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Christine96 Posted at 2018-9-3 15:45
Yeah that's what makes me nervous about using it.  That said I do have the app on my iPad mini.  I'm itching to try it though.  Maybe when my warranty expires or maybe I'll buy a sacrificial drone for cheap on eBay.

Let me say it again ...

LITCHI is created via the DJI SDK and in so doing should not invalidate your Warranty. Only if you were doing something outrageous that falls outside of DJI flight design capability.

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Mark The Droner Posted at 1-3 14:55
Okay I guess you're right - the guy says it's because they have no log to examine.  I thought there would be a log on the AC.

Unfortunately - that thread and the posts indicated only give one side of the story.

I would actually like to have seen the actual DJi statements ..... as I know people personally that have had their gear repaired under warranty after using Litchi. Litchi is the app used by most people I fly with.

DJI provide a SDK - to enable development of compatible programming. Why would DJI do that ? To get out of warrantys ?

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I got a very different answer from DJI, and was told if I used Litchi there would be no warranty.
Unfortunately DJI's people are not all reliable information sources.
Just because one tells you something is no proof that something is true.


Very true ... way back I was trying to get definitive answer from DJI Tech about battery life cycles and the relevance of the quoted 200. Each email reply I had told a different story. And it even jumped from one tech centre to another as the questions got deeper into the subject. The final result - DJi had not in any form answered the questions in a consistent and viable form.

Its even worse when you ask on the forum ... I sometimes wonder if the Mods here actually fly these machines ? I know a lot of the replies appear to be auto- generated !!

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solentlife Posted at 1-5 07:28
Very true ... way back I was trying to get definitive answer from DJI Tech about battery life cycles and the relevance of the quoted 200. Each email reply I had told a different story. And it even jumped from one tech centre to another as the questions got deeper into the subject. The final result - DJi had not in any form answered the questions in a consistent and viable form.

Its even worse when you ask on the forum ... I sometimes wonder if the Mods here actually fly these machines ? I know a lot of the replies appear to be auto- generated !!

Yes that's true, some of the reply seem to be generated automatically and make no sense what so ever.

I am even more confuses than ever, but since I have DJI Care Refresh, I'll wait a bit before using Litchi. Beside, Litchi is so expensive. I have a friend with a Mavic Pro and he's using Litchi often, never had a problem, but the Spark is prone to lose compass and goes into ATTI mode. If that happen and it crash, I want to be covered, not second guess if I will be because I was using another app.

It's dumb that DJI Care Refresh cover user error but would not cover a crash if I use of third party software. Using a third party software could be considered as ''user error''. This is all so confusing.
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solentlife Posted at 1-5 07:28
Very true ... way back I was trying to get definitive answer from DJI Tech about battery life cycles and the relevance of the quoted 200. Each email reply I had told a different story. And it even jumped from one tech centre to another as the questions got deeper into the subject. The final result - DJi had not in any form answered the questions in a consistent and viable form.

Its even worse when you ask on the forum ... I sometimes wonder if the Mods here actually fly these machines ? I know a lot of the replies appear to be auto- generated !!

Its even worse when you ask on the forum ... I sometimes wonder if the Mods here actually fly these machines ?
I haven't seen much evidence to suggest they do.
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Daniella3d Posted at 1-5 08:17
Yes that's true, some of the reply seem to be generated automatically and make no sense what so ever.

I am even more confuses than ever, but since I have DJI Care Refresh, I'll wait a bit before using Litchi. Beside, Litchi is so expensive. I have a friend with a Mavic Pro and he's using Litchi often, never had a problem, but the Spark is prone to lose compass and goes into ATTI mode. If that happen and it crash, I want to be covered, not second guess if I will be because I was using another app.

Just using third party software developed using DJI's SDK dpes not invalidate Care Refresh   Now if the third party software caused the crash, that would invalidate Care Refresh.
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Dirty Bird Posted at 2018-2-19 16:40
Litchi is a great flight app to have in your tool bag.  I can't promise you'll never have an app crash, nor is it a 100% replacement for Go as it does not include every single aircraft setting, but it is a robust product with good value & performance.  My favorite part of Litchi is Waypoint Mode which allows you to program the bird to fly missions autonomously even beyond RC range.  If you become proficient with waypoints you can achieve things not currently possible with manual flight.

https://youtu.be/WVi3yaWadxM

Awesome Video Sir!!!!  
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Nascarnut_dei Posted at 2-2 15:32
Awesome Video Sir!!!!

