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    Respected Pilot Shrimpfarmer's Avatar
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    Phantom Maintenance Tips

    Phantom Maintenance

    On Purchase

    1. Check all parts have been included
    2. Charge range extender (Vision)
    3. Insert batteries into Transmitter (Tx)
    4. Update Firmware of Phantom & Tx
    5. Check for obvious loose items
    6. Rotate motors by hand and get used to how they feel
    7. Calibrate your compass in a safe environment
    8. Consider starting a simple flight log of battery use and safety checks

    Before Flight

    1. Check for any obvious loose items
    2. Check for play in motor shafts.
    3. Note any potential hazards at the flying site
    4. S1 & S2 switches in top position.
    5. Tx antenna vertical
    6. Antenna connected to video Tx on quad (Phantom 2 only)
    7. Turn on Tx - red light on
    8. Confirm Tx batteries good for flight.
    9. Check Phantom battery - 4 greens
    10. Insert battery & power ON
    11. Wait for GPS Lock
    12. Wait for HOMELOCK


    1. Check for hazards
    2. Apply full power - be prepared to fly away from you as it lifts
    3. Move to safe area approx 10ft altitude
    4. Check stick controls
    5. Confirm you can hover and all is normal
    6. Depart for flight

    During Flight

    1. Avoid rapid descent in the hover
    2. Maintain line of sight or use spotter for FPV
    3. Monitor battery level - allow plenty of time for landing


    1. Check for hazards - watch for kids and dogs who may approach the quad.
    2. Avoid chatting concentrate 100% on the quad
    3. Land downwind of people including yourself
    4. On touch down reduce throttle to zero & hold until rotors stop
    5. Turn off main battery
    6. Turn off Tx
    7. Note battery used if you have more than 1

    Regular maintenance

    1. Check for obvious loose items
    2. Check condition of blades
    3. Check tightness of all screws and bolts
    4. Check for play in motor shafts
    5. Discharge main batteries after 20 cycles as advised by DJI
    6. Note battery % life remaining in assistant software and record in log
    7. Record safety inspection in your log

    Please feel free to suggest further items for this list and I will add them in.


    Last edited by Shrimpfarmer; 04-20-14 at 06:28 PM. Reason: Added new points as suggested
    I fly Phantom 2 with Gopro 3 Black, Zenmuse, Imersion RC600, Black Pearl Monitor.

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    Respected Pilot Pull_Up's Avatar
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    Under both regular maintenance and before each flight I would suggest checking for play in motor shafts. Any movement up/down or laterally in the shaft can point to a bearing problem.

    Also, there have been some cases of the the securing e-clip coming off - a firm pull up (sorry!) on the motors will reveal this as you'll be able to break the magnetic force that would then be the only thing holding the bell housing in place.

    If you're up for it and have the right tools I would also suggest regularly opening up your Phantom and checking on the security of soldered joints and plugs/sockets inside. Just like with real helis vibration over time can cause some issues that a simple check can catch on the ground, rather than up in the air. There's a video in my signature below on how to open up the Phantom (Vision, in my case, but all the P2 variants are the same) if you're not sure how to go about it.

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    Before every flight I also check the charge state of my transmitter batteries.

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