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DJI Phantom 3
The third generation of the DJI Phantom series released in April 2015.
Charlie Gaines @newoldguy
Posted: Jul 23, 2016
Controller battery won't charge
The battery in the controller won't accept a charge. When I plug in the charger I can turn the controller on, but it won't charge, even when left plugged in for hours. Also, when plugged in and turned on, the red light next to the four white lights is illuminated. I'm guessing the battery is bad. How do I replace the battery?
Is this a good question?
I have the exact same problem. I have only used it once!!
Oct 12, 2016 by Derek Scott
I'm in the same boat however, mine will flash the one led for a few moments and then will stop.
Jan 28, 2017 by manchesterman96
Same problem with my phantom 4 RC. Send to repair, happen again after 1 month.
Apr 28, 2017 by BT LOH
Just wanting to know PS, XBox, Nintendo Wii etc... and when it is plugged in, does the controller work normally when it is plugged in? Can you play if controller is plugged in?
Jul 31, 2016 by sirozmonster
Yes. Does this mean it is simply a bad battery?
Jul 31, 2016 by Charlie Gaines
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Antony Meadley @antonym
Posted: Feb 19, 2018
I have just had the exact same problem with my Phantom 3 Pro controller.
After speaking with DJI I solved the problem, and I have put the instructions on YouTube:
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Chris Green @chrisgreen
I've seen this happening with a Phantom 3 standard before. For me, it wasn't the battery or the cable, but the actual USB connector on the controller. It seemed like they didn't do a great job in the factory soldering the USB connector to the printed circuit board that it sits on. Once you've ruled out that your issue isn't a bad USB cable/charger, you may want to consider this. If you look at this picture , you'll see that the USB port is attached to a little circuit board that is wired to the rest of the controller. I was able to repair the connection between the USB connector and that board with a fine-tip soldering iron, if you're handy with a soldering iron you may want to try the same. If you aren't experienced with a soldeirng iron, I was able to find a replacement part on eBay (but nowhere else so order soon!).
Very helpful of you sir for sharing. Mich thanks and long live.
I do guess that dji should do a recall since a lot of us are affected. I have only flown 5 times and this happened to me.
Feb 25, 2019 by Miguel Ybanez
Pete H @boxav8r
Posted: Aug 5, 2016
I found that you have to push the charging cable in VERY far. Much farther than you think. Mine wouldn't charge either - then I realized it was NOT in far enough. If you're 100% sure it's all the way in and isn't charging then I can't help you with this 'simple' fix. Good Luck.
AB Repair @abrepair
Posted: Jun 10, 2018
Hi, I have a repair service for this fault at http://dronerepair.ab-repair.co.uk/start...
It is not normally the battery but a faulty component on the main board inside. It costs £52.50 to repair
I can't open the link what is the part that your talking about.
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Best Ways To Fix RC Signal Lost On Phantom 3 Permanently
A remote control lost signal while flying your Phantom 3 can be quite scary. If you are not an experienced pilot, it could lead to a crash, wreaking your quadcopter and perhaps causing some 3rd party damage.
If you are having Phantom 3 RC signal loss at the moment, then this post along with videos will assist you in fixing this problem.
Some of the RC signal loss can can be caused by hardware, firmware or even the remote control calibration has moved beyond its thresholds.
This article will cover all of these tips including some great preventative steps you can take to reduce this from happening in the future. The last video will show you what to do in the event of an RC signal loss on your Phantom 3.
RC Signal Lost On Phantom 3 Checklist
Re-link your rc and phantom 3.
Sometimes a quick re-linking or pairing of your quadcopter back to the remote controller will fix any RC signal losses. If you Phantom 3 and remote controller have been lying idle for any length of time especially on empty batteries, then you would need to pair the Phantom 3 and Remote Controller again.
This quick tutorial shows you how to re-link both the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 quadcopters to their remote controllers.
