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The cost of replacing the gotten away drone is $225 for the Mini, and $399 for the Mavic, which is on top of the price of DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty. If you currently own one of these drones and the extended service warranty, you’re qualified for flyway replacements going forward.

The extended guarantee also lets you change your drone if you harm it, two times per year, for $50 each. For flyaway coverage, there’s a one-time limitation– if your replacement also absconds, you’ll be on the hook to replace it, though there is a two-year version of the guarantee that costs more and covers three accidents and two flyaways.

At half the cost of a brand-new drone, the replacement expenses are rather high compared to something like AppleCare Plus with Theft and Loss, which just charges $149 to replace a lost or taken iPhone. DJI’s coverage doesn’t cover you if your drone gets lost or taken, just if it’s taken by the sky, but it likewise costs less to start: including Theft and Loss coverage to an iPhone 12 is $219, or $269 for an iPhone 12 Pro, for example.

Of course, you would hope that the drones would merely not fly away on their own in the first place. On the statement page, DJI says that “some mishaps are inevitable when flying in complicated environments, or in locations with signal disturbance, strong winds, or blocked views.

It appears like DJI has made development in this regard, though– Googling “drone flyaway” brings up several stories from 2018 and before, however they seem to be less regular nowadays. Still, if you’re worried about losing your nice drone, it’s great to have more choices, should it ever decide to slip the surly bonds of Earth to check out the excellent drone factory in the sky.

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