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Flight Time.. Battery

Discussion in 'Phantom 1 Help' started by defreerider, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. defreerider

    Jun 12, 2013
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    What sort of flight time are we getting with the Zenmuse gimbal fitted. I have noticed a significant and sadly terrible drop of in flight time since fitting the Zenmuse. Went to do some filming on Friday,took 3 batteries with me expecting to get between 25-30mins flight out of the 3. First flight 4mins, second and third flights 2-3mins before constant flashing red battery warning. Once the light starts flashing it seems I now have less than 30 seconds to bring home before it can no longer maintain lift.
    Has anybody else noticed this significant drop in performance.
    Alex :(
  2. jumanoc

    Jan 21, 2013
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    Welcome to heavy and battery killer gimbals nightmare...

    I've read that Zenmuse average flight time with standar batteries (2200mah 20C-30C) is 5-6 minutes. Same that Arris (mine is this), Tarot and other brushless motor gimbals.
    With your battery you should get at least 4 minutes, but it is relative to wind conditions, flight style, and another stuff on phantom. Also, may be yor 3 minutes battery could be damaged. Check it with an individual-cell charge meter.
  3. martcerv

    May 27, 2013
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    Is there any way to disable the zenmuse from charging the gopro while connected. I see this as a waste of power on an already battery limited setup I cant see why you would want to use any of this on topping up the gopro. I have spare batteries for my gopros and can get a few flights out of each I wouldn't want the main battery to provide power for the gopro at all.
  4. Gizmo3000

    Jan 25, 2013
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    Sherman Oaks, CA
    Just try to look at it as the glass being half full.
    I get 5 1/2 to 6 minutes with my Arris+FPV, which is ok.
    i set a timer on my Futaba so that at 5 minutes I take her back home and land, no sense pushing the limits unless I'm flying in an open field.
    but I to, experience significantly less time once the first failsafe kicks in,. had a few unexpected self-landings, one came down awfully hard.
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