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What to Consider When Buying Commercial Drones

Posted by Conor Ferguson on Jul 9, 2021 3:45:32 PM
Conor Ferguson

Purchasing commercial drones is a major investment for any business. Of course you want to be careful how you spend your money -- your ability to deliver results for your customers or clients depends on purchasing the best commercial drones possible.

But with so many options available online, it can be difficult to know which features or elements are most important when deciding on commercial drones. How do you know what to prioritize? What’s really going to impact your business in the short term and in the future? 

Buying commercial drones: The most important factors

As a team of drone experts and users who have provided commercial drones to businesses across the United States, we’ve identified these factors as the most important to consider when purchasing commercial drones.

Specs and performance

Ultimately, your drone won’t be able to deliver what your business needs without a level of performance -- and specific specs that accompany that performance. But even the term “performance” is a bit subjective. What does it mean? What’s really important for your business? Let’s dig a little deeper into a few of the core areas that are especially important for companies looking at commercial drones. 

Payload capabilities

Your commercial drones should be able to easily handle heavy industrial loads. And be careful here. Some drones may technically be able to handle heavier payloads; however, they may not be designed specifically for heavy industrial payloads. You want commercial drones that are designed for the specific uses you’ll be deploying. Not something that “could possibly” handle them. 

Collision avoidance

Commercial drones are an investment, and protecting that investment is essential. Collision avoidance is an essential feature for your commercial drones to protect from the most obvious (and often, damaging) accident possible. Look even closer, and you’ll find that some drones have front collision avoidance, while others have 360-degree collision avoidance. Your choice will depend on the specific needs and budget of your business. 

Lens quality

Without a high-powered lens, the quality of your images and video won’t deliver on the needs of your business and customers. For example, here at WISPr, our drones offer 20+ megapixel cameras and even thermal cameras. Depending on your needs and wants, you’ll want to prioritize the specific camera features your organization will need to deliver. 

Cost

Cost is always going to be a factor, and will likely sit near the top of the list for most organizations. It can be easy to look for the lowest price and assume that those commercial drones will meet your needs. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll see that there is such a wide variance of features, quality, and support that accompany those different prices. 


And with such a wide variety of commercial drones available at those low prices, going with the lowest-priced commercial drones can sometimes cost your business more money in the long run! This actually leads us to the next factor... 

Quality

Ultimately, a poorly designed or built drone is more likely to need parts or replacement. From the actual quality of the parts to how commercial drones are built, to the quality of data provided by your drones, there are so many factors that influence the overall quality of your drone - and your return on investment. 


WISPr drones have rugged designs and are built to handle the most demanding needs of our customers. They are designed and built here in the USA, which allows us to closely monitor every step of our drone production. That also means we’re able to offer incredibly competitive pricing -- we manage every step of the process to keep costs down and ensure the highest quality.

The end result speaks for itself - less frequent repairs, fewer accidents, and a longer lifespan for your drones.


Regardless of which commercial drones you buy, it’s essential that you research the manufacturer of those drones. Ensure that they hold themselves to the highest level of standards, so that you can rest easy knowing that you are spending your money on the best quality drone within your budget.

Support

Oftentimes, you purchase commercial drones and are on your own. If something happens to the drone, you’re either fighting with a warranty provider or outsourced customer service, or you’re left on your own to find someone who can hopefully make repairs. 


At WISPr, we offer an exceptional maintenance plan to get ahead of repairs and ensure that your commercial drones continue to operate at the highest level for a LONG time. And our USA-based customer support team is here to answer questions and help you get the most value from your WISPr drones. 


Also, our cloud software is proprietary -- it was specifically built for your needs, and will effectively store your data and deliver it to end users. It works the way it should, so you don’t have to worry. 


We’re extremely proud of the support we offer at WISPr, and we suggest you hold ANY commercial drone provider to that same standard of support. 

Maximize your commercial drones investment

We prioritize quality and support here at WISPr, and are proud to partner with our customers to ensure they are receiving the exact drones they need to deliver results. Our team of experts can help you choose the best drone for your needs and budget. To learn more, contact us today. 

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