How to Get Drone Insurance Through State Farm

How to Get Drone Insurance Through State Farm

State Farm is so far the only major insurance company in the United States that offers insurance on drones, and at a good price. I recently got coverage from this company for 2 of my best drones:

How to Get Drone Insurance Through State Farm

How much did State Farm charge me for this drone policy?

It was shocking but I got both of these drones approved for coverage, at $60 total a year, for both models.

How does State Farm drone insurance compare to other types of drone insurance?

There are 3 major ways to insure your drone these days (in the United States):

1) If you own DJI models, then you have the DJI care refresh option which lasts 1 year.

The insurance on this is pretty costly, but if you have an accident and can prove you’re not at fault, you are very likely to get a REFURBISHED drone back, and it may be someone else’s model that was sent in. Depending on the condition of the drone you send in, depends on whether you’ll get that same model back or someone else’s who sent theirs in for repair too.

Generally, the DJI care refresh entitles a drone user with the policy to get up to 2 models back in 1 year. The policy expires after that.

2) Then there’s independent repair shops near you.

But those may not often be legitimate and you’ll want to check reviews beforehand. This isn’t really an insurance policy but some people feel it’s safer to work with drone repairers directly than send them back to the original company and get a refurbished model.

3) And finally there’s State Farm’s option which will insure your drone/s entirely. 

I find the price for State Farm’s insurance policy to so far be the best for me. To completely get FULL coverage with $0 deductible on my 2 drones for the price it was offered at was crazy to me (I couldn’t believe how cheap it was).

I had tried other options like DJI Care Refresh in the past for all of my DJI models, but when I found out that they actually send you a refurbished model of your drone and it may often not even be yours, I decided there had to be a better way to protect my expensive drones and being that State Farm was the only company to offer options, and at a better price, how could I not take it?

How to get your drone insured under State Farm:

I recommend contacting a private State Farm office near you and asking them directly if they offer such policies. I had a friend who insured his Mavic Air 2 and said he had to try 3 different places before finally getting approved.

The first 2 didn’t want to do any business with him but the third offered it and expedited the process. So if you get a no from one branch, call another, and then another until you get yourself approved.

For me, I directly called the same person at State Farm that my friend got his insurance from and the policy was set up in a matter of days. You will have to answer some unusual questions such as how often you are at home, how close the nearest fire station and fire hydrant are, but these are easy answers that basically signify you are a responsible flier and there are fail safes near you in case something goes wrong.

Over $3,000 of drone value insured for just $60:

Being that I now own 6 drones, 5 of which are DJI and 1 which is Autel, after seeing that I could insure multiple drones under the same $60 policy, I began to think if it would be useful to insure all of my drones for the same price.

I decided against it because I am slowly drifting into the process of selling my other drones that I barely use anymore:

Figuring that I’d probably focus all my time on droning through the Mavic 2 Pro and Autel Evo 2 Pro, I figured it didn’t make sense to insure drones I wasn’t using.

I certainly intend to keep flying safely but considering all the possibilities of drone crashes that can happen and how many times I’ve come close to having that happen to me, sometimes of my own fault and other times, not, why not have that peace of mind in knowing I’m good?

Note: If you do crash your drone, your policy will likely end.

This is to be expected but if you do crash your drone, State Farm probably has no financial interest in keeping you on their policy so I wouldn’t think that just because you get the insurance, that it’s safe to fly risky. You only have 1 policy, and 1 strike for it, so don’t waste it.

I also heard that in the future State Farm might cancel out drone insurance altogether and I suspect this may happen if too many people keep crashing their birds.

Either way, just know that getting drone insurance with State Farm is:

  1. Pretty simple (You might need to call multiple places).
  2. Expedited pretty quickly.
  3. You can insurance one or more drones for a flat price like I did ($60).
  4. You are probably better off with this type of insurance than other options on the market.

Should You Buy The Mavic Air 2? 5 Yes And No Reasons.

should you get the mavic air 2

Since the Mavic Air 2 came out, the social media forums I frequently visit have been asking a common question, which is should you get this new drone?