Thank you I appreciate that!
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RicardoGray Posted at 2018-2-19 13:58
I have used Litchi for several years now and love it. It is very stable and probably the reason most of us but it, is the ability to create waypoint mission very easily and store them in the cloud and modify them on your PC. It have other features just like DJI GO too, but this is the main one. You still need the GO app for setting some features on your Phantom, but you won't be disappointed with it. Remember you cannot run both apps at the same time though.

Hi. Can you tell me how to edit waypoint on the PC please, also does the Litchi has all the autonomous flight options as the DJ Go4 in the newest version?
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I've been flying DJI drones since January 2018 and still haven't used the Litchi app. Basically, I hear the Litchi app is used by people who inherit DJI drones by unscrupulous methods so to stay incognito from DJI for likely thievery reasons?...
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-8 23:57
I've been flying DJI drones since January 2018 and still haven't used the Litchi app. Basically, I hear the Litchi app is used by people who inherit DJI drones by unscrupulous methods so to stay incognito from DJI for likely thievery reasons?...

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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-8 23:57
I've been flying DJI drones since January 2018 and still haven't used the Litchi app. Basically, I hear the Litchi app is used by people who inherit DJI drones by unscrupulous methods so to stay incognito from DJI for likely thievery reasons?...

Utter crap. So you are accusing all those people in this thread who have extolled the virtues of Litchi, are thieves and crooks?

Litch has feaures that far exceed the DJI Go apps, that is why many people use it.
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Geebax Posted at 8-9 14:41
Utter crap. So you are accusing all those people in this thread who have extolled the virtues of Litchi, are thieves and crooks?

Litch has feaures that far exceed the DJI Go apps, that is why many people use it.

I'm mot suggesting everyone who uses Litchi being a crook, I'm only being presumptuous that it's known DJI drones flown on Litchi represent a high amount of drones that have serial numbers not belonging to its first original owners and these secondary owners utilize Litchi to conduct their affairs as to a means of staying incognito and under the radar screen. That's not to say someone curious to try Litchi is absolutely unscrupulous, but intelligence when flying a drone and mitigating your risks one would agree why utilize Litchi when in the unforeseen rare event something were to happen to your drone while not flying in DJI GO 4 but Litchi one would realize that DJI is not  responsible for a warranty claim thus I recount  the aphorism: "what can be added to the happiness of man, who's in good health, out of debt, and has a clear conscious?" -- Adam Smith
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You caught me in a moment of asking myself what would be the meaning of your poster is it aimed at me or aimed at the truth because you feel people here can't handle the truth?
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-9 19:22
I'm mot suggesting everyone who uses Litchi being a crook, I'm only being presumptuous that it's known DJI drones flown on Litchi represent a high amount of drones that have serial numbers not belonging to its first original owners and these secondary owners utilize Litchi to conduct their affairs as to a means of staying incognito and under the radar screen. That's not to say someone curious to try Litchi is absolutely unscrupulous, but intelligence when flying a drone and mitigating your risks one would agree why utilize Litchi when in the unforeseen rare event something were to happen to your drone while not flying in DJI GO 4 but Litchi one would realize that DJI is not  responsible for a warranty claim thus I recount  the aphorism: "what can be added to the happiness of man, who's in good health, out of debt, and has a clear conscious?" -- Adam Smith


"I'm only being presumptuous that it's known DJI drones flown on Litchi represent a high amount of drones that have serial numbers not belonging to its first original owners and these secondary owners utilize Litchi to conduct their affairs as to a means of staying incognito and under the radar screen."


Then let us have a link to this 'evidence'. I have been around for quite some time and I have never heard of this before. And as far as 'staying incognito', that is factually incorrect, because even when flying using DJI Go, most times there is no mechanism for the Go app to report anything to anyone. You would have to have a cell phone in order for that to happen, with cell coverage and for a great number of pilots, that is simply not the case.

"when in the unforeseen rare event something were to happen to your drone while not flying in DJI GO 4 but Litchi one would realize that DJI is not  responsible for a warranty claim"

Another false statement. Whether DJI like it or not, a warranty claim is NOT conditional upon flying with the DJI Go app. If the failure is due to a manufacturing defect in the aircraft, DJI have to honour the warranty. This has been debunked many times over.

