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Almost lost my Platinum today!
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Monkey007
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It was my own mistake for not taking the extreme hot weather into consideration. The Platinum's battery was showing 30% when I started to bring it home from 1km away, and I would never have expected it to drop to 10% when it was still almost 500m away! It started descending from 70m to as low as 19m above the ocean so I had to constantly counteract it with a right stick input (I fly mode 1), while manually navigating it home. To make things worse my Galaxy S7 was overheating so most of the time my screen wasn't displaying what I needed to see most. Thank God it just made it and the battery was at 1% at touch down!

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1-15 23:09
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JJBspark
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Great pictures and good to read that your Platinum landed safely!!  1% is more than 0%  ;-)

cheers
JJB
1-16 00:55
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Charissa
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You got some awesome images out of it though.
What was the temp like? We presently have temperatures of up to 40 degrees C..........Only relieve is the afternoon thunderstorms at times.
1-16 00:59
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Montfrooij
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Oops.
At least the images look great.
1-16 01:22
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Kevin Halle
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Great shots though....Good save too!
1-16 03:10
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M2Wair
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Good ending, well done and great image's
1-16 04:16
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Woe
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Nice shots
1-16 04:36
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jacksonnai
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Glad that it landed safely, btw wonderful images!
1-16 05:28
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Drameee
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I like your pictures, safe flying!
1-16 05:47
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DJI Gamora
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Hi there, thank you for sharing your amazing shot and experience flying the Aircraft. Nice to hear nothing happens with your Aircraft. Fly safely. Cheers!
1-16 09:03
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Dorset_Horn
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I reckon you should be buying a lottery ticket this week!
1-16 09:54
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nixuspix
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Images are outstanding and pilot is a great guy, who was able to save the drone
1-16 10:09
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Bob Brown
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Sounds like you learned something. Priceless considering the almost obvious alternate outcome.
Keep in mind that you can land it in a safe spot and go get it.. I am sure that crossed your mind.
1-17 03:39
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Monkey007
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JJBspark Posted at 1-16 00:55
Great pictures and good to read that your Platinum landed safely!!  1% is more than 0%  ;-)

cheers

Thanks JJB, I've just never seen, and still coldn't believe the battery level dropped from 30% to 10% in just 500m!
1-17 17:43
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Monkey007
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Charissa Posted at 1-16 00:59
You got some awesome images out of it though.
What was the temp like? We presently have temperatures of up to 40 degrees C..........Only relieve is the afternoon thunderstorms at times.

Thanks Charissa, the air temperature was in the high thirties, but the Australian sun can fry anything!
1-17 17:46
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Monkey007
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Montfrooij Posted at 1-16 01:22
Oops.
At least the images look great.

Thanks Montfrooij, lesson(s) learned, and I'm so happy to have the Platinum landed safely
1-17 17:48
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Monkey007
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Kevin Halle Posted at 1-16 03:10
Great shots though....Good save too!

Thanks Kevin, it was all luck...LOL
1-17 17:50
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Monkey007
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M2Wair Posted at 1-16 04:16
Good ending, well done and great image's

Thanks M2Wair, so happy to have the Platinum back, because I really like its still images more than the Mavic Air's.
1-17 17:53
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Monkey007
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Thanks Woe, with a ND16 filter on,  the waves were still a bit overexposed, and the cliffs a little under.  I wish the sun wasn't as strong and the sky wasn't as hazy too...
1-17 18:00
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Monkey007
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jacksonnai Posted at 1-16 05:28
Glad that it landed safely, btw wonderful images!

Thanks Jacksonnai, almost had to go shopping for a Mavic 2 Pro...
1-17 18:02
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Monkey007
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Drameee Posted at 1-16 05:47
I like your pictures, safe flying!

Thanks Drameee, lesson learned.
1-17 18:03
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Monkey007
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DJI Gamora Posted at 1-16 09:03
Hi there, thank you for sharing your amazing shot and experience flying the Aircraft. Nice to hear nothing happens with your Aircraft. Fly safely. Cheers!

Thanks Gamora, really glad that the stick inputs still override the auto landing at 10% battery level. I'll remember not to do it again, but please tell the engineers to keep it this way...LOL
1-17 18:08
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Monkey007
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Dorset_Horn Posted at 1-16 09:54
I reckon you should be buying a lottery ticket this week!

Thanks Dorset_Horn, yes, buy a lottery ticket, or go buy a Mavic 2...LOL
1-17 18:13
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Monkey007
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nixuspix Posted at 1-16 10:09
Images are outstanding and pilot is a great guy, who was able to save the drone

Thanks nixuspix, honestly thought I wasn't going to see it again. Have to thank DJI for letting the RC stick inputs override the low battery auto landing though.
1-17 18:15
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Monkey007
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Bob Brown Posted at 1-17 03:39
Sounds like you learned something. Priceless considering the almost obvious alternate outcome.
Keep in mind that you can land it in a safe spot and go get it.. I am sure that crossed your mind.

Thanks for the advice Bob, will certainly look into it as an option. But the only thing that crossed my mind was the Mavic 2 that I would inevitably have to buy if the Platinum didn't make it back.
1-17 18:20
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Montfrooij
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Monkey007 Posted at 1-17 17:48
Thanks Montfrooij, lesson(s) learned, and I'm so happy to have the Platinum landed safely

You're welcome!
1-18 01:06
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Bekaru MP UAV
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well done 007 - good save and nice pics to boot.
1-18 02:35
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Monkey007 Posted at 1-17 18:02
Thanks Jacksonnai, almost had to go shopping for a Mavic 2 Pro...

You're welcome Monkey007!
1-18 18:24
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Epic shots indeed. I'm sure you almost crapped in your pants eh !
1-18 19:40
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