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Compass interference from plastic

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by JKDSensei, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. JKDSensei

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    I plan to mount a completely plastic device on my Phantom 3 directly beneath and beside the Compass.

    Apparently a digital (or analog) compass is not affected by plastics unless they contain metal particles.
    (Unless the plastic is extremely thick) since hydrocarbons alone do not block magnetic fields.

    Bottom line is should have no affect. I think you could wrap a 1 inch thick plastic clamp around the compass and it would have no effect.

    The compass is actually already housed INSIDE a plastic housing. So I'm just adding a bit more plastic around it.

    But, just for extra measure, does anyone have any specific experience with mounting a plastic device under the compass of a P3 such as a leg extender or accessory mount?

    So far it does not seem to have affected the calibration or MOD values.
     
  2. happydays

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    Dunno, but I do know that every time I grab the phantom by the top, the app advises that it has switched from GPS mode to ATTI mode. I'd imagine the module needs a good look at the sky.
     
  3. JKDSensei

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    Hello HD,
    I do believe that would be because you're blocking the GPS signal from the sky.
    This is about the Compass :)
     
  4. Wibble

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    Compass will be fine - beware of carbon fibre though as it is conductive and you can get metal powder filled plastics but they are rare!
     
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