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bmamalis
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Hey all.

So I have about $150 I'm allowing myself to blow on my P3A.  I was trying to decide between a third battery or the DBS antenna mod.

Anyways, what would you all do with the money?  Feel free to throw in other suggestions besides those two as well.
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bmamalis
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All you opinionated people and nobody wants to help me decide this one?
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Hello! I have some suggestions for you. Are you satisfied with the range of your drone? If you are not satisfied or really like long range FPV, I would buy DBS mod, no question. If you really don't care about FPV, buy an extra battery. Personally, I would buy DBS mod because I really enjoy long range FPV.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me
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DroneToTheMAX Posted at 2016-7-2 10:01
Hello! I have some suggestions for you. Are you satisfied with the range of your drone? If you are n ...

Thanks for the reply! I got a mile with it yesterday and that was my longest attempt. I'm sure i I could have gone further stock but I worry about the stock range ability at that point. I haven't used both batteries and wished I had another waiting for me yet, but who knows if that day will come!

Decisions decisions!
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I don't have any personal experience with the DBS mod but if you're referring to the itelite DBS mod you can spend and additional 50 or 60 bucks and get them both I believe.
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Rex59 Posted at 2016-7-2 10:08
I don't have any personal experience with the DBS mod but if you're referring to the itelite DBS mod ...

Hmm? I thought the mod was $110-120 and the battery is $150? I would want to be sure it was a stock DJI battery.
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-2 22:08
Thanks for the reply! I got a mile with it yesterday and that was my longest attempt. I'm sure i I ...

Don't worry to much about the stock range ability, it should be able to go 4 miles one way Since it seems that you are not really in to FPV, I would recommend buying that extra battery
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DroneToTheMAX Posted at 2016-7-2 11:02
Don't worry to much about the stock range ability, it should be able to go 4 miles one way  Sinc ...

Wow that's a long way stock! I'm more in it for the photography possibilities than for fpv. I guess I'll going for the battery!

Thanks!
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DroneToTheMAX Posted at 2016-7-2 11:02
Don't worry to much about the stock range ability, it should be able to go 4 miles one way  Sinc ...

Now if there was a way to use my Samsung gear vr, I'd totally go for some fpv fun, but since there's no way to do that yet without basically destroying the glasses...
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I bought three extra flight battery packs, and wish I had a couple more. Hahaha
It's nice to go flying and have plenty of extra battery for a nice long drone experience.
An extra micro sd card is nice to have, too. ;-)

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Rex59 Posted at 2016-7-2 08:08
I don't have any personal experience with the DBS mod but if you're referring to the itelite DBS mod ...

There are a few of us, FV Zappa fans here, on the forum...
No one will ever be like Frank, not even the Dweez... ;-)

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-2 14:23
I bought three extra flight battery packs, and wish I had a couple more. Hahaha
It's nice to go flyi ...

I decided on the battery. Best buy price matched B&H. Charging now before i go camping for the weekend!

Also got the fearless bag and a couple extra sd cards in the mail today. Woot!
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I have both, but my adivice is first the battery
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Go for the battery.  You'll want more than two eventually.
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A handy DC-AC power inverter for the car lighter socket will be handy, on out of town travel excursions... ;-)

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-2 15:28
A handy DC-AC power inverter for the car lighter socket will be handy, on out of town travel excursi ...

Good call, that'll be next!
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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-2 13:25
There are a few of us, FV Zappa fans here, on the forum...
No one will ever be like Frank, not ev ...

Amen to that RHP.
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-2 18:36
Good call, that'll be next!

Amazon has the DJI Phantom batteries for $118.
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Best Buy has Phantom 3 intelligent flight battery packs going for $99.99. Beat that!! Hahaha
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/prod ... 42468200c341b88en02
This great offer will End July 7th. Get yours while the discount is good. ;-)

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-4 02:04
Best Buy has Phantom 3 intelligent flight battery packs going for $99.99. Beat that!! Hahaha
http:// ...

Canadian... Lol $100 Canadian
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-5 08:44
Canadian... Lol $100 Canadian

Wait, wow that's like $76 USD. How come they aren't doing that here!?
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GPS tracker or battery.
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DJI-Ken Posted at 2016-7-4 22:17
GPS tracker or battery.

Sorry, why a tracker? Is losing these things really that common an issue?
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-5 14:13
Sorry, why a tracker? Is losing these things really that common an issue?

Lost drone is common on forum, because this is where people come to complain about things.

People have different opinions about GPS trackers, some people find it useful, others don't.

