Think Tank never ceases to create and improve upon great products. They have filled a need for a lightweight, portable pack to carry the Phantom Quadcopter anywhere and everywhere. For the past couple of years, I’ve kept my Phantom Vision Quadcopter in a Go Professional hard case. While it was packed perfectly and safely, the case was extremely heavy and difficult to carry long distances as it only had a handle, like a suitcase without wheels.
What I wanted was a backpack for my drone so that I could take it anywhere I wanted, whether it was through the city or on the trial. Enter the new Think Tank Airport Helipak. This bag is almost perfect!
Updating their previous version, this new edition features an outstanding, breathable lumbar support, adjustable shoulder harness and a removable padded waist belt. I can carry this bag forever without really noticing it is there. Inside, there’s plenty of space for any Phantom model including the 4 Pro, or similar sized quadcopters, with plenty of extra batteries, remotes and other accessories. There’s even room for a professional DSLR and a lens or two. The inside of the lid has 2 large zippered pockets for cables, cards and props. There’s an outside pocket for a 15″ laptop, iPad and other things. There is also an organizer pocket for a smart phone, wallet, business cards and the like. I can store my MacBook Pro and my Hoodman Aviator Hood in the outside pocket with no problems. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, there is a side pocket for a water bottle as well as small pockets on the shoulder strap for a snack or cell phone. The interior can be reconfigured as needed. It is sized for either international or domestic travel as it easily fits into the carry-on luggage compartment.
As with all their bags, Think Tank put a lot of thought into this bag and truly left no stone upturned. My only quibble is that you have to take the props off in order to stow the aircraft. I’m sure this is to keep the bag to a reasonable size and remain within airport standards. A quick visit to the local drone store revealed that most bags and cases require removal of the props. They even provided reinforcements for the rotor threads to protect the inside of the bag as well as your prop connectors. The bag is water resistant and it comes with a full, waterproof cover in case you are caught in a downpour.
As a Phantom 4 PRO owner, I’m very excited about this bag. It is the absolute perfect solution for taking your quadcopter anywhere you want. At only $199.75, this bag is an absolute bargain.