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Flying In 4 Degree Weather.

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Drone Wolf 69, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Drone Wolf 69

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    Well I took my Phantom 3 Professional out for the first time today. It's only 4 degrees in the chicago Illinois area,.with a wind chill of -22 degrees Fahrenheit. The only problem I had is my I-Pad Air 2 shut off in a little over 3 minutes. I managed a small flight,.but did a catch landing,.as soon as the I-Pad Shut down,.do to the extremely cold weather. I've asked if the Phantom could fly in cold weather & heard it can through the many threads here. I can tell you now though,.that I-Pads,.do not handle that kind of low Temps well. My I-Pad Air 2 didn't anyway. It would not power back on till I warmed it up in the car. It looks like it will be a couple days before I attempt to fly again. It's going to be in the single digits in Chicago for awhile. :-(
     
  2. 4wd

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    You can stay in the car with the ipad and controller.
    Range will be less but you will be surprised how little difference it makes close by.
     
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  3. Drone Wolf 69

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    That's a good idea. I will try again later in the car. I was surprised how quick the i-pad shut down. It is really cold for any kind electronics to work well. I have some Homemade Chilli slow cooking in the Crock pot now. Perfect time for that!!! :)
     
  4. Ken Hanks

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    Maybe try a disposable hand warmer under the Ipad, is a photographers trick to mount the hand warmer under a lens to prevent moisture on the lens for nighttime photography. Might need 2 warmers to keep it thawed out ;-) Vehicle is definitely warmer than the outdoors!
     
  5. Drone Wolf 69

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    That also is a good idea. I'm going to try flying it in the car. I don't have any hand warmers now,.so I think flying a little from the car,.is what I will do. Thanks for the advice guys!!! The info you get here sure is helpful!!!
     
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    Wow I'm surprised the iPad shut down. What part of Chicago so you fly in??? I just ordered a standard in hopes that it will be delivered Tuesday


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    That's weird??I flew my new p3A yesterday for first time and it was zero degrees in the UK just now.I had no issues at all with my iPad mini 2 .i did 4 flights with a recharge in middle prob 40 minutes in total.
    Maybe the mini is tougher lol
     
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    I'm a big puss. I've tried twice in 40 degree weather................. just too **** cold for me!
     
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  9. Drone Wolf 69

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    I was actually flying it in a southwest suburb of chicago. I didn't have a cover on the I-Pad Air two. You can't fit one on the RC clamp. The wind I think was a big factor to. The I-Pad Air 2 is just like a wind sail,.catching that cold wind on a empty field. I'm Ordering a I-Pad Mini 3 with Wifi & Cellular. I already have a hood for it now. That should help it stay a little warmer along with the case. It was a wee bit nippy out there today. Not what I wanted for my first flight with the new Phantom 3 Pro!!! LoL!
     
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    When it's below 0 I use two toe warmers on my iPad Air2. They have adhesive backing so you can stick one on each side of the RC bracket. I also keep my batteries in a small vinyl cooler with a hand warmer until I fly.
     
  11. Ken Hanks

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    0 Celsius = -15.5F. Just a bit cooler
     
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    Well I had the same issue yesterday with my iPhone (after 15 minutes) and - 2 Celsius. Chemical reaction of the lithium ion battery.
    I will buy an neoprene cover or something else to keep warm my phone or my tablet. Any advice?


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    Another Chicagoan right here checking in :)
     
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    Ahhh, Chicago. One of the few places in the Midwest where not only can you see your air, you can taste it too. ;)

    Its a bit nippy here in Milwaukee too. Mine supposedly arrives tomorrow. Guess I need to get out and see how my Galaxy 5 fairs in the cold. Got a bag of the hand warmers so I am set if I need em. I was likely to use them for the batteries anyway. I figure a couple rubber bands ought to hold em on the phone if needed. At least until I can get something 3D printed.
     
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    Mines arrive tomorrow as well lol


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    It almost hurts waiting doesn't it. I guess this should be a good reminder for us to be a little more lenient with the kids the week before Christmas ;)
     
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    Yea, I've been actually waiting for mine for the past 10 days. I ordered it on a weekend which I have a awful habit of doing when I buy things. Then it took 3 business days to ship out. Then it's coming from California. So 3 negatives for me haha. But patience is a virtue.


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    Mine was ordered on Jan 7th. Also being shipped from Kalifornia. On a FedEx truck (I hope) but the tracking hasn't scanned it since it left Cali on the 13th. I would have thought it should be here in Wisconsin by now.
     
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    0 degrees C = 32 degrees F
     
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