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Thoughts on new "weatherproofing" P4P drones
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Nauticalman
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I notice a lot of talk in our Phantom Pilots forum recently about new "waterproof" skins for allowing people to fly their Phantom 4 Pro in the rain.  Does anyone here have, or have tried any of these products in the past?  I'm just curious of the pros and cons, because where I live, we have what are called "sunshowers" whereby its sunny one minute and then a microburst of rain the next.  And sometimes when you feel that first raindrop your drone is a couple miles away and needs to get back before the deluge hits it.  What are you thoughts on these new "waterproof" kits?
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Mark The Droner
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Yeah I saw that.  I think it's a cool idea and I appreciate the innovative thinking, but personally I don't see a need for it and don't have a desire for it.  For one thing, I don't have a desire to fly in the rain.  I've been caught in the rain a couple times, and both times the rain had no effect - I brought it home safely from over a mile away both times with no problems at all.  Also, it will add weight.  So do I want to fly around with this added weight 24/7?  I think not.  MHO.  

Same applies for prop guards, extra long landing gear, and those pontoon things that are supposed to keep you afloat when you land in water.  

You know what would get me excited?  A live tracker like the old Flytrex Live 3G.  
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MrRobert5823
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Meh... not an important feature to me
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It's a cool idea but not practicable for now. Water damage is always a catastrophic destruction.
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whats the point, one drop on the lens and the video is unusable.
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Nauticalman
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DJI Susan Posted at 2017-8-31 19:28
It's a cool idea but not practicable for now. Water damage is always a catastrophic destruction.

thats what I was thinking.  All it takes is a little moisture to mix with electricity and then you got a brick.  The other thing I was wondering about is how do the engines cool themselves if you take away their air intakes.
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fans589cba4b Posted at 2017-8-31 19:47
whats the point, one drop on the lens and the video is unusable.

Good point.  
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CraigR
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I'd prefer a high-viz vest for my phantom before a wetsuit to be honest
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Nauticalman
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CraigR Posted at 2017-9-1 01:27
I'd prefer a high-viz vest for my phantom before a wetsuit to be honest

CraigR, Thank you for clarifying the distinction between the two.  And now that you mention it, my eyes are old, so maybe getting something that accents a little dot with fans in the sky might be helpful.  But since you mention it, do they make them where they don't obstruct the air intakes to cool the motors?
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Keith Thompson
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It seems everyone is hopping on the DJI accessories train these days.  Personally, I think DJI made the Phantom 4 pro as water tight as it needs to be.  I got caught in a surprise shower after the weatherman predicted 10% chance of rain, and was able to fly my Phantom back in light rain without any problems or water related damage.  The "skins" are cool, if you want to customize and stand out, but as Nauticalman said above, the question is if the added insulation inhibits cooling.  Maybe if you live in Seattle or somewhere it rains, it might have its favor, but for all I've researched, there is no "guarantee" against rain damage or moisture.
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Keith Thompson Posted at 2017-9-2 18:00
It seems everyone is hopping on the DJI accessories train these days.  Personally, I think DJI made the Phantom 4 pro as water tight as it needs to be.  I got caught in a surprise shower after the weatherman predicted 10% chance of rain, and was able to fly my Phantom back in light rain without any problems or water related damage.  The "skins" are cool, if you want to customize and stand out, but as Nauticalman said above, the question is if the added insulation inhibits cooling.  Maybe if you live in Seattle or somewhere it rains, it might have its favor, but for all I've researched, there is no "guarantee" against rain damage or moisture.


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