Can you even buy new batteries?

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Hello,

Been a while since I have been on here. I have a P3S.

1) Range issues since I replaced the camera and upgraded firmware. Lucky to get 1000 feet @ 250 elevation. Sometimes it goes up 200'(straight above) and wants to RTH.

2) Is there even anyplace to buy new batteries?

3) Is the P3S a lost cause?

Thanks!
 

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New OEM DJI batteries are still available here on Amazon or here on eBay. There are lots of 3rd party batteries available too (if you're into that).
 
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Thanks for the heads up.

Wish I knew what the easy fix for the range issue was. Solder jumper wire?(tiny). New motherboard(how difficult, even available?)
New transmitter battery? Magic? Antennae? etc etc etc
 
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Hello,

Been a while since I have been on here. I have a P3S.

1) Range issues since I replaced the camera and upgraded firmware. Lucky to get 1000 feet @ 250 elevation. Sometimes it goes up 200'(straight above) and wants to RTH.

2) Is there even anyplace to buy new batteries?

3) Is the P3S a lost cause?

Thanks!
I have a P3S and fly it almost daily. I currently have 4 batteries in circulation all 3rd party batteries (3 are PowerExtra and 1 is FlyHi) all purchased off of Amazon. I prefer the PowerExtra batteries. My oldest PowerExtra battery has almost 170 charge cycles on it and it has been rock solid as have the other ones. They have performed just like my original DJI battery that I has since been retired due to swelling. I like ordering from Amazon because if you have any problems you can return the item and get your money back - last year I ordered a PowerExtra battery but one cell kept giving me large deviation errors so it went back for a refund. I replaced it with the FlyHi one I now have.

The P3S is definitely not a lost cause. Mine is almost 4.5 years old and is still going strong.

Chris
 
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For your range issue.
Are you flying in a WiFi congested area? If so your range is going to be affected by the WiFi interference. I use a parabolic reflector and that usually helps with my signal. I find my range can vary greatly depending on the area where I am flying but the parabolic reflector definitely helps.

Chris
 
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For your range issue.
Are you flying in a WiFi congested area? If so your range is going to be affected by the WiFi interference. I use a parabolic reflector and that usually helps with my signal. I find my range can vary greatly depending on the area where I am flying but the parabolic reflector definitely helps.

Chris
I am out in the Boonies. Miles from any houses, powerlines, virtually no cell phone reception at all. My BIL owned this and actually got close to 5 mile with a tin can reflector before I got it off of him. He landed it hard and broke the camera ribbon.(he bought a Mavic) I tried a new ribbon and the camera all worked fine but couldn't see anything so I put a new camera on it and upgraded to newest version of firmware.

He lives in "high open country". Where he used to fly miles we now get 1000' if lucky. I even tried his tin can reflector and it made no difference. A lot of times 600' @ 200' elevation and she starts fighting the RTH.
 
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With my Phantom 3S, whose controller I retrofitted with the ARGTEK range extender, I have seen ranges in excess of 6,000 feet, or a country mile, out in the sticks where I reside. That said, I fly Litchi auto-flight missions exclusively, with the drone flying beyond signal range quite early, as it embarks on round trips that typically run 6 miles. You cannot go wrong with Argtek.
 
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Remove the upper shell and inspect the main board, soldier joints for battery , ribbon cable tabs bent , anything loose or not making contact to board.
 
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Hello,

Been a while since I have been on here. I have a P3S.

1) Range issues since I replaced the camera and upgraded firmware. Lucky to get 1000 feet @ 250 elevation. Sometimes it goes up 200'(straight above) and wants to RTH.

2) Is there even anyplace to buy new batteries?

3) Is the P3S a lost cause?

Thanks!
My P3S is brilliant you can buy batteries on line I think I got mine from Amazon I had Two for I think for about £80.00 hope this helps
 
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Hello,

Been a while since I have been on here. I have a P3S.

1) Range issues since I replaced the camera and upgraded firmware. Lucky to get 1000 feet @ 250 elevation. Sometimes it goes up 200'(straight above) and wants to RTH.

2) Is there even anyplace to buy new batteries?

3) Is the P3S a lost cause?

Thanks!
 
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Hello,

Been a while since I have been on here. I have a P3S.

1) Range issues since I replaced the camera and upgraded firmware. Lucky to get 1000 feet @ 250 elevation. Sometimes it goes up 200'(straight above) and wants to RTH.

2) Is there even anyplace to buy new batteries?

3) Is the P3S a lost cause?

Thanks!
Lost Cause, sorry but you might as well be flying with a kite and string :(
 
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The Phantom 3S, under Litchi control, will fly 6 mile round trips well beyond signal range, if this is permissible where you reside. Being lighter in weight than other Phantom variants, the P3S is an absolute beast under Litchi control. Can't wait for the prices to drop further on P3S, so I can acquire a fleet of them ha ha.
 
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"My BIL owned this and actually got close to 5 mile with a tin can reflector before I got it off of him."

No he didn't...LOL
 
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Lost Cause, sorry but you might as well be flying with a kite and string :(
I disagree! Sure, the P3S does not have a lot of range especially in WiFi congested areas but this can be somewhat mitigated with the use of a parabolic reflector. Also, if you are flying within the VLOS rules in most countries, the lack of range of the P3S will not be much of an issue because I doubt most people can see much beyond the signal range of a properly functioning P3S.

For a drone this old, it still amazes me how current it feels thanks to the support of third party flight software like Litchi, Dronelink, and Hammer which add features only available in newer drones.

For me, I continue to fly my P3S every chance I get (usually at least 3 to 4 times a week) and will continue to do so until it no longer flies.

Chris
 

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