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2023 Amazon Prime Day: the best drone deals


It’s like Christmas (or, let’s say, Black Friday) in July. 2023 Amazon Prime Day kicks off today. The two-day sale has all sorts of deals on everything from kitchen appliances to clothes to toys, but drone pilots should get excited for new toys of their own. That’s because 2023 Amazon Prime Day has brought with it plenty of deals on drones and drone-related products.

Here’s your ultimate guide to the best 2023 Amazon Prime Day deals on drones (and other drone-adjacent stuff). And if you’ve found a great deal I haven’t yet spotted that you think other drone pilots might love, leave a comment below!

Note that some of these deals require you to be an Amazon Prime member, which entails a membership fee. But, you can easily become a Prime member for “free” by signing up for a free, 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here (just remember to cancel once the items have shipped if you don’t intend to keep paying for Prime membership).

Save $260 on the DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo

The DJI Air 2S is considered my “upgrade pick” in my guide to the best drones under $1,000, and here’s the real deal: the standalone Air 2S is just $681 for 2023 Amazon Prime Day. But should you upgrade for all the bells and whistles of the Fly More Combo (meaning spare batteries, propellers, a bag, ND filters and more) the deal is even better.

Normally $1,300, the DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo is on sale for 20% off at just $1,039.

Considering this drone features a powerful gimbal holding a 5.4K camera, 31 minutes of flight time, as well as obstacle avoidance and preprogrammed flight modes (not to mention it’s easy to fly), this is a steal.

24% off the DJI Mini 3 Pro

DJI Mini 3 Pro
Sally French, The Drone Girl, reviews the DJI Mini 3 Pro in May 2022.

Normally $909, this killer deal brings the DJI Mini 3 Pro (with DJI RC) down to just $694, for a total of 24% off. This drone is considered my overall best drone for photographers, offering everything you want in a drone: excellent image quality, incredibly small and light, super simple to set up and get in the air — and best of all, it’s safe and stress-free to fly.

This configuration also comes with the DJI RC, which takes the former DJI RC-N1 and adds some major upgrades — most notably a built-in screen, which means you don’t need to connect a smartphone in order to get your drone up and running.

To get in on the Amazon version of the sale, you must be an Amazon Prime member. However, here’s a better way to get the same deal without even having Prime membership: buy it from B&H Photo. The New York-based photo retailer is running the same exact deal (including free shipping) except one key difference: there’s no membership required to get in on it.

$60 off the Potensic ATOM SE

For an alternative drone to DJI that also costs less than $500, look to the Potensic ATOM SE, which is 20% off for the next two days on Amazon. This is the kind of drone that a beginner or just a casual drone pilot might be interested in for

The Potensic ATOM SE Fly More Combo includes a carrying case and two batteries, totaling flight time up to 62 minutes. It can fly out as far as 4 km.

Note that like DJI products, this one is also made in China. This Prime Day, it’s $60 off, down to $240 (normally $300).

Huge savings on electronics accessories from Amazon Basics (many cost less than $5!) for 2023 Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Basics is Amazon’s original private label brand, and its products are generally just as quality (and practically carbon copies, aside from the skin and packaging) as the brand names. This 2023 Amazon Prime Day, many electronics items are on huge sale — and these are the types of things that are super nice to have sitting around the house. Here are among the best Amazon Basics deals this year (and many of them cost less that $5):

46% off rechargeable batteries ($12.52)

Buy them once, and you don’t have to buy batteries again — giving their recharging powers (okay, maybe not again for EVERYONE, but probably so, as they can be recharged up to 1000 times with minimal power loss). Buy them once this week, and they’re nearly half off. Get them now for just $13 (normally $23).

60% off Amazon Basics 12W One Port USB-A Wall Charger 2 -Pack ($4.77)

For all those RC transmitters and batteries that charge via USB (not to mention your smartphone), it’s convenient to have these hanging out in your wall outlets to make them USB chargers (it charges up to 120 volts). Not only is this Wall Charger less than $5, but it’s a two pack, meaning you get two for under $5 (that’s 60% off). What a steal.

Amazon Basics Indoor Extension Cord Power Strip – 6-Foot ($4.12)

Another nice-to-have item sitting around in every room — an extension cord power strip. This one is 6-feet long. And, it’s tough to go wrong as it’s under $5 once the 31% discount kicks in.

Amazon Basics Smart In-Wall Outlet ($14.24)

Once you go smart outlet, you can’t go back! This is an easy way to upgrade from your traditional outlet to one that allows you to add voice control to your home. And once installed, you can schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically, or control them remotely when you’re away.

Note, this requires Alexa to work. This Prime Day, it’s 35% off, bringing the $22 price down to just $14.

Huge savings on the best microSD cards

A few of the top picks in my guide to the best microSD cards for drones are on huge sale for Amazon Prime Day 2023. Some standouts are:

64% off the Samsung Pro Endurance MicroSD card

The Samsung PRO Endurance is a great pick for not just drones, but also other products with similarly rigorous demands including surveillance cameras, dashboard cameras, doorbell cameras and body cameras.

