Drone Tips and Tricks

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So you got a new Phantom 3

Before you fly there is a few things to do to increase the lifespan of your new drone so it doesn't end up in my shop needing repairs. This will be a quick walkthrough step by step to help you get your Phantom 3 in the air safely and without incident. The steps should be followed in order wherever possible.


Open up the box and pull out all the parts and inspect, familiarize yourself with what came in the box

Yes all Phantoms only come with 2 plastic pins holding the camera on

Start charging the phantom battery, you will need it to do upgrades in a bit.

Download the DJI GO app to your smart device and keep the device connected to the internet.


Take off the gimbal clamp (plastic) and take out the white foam at the back of the gimbal. THROW AWAY the foam, you will not use it again.

Once the Phantom battery is done charging (no lights on the battery) Charge the remote controller. It is NOT advisable to do it at the same time as the flight battery.

Connect your smart device to the remote controller via your charging cable

Power on the remote controller and then power on the drone


You should see a window pop up on your smart device either "Trust" on iOS or something along the same lines on Android, trust or accept and then launch the DJI GO app if it doesn't automatically.

Register your new drone to the email you would like, this is used to track your flight logs and for warranty support.

Once logged in select "Enter Camera View"

Familiarize yourself with the menus of the app by tapping "P-GPS / P-OPTI / P-ATTI" depending on what is showing at the time. Top Left Corner beside the Home icon


In the menus, select the 3 dots menu and scroll to the bottom to find "About"

Look at the firmware versions for the RC and the Phantom

Depending on when you purchased it may need a firmware update. It is advisable to not skip firmware updates. Example if you have a drone with 1.2.6, and the current firmware is 1.4.1... Update to the 1.3 before updating to 1.4.  Make sure to power cycle both drone and RC an extra time in between updates to ensure all of the update was applied.

*See Below For More Details On Firmwares


After the updates are done remove the battery and place the Drone in a cold location preferably around 10C or a bit less for 10-15 minutes.

After, bring the drone to a level and stable surface, turn everything on, enter into the menu, (Tap P-GPS) scroll down slightly to "Sensors" and preform an IMU calibration. This should be done every time after a firmware update. This page should be checked often, especially after a crash, hard landing, or a hard knock in transport. Below are the values that should be on the Sensors table. Give or take +/-0.02

Next is the DJI GO App Setup

Click into the menu (click P-GPS)
Find "Advanced Settings" and turn on "Multiple Flight Modes"


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