Propeller guards, why I think they are a must.

Phantom 3 series drones use brushless motors for propulsion. At full speed with sharp blades, especially the carbon fibre ones, they have enough force to chop yours or somebody else’s finger off. If your drone hits someone it can seriously injure the person. Having the propeller guards should at the very least mitigate the injury caused.

Safety issues aside, they could stop you from crashing and destroying your drone. Say your drone touches a wall. Now those high RPM propellers would break to pieces sending your drone to the ground. If it was high enough chances are you would need to get a new one or at the very least spend hundreds of £ replacing the gimbal, camera and possibly the shell.

With the guards attached it would simply bounce off and carry on flying.

I understand that the guards add to the total weight of the drone and mess a little with the airflow, shaving off valuable 10-30 seconds of the flight time. Now imagine what you could have done with all that time? Personally, I have never used more than 75% of the battery.

There are two types of guards available: permanent ones and detachable ones. There almost zero difference between the two and the obvious choice is to go for detachable ones.

They cost few quid and take about 10 minutes to install, only because you have to deal with 16 screws.

My personal view is that DJI should have included that accessory by default. I see no reason why you shouldn’t install them on your drone as they don’t affect the flying characteristics of the drone and encourage everyone to do so. I have mine the same as in the picture above, they are nothing special but they do the job.

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Reason for the blog

My name is Elliot Balynn and I live and work in the UK.

I’m passionate about my drone and anything to do with it: flying, apps, mods, you name it even though I only had it for a week and one day! I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog together with a YouTube channel to keep a diary of my flights and anything I find useful for my drone.

I purchased Phantom 3 Standard and intend to learn everything there is to know about it. I have a huge list of things I would like to do:

  • Modify the remote for a better range. I was thinking of using Argtek kit for that. Maybe even throwing in some amplifiers and upgrading the antennas on the drone itself.
  • Attaching an additional FPV camera to the drone so I can use cheaper goggles. I know I can do it with software along, but where is fun in that? 🙂
  • Buying and reviewing a bunch of accessories. There is going to be a lot of that coming, I have already placed orders for various accessories. I will review each one as they come
  • Styling the drone. Now the easy option would be to buy a pre-cut wrap but I want to do a full hydro dipping design: glossy flame texture on the drone with matte carbon fibre legs. Something like this:

  • Investigate various applications to use with the drone. Many don’t know, but there is so much you can do even with Phantom 3 Standard: way point flying, object tracking and even creating 3D models. Some features that are only available with Phantom 4 and more expensive models can be unlocked in Phantom 3 Standard.
  • How to shoot proper cinematography quality footage with the drone. That requires proper configuration of the video as well as the correct usage of ND filters. Then how to edit the video, software for video editing.
  • Explore what a drone can be used for apart from taking pictures and video. A good example is creating 3D models
  • Keep up to date with the laws in the UK with regards to flying drones. Not just some lame guidelines that come in the box with the drone, but the actual law, something that can help me out if I ever have to deal with the boys in blue.
  • Shoot nice footage and share with everyone (or a better known term as “showing off”)

Bear in mind that it’s January now and the weather in the UK is [censored] but I will try to fly my drone every weekend.

I have my professional blog where you can find out more about exactly what I do: https://elliotbalynn.blog

May the force be with you!

How to get Phantom 3 Standard for just over £300

If you are looking to buy a new Phantom 3 Standard you probably wouldn’t find it for anything cheaper than £450 – 500. Yes, there is always eBay, but then you are buying a used and most probably abused product without any warranty.

I got mine from scan.co.uk for £328. OK it’s not technically brand new but refurbished. What it means is that it might have been returned, the box has already been opened, hence the price reduction. First of all it’s a reputable company, they give you a warranty and their customer support is brilliant.

For example my box came without a charger. I gave them a call and they sent me one the very same day, no questions asked. I could have claimed the £124 battery is missing and I guess they would have sent me one (I don’t suggest you do that, karma will get you!).

Apart from that minor issue, the drone came in the original box with all the standard accessories (propellers, stickers etc) and it looked absolutely brand new.

I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, just telling you how I got my drone.

Flying to investigate an accident

Some [censored] has managed to land a brand new Range Rover in the middle of the roundabout. As it hit the barrier which essentially acted as a ramp, it took off and flew for good a 5-7 metres before smashing to the ground. I obviously had to investigate and flew over with my Phantom to the site of the accident.

What speed the driver of the Range Rover must have been doing to make a such a big jump?

Anyway, here is the video

How it all began

I got a DJI Phantom 3 Standard as a present for my 36th and so far I’m more than impressed with the purchase. The drone takes off like a rocket, has a very good range and beyond excellent gimbal stabilisation. No matter how much I tried to thrash it, the video is perfectly stabilised.

The safety features are even more impressive – if it happens that you lose the connection to the drone it will automatically land itself where it took off, so you really need to try hard to lose it.

Here is some sample footage I have taken so far.


Bear in mind that I have had my drone for a week and it’s January, so flying a drone is a bit tricky right now here in the UK.

Mastering DJI Phantom 3

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