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7 Things to know before you fly a drone in Canada

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DJI Mavic Mini

If you’re hoping to dip your toes into the exciting world of drone photography and flight, the first thing you’ll need is to find the right one for you. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as buying a drone and taking it out for a spin. There a few, but important, rules and regulations you’ll need to be aware of. Here’s everything you need to know before you fly a drone in Canada.

1. You’ll have to register and mark your drone to fly it in Canada

All drones, or anything that qualifies as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), will need to be registered. In this case, what you’re looking for is its maximum takeoff weight, which should be between 250g up to 25kg.

You will receive a unique registration number from Transport Canada once the process is complete. That’s not all though. The number will have to be clearly and visibly marked on the drone before you can fly it. Apart from confirming that it’s a registered product, the obvious benefit is identification. It’ll be really easy to trace who the owner of a lost drone is.

Drones under 250g don’t have to be registered. So if you just want to know what flying a drone is like without the hassle of registration, that’s the upper limit. Drones over 25kg don’t need to be registered either. What you do need though is a special flight operations certificate instead.

Drone Registration Certificate
Drone Registration Certificate

2. Get a drone pilot certificate from Transport Canada

 There are two main categories of drone operation in Canada – basic and advanced. Obviously, each category has its own set of rules that you’ll have to follow. However, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out exactly what kind of license you require. 

The two categories are defined by the weight of your drone, distance from bystanders, and airspace rules. Whether for work or play, the rules will apply just the same, so make sure that you get the pilot certificate done as soon as possible.

Basic operations

There are three conditions you need to meet to qualify for a Basic pilot certificate. Keep in mind that all of them need to be fulfilled. 

  • If you only plan to fly the drone in uncontrolled airspace.
  • You will fly it more than 30m (100ft) horizontally from bystanders.
  • The drone should never be flown over bystanders.

Advanced operations

You pretty much end up at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to being considered an Advanced drone operation. Remember, you just have to meet one of these conditions. 

  • If you want to fly in controlled airspace.
  • You want to fly over bystanders.
  • You want to fly within 30m (100ft) of bystanders (measured horizontally).
basic license required to fly a drone in Canada
Basic Pilot Certificate

3. Age restrictions

Like most good things in life, there’s an age restriction that you’ll need to be aware of. In Canada, anyone who is 14 years old and above can get a Basic license. You’ll have to wait till you turn 16 though before you can get your hands on an advanced one. Fear not if you’re hoping to teach your kids how to fly a drone! Children younger than 14 must be supervised by someone with a license. This condition applies even when talking about clubs, camps, and other youth groups.

4. Always keep your drone in sight

If it isn’t obvious, rule numero uno is to keep your drone away from all aircraft, airports, and heliports. The drone must always stay below a height of 122m (400ft) above ground level, out of controlled airspace, unless you obtain special permission and have advanced pilot certification, and always within your line-of-sight.

Pilots must be fit to operate. Basically, don’t fly your drone if you’re tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drones must also have proper lighting if you plan to take it out on a night-time flight. Remember that you should also avoid flying over any crowded areas, downtown, public events, emergency security perimeters, and outside Canadian airspace. Definitely not a good idea to see what the Niagara Falls look like from the US with a drone.

5. There are serious penalties!

It’s highly recommended that you follow the rules if you want to fly a drone in Canada of course. What does work really well as a deterrent though are the hefty fines you might be stuck paying off if you do stray out of line. Keep in mind that fines also add up if you’re caught breaking multiple regulations.

Fines for individuals

  • Up to CA$1,000 if you’re caught without a drone pilot certificate.
  • A maximum fine of CA$1,000 if the drone is unregistered or unmarked.
  • Flying where you are not allowed also has a CA$1000 fine.
  • Up to CA$3,000 for putting aircraft and people at risk.

Fines for corporations

  • Up to $5,000 for flying without a drone pilot certificate.
  • A penalty of up to CA$5,000 for flying unregistered or unmarked drones.
  • up to CA$5,000 for flying where you are not allowed.
  • A maximum fine of CA$15,000 if aircraft and people are at risk.

6. Tips for new pilots

You’re now ready to fly a drone in Canada! As exciting as it may be, we definitely don’t recommend jumping into the deep end when it comes to flying your drone. “Practice makes perfect” is an overused cliche, but is truly applicable in this case. It’s a good idea to have someone experienced along with you if you’re flying your drone for the first time. And remember, you won’t be an expert on your first day! Give it time, practice, and you’ll definitely be fine in a short time.

Make sure that you’re familiar with how your drone works and everything else about it. Try and work out a pre-flight checklist that you can follow every time you take the drone out. Every drone is different, so make sure that you read up on any new devices even if you are an experienced flyer. If you’re planning to take photos or shoot video, try and plan your flight route in advance.

Your first flight should ideally be in good weather conditions. You’ll have a great time seeing picturesque views through the drone camera if the sky is clear. But just from a handling point of view, taking a drone out in a snow storm while you’re still a beginner is probably a really bad idea.

Rules! Rules! More Rules! Become intensely familiar with all the rules (there really aren’t that many) and be sure to stick to them. Apart from the hefty fines mentioned above, other damage and liability could quickly add up.

More than anything else though, have fun! Flying a drone for the first time, or any time really, is quite an exhilarating experience. Once you become good at it, the possibilities with video and photography are endless.

7. We recommend getting public liability insurance

While it’s not legally required, getting public liability insurance for your drone is definitely useful. Most standard home insurance policies do not cover the use of drones, so you’ll have to get something additional to stay protected. Manufacturers also give additional coverage for drones while purchasing a new drone and something you should consider getting as well. 

So that’s everything you need to know about flying a drone in Canada! Still not sure what drone to get? DJI is releasing a successor to its ultra-popular affordable offering and will certainly be a great buy.

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How to get your Tesla ready for the winter

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Model 3 Winter

Temperatures are hitting single digits and even beginning to creep into the negatives here in Canada. Of course, it’s only going to get colder as winter sets in. The good news is that your Tesla is designed and tested in harsh conditions. However, there are some useful tips and tricks you can follow to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as expected. Here’s our guide on how to get your Tesla ready for the winter!

Pro tip: Tesla’s range takes a pretty big hit as the temperatures drop. Make sure that you’re watchful, and you will have to learn to conserve., you have to learn to conserve and be watchful. In my experience, the range reduces by almost 35% in winter.

How to get your Tesla ready for the winter

Watch out for the snowflake icon

Tesla Snow Flake Icon

A blue snowflake icon appears next to the displayed range when the Tesla battery is cold. In this instance, you’ll unfortunately not be able to access some of the energy stored in the battery until it heats up. It will also limit battery power and regenerative braking. The icon disappears after the battery warms up. Charging, driving, and pre-conditioning are all ways to warm up your battery quicker.

