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Maintenance and P3's short warranty period
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Long Hot Summer
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What kind of maintenance should you perform on the P3 other than replacing propellers? Is cleaning drones easy?

Also, the short warranty periods really bother me... nothing has 2 years warranty (not even the remote control) and the battery only 3 months. I understand that drones are prone to hurt themselves but the warranty is about factory defects . . . I assume every drone gets some basic testing but real factory defects would pop up 6 months or later after buying.

Can someone with experience tell me a P3's (or similar) 'normal expected life expectancy'?

Not to complain but I keep doubting about whether to buy the P3 or not! It's not cheap for me and the warranty periods aren't confidence inducing . . .

From http://www.dji.com/service/warranty-period :

Remote Control12 Months
Battery3 Months
Gimbal Camera6 Months
Motor6 Months
Central Board12 Months
FrameNo Warranty
PropellerNo Warranty



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Wildcat Willie
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.Caveat Emptor...Buyer Beware..Just check the issues that the Inspire 1 has on the blogs...It was just launched a couple of months ago and the life expectancy for some was as soon as you got it and others 1 week to a month, and yet others no problems...Wait till they start asking for Beta testers for the P3...No Wait...You may not be a Beta Tester but you will be a First Adopter, so expect problems ...Do your home work check out the competitor prices and warranties as well as the P2...It is more established...DJI customer service has proved to be a mixed bag of fish some good some not so good...
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The average age of a quadcopter in the wild seems to be about a year or less. That's from my own experience as well as reading the experiences of thousands of others.
If you are really careful (almost no one is!) it could last longer. I have an original Phantom 1 that's 1 1/2 years old and still going strong. I've done some work on it though (resolder some stuff, new R/C TX, etc.)

Quadcopters are not like phones or even computers - because they fly! Picture if you were using your Macbook Air for disc golf and you'll get the idea.

This is an expensive hobby - well, it doesn't have to be.....but if you want the fancy stuff and want to keep it flying, it's costly. You can have a lot of fun and even take some pics with $200 worth of equipment (total quad and cam).

But these are fragile little birds and people use and abuse them. They are vastly more capable than just a few years ago....

I guess what I am saying is that a longer warranty would not make much difference. If something was wrong with the manufacturing it would likely show up in the first 10 hours or so of flight.

If the P3 is like the other Phantoms, we'll have to pay attention to the battery contacts and telemetry pins....most of the other stuff can last a long while unless you land in water or crash hard.


DJI stuff is no different than other brands in these matters - that is, it's not like another brand is going to give you two years of service and a DJI won't. In fact, DJI stuff is more proven than most.
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silverxrider.me
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Seeing as how the P3 is essentially a souped up P2 I would assume most of the 'normal' issues have already been corrected. If we have battery pin or data contact issues with the P3 then there are some really stupid people at DJI. As most all of those types of issues (hardware) were already worked out I expect any issues to be in the firmware/software dept.  I for one was lucky and in over 200 flights have not had one issue with my P2V (knock, knock). I did however change the power block out of an abundance of caution.
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tabbe
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Actually, they cannot sell P3 with these kind of warranties in EU. Since EU got consumer rights that state all products, excluding batteries (6month) should have 2 years of warranty.

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Long Hot Summer
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tabbe Posted at 2015-4-15 13:20
Actually, they cannot sell P3 with these kind of warranties in EU. Since EU got consumer rights that ...

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