The Endurance line is designed to last longer than the cards in the Pro Plus line. Though they come with a tradeoff: they aren’t as fast as their counterpart, the Samsung microSD PRO Plus. PRO Endurance have read and write speeds of up to 100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 40 MB/s, respectively. PRO Plus have 180 MB/s and 130 MB/s, respectively.

These memory cards are also pretty expensive giving their quality, normally $55. But for the next two days, they’re 64% off, down to just $19.99.

60% off the SanDisk 512GB Extreme microSDXC

The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC™ UHS-I Cards are intended for extreme durability, designed to function well under challenging environmental conditions. Unlike the above Samsung Pro Endurance, this card has extremely fast speeds.

This one is also extremely spendy (normally $130 for the 512GB version). But at 60% off for Prime Day, it’s down to just $51.

Get a $200 gift card upon approval for Amazon’s Prime Visa Card

Ready for a new credit card? Now through July 26, 2023, Amazon Prime members will get a $200 Amazon Gift Card instantly upon approval for Prime Visa — no other spending requirement needed.

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card is a no-brainer for people who already regularly shop on Amazon, as it has a $0 annual fee, and it offers a straightforward 5% back year-round at Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods Market with an eligible Prime membership. Consider it a 5% discount on everything you buy on Amazon — stackable with other discounts too.

Other 2023 Amazon Prime Day deals I love

None of the below items are really drone-related at all, but I’m sharing them just because I love them, and they have a connection to my Drone Girl life in some way! I love them, so I figured you might find value in these deals too:

$69 off the OXO Brew 9 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker ($161, normally $230)

I am a coffee addict, and I personally use this coffee maker! It’s just so low effort and simple to use with a self-brew and count up timer. Though, for this mega discount, you must be an Amazon Prime member.

$70 off the GoPro HERO11 Action Camera

Sorry DJI Osmo Action, but it’s actually GoPro that tends to outperform DJI when it comes to tiny, waterproof action cameras. Holding DJI’s Osmo Action can be a wise move if you already own DJI drones and want to stay in the DJI ecosystem. However, if you’re purely seeking the best action camera there is, you’ll want the GoPro HERO11.

It’s larger image sensor makes it especially good for filming in low-light environments. Plus, it can shoot both vertical and horizontal formats at the same time, which is great if you want standard video but also want footage for social media.

This Amazon Prime Day 2023, it’s $70 off (that’s 30% off), bring the $420 price down to just $350.

20% off Fitbit Inspire 3

I’m also a health and fitness nut, and I am addicted to my Fitbit! The Our Fitbit Inspire 3 is the best one on the market these days given its accuracy, lightweight size and impressive, week-long battery life. Plus, it is water-resistant down to 50 meters (that’s about 165 feet!).

Get it now on Amazon for 20% off (now just $80, normally $100).

30% off the Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station

This is great for charging drones when you don’t otherwise have access to power, such as for camping trips. This portable power station is easily the best of its kind. It weighs 33 pounds and is powerful enough to support laptops, cameras, drones and other electronics as they charge.

Port options include AC, USB-A, and USB-C. It has a rated max output of 1,800 W and a rated capacity of 1,488 Wh.

And even if you’re not camping, this is great to have on hand at home in case the power goes out and in other emergency situations — especially if storms put out the power for extended periods of time.

Prices have never been this low on this model. Normally $1,700, it’s on sale for just $1,189.

Other drone deals from Amazon competitors capitalizing on 2023 Amazon Prime Day

The great thing about this year’s 2023 Amazon Prime Day is how many other online retailers are trying to get in on the deal. Luckily for consumers, the sales aren’t exclusive to just Amazon, and many other drone websites are offering similar (and often, better) deals. Here are other drone deals you should know about on other websites (including Autel, Zulily, B&H Photo and GetFPV) that are running in tandem with 2023 Amazon Prime Day:

10% off everything on Autel’s website

Now through Wednesday, July 12 (that’s also the second and final day of Amazon Prime Day 2023), you’ll receive 10% off orders made directly from Autel’s website when you use coupon code “INSALE10” at checkout.

This deal is consistent and straightforward. All drones sold on Autel’s online store are eligible for the 2023 Autel sale as long as you enter that “INSALE10” promo code.

$70 off LED display for DJI Goggles

Okay, now this is just an EPIC way to turn heads.

If you have DJI Goggles, you need this. Called the Lumenier CYBERMECH LED Visor for DJI FPV Goggles, it’s a full-color, customizable LED display designed to function with the DJI FPV Goggles. It can display your own, custom color animations, images and text — all from the front of your FPV goggles.

Get this, and there will be no pilot more stylin than you. And it’s on huge sale, down to just $50 (normally $130).

Resale Sony cameras from B&H Photo

As drone pilots continuously embrace the Sony Alpha series of cameras, here’s a deal. These cameras weren’t initially built for drones, but lately they integrate with not just Sony’s own Airpeak drone, but other drones such as those from Skyfish. There are a bunch of great deals on like-new (aka gently used) cameras from B&H. They include:

$13 Baby Yoda drone deal

And to finish out my deals guide, here’s the goofiest, cutest drone of them all: a Baby Yoda (okay, officially Grogu) toy drone. Get it right now on Zulily for just $13 (normally $20).