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Phantom 3 Battery Firmware v1.6.0040

This guide assumes you were already on firmware 1.5  - The update process is EXACTLY the same even if yuo wre not on 1.5 and can still be followed.

DJI have released an important battery firmware update v1.6.0040 for the Phantom 3 Pro and Advanced. It is seriously advisable to apply this update to all batteries.

Installing the update follows the same proceadure as all previous firmwares. Follow the below steps.

Notes:
1. Firmware update v1.6.0040 is for the BATTERY and MC ONLY if you were already running 1.5. When you check the logs it will show the BATTERY (11) and the MC (03) modules were updated ( if you had not already updated to 1.5.30 ). Subsequent battery updates will only show the BATTERY (11) module as updated in the logs.
2. The initial update of the battery and the MC takes about 7 minutes if you were on 1.5 already and about 20 minutes otherwise. Subsequent batteries take about 2 minutes to update.
3. You will need repeat the process for each battery you have ( the DJI GO App will prompt you if the battery needs updating ).
4. The noteworthy points of this firmware are the following:
   a.
Optimized battery performance in low-temperature condition, to avoid the rare issue of a battery shut-off in mid-air due to the trigger protection.
5. The DJI GO App will display the Aircraft firmware as 1.5.30+ ( 1.6.40 now ) after the update is completed successfully ( note the + symbol to differentiate from 1.5.30 ).
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6: It is advisable to update to 1.5 firmware before installing this update although this firmware includes all updates that 1.5 did ).

Step 1- Check Battery and SD Card

Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery has at least 50% power and the SD card has been formatted using the DJI GO App ( not a requirement 99% of the time but does no harm ).

Formatting SD Card Using the DJI GO App



Step 2- Prepare the Firmware Update Package

1. Download the firmware update package from the official DJI website
P3 Advanced - http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3-adv/info#downloads
P3 Professional - http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3-pro/info#downloads

Note: The Phantom Professional, Phantom Advanced use different firmware files. Make sure to download the correct one.

Review the Release Notes for the particular P3 so you know what’s changed.
P3 Professional: http://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/p ... e_Note_en_12.22.pdf
P3 Advanced: http://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/p ... ote_en_12.22%20.pdf

2. Insert the SD card into your PC. Extract the downloaded firmware .BIN file into the root directory of the SD card. Remove the SD card from your PC.

Ensure the aircraft and controller is powered OFF then insert the SD card into the card slot on the camera.

The below video shows the process of adding the firmware .BIN file on the SD card.
NOTE: The video shows downloading firmware 1.3.20 for the Phantom 3 Professional, you will need to download the latest version ( v1.6.0036 for Pro/Advanced ) for your particular model.


Step 3- Update the Aircraft

1. Ensure the remote controller is powered OFF and then power ON the aircraft. Upgrade will begin automatically after aircraft is powered on.

The below video shows the complete update process.
Note: How long the update takes and the precise sequence of events migth differ from the video so use it as reference only.


The update takes about 10 minutes to complete the first time ( the MC and Battery will be updated ). Subsewuent batteries take about 2 minutes.

Note: During the firmware upgrade the lights on the arms of the Phantom will flash different colours, beep in different patterns, gimbal might move and go limp. All of this is normal so just ignore it. It’s ONLY when the light on the front of the gimbal goes SOLID GREEN that the process is complete (you will also hear the DA…DA.DA beep).

When the light on the gimbal goes SOLID GREEN ( and you hear the DA...DA.DA beep ), turn off the Phantom by pressing and releasing the power button quickly, then immediately press and hold it in for 2 seconds.

2. Check the upgrade status by opening the “.txt” file that is automatically generated on the SD card after the update (you need to plug the SD back into your computer for this). The final line in the LOG file should have the word “Success”.

The LOG file will look similar to this:
========== 2014.01.01 00:00:12 remo-con disconnect======
Packet: P3X_FW_V01.06.0040.bin
Upgrading ...
Result: Success.

There is also another LOG file in a hidden directory on the SD card called /MISC/LOG. This file contains further detailed information on each hardware module within the P3 that’s updated. Useful if something goes wrong.

The LOG will look similar to this ( the modules to be updates are hilighted in RED for old version and BLUE for new version ).:
[00013983]========== remo-con disconnect. boot(15) ============
[00014055]Packet [C:\P3X_FW_V01.06.0040.bin] detected, card sn [0xb1621bb6].
[00014128]Packet upgrade start...

[00014209]Packet checking...
[00014288]Packet vlink 01.06.0036 <-> 01.04.0010.
[00014363]Record vlink 01.05.0030 <-> 01.04.0010 (flow = 0).
[00014437]Done.