Phantom 3 Firmware Updates
Firmware can either fix or cause your the RC signal problems on your phantom 3. For example, if you install the latest just released Phantom 3 firmware update from DJI and you then start having RC signal loss on your Phantom 3. In this situation, the best thing to do is roll back to the earlier version.
DJI make terrific drones. However, on a couple of occasions, they have released firmware updates that had some problems. Firmware updates are supposed to fix bugs and add new features to your drone, not break it. Never be the first to test any firmware release.
When you are downloading firmware, make sure that you have a very good internet connection. If the download fails or is interrupted, then delete it off you device and download it again. You want a proper successful download of the firmware.
Firmware talks to the physical components of the drone. Firmware are the bridge that connects the drone hardware technology to the Operating system of the drone, which is more than likely a version of Linux. Drones are very much like flying computers.
If for some reason, the firmware is corrupted and you push it onto your Phantom 3, you will be almost certain to have rc signal loss and perhaps even worse, a dead quadcopter.
Here is an article on how to correctly update the Phantom 3 and RC Firmware .
Inspect The RC and Phantom 3
Inspect your quadcopter for any cracks in the body especially after a hard landing. Cracks may signal that there could be some internal damage to the transmitter / receiver or flight controller.
Keep your quadcopter, the DJI remote controller and your device clean at all times. Some ground in dirt on the wrong part of the drone may just be be blocking the signal. Believe me, stranger things have happened.
Replace any Phantom 3 bent or broken parts straight away. Never fly with bent or warped parts. You can also bring your Phantom 3 back to a dealer if it needs replacement parts.
Note: If you need any components or accessories for your Phantom 3, then check out our DJI Phantom 3 parts, upgrades and accessories page.
Fix RC Signal Lost Behind You
A simple reflector can significantly increase your controllers range without any modifications to the remote controller. It works by focusing the signal that would normally be lost behind you. Now you can have an rc transmitted 360 degrees signal. This also strengthens the signal sent & therefore will also boost your range.
- Compatible for DJI Phantom 3 Pro / Phantom 3 4K / Phantom 3 SE / Phantom 3 Advanced / Phantom 3 Professional / Phantom 4 / Phantom 4 Advanced / Phantom 4 Pro / Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 / Phantom 4 RTK / Inspire 1 / Inspire 2 controller transmitter. (No compatible for Phantom 3 Standar/ Phantom 2).
- Copper Parabolic Technology: Foil copper using. prevent oxidation. Accurate parabolic curved booster completely reflects the remote signal to the antenna (focal point of reflector)
- Parabolic reflector; Foldable; Slide on and off. No tools or modifications required. No bump or deformation on the reflecting panel!
- It Significantly Increase Your both remote control and Wi-Fi video connection performance for DJI Phantom 3 Pro / Phantom 3 4K / Phantom 3 SE / Phantom 3 Advanced / Phantom 3 Professional / Phantom 4 / Phantom 4 Advanced / Phantom 4 Pro / Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 / Phantom 4 RTK / Inspire 1 / Inspire 2 , In an open area, The actual measurement distance greater than 2.8KM.
- Package included: Signal Booster x 1(DJI controller, mobile device holder and tablet are NOT included).
It works on both the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 remote controllers.
Calibrate The Phantom 3 RC Regularly
If your remote controller is out of its calibration thresholds, then you will have RC signal loss to your Phantom 3. Also, if you Phantom 3 is flying erratically, then you should also calibrate the remote controller. This video will show you exactly how to calibrate your Phantom 3 remote controller.
RC Lost Signal Tips – What To Do
Here are some terrific RC lost signal tips. Watch the video a couple of times and practice going in and out of the various settings. Remember if you lose signal when flying your Phantom, stay calm and follow these tips.
Note: Please visit the DJI Support and DJI Forums for further assistance if you have continued problems with your quadcopter.
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Phantom 3 / Pro/ Standard LED Blinking Meanings And How To Fix Them
When I was on DJI forums I found that many DJI Phantom 3/ Standard users are confused about some Phantom 3 LED blinking codes and how to fix the issue. Therefore I decided to write an article to help understand DJI Phantom 3 LED blinking codes and how to fix them.
