DJI Mavic pro dummy controller teardown

Got hold of a Mavic pro dummy remote to take apart this time.

Some photos of the insides

There were a few bits of electronics inside this, the bottom board was just a plain board

with nothing on it.

Maybe make some 2.4ghz rc controller with this shell one day.

Not much else to say really, but might be intresting for those wondering whats inside a dummy remote.

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DJI Mavic Air Dummy Teardown

So what do you get if you pick up a dummy DJI Mavic Air ?

Picture of size of Mavic Air compared to Wingsland S6 and DJI Spark

 

These are the units normally on display.

First thing to notice is it comes with just non working dummy motors, just the bell housing.

The dummy battery case is glued in and it a bit of a pig to get apart and have to use some heat from hair dryier to get it apart.

And inside battery is a lump of metal to give the shell weight

Others pics

Photo above, just seeing if a stm32 type board would fit.

So to sum it up, the Mavic Air is 100% all dummy, no electronics or motors.

So just a shell and nothing else.

The gimbal camera housing is also a shell only and no gimbal motors etc.

Did hope it might at least have real motors , as one could always fit a different flight controller and gps etc.

But the motors are not avaviable on there own yet and only as a complete arm and motor and therefore the cost is not worth it.

The DJI Spark motors will prob fit but they are not as tall and are 1504S 2100kv motors and Spark weighs around 300 grams and the Air around 400 grams. The motors in the Air are 2300kv. Cant as yet find a motor thats close in spec.

So if you see these come along, its probably not worth it unless you just want it for your collection or having it as a spare shell for a real working unit.

The shell without the lead weight weighs 163 grams and that is with the empty battery case and the dummy bell end motors and dummy empty gimbal

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Wingsland M5 Flight with telemetry

Test flight logged and Flytrex core V2 overlay put on the Wingsland M5 video with dashware software

Video:-

 

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Wingsland M5 with Flytrex logger mod

As I have one of these Flytrex Core V2 GPS flight logger modules lying about, thought it woudl be a idea to installed it into the M5.

On the board above the sonar inside M5 where camera is plugged in are nicely labelled GPS pads.

All you need to connect the skytrex core 2 is to solder 4 wires onto the pins , gnd , 5v , gps tx and gps rx and you are set to go.

I think from memory I might have got the gps tx and rx wires (green and white) around the wrong way the first time, so if you follow this and it dont work then swap those 2 wires, the others wires are correct.

The module then fits inside area where battery wires come out and is enough room to leave it in there and pull it out when you need to read the logs from the sd card.

Video with overlay in next post.

Works fine and might also end up trying the Flytrex on the S6.

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Wingsland M5 at beach

My first real test flight of the Wingsland M5.

Went pretty well, and I got about 9 mins flight time in 50F temps.

So a long way off the advertised 17Mins flight time its specs say, but you will never get the advertised times anyways. But only 9 hopefully is due to the cold.

We shall see once weather gets a lot milder.

The M5 is fun to fly and it flys upto about 30mph, but a drawback to this is because the camera is angled so much down that all you see on screen in the ground.

Also with no EIS or gimbal the video is really jerky and resoltion is only 720p.

Why they put such a bad camera and its downward position in this is a big drawback.

I have seen others have problems with video dropping out at really short range , but have to say I got out as far as I could see it and video stayed solid and that is with the EU CE tx/rx power setiings, so I would expect much better out of the EU zone and in other parts of the world.

Below is a little clip of it flying.

 

 

In my next post I will have video of this flight with telemetry on it as I have soldered in a flytrex core 2 logger to the gps on the M5.

All in all a fun quad to fly, but its not really any good for taking video.

Could possibly fit something like a Runcam split to it to get better video.

So to wrap up a fun quad to fly, poor video and camera angle and at around £236 ($308) There are better value for money quads out there thesedays.

But if you already have a Wingsland S6 , then the R6 that comes with the M5 can also be used with the S6 and also the X1 if you have one.

Although there are differences between the M5 R6 controller with metal thumscrews and the one you buy separately which has plastic sticks.

Which I will do a post on as there are some important hardware differences between both versions of the R6.

 

 

 

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