Tomorrow is the big day — the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And if you’re in the market for discounts on drones, you’re in luck: the Black Friday 2023 drone deals are abundant this year.
And happily, many of the Black Friday 2023 drone deals have been announced early, allowing you to get an advanced grip on tackling your loved ones’ holiday wish lists. In fact, some of the sales have already started. Don’t worry though, I’ll be updating The Drone Girl again tomorrow with fresh deals — because some companies do save their best for the actual day.
Here’s a breakdown of the best Black Friday 2023 drone deals I’ve seen so far:
The best Black Friday drone deals
If you’re seeking out a new drone, now is the time. Drones of every kind are for sale — from camera drones to follow-me drones to racing drones. Here is the best of the best Black Friday 2023 drone deals:
Up to $170 DJI drones and other gear (and free gifts with purchase)
There’s a huge DJI sale happening over at B&H Photo, which promises not just dollar discounts, but also some free gifts with purchase on certain items. You can browse all the DJI B&H deals here, but among the highlights are $100 off the DJI FPV Combo (was $999, not $899).
Then, there are a bunch of offers for a free gift with purchase, which makes it fun to get a little something on top. Some of the top gift with purchase offers from B&H are:
- Purchase the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo for $599, and receive a free Freewell All-Day Lens Filter Bundle ($100 value)
- Purchase the DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo for $359 (yes, that’s $170 off the usual price of $529) and you’ll also receive a free DJI Magnetic Protective Case ($18 value)
- Purchase the DJI Action 2 Power Combo for $279 (yes, that’s $120 off the usual price of $399) and you’ll also receive a free DJI Magnetic Protective Case ($18 value)
$200 off Skydio 2 drone kits
35% off Autel EVO drones
I’ve outlined the full details of the Autel Black Friday 2022 sale in a separate post, but among the highlights are 35% off the Autel EVO Nano+ drone, as well as up to 35% off the Autel EVO Lite+ drone. Pricing marginally varies based on what kit you get, but most are 35% off. This is higher than the last time Autel offered a similar sale earlier this summer (when the same two drones were just 20% off), so now is a far better time to pick up an Autel drone if you’ve been waiting.
The sale prices are valid both on Autel’s website and on Amazon.
- Purchase the Autel EVO Lite+ drone now from Amazon.
- Purchase the Autel EVO Lite+ drone now directly from Autel.
Up to 90% off clearance from GetFPV
For the drone pilot who either builds their own gear, is passionate about drone racing, or wants to get into one (or both) of those things, head over to the online shop at GetFPV.
I broke down my top GetFPV deal finds in a full blog post over here, but I’ll also save you a click and highlight some of my favorites right here: just $3 for Think Tank Photo’s LiPo battery holder, 50% off the 12-piece TS100 Soldering Iron Kit and 20% off the Flywoo HEXplorer 4S 4″ LR Hexa-copter.
15% off all Built-In-House, Ready-To-Fly racing drones (ends today!)
This deal is not actually a Black Friday sale, but rather a Thanksgiving Day only sale — and it also comes from GetFPV. When you purchase any built-in-house RTF drone before 11:59 ET on Nov. 24, 15% off will automatically apply once the drone is added to your cart.
Eligible drones for 15% off include:
- Mr Steele ApexDC 5″ HD Quadcopter RTF w/ DJI O3 HD FPV System – 6S
- Lumenier QAV-PRO Lifter Cinequads Edition RTF
- Lumenier QAV-S JohnnyFPV Special Edition 7″ Long Range FPV RTF w/ DJI HD System + GPS – TBS Crossfire
- Lumenier QAV-S JohnnyFPV SE 5″ FPV Freestyle Drone RTF w/ DJI O3 HD FPV System – 6S
- Lumenier QAV-PRO Micro Whoop 2.5″ Cinequads Edition RTF Bundle
- Lumenier QAV-PRO Lifter Cinequads Edition RTF
The best Black Friday 2023 deals on Part 107 courses
If you want to give a gift to a drone pilot in your life that won’t require wrapping, and won’t take up any physical space, give them the gift of knowledge. Even better, give them the knowledge to pass the FAA’s Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test, which will grant them a drone pilot’s license.
My top recommended Part 107 online test prep course, Drone Pilot Ground School, is offering up its best deal of the year this Black Friday.
