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Never buy DJI drones – A nightmare with Phantom products

 :: Posted by on 01-28-2018

Never buy DJI drones – A nightmare with Phantom products

My experience with DJI products and Phantom technical support team was a nightmare. They cheated me an approximate total of USD$1150 with a BAD or a FAKED product.

I purchased a Phantom 3 product in Oct of 2017. After some testing of the Phantom

product, I noticed that the RTH mode would return the drone about 2-3 meters away from the “home” position, while other times 10-20 meters away from home position. Even worse, the Phantom 3 drone did not come back with a battery of around 40%, and a distance of 150 meters. So, I lost the Phantom product in Oct. of 2017, within a few weeks after purchasing.

Then, I talked to the DJI Phantom technical support team for help. They argued it was not their problem and promised to sell me another drone with a 15% discount. I paid the amount of money with the new “Phantom 3“. It took about 2 weeks to arrive my home in November of 2017. However, the new “Phantom 3” sent to me was a faulty – it did not work at all! And it looked like an used product.

Then, I wrote several emails to the email address that sold me the products to ask them why this has happened. I was amazed that I received no emails at all within TEN days, considering that I had paid about USD$1150 to them in total! Finally, I got one email back because I sent emails to the sales, marketing, and investment teams. In other words they received my emails, but did not want to communicate with the client that spent USD$1150 to them!

At the end they contacted me, without saying even “sorry”. And they did not want to reimburse any money to me. The reason seems “If we give you money back, how about other customers?”.

So sad, some other customers have been facing the similar situation as mine!

In your life, have you ever had experience that the money cannot be back if the products you purchased could never work at all?

Until now, I have reason to believe the Phantom product that I received is a faked one or a bad one – the second Phantom 3 never worked/flew.

Probably some people may ask why there are some video/posts on internet stating the Phantom 3/4 is a good product. My experience told me that the DJI Phantom team could have hired some people or given some people some benefit/money to make some faked video/writings as marketing/media ads. If anybody who made some video on the internet in favor of Phantom products does not state that s/he is not supported/benefited from DJI, you really cannot trust him/her for his/her Phantom experience. E.g., one guy on the internet showed a Phantom product can return home position within a very small cycled area – looks like within one feet difference from home? That is absolutely not true! My experience told me that Phantom 3 product cannot fly back to home like this – best one was 2 meters away from HOME position.

If you do not want to have that kind of nightmare, try to avoid buying DJI Phantom products. There are so many other drone products on the world – 3D Robotics(Solo), Parrot(Bebop 2 FPV, Disco FPV), Yuneec(Typhoon H Pro) and so on. Why take risk to try DJI(Phantom, Marvic, Spark) drone?

Choice is at your hands – try the nightmare or not?

Exploring the latest drone technology

 :: Posted by on 01-28-2018

There are so many choices for drone products on the world – SD Robotics, Parrot, Yuneec and so on. Do not purchase DJI products! 大疆就是搭僵?

From businessinsider.com in July, 2017.

Whether you call them Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini Robots, drones are rapidly growing in popularity. They are still in the infancy stage in terms of mass adoption and usage, but drones have already broken through rigid traditional barriers in industries which otherwise seemed impenetrable by similar technological innovations.

Over the past few years, drones have become central to the functions of various businesses and governmental organizations and have managed to pierce through areas where certain industries were either stagnant or lagging behind. From quick deliveries at rush hour to scanning an unreachable military base, drones are proving to be extremely beneficial in places where man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.

Increasing work efficiency and productivity, decreasing workload and production costs, improving accuracy, refining service and customer relations, and resolving security issues on a vast scale are a few of the top uses drones offer industries globally. Adoption of drone technology across industries leapt from the fad stage to the mega-trend stage fairly quickly as more and more businesses started to realize its potential, scope, and scale of global reach.

Whether drones are controlled by a remote or accessed via a smartphone app, they possess the capability of reaching the most remote areas with little to no manpower needed and require the least amount of effort, time, and energy. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are being adopted worldwide, especially by these four sectors: Military, Commercial, Personal, and Future Technology.

Drone Technology History and Today’s Uses

Drones have been around for more than two decades, but their roots date back to World War I when both the U.S. and France worked on developing automatic, unmanned airplanes. But the last few years have been significant in terms of drone adoption, usage expansion across industries, and global awareness.

From technically manning sensitive military areas to luring hobbyists throughout the world, drone technology has developed and prospered in the last few years. Individuals, commercial entities, and governments have come to realize that drones have multiple uses, which include:

  • Aerial photography for journalism and film
  • Express shipping and delivery
  • Gathering information or supplying essentials for disaster management
  • Thermal sensor drones for search and rescue operations
  • Geographic mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations
  • Building safety inspections
  • Precision crop monitoring
  • Unmanned cargo transport
  • Law enforcement and border control surveillance
  • Storm tracking and forecasting hurricanes and tornadoes

Development of hundreds of more uses of drones are underway due to the multiple investments pouring into this promising industry everyday.

