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Gimbal Clamp Question

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Hung, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. Hung

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    Has anyone ever left their gimbal clamp on when starting up your DJI3? Did you then have problem with the camera and gimbal?

    Does anyone not use it when transporting their DJI3? I feel like it will be okay if I just leave it off when transporting it places because I am gonna forget to take it off a lot when starting it up.

    Thank you
     
  2. msinger

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    This is not a good idea. You could damage your gimbal. Attach one of these to it and you'll never forget to remove it.
     
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  3. Hung

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    I don't get why it could damage it. Doesn't it move all the time when the drone is on?
     
  4. msinger

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    When the Phantom is powered down, the gimbal is limp. It'll just flop around if the lock is not attached to hold it in place.
     
  5. Wacker2611

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    Hi, if you don't use a gimbal clamp when transporting your Phantom, you WILL eventually damage it. It will just rattle about.....Just make remembering to take it off part of your preflight routine and eventually it'll become second nature.
     
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    I just attached a length of doubled-over, red electrical tape like a little streamer coming off my gimbal clamp so that I always notice it before powering up. It was stupid of DJI to make the clamp out of clear plastic rather than making it out of red plastic.
     
  7. Hung

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    Thank you, gentlemen. Really useful info to know.

    I saw that there is a thing called 'Gimbal Calibration,' what is that exactly?
     
  8. Hung

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    I am thinking about coloring the clear clamp with some permanent markers to make it more noticeable to remove during pre-flight checks. lol
     
  9. aka1ceman

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    This is key. Make a checklist and use it till it becomes muscle memory. Gimble clamp becomes a normal item.
     
  10. Hung

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    I saw that there is a thing called 'Gimbal Calibration,' what is that exactly?
     
  11. sethmote

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    I hate the gimbal clamp think it was the one place DJI could have worked a little harder coming up with a solution. The thing feel and looks like a packing part that should be thrown out after opening. And it's a pain in the *** to put the thing on!!!
     
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    I use a third party gimbal lock and forgot to take it off only once and man did I take it off fast when I realized it. No harm done. That one time was all it took for me to never do that again, since
     
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    When I first started flying I spooled my P3 up with the gimbal ON probably more often then I remembered to take it off.... I received a GIMBAL WARNING and I removed the clamp. I probably messed up and left it on 10-12 times (I'm a slow learner) but no ill effects that I'm aware off.

    Actually, I've been pretty amazed at how durable and forgiving the P3 has been. I have made 3-4 really bad flying decisions (most involving trees and walls) and the **** thing has survived my best efforts to kill it... (sometimes I felt that way about my kids too....)
     
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