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Flight times? Collecting flight times ..

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bellumgessi, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. bellumgessi

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    Hi thought it might be useful for some to have some data about various configurations and flight times. So why not respond with your phantom configuration, add ons, alterations and what is your typical flight time. Here's a few of mine:
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props no gimbal HERO3+ 10 mins
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props HUMMER gimbal HERO3+ 6.5 mins
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props HUMMER gimbal HERO3+ 6.5 mins
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props HUMMER gimbal HERO3+ 5.5 mins (COLD)
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props HUMMER gimbal HERO3+ 5.5 mins (COLD)
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props HUMMER gimbal HERO3+ 5 mins (COLD)
    Phantom v1 carbon fiber props no gimbal HERO3+ 9 mins
    Phantom v1 V2 props Hummer gimbal HERO3+ 9 mins
    Phantom v2 Zenmuse gimbal Hero3+ 14 min
    Phantom v2 Zenmuse gimbal Hero3+ 16.5 Mins


    Still haven't broken the 20 mins on a phantom or Vision..
     
  2. Peter Patricelli

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    To really be useful the information should record total bird weight, Props (specifically size, pitch, and material), battery size (not everyone is using 2200Mah), battery make, Motor (standard or upgraded, make) and electrical drains attached to the main battery...such as extra lights, video transmitter, OSD, etc., etc.

    when I first started flying with a new, more or less naked bird, I recorded flight times for a standardized hover as I added weight and made graphs. The result was, with preliminary data, that the reduction in flight time (to first warning lights) was linear and approximately 1.2 seconds reduction per gram added weight. This has been a very useful and generally accurate standard.

    Overall, without the additional data the flight time stuff is only mildly interesting. What is CRITICAL is that everyone know pretty closely what THEIR setup gives in terms of flight time. What is interesting is to find out that someone flying their bird with the same weight is getting, say, three miniutes more flight time than you are. THAT sets you on a quest to find out how and why....which usually leads you to propping, motors, warning light settings, etc., etc.
     
  3. runnerman

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    Hero 3, stock battery and props, and Fatshark transmitter. Getting about 8.5 on cold days and 9 on warm days


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  4. idan_estee

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    Phantom v1
    Tarot gimbal
    Gopro hero 3
    Fpv
    P2v props
    Gens ace 2200 mah lipo 40c
    Total weight 1200g
    Average time 8-9 mins
     
  5. Davek

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    UAW - 1258g
    Batt - 2200 stock
    Stock prop

    I get a whopping 4 min @ 55F degree day when it reach 2nd voltage alarm and landed :(
     
  6. Marc70

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    Phantom v1
    Hero with case
    Standard props
    Standard battery
    Close to 9 min ~ -5c

    Then hero died, traded in for hero3 (tended warranty paid off)
    Got just less than 9 min on -20c day
     
  7. laselvasurf

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    Phantom V1.1.1
    Zenmuse + GoPro H3B+
    Gaui 600mw FPV TX
    PV Props
    Mad Dog 2700mah
    Total Flight Time: 12:15

    With a Nanotec 2200mah battery: 10:20
     
  8. Punisher

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    Phantom v1.1.1
    Gopro3+ w/ go pro case
    carbon fiber anti jello mount
    stock props
    stock Phantom 2200 battery
    prop guards w/ protective string in place
    around 7 minutes til first warning triggered (7:15 w/ stock DJI gopro mount instead of gopro case)
     
  9. EMCSQUAR

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    Location:
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    Phantom V1
    Zenmuse
    FPV
    PV props
    Mad Dog 2700mah
    Flight time 12:02

    w/Phantom 2200mah 8:13
     
  10. bellumgessi

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    today was much warmer (60s)

    Phantom v2 w/ zenmuse 20 mins w/ 20% still left on the battery
    Phantom Vision still getting crappy 16 mins, though I did get it to 1500 ft away in an open field... very usable at 1400 feet.
     
  11. Marc70

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    Dji v1
    Gopro3 + case
    -24c (really #%^}{*+= cold)
    ~8 min
    Standard 2200mah dji batt


    p.s. Looking for decent spare batt, where shipping isn't =or > than $ of batt. :roll:
     
  12. bellumgessi

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    B&H Photo sells Phantom 1 batteries for 23 bucks and I normally get free shipping worst case its 4 bucks.
     
  13. dvm71

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    Phantom v2 Zenmuse gimbal Hero3--- 19min
     
  14. woundedknee

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    Phantom v1.1.1
    Stock self tightening props
    Stock 2200 batt
    Zenmuse H3-2D
    GoPro Black
    Video TX
    Garmin GTU-10
    PMU v2 / GCU / iOSD mini inside the case

    6.5 minutes consistently in 25-30F weather.

    Don't know the weight yet, looking for a good scale.
     
  15. careysb

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    Are there any drawbacks to the 2700mah batteries? Do you have to modify the Phantom v1? Will they charge with the stock charger?

    My flight time for a stock Phantom v1 with Arris CM2000 and FPV is exactly 8 min.
     
  16. ElGuano

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    The Maddogs are actually really good. Pretty close to optimal power-to-weight ratio for the Phantom. They fit without any modifications needed, and give 2-3 minutes more flight time.
     
  17. OI Photography

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    +1

    Those, plus the new props from the Vision, are the "secret sauce" that had the most dramatic effect on flight times with my original-version Phantom.
     
  18. Roadkilt

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    Establish a flight time for no camera and gimbal. Then basically every gram of weight is a second of flying time. Individual setups will vary but this works for me. My 200 gram gimbal takes off 3 minutes of time. 70 gram camera is another minute. The 2800 mah batteries add way less weight relative to power, but the gram to time ratio is still pretty close.