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What is the coldest temp anyone has flown their Phanton 3 at

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Miltown, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Miltown

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    Going up to Winona, MN this weekend and wanted to fly out there. The temp seems to be anywhere between 30 to 38 degrees. I have flown in about 36 degree weather and the quad did act a little funny from what I can remember but just brought it inside for a bit and then back out and was fine. So curious about others cold weather jaunts. Thanks.

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  2. 480sparky

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    Not really been cold enough here for a test, but I've flown my P2V+ at 10°F.
     
  3. Daniel Voyer

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    I've flown in -5 to -10 celcius. without any issue. So far. But here in Canada the real cold starts in January and February.
     
  4. hexital

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    I took mine out in -22 C (-7.6 F). Flight time can be reduced by cold temperatures so I didn't fly below 50% power. Didn't notice any odd behavior, all the instruments appeared to be working fine.

    Landed and took it inside immediately to warm up.

    Here's a video from the flight:

     
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  5. Daniel Voyer

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    I'd keep it in a slow warming process for condensation reasons.
     
  6. ParsnipHysorter

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    Fair number of threads on cold weather flying already. Here is one about -15 F: P3P at 15 below 0 | DJI Phantom Forum

    I myself have done a bunch lately at -10 F. No problems, and I estimate my battery endurance was reduced by only 5% over similar flight at warm temperatures.

    Waiting for some -40 or colder stuff we get in here in Alaska for some good tests but so far not this winter.
     
  7. StratocasterDave

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    Going to be very warm in Winona this week. Daytime highs in the 40's.
     
  8. ParsnipHysorter

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    When I've done my cold flights I took the opposite approach: Brought inside, removed the battery, and put in a warm location to get it over with. Condensation appears but then dries quickly as the surfaces warm. Seems harmless to me. I then just make sure it is warm/dry before next flight.
     
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    Absolutely gorgeous place to fly you have there. An ND filter will take care of those prop shadows.
     
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    Fairbanks? We lived in Peters Creek back in the day in the military back in the 80's but -40° sounds like fun :)
     
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    I flew yesterday and the temp was 12F and flight time was a bit shorter, only flew to %50 of battery and landed and no ill effects that I noticed.
     
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  12. Miltown

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    Thanks everyone for the input some great video to.
     
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    -10c quite easily.
     
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    Keep the battery about your person to keep it warm until you need it. And wear gloves!
     
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    That's awesome footage, thanks for sharing!

    Im really hoping to get to the park soon and get some fat bike footage...hope we have some nice flying weather!
     
  16. Wibble

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    -18C for me and it was fine. That was with my V2+.
    I would give anything for that weather now - I hadnt seen the sun in 4 to 5 weeks nor any blue sky until today. I decided to drive into England only about 60 miles - what a difference! Blue skies and a strange yellow thing up there! It has driven me crazy constant torrential rain and 70mph winds and still no let up!!!
     
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    Envy you guys. My coolest temperature was 45F :)
     
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    -30f freezing (or 8f above zero). And about 8 minutes of flight time due to frostbite years ago.
     
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    I flew in 16°f with my P3P 2 days ago

    Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
     
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    I've flown my P2 in -14F. Phantom and batteries were inside and warm prior to flight. Walked outside to calibrate compass and took off. My P3P is in the mail so I haven't flown that yet.

     
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