DJi Mavic Pro - 2nd hand buying tips?

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    I tether my iPad to my phone and it works fine. the tablet will need to have GPS capability for some of the features like mapping to work.

    re the other tablet stuff, I forgot to mention a really awesome site with heaps of good stuff, it's run by one of the regulars from mavicpilots: http://mavichelp.com/Mavic-Pro/ he also runs some other sites like phantomhelp so some of the content is cross-linked. all of the tablet stuff is here: http://www.phantomhelp.com/tips/best-tabletsphones-for-dji-go-updated-daily.18

    you'll be running the DJI Go 4 control app, so you want a device with a green dot next to the name. the Galaxy Note 5 isn't green-dotted, but I found a thread where someone commented they were using one OK. https://forum.dji.com/thread-102199-1-1.html

    the Galaxy Tab A may work, I found some feedback from people who said it was OK: https://mavicpilots.com/threads/samsung-tab-a-7-does-it-work.35983/ and from people who had issues: https://forum.dji.com/thread-84096-1-1.html

    the iPad mini is what I use. cellular version so it has GPS, but no SIM.

    yep, USD. he's both the manufacturer and seller, so you won't get them anywhere else cheaper. I did get the lanyard kit but once I found how well balanced it was I never used it.

    go to http://www.mavichelp.com/Mavic-Pro/ and scroll waaay down to the "Mount (Tablet)" section for alternatives. the PGYTech (these guys make good stuff) looks pretty cool https://www.pgy-tech.com/pad-holder-for-spark-and-mavic-pro but the one I would go for after the Mavmount is almost a clone of it:

    https://freewellgear.com/dji-mavic-...dji-mavic-air-tablet-mount-lite.html?ref=1837

    $38 delivered and that seller is a pro. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Freewel...latinum-Spark-Tablet-Mount-Lite-/202369901646

    couple of reviews for you:



     
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    Thank you so much

    Quick follow up question. How can a cellular device NOT have a Sim card?
     
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    you could make your own out of a work lanyard. just figure out how to bypass the "break away" bit.

    he means he has the 4G version, but the SIM card slot is empty.

    you need the 4G version to get GPS functionality, but not necessarily have a SIM card in it.
     
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    Ah that makes sense thank you.
     
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    I suspect the above means you know the answer already, but in case - only the cellular capable iPads have GPS capability, which is what the DJI Go 4 app relies on for geolocation. the aircraft itself has onboard GPS, and will do RTH on that data, but you can't reset the RTH point in flight as that works off the controller location, same for follow-me intelligent flight mode. both could be lived without, I've never reset the RTH point in flight (I think the biggest use for it is if you're flying off a boat!), and I don't use the intelligent flight modes much, other than POI, which can do some cool orbital video.

    my iPad complains about not having a SIM fitted every time I restart it, but that's it once the notification is dismissed.

    I think there are also some distinct advantages to not having DJI Go 4 running on a device that might receive an incoming call or facetime at any time, some people recommend blocking all incoming communications while flying if running the app off a phone.
     
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    True that.

    So now all I need to do find the cheapest source of a 2018 9.7" 32Gb wifi+dellular iPad.

    Thoughts?
     
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    another trick I learned this week... the micro USB port on the side of the controller is a weak point. it's as robust as any other one out there, but micro USB is just a bit delicate, and doesn't like having a connector rammed it into it upside down. and despite all care, I'm starting to go a bit long sighted with age, so shit sometimes happens.

    the trick is to get a magnetic tipped USB cable for about $7 off Feebay, stick the tip into the controller and leave it there, and voila - no more wear on the fragile port. just make sure you get one of the ones with the oval-style connection, not the round ones, as the port itself is somewhat recessed and a round one might not fit. I got a pair of these and they work just fine. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/302880398215 you do need to "break" the connector base off the tip to detach them, the magnets are more than enough to withdraw the tip from the port on a straight pull!
     
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    Correct. Seen quite a few around that mark on discount, and local too. Sure I saw one flymore combo for just under 1K but could be wrong.
     
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    there are several unboxing and review videos on youtube. looks like a similar setup to Apple, you get back something that looks pretty close to brand new.

    if I prang one of mine badly enough that it's not worth fixing, I'd be happy to buy one, especially with the same warranty as a new one.
     
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    The refurb units have gimbal "spazzing" issues that rarely get acknowledged or fixed by DJI. I was lucky and documented my issue and somehow got it replaced under warranty.

    Good luck to anyone who buys refurbs. You'll need it.
     
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    in the interests of honesty - a friend just bought a refurb Phantom 3 this week, and when we went to set it up, the controller had a dead x-axis on the right stick. not happy, Jan.
     
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    Well just a inconvenience in having to return it for a replacement, assume he did this.
     
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    unfortunately due a poor choice of buying from Kogan (no bricks and mortar return, and online takes literally weeks) that wasn't viable in time to deliver it as a christmas present. being an engineer he ended up pulling the back off the controller for a look and found a poorly seated plug for the gimbal pot, with that reseated all worked normally.
     

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