DJI Inspire 1 Range


DJI Inspire 1 Range

I’ve seen countless videos of the DJI Inspire 1 flying over rice fields, across beaches, and around massive forests. Many people have tried pushing the limits of their Inspire, seeing just how far it can go before it runs out of battery or gets out of range. A lot of things affect how far the Inspire can go before it gets out of range, such as location and weather conditions. The highest distance I’ve seen someone claim is 5.5km, which is way far. I’m not sure how true this is but it does go to show that range is variable and that the Inspire gets pretty good range.


Officially, with the integrated Lightbridge system, the DJI Inspire 1 gets a distance range of about 2km or 1.2mi. That means that you can operate your drone even when it has flown over a mile away from you. To give you a sense of perspective, the Phantom 2 vision only gets about 500m which is only about a quarter of the distance the Inspire can travel. The Phantom 3 is more updated and can get about the same range as the Inspire.


The Lightbridge system gives you first person view (FPV), which lets you see the world through the Inspire 1 camera’s eyes. This system will also send you live flight data: altitude, vertical and horizontal speed, GPS heading, signal strength, etc. With the Inspire 1, Lightbridge is actually integrated, meaning you don’t have to buy an additional Lightbridge system and hook it up to anything; your HD video communication system is ready to go.


When the Inspire gets out of range, it will automatically return to the last home point unless you cancel it. Home point is just the location where you are standing with your remote controller. The home point should automatically refresh when GPS is available, but before your Inspire takes off, make sure the function is turned on, is working properly, and that everything is calibrated properly. If not, the drone may not return to home, and you could run into issues.


As far as altitude is concerned, the Inspire can reach a height of 4.5km (4500m). If you try to exceed this height and the Inspire gets out of range, it will likewise return to the last home point. However, there are regulations regarding where you can fly your drone and how high. These regulations vary from country to country so it is always important to figure out these regulations before takeoff. In the U.S., for example, you cannot fly your drone above 500ft or 120m. Even though the Inspire can technically fly much higher than this, doing so is against regulation. So be careful not to push your drone past its limits—not just for smooth operation.

The Inspire 1 gets a great range, and with advancing technology, there may be ways to increase this range in the future. But for now, the Inspire 1 will let you soar impressive distances while still maintaining top video quality.

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  • Ashley Smith
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  • Jon H
    Jon H

    Landed on your article because I’m searching for breaking the 120m limit (Your article says that’s 500 ft – it’s actually 394).
    DJI and everyone else keeps saying this 400ft AGL limit is imposed by the FAA. This is false, which is why I’m so upset that DJI seems to have hard coded this limitation into their software. The FAA’s rule has always been as follows:
    “Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 400 feet AGL, remain within 400 feet of a
    So you have a 400AGL limit, but if you’re in a sea of 1600 ft tall buildings you are legally free to fly to 2K.
    Currently the only way to can do this is to launch from atop the structure you’re needing to fly over.
    Utterly ridiculous in my view.

    Other than that I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the Inspire1. It’s a brilliant machine in ever other way.

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