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Gold-Plating a Drone Is Officially the Worst Idea

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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.

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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.

Illustration for article titled Gold-Plating a Drone Is Officially the Worst Idea
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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 $1,200, but these gold upgrades push the price tag to well over $24,000. So you’ll be paying more for a drone you will inevitably crash, than a new car.

[Drones Direct via ToyNews]

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Counterpoint:

Gold leaf is very thin and light, and is the best heat reflector by weight available. Hence why it’s used on spacecraft and race cars.

Maybe they want to fly it over lava flows. It could happen!