Leave the car plugged in

Plugged in Tesla Model S

We always recommend leaving your Tesla plugged in when it’s not in use. This is especially helpful in winter, because this helps the battery retain the heat it needs to work properly and lets you use features like regenerative braking without issue. You will likely see the “no regenerative braking” warning when you begin your drive in cold conditions.

Use Scheduled Departure or Precondition features

You can also conserve energy by warming it up before each trip, if the car is plugged in. Use Scheduled Departure to add an estimated time of departure. This ensures that the car is ready to go when you are. The Preconditioning or Defrost features in the Tesla app are also your friend during the winter.

Conserving energy while on the road is key

You will need to reduce energy loss by driving conservatively and also limiting energy use in the cabin. This is a great way to boost range and efficiency year-round. It’s particularly important in winter though, when the massive drop in the range can be jarring.

  • Activate range mode in the Tesla Model S and Model X.
  • Drive at moderate speeds
  • Limit frequent and rapid acceleration
  • Lower the cabin temperature whenever possible and use seat warmers for added warmth.

Limit the use of the Tesla app

Tesla App View

Your car uses energy to wake itself up from sleep mode whenever your check on it using the Tesla app. Since you want to conserve as much energy as possible in winter, using the app only when necessary will help.

Set Regenerative braking to low

Regenerative Breaking Setting

Changing the regenerative braking setting to low will reduce any sudden slow downs or braking. In cold and icy conditions, this otherwise incredibly useful feature might cause the tires to slip on the ice or snow.

Reposition wipers

Daily weather reports are your friend in winter. Not only will it tell you how to dress, but you can also plan what to do with your car. If you’re expecting snow or a buildup of ice, you can prevent icing by placing the wipers in the service position.

Deactivate the mirror auto-fold feature

Along the same lines, snow and ice buildup can cause damage to the folding mechanism of the side view mirrors of the car. It’s a good idea to disable the auto-fold feature in the mirror settings during any cold spells.

Defrosting snow and ice

Tesla does all it can to ensure a smooth driving experience even in freezing winter conditions. The Defrost feature in the Tesla app lets you melt any ice or snow on surfaces like the windshield, charge port, and mirrors.

Inspect the car before starting your drive

It’s a good idea to visually scan the car before you begin your drive. Make sure that important surfaces aren’t frozen or covered with snow. You should check the entire car whenever possible, but pay particular attention to door handles, mirrors, the charge port, auto-pilot cameras, and the front fender.

Get winter tires and tire chains for your Tesla

If you frequently drive on snowy and icy roads, winter tires are a must-have. Winter tires are a great way to enhance the car’s performance with regards to stopping, safety, and control. You can get a set from the Tesla online store or any tire dealer. Useful installation information is available in the owner’s manual.

Additionally, you might also need tire chains to get additional traction while diving in icy conditions. In fact, some states might even legally require the use of tire chains in winter. You can purchase tire chains in the Tesla online store or at a Tesla Service Center.

Change the windshield washer fluid

You’ll understandably need to get washer fluid that is rated for cold temperatures in winter. Doing an occasional top-up will also help restore the ingredients that keep the windshield free and clear of ice.

Get the anti-ice window treatment

Tesla Service offers an anti-ice window coating to help reduce ice buildup on windows. This is a paid service that you can schedule like any other appointment via the Tesla app.

Stay safe with your Tesla this winter!

That’s it for this quick roundup of some tips and tricks to get you driving in the Tesla in the winter! Looking to get all your accessory shopping done before the cold sets in? Don’t forget to check out our Offers page for exciting deals and promos.

Pro tip: You can create a winter driver profile with most of the above settings to save you time for switching between weather conditions.

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The new Jeda Tesla Tray covers all your charging needs

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Jeda Tray
Jeda Tray

Jeda has some excellent products on offer to make sure you don’t have to worry about keeping your devices charged in your Tesla. Joining its popular wireless charging pad and the USB Hub is the all-new Tesla Tray. The new charging pad not only ensures that your phone doesn’t run out of juice, but lets you keep your accessories ready to go as well. Here’s everything you need to know about the Jeda Tesla Tray!

Buy Now – Get $20 off on your order with promo code: anythingtech

See also: The 5 must-have accessories for the Tesla Model Y!

Jeda Tesla Tray features

Jeda essentially combines its two most popular products with the Tesla Tray by combining multiple wireless charging pads and the USB Hub into one device. The accessory comes with a pad to charge wireless earbuds that support qi-charging, like the Apple Airpods Pro and the Google Pixel Buds. You should also be able to charge most other true wireless earphones that support wireless charging.

Not leaving any peripheral behind, you can also keep your smartwatch charged with a second wireless charger. You’ll also be able to wirelessly charge any supported smartphones on the Tesla Tray as well. Jeda also managed to squeeze in a USB Hub into it, providing additional ports for data transfers, and in case you need to plug-in devices that don’t support wireless charging.

It’s a well-built product, with its anodized metal shell that slots smoothly into your Tesla’s center console. The molded, silicone interior provides a soft pad for your phone, smartwatch, and earbuds, and keeps them safe from scratches. Of course, it looks great as well with a sporty red colorway that really stands out.

Price and availability

The Jeda Tray will be available in two separate sizes for the Tesla Model 3 and the Model Y, so you don’t have to worry about whether it’ll fit. The Tray will be available starting today and will be priced at $109.

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Stay tuned with Anything Tech for the detailed hands-on review of the Jeda Tesla Tray!

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The best accessories you can get to go camping in your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y

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Tesla Camping
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As we roll through the Fall, there are only a handful of months left for us to take advantage of the great outdoors. Be it a weekend family trip or to simply get away from it all on your own, camping is a great activity to consider. Now, you can even make your car do all the work! Tesla has two camping modes – one lets you sleep in the car itself, and the other allows you to use the car’s systems, like climate control, to power your camping setup. And as is the case with most things Tesla related, there are probably accessories for it. These are some of the best accessories you can get to go camping in your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y!

Don’t forget to check out our roundups of the must-have accessories to get for the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 as well. We also provide access to excellent deals, promo codes, and offers over at our Deals hub!

The best Tesla camping accessories:

Tesmat mattress and carrying case

The Tesmat mattress provides a great way to enjoy a good night’s sleep without needing to step away from your car. Three individual mats can be unfolded and joined together to create what is essentially a twin-sized mattress. Simply close the rear seats and spread out the mattress. The handy carrying case lets you pack it away and is compact enough to fit in the sub-trunk. The case is also insulated and can also work as a cooler when it isn’t being used to store the mattress. Specifically designed for either the Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, this should definitely be on your list of camping accessories to buy.