Below list is the most commonly asked DJI Phantom 3 / Standard LED blinking codes that require user attention and action.
DJI Phantom 3 / Pro/ Standard LED Blinking Codes.
Code 1: dji phantom 3 blinking yellow..
- Code 2: DJI Phantom 3 Flashing Red Yellow Green
Code 3: DJI Phantom 3 Controller Blinking Red.
Code 4: dji phantom 3 controller flashing green and red..
- DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED Blinking Codes. (Detailed)
If your DJI Phantom 3 is flashing yellow that means your DJI Phantom 3 / 3 Standard requires to be linked to the remote controller. So the solution to fix this issue is just linking the Phantom 3 aircraft to the RC.
- Connect the mobile device to the remote controller and power on the Phantom 3 aircraft and controller.
- Turn on the Wifi on the mobile device and connect to the Phantom 3 aircraft by giving the password.
- Then open the DJI GO app and enter camera view.
- Click on the RC icon near the top status bar.
- Scroll down and click on the “Linking RC” button and “OK”. Once you have done that, the RC would start to beep.
- Turn the aircraft upside down and press the red flashing button in the belly of the Phantom 3 using a pen or screwdriver.
- Then the RC beeping would stop and the yellow indicator would flash green and be ready to fly.
Code 2: DJI Phantom 3 Flashing Red And Green.
As I found, in most cases DJI Phantom 3 is blinking red, yellow, and green because of faulty firmware updates and IMU errors.
Solution 1: Calibrate the Phantom 3 IMU.
- Power off the Phantom 3 aircraft for about 5 minutes before IMU calibration.
- Place the DJI Phantom 3 aircraft on a flat surface.
- Connect the mobile device to the remote controller. Then power on the aircraft and the controller.
- Open DJI GO app and go to Main Remote Controller Settings > Advanced Settings > Sensors.
- Then tap Calibrate IMU and OK.
- Wait for a few minutes until the calibration process is successful.
Solution 2: Update DJI Phantom 3 firmware.
- Visit DJI Downloads and download the latest DJI Phantom 3/ Pro/ Standard firmware Zip file. Then extract the bin file from the downloaded Zip file.
- Move the extracted bin file to the root directory of the SD card.
- Then insert the SD card into the Phantom 3 aircraft and power on the aircraft.
- Once you turned it on the Phantom 3 indicator LED near the SD card slot would blink green and red which indicates the firmware update process.
- You have to wait patiently while the aircraft keeps beeping, for a few minutes until the firmware update process completes.
- Wait until the LED indicator near the SD card slot turns green and the gimbal stabilizes.
- Power off the Phantom 3 aircraft and connect the SD card back to the PC.
- Go to the SD card directory and check the created TXT file. If the txt file shows “Result: Success”, the firmware update process is successful and the problem is solved. If it’s not retry the process again.
Usually, DJI Phantom 3 controller keeps blinking red because of low battery power, controller sticks misalignment, faulty battery, miscalibrated controller, and firmware issues.
Solution 1: Charge the remote controller to a sufficient level before using it.
Solution 2: power on the controller after placing the left controller stick in the center., solution 3: update dji phantom 3 controller firmware..
- Download DJI Phantom 3 latest firmware zip file and extract the bin file from it to a root directory of a formatted Flash drive. (or move to the SD card and use an SD card adapter)
- Insert the Flash drive to the remote controller and power on the controller and wait for the blue indication LED and beeping.
- Then wait until the indication LED turns solid green and stops beeping.
- Once that has been done, the firmware update process is successfully done.
Solution 4: Calibrate remote controller sticks.
- Connect the smart device to the remote controller and open the DJI GO app.
- Then enter the camera view and tap on the remote controller icon and click on RC calibration.
- Tap “Calibrate” and move the throttle sticks shown in the app several times.
- Turn the dial according to the instructions given by the app for several times.
- Then tap finish.
Solution 5: Reset the Phantom 3 Remote Controller.
