The DJI Phantom 3 is fairly maintenance free and unless you crash it, its likely to require very little. But like everything, there are care procedures you can do to keep it tip top. This guide will give you simple steps to keep the Phantom 3 in good condition and always ready to fly.
DJI Phantom 3 Maintenance Guide
- Intelligent Flight Battery Maintenance.
1: Before and after flight its good to check the battery for any damage or swelling. if you notice damage its best to not use it anymore, discharge it to 10% and dispose of it. Do nor pierce or disassemble the battery a sit could catch fire.
2: make sure the four contact pins on the battery as well as the main power connectors. You can use DeoxIT to keep them i good condition to maintain good contact ( note DeoxIT goes a long way, only use a tiny bit ). Also check/clean the contact pins/connector in the Phantom 3’s battery bay.
3: Use the DI Pilot App to check the cell voltage of the battery and ensure they are similar. Variations in the cell voltage of a battery can signify cell damage and the battery should not be used. 0.2v above or below could mean a problem.
4: make sure if you have spare batteries that you update the firmware on them also. Just do as you would updating the Phantom’s firmware.
- Aircraft Maintenance.
1: Go over the Phantom’s screws and verify they are all still tight. You will need a T6 and T8 Torx screwdrivers for this task.
2: Check over the Phantom’s body and check to cracks, blown out seams.
3: Spin the motors to make sure they move freely, listen out for any abnormal noise. Also run the motors with the propellers off and listed for a sound difference.
4: Check the landing gear and make sure there is no damage to the antennas or compass. Also check the little pads on the bottom and replace if broken/damaged.
5: Check the rubber dampers for damage and that they are seated correctly. Verify that the anti-drop pins are fitted.
6: Check gimbal movement is OK. Listen for any unusual noise.
7: Check the VPS ( Vision Positioning System ) is clean as dirt could reduce its performance.
8: Check the props for cracks and chips as well as wear to the hub.