And so, being an owner of 3 Mavic’s myself, as well as someone who was on the fence about getting the Mavic Air 2 and decided not to, I wanted to share this simple yes and no reasoning guide to help you decide on that. 

Just so you know, here are the 3 Mavics that I own:

I am going to do a further review of the Mavic Air 2 soon, but just so you all understand my positions on this drone, they are:

  • It’s an amazing drone with insanely good specs (flight time, range, reliability, ect…) for it’s current price.
  • It’s camera is good, but not on the same level as the 1 inch sensors in the DJI arsensal such as the Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire drones.

should you get the mavic air 2

5 reasons to get the Mavic Air 2 drone:

Let’s start with the most obvious one:

1) If you have an original Mavic Air and want to upgrade, do it.

There’s so many reasons why but the Mavic Air 2 is so much better that the original in every way that you’d be crazy not to. If you can afford it get it, because:

  • It’s way quieter.
  • The camera is better.
  • The flight time is WAY longer.
  • The range potential is ridiculously better (ocysunc baby!)
  • The price of the Mavic Air 2 is identical to the the price the original Air was when it first came out (it’s a great deal!).

Note: You can use DJI’s trade up program to get credits for your original Mavic Air to help pay for the Mavic Air 2.

2) If this is your first drone, get it.

The Mavic Air 2 mixes together what it’s like to own a great drone, plus one that’s pretty good for beginners. If you are looking to seriously get involved in the drone hobby and this is your first pick, I’m applauding you because you’re making a great choice.

3) If you’re a traveler, get this drone.

It’s so small and convenient, you’d be crazy not to. The speed at which you can set up this drone and have it flying is amazing and that convenience (speaking from experience) is it’s own value.

4) If you own drones that are underneath the level of this one, and can afford it, get it.

Here are the drones that are at least a level under this one: The Spark, the Mavic Mini and obviously something like the Tello, and that’s just from the DJI lineup. This doesn’t take into consideration all the other companies out there releasing drones and/or those who already have plenty of models on the market.

I can tell you that the Mavic Air beats about 90% of all the other drones on the market in 2020 so for it’s price, it is a top tier drone, hands down.

5) If you own a Mavic Pro 1 and want to upgrade, do it.

As much as I still love my original Mavic Pro 1, I gotta give the trophy to the Mavic Air 2. I believe the Pro 1 is still better than the original Mavic Air but the second version of it is unquestionably better and is an upgrade I’d recommend going for.

5 Reasons not to get the Mavic Air 2:

1) If you already own a Mavic 2 Pro, don’t bother.

It would be a downgrade. I’ve seen people making the mistake of thinking the Mavic Air 2 is somehow better than the Mavic 2 Pro because of it’s 48 megapixel capabilities. People, it doesn’t matter how many megapixels it has, that 1 inch sensor on the Mavic 2 Pro is what gives it the edge over the Mavic Air 2 and why the Pro is better.

Yes it is true that the Mavic Air 2 does have a slightly better flight time, but aside from that, and a bit more portability, every other benefit goes to the Mavic 2 Pro.

Ultimately, this was the reason I decided not to get this model and stick to my Mavic 2 Pro.

2) If you own or plan on getting an Autel Evo 2. 

In my opinion Autel Evo 2’s drone is going to get to the same level as the Mavic 2 Pro if not better and if you are seeking high quality imagery and video, then Autel’s drone would be a better choice for you than the Mavic Air 2.

3) If you own a Mavic 2 Zoom, there’s no need to get this new drone.

The camera on the Zoom is different, but I’d say it’s as good if not better than the Mavic Air 2’s camera, and aside from that, the other capabilities the Zoom has still makes it superior.

4) If you’re an unskilled drone flier and are likely to crash your drone.

Simply put, if you think you’re likely to crash, get a safer, easier model to fly with such as the Mini or Spark. They are easy to fly.

5) If you’re really tight on money but really want a drone.