You appear to know nothing about Litchi, and would be advised not to offer useless and misleading advice in the absence of actual experience.
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Geebax Posted at 8-10 14:56
"I'm only being presumptuous that it's known DJI drones flown on Litchi represent a high amount of drones that have serial numbers not belonging to its first original owners and these secondary owners utilize Litchi to conduct their affairs as to a means of staying incognito and under the radar screen."

Then let us have a link to this 'evidence'. I have been around for quite some time and I have never heard of this before. And as far as 'staying incognito', that is factually incorrect, because even when flying using DJI Go, most times there is no mechanism for the Go app to report anything to anyone. You would have to have a cell phone in order for that to happen, with cell coverage and for a great number of pilots, that is simply not the case.

You are warranting everybody fly their drone and risk the event they were to have a complication where in an example the Litichi Application were to crash and the pilot crashed the drone as a result. Do you think DJI is going to cover that accident as nothing more than "User Error"?

DJI will not cover any incident related to any application malfunction that does not include the language: "arising from but not limited to....."

I'm not doing anything more than pointing out to people that there are additional risks when you fly with any application aside from DJI GO 4. If you want to certify this as being incorrect, then you'd have an expensive proposition in the event many people decided to accelerate their warranty claims against you for failure by DJI to cover those claims?...

I don't make it a habit to point people in directions that pose potential risk and then debunk others who merely point out there's fungible fact that this is the case. Is it me or you who's only just playing devil's advocate?...
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David Martin Graff Posted at 8-9 19:22
I'm mot suggesting everyone who uses Litchi being a crook, I'm only being presumptuous that it's known DJI drones flown on Litchi represent a high amount of drones that have serial numbers not belonging to its first original owners and these secondary owners utilize Litchi to conduct their affairs as to a means of staying incognito and under the radar screen. That's not to say someone curious to try Litchi is absolutely unscrupulous, but intelligence when flying a drone and mitigating your risks one would agree why utilize Litchi when in the unforeseen rare event something were to happen to your drone while not flying in DJI GO 4 but Litchi one would realize that DJI is not  responsible for a warranty claim thus I recount  the aphorism: "what can be added to the happiness of man, who's in good health, out of debt, and has a clear conscious?" -- Adam Smith

David, have you gone off you meds?
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EdM Posted at 8-10 23:18
David, have you gone off you meds?

What do you really mean? I'm sorry if this thread offended anyone, just trying to give people an open mindset about reverting to applications other than DJI GO to fly their drones. People who misconstrue the message, again I apologize for that.
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Think I might just give it a try!
2019-8-23
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What of buying litchi for my Osmo Plus, does this also guarantee good value for money? My main usage is to livestream with my osmo plus onto Facebook and YouTube. Since my DJI Go app connects endlessly to Facebook, and from what I read in forums, there is no clear fix to that.
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djiuser_w2SPuyrDnNOD Posted at 6-24 00:41
What of buying litchi for my Osmo Plus, does this also guarantee good value for money? My main usage is to livestream with my osmo plus onto Facebook and YouTube. Since my DJI Go app connects endlessly to Facebook, and from what I read in forums, there is no clear fix to that.

Hello fellow Phantom 3 Standard captains.  I recently decided to change up to Litchi  from the DJI Go app, specifically because of the way-point programming capability.  Using the Litchi Mission Hub website, I have saved a number of flight paths starting and ending at my home, with time duration ranging from 3 minutes to 21 minutes, though I have not actually flown any of those saved flights because thus far I am getting no video feed on my smart phone within the wifi signal's limited range.

My question is with respect to the distance and time limitation that is best applied to Litchi flight planning for the Phantom 3 Standard, whose nominal battery lifespan is specified as 25 minutes in the DJI website.   Given the unpredictability of winds aloft, would it be best practice to limit any flight plans to say 15 minutes or less, to allow for the drone encountering head-winds or crosswinds on the return leg of the flight ?   

Flying line of sight, I have rarely flown my Phantom3S  for longer than 15 minutes per sortie, but I still wonder how close one can cut it for programmed flights, bearing in mind that the stated battery life of the Phantom 3S is 25 minutes, presumably on a day with moderate or gentle winds.

Any thoughts and opinions on this flight duration question for the P3S, would be much appreciated.   
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I have used Litchi app for my Mavic mini. I was trying Follow me mode and drone went in another direction and crashed. Unfortunately I was found in a water source and damaged. I strongly recommend not to use Litchi app.
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