Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

  1. Chopstix Kid

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2016
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    106
    New P4 owner and my first professional drone. When powering up the aircraft for reasons other than flight, it is necessary to remove the factory gimble lock/guard? Since the gimble appears to have its own init sequence, I'm curious if leaving it on will damage the unit. Thanks in advance.

    Joe
     
  2. Chopstix Kid

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2016
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    106
    I found a post in the P2 forum that stated leaving it on during the momentary power-up should not hurt it, but I'd rather have a more definitive answer.
     
  3. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,067
    Likes Received:
    5,611
    Location:
    US
    You should always remove it before powering up your Phantom.
     
    Chopstix Kid likes this.
  4. Chopstix Kid

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2016
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    106
    Thank you!
     
  5. never88winter

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2016
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    21
    I thought it was ok to leave on, when powering up the p4


    Sent from my iPhone using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  6. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,067
    Likes Received:
    5,611
    Location:
    US
    It's not okay since it prevents the gimbal from moving.
     
  7. Jussaguy

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    385
    This is a fact but on the other side of the coin, I, in one of my most stupid moves ever flew my good P4 for almost a whole bat run with the the gimbal lock on in complete darkness so I saw the red of the LEDs and didn't think anything of it. I was sure I ruined the gimbal motor but it still works great unlike ever single other P4 I've touched.
     
  8. sar104

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2014
    Messages:
    1,265
    Likes Received:
    245
    Location:
    Los Alamos, NM.
    You must have been really mean to the other P4s.
     
  9. Stealthmatt

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2013
    Messages:
    381
    Likes Received:
    141

    Surely the gimbal would detect it cant move and stop it from trying and put it in a "limp" mode until its turned off and on again? I am curious did you try taking the cover off while it was on and did it start up or was it limp?

    I would think that DJI would put a warning as well - "Gimbal motor stuck/stopped/overloaded" or "Gimbal cover left on - Please remove gimbal lock and power cycle to reinitialize"?
     
  10. Jussaguy

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    385
    The P3 I believe would say overload and it usually would mean a burnt gimbal motor but you wouldn't want that.

    I have several, if you don't count my nanos, I think 11 drones now and the Phantom 4 that day was the only time I ever left on a gimbal lock. I don't think it did any damage at all. Right now, that's my baby as it's the only P4 that i have that works currently. The other one I have I'm afraid if I take out of the box will attack me.

    To be clear, yeah, I believe they made it so that the motor sort of knows when it cant move and if it gets stuck for whatever reason won't burn the motor which is a nice new feature that might have gone unadvertised. I was SURE when I realized it was on that it would be broken but it's wonderful but it's in NY right now. :( I can't wait to get it back now.
     
  11. Jussaguy

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    385
    I don't get it.
     
  12. never88winter

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2016
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    21
    I keep forgetting to take gimble lock guard off. It so easy to forget!


    Sent from my iPhone using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
    Sim597 likes this.
  13. r62ewa

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    556
    Likes Received:
    145
    I now have the routine that as soon as I take my Phantom out of it's carrier I remove the gimbal lock. That way it's the first thing I do and I don't get distracted by all of the other things, ipad, remote, cables, filter, etc. which would make me forget to go back to the lock.
     
    Sim597 likes this.
  14. Sim597

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2016
    Messages:
    1,040
    Likes Received:
    266
    I've left mine on a few times turning on, my P3 would tell me, not the P4, and I noticed when I've ripped it off (thinking oh no!) the gimbal would drift, as if no power to it, then it would just start up and has always been fine
     
  15. YCampCub

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2016
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    17
    My screen read gimbal over heated when I forgot to remove it ,still works great.
     
  16. Laura Turbeville

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    6
    I put a bright colored short keychain on mine, so I wouldn't forget!