Gold-Plating a Drone Is Officially the Worst Idea

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Let’s be perfectly clear on this. Gold-plating anything, be it a phone, or a toilet, or a smartwatch, is a terrible and tacky idea. But gold-plating a drone is even worse, and it has nothing to do with aesthetics.

Gold is heavy, so why would you slather it all over a gadget that needs to be as light as possible for best performance? Drones already have terrible battery life since they have to power four electric motor-driven propellers that are trying to lift the drone itself, its aforementioned batteries, and a camera, as is the case with this DJI Phantom 4.

Gold-Plating a Drone Is Officially the Worst Idea

Adding a layer of 24-karat gold only serves to make this quadcopter heavier, and more of a shiny target for people who like to knock drones out of the sky. And then there’s the price. A regular DJI Phantom 4 will cost you around nearly £1,000, but these gold upgrades push the price tag to well over $24,000/£19,682. So you’ll be paying more for a drone you will inevitably crash, than a new car. [Drones Direct via ToyNews]