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Customizing the DJI Avata: Achieving Better Performance, Speed, and Equipping a GoPro


As a leading drone service provider, we here at Jeeves Drones™ have always been fascinated by the DJI Avata. Its clear potential to attract more pilots into the drone industry and its potential to simplify how we capture real estate videos kept our interest peaked since its debut on August 25, 2022.


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Custom DJI Avata.

"The stock DJI Avata is boring and the video footage was not very high quality." - Wade Cameron, FPV Pilot

We wanted to take this drone's performance to new heights by customizing it with a larger 3.5" kit, upgrading the motors, and adding a mount to attach better cameras, like the new GoPro Hero 11.


Join us on our journey as we share the step-by-step process for transforming a stock DJI Avata into a high-performing aerial tool.


How to Assemble a Custom DJI Avata with Axis 3.5" Kit and New Motors


In general, performing maintenance or taking apart your drone is not wise unless you are properly trained. Be aware that doing so may void any warranties your drone may have, and there is the potential to cause irreparable damage to your drone. It's always recommended to hire a trained professional or contact the manufacturer to schedule repairs and maintenance. But, if you are determined to customize your drone, here are the steps we recommend.


Step 1: Initial Inspection and Screw Hole Identification

To begin the customization process, carefully inspect the DJI Avata for damage. Then test the drone and its control systems to ensure they operate properly. Listen closely, as sound is the best way to determine if something is wrong. Then locate the screw holes necessary for disassembly. Study the instructions and assembly and make certain that you clearly understand the drone's structure before you begin the upgrading process.


Step 2: Remove Props and Locate Sensor Screws

To avoid any accidental damage, start by removing the props. This step ensured a safe environment for the subsequent modifications. Additionally, locate the two sensor screws that needed to be removed before proceeding.


Step 3: Carefully Detach the Ribbon Cable

The ribbon cable is delicate and requires careful handling. Detached it from the drone and set it aside in a safe place. Next, remove the old cage, frame, GPS module, and camera to make room for the new and upgraded components.


Step 4: Remove the Stock Cage, Frame, GPS, and Camera

Locate and unscrew the screws securing the cage, then lift the cage and frame assembly off of the drone. Identify the GPS and camera and disconnect the wires connected to them. Remove any screws securing the GPS module and camera, then carefully detach them from the drone. Set aside the removed components for safekeeping. Take caution to avoid damaging any wires or connectors during the removal process.


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Image of DJI Avata Camera (left) and GPS (right).

Step 5: Remove the Air Unit and the ECS

Locate and unscrew the screws securing the cage, then lift the cage and frame assembly off the drone. Identify the GPS and camera and disconnect the wires connected to them. Remove any screws securing the GPS module and camera, then carefully detach them from the drone. Set aside the removed components for safekeeping. Take caution to avoid damaging any wires or connectors during the removal process.


Step 6: Unsolder Old Motors and Solder New Motors in Correct Orientation

With the old motors detached, carefully resolder the new motors onto the drone's ESCs. Ensure that the new motors are aligned correctly to guarantee proper functionality.


Step 7: Assemble New Axis 3.5" Frame

Carefully following the manufacturer's instructions, securely attach the new camera mount. Give the mount and each connection a light tug to ensure everything is connected securely.


Step 8: Reattached Original Electronics

Once the new frame, motors, and props are fully assembled, reattach them to the drone. Reconnect all the original electronics, including the flight controller, to the ESCs, camera, and GPS module. Take your time during this step to ensure proper connections and avoid potential issues.


Step 9: Performing Thorough Testing and Hover Test

Before taking your customized DJI Avata for a flight, perform a comprehensive test to ensure everything is functioning as expected. Verify that the motor s spinning in the correct rotation and meticulously check the camera and GPS module for proper operation. Then, perform a 1-5 minute hover test within a safe area to assess stability and performance. Ensure that everything is in order before attempting any advanced maneuvers.


Step 10: Enjoy Your Enhanced Drone

Customizing any drone, especially DJI Avata, is a rewarding experience that requires attention to detail and a solid understanding of drone mechanics and electronics. The effort is undoubtedly worth it; you now have a drone that offers better performance and the ability to mount a GoPro camera.


Breakdown of Cost and Parts


Customization time: 3 hours

Cost of parts: $139.59

Cost of drone: $1,428

Total investment: $1,567.59


DJI Avata Drone:


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Motors:


In conclusion, modifying a stock DJI Avata requires careful disassembly and attention to detail. But by following the step-by-step process, you can successfully remove these components and prepare your drone for customization or maintenance.


If you'd rather skip these instructions and move right to step 10, we recommend purchasing a Custom DJI Avata for $1,559 from Jeeves Drone. It might seem like a big price tag, but the money is worth it. New DJI Avata's retail for $1,428 on DJI.com.


If you have any questions about this article, don't hesitate to get in touch with info@jeevesdrones.com.












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