- Power off the Phantom 3 remote controller and aircraft. Then press the power button while pressing and holding the C1 + C2 + record button and scroll wheel to reset the controller.
As I found, most of the time DJI Phantom 3 controller keeps flashing green and red because of firmware issues. The best solution for this issue is to update the Phantom 3 firmware and reset the controller.
Solution 1: Upgrade Phantom 3 remote controller firmware.
Solution 2: reset remote controller settings., dji phantom 3 battery led blinking codes..
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 1 Blinking While Charging.
- Meaning: Faulty battery.
- Solution: Replace the battery.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 2 Blinking Twice Per Second.
- Meaning: Over current detected.
- Solution: Try with another Phantom 3 charger. Also, try plugging the charger into a different outlet.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 2 Blinking 3 Times Per Second.
- Meaning: Short circuit detected.
- Solution: Replace the battery or send it to DJI to repair the battery.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 3 Blinking Twice Per Second.
- Meaning: Battery is overcharged.
- Solution: Unplug the battery from the charger.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 3 Blinking 3 Times Per Second.
- Meaning: Over voltage detected.
- Solution: Replace the charger or try plugging the charger into a different power outlet.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 4 Blinking Twice Per Second.
- Meaning: Low temperature detected.
- Solution: Warm up the battery.
DJI Phantom 3 Battery LED 4 blinks three times per second.
- Meaning: High temperature detected.
- Solution: Leave the battery in an open area or airflow to cool off.
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Revive a Bricked DJI Phantom 3 Battery – Battery Tips
How to revive a bricked DJI battery caused by excessive self discharged.
If you’ve stored your battery for a long period, chances are it has gone into deep discharged mode and the cells have lost storage capacity and can not be recharged using the stock method. This tip will enable you to revive the cells and bring it back to adequate storage level so it can be recharged as per normal.
If your battery has entered Low Voltage Cutout and cannot be reset via using my tip here:
AND you do not wish to pursue DJI support warranty OR you are outside the 6 months Battery Warranty Period, here’s a tip on reviving the battery’s cells.
Disclaimer: please only attempt to do this if you are confident and know exactly what you are doing. Be careful not to Short the red and black wires. Proceed at your own risk.
What you will need: 4 pairs of alligator clips A voltmeter DJI OEM charger Expired credit card
1. Carefully detach the battery’s top cover – an old credit card cut up into strips will allow you to easily unclip the cover.
2. Gently disconnect the balancing plug / loom to the IC.
3. Using alligator clips, connect the cables as pictured directly to the cells’ side bypassing the smart circuit.
4. Apply power for 5 minutes interval while monitoring the voltmeter.
5. Once the voltmeter reaches above 20.00V, you can reconnect the balancing plug and recharges the battery as per normal.
6. If it still doesn’t charge as normal – you will need to do a reset to the smart circuit as shown here http://droneownersnetwork.com/how-to-reset-a-bricked-battery/
7. Fully charge your battery and do two full cycle at low level hover.
8. Condition your battery and you are good to go.
This will revive all batteries bricked by LVC provided the cells haven’t been completely damaged due to excessive self discharge.
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Thanks for the advice! My brand new battery (used one time) sat for a year while I was away in the military. But would not light up at all upon returning. I was unclear on step 5. Am I supposed to unplug it for a break of rest time after the 5 minute interval? If so how long? what did you mean by 5 minute interval? I ended up letting mine charge for about 20 minutes to get above 20 volts. Then I unplugged it and plugged in the loom. The lights began to flash on and off and kept doing so for a few minutes. I plugged in the charger but was showing no output voltage with my tester. I unplugged the charger and it kept flashing still for 5 more minutes despite my pressing the power button. Finally I unplugged the loom as the battery was heating up to 100 degrees. After 10 minutes of cooling I plugged in the loom again and this time the lights were all off and I turned on the battery and it says it is charge up to the 4th light blinking which I am guessing it is getting a false reading of where full charge is. So going to research online what to do next.