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Offer! Get $20 off on your order from Tesmat! Use code anythingtech

Tesmat privacy screen

So you’ve got your brand new Tesmat mattress and are all set to fall asleep. However, what you might have forgotten to plan for is a way to keep the sun out so you can sleep in, or have a way to keep peering eyes away. That’s why the Tesmat privacy screen is a camping must-have. Designed for the Tesla Model Y, this lets you completely cover the front and rear windshields, as well as the side windows. There’s also a separate piece for the hatch window so you can open and close it while the privacy screen is up. It’s extremely quick and easy to set up, and you can also pack it away easily in a compact and ultra-portable pouch.

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Tesmanian Soft cooler

The Tesmanian soft cooler is another product that should be on everyone’s list of camping accessories for their Tesla. It’s a well-built cooler that combines waterproof materials and a heavy-duty nylon shell that makes it lightweight, but durable. Three freezing packs and thick insulation means that this cooler earns its name. You can easily carry frozen items back from the grocery store without worry, or even make sure that you get a relatively cold drink to enjoy while on a long road trip. It’s compact enough to fit into the lower trunk, but you certainly won’t have any complaints about storage volume either.

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Don’t forget that you can get 10% off on any order on Tesmanian with promo code: anythingtech

Tesmanian has a lot of fantastic accessories available for the Tesla Model Y. Check out our roundup!

Elon Accessories car tray

The Elon Accessories is a useful product to have on hand if you’re hoping to eat your meals in the car, or if you need to get on your laptop and quickly do some work, while camping. Of course, its purpose goes beyond just camping as well, and is ideal for the perpetual drive-through goer. Its concave surface keeps food and drink safe and on sturdy ground. It also has anti-slip ridges to keep a laptop in place. The car tray has a max load of 11lbs, so that’s a whole lot of food you can keep on it, and it can easily be flipped around to suit both left and right handed people.

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Rear trunk organizer

The Tesmanian rear trunk organizer is custom-made for the Tesla Model Y or the Model 3, and is a great way to ensure that space is well utilized. It’s made with a durable 600D polyester fabric that is also waterproof. The organizer is divided into three storage compartments and comes with a removable sub-divider for one of the spaces. It’s designed to let you easily slide it backward and forwards, has durable handles, and also features mesh pockets on the outside. Portability isn’t a problem either. The rear trunk organizer can easily be folded into what essentially looks and feels like a laptop bag.

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Don’t forget that you can get 10% off on any order on Tesmanian with promo code: anythingtech

Basenor leather trash bag

A leather exterior isn’t exactly the first thing you look for when wanting to a buy a trash bag, but that’s exactly what you get with the Basenor garbage bin. It can be attached and tucked away behind a front seat, and honestly doesn’t look out of place in the car. Simply open it to throw your trash away and close it up to maintain a clean-looking car. Trash can quite quickly pile up when you’re out camping, and is this definitely one of the accessories you should get for your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.

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Black+Decker handheld vacuum

Black+Decker handheld vacuum

You’ve got the Basenor trash bag to help keep the car clean. If you plan to do a lot of eating in the car, a handheld vacuum to suck up any crumbs and other dust and debris is a travel requirement as well. A really good option to get is the Black+Decker dustbuster handheld vacuum. It has a 19.6 ounce capacity and the bowl and filter are both washable.

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Starling’s dog seat cover

Starling's dog seat cover

I’m pretty sure that no one wants to leave their dog behind when away on a camping trip! To make sure that your car stays in pristine condition after the trip, the Starling’s dog seat cover is a great buy. This comes with enlarged side flaps, includes two headrest protectors, a dog seat belt, and even portable water and food bowls. A waterproof layer means that you don’t have to worry too much about accidents. You can clean it with a cloth, vacuum, or washing machine.

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Bestek 300W power inverter

Bestek 300W power inverter

The Tesla comes with a couple of USB ports, but if you’re looking to keep many more devices powered up while you’re away, the Bestek 300W power inverter is a good buy. It provides continuous DC to AC power and features two AC outlets and two USB ports. Unique vents and a fan ensures that the device doesn’t overheat. Also helping is the built-in protection against overheating, under and over voltage, short-circuiting, and overleading.

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Avid Power tire inflator air compressor

Avid Power tire inflator air compressor

If you plan to take your Tesla off the road, a tire inflator is a useful accessory to pack away in your car. You might need to deflate your tires to navigate rough terrain. With the Avid Power tire inflator air compressor, you can quickly and easily inflate your tires once again. There’s no more time wasted looking for a gas station or garage. You can preset the pressure you want and the inflator will automatically turn off at that point. It also comes with a car power adapter so you can charge it up when required.

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Napier Backroadz tent

Napier Backroadz tent

No camping experience is complete without a tent. But that doesn’t mean that you have to leave the luxuries a car affords you, like lighting and climate control. Options like the Napier Backroadz tent lets you set up the tent by seamlessly connecting it to the cargo area of your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y. This not only provides additional space for storage, or even for someone to sleep (with a Tesmat mattress!), but lets you fully utilize the Tesla’s camp mode. The Napier Backroadz tent has enough room to sleep five.

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ModernSpare spare tire kit for the Tesla Model Y/3

Modern Spare Tire Kit

It’s all in the name for this one. You definitely don’t want to deal with a flat tire while on a camping trip. Especially since you’ll likely be really far away from a service center. If you’re planning a trip that is well off the beaten path, you’ll want a spare tire kit. One of the best options is from Modern Spare. The complete kit comes with everything you need to quickly replace a flat if required. Another kit edition comes with a useful carrying case as well, so you don’t have to worry about any tools going missing.

There you have it for this roundup of some of the best accessories you can get if you plan to go camping with your Tesla Model Y or Model 3!

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DJI Mini 2 vs. Mavic Mini: The Mini you should get

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Mini2vsMini

Ultralight, powerful, and easy to use, DJI Mini 2 takes everything that makes Mavic Mini the best choice for beginners and improves its features, making it more intuitive and convenient. Read on to discover the four key upgrades of DJI Mini 2 from flight time to max video resolution. This quick summary might help you make the right choice to select between the DJI Mini 2 vs Mavic Mini.

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This post first appeared on DJI’s blog and is a promoted post

DJI Mini 2 vs Mavic Mini: 4 Key Upgrades

1. Improved Camera Performance

 DJI Mini 2DJI Mavic Mini
Video4K/30fps2.7K/30fps
Zoom4x ZoomNot supported
Photo formatJPEG, RAWJPEG

Mavic Mini has a video resolution of 2.7K, while DJI Mini 2 is capable of 4K/30fps video, offering higher-quality footage for those looking for more professional-looking content. A bird’s-eye view of your holiday getaway is guaranteed to impress friends and family.

