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Comparison - DJI Dock or DJI Dock 2? Differences and similarities.

Comparison - DJI Dock or DJI Dock 2? Differences and similarities.

DJI Dock 2 is a new version of the docking station for autonomous drones. A powerful platform for Matrice 3D and Matrice 3TD, provides higher performance and reliability in many areas. It is worth noting the differences and similarities, and the fact that you can treat Dock 2 as a completely different device, rather than an improvement on its predecessor. Later in this article, you will learn why this is so.

DJI Dock 2 docking station

DJI Dock 2 - Stacja dokująca

First, a little more about the latest docking station. What the Dock actually is? The dock can be compared to a kind of garage for the drone, which is both a landing site and a base for charging equipment. Wherever we want to maintain continuity of flight, such a solution is ideal. The main purpose of Dock 2 is patrolling, monitoring, inspection or environmental studies where Matrice 3D drone is used and first aid, contact, public safety operations when using Matrice 3TD. You can read more about drones in this article.

The ideal place for Dock 2 seems to be the roof of the building, but you need to pay attention to interference. You can check it by using M3TD for a test flight, after doing this we will get feedback if the place is suitable.

Thanks to the degree of protection IP55 DJI Dock 2 can operate in a variety of environmental conditions, providing a maximum operating range of up to 10 km. In addition, the platform supports cloud modeling and point-to-point flights, making it multi-tasking.

Advanced vision sensors enable rapid assessment of the environment before deployment, effectively planning missions. Dock 2 can accurately determine whether the deployment area provides stable GNSS signals, which is crucial for precision operations.

Dock 2 is designed with reliability and security in mind. In the event of a sudden loss of power, the platform can continue operation for more than 5 hours, using the built-in battery, ensuring continuity of operations.

Differences between DJI Dock 1 and DJI Dock 2

Różnice między DJI Dock 1, a DJI Dock 2

Transportation and mobility

The modern design of the DJI Dock 2 has been optimized for a smaller size and lighter design compared to the previous version, making it significantly easier to install and more usable. The Dock 2 is small, managing to reduce its size relative to the Dock by twice, and by up to three times in weight. Now even one person can move it, where, in the case of its predecessor, several people or mechanical handling were needed. The purpose of the Dock was to keep it in one place, while the Dock 2 is also designed for easy portability. In addition, parking has been made easier at the new Dock 2, and drones can charge inductively wirelessly. Interestingly, the new Dock 2 can even be lifted by a transport drone FlyCart30, it may bring useful solutions.

Range and capabilities

DJI Dock 2 - mobilność

Dock 2 boasts greater performance, increased range from 7 km to 10 km. In addition, the maximum flight time is 50 minutes, where in Dock 1 it was 40 minutes. It should be noted that not everything in Dock 2 is better. The resistance of the docking station itself is IP55, unfortunately the M3D and M3TD drones themselves have IP54 resistance. Definitely a better solution in difficult conditions will be Dock 1, which is guaranteed to be more resistant and can withstand higher temperatures. A drone adapted to it, that is DJI Matrice 30T has IP55 resistance. The temperature range for the Dock 2 is from -25 degrees to 45 degrees, and for Dock from -35 degrees to 50 degrees. Another important element better for the older version will be greater resistance to wind.

New features of Dock 2

The ability to set up custom flight zones significantly improves safety in Dock 2. By marking the area in green, the drone will perform flights only in this area, in addition, the zone marked in red will be skipped.

DJI Dock 2 obszary lotu

Mapping in Dock 2 is easier. Using FlyTo no need to land to rip material. Using a single platform allows in mission planning. This can be a point cloud or in RGB colors, while the rTK function is new for Dock 2, now mission execution is streamlined, faster and more convenient. The mapping accuracy of the DJI Dock 2, reaching a level of 3 cm horizontally and 5 cm vertically, enables the creation of accurate 2D maps and 3D models, which is crucial for tasks requiring high precision.

DJI Dock 2 offers patrol mission functions and live streaming, allowing users to monitor areas in real time. Unlike the previous version, DJI Dock 2 allows you to control the drone using your computer's keyboard - Q-E to rotate, F-G to elevate, and W,S,A,D to move, enhancing remote control of its operations.

