A little video from my last trip in the Scottish Highlands taken on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone around Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Trotternish Ridge, Etive Mor, Man o Stor, Falkirk Wheel, Culzean Castle and Turnberry Lighthouse.
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I recently purchased the Banggood 4500mAh 15.2V 4S Intelligent Battery For DJI Phantom 3 Professional Advance and Standard Versions. Which sells at Banggood for about roughly half the price of an original battery from DJI. I paid £58.40 where you can pick up an OEM DJI battery for about £105. So a reasonable saving.
It took about 3 weeks to receive the battery from China and on checking the battery it all seemed pretty good, quality and build wise and in use lasts and charges around a similar time to the original battery.
I figure I only really need two batteries as I also have a car charger and it takes just under an hour to fully recharge a battery in the car. When Im travelling and driving between locations one maybe two batteries is fine per location for me and then I drive on to the next location which is usually a good drive so I can get at least one battery fully charged or just hang back in the car a little longer to get another charged.
Everything was going just fine with the Banggood battery for around 10 charges when I was out on a road trip around the Isle of Skye and encountered a problem. Within the Litchi app that Ive been using to control my Phantom 3 drone it started reporting a battery error in the top right hand corner that read “Battery Cell 3 error”. I was only a few minutes into a flight and this was quite concerning, I was flying next to the coast and a few shots I was after required going over the sea. I did not plan going far out to sea but I was concerned the battery could fail and my drone would come crashing down into the sea. Well salt water would be fatal to a drone but equally crashing into cliffs and hard ground would be equally fatal.
So anyway I did fly the drone back ok and I let it hover beside me a while and nothing really negative happened, but I still have this error message through the app. Of course I don’t feel comfortable flying with this battery, there really is no point taking the chance of my drone dying inflight and having it come crashing down. So the battery is going back to Banggood.
My thoughts are don’t chance losing your drone to save a few pounds on a battery.. stick with an original DJI battery best price Ive found online is here.
After my flyaway Phantom 3 standard drone I bought another replacement Phantom and have been getting some good use from it having just done a few days on the Isle of Skye. Mainly I do want it for just taking stills as I love the interesting angles that it opens up being in the air. Although, downside is drones are becoming increasingly popular. While photographing Eileen Donan Castle there was three other drones being flown at the same time.
Heres a couple of stills shot with my DJI Phantom whilst either on Skye or headed out there. The 12mp RAW files are pretty damn good. I’ve had some issues lately with the DJI GO app so Ive been using the Litchi app recently as well.
Now, even though I have been very happy with my DJI Phantom 3 the new DJI Maverick Pro addresses a couple of issues that I have. One is the size and weight although the Phantom 3 is not massive I would love a more sleek fold away form and two is the amount of attention the drone gets because of its audible sound and the Maverick is much more quieter, mainly because of its smaller propellers.
When the Mavic Pro was announced I was expecting it to be much more expensive and seeing as its priced lower then the Phantom 4 I really see it as a no brainer. So I will be parting with my Phantom 3 for the new DJI Maverick Pro.
I recently visited Buachaille Etive Mor with my camera and drone, was quite an overcast day and started shooting a bit late and really did not catch the drone footage I was after as a result.. but never mind I still got some cracking stills to play with and will return again soon to try and get some better video from my drone.