DJI Mini 2 also supports 4x digital zoom, providing more options. When recording family, friends, or pets, you can safely capture your subject without flying too close.

Mavic Mini only supports JPEG format, while DJI Mini 2 supports both JPEG and RAW in photo mode and timed shooting, providing more flexibility for post-processing.

2. Safer Flight Performance

 DJI Mini 2DJI Mavic Mini
Max Flight Speed16 m/s13 m/s
Wind ResistanceLevel 5Level 4

DJI Mini 2 features an improved propulsion system with a significant increase in max flight speed and wind resistance, allowing for a more flexible range of shooting locations and conditions. Mavic Mini has a max speed of 13 m/s, while Mini 2 can fly up to 16 m/s. Compared to level 4 wind resistance, level 5 wind resistance ensures Mini 2 can withstand a variety of shooting conditions.

3. Enhanced Transmission Stability

 DJI Mini 2DJI Mavic Mini
TransmissionOcuSync 2.0Wi-Fi
Transmission Range10 km (FCC)4 km (FCC)

DJI’s cutting-edge OcuSync 2.0 technology is now available for DJI Mini 2, extending its transmission range with stronger resistance against signal interference. Built-in OcuSync 2.0 allows DJI Mini 2 to adjust automatically between two frequencies, which extends Mini 2’s max transmission distance to 10 km for even more flexibility. Worry-free flight has never been this easy.

4. More Intelligent Functions? Yes Please!

 DJI Mini 2DJI Mavic Mini
QuickShotsDronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, and BoomerangDronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket
Hyperlapse4KNot supported
PanoramaSphere, 180°and Wide-AngleNot supported
EditingEnhanced PhotoNot supported
DownloadingQuickTransfer, Trimmed DownloadNot supported

DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini are fantastic for first-time pilots thanks to the intuitive DJI Fly app, Return to Home function, and a variety of other intelligent features designed to make every flight easy, memorable, and a ton of fun. DJI Mini 2 features the same one-tap QuickShots as Mavic Mini (Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket) and throws Boomerang into the mix. 4K Hyperlapse and Panorama are also added to this new Mini 2 drone, making it possible for beginners to shoot Hollywood-level videos with ease.

Mini 2 also includes the all-new Enhanced Photo. It allows you to download automatically enhanced photos directly in the DJI Fly app, which can be shared to social media almost instantly.

QuickTransfer means you can download content from Mini 2 at a speed of 20 MB/s when Mini 2 is close to your smartphone. By using Trimmed Download, users can easily cut out a segment of a long video to edit and download. Taking your time hunting for the perfect shot and worrying about insufficient storage is no longer a problem.

These new features paired with the DJI Fly app make DJI Mini 2 a much more convenient and powerful camera drone.

DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini?

Mavic Mini is the perfect beginner-drone due to its portability, ease of use, and impressive array of intelligent features. Aerial creativity is simplified thanks to this mini drone.

DJI Mini 2 combines power and portability in a frame that is small but mighty. Offering a safer flight experience, enhanced transmission stability, and better intelligence functions, Mini 2 beats out Mavic Mini across the board. Featuring 4K/30fps video and OcuSync 2.0 transmission technique, Mini 2 is the clear choice for everyday drone pilots.

What are you waiting for? Get your DJI Mini 2 today at the DJI Online Store and make your moments fly!

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If you are looking for a drone with more advanced features, and can stretch your budget a little bit, check out the Mavic Air 2.

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DJI Mini 2 is here – All you need to Know

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DJI Mini 2
Source: DJI.com

The DJI Mini 2, the successor of the Mavic Mini, was announced today by DJI. This time around, DJI has dropped the “Mavic” from the name on its most popular successor to the Mavic Mini. It keeps the most important features of its predecessor though. It’s still low on weight, and more importantly, has an affordable price tag that makes it an enticing option for anyone. What else does it have to offer? Here’s the DJI Mini 2!

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Introducing the Mini 2

Source: DJI

The Mini 2 weighs just 249g like the Mavic Mini. If that number seems odd to you, don’t worry, you’re not the only one who noticed. In fact, the 249g take-off weight is a very deliberate decision on the part of DJI to get around specific requirements and restrictions. 

Any drone weighing more than 250g needs to be registered with transport authorities before you can take them out for a spin. In countries like Canada, you’ll also need to get at least a basic pilot certificate as well. If you don’t want to go through the hassle, even if it is a simple enough process, the Mini 2 is perfect for you.

Camera and Design

The DJI Mini 2 makes the upgrade to a 4K camera drone with a three-axis gimbal. It also comes with a 4x Zoom this time. The higher resolution is something fans of the Mavic Mini were clamouring for, and will be a very welcome addition here. 4K is reason enough to get this affordable drone. Everything else stays the same though. The Mini 2 has the same sensor as its predecessor, a 1/2.3-inch CMOS chip that captures 12MP photos, there might not be a radical improvement in image quality.

Raw power. Yes, you heard that right

The other fan-favorite feature from DJI’s more expensive offerings now comes to the Mini 2 as well. The DJI Mini 2 will be able to shoot DNG raw files, which will definitely impress those looking to shoot great aerial shots. The Mavic Mini could only shoot JPEG images, and while we were happy with the quality, the option of raw shooting gives you so much more flexibility when it comes to editing.

Fly more combo

Mini 2 Flymore Combo

The fly more combo returns as a popular way to get the most out of the new drone. As is the case with the other drones, you get 3 Intelligent Flight batteries, a Propeller Holder, and two extra pairs of propellers, a two-way charging hub, and a shoulder bag to keep both the drone and your accessories safe. This has everything you need to get going.

The Fly More combo is a touch expensive and might feel like an unnecessary expense. However, I can’t recommend this highly enough. If your drone enthusiasm goes even slightly beyond the beginner level, you’ll start buying extra batteries and accessories at some point anyway. The Fly more combo offers everything you’ll need in a convenient package.

What’s new

Great new upgrades from 4K video shots, 4x zoom, OcuSync 2.0 connection for larger range of flying, bigger remote control like the Mavic Air 2.

Final thoughts

The Mini 2 might have dropped the Mavic name, but the great upgrades the affordable drone brings it even closer to the more expensive series. It’s $419 price tag ( Without Fly More ) and features makes it an attractive option for both drone enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Buy Now – DJI Store

If you are looking for a drone with more advanced features, and can stretch your budget a little bit, check out the Mavic Air 2.