Then your best choice is the Mavic Mini. 

Well that should help you decide on the Mavic Air 2!

If it didn’t, I’d love to hear your questions about this drone and the more details you can give me on your circumstance, the easier it’ll be for me to suggest whether you should get this new model or not.

Again, this is a great drone, and of course if you have a limitless budget to buy this model and are a drone collector, it’s a great addition, but since most people don’t have that luxury, these 5 different yes and no reasons should help them decide if this is the right choice for them.

Autel Evo 2 Initial Review. Is it Finally a Mavic Killer?

autel evo 2 review

Well folks, the drone world in 2020 is going to get pretty exciting with a number of new models coming out, none of which (at this time at least) are from DJI and I like that.

Among the lineup of new drones that were officially announced at CES, the one which personally interested me and pretty much most of the drone world was the Autel Evo 2.

autel evo 2 review

There were “leaked” specs prior to the official announcement, but it wasn’t until CES took place, that we found out the leaks were true, and they basically told the following story about the Autel Evo 2:

  • That it would have a 40 minute flight time.
  • That it would have an insane range of 16 KM.
  • That it’s camera would be able to film at up to 8K footage and that it would be incredibly sharp.
  • That it would have no geo fencing (like the original Autel Evo).
  • That it would have 6 sides of obstacle detection.
  • That it would be able to take 48 megapixel photos.
  • And that it would also be able to follow people at a level close if not as good as Skydio 2.

Now all of these specs tell a pretty important story and that is that this new model, at least on paper does destroy the Mavic 2 Pro (and obviously Zoom). 

But here’s why at least for now, the Autel Evo 2 is not a Mavic killer…

Based on what I saw from initial reviews out there from people who HAD already be given this model to review and released their reviews on the day of CES, I have to say, thus far, the Mavic kill story is still a bit farfetched and I’ll explain why that is in a moment and I will show video comparison proof of what I saw that makes me say this…

But let me make something clear:

I was one of the many people anxiously awaiting the announcement of this model since the leaks came out. Since I own 5 DJI drones (a Mavic 2 Pro being one of them) and have considered numerous times on buying the original Autel Evo, I had elected to wait until the second version was released and when I heard the same specs I listed above, I was almost entirely sold. I was ready to buy this drone model on day 1.

But this is where I turn back to the reviewers who were given this drone before it’s official release and showed me their comparison videos, some of which compared the footage of the Autel Evo 2 to the Mavic 2 Pro. And well, I wasn’t impressed.

In fact, I though the Mavic 2 Pro footage was far better, and considering how it’s camera is close but not as good as the Phantom 4 Pro’s, which in my opinion is at this point in time the best drone camera out of any I’ve seen, that says something about the superiority DJI still holds in this market.

Now let me actually show you the video that made me believe this (Autel Evo 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro):

Now let’s get some things straight…

This is where Autel Evo 2 absolutely wins against the Mavic 2 Pro:

  • It can definitely fly further.
  • It can definitely stay in the air longer.
  • You will be able to change the 3 different cameras this drone has available for it (it’s easier to switch them than with DJI’s model).
  • Not that it needs to be said, but I’ll say it: This model already beats the original Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, the Mini, and more. So you can think of this is a victory for Autel in the “Mavic killer department”.

But compared to the Mavic 2 Pro, there are thus far only 2 obvious advantages you can spot right away, but as for the camera being better? 8K or not, I did not see it being better than the footage in the Mavic 2 Pro.

In fact, I saw the opposite, both for the video AND photo comparison:

The Mavic shows far more details, contrast and structure. You can tell me what you think below regarding this comparison.

Here’s the silver lining though: There’s 3 versions of the Autel Evo. 

You have the regular Autel Evo 2 model, which is the one you saw in the video above being tested against the Mavic 2 Pro.

You have the Autel Evo Pro which has not yet been released, so there’s no footage to compare yet, but this is the one I am most hopeful for. This is the model whose camera has a 1 inch sensor and likely the one which will give the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera a run for it’s money at least.

