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After using the Phantom 3 Standard for around 9 months now, I can safely say that I am very happy with my purchase. This was a big step up from the Parrot that I was flying, you name it this thing does it, great video, awesome stills, and very cool custom flight modes, but after meeting up with a friend that owns a P3 Advanced and seeing the range it could go out too, I started to think maybe it was time to (A) get something like an Argtek Range Extender or (B) get a new quad all together. I would really love some advice on which I should go for. I thought I might show some of the best shots I have taken over the past 9 months while I am at it as well.
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maybe you can try mod the wifi tx power to 27 to get better long flight range...also windsurfer...

 

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after meeting up with a friend that owns a P3 Advanced and seeing the range it could go out too, I started to think maybe it was time to (A) get something like an Argtek Range Extender or (B) get a new quad all together.
Try your friend's Advanced and you'll notice that the Lightbridge is about more than just range.
It's a much better control system than old-tech wifi.
If you're serious about Photography, consider going to the P4 pro or advanced to get the superb camera which is a huge improvenebt photographically.
 
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After using the Phantom 3 Standard for around 9 months now, I can safely say that I am very happy with my purchase. This was a big step up from the Parrot that I was flying, you name it this thing does it, great video, awesome stills, and very cool custom flight modes, but after meeting up with a friend that owns a P3 Advanced and seeing the range it could go out too, I started to think maybe it was time to (A) get something like an Argtek Range Extender or (B) get a new quad all together. I would really love some advice on which I should go for. I thought I might show some of the best shots I have taken over the past 9 months while I am at it as well. View attachment 85895 View attachment 85896 View attachment 85897
I'd go P3P
They're cheap at the moment and a great machine.
 
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I own both a P3 4K (uses Wifi) and a P3 Advanced (uses lightbridge). As others have mentioned, Lightbridge technology is a whole different ballgame than traditional Wifi. That's not to say the P3 Standard isn't a great drone. In fact, I always recommend the P3 Standard to people who are looking to buy their first "real" GPS drone.

That said, the Advanced/Pro models are superior in just about every way possible. You get:
-Lightbridge Technology
-Upgraded Transmitter
-VPS
-Glonas + GPS

However, don't sell/trade in your Standard. Keep it as a second drone to use for Litchi missions. This is what I did with my P3 4K. Plus, it's just nice having two Phantoms to fly!
 
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I went from a P3S to a P3P and it was an awesome upgrade. It got to the point where I was throwing so much money at the standard, trying to make it have more range that I could have just bought the Pro in the first place. I was just about to throw another 200 at it, buying amps and LiPo battery (for the amps) and I stopped myself and bought a Pro. The Pro does right out of the box what a fully modded Standard does. And you don't have to have a remote that looks like a space ship, LOL. Keep your eye out for sales. I bought mine for $579.00 on Newegg.com. It's a refurb, but I would challenge anyone to tell the difference between refurb and new, side by side.

EDIT: Nice pictures, BTW.
 
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Aidan, first those are some great shots. I recently upgraded from the P3S to the P4A. Drastic upgrade in video quality, camera quality and overall functionality. Not to mention a monster range. However, I still love my P3S. I have two batteries for my P4A and 3 for my P3S. When my P4A batteries are done I jump to the P3S to continue flying and filming while my P4A batteries recharge. I found that with both drones and my portable battery charger, I can go out and pretty much keep flying all day!!
 
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My question on the range extended I'd mine goes as far as DJI software will let me go. A range extender wouldn't help that, would it?
 
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My question on the range extended I'd mine goes as far as DJI software will let me go. A range extender wouldn't help that, would it?
What do you mean "DJI software will let you go"? Untick the distance limiter box and you could go 10 miles, if such a battery and antenna existed.
 
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What do you mean "DJI software will let you go"? Untick the distance limiter box and you could go 10 miles, if such a battery and antenna existed.
I can't believe I never noticed that option. :) fun stuff.
 
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Yes. P3s great. Until you have the desire to go 3 plus miles. I actually went over 4 miles once. Each way. Why? Because I was over water and that was how far the island was. Had 8 mins to spare when I got back. So 8 mile roundtrip. 5 mins filming. Then hauling like he wind full boar to get back.
 
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Yes. P3s great. Until you have the desire to go 3 plus miles. I actually went over 4 miles once. Each way. Why? Because I was over water and that was how far the island was. Had 8 mins to spare when I got back. So 8 mile roundtrip. 5 mins filming. Then hauling like he wind full boar to get back.
Are you saying you did that with a P3S? If not, how far have you gone with the P3S?
 
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Yes. P3s great. Until you have the desire to go 3 plus miles. I actually went over 4 miles once. Each way. Why? Because I was over water and that was how far the island was. Had 8 mins to spare when I got back. So 8 mile roundtrip. 5 mins filming. Then hauling like he wind full boar to get back.
I don't believe you can reach 4 miles in a PS3. I barely can go over 250 meters. You can go over 4 miles in an advanced.
 
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I did It with a p3p. I did go 2 miles with a p3s. A little over 2 miles. Each way.
 
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Basically just flew over the Gulf of Mexico. Over water reduces interference from other devices. Towers. Wifi. Electrical lines. Etc. ... after that it was a matter of making sure my antenna was right and pointing remote in general direction.
 
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Try your friend's Advanced and you'll notice that the Lightbridge is about more than just range.
It's a much better control system than old-tech wifi.
If you're serious about Photography, consider going to the P4 pro or advanced to get the superb camera which is a huge improvenebt photographically.
I have PS3 and P4Pro and the difference in camera quality is negligible - no noticeable difference to 99% of us.
 
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After using the Phantom 3 Standard for around 9 months now, I can safely say that I am very happy with my purchase. This was a big step up from the Parrot that I was flying, you name it this thing does it, great video, awesome stills, and very cool custom flight modes, but after meeting up with a friend that owns a P3 Advanced and seeing the range it could go out too, I started to think maybe it was time to (A) get something like an Argtek Range Extender or (B) get a new quad all together. I would really love some advice on which I should go for. I thought I might show some of the best shots I have taken over the past 9 months while I am at it as well. View attachment 85895 View attachment 85896 View attachment 85897
I have a phantom 3 standard but my videos are not like yours. What settings do you use?
 
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After using the Phantom 3 Standard for around 9 months now, I can safely say that I am very happy with my purchase. This was a big step up from the Parrot that I was flying, you name it this thing does it, great video, awesome stills, and very cool custom flight modes, but after meeting up with a friend that owns a P3 Advanced and seeing the range it could go out too, I started to think maybe it was time to (A) get something like an Argtek Range Extender or (B) get a new quad all together. I would really love some advice on which I should go for. I thought I might show some of the best shots I have taken over the past 9 months while I am at it as well. View attachment 85895 View attachment 85896 View attachment 85897
Well, I'm in remote western Alaska. I have added a windsurfer to attenuate the radio of my controller and after just this one mod, I can fly my P3S further than I can actually see it....(a mile?) I usually end up having to get back using FPV until I can see it again. Just be sure to trim a little half-moon shape off the bottom of the windsurfer so you can stand the pole up more. Real important to keep the antenna pointed towards the Phantom at all times. I accidentally turned away while swatting bugs and almost triggered a RTH...don't do that...Have fun and the windsurfers are free and you can make as many as you like. I am using cut up beer cans instead of tin foil for the parabola. Works a little better and is much more durable
 
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