The stock P3A can go as far as 3 miles in open field with few interference. With a pair of 20$ range booster, I know people who fly to 5 miles without losing image transmission.
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-5 14:13
Sorry, why a tracker? Is losing these things really that common an issue?

Things happen all the time and 99% of it could have been prevented.
An inexpensive GPS tracker could possibly find your aircraft if you lose it.
Flying a few miles away in the middle of the desert and a bird attacks it or some situation like that.
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DJI-Ken Posted at 2016-7-5 07:43
Things happen all the time and 99% of it could have been prevented.
An inexpensive GPS tracker cou ...

Thank you Ken, that makes sense now.
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-5 22:55
Thank you Ken, that makes sense now.

No problem, it's just great insurance in case something happens.
I use a Trackimo and it woks great.
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bmamalis Posted at 2016-7-4 19:08
Wait, wow that's like $76 USD. How come they aren't doing that here!?

It couldn't get much cheaper, unless you stole it. Hahaha

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-6 00:15
It couldn't get much cheaper, unless you stole it. Hahaha

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Still full price at best buy in the US. Wanna get a few for me and ship them?
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Oh, so you can't order them down, from up here, at Best Buy directly?

That must be a heart breaker... Haha

The sale ends on July 7th... How would you get the funds to me? Perhaps you could transfer me the money first, then yes, I would.
I don't send hundreds of dollars worth of hobby supplies to virtual 'strangers'...

If you can, Figure it out... ;-)

Edit: I just read this on the other forum:

I went to Best Buy yesterday and the sales clerk on the floor said they do not match Canada Best Buy prices; however, when I went up to the cashier (buying some xtra props) I showed him the ad on my iPhone and he accepted it with no problem! I was surprised and happy that it went through for 99 bucks! Thanks for posting this deal on this forum.



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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-6 00:33
Oh, so you can't order them down, from up here, at Best Buy directly?

That must be a heart breaker. ...

Yeah I tried that yesterday but the Best Buy I went to didn't have them in stock so they looked online and realized it was bestbuy.ca and said they couldn't honor that.

I'd be happy to paypal you the cash!  But first I'll try another best buy with them in stock.
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I don't have a Paypal account. Hopefully someone in a local Best Buy will help you out.
Not sure why they have that cross border policy, it's all the same corporation. ;-)
Let me know, how it goes for you. Thanks.

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-5 13:52
I don't have a Paypal account. Hopefully someone in a local Best Buy will help you out.
Not sure why ...

Woot! Had to visit a couple different best buys but i found one that matched that price. So i bought two!
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Hahaha, love it. Eh, your welcome for the heads up. Congrats, glad I could help!!. ;-)

Enjoy your drone...

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-5 22:15
Hahaha, love it. Eh, your welcome for the heads up. Congrats, glad I could help!!. ;-)

Enjoy your d ...

Thank you!  I think I'm done needing any more batteries for now.  5 is enough right? Haha.
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Wow, five intelligent flight batteries? Do you have stock in @DJI? Hahaha
Like so now, You da man!! Son. ;-)
I already have four flight batteries, and feel there needs to be one extra slot in the @DJI hardshell backpack for Yet another... Ha

It pleases me to know how happy and excited you are, about your new drone. And you should be, it's darn awesome.
It's always been a pleasure for me, to help and share this hobby or any of my several other interests with likeminded folks.
Be they newcomers to the hobby, or them old timers, that have already been enjoying this lifestyle for several decades, or more.
Thanks for allowing me to be a microfragment of your enjoyment herein...

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RedHotPoker Posted at 2016-7-6 07:56
Wow, five intelligent flight batteries? Do you have stock in @DJI? Hahaha
Like so now, You da man!!  ...

I have the Fearless backpack.  Room for one more battery!  I went camping over the weekend and got a bit of nice footage I'll have to upload when I get to editing.  I was also chased by a seagull but this thing is so fast and nimble I got away!

I can't wait to see what kind of footage I'll get when I have more hours in the sky and experience in my thumbs.
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Birds can be nasty, they frequently even get hostile towards our intrusion into their living rooms and kitchens. Hahaha
It will only keep getting better every day. ;-) yes, with more time aloft, you will be much more precise with drone and camera movements.
You might also want to try raising the RC sticks up, longer sticks make for finer degrees of aircraft control.
It's not the flying that is difficult for most though, with our Phantoms being so stable in the air.
But learning how to adjust the camera parameters for various different lighting scenarios, video settings and the like.
Particularly night compositions. Because an awesome clear sharp pic taken at dusk or at dawn often looks amazing. Ha

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