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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by skeyephantom, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. skeyephantom

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    I've been flying my Phantom 2 now for about 2 months. Still a novice, but slowly getting the hang of things. I have a Phantom 2 w/ Zenmuse Gimbal and GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The only item I added was the prop guards. Other than that, it's the same as it was out of the box. There's probably 7-8 hours total flight time on the bird and the 5200mAh battery. I've noticed my flight times falling. Since I've been flying a lot in some breezy conditions, I chalked it up to the extra power it has to expend to adjust to the conditions. However, this morning I flew in perfect conditions. I rushed out at 7:00am because the weather app showed "CALM" winds, which is unheard of where I live. Anyway, I ran the Phantom down to one bar and flashing red LED's. I got 15 minutes flight time. Any suggestions from you seasoned veterans?
     
  2. EMCSQUAR

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    Your flight time of 15 mins is pretty good for what your bird has on it. The 25 min time advertised is very exagerated and applies to the bird itself w/o gimbal etc... Weight is the holy grail of flight times.
     
  3. skeyephantom

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    Thanks, that's good to know. Any idea how long these batteries last before replacement? Eventually, I would like to have an extra battery, but at $159, have to wait awhile.
     
  4. Droid

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    Don't worry, the battery will last around 300 cycles.. You can always connect the USB and check the battery health.
     
  5. ianwood

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    15 minutes while fully loaded with gimbal, etc is pretty normal. I get the first battery warning at 15 minutes. I have an alarm on my RC and it goes off almost exactly the same time the P2 lights turn red regardless of conditions or how I fly. There's a thread on battery life just starting out in the P2 section: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=8510