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Mavic Air flown in extreme COLD temperatures!
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DroneSupremacy
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Hey everyone,

I flown my Air today in an extreme cold temperatures, -10 degrees celsius (14 F) and I have to say - I'm impressed with the stability and the way it coped with the cold.
The video that shows the footage of that day is below:



This has been the coldest day i've ever flown in, but it definitely won't be the list time I give this a try.

What's the coldest temperature you've ever flown in?
2018-2-27
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dj_dread
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nice test!
but i am frustrated that you posted this in the Spark section of the forum
2018-2-27
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dj_dread Posted at 2018-2-27 12:04
nice test!
but i am frustrated that you posted this in the Spark section of the forum

Perhaps, deep down,  he knows he made a mistake with the Mavic,  and is wishing he had a Spark?

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2018-2-27
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Leftyguy
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Nice Video - Never flown below Freezing
2018-2-27
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Wow. That's beautiful! Please be careful if you fly your drone during cold weather. I would recommend you warm up the battery before flight.  
2018-2-27
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Thanks for sharing .... wow that was cold.... for sure

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SkyySpyy
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The spark does just as well in even colder temps. I live in northern Alberta and got the spark Black Friday.thats the average temp I habe been flying around here. Only once did I get a cold battery warning.
2018-2-27
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Very nice
2018-2-27
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DroneSupremacy
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sidtx Posted at 2018-2-27 14:03
Perhaps, deep down,  he knows he made a mistake with the Mavic,  and is wishing he had a Spark?

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LOL, my bad. I actually have a Spark as well, but the Air beats it in just about any way
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dj_dread Posted at 2018-2-27 12:04
nice test!
but i am frustrated that you posted this in the Spark section of the forum

I believe that's some kind of bug, I remember picking the AIR section, so I wonder why that has happened?
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DroneSupremacy
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DJI Elektra Posted at 2018-2-27 19:48
Wow. That's beautiful! Please be careful if you fly your drone during cold weather. I would recommend you warm up the battery before flight.

Thanks! Not to worry, I've flown multiple times in cold weather, all my batteries were pre-heated before using. But I have to admit, first time flying in -10! Still great performance though!
2018-2-28
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DJI Elektra Posted at 2018-2-27 19:48
Wow. That's beautiful! Please be careful if you fly your drone during cold weather. I would recommend you warm up the battery before flight.

Is there any way we can move this topic to the "Mavic Air" section? For some reason it's in "Spark". Thanks!
2018-2-28
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In theory you can fly longer at those temperature if you pre-heat your battery.
For spark, DJI claims 16 minutes autonomy at 25 km/h, 1013 hPa, 20°C, the density of the air is 1,2 kg/m^3.
At -10°C, if you are at sea level (1013 hPa), the air density is up to 1,34 kg/m^3 (+ 12%) and you could earn 1min30 in autonomy.
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DroneSupremacy Posted at 2018-2-28 00:36
LOL, my bad. I actually have a Spark as well, but the Air beats it in just about any way

Sure. I will help you move the topic.
2018-2-28
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GoldenSun
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Nice job! Although I feel kinda bad for you freezing ;)
2018-2-28
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GoldenSun Posted at 2018-2-28 06:23
Nice job!  Although I feel kinda bad for you freezing ;)

Haha thank you, I think it was a part of the great overall experience. Editing the footage from my warm room made everything much better
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DroneSupremacy Posted at 2018-2-28 06:56
Haha thank you, I think it was a part of the great overall experience. Editing the footage from my warm room made everything much better

Yeah I imagine ;) Getting back to life like Han Solo
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Great video!      
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Hmmm. And they say that low temperature could be the case of blurriness in right part of the screen (for me). Still gotta wait when it gets warmer. I'he flown at ~-5-10ºC.
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Very good fly!
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DroneSupremacy
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Thanks! I've actually just returned from shooting in almost the same location, but this time the snow has started melting and it was super sunny. So soon I'll share that footage as well, can't wait
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Great video, thank you!
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Great video, you can see it was actually snowing while you were flying. Did you have any issues with water getting in the Mavic?
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Nice video!
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OneGuysView Posted at 2018-3-1 10:14
Great video, you can see it was actually snowing while you were flying. Did you have any issues with water getting in the Mavic?

no issues whatsoever, as long as it doesn't snow heavily it's all good!
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Great video and demo.  I think the secret to cold westher flying is keeping your batteries in your pocket till you get ready to fly.
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MFPullen Posted at 2018-3-3 06:35
Great video and demo.  I think the secret to cold westher flying is keeping your batteries in your pocket till you get ready to fly.

Absolutely, that's the way to use them without having "battery too cold" warnings!
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I know this is a Mavic post but fun fact my first time ever flying my spark was here in Canada in -22 Celsius...
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BeastMaster_101 Posted at 2018-3-3 16:01
I know this is a Mavic post but fun fact my first time ever flying my spark was here in Canada in -22 Celsius...

Oh wow, that's extreme. Especially for a first flight. How did it go?
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DroneSupremacy Posted at 2018-3-4 03:31
Oh wow, that's extreme. Especially for a first flight. How did it go?

It's normal here in Canada. The temps with windchill can get around -28 in winter of course. The temperature is much much better right now as it sits between -1 to 3. Beautiful days, don't even have to wear gloves. That day I did a lot of research and found out if I just prewarm the batteries and the gimbal of the AC I should be fine. And as soon as I took off I hovered for about 40 seconds to let the AC warm up. Fun fact that the battery was actually going up in temperature in flight and then it was stable at +25 C which was surprising.
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How long did the batteries hold up? Had the cold weather a huge effect on the flight time?
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Cold, how about -20°C.  Here is a link to my thread. https://forum.dji.com/forum.php? ... 5&fromuid=47441
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DJREM Posted at 2018-3-4 13:44
How long did the batteries hold up? Had the cold weather a huge effect on the flight time?

Not a huge effect, but it was noticeable. The flight time decreased to about 14-15 minutes.
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DroneSupremacy Posted at 2018-3-5 00:41
Not a huge effect, but it was noticeable. The flight time decreased to about 14-15 minutes.

Sounds reasonable, thanks a lot!
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