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Bunkx9
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Anyone else keep the VPS off on routine outdoor flights? I feel it's more of a detriment to the P3 when you have strong GPS lock.
2015-9-3
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Flight Raptor
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Keep mine one...never had an issue.  What detriment do you think it might have?
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jimcloud74
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Auto landing will not work properly along with auto takeoff if you disable. (if you care) ;)
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rayrokni
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i have mine always  turned off when over water!  i used to have it enabled at other times until one day i was up 300'+ and i noticed the VPS was saying i was up 12'. from that day on i have had it switched off. i dont fly indoors, i dont use auto take off, i dont use auto land, and i dont fly 9'(the max range of vps) off the ground. so i cant see the benefits for me.
2015-9-3
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Rigworker
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I have only turned it off a couple times to test it. Now it is always on.
2015-9-3
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boxerman
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Never turn them off - fly mostly over water.
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buzzcbr
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Mines never turned on, dont need it, never use it.
Also 99% of my flights are over water (live on the coast) so not gonna risk it.

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Bunkx9
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Flight Raptor Posted at 2015-9-3 23:33
Keep mine one...never had an issue.  What detriment do you think it might have?

If I'm understanding what the instructions are telling me, the P3 uses VPS from 0-10ft. Above 10ft, it switches to GPS only to orient/stabilize.  

The detriment would be that GPS lock is more reliable/accurate in keeping the P3 stable, isn't effected my light conditions/water/certain patterns that are said to throw off the VPS system.  

My "trainer quad" was the Parrot AR 2.0. It uses the same VPS/sonar sensors for flight and altitude control. It wasn't accurate at all, but I'm really glad I learned to fly a quad with it. It's makes flying the P3 a breeze.

Side note: First flight with carbon fiber props last night. WOW. Love those things. It's A LOT more quiet and responsive.
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Flight Raptor
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rayrokni Posted at 2015-9-4 12:04
i have mine always  turned off when over water!  i used to have it enabled at other times until one  ...

Very interesting observation.....hmmm...making me rethink my habits here....
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Flight Raptor Posted at 2015-9-4 22:18
Very interesting observation.....hmmm...making me rethink my habits here....

let me be a bit more clear,  i turn it off not because they malfunction, i turn it off because i dont  use it and since there are debates about it  i dont need to risk using  something that is not useful to me. if i flew indoors or auto take off and land, i could see the reason to enable vps.
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Bunkx9@yahoo.co Posted at 2015-9-4 09:47
If I'm understanding what the instructions are telling me, the P3 uses VPS from 0-10ft. Above 10ft ...

Can you link the props you used for your phantom 3? Thanks!
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rayrokni
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QuikSilver15 Posted at 2015-9-4 23:54
Can you link the props you used for your phantom 3? Thanks!

go to dji store and there u will see the carbon fiber reinforced props, $15 for 2 so $30 for a set and in my opinion well worth it. careful there are some fake ones out there. that is why i buy direct from dji, specially things that keep it in the air!!
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Flight Raptor
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QuikSilver15 Posted at 2015-9-4 23:54
Can you link the props you used for your phantom 3? Thanks!

In addition to Ray's post, here's where I got mine and I LOVE em...
http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Reinfo ... SVBREYXMS5A1A8QTV9S
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rayrokni
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Flight Raptor Posted at 2015-9-5 00:24
In addition to Ray's post, here's where I got mine and I LOVE em...
http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Rein ...

amazon would be cheaper as there is a $20 shipping fee from DJI, but be careful of knock-offs.
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rayrokni Posted at 2015-9-5 00:30
amazon would be cheaper as there is a $20 shipping fee from DJI, but be careful of knock-offs.

Couldn't agree more.  For the record, these were the genuine DJI parts that came in the Genuine DJI packaging of 2pcs per pkg.
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tcmitch1
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Ok now to add to this thread....
I recently returned my P3 Standard and bought the Pro.  
I do plan on turning off the VPS feature as I fly mostly outdoors too.  
My question.... would turning off this feature make the battery run longer on a full charge?  Does the VPS use more battery power vs not using it?
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tcmitch1 Posted at 2016-1-6 00:55
Ok now to add to this thread....
I recently returned my P3 Standard and bought the Pro.  
I do plan  ...

The VPS doesn't  run much power . I doubt it would make a big difference on flight time .
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