Then you have the third camera which is basically the same as Mavic 2 Enterprise’s version of things. But I don’t know enough about that one to make any comparisons. 

And the beauty is that you, the consumer will be able to buy these cameras and switch them to the same Autel Evo 2 body as you like without having to ship it to the dealer like you would with DJI.

If these 5 things are true with Autel Evo 2 (Pro), then it will be a Mavic killer:

1) If it’s 1 inch sensor camera is truly as good if not better than the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera (this is pending).

2) If it’s overall performance is better than the Mavic 2 Pro (this is so far the case, so we can add 1 point).

3) If it’s sensors perform as well as the MP2 if not better (this still has to be tested).

4) If it doesn’t have so many bugs when it comes out (this happened with the first generation model and it’s still pending).

5) If it’s autonomous flight modes like tracking are better and more intelligent than the MP2 and on the level of Skydio 2 (still this is pending).

If all of these 5 things will be prevalent with the Pro model, then I will officially call it a Mavic killer and I will definitely buy it. So far, because there are uncertainties, and I believe the regular Autel Evo 2 is not as good at the Mavic 2 Pro, I can’t make this claim.

But I am still hopeful because I own only DJI models for now and for the longest time have wanted to make sure that the 6th model in my collection is a none DJI product. 

Whatever happens, you’ll probably be hearing the following a lot from other drone enthusiasts and that is with this influx of new drone models into the market, DJI will be pushed to stay at the top, and this means we’ll likely be getting some seriously awesome models from them (A possible Mavic 3).  

Is The Mavic Mini Really All That? Read This Review.

dji mavic mini review screenshot

Ah yes, as soon as competing companies announced a drone (Skydio 2), DJI as it’s known to do rolls out the Mavic Mini. This review will tell you if you should get it.

As an owner of 5 drones at this point in time (all DJI by the way), I am going to examine the most common questions and points about this model so you will know if you can confidently buy it or wait on something else (or possibly buy a better model that already exists).

Anyway, let’s get to the most obvious things about the Mavic Mini out of the way first: 

Name: DJI Mavic Mini (Get it here).dji mavic mini review screenshot

Price: $399 for the drone and remote and about $599 for the extra package (extra batteries and other accessories).

Main features:

  • 3 axis gimbal.
  • 2.7k shooting capability. 
  • 249 grams in weight (I’ll address why there’s pros and cons to this).
  • 20 minute + flight time (unlikely to get to the 30 unless conditions are perfect).
  • Up to a 4 KM range, although owning a Mavic Air with the same type of connection, I’d put that to around 1KM in most cases.

Overall score: 70 out of 100 points.

This drone is definitely recommended to the following people:

  • Complete beginners who may or may have never flown a drone, but want that great beginner model. This is it.
  • Those who are avid drone collectors like myself (although at this point in time I am not buying it).
  • People who want to upgrade from the Spark (Yes I think it’s better than it). 
  • Those who wish to temporarily go around drone regulations (249 grams). But I did say temporary for a reason (coming up).

Who this drone may not be for:

Let’s get to the pros the Mavic Mini truly has:

1) Let’s start with the 249 gram weight.

Yes, this is an advantage, because you will not need to register it (until inevitable regulations say you do), but you still have to adhere to regular drone rules despite that.

If you plan on traveling to other countries, I would still be very careful and make sure you follow their guidelines to know if you need to register them or see if they are even legal to use in the country you’re traveling to.

2) The camera for the size is actually quite good.

Despite not being able to do 4k, a 2.7k capability and image quality that I would say is equal to or better than the Spark, this thing is great for beginners and even those who wish to take good photos in general.

3) Extremely portable.

Without a doubt, this drone’s size, folding capability and weight make it the current portable drone king there is.

4) Great drone for beginners.

Yes I am currently going to say that if you never owned one, get this if you’re a beginner. I’ll have to update my article on beginner drones worth getting and make this #1.

5) A really long flight time.

