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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Dave Hill, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Dave Hill

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    Hi All has anyone tried carbon fibre propellers. I just got some on eBay I haven't tried them yet. Phantom 3 pro.
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    Are they DJI brand? If not, then be careful with them. Some 3rd party props can cause erratic flight and/or cause your Phantom to crash.
     
  3. Dave Hill

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    No thay are not dji brand. I have got the white plastic ones from eBay and thay have been fine but the carbon fibre ones are much stiffer. I will try them and post how it goes. This will take a few days as I live in Devon UK and we have stormy weather at the moment.
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    Yes. I have some DJI CF props and occasionally put them on. I found that they are a little more responsive than the plastic ones but that also results in a more jerky ride whch may not be so good for the shell. For general flying and filming, I prefer the plastic props. The additional cost of the CF props is not warranted in my opinion.

    Edit. If the props you bought on eBay are not DJI OEM props then I wouldn't recommend using them at all. Numerous posters have warned that the non-DJI props are invariably not balanced.
     
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    Hi. I see you're in Devon. My ancestors came from there (South Brent). I went back there a few years ago to follow up on William Crossing, an ancestor who, amongst other things wrote a book entitled "Crossing's Guide to Dartmour" around 1909. I love the South Brent area. It must be fun to fly the drone around all the stone fences and beautiful green fields. Kind regards, Jock CrossingView This ConversationView All Your Conversations

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    Hi Jock
    I now live in Chudleigh a 20 minute drive from South Brent, But I did live in South Brent for 20 years my daughter still lives there.
    I have been flying just above South Brent this week at the hamlet of Aish.
    Where do you live.
    Ps I have read the Crossing Guide to Dartmoor.
    All the best Dave Hill

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    Hi Jock
    I now live in Chudleigh a 20 minute drive from South Brent, But I did live in South Brent for 20 years my daughter still lives there.
    I have been flying just above South Brent this week at the hamlet of Aish.
    Where do you live.
    Ps I have read the Crossing Guide to Dartmoor.
    All the best Dave Hill
     
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  7. Tim in Florida

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    I bought some cf ones on Amazon. Not cf reinforced... full cf with aluminum hubs (or whatever the threaded part is called) and I love them. They were sold by Big Mike's Electronics and I think the brand is Ultimaxx. They have been great for me. I don't own a prop balancer (on my wish list) but I have not experienced any symptoms of unbalanced props. In addition to the increased stiffness, i like the aluminum theeads, too
     
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    I got some from drone world love them and they work great louder then stock props but much better
     
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    Well I ordered original dji carbon fiber props. Hoping they work well.


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    Definitively more jerky and mor noisy. I also noticed the quad with those props is more unstable in gusty winds. Probably because the regulatory system is tuned for the more flexible plastic props. I stopped using the CF props.


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    And metal threads are wrong for the P3.
    DJI developed nylon threads to deal with dynamic braking forces that P3 props have to deal with..
     
  12. Tim in Florida

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    Hmmm. So far, they have worked fine for me. I do suppose that if something had to strip, the prop would be better than the motor shaft so I hope (blindly) that the metal prop hubs are softer than the motor shafts are.
     
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    The body shell on these things is super tough. My Standard burned in at about 30 m.p.h. and the shell held up. It cracked in two places by the motors from the force of the impact and the props getting snapped off. But I doubt normal and even aggressive flight with CF props won't affect the shell.

    I won't fly plastic props after flying CF props. CF props are better. In every way.
     
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    Props are cheap. I just don't get the CF prop interest.

    More to the point, I keep seeing that folks aren't balancing their props???? I'm surprised that at least half the props I balanced are pretty far out. That can lead to stress cracks, screwed up video from vibration and who knows what else. Balance the plastic props from DJI and fly safe.
     
  15. Ghost Rider

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    CF props don't need to be replaced. And they improve overall performance. If you have never tried them you can't speak for the difference.
     
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    Also, I would only fly DJI props. Not any no name brand.
     
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    Ok, fair enough.

    Be specific - explain to me exactly how - and how much - they improve performance?
     
  18. Ghost Rider

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    Everything feels crisper. Less lag. Fast flying is more sporty. It feels quicker to accelerate.
     
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    You say If you have never tried them you can't speak for the difference.

    "Feels crisper". Exactly how do you "feel" something "crisper" in the Phantom, when all you "feel" is the remote?
    "Less lag". Please explain what "less lag" means in the interface between your remote and the Phantom.
    "Fast flying is more sporty". In what way?
    "It feels quicker to accelerate". Again - Exactly how do you "feel" something "quicker to accelerate" in the Phantom, when all you "feel" is the remote?

    Obviously - even when you have tried them - you struggle to speak to the difference.

    I'm not trying to say CF props are snake oil. What I am saying is, taking a risk of damaging a motor - or the shell of a Phantom - because the CF props don't break or fold like the plastic props from DJI do is an unreasonable risk if you screw up and hit something - and the props don't break.

    Claiming you feel something different in what you feel in your hand, from a remote device, is kidding yourself.

    I seriously doubt anyone is going to ever convenience me to swap out my cheap plastic DJI props to something that puts my Phantom at risk.
     
  20. Tim in Florida

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    Crashed my CF's twice. Plastic once. CF = better. They survive crashes. Plastic doesn't. 100% of my crashes with plastic props resulted in ruined props. 200% the number of plastic-prop crashes done with CF props resulted in ZERO damage to props. And, no effed up motors or anything else. That's what my crash data sets show. Plus, I feel the higher responsiveness, too even though I can't quantify it.

    CF with aluminum hubs for for me.