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Offline beanoir

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Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:50:59 »
Hi all,

I purchased a DJI Mavic this weekend after having had a few cheaper drones to begin flying and practicing with over the last 18 months - for once I did things a relatively sensible way!

I'm really excited at the prospect of being able to get out with the Mavic and figure out the myriad of features and camera settings etc at the weekend. 

Look forward to getting involved! 

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 10:47:07 »
Hi and welcome beanoir, enjoy your flying and your time with us.
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 12:25:26 »
Hi & welcome to the forum. ~~
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 12:37:15 »
welcome to MRUK buddy  :beer2:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 14:56:58 »
Hi. Welcome. Please be sure to say byebye to your bank balance!!  :rofl:  :beer2:  :welcome:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 15:06:13 »
 :welcome:  as above expect severe wallet damage  :o The Mavic will haunt you, there will be hours of checking the weather waiting for a fly window...... It drives me nuts.. :laugh:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 17:26:35 »
Welcome.  You’ll love the mavic!


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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 13:33:34 »
Thanks guys!!  :smiley:

Whats with the warnings about cost/bank balance?!  Is this a hint of unreliability of the Mavic or is there some kind of modification world I haven't discovered yet...? 

*cough* I did order a MavMount yesterday so I can use my iPad instead of my phone..

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 14:37:59 »
Whats with the warnings about cost/bank balance?!  Is this a hint of unreliability of the Mavic or is there some kind of modification world I haven't discovered yet...? 

Definitely no reliability issues with the Mavic, mine spends 90% of it flying over water.

You will probably want to buy another drone at some point, as the correct amount of drones to have is "how many do you have" + 1  :laugh:

You'll be really impressed with the Mavic, had my 10 months now and its great. Feel free to ask if you have any issues or need any advice, I'm always happy to help as are many on this forum.

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 19:26:01 »
Thanks guys!!  :smiley:
*cough* I did order a MavMount yesterday so I can use my iPad instead of my phone..

Smart move,the pic is far better and makes getting compositions a lot easier. It also helps with sausage finger problem. :whistling:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 22:38:40 »
Then you'll need a sun shield.....ha gotcha!
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2017, 07:47:09 »
Ahhhh....it’s a downhill slope!

So are there any UK retailers/websites you guys would recommend for parts, accessories etc? Might as well get stuck in!


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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2017, 08:46:43 »
Ahhhh....it’s a downhill slope!

So are there any UK retailers/websites you guys would recommend for parts, accessories etc? Might as well get stuck in!

For DJI products, www.rcgeeks.co.uk are a good supplier with great telephone assistance. I would also recommend www.quadcopters.co.uk they also can be reached by phone if needed, and Tom is very helpful.

Here a few other UK based suppliers I would also recommend

www.makeitbuildit.co.uk/
www.hobbyrc.co.uk
www.electricwingman.co.uk

All have offered great service for me.
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 09:34:43 »
Then you'll need a sun shield.....ha gotcha!
Don't forget landing pad, you don't want to suck crap into the air intake... ::)
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2017, 13:16:08 »
Don't forget landing pad, you don't want to suck crap into the air intake... ::)

then more batteries,more props,then youll find 3d printing stuff and want even more lol ....its a downhill slope but what a ride!!! enjoy that mav bro  :cool:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2017, 14:07:23 »
I forgot to mention extended landing gear.Absolute must..
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The above work a treat.... ~~
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2017, 23:20:58 »
Some great tips guys thanks!

I did get 3 batteries and extra props with the kit so hopefully will last a while. 

I’ll need a longer cable with the MavMount I’m guessing, any particular place people source these - or any old Maplin type shop will do them?

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2017, 09:50:24 »
I use one of these with my Mavic AND iPad Mini,the right angle end makes for a neat setup.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lightning-Toways-Charger-Certified-Braided-Gray-1/dp/B01MFBZXFM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512639980&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=Toways%2Bbraided%2Bipad%2Blead&th=1

The braiding makes for a tough cable.. :smiley:
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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2017, 13:00:08 »
I use one of these with my Mavic AND iPad Mini,the right angle end makes for a neat setup.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lightning-Toways-Charger-Certified-Braided-Gray-1/dp/B01MFBZXFM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512639980&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=Toways%2Bbraided%2Bipad%2Blead&th=1

The braiding makes for a tough cable.. :smiley:

Looks good! Do you use an adaptor, I notice it’s a full size USB and the Mavic controller is a mini usb of some type

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2017, 13:09:46 »
The  usb socket is in the middle of the controller at the bottom

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2017, 17:37:02 »
The  usb socket is in the middle of the controller at the bottom

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*cough* yeah....I saw it.... 

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2018, 09:11:36 »
I am also a newbie. I don't know about your flying. but I have already bought one which is all disassembled components. I hope that they can be assembled smoothly. :laugh:

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Re: Newbie saying hello - recent purchase
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2018, 19:01:51 »
I've spent a stack on additional stuff for my Mavic. Purchased the flymore combo initially. Added all the skids, hoods etc. DJI goggles, Nvidia shield tablet (HDMI out) so I could use normal FPV goggles because the DJI ones were not to my liking, big ol' padded backpack, a set of ND filters.
Here's the kicker, despite owning it since launch I've only flown it 5 times the last time being 17 months ago. Most recent flight was last week to look at my guttering because I thought I had a blockage. Promptly put it back away afterwards and doubt it'll come out again. Took longer to charge a battery and update the firmware than it did to send it up and bring it straight back down.
It doesn't reflect the price it's worth now but I've paid more than £2k for all of it so that's a whopping £400 per flight so far.
For some bizarre reason I just can't find any love for it. It's a shame, it's a great tool