Considering the size of this drone, I expected it to have the same flight same as the Spark, but it does not. In fact, it’s twice as long, and even beats the Mavic Air from what I have seen. This is VERY impressive for such a small model.

6) There is pretty good range reliability.

This is a VERY important factor for me and should be for you. All these potential drone ranges should never be taken as is. You will almost always get a shorter flight range (here’s how to improve it), but in this drone’s case, it’s overall pretty good.

It’s about as strong as the Air in terms of range reliability and overall, I am happy with that drone’s range, as you will be with the Mini if you get it.

If these pros are enough for you to get the Mini, you can get it here.

Now for the Mavic Mini cons…

1) It’s just a matter of time before…

Governments force you to register the Mini. It won’t be long until someone does something very foolish and in large numbers to make governments take action. This current 249 gram advantage is temporary. Enjoy it while it’s here.

2) Sound. Why is it SO loud!?

I considered swapping my Spark for the Mini but when I heard that it’s only SLIGHTLY less noisy than the Spark, I decided against it. This thing is only a few decibals based on what I saw quieter than the Spark and consider that drone has one of the loudest and most annoying noises I’ve seen in all my drones (the Air does too), I can’t see myself getting the Mini for this reason.

3) People thinking of upgrading if they own Mavic Air or better models should think again.

Like I said and listed before, there are numerous and obviously way better drones on the market and if you already own a portable, high camera quality drone, I would not “upgrade” to this model. 

There is an argument to be made for people who have huge drone models like Yuneec or Phantoms and even in that case, I wouldn’t sell those. Just buy a regular Mini with the remote and you’ll be happy.

Oh and if you own less popular models like the Breeze and other none DJI ones that are small, yes, the Mavic Mini is absolutely going to be an upgrade in this case.

So is the Mavic Mini really all that?

Well for first time or beginner drone users it can be and I honestly think this is a very good drone model to get started with if you’re new. But as someone who earlier said he owns 5 models, I don’t really see myself getting this one anytime soon.

Certain firmware upgrades can and will be coming through to the Mini that will make it better and better overtime, and I will be sure to do comparison reviews between this model and the most obvious ones you can compare it to like the Spark, the Air, the first Mavic Pro and second, all of which I own.

So the 70 score this model gets is well deserved for this model. Again, don’t let the 249 grams this thing weights be the deciding factor for your purchase. I think any experienced drone flier knows this perk is temporary. 

But if you have questions about the Mini or currently own a specific model you’re considering swapping for it, let me know and I’ll help you make the decision.

Mavic Air vs Autel Evo. Which Drone Should You Get?

The Mavic Air came out in early 2018, and it just so happened to be released soon after the Evo was announced. The timing on DJI’s part was perfect, and the fact that it also matched the Evo in many spec areas, while also being on the market while people would still have to wait on the Evo would give DJI a bunch of new sales and more control over the drone market while they awaited for the Mavic Pro 2 to be released later in the year. 

While most people will compare the Autel Evo to the Mavic Pro, simply because of the size and spec similarity, I felt it would be cool to compare it to the Mavic Air.

While I will outright admit that as an overall drone, the Evo is way superior in just about every single regard, the gap between both models isn’t as big as it seems, especially when you compare the specs, the reality and especially the price. So let me list where exactly Autel’s drone wins and where DJI’s wins…

Just for the record, I scored both models pretty close, in spite of the big gap in many factors between both models, and the main reason why was because the gap isn’t as big as you may think and the fact that the Mavic Air is so much less expensive still makes it a worthwhile model to consider if you can’t spend a few extra $100. But anyway, let’s get to the comparison:

Where the Evo wins:

Camera. Yep, it’s better, sharper, and it can zoom, incredibly well, something the MA does not have. If better, sharper and cleaner footage is your goal, the Evo is your drone of choice here.

But on a 1-10 rating, the camera isn’t THAT much better. On the MA, I’d give it a 7 out of 10 while the Evo scores a 10 out of 10 (full review). Believe me, even if you elect to go with the MA, your footage will NOT be bad at all, it’s still a 4K camera, and add to it the 30 FPS shot in 100 mpbs is not too shabby at all.