Does this trick may work with a Mavic Pro battery? If so, how can the battery be disassembled?
Lipo’s are super sensitive to over voltage
Hi Guys. Any chance of some better pics on how to do this please. photo is very small and i’m no 100% on any of the lingo above 🙂 Thanks
Also need to know how to do this
My DJI Phantom 3 battery is different from the one pictured. When you unclip the top there is only a small rectangular opening. You can’t access the circuit board.
You have to split the case (? glued) to access the board.
Phantom 3 connector on inside of battery has seven leads. Five are likely for the balance function.
Does anyone have a pin-out for this connector?
This is an older battery that won’t charge. I’m trying the manual charge mod as described online HERE but I’d like to connect it to a balance charger so the cells are charged and balanced.
Jeez, really … “5. Once the voltmeter reaches above 20.00V, ” it will explode!
4s battery max voltage is 16v. (16.8v max)
This just happened to me in my bedroom, the whole apartment almost went up in flames.
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Phantom 3 Battery Not Charging (Reasons, and How to Fix It)
By: Author Elizabeth Ciobanu
Posted on Last updated: May 18, 2021
Drone batteries are made of lithium polymer and utilize advanced technology, requiring rigorous maintenance and storage routines. Most of the batteries are light and easily rechargeable. This is why drone manufacturers find it appropriate to use them in aircraft. However, Phantom 3 batteries can sometimes let you down by refusing to charge. So, what are some of the reasons these batteries may fail to charge?
Phantom 3 batteries may refuse to charge after many hours of use or when there is a faulty or broken charger. It may refuse to charge when it bricks as a result of poor maintenance or poor storage which damages the cells. Also, when the battery goes into deep discharge mode, it may not charge.
Unfortunately, when your Phantom 3 battery stops charging, you cannot get outdoors and enjoy flying your drone. Such a battery may charge after a little bit of finagling, or it may never charge again. In the latter case, you will have no option other than to buy a new battery. Read on to see why the Phantom 3 battery may refuse to charge and what you can do to fix the problem.
Poor Storage and Maintenance
Typically, Phantom 3 batteries consist of a lithium polymer composite that requires proper maintenance and special storage. One aspect of this is that they should never be allowed to drain beyond the 5% level. If they do, the battery cells can be permanently damaged.
Similarly, the batteries have smart flight features which may prevent them from charging. The features include the hibernation mode found in intelligent battery systems. In that case, it may be necessary to maintain the battery regularly, including ensuring that its voltage does not drop below 3.7 V, to prevent the battery from entering hibernation mode.
Luckily, you can jump-start a battery out of hibernation mode. However, you will need a bunch of different tools to do so. Some of them include a LiPo balance charger, and a Nickel Metal Hydride charger (NiMH).
To fix the problem, connect the LiPo battery plug to the NiMH charger and charge the battery using about 0.1A current. Select a voltage matching the LiPo battery nominal voltage. It should take between 1-2 minutes for the battery to recover up to 3.3V in every cell. You can confirm this by reading your Phantom 3 battery’s total voltage and dividing it by the total number of cells.
As soon as the voltage of your Phantom 3 battery rises to above 3.3 V per cell, you can move it to a Lithium Polymer balance charger. Here, you should be able to balance the battery charge at a 0.5 C rating. As soon as the balance charge completes balancing, the battery will be fully recovered.
Alternatively, you may need to reset the battery. Notice that any Phantom 3 battery that is not in use will always self-discharge. LiPos will also discharge but at a slower pace. As such, if left unused for a while, it may discharge to zero and go into hibernation mode. So, you need to reset it to get it back to life once more.
To reset it, you need to have the DJI charger on hand. Press the ON button two times and ignore any of the lights that may flicker. Do not press any other button but let the battery rest for another 5 minutes and plug in the charger but don’t press any button this time around. You may leave the battery to charge for a few minutes. It is likely to get back to life after a few minutes, or it may take even longer.