Military Drone Technology

Military usage of drones has become the primary use in today’s world. Used as target decoys, for combat missions, research and development, and for supervision, drones have been part and parcel of the military forces worldwide.

According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs, military spending will remain the main driver of drone spending in the coming years. Goldman estimates that global militaries will spend $70 billion on drones by 2020, and these drones will play a vital role in the resolution of future conflicts and in the replacement of the human pilot.

Military spending also tends to come in larger increments, as a single US Predator drone costs approximately $4 million, and total spending for the program is estimated at a total of almost $2.4 billion.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will continue to be applied in various military operations due to their high convenience in reducing losses and enabling the execution of high profile and time-sensitive missions.

Commercial Drone Technology

Commercial usage of drones is gaining steady momentum and has become the talk of the hour, as multiple industries are working with drones as part of their daily regular business functions. The market for commercial and civilian drones will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% between 2015 and 2020, compared with 5% growth on the military side, according to BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service.

The commercial drone industry is still young, but it has begun to see some consolidation and major investments from industrial conglomerates, chip companies, IT consulting firms, and major defense contractors. For now, the industry leaders are still a handful of early-stage manufacturers in Europe, Asia, and North America.

As it becomes cheaper to customize commercial drones, the door will be opened to allow new functionality in a wide array of niche spaces. Sophisticated drones could soon be doing everyday tasks like fertilizing crop fields on an automated basis, monitoring traffic incidents, surveying hard-to-reach places, or even delivering pizzas.

At the end of the day, the impact of commercial drones could be $82 billion and a 100,000 job boost to the U.S. economy by 2025, according to AUVSI.

Top Industries Using Drones ChartBI Intelligence

Personal Drone Technology

As the sales of the civilian drones rise, the safety concerns surrounding them among regulators and law enforcement agencies also tend to go up, seeing the past of drone collisions with airplanes and crashes into crowded stadiums. A Lobbying group, Consumer Technology Association expects 2.8 million consumer drones will be sold in the United States in 2016/17 and revenue will reach $953 million.

BI Intelligence expects sales of drones to top $12 billion in 2021. And no small amount of that will come from the sale of personal drones used for film-making, recording, still photography and gaming by common tech-savvy enthusiasts.

Consumers will however, spend $17 billion on drones over the next few years. Drones come in all shapes and sizes, from small and inexpensive single-rotor devices to large, $1,000+ quadcopters with GPS, multiple camera arrays, and first-person control. While primarily aimed at hobbyists, these types of devices are widely available and the market is growing.

Future Drone Technology

Drone technology is constantly evolving, so future drone tech is currently undergoing groundbreaking progressive improvement. According to airdronecraze, an Amazon Services LLC affiliate advertising program website, drone technology has seven potential generations, and the majority of current technology sits in the fifth and sixth generations.

Here is the breakdown of the technology generations:

  • Generation 1: Basic remote control aircraft of all forms
  • Generation 2: Static design, fixed camera mount, video recording and still photos, manual piloting control
  • Generation 3: Static design, two-axis gimbals, HD video, basic safety models, assisted piloting
  • Generation 4: Transformative designs, Three-axis gimbals, 1080P HD video or higher-value instrumentation, improved safety modes, autopilot modes.
  • Generation 5: Transformative designs, 360° gimbals, 4K video or higher-value instrumentation, intelligent piloting modes.
  • Generation 6: Commercial suitability, safety and regulatory standards based design, platform and payload adaptability, automated safety modes, intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, airspace awareness
  • Generation 7: Complete commercial suitability, fully compliant safety and regulatory standards-based design, platform and payload interchangeability, automated safety modes, enhanced intelligent piloting models and full autonomy, full airspace awareness, auto action (takeoff, land, and mission execution)

The next generation of drones, Generation 7, is already underway, as 3DRobotics announced the world’s first all-in-one Smart Drone called Solo. Smart drones with built-in safeguards and compliance tech, smart accurate sensors, and self-monitoring are the next big revolution in drone technology that would provide new opportunities in transport, military, logistics, and commercial sectors.

As these technologies continue to evolve and grow, drones will become safer and more dependable. This would allow for their subsequent mass adoption, provided the strict USFAA legislation surrounding drone technology and usage is loosened to some degree.

More to Learn

The technological potential with drones is immense, and its uses will only grow with time. That’s why BI Intelligence has spent months compiling the greatest and most detailed collection on drone technology called The Drones Report: Market Forecasts, key players and use cases, and regulatory barriers to the proliferation of drones.

There are so many choices for drone products on the world – SD Robotics, Parrot, Yuneec and so on. Do not purchase DJI products!大疆就是搭僵?