Overall flight time. Consider the flight time to be twice as good as on the MA. Though as of now it falls short of the “30 minute” estimate it was given prior to release, it’s still going to fly way longer than the MA, 100%.

Range. Yet another prior to release spec claimed this drone could fly up to 7 KM, but it’s more like 4-5 KM considering the connection is clear. But it’s still a lot better than the MA, which while having a 4 KM will likely reach about half of that in most places.

One thing I will say is that the MA connection can be a bit flaky, but I usually get about 1 KM out of it in places with a lot of connection issues. The Evo should in similar places get twice as far, but still not near the amount it promised.

More wind resistant. Well, this should be an obvious advantage, since it is bigger after all.

Better controller with more “control”. The control on this drone is far superior to the MA which honestly seems like a bootleg version of the Mavic Pro controller. While it is decent and will give you good control, the visual aspect of the Evo remote and the information/perks it packs makes it far easier and more dependable to use. It’s like comparing a Playstation 4 to a Super Nintendo and I’m a MA owner saying this by the way…

Less flight restrictions. I mentioned this as an advantage this drone had over the MP but a lack of geo fencing makes flying this model way less of a headache. Never the less, you should absolutely know that this DOESN’T mean you can fly it anywhere, be an intelligent drone pilot and know the flight rules. 

It’s a lot quieter! Twice as big and yet its still so quiet. Almost as quiet as the Mavic 2 Pro or the Parrot ANAFI.

Note: If there’s something I missed on the advantages this model has, let me know below.

Where the Mavic Air wins…

How could I not boast about my little drone at least a little bit? The good news here is that I didn’t really have to scramble to find where it beats the Evo, because there are indeed some truly notable advantages it has. Let me go over them:

The price is several $100 cheaper. If you’re a on a budget and can’t go as far as $999, then you can settle on the MA for $799, and I suspect it’ll fall another $100 on the MP 2 is released. Sure I’d recommend you squeeze out a few more $100 for the other one, but believe me, you’re not getting a bad drone here at all. This thing flies very well, shoots footage very well and you would be pretty shocked to see how well it can film (here’s pictures).

3 sensors vs 2 and a half sensors. Wait a second, didn’t the Evo boast 3 sensors?

It did, but when it came out, it was discovered that the back sensor, aka the third wasn’t really working, it was more of a detection device, not a sensor that actually stops the drone. However, on the MA, you indeed do get 3 sensors, so it wins here. 

Fun flight modes and hand control. You just don’t get some of this stuff with the Evo and if you’re into doing Jedi type stuff and using your hand to regulate this drone, you’ll have a lot of fun with the MA.

More compact/portable. Let’s face it, at this point, we can agree that both models are quite portable, but this particular one is still twice as small as Autel’s and when you go backpacking somewhere, the size difference, makes a difference. 

I honestly wish it was more quieter. It’s so strange to think such a little drone can be so loud. It’s more loud than the Spark surprisingly. But that noise makes it tough to film in certain places (like animals).

Note: I know I probably missed some things that makes the MA better, so just like I said about the Evo above, let me know about the MA below.

How to pick which drone suites you better:

While I’m certainly not the definitive voice in the drone world, if my advice means anything (thank you by the way), I’d recommend examining each drone’s advantage over the other, your budget and to make a little check mark on each model. Whichever one gets more check marks is the winner. 

Overall, there’s 2 big points worth noting, 1 for each model:

  • You’re def getting a better drone in the Evo, hands down.
  • But you’re not exactly getting a bad drone in the MA, it still shoots amazing stuff and is itself an amazing little drone.

My opinion is that if you can afford it, get the Evo, if not, get the MA.

Overall, when I compared both these models, I gave out the following scores:

  • MA: 80 out of 100 points.
  • Autel’s model: 85 out of 100 points.

The reason there isn’t a bigger gap in points is because of the price and the fact that the MA doesn’t shoot or fly that much worse than Autel’s model.