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How to setup TeslaMate on your own cloud and domain

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TeslaMate Dash

There are quite a few choices available if you want to track and log your Tesla data. TeslaFi is one of the most popular options around, and you probably use it already. Unfortunately, you’ll also have to share your Tesla token with them, that they will store on their databases, and not many are comfortable doing that.TeslaMate is a powerful, self-hosted data logger for your Tesla. It’s entirely free if you set it up on your local machine. The catch here is that your machine has to always keep running, or you’ll lose all the data. In this comprehensive guide, we are going to walk you through how to set up TeslaMate on your own secure cloud with a custom domain.

Disclaimer: The step-by-step guide below on how to setup TeslaMate on a cloud with your own domain is quite technical. Some technical know-how is recommended before diving in. You’ll also find detailed info about this tool at the developer’s github.

Looking for something else? Don’t forget to check out our roundup of the best Model 3 and Model Y accessories you can get!

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Why TeslaMate?

Before diving into how to setup TeslaMate on the cloud, let’s take a look at why this is for you. TeslaMate is the perfect tool for a data geek who likes to visualize and interpret tons of data from your Tesla. A variety of useful metrics are available, including drive and charging reports, efficiency, energy charts, projected range, charging stats, drive Stats, lifetime driving map, to name just a few. This tool is incredibly feature-packed.

One of its most interesting capabilities that deserves a special mention is geo-fencing. You can set up custom locations like home or work, and set your charge cost tracking accordingly. TeslaMate also lets you import TeslaFi data, so you won’t lose anything if you switch over.

How to setup TeslaMate on your own cloud and domain

1. Create a droplet: The first thing you need to do is create a Droplet (virtual machines that are in multiple configurations of CPU, memory, and SSD) with DigitalOcean.

teslamate cloud setup - creating a droplet
DigitalOcean Droplet Setup

The Basic droplet, which gives you 1GB of memory and costs $5 per month, should be more than enough. After creating the droplet, you will get a unique IPv4 address to access this virtual machine from your terminal or any ftp application. This IP address is extremely important, so please make sure that you save this information.

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2. Set up a custom domain: You’ll have to create a custom domain next. Get a custom domain of choice from GoDaddy or any other domain name provider. You don’t have to go fancy or expensive here unless you really really want to.

Next, go to manage domains > DNS settings. Update your name servers to point to the DigitalOcean name servers ns1.digitalocean.com and ns2.digitalocean.com

3. Head back to the DigitalOcean account. Under the “domains” section, create subdomain records for the two new subdomains you will need.

  • One subdomain will be used for your main dashboard. Ex: dashboard.mydomain.com.
  • The other subdomain will be for your Grafana visualization dashboard. Ex: visuals.mydomain.com

4. Prepare your Docker file and env file:

Create a text file, paste the content below and save as “docker-compose.yml

version: "3"

services:
  teslamate:
    image: teslamate/teslamate:latest
    restart: always
    depends_on:
      - database
    environment:
      - DATABASE_USER=${TM_DB_USER}
      - DATABASE_PASS=${TM_DB_PASS}
      - DATABASE_NAME=${TM_DB_NAME}
      - DATABASE_HOST=database
      - MQTT_HOST=mosquitto
      - VIRTUAL_HOST=${FQDN_TM}
      - CHECK_ORIGIN=true
      - TZ=${TM_TZ}
    volumes:
      - ./import:/opt/app/import
    labels:
      - "traefik.enable=true"
      - "traefik.port=4000"
      - "traefik.http.middlewares.redirect.redirectscheme.scheme=https"
      - "traefik.http.middlewares.auth.basicauth.usersfile=/auth/.htpasswd"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate-insecure.rule=Host(`${FQDN_TM}`)"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate-insecure.middlewares=redirect"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate-ws.rule=Host(`${FQDN_TM}`) && Path(`/live/websocket`)"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate-ws.entrypoints=websecure"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate-ws.tls"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate.rule=Host(`${FQDN_TM}`)"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate.middlewares=auth"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate.entrypoints=websecure"
      - "traefik.http.routers.teslamate.tls.certresolver=tmhttpchallenge"
    cap_drop:
      - all

  database:
    image: postgres:13
    restart: always
    environment:
      - POSTGRES_USER=${TM_DB_USER}
      - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=${TM_DB_PASS}
      - POSTGRES_DB=${TM_DB_NAME}
    volumes:
      - teslamate-db:/var/lib/postgresql/data

  grafana:
    image: teslamate/grafana:latest
    restart: always
    environment:
      - DATABASE_USER=${TM_DB_USER}
      - DATABASE_PASS=${TM_DB_PASS}
      - DATABASE_NAME=${TM_DB_NAME}
      - DATABASE_HOST=database
      - GRAFANA_PASSWD=${GRAFANA_PW}
      - GF_SECURITY_ADMIN_USER=${GRAFANA_USER}
      - GF_SECURITY_ADMIN_PASSWORD=${GRAFANA_PW}
      - GF_AUTH_BASIC_ENABLED=true
      - GF_AUTH_ANONYMOUS_ENABLED=false
      - GF_SERVER_ROOT_URL=https://${FQDN_GRAFANA}
    volumes:
      - teslamate-grafana-data:/var/lib/grafana
    labels:
      - "traefik.enable=true"
      - "traefik.port=3000"
      - "traefik.http.middlewares.redirect.redirectscheme.scheme=https"
      - "traefik.http.routers.grafana-insecure.rule=Host(`${FQDN_GRAFANA}`)"
      - "traefik.http.routers.grafana-insecure.middlewares=redirect"
      - "traefik.http.routers.grafana.rule=Host(`${FQDN_GRAFANA}`)"
      - "traefik.http.routers.grafana.entrypoints=websecure"
      - "traefik.http.routers.grafana.tls.certresolver=tmhttpchallenge"

  mosquitto:
    image: eclipse-mosquitto:1.6
    restart: always
    ports:
      - 127.0.0.1:1883:1883
    volumes:
      - mosquitto-conf:/mosquitto/config
      - mosquitto-data:/mosquitto/data

  proxy:
    image: traefik:v2.3
    restart: always
    command:
      - "--global.sendAnonymousUsage=false"
      - "--providers.docker"
      - "--providers.docker.exposedByDefault=false"
      - "--entrypoints.web.address=:80"
      - "--entrypoints.websecure.address=:443"
      - "--certificatesresolvers.tmhttpchallenge.acme.httpchallenge=true"
      - "--certificatesresolvers.tmhttpchallenge.acme.httpchallenge.entrypoint=web"
      - "--certificatesresolvers.tmhttpchallenge.acme.email=${LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL}"
      - "--certificatesresolvers.tmhttpchallenge.acme.storage=/etc/acme/acme.json"
    ports:
      - 80:80
      - 443:443
    volumes:
      - ./.htpasswd:/auth/.htpasswd
      - ./acme/:/etc/acme/
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro

volumes:
  teslamate-db:
  teslamate-grafana-data:
  mosquitto-conf:
  mosquitto-data:

Next, create another text file, and paste the content below. Save this as a “.env

TM_DB_USER=teslamate
TM_DB_PASS=secret
TM_DB_NAME=teslamate

GRAFANA_USER=admin
GRAFANA_PW=admin

FQDN_GRAFANA=grafana.example.com
FQDN_TM=teslamate.example.com

TM_TZ=America/Edmonton

LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL=yourperson@example.com

Note: Update the .env file above with your desired Grafana user name / PW, FQDN_TM with the first subdomain you created for the main dashboard and FQDN_GRAFANA with the second subdomain you created for the visualization dashboard. Update the TM_TZ with the correct time zone. Get the value for your timezone from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_database_time_zones under the TZ Database name column. Finally, the LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL with your personal email address for getting the “let’s encrypt free SSL certificate” for your domain.

