portable solution for carrying the DJI Phantom 3. The exterior of the backpack is black and is emblazoned with the DJI logo, giving it a premium look. Since it is meant to be carried on the back, it weighs a mere 4 pounds and measures just 13 x 20 x 15 inches, making it one of the most compact and lightweight Phantom 3 backpacks available in the market. Due to its small size, it will easily fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane. It is fitted with chest straps and a cushy padded foam, which help to reduce the muscle strain and pressure that comes with carrying the backpack. The robust hard shell on the DJI Phantom 3 backpack extends from the base right to the top, providing all round protection to the contents inside the bag.
The backpack has a high quality hard shell outer cover that makes it long lasting and offers a high level of protection for the Phantom 3. Inside the backpack is a high quality foam insert that has compartments for the drone and its accessories. At the center is the main compartment which holds the main body of the Phantom 3. At the bottom is a compartment designed to tightly hold the remote controller. At the top of the foam insert are three compartments for holding the spare batteries. On the sides of the main compartment there are two compartments which can be used for storing other accessories such as the propellers, charger, cables and memory cards. The interior is also fitted with an elastic strap that holds the drone securely in place in the event that you open the bag in the horizontal position. However, this is not really necessary since the Phantom 3 fits snugly in its compartment. It’s good to note that you have to detach the props from the drone before stowing it in the backpack.
The backpack comes with a rugged dual zip system which has the option of being padlocked for extra security in case you are using public transportation. Unlike most backpacks in the market, the zipper is well sewn and is of good quality. The backpack is also fitted with thickly padded shoulder straps to reduce pressure on the muscles. The area where the backpack lies in contact with your back is fitted with air vents that help prevent a lot of sweating. The DJI Phantom 3 backpack does not come with a waist belt, though this is not much of an issue since you are only carrying an ultra-light drone. Another good feature on this backpack is that it has four feet at the back which prop the bag off the ground when you set it down, preventing scratching.
Since the DJI Phantom 3 backpack is made using a hard shell, you can expect it to serve you for quite a long time. However, the material seems to scratch pretty easily. While you do not expect it to break easily, you can’t expect it to look anywhere near new after a year or so of usage.
- The hard shell backpack offers adequate protection for the Phantom 3 while still remaining light and highly portable.
- The backpack is water resistant, therefore it can be used in all kinds of weather while still keeping your drone safe.
- It comes at a fairly reasonable rice compared to full hard case options.
- The backpack styling offers hands-free convenience.
- Despite the backpack being durable, the hard shell is made of a material that scratches easily, therefore the backpack might look old after a short while.
- Packing the drone with the props detached might be a disadvantage when you want to quickly get it in the air.
- An iPad air cannot fit in the backpack. However, the iPad mini might fit together with your Phantom 3.
The DJI Phantom 3 hard shell backpack is the go-to storage for the recreational drone pilot. It will perfectly fit all the drone models in the DJI Phantom 3 series and has a lightweight, water resistant and durable hard shell exterior. Apart from its wonderful portability and its impeccable set of safety features, the DJI Phantom 3 hard shell backpack offers the assurance that comes with buying a backpack made by the same company that made the device it is meant to protect.
This case is featured on our Best DJI Phantom 3 Backpacks article.