[00014507]Version checking[1]...

[00014619][03 06][00] v2.4.0.5 -> v2.4.10.7 need upgrade.
[00014779][11 00][00] v1.7.0.0 -> v1.7.15.1 need upgrade.
[00014876]Done.

[00016951]Waiting for user confirm...
[00027022]Timeout, start upgrade automatically.

[00027167]Firmware upgrading[1]...
[00027253][11 00] Firmware upgrade start...
[00075098][11 00] Firmware upgrade finished successfully.
[00075352][03 06] Firmware upgrade start...
[00388956][03 06] Firmware upgrade finished successfully.
[00389028]Done.

[00389100]Version checking[2]...
[00389217][03 06][05] v2.4.10.4 -> v2.4.10.7
[00389383][11 00][05] v1.7.15.1 -> v1.7.15.1
[00389455]Packet upgrade finish successfully.


Additional battery firmware updates will show as this in the hidden log file ( the modules to be updates are hilighted in RED for old version and BLUE for new version ).
[00012850]========== remo-con disconnect. boot(15) ============
[00012924]Packet [C:\P3X_FW_V01.06.0040.bin] detected, card sn [0xb1621bb6].
[00012998]Packet upgrade start...


[00013076]Packet checking...
[00013148]Packet vlink 01.06.0036 <-> 01.04.0010.
[00013221]Record vlink 01.06.0036 <-> 01.04.0010 (flow = 0).
[00013303]Done.


[00013378]Version checking[1]...
[00013506][03 06][00] v2.4.10.4 -> v2.4.10.7
[00013666][11 00][00] v1.7.0.0 -> v1.7.15.1 need upgrade.
[00013738]Done.


[00015809]Waiting for user confirm...
[00025880]Timeout, start upgrade automatically.


[00026128]Firmware upgrading[1]...
[00026214][11 00] Firmware upgrade start...
[00073904][11 00] Firmware upgrade finished successfully.
[00073977]Done.


[00074046]Version checking[2]...
[00074175][03 06][00] v2.4.10.4 -> v2.4.10.7
[00074329][11 00][05] v1.7.15.1 -> v1.7.15.1
[00074406]Packet upgrade finish successfully.



See this video on how to see hidden files on Windows and OSX.




Perform Calibrations.
Although this is only a battery update, it's recommendd to perform the usual calibrations after any firmware update.

1. Calibrate the IMU (even if the app says you don’t need to). Try to do the IMU when the Phantom is cold and on a level surface.
2. Calibrate the gimbal as soon as a successful IMU is done.
3. Calibrate the remote controller. This step is optional as the controller will beep like mad and indicate in the App if it needs calibrating. No harm doing it though.
4. Before flight, calibrate the Compass. Make sure to do this away from metal, magnets and other ferrous thingy-ma-doodas (in a big open field with just grass).

Upgrade Notes.

a. When the update fails you will get a solid RED light and a screech hurts your head. Here is a short video showing the results of a failed update (in this case it was a corrupt BIN file)

b. Ensure there is only one firmware package file stored on your SD card at any one time.
c. Ensure you remove any gimbal lock and lens cap before powering on the Phantom.
d. Only storage devices that are formatted for FAT32 and exFAT file systems are supported for aircraft and remote controller firmware updates.
e. Ensure the internet connection of your mobile device is stable when downloading the firmware update package.
f. Turn on Airplane Mode on your mobile device before updating the firmware on the controller, as any incoming calls may disrupt the update process.
g. Do not perform firmware update while the aircraft is still flying in the air (I just cannot imagine someone even doing this).
h. Be sure to update the remote controller’s firmware to the latest version after you upgrade the aircraft’s firmware ( if one is required ).
i. The remote controller may become unlinked from the aircraft after updating. Re-link the remote controller and aircraft.
j. Confirm the update results based on the blinking pattern of camera status indicator or gimbal sound. It is normal for the aircraft to sound or the LED to blink during the update process.
k. Always check the logs no matter if it completed or not. Subsequent restarts of the P3 with the firmware on the card will result in an "Abort" being logged saying the firmware is the same. If you get this, its likely the update went OK. Any concerns, post the logs in this or the support thread.
l. When updating, the ONLY thing to look at is the gimbal light;
Flashing GREEN and RED - Its updating
Solid GREEN - Update sucessful
Solid RED - Update failed ( check the log files. )

If after following this guide you are unable to update the firmware or are experiencing any issues, please report back by commenting in this thread.