5. Use your desired SFTP-Client like FileZilla to connect to the Droplet using your unique IPv4 address. Upload the docker-compose.yml file, .env file, and create a folder with the name “acme.” Create another folder with the name “import“. You can package all of this into a folder and upload it to the droplet. The screenshots below shows the final state of the folder in your droplet.

FilleZilla connection screen

Choose the protocol, as shown in the image above, enter the IPv4 address in Host from your DigitalOcean Droplet. The username will be “root” and the password for the droplet that was created during the setup of the droplet.

Final state of folder

6. Setup a password for your main dashboard and settings page

Create a text file with the name “htpasswd”. After you move it into the droplet using FileZilla, rename the file to “.htpasswd”.

The text file above contains the same username and password used to access the main dashboard on your domain, in hashed form. This can be generated on http://www.htaccesstools.com/htpasswd-generator/.

An example, this is what a generated hashed username and password looks like:

“username:{SHA}nU4eI71bcnBGqeO0t9tXvY1u5oQ=”

Generate htpasswd

7.Log into your virtual machine via the Terminal

ssh root@<ipaddress of digital ocean machine> 

Enter the password for the root user of the cloud machine.

Next you will install the application with the below command,

docker-compose up -d

8. Open your Internet browser and type in your domain urls created from pervious step to access both the sites:

  • https://dashboard.mydomain.com (TeslaMate Dashboard and Settings site)
  • https://visuals.mydomain.com (Grafana site)

9. TeslaMate Dashboard and Settings site will need the username and password you chose when creating .htpasswd.

Use your Tesla account credentials on the below screen,

TeslaMate Dashboard

10. Access your Grafana site, use the username and password you entered in the .env file for GRAFANA_USER and GRAFANA_PW.

Grafana Dashboard

11. Upgrade to newer versions, this can be done with the pull command,

docker-compose down
 docker-compose pull
 docker-compose up -d

Already have TeslaFi? Here’s how to import your data!

Download your TeslaFi data from TeslaFi and upload all the data csv files for each month all at once into the import folder we created.

Then stop and restart your docker with the below commands,

docker-compose down
 docker-compose up -d

Navigate to the dashboard url on your browser and click import.

Once done remove the files from the import folder and stop and restart the docker with the same commands as above.

Setting up TeslaMate on a cloud with a custom domain is a touch complicated. If you run into any issues during the setup process, please reach out to us via the comments section below and we’ll be happy to help.

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How much does it cost to maintain a Tesla Model 3?

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Tesla Service
Image Source: Tesla

The Model 3 might be the cheapest car Tesla has to offer, but it comes with a rather hefty price tag when compared to a slew of far more budget-friendly options that run on gasoline. As we all know, the cost of a vehicle isn’t just about a price tag. Fuel costs can add up, depending on how much you drive, and maintenance bills can pile up if you aren’t careful. A Tesla car may be expensive to start with, but do you see significant gains in the long run? How much does it cost to run and maintain a Tesla Model 3? Let’s find out!

Don’t forget to check out our roundups of the must-have accessories to get for the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 as well. We also provide access to excellent deals, promo codes, and offers over at our Deals hub!

Tesla services have become much better!

Over the years, the service side of things associated with owning a Tesla has become much better. With remote monitoring, self-diagnostic systems, and mobile service, there’s not a lot that has to go into it on your part. The Model 3 doesn’t even have a fixed service interval or required checkup periods. The “every 5,000km” check that we would do with cars running on gas aren’t a thing with a Tesla.

One of the main reasons for this is the fact that there aren’t nearly as many moving parts in a Tesla as there are in a regular car. Oil changes, spark plug replacements, and obviously, emission checks, are all things of the past. Even the brake pads don’t suffer as much wear and tear because of the regenerative braking system found in most electric cars nowadays. There’s actually a lot you can do yourself to maintain your Model 3. Tesla has a comprehensive DIY guide available that is definitely worth going through. 

Recommended service activities

Tesla Mobile Service
Image Source: Tesla.com

Of course, it’s still a car and some servicing is needed no matter what. It might not be the standard services at a garage you might be used to though.

Replacing the cabin air filter

Your Tesla comes with an air filter that prevents pollen, industrial fallout, road dust, and other particles from entering through the vents. The company recommends replacing this cabin air filter every 2 years, and can be found at any Tesla service center. It’s priced at $34 for a pair of filters, which isn’t too bad. However, there is sometimes a long waiting period to get them, so be sure to plan ahead.

You can do this on your own as well, and can even get cheaper alternatives on Amazon, like the WJM Cabin Air Filter. You can find detailed instructions on how to go about it here. There are also plenty of useful videos on YouTube that will walk you through the process.

WJM Cabin Air Filter
WJM Cabin Air Filter 

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Getting a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter

Not every model comes with a HEPA filter. For now, this is found with the Model S and Model X, and only if you get the Bio-defence package. But if your car does, keep in mind that you’ll probably need to replace it every 3 years. There’s no reason why you can’t get this filter for the Model 3/Y as well, even if you will have to rely on third-party sellers.

HEPA Cabin Air Filters for Model 3 & Y from Abstract Ocean

Made as a perfect replacement for the factory filters (p/n 1107681-00-A), these add 3M HEPA filter media and activated carbon to keep the air inside your Model 3/Y beautifully clean.

The project is moderately easy, but does require the removal of a trim piece, and the location of the cabin filters is awkward, and made more frustrating than it should be by a poorly placed retaining screw. After they’re installed, there’s no noticeable change in air flow or load on the AC motor.

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Tire rotation, balance, and wheel alignment

Tesla suggests getting your tired rotated, balanced, and aligned after every 16,000 to 20,000km. It goes without saying, of course, that driving aggressively or on adverse terrains will result in faster tire wear. So keep that in mind when considering how often you’ll need to get your tires serviced. Unbalanced and misaligned wheels will not only reduce tire life, but also affects handling and the car’s steering components.

