I've been traveling weekly between San Diego and San Jose for work. This time around, I brought the DJI Mavic Pro with me in my laptop/camera bag. I packed this single bag full of camera gear, clothes for 2.5 days and 2 Macbook Pros. The weight of the bag was pretty significant, but nothing out of the ordinary when I travel. I've packed the mavic in my bag before with no issues. This one trip however, things came apart when I got to my hotel to unpack. Before traveling I rolled my Mavic into one of my shirts and placed it into one of the padded compartments. As I began to unpack and unfold my Mavic, one of the legs was cracked off and dangling by the antenna. I never thought that this would happen!!!! Below is a photo of the cracked off Mavic leg and the antenna that goes inside of the leg.
I was of course in total shock that this happened. The only thing I can think of is that some way or some how, there must have be some major pressure in my bag that had been pushing down on one of the legs. Even though this was definitely not the sight I wanted to see as I unpacked, I quickly looked into DJI Repair to get it fixed.
First thing I did was I logged into DJI.com and navigated to the support tab. I looked for the Live Chat option and chatted with a DJI agent.
I told the agent my situation and they looked up my DJI Mavic Pro serial number as well asked if I had DJI Referesh. I told him I did have the Refresh program and gave him my Mavic serial number over chat. The agent told me to fill out a Send in for Repair form in order to process the drone into their system. I filled out the 'Send in for Repair' form for my Mavic. Once I submitted my information, DJI said they would review my submission and send me a shipping label to mail back my Mavic.
DJI emails me a UPS prepaid shipping label to send back the Mavic to their service center. Because I was on the road for work, I couldn't actually send the Mavic in until December 9th.
DJI emails me a UPS prepaid shipping label to send back the Mavic to their service center.
DJI sends me an email that they have received the Mavic and gives me a case number. They include a list of items received. Another email came in saying they have evaluated my Mavic.
DJI emailed and said they have evaluated the craft. Because I have DJI Refresh, the Mavic is covered and I had to pay a service charge for processing the craft.
The very next day, I got 2 emails from DJI. The first saying that my repairs have been made, and the second saying that they tested the Mavic and will be shipping it within the next 2 days.
DJI ships my Mavic and provides a tracking number for my package.
I receive my DJI Mavic and examine the repairs. After looking closely, I come to find out that they didn't fix the leg. DJI actually sent me a completely new aircraft. AWESOME!! They sent me my Mavic back with the broken piece in the box. A note that states all repairs have been made.
I took the Mavic out for a test flight to make sure everything was good to go. I had to resync the RC with the Mavic before flight. After a calibration and preflight checklist was complete, I took flight. Everything was as good as new during testing.
I was very impressed with DJI's customer service and turn around time. I know they had issues in years past, so I was concerned about the process. Overall, they came through and exceeded my expectations. Is this a rare account? I know some people online have had their issues, but until that happens to me, I will report my current experiences.
Yes, the DJI Mavic is small, portable and extremely versatile. But with this compact size, remember that everything is smaller and more fragile. I only blame myself for overpacking my bag and I could have most likely done a little more to ensure a safer transport in my bag but I didn't. In the future, I plan on using either my hard case when possible, our when traveling light, will look at smaller well padded bags to transport it in. Lesson learned on my part.
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