Heliguy Unveils DJI Mavic 2 Drone Cage
- Heliguy builds lightweight and robust cage for the DJI Mavic 2 drone series;
- The collision-proof cage is ideal for internal inspections and enhanced flight safety;
- To be priced at around £500, the cage is an affordable solution, especially compared to existing alternatives;
- Heliguy cage has advantages over Flyability’s Elios solutions, including longer flight time, versatility, cheaper, lighter than the Elios 2, and utilises sophisticated DJI technology;
- Cage is set to be available to pre-order from December.
Heliguy has unveiled a prototype of a lightweight and robust cage for the DJI Mavic 2 drone series, ideal for internal inspection and enhancing flight safety.
Designed and built by our expert in-house team, this new product is a collision-proof solution to maximise data collection and missions in hostile places and confined areas.
Priced at around £500, this cage is an affordable entry to the internal inspection market, especially compared to alternative options which can cost up to £20,000.
The cage is compact and easily transportable, affords up to 15 minutes of flight time – which is longer than competitors – weighs 210g, and offers an unobscured camera view, as this video below shows.
Our production team is also testing the feasibility of strategically-placed roller bearings on the frame to aid linear and smooth motion across floors and ceilings.
The development of the cage has been prompted by feedback from Heliguy customers, who have been crying out for an affordable solution for the popular Mavic 2 drones.
Because it is compatible with the DJI Mavic 2 Series, the cage offers versatility for a range of jobs, whether it is utilising the 20MP camera on the Mavic 2 Pro, capturing visible and thermal imagery with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, or using the zoom camera on either the Mavic 2 Enterprise or Mavic 2 Zoom.
Integrating one of the Mavic 2 Enterprise drones with the cage also means that you can take advantage of the accessories. Options available are the dual spotlight, ideal for illuminating dark areas during an internal inspection; the beacon, which offers a visual warning during jobs; and the loud-speaker, which can be used to communicate with others during a flight.
The cage is in the final stages of development and will be available to pre-order from December. It has already been tested by a number of Heliguy’s technology partners and has received encouraging feedback.
‘The Cage Is Ideal For Internal Inspection’
Heliguy’s Product Designer Ross Embleton has worked hard to develop a cage which is robust, compact, allows users to capture reliable data in the safest way, and utilise sophisticated DJI technology – all while introducing it to market as an affordable and cost-effective solution.
He said: “Cages are becoming an incredibly important drone accessory, helping to increase flight safety and drone protection.
“A caged drone is also an important tool when it comes to remote visual inspection, asset maintenance and high ropes work – increasing workers’ safety, reducing asset downtime, lowering the cost of operations, reaching inaccessible places and helping to get up close and personal to objects in a safe and controlled way.
“Here at Heliguy, we have listened to what our customers want and the majority of them said that they want some sort of affordable collision-proof cage for the Mavic 2; a drone series which is reliable, popular, lightweight and small enough to carry out internal inspections.
“Thanks to the versatility of the Mavic 2 Series, the cage can be utilised in numerous ways, including being a thermal solution with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or they can zoom in on certain objects with the Mavic 2 Enterprise or Mavic 2 Zoom. The cage could also be used by videographers who are flying the Mavic 2 Pro to capture some truly great shots.
“I am really excited about this product because it opens new doors for enterprise users. It allows them to operate safely – especially in confined areas – and the fact that the drone’s camera is unobstructed by the camera means that they can get the same data as before but with greater protection.”
How Does It Compare – Heliguy Mavic 2 Cage v the Flyability Elios 1 v the Flyability Elios 2
Heliguy’s Mavic 2 cage comes to the market as a more affordable solution than other internal inspection drones, most notably Flyability’s Elios 1 and 2.
So how does our product compare?
The Mavic 2 cage will be made of carbon fibre, nylon, and aluminium. In contrast, the Elios 1 and 2 are built from carbon fibre, magnesium alloy, aluminium, and thermoplastics.
The Mavic 2 cage is fixed, but it can be removed to ensure you can swap your Mavics and fly them independently of the cage. The cage on the Elios 2 is fixed, while the Elios 1 has a three-axis rolling structure.
The look of the cages are very different. Both Elios models are spherical…
…whereas the Heliguy cage is long and flat, because it has been built around the Mavic 2 to be compact.
