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Professional Crash - Repair ribbon cable

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by abwayland, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. abwayland

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    Hi Guys,

    I just had my first, and hopefully last crash with my P3P. Nothing too remarkable, just happened to fly it full speed barkwards into the top of a tree and then watched it drop about 40 ft.

    So far the only damage I can see is a broken mounting plate in one place, that I'm hoping can be fixed with some Krazy glue and a disconnected ribbon cable from the main body of the phantom to the gimbal/camera unit.

    My question is regarding the ribbon cable. The cable leads pulled out of the connector which stayed clicked into the top of the gimbal/camera unit. Is it possible to reinsert these leads? Do I need to solder them? And also the leads may have gotten twisted or maybe they are intended to overlap by design, I don't know. Can anyone tell me if they go back into the connector straight across, or do some overlap others?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

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  2. bobmyers

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    they go back in order-- I have a couple of mine come loose when I pulled the gimbal off to do some repairs. I just pushed them back in and the gimbal and camera work fine.
     
  3. abwayland

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    Awesome. Thank you for fast response. I really appreciate it.
     
  4. Kleenax

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    Also crashed today, totally severing the tiny gimbal arm & micro ribbon cable.

    Rule #16 - Never fly within 10 ft of a large Willow tree! A gust of wind blew a long strand of willow horizontal just as I was passing. Was like someone threw a 10 ft piece of twine into the props. You can guess the rest. Photos attached of the gimbal & (former) ribbon cable.
     

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  5. bobmyers

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    Looks like the tree had a hammer:eek:
     
  6. Kleenax

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    Hehe; na, just the plain ole' lawn behind the house!
    Tragically amazing what a vertical drop from 40' up will do to that gimbal :eek:
     
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    insert them back in the same order. If white clip has cracked, then insert pins and use hot glue gun to hold in place.
     
  8. Josh Curtiss

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    Ouch!! What's the verdict? You repair it yet? You going to?

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  9. 30secs

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    Would the gimbal saver have helped? I'm wondering if I should get one to minimize breaks like this
     
  10. bobmyers

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    no, the gimbal saver only helps protect the gimbal at its pivot point.. I do have one on my P3 and it does give an added measure of protection. There have been reports where the gimbal arm separated in "minor crashes" and a gimbal saver may prevent this.
     
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    Perfect solution-- I think UAV bits may make on for the P3 now
     
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    I got same problem Dude... i found the cable and the Gimbal Yaw arm ... idk if works


     
  15. Kleenax

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    My P3P is checked into the "queue" as of today at DJI-California for repair.
     
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    Just installed a new yaw arm (that's what you broke) and cable.
     
  17. Vengalis

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    Hello, I had 2 days ago an accident with tree also. Planning to buy a new gimbal from dji, but what about those cables? Cause one small peace is broken. Where I can find that white peace? Please help, cause in my country nobody sells.
     

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