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Awesome work again Sploodge.
My only disappointment with this release is the only rollback option is the one with known flaws of 1.5.30
I'm running happily on 1.4.10 as I have a 3rd party app that plays nicely with that and not so much with 1.5.30
Think I may be sitting back a little longer...
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mike.wildlight Posted at 2015-12-22 19:55
Awesome work again Sploodge.
My only disappointment with this release is the only rollback option is ...

Just remember the fact that this update addresses important aspects of the battery management to do with cold weather flying ( and generally IMO ).. Not sure what 3rd party apps dont work with 1.5 ( I use Litchi and AutoPilot )

If you are good on 1.4 and accept the risks then stay at 1.4..
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CaveDrone Posted at 2015-12-22 19:38
Once again, you're the MAN!   I really hope you're getting paid to do what you are doing,  that's  ...

Don't get paid I am not a DJI employee nor a rep and I don't have any connection to DJI other than being a customer like most on here..
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Thanks for the info I just performed the update it took about 10mins for the first battery and less than 3 for my other two batteries. My screen shot is below
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Just a newbie question....i know all the process of updating, however, now i have 2 batteries.

Starting the point the update goes well, after sucess (solid Green), do i turn off, remove the battery, insert the new one, and then power up?

Or do i need remove also the SD Card with the logs of the first batteryand P3 update? Sorry if this sounds stupid, but i never get it....and now i have 2 batteries.

Also, will the P3 avoid update, when starting and insert the second battery, making automatically just the update of the battery?
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-23 06:05
Just remember the fact that this update addresses important aspects of the battery management to d ...

Yeah agreed, 1.4.10 doesn't seem to have the battery issues (or not as bad) as 1.5.30 I'm usually an early adopter of firmware because it usually means fixes and features, but with this product I'm tending to exercise a little more caution.

I use MapPilot app which has a few issues with 1.5.30 which will be addressed in the latest release, not sure if changes in 1.6.40 will affect them.

As an aside how do you find Autopilot? some of the teaser vids look very interesting but when I look at their main site the released app looks very limited.
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Mordor Posted at 2015-12-22 20:28
Just a newbie question....i know all the process of updating, however, now i have 2 batteries.

Star ...

Yes, just turn it off, put in a new battery and turn it on again.. Wait until you get the green gimbal light and the DA-DA.DA sound ( takes about 2 minutes ).

If you do get any issues doing this ( very rare ) then just delete everything except the firmware file from the SD card.
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pmason718 Posted at 2015-12-22 20:16
Thanks for the info I just performed the update it took about 10mins for the first battery and less  ...

Looks good..
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Definitely installing this one when I get home.
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They should at least give you a free Inspire!
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How cold is "cold" for an IMU calibration? It's 40F out, so I'll probably place it outside for 5 minutes and then calibrate.
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jackamick Posted at 2015-12-22 20:40
How cold is "cold" for an IMU calibration? It's 40F out, so I'll probably place it outside for 5 min ...

Yeah 40 should be OK ( even a bit hight would be fine ).. I leave mine to sit in my utility room overnight and then do it first think in the morning.. If probably get to about 50F.. The key point is to get it cooler than your normal ambient temperature when you fly.
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-23 04:31
Yes, just turn it off, put in a new battery and turn it on again.. Wait until you get the green gi ...

Thank you, Sensei!
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Done my advanced and two battery's  this evening and all went fine. Did a test flight indoors ( kitchen) because it's pizzing down in Sheffield and there was no vibrating or drifting,just need to get out and do a test flight outside now. Thanks splodge for your walk through.
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Really awesome tutorial Sploodge, very informative. Thanks a million.
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mike.wildlight Posted at 2015-12-22 20:30
Yeah agreed, 1.4.10 doesn't seem to have the battery issues (or not as bad) as 1.5.30 I'm usually  ...

Autopilot is good. But to be honest I don't use the features much for what I use the P3 for. POI is the one I use the most and the DJI GO App works well for it.
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Thank you.

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Rebel Posted at 2015-12-22 22:35
As far as P3s falling from the sky because of the cold,do you have an estimate as to what percenta ...

Not a clue... Sorry..
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Rebel Posted at 2015-12-22 22:50
The reason i asked was because it seems like most of the ones falling out of the sky were on 1.5.  ...

It does look like many were on 1.5 when "a number of" people started to report the issue in quick succession. But from day 1 some have been reporting the same type of issue so its hard to pinpoint it.. Also, between 1.5 and 1.6 only the MC and battery is updated. In 1.4 there was no battery update and we didn't hear of many reports of sudden loss of power.. make what you want of that - Another point is that the issue affected the Inspire 1 too, so does look like it was an issue "introduced" at about the same time. All this does point to something in 1.5 beign a problem.