An additional enhancement is the no-return points, which allows the drone to continue the mission in case of loss of range, it will first fly to the first safe point, where return is already possible. Very safe and useful. New features of DJI Dock 2, such as panorama mode, improved inspection, and the ability to export routes and annotate, improve the precision and efficiency of operations, especially in the field of construction and surveying. In addition, tagging and annotation - inspection results can be annotated, which can be shared within FH2, greatly increasing the efficiency of collaboration between departments.

Parameter differences between Dock 2 and Dock

Docking stationDock 2Dock
PhotoDJI Dock 2DJI Dock
(without the drone)
34 kg105 kg
DimensionsOpen: 1228x583x412mm
Closed: 570x583x465mm
Open: 1675x885x735mm
Closed: 800x885x1065mm
Maks. reach10 km7 km
Maks. flight time50 min40 min
CenteringSliding systemPusher system
Charging systemWireless chargingWired charging
Input powerMax. 1000 WMax. 1500 W
Charging time32 min (10%-90%)25 min (10%-90%)
Surveillance camerasAutomatic switching
between cameras
Single camera

DJI Dock / DJI Dock 2 similarities

Podobieństwa DJI Dock i DJI Dock 2

A common feature of Docks is that they are designed for accurate, efficient and specialized missions. Both Dock and Dock 2 will be ideal for energy, public safety, surveying and construction industries. Depending on your needs, choose the equipment that will suit your needs.

Drones using DJI Dock 2 and DJI Dock can take high-quality images that are useful for analysis in various applications, such as construction or infrastructure monitoring. Drones operated by docking stations can be quickly deployed to monitor emergency situations such as landslides, mudslides and volcanic eruptions. With the ability to respond quickly and thoroughly survey areas at risk, drones can be the first source of information for emergency teams.

The stations have the ability to transmit live video, useful in situations where quick response, easy management or coordination of work on the ground is needed.

Similarities in the parameters of Dock 2 and Dock

Input voltage100 - 240 V (AC), 50/60 Hz
IP protection levelIP55
Maks. permitted height n.p.m.4000 m
Battery life400 cycles
Replacement battery lifeOver 5h
Expansion possibilitiesCloud API, Edge SDK

Is it worth switching from DJI DOCK 1 to DJI Dock 2?

The answer to this question is very simple - it is worth it. The new version of the DJI Dock 2, offers a number of improvements that will make drone management more efficient and convenient. With new features such as wireless charging, increased flight time and range, and most importantly, significantly lighter weight, the DJI Dock 2 provides more flexibility for daily drone use. On the other hand, if you need a docking station that can handle harsh conditions Dock 1 will be a better option. The older model can withstand higher as well as lower temperatures, the compatible drone has a higher resistance of IP55, where the drones for DJI Dock 2 have a resistance level of IP54. In addition, greater wind resistance makes Dock 1 a better option for demanding users. Another important element is the price, the DJI Dock + Matrice 30T docking station costs 132,499 PLN, while the DJI Dock 2 costs 36,499 PLN + 19,999 PLN for the DJI Matrice 3D drone or an additional 28,999 PLN for the DJI Matrice 3TD drone. The cost of the newer station along with the drone is much less, so the DJI Dock 2 is definitely a better choice.

*prices of docking stations and drones are current prices as of April 2024


DJI Dock 2 - Stacja

Dock and Dock 2 are perfect for a variety of application areas, such as inspections, public safety and rescue operations. With the ability to be used in fields such as energy, surveying and construction, the Docks are a versatile tool for monitoring, managing and responding to various types of situations.

Dock 2 is a completely different drone, sensors and cameras compared to the previous version. Another important aspect is the reach and capacity of operations. Dock 2 offers a longer range of up to 10 km and a longer flight time of 50 minutes, a significant improvement over Dock 1. However, Dock 1 shows greater resistance to adverse weather conditions and temperatures, which can be important in some applications. DJI Dock 2 represents increased performance, new features and greater mobility. The choice between the two will depend on your specific needs and the conditions in which the drones will be used.

Bartholomew Rasztar
Editor specializing in e-commerce for 3 years. Master of Science in Management - Marketing and Social Media. Passionate about sports, extreme experiences and challenges, which he shares on his Instagram. Inspired by the use of technology to show the world in fascinating and interesting ways.
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