Since I’m in Canada, I also need winter tires for my car. Luckily, I’ve been able to set up a deal where I get my car tires rotated and balanced for free at my local KalTire store, since I bought a set of winters from them. If you need to pay for the tire service, it’ll set you back around $100. You can get this done with any local mechanic too. However, the Model 3/Y needs a special puck to jack lift the car. These, like the Jack Adaptors, are quite easily available on Abstract Ocean.

AO Jack Adaptors for Tesla Model 3 Model Y

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Doing a brake fluid test

You’ll have to get a brake fluid test to check for contamination done every couple of years and replace it if needed. This will cost between $100 and $120. You can also find out the condition of the brake fluid on your own with easy-to-use Phoenix Systems brake fluid strips.

Phoenix Systems 8006-B Double-Ended Brake Fluid Test Strips

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Getting an air conditioning service

An air conditioning service replaces the desiccant to help the longevity and efficiency of the system. This service is potentially required every couple of years for the Model S and 4 years for the Model X. If you have the Model 3, you only have to worry about the AC service every 6 years. This will set you back anywhere between $50 and $75, depending on the condition of the car and where you live.

Preparing for winter

If you live in a place where the temperature drops below freezing in winter, there’s some extra care you’ll have to take to make sure that your car runs smoothly. Tesla suggests cleaning and lubricating all brake calipers every 12 months, or after 20,000km, in these places. You can get this done at your local Tesla service center, and can cost anywhere between $125 and $175.

Keeping the car charged isn’t expensive

We’ve looked at some long-term service requirements to keep your Model 3 in pristine condition. But there are some costs that will be a lot more often. The main thing that will come up regularly is the cost of keeping the car charged.

As a Tesla owner, you’ll likely be aware that the company, and most electric car makers, recommend charging the battery up to the 80% mark when it comes to everyday use. Charging the battery to this level gives a range of around 400km, since I have the long-range variant of the Model 3. So a “full tank” or an 80% charge sets me back a surprisingly cheap $14 in Ontario. And that’s only because I head to a supercharger to top up, since I don’t have a charger at home. A typical home charge in Toronto costs around $0.02 per km. So you can up to 80% for just $8.

Let’s do some math!

Let’s look at a six-year period. In that time, you’ll need one AC service, three brake fluid tests, and will have to replace the air cabin filter at least thrice. Rounding up, that’ll be around $600. Other charges, like a tire service, depends on where and how much you drive. For me, with a yearly average of 10,000kms, I’ll need a tire service every 2 years. Finally, because I live in Canada, I’ll definitely need a winter service done every year. So that’s an additional $1000 for six years. All said and done, we’re looking at around $2400 in total for a six-year time frame.

How much does it cost to maintain and run a Tesla Model 3?

Tesla Model 3

So as you can see, Tesla’s claim of long-term savings certainly holds true, despite the comparatively expensive price point of the car. Every necessary service is at least two years away for any new owner, so it’s basically zero maintenance costs for the first 24 months. The only cost you’ll have is with regards to charging, which comes to around $350 a year for me for 10,000km. Again, that’s because I always supercharge since I live in an apartment with no home charging options. If you’re worried about not having a charger at home, you shouldn’t. Of course, there are also a bunch of Model 3 accessories you might need, but that’s entirely optional.

At the end of the day, it works out to around $2400 for six-years, or approximately $400 annually. That is significantly cheaper than what you’d spend on a standard car, especially once you’re out of the 3 to 5 year service warranty period that most car makers provide. The Model 3 can be compared to the likes of the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4. However, with those “regular” cars, you’re looking at a six-years maintenance cost of around $6750, according to Edmunds. If nothing else, this article should certainly help ease any concerns you might have about long-term costs adding up.

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A review of the Jeda wireless pad for the Tesla Model 3/Y

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Jeda Wireless Pad

Jeda was one of the first to make a wireless charging pad for the Tesla Model 3/Y. The first-gen accessory was greeted with mixed reviews though, with users taking issue with its size, thickness, and grip (or lack thereof). Now in latest third iteration, the Jeda wireless pad has been redesigned with customer feedback in mind. At least on the surface, it seems far better poised to be the go-to wireless charging solution that every Model 3/Y owner is looking for. What’s new and does it manage to deliver? Here is our quick hands-on review of the Jeda wireless pad for the Tesla Model 3/Y!

The Jeda Wireless Pad V3 is the only charger which provides an OEM wired charging option, perfect for non-Qi devices or when you simply want a wired connection, thanks to the Jeda Spacer.

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Don’t forget to check out our roundups of the must-have accessories to get for the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 as well. We also provide access to excellent deals, promo codes, and offers over at our Deals hub!

What’s in the box?

The packaging is simple, falling right in line with the heavy-on-minimalism nature of the Tesla Model 3/Y. Open the box and you see the charging pad. Underneath are two USB-A or USB-C ( depending on the version of your car ) to microUSB cables that help power it, and there’s nothing else to it. A three-step setup guide is printed on the inside packaging with instructions that should be easy for anyone to follow.

Design

While many companies promise to pay close attention to customer feedback, only a few actually follow through with that claim. Luckily, Jeda falls squarely in the latter category. There’s no better testament to that fact than the redesign of the second-generation charging pad. Its predecessor was certainly functional, but looked like an add-on as opposed to a natural part of the car. The second-gen charger takes care of that with a textured finish and color that seamlessly blends in with the central console.

The surface of the pad is now made with a high-quality TPU and comes with a ridged pattern to ensure that grip, which was a big issue with the first generation pad, is no longer a concern. Installing the wireless pad is as easy as it can get. Simply plug it into the two USB ports using the included cables and place it below the console. Once installed, there are no unseemly wires poking out and nothing that looks out of place.

In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice that the Jeda wireless pad is an accessory and not an integral part of the car. That’s something we should expect from all our car accessories, and it a huge positive that a third-party accessory maker was able to nail it.

How it works

Of course, aesthetics only takes you so far if the charger doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. Once again, Jeda more than delivers in this regard. Not only is it a big step up from the previous model, but it manages to go above and beyond what a lot of the competition offers.

That starts with the fact that you can comfortably charge your phone in both portrait and landscape. There are three positions – two vertical and one horizontal – that you can place the phone in to get charging. Of course, you won’t be able to charge two phones simultaneously if you place one in the landscape orientation.

As far as the charging speed is concerned, the two front USB’s are capable of providing up to 7.5W, so that’s what you get with with the Jeda. This ensures normal charging with phones like the iPhone X and above. If you have a phone capable of 15W fast wireless charging, like the new Samsung flagships, you’ll have to connect a cable to the car’s DC (lighter) port.

