Decision 2024: DJI Dock 2 vs DJI Dock 1 - Volatus Drones

The announcement of DJI Dock 2 has just made your decision-making process tougher. You were initially inclined towards the original DJI Dock, but now with the introduction of the smaller, lighter Dock 2, the choice becomes more intricate. Which Dock emerges as the superior choice? Conventional wisdom might lean towards Dock 2 due to newer products generally being better when it comes to tech; however, the optimal selection depends on your specific requirements. There are areas where DJI Dock 1 outperforms its successor, thus your workflow will dictate which Dock truly suits your needs.


Both Docks boast an IP rating of IP55; however, concerning most climate-related specifications, DJI Dock 1 usually prevails. For instance, DJI Dock 1 can maintain operational efficiency at temperatures as low as -35 Celsius and as high as 50 degrees Celsius. In contrast, the new Dock 2 falls short on both ends of the thermometer (-25°C to 45°C). Furthermore, the M30T drone, compatible with Dock 1, can operate in a broader temperature range compared to the drone for Dock 2. Regarding takeoff and landing, the M30T of Dock 1 can withstand 12 m/s winds; however, the Mavic 3D and 3TD drones, compatible with Dock 2, can only launch missions when the wind speed is below 8 m/s. When weather conditions are a concern, opting for the M30T and the Dock 1 would be a better choice.

Installation and Maintenance

It’s obvious when you compare the two side by side - the DJI Dock 2 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Two individuals can effortlessly maneuver the 34 kg Dock 2 into the back of a small SUV, transport it to a site without the need for additional equipment, and position it over its operational site with minimal effort. Conversely, Dock 1 typically necessitates extra equipment or considerable physical strength to deploy successfully. DJI estimates that repair parts for Dock 2 will generally be more economical as they require less materials to create. Additionally, Dock 2 would be easier for a single technician to work with, potentially reducing labor costs. Therefore, individuals with post-sales concerns should lean towards Dock 2, especially if you are planning on operating in harsher climates.


The operations category largely favors DJI's Dock 2 as well, although there are is no clear winner between the two. Nevertheless, the new Dock 2, along with the Mavic series drones it accompanies, offers numerous advantages. The theoretical maximum range of Dock 2 is 10 km, approximately 3 km farther than Dock 1.

The Matrice 3D and 3TD drones can remain airborne for roughly 10 more minutes compared to those used with Dock 1. Moreover, Dock 2 offers wireless charging, as opposed to the Dock 1's physical push rod connection system.

Beyond these points, the choice depends on the nature of missions you aim to accomplish.

For instance, the M30T (Dock 1) lacks the capability for high-accuracy mapping missions, and you would be better off with the Mavic 3 (Dock 2) with its mechanical shutter. However, inspection missions near expensive or fragile infrastructure would benefit from the M30T. The laser range finder and more powerful zoom camera on the Matrice series allow you to capture more detail while maintaining a greater distance from the target.

The Matrice series also has the capacity to carry additional payload weight compared to the Mavic series, and surprisingly, DJI Dock 1 offers faster recharging than the new Dock 2. This allows the original Dock to launch a mission 7 minutes sooner when charging batteries from almost empty to 90%.


As with all matters concerning drones, unfortunately, there are no easy choices. However, there are some significant benchmarks you can consider to make the best decision. If you require operations in extreme weather conditions, whether hotter, colder, or more turbulent, the original Dock is the preferable option. Conversely, the new Dock 2 can achieve greater distances and longer flight times than its predecessor. Additionally, DJI's Dock 2 is more affordable, smaller, and lighter, making it a better fit for businesses with limited resources. If your decision hinges on the missions you intend to fly, it's best to contact us today so we can assist you in finding the most suitable unit to meet your needs.

Still not sure which Dock is right for you? Talk to DJI Enterprise experts at Volatus Drones to learn more about the two Docks and let us create a tailored solution for you.

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