Broken or Faulty Charger
If your charger is faulty or broken, it will not charge. So, you may need to troubleshoot it to confirm any broken wire. The easiest way to do this is to plug it into a wall socket that you are sure is working, and connect a battery. You will then need to turn the battery on to see how it behaves.
The Phantom 3 battery may refuse to charge if there is a problem with the firmware that needs to be updated. Therefore, to fix the problem, you will need to update the drone’s firmware. But ensure the battery is in the drone when doing this, and not in the separate battery charger. Also, you may need an appropriate app to fix the drone’s firmware.
When the battery’s temperature rises above a certain level, the sensors will detect it, and eventually, the battery will refuse to charge. One thing that can raise the battery’s temperature is when you leave it in the sun or in the car. Similarly, if you have been warming the battery in the previous flight, the chances are that it may still be warm. In this state, it may not charge.
Notice that the batteries will only charge when the temperature is between 5° C – 40° C. If it is too cold or too warm, it may refuse to charge. To fix the problem, leave it at room temperature for a period of 30 minutes or one hour. You can then plug the battery into the charger and allow it to charge.
If a short circuit causes a high amperage, the battery may stop charging as well. This may happen when parts of a wire are in contact with each other either within the charger or outside the charger. As a result, it may be necessary to inspect the charger for exposed wires which may make the Phantom 3 battery not charge. To fix this, identify the damaged wires and replace them. Alternatively, you may opt to buy a new charger.
There are linings between your battery and the charger that can either get bent or break. Also, the pins may corrode as they come in contact with corrosive substances or moisture. It may result in a leaking battery which may make the battery refuse to charge. To fix the issue, clean off the corrosion using isopropyl alcohol. But if the pins are damaged, consider buying a new battery.
Bad Battery Cell
A lithium battery contains several cells. When some of the cells die, it may make the battery refuse to charge. Look at each of the cells closely to see the dead ones. To fix the problem, you may need to buy a new battery and maintain it well. Also, some of the cells may be damaged. So, ensure to check the health of these individual cells and see if they are responsible for the battery’s refusal to charge.
When the battery is in hibernation mode, it may not charge. One of the reasons why it can enter the mode is when it has been in storage for a few months. If the battery discharges to zero, it automatically enters a hibernation mode, making it difficult for the battery to charge. Luckily you can fix the problem through this process:
Power on the battery and keep watching it until it displays a solid red light. Wait for the light to go off, then plug it into the charger. Let it stay plugged in for a few hours until it comes out of hibernation mode. Also, before you store the battery, ensure that the charge stays up to at least 50% if it stays in storage for a longer period. Ensure to check and charge it regularly.
Not Taking Good Care of The Battery
Taking care of the battery is not difficult. But if you don’t do it correctly, it is unlikely that the battery will last very long. Firstly, avoid using the battery if it shows signs of damage. The swelling sign is a definite indicator of a problem since it shows that the battery is leaking.
Also, it’s important to never let your battery get or stay wet. If it accidentally gets soaked in water, make sure to dispose of it right away. Do not attempt to charge a swollen battery because it can explode and cause an accident.
Note that it is necessary to ensure that you only use an official charger for the Phantom 3 battery. Also, ensure that you check the temperature of the battery before you charge it. Anything below 22 or above 28 degrees Celsius is not acceptable. Do not start charging the battery immediately after the drone returns from the sky. Let it cool down to the desired temperature before plugging it into the charger.
Do not plug the battery in the charger and go to attend to other business. Ensure that you keep your eye on the chargers’ status bar. It will always indicate the charging level. Keeping an eye on it ensures that you don’t overcharge the battery.
Lastly, store the battery when it is 60-80 percent charged if you will use it in a couple of days. But if you plan to use it after ten days or more, it should be stored with a 40-60 percent charge.
When making drone batteries, manufacturers use different materials, and so you need to treat the battery well and store them in particular conditions. Also, the battery needs to be maintained regularly to give you service for a longer time. But if you don’t check and maintain it, it is likely to get damaged and be unusable.