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Curious about vacation filming

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by d4ddyo, May 13, 2014.

  1. d4ddyo

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    I'm curious... Does anyone take their phantom on vacation with them and take several shots and powering down and up from a single battery?
     
  2. IrishSights

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    Sure, if they are short flights. I just keep a close eye on the IOSD mini battery telemetry

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  3. d4ddyo

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    Yep. How much flight time do you think you lose and when do you usually stop using the battery.
     
  4. IrishSights

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    I usually run them to about 45%-50%. However I have got over engrossed and ran much lower ;) as you do!

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    My Phantom with accessories is pretty heavy in its case. If I take it with me somewhere, I try hard to make sure I can get at least a couple of good flights in, and so it's worth the investment for multiple batteries.

    One 15-minute flight feels really long to me. But three 5-minute flights each feel extremely short, I'd personally feel pressured and short-changed if I had to rely on a single battery for a multi-flight vacation.

    I think someone did a test and determined that an unarmed Phantom is drawing ~500-600mw (don't quote me on that). Not a huge amount, but fairly significant. You wouldn't want to keep it plugged in for hours on end.
     
  6. d4ddyo

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    Exactly. I was thinking... i'm going on a trip... where I will be on my feet... usual tourist stuff self guided. so I can imagine... turning on Phantom... Do a compass calibration first time only with first battery. wait for GPS lock... fly a few minutes until i get some footage from different angles... land and power down and repeat until 20%... replace battery and start all over again.

    Just trying to understand how everyone gets such good videos with rest footage at parks and tourist attractions etc.
     
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    Get an inverter for the car, go have a drink then fly some more, works for me. Helps my wife feel less abandoned when on hols!

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    One my first road trip with a Phantom, I took two cases; one for the Phantom 1 with six batteries and a charger and a second case for the GoPros, batteries and chargers. Each night recharged everything. Traveling in a medium sized SUV with three friends I took a bunch of grief about excess baggage, but each night I hooked the GoPros to the TV and they cut me some slack after viewing the raw footage.

    They did draw the line at wearing a GoPro on my head...not allowed.
    :)
     
  9. d4ddyo

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    nice! How many GoPros do you have?
     
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    Three Hero3 black editions with battery back packs for each, plus a couple of USB battery packs. Saved space by not taking the head strap for the GoPros.
    :D
     
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    What are you a drug dealer or something :D
     
  12. Buk

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    Ignore the awkward silence while I think of a come back.

    Oh no, you found me out. Please don't tell my mom...
    One GoPro for each hand....
    I'm still short one GoPro. Dash cams: front, rear, side, side....
    I'd bought more GoPros, but they ran out....
    There are no drug dealers in Iowa, USA. The police arrest anyone wearing a GoPro on their head...

    (humor intended, thread hijacking over now...)
    :(
     
  13. d4ddyo

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    Hahahaha. So you saved one pocket or the too of your head.
     
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    My plan for when i go away is to take my charger and all three batteries. If i go to the trouble of taking off I will film as much footage as possible. You would be amazed how many unplanned shots work out really well!