I recommend people to update to this version just in case
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Rebel Posted at 2015-12-22 23:00
Thanks for your input. To your edit...Thanks again. "All this does point to something in 1.5 beign  ...

Some people wait and see with firmwares and others just jump in and update.. Whatever makes people feel better.

Whatever has been discovered, be it in firmware 1.5 or even earlier, the fact there is a battery update that potentially reduces that change of the P3 falling from the sky should make everyone seriously consider updating.

I'm not one for trying to force people to do anything so its their choice
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-23 07:58
Autopilot is good. But to be honest I don't use the features much for what I use the P3 for. POI i ...

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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-23 04:06
Don't get paid  I am not a DJI employee nor a rep and I don't have any connection to DJI other t ...

I live in  a warm winter country.  In your humble opinion, would it be necessary for me to update?
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Hi There
One thing I am not sure about is how to update other batteries, I think I read you leave the Bin file on card after completion, without the other success logs, and this happens automatically when placing different battery in, is this correct
Or do I have to run the firmware twice for each battery
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Brando1234 Posted at 2015-12-23 05:17
Hi There
One thing I am not sure about is how to update other batteries, I think I read you leave t ...

After doing the initial update ( this will update the battery and aircraft ), turn it off, swap to another battery and power it on again. The update will start automatically and update the battery. Repeat this for all batteries you have.
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Bobcat90 Posted at 2015-12-23 02:40
I live in  a warm winter country.  In your humble opinion, would it be necessary for me to update?

Yes I would.. But its your choice. If you are NOT running 1.5 at the moment ( maybe 1.4 or even older ) and are happy for various reasons, then take the risk and don't update.

But, In my opinion, if you are already on 1.5 then updating can only be a good thing
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Thanks sploodge for all your help.
how can I p.m you I've some questions.
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-22 21:46
Yeah 40 should be OK ( even a bit hight would be fine ).. I leave mine to sit in my utility room o ...

Hello all and specially sploodge,
I'm just wondering why do we need to calibrate the IMU in the cold?
Thank you for your reply
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pierrepardon201 Posted at 2015-12-23 10:41
Hello all and specially sploodge,
I'm just wondering why do we need to calibrate the IMU in the co ...

Calibrating the IMU when the P3 is cold gives the sensors a better range of data to work with. This has been shown to reduce the chances of the horizon going a bit wonky as well as the P3 flying in a straight line. Also reduces the time it takes at the "warming Up" stage when turning  it on.

You don't need to put it in the fridge like some have been doing ( nothing shows this gets any better results ). Just try and get it cooler than normal daytime ambient.
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-23 18:55
Calibrating the IMU when the P3 is cold gives the sensors a better range of data to work with. Thi ...

Hi all
Completed update last night, both batteries as well v1.6
In all of the success files, I had success the abort underneath that then success underneath that like below

Success
Abort
Success

Is this correct process seemed to work fine and complete, I was in 1.5 already so in think it was telling me aircraft has latest or same firmware when I was upgrading

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Just so I am clear, if I am on 1.4 do I have to upgrade to 1.5 before I upgrade to 1.6 or can I just upgrade from 1.4 to 1.6......Thanks
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Brando1234 Posted at 2015-12-23 20:33
Hi all
Completed update last night, both batteries as well v1.6
In all of the success files, I had ...

Yeah that's fine..
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gtsoutdoors Posted at 2015-12-23 21:36
Just so I am clear, if I am on 1.4 do I have to upgrade to 1.5 before I upgrade to 1.6 or can I just ...

Its not a requirement.. 1.6 contains all the updates 1.5 does and the fixes ;) - It might take about 15 minutes to complete the first update if going directly from 1.4
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sploodge Posted at 2015-12-24 05:43
Its not a requirement.. 1.6 contains all the updates 1.5 does and the fixes ;) - It might take abo ...

Thanks, I appreciate your quick response.
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Thanks for advising

When I went to v1.5 only had success file, when i went to v1.6, I had an suucess, abort, suucess in there as well, sorry it was so late, I didn't get a change to verify what was listed as firmware with the + or not, will check tonight
Can somene verify the latest firmware now for P3P

P3P
1.5.30+

DJI APP
2.4.3 - OS Ops, updated last night

Juts neded to know what the latest RC firmware that should be listed or being used???
Is this the latest I should be using; The remote controller firmware v1.5.70



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