Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

Turning off vps?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by sandman259, May 21, 2016.

  1. sandman259

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    137
    Has anybody turned there's off before to see if they got better battery life?


    Sent from my iPhone using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  2. CactusJackSlade

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    602
    Likes Received:
    114
    I have never used mine from day one.... I get 19-21 minutes of actual video/flight time if I want to - that is landing at 23-25%
     
  3. sandman259

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    137
    I might play around with it and see if I notice a difference. I never fly indoors or without gps so I probably won't miss it...


    Sent from my iPad using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  4. With The Birds

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    2,609
    Likes Received:
    742
    Location:
    Australia
    I turned vps off at flight 10 (first over watet flight) and havent had it on since. Dont recall and significant change in flight time.
     
  5. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,034
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Location:
    US
    It will not make a noticeable difference.
     
  6. sandman259

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    137
    I wonder why the standards flight time is 2 mins more then? I was thinking this would be the only difference...


    Sent from my iPhone using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  7. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,034
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Location:
    US
    The P3S is lighter and does not use Lightbridge. Perhaps those are factors.
     
  8. matti

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2016
    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    62
    Does turning VPS off affect landing (outside with good GPS) in any way?
     
  9. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,034
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Location:
    US
    No.
     
  10. matti

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2016
    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    62
    Thanks for the info. I presumed VPS would fine-tune the AC horizontal position more than GPS could.
     
  11. sandman259

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    137
    I was thinking the vps made it more bouncy on landing. My standard would land softer where as the advanced seams to touch ground for a sec then kind of bounced before landing if that makes any sense...


    Sent from my iPad using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
    MasterBlaster likes this.
  12. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,034
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Location:
    US
    A lot of previous P3S owners have noted this. The landing is not as soft with VPS disabled either.
     
  13. DefaultIT

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2016
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    74
    Landing is 90% of the reason I have mine off most of the time. P3P really resists setting down in atti mode with VPS on, to the point where it can be difficult to nail a small landing mat since the craft shoots back up to 18 inches or so when it senses the ground is too close.

    I have not noticed any improvement in flight time.
     
  14. BVC

    BVC

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2015
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA / Dener, CO
    Yes it does. VPS will make for a rough/bouncy landing.

    Incorrect - see above.


    I agree. My father has the P3P and I the P3A.

    Just flying on my own I noticed that VPS caused my landing to be jumpy/bouncy. I did not like this. I turned VPS off (didn't know I could until I found it trying to find another option) and instantly noticed after that flight that my landing was far more smooth and easy going. I have to say.. the bird was a bit of a flirt at this point in time.

    So I took notice in this and went on my way with my new few flights. Then when met up with my father a few days or weeks later I noticed his landing vs my landing (VPS on his, off on mine). The difference is night and day!


    I'm personally not a fan of VPS. I don't think the system really works. I tried using it in the Redwood forest in CA and just following the road (paved/maintained) it did not do a very good job. I couldn't get a GPS signal and the **** bird was just all over the place as if it had a six pack of beer after doing some body shots off some hot unicorns.
     
  15. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,034
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Location:
    US
    He's asking if turning off VPS will have a negative impact. The answer is most certainly no. Thank you for sharing your experience though.
     
  16. jonebk12

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2016
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    96
    I've never turned VPS off and I can pretty much always set my P3A down gently. Really, I've never had an issue, but I've never compared so maybe I'll turn it off next time just to see if there's a difference.
     
  17. Scotty88

    Joined:
    May 13, 2016
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    7
    I have experienced the same with my p3a with vps on, just before touch down it climbs a bit and then comes down smoothly. Going be Turing vps off
     
  18. BVC

    BVC

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2015
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA / Dener, CO
    Again, incorrect.

    He asked if it affected the landing in any way (Does turning VPS off affect landing (outside with good GPS) in any way?). The answer is clearly yes - VPS does affect landing in one way or another. So turning off VPS will indeed change the affects, yes?
     
  19. sandman259

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    137
    I would think it also uses a little bit of battery power to operate so it should give you a smidge more battery life....


    Sent from my iPhone using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  20. BVC

    BVC

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2015
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA / Dener, CO
    Give it a whirl. I found turning it off turns the bird into a manual vertical control vs assisted control.