Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

Replacing Vision+ with DJI F550: Couple of questions!

Discussion in 'Other DJI Multi-Rotors' started by tch1972, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. tch1972

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am building an F550 and wanted to hear your feedback on my setup.

    - DJI F550
    - DJI DT7 Controller w/ tilt lever
    - Naza V2
    - iOSD Mini
    - Zenmuse H3-3D
    - GoPro H3+ Black
    - Folding landing gear

    My question is about batteries. I loved the 18 minute flight time of the Vision+ and would like to achieve the longest flight time with the F550. What is the best option to get 15-18 minutes of flight on the F550?

    Thanks
     
  2. FangsCPO

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    The retractable landing gear is heavier and will kill your flying time. When I use to fly the stock DJI landing gear and my 3S 6400 mAh 35C lipo I was getting about 12 minutes. I added after market landing gear and I lost about 3.5 minutes flying time. That was my experience. By the way, I'm using the E300 kit now and I can go 9 minutes max flight time which is pushing it.
     
  3. FangsCPO

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    Some guys have had great success by upgrading motor and props.....I'm sure they'll chime in soon with their suggestions.
     
  4. tch1972

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can the gopro take stills on command while in the air videoing?
     
  5. OI Photography

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    5,542
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    On command, no. On a timer, yes (i.e. every 5 sec, etc)
     
  6. FangsCPO

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    You can also have your Go Pro shoot video and photos simultaneously. The manual will explain how to set it up.
     
  7. SanCap

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2013
    Messages:
    715
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    South West Florida
    I think I would look for a different controller than the DT7. One with more capability and channels. Something that will allow you to customize more settings.
     
  8. FangsCPO

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    Futaba seems to be a crowd favorite. I went with a Spektrum DX7........If I had to do it again, I would have gone with a Spektrum DX9 at a minimum or the Futaba with 10 channels.
     
  9. joeg1717

    Joined:
    May 22, 2014
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    3
    I would echo the different controller suggestion. Also be prepared for shorter flight times. I have a V2, V+ and a F550, the flight time loss is the biggest drawback for me.
     
  10. tch1972

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am looking to add a reliable hexa to my aerial filming fleet and ran across a seemingly healthy DJI F550 setup. The guy with this setup has a $2,000 asking price which I think may be very fair. What is your opinion on this setup and price?

    Tiger motor MT2216-11 kv900
    Graupner 9" props
    Dji 30a Opto speed controllers
    Dji Wookong M
    Photohigher AV130
    Sony NEX 5
    Hdmi to analog converter
    Fatshark goggles and Video TX
    High skid landing gear with battery tray
    (6) Grayson 4s 5000mah bats
    Hyperion 720 bat charger/balancer
     

    Attached Files:

    • 57.JPG
      57.JPG
      File size:
      757.9 KB
      Views:
      312
  11. OI Photography

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    5,542
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    It seems like a great price for all the hardware included, did he quote flight times you can expect with it? That seems like it would be a lot of weight to be hanging on 9" blades even with 4S.
     
  12. ericty

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2013
    Messages:
    163
    Likes Received:
    0
    My 550 setup includes: Naza V2, E300 system, Mini iOSD, H3-3D gimbal with GoPro Hero 3 Black, retractable landing gear, Immersion 600mw VTX. I switch between using a 6600mAh and an 8000mAh 4S battery and get 9 min and 13 min. flight times, respectively. AUW is about 2300g.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. FangsCPO

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    Nice flight times with retractables onboard!! !
     
  14. ericty

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2013
    Messages:
    163
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Fangs!