For its Black Friday 2022 Part 107 sale, Drone Pilot Ground School is offering all customers $107 off its online course. The course is normally $299, so the Black Friday 2022 Part 107 sale discount brings the price down to just $192. You’ll need to use this link for the promotion price to automatically apply.
50% off Drone Launch Academy’s entire line of Pat 107 courses and study resources
Even cheaper is Drone Launch Academy’s FAA Remote Pilot Part 107 Exam Prep Course. It’s normally $199, but between now and Cyber Monday, it’s 50% off, bringing it down to just $100. Plus, Drone Launch is throwing in its flashcards, ebook, and audiobook for free which is an incredible steal, or deal (or both).
If you don’t need the full course, you can also get a la carte Part 107 study resources for 50% off. Those are:
- Part 107 Flashcards (normally $39)
- FAA Part 107 Exam Study Guide Ebook (normally $39)
- FAA Part 107 Exam Study Guide Audiobook (normally $49)
The best Black Friday 2023 deals on other online drone courses
If you already have a Part 107 license 9or you’re just not interested in getting one, but you still want to give the gift of knowledge, there are plenty of additional Black Friday 2023 deals on other online drone courses.
$1 each: mini courses from Drone Launch Academy
This deal is incredible — and you effectively have nothing to lose (well, just one dollar). Drone Launch Academy’s three mini courses, which serve as quick gateways into drones, are on sale for just $1. This deal is pretty incredible, considering the courses are normally $49 each.
Drone Launch Academy’s $1 courses are:
20% off Peltier Photo courses
If you’re interested in photography, consider one of the Peltier Photo Courses, which will be 20% off the normal price when you use promo code CW2022 (separately, Peltier Photo also offers a Remote Pilot training course). The deal actually starts tomorrow (that’s Friday, Nov 25) and runs until Friday, Dec 2, 2022. But, a little birdie told me that the promo code actually works now, so you can have an early-bird chance to get in on the deal.
The deal applies to all of the photo courses offered, whether you opt for a drone course or a camera-on-the-ground course. There are even film courses, which might be an excellent way for people already passionate about drone photography to expand into other areas. For the Fujifilm Photographer Membership, the coupon will apply 20% off the subscription for the first three months.
Make sure you use this link and enter promo code CW2022 at checkout to get in on the 20% off deal.
The best Black Friday 2023 deals on other stuff that drone pilots will love
I outlined tons of drone deals, but drone nerds need more stuff that’s not specific to just drones. Whether it’s stuff to help you fly better, edit footage, or work from home better, I’ve found some other deals that I think any drone pilot would love:
$43 off the Furman Power Station 8 Surge Protector: If you’re charging tons of gear, whether it’s Lipo batteries, your laptop, other camera stuff, your RC transmitter, etc, you need to make sure you have a surge protector. This one has a sturdy aluminum body and an 8-foot cord. It’s normally $150, but it’s on sale now, priced at just $85.
$100 off the Apple iPad Pro: This iPad has a large, vivid display, and is worth upgrading if you’re someone who uses an iPad to operate your drone. While it’s probably not a meaningful upgrade if you already have the M1 iPad Pro or an iPad Air from the last two years, it does offer a faster processor than a previous models — which is imperative for drone piloting.
36% off the GoPro HERO10 Action Camera + Accessory Bundle: I know this one feels like it’s cheating on the DJI Osmo Action 3, but it’s a swell deal if you’re not satisfied with the DJI version. And if you are in the market for an action camera, in many ways this one is far better than DJI’s offering, even for DJI devotees. It offers incredible stabilization and a smooth interface, able to record at a high frame rate of 5.3K 60 Hz. Skip it if you already own a HERO9 as it’s probably not that much better, but anyone else ready to upgrade their Action Camera should jump on this deal.
This deal is especially good right now because, while the camera alone sometimes goes for $349 (normally $449) on other sales, the Black Friday 2023 throws in a whole bunch of freebies. Right now, the entire camera + Accessory Bundle (worth $549) is just $349, for a whopping 36% off. Consider it $100 savings off the camera, plus a whole bunch of freebies — including the magnetic swivel clip, two rechargeable batteries and camera case — thrown in.
Check back tomorrow for even more Black Friday 2023 drone deals! And if you’ve found a great deal not mentioned here, snag it up for yourself and then leave a comment below to spread the knowledge!