One final feature that shows that Jeda really has kept the customer in mind, is with the inclusion of holes to allow wired charging by keeping one of the USB ports free. You will need an extra accessory – a spacer – for the cable to fit properly though. It’s definitely worth the extra investment if you or a family member has a smartphone that doesn’t support qi-wireless charging. It’s a simple but thoughtful extra that helps maintain the aesthetic. And just another reason why the Jeda wireless pad is one of the best.

Jeda Wireless Pad with iPhone X

Should you get one?

The Jeda Wireless charging pad will set you back $99, which is admittedly quite pricey. However, if you’re looking for a wireless charging pad for the Model 3/Y, it doesn’t get much better than this. The re-design is almost perfect and seamlessly fits into the car. And if there’s one thing that Jeda has proved, it’s that customer feedback can be invaluable.

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7 must-have Tesla Model 3 accessories

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Tesla Model 3
A gift from Elon - Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s USP for the interior of the car is minimalism. While that makes for an elegant look, you might end up needing a bunch of official and third-party accessories to make the most out of the car. That’s certainly been my experience. After owning the car for over a year, here are some of my favorite Tesla Model 3 accessories that I use every day!

Look to accessorize your Tesla Model Y instead? Don’t forget to check out our roundup of the best Model Y accessories you can get. We also have a fantastic roundup of all the accessories you’ll need to go camping in Tesla Model 3 or Model Y. Finally, check out all the promo codes and offers that are currently available at our Tesla Deals hub!

The best Tesla Model 3 accessories:

  1. Tesmanian floor mats
  2. SanDisk Extreme portable SSD
  3. Elon Accessories screen protector
  4. Abstract Ocean center console shell
  5. Anker 4-port USB hub
  6. Topfit Performance foot pedal
  7. BougeRV full car cover

Tesmanian Tesla Model 3 floor mats

The Tesla Model 3 doesn’t come with floor mats, and even those available with the high-trim variant are quite basic. If you’re hoping to keep your car clean at all, this is an absolutely essential accessory to get. And one of the best in this field is the Tesmanian all-weather floor mats for the Tesla Model 3.

The best part is how perfectly these floor mats fit. Each and every mat, which includes the driver and passenger side options, second-row covers, and mats for the frunk and trunk, fit like a well-contoured glove. The large rear trunk mat can easily be folded up when needed, and is designed to allow easy access to the lower trunk. You also get well-fitted liners for the lower trunk and frunk to keep out dust and help with any unfortunate spillage. 

It’s not just about the fantastic fit of course. The liners also protect the Model 3’s floors incredibly well. Given the big sidewalls, they will likely hold a lot of liquid, dirt, and snow too. Cleaning them is pretty easy too. Just wash them down or use a power hose to get rid of any dust or salt accumulation.

Overall, the Tesmanian Model 3 floor mats are arguably some of the best in the market today. If you plan to order, the wait isn’t long either. They ship most of their orders within 24 hours. 

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SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

SanDisk SSD - best model 3 accessories

To make the best use of your in-built DashCam and to capture proper videos when the car is in Sentry mode, a fast-write USB drive or an SSD is ideal. The Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD is affordable, reliable, rugged, and portable, and has worked perfectly since the V10 update from Tesla. It’s fast enough to record Sentry mode videos, and has more storage space and faster performance than competing options. While higher storage options are available, going all the way up to 2TB, most can comfortably get by with the 250GB version.

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Elon Accessories- [Version 2] Premium quality screen protector for the Tesla Model 3/Y

With both the Model 3 and Model Y, the 15″ touchscreen is the only thing that you’ll interact with. From navigation and car settings to music and climate control, it’s all done on this one screen. So of course, it’s extremely important to keep this piece of tech in pristine condition for as long as possible. The best way to do that? With the Tesla Model 3/Y touchscreen protector from Elon Accessories.

The highly-transparent screen protector comes with a matte finish that makes it anti-glare and fingerprint-resistant. It’s obviously a perfect fit, and the pain of installing a screen protector is gone, courtesy of an incredibly helpful installation kit. Guide stickers, dust absorbers, wet and dry cleaning wipes, and a squeeze to remove air bubbles, are all available. You also get some fun cards to hand out to people who park poorly and don’t have a car that can automatically park itself.

The overall quality and the package is definitely one the best I have seen for any aftermarket accessory. I would strongly recommend this screen protector for your Model 3. For a limited time only, use promo code ELECTRIC to get 10% off on any order when buying directly from Elon Accessories.

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Abstract Ocean center console shell for the Model 3

The glossy center console of the Model 3 is great to look at, but is, unfortunately, a fingerprint and smudge magnet. It’s practically impossible to keep in great condition without constant cleaning. One workaround that many will adopt is a center console shell.

Our recommendation is the center console shell from Abstract Ocean. This is made with rigid plastic and comes with a satin carbon fiber finish. Keep in mind that the carbon fiber finish is just one of many options you can choose from. Noteworthy is the fact that this accessory doesn’t hinder the keycard scan functionality in any way. It’s a hard shell, so the installation is quick and easy. It takes less than 10 minutes to transform your center console, with no glare, fingerprints, or dust accumulation to worry about.

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Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Data Hub

Anker USB Hub

The two USB drives that are built into the Model 3 might not be enough for some people. Both ports get used if you connect a wireless charging pad, and you might have multiple devices to charge at the same time. This is where the Anker USB hub comes in. Four high-speed USB slots let you connect an SSD drive, a wireless charging pad, and charge another device in one shot. Its slim design means that it fits well within the center console. This is one of the Tesla Model 3 accessories that you must get, especially if you plan to use Sentry mode.

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Topfit non-slip Performance foot pedal 

TopFit Tesla Model 3 Pedal - best accessories

You don’t have to get the Model 3 Performance version to enjoy some of its design features with your standard model. If you particularly like the look of aluminum foot pedals, this option from Topfit is the one I’d recommend. It’s the closest to the OEM iteration and is an excellent fit. Keep in mind that installing these foot pedals can be a little tricky as the rubber is quite tough. It’s definitely worth the effort though.

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BougeRV Full Car Cover for Tesla Model 3

best Tesla Model 3 accessories - bougeRV full car cover

This universal outdoor cover does a great job with protecting your Tesla Model 3. It keeps everything from harmful UV rays and industrial pollutants, to dust, snow, and even bird droppings away. Its soft cotton lining protects the car from scratches, and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The ventilated mesh design is a unique and attractive feature that will help with airflow and keep your battery properly conditioned. It also comes with a charge port flap to charge your car when it’s under the cover.

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