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Has anyone taken the vps system off of the phantom 3 ??

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by aaronrivera, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. aaronrivera

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    Just wondering.. Maybe less weight and more battery life??
     
  2. msinger

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    Removing it and/or disabling it won't result in a noticeable difference in the battery life. If you're concerned about the battery life, you can disable VPS in the DJI GO app.
     
  3. Mordor

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    Always off.
     
  4. bbfpv

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    Considering the lightbridge guts is also stuffed in that box, you'd have a hard time seeing anything with it removed.
     
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  5. msinger

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    Well, you could still fly -- just without FPV.
     
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    Good point about weight reduction - those ultrasonics and the housing are pretty heavy.
     
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    What benefit do you get by keeping it off? I saw a video where the poster made a statement that if was good to turn it off while filming over water but thats the only time I've seen/read that,.
     
  8. msinger

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    VPS is only effective when your Phantom is between 1 to 9.8 ft in the air. I don't know about you, but my Phantom is rarely flying at that altitude when I'm outdoors. Also, some people have experienced some instability when taking off and/or landing with VPS enabled. Those are critical times for accuracy, so it would be best to fly manually so you're not at the mercy of a computer that might override what you're trying to do.
     
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  9. aaronrivera

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    Just an off topic.. I flew today in 25kmph wind speed n this freaking drone was fighting the wind and was stable as a rock in the fpv but rilly tilting.
     
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    Do you guys fly with it on or off? I left it on default. What's the benefits of flying with it of?
     
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    I always take off and land manually, and always outdoors so I found best to turn it off. Landings especially feel smoother and more in control that way at least to me.
     
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    Always on, it is only around 70 grams or so, so the extra flight time could be around 20-30 sec. Not enough to bother with it for me
     
  13. msinger

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    What's the benefit of flying with it on outside? I cannot think of any benefits.
     
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    I turned it off in the Go App. However, on my last flight the strangest thing happened: while at 100+ feet, my display showed 8-9 feet and VPS active in the bottom left of the screen where height is shown. It just flashed intermittently, has anyone else seen this?
     
  15. kphantom

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    I can't think of benefits either. It is a power drain, plus it could cause some unstable flight at low altitudes based on terrain (water, same colored ground terrain).
     
  16. Mordor

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    msinger did explain very well the reasons to not use it outside...

    I also remenber problems with it ON with 1.2.8 and 1.2.6fw`s....
     
  17. msinger

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    Right. I don't know that these problems still exist, but there is no need to take any chances. It's always best to have control over your aircraft.
     
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    It was designed to be used for indoor flying. I don't fly indoors, so I never use it.
     
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    That´s my motto ;) Well, the one I fly by anyway :D
     
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    Guys just a lil advice dnt fly wid prop guards wen its windy.. Totally different widout it m so stable at strong winds. How can it possible fly away??