The Heliguy cage is lighter than the Elios 2. The maximum take-off weight of the Mavic 2 solution – complete with drone and cage – is 1,117g, whereas the Elios 2 tips the scales at 1,450g. However, the Elios 1 is the lightest option, weighing in at 700g.
How the Heliguy cage can help your operation depends on the type of Mavic 2 drone you use, with each bringing different assets to the table – whether it is the thermal camera on the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, or the super high-res stills on the Mavic 2 Pro.
First of all, the camera. The Mavic 2 Pro has superior stats, capable of taking truly stunning 20MP images, whereas the Mavic 2 Zoom, and both Mavic 2 Enterprise models can snap 12MP pictures.
In contrast, the Elios 2 can shoot 12.3MP, while the Elios 1 does not take still shots.
Another string to the bow of the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Enterprise is their zoom ability. The Mavic 2 Zoom has up to 4x zoom, including a 2x optical zoom, while the Mavic 2 Enterprise has 2x optical and 3x digital zoom capability.
As for video, all four Mavics, as well as the Elios 2 can shoot 4K, while the Elios 1 is limited to 1080p.
When it comes to capturing thermal data, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and both Elios’ can do the job, achieving a 160 x 120 resolution. The other Mavics do not have thermal capabilities.
All four Mavics, as well as the Elios 1, have three-axis stabilised gimbals, while the Elios 2 features a single axis stabilised gimbal.
Both Elios models have a superior field of view, compared to the Mavics.
Because of the rolling nature of the cage on the Elios 1, the camera is obstructed by the frame, as seen in this image below.
Flyability changed the design on the Elios 2, so this is no longer an issue, while the Heliguy cage also offers unobstructed views, as this image below shows.
The cage does reduce the usual 30 minutes of flight time of the Mavic 2 drones. But although this drops to 15 minutes, it still affords five more minutes of air time than the Elios 1 and 2.
Lighting could be key if you are carrying out internal inspections. The Mavic 2 Enterprise Series drones can be integrated with a bright spotlight accessory, capable of reaching 2,400 Lumens.
While this will illuminate a dark space well enough, both Elios models have lights that are 10,000 Lumens bright, while the Elios 2 also has dust-proof lighting.
In contrast, the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom do not have any bright lighting.
The Elios 2 benefits from a built-in distance lock, which means that it can remain at a set distance ranging from 30cm to 200cm autonomously.
It also benefits from stability sensors which allows it to hover in place and easily navigate through unstructured spaces. It is collision tolerant up to 3m/s on flat objects and up to 1.5 m/s on sharp objects
The Elios 1 can sustain collisions, evenly, all around the drone at a speed reaching up to 4 m/s.
The Heliguy cage is impact resistant up to 3m/s. The Mavic 2 Series benefits from omnidirectional obstacle sensing, but these need to be turned off when flying with the cage due to mechanical constraints in the design process.
When it comes to storage, all four Mavic 2 drones can carry a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 128GB. The Mavic 2 Enterprise drones also have 28GB of onboard data-protected storage, while the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom have 8GB onboard storage.
The Elios 2 has a microSD card, onboard the aircraft, with a maximum capacity of 128GB.
All four Mavic aircraft can operate in temperatures ranging from -10°C to 40°C, while the Elios 1 and 2 can fly in 0°C to 50°C.
The Mavic 2s benefit from enhanced video transmission of up to 8KM at 1080p resolution, while the Elios 1 and 2 have a transmission of up to 500m in the direct line of sight.
One of the big plus points of the Heliguy cage is the cost. Priced at around the £500 mark, it is significantly cheaper than the Elios 1 and 2. It means that you could buy a fleet of Mavic drones, all with cages, for the price of one Elios 2.
The Heliguy Mavic 2 cage has been designed to cater for this popular series of DJI drone, following feedback from our customers.
Priced at around the £500 mark, the cage is an affordable solution to increase flight safety and to help pilots carry out internal and confined inspections.
Because the cage is designed for the Mavic 2 Series, pilots can take advantage of the versatility that this drone range offers – from capturing thermal data to 20MP still images. It also utilises the tried and tested technology of DJI.
So whether it is your first foray into drone flights, or you are an experienced enterprise operator, the cage is a cost-effective solution to help you fly safe and capture the data you need.
James is Heliguy’s Blogger and Drone Content Executive. James keeps our readers up to date with drone news within the ever-changing industry.