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This is a great monitor/receiver for the Phantom 2
on October 24, 2014
This is a great monitor/receiver for the Phantom 2. I put a circular antenna on the right side of the monitor which gives better reception. The dual receiver auto-switches to the antenna with the strongest signal or you could put two cameras on the drone. I wish it had an SD Card DVR inside it but there are alternatives if you want to capture video with the iSOD info included using the video out socket. A DVR comes in handy if you happen to lose the drone you will know the approximate location it went down. Some have reported the glare screen is flimsy but I haven't had any trouble with it staying on and one could hot glue it on if it's a concern.
From reading all the reviews I could find on the Net this is the best one I've seen or used.
Update 11/6/14: I am now using the DJI mushroom type antenna on the left and a "Circular Wireless HELIAXIAL58 Helical Axial Mode 5.8 GHz FPV Antenna" on the right along with the "FlySight 5.8GHz 32-Channel A/V Transmitter, 1.2W (TX5812)" transmitter with a matching DJI mushroom type antenna. All purchased here on Amazon. I replaced the DJI stock transmitter with the FlySight.
Definitely the way to go for further range but the high powered transmitter will cut into the flying time a bit. Before, I was starting to get video breakup at 800-850 meters (60 meters altitude) and now the video stays perfect further away but I haven't tested any further than 850 meters because I lose visual contact (Hey, I'm an old guy with poor eyesight). But once I have a "spotter" I will update this review again.
I really like this diversity receiver. The ability to use two antennas and the receiver using the strongest allows for more piece of mind when using a directional antenna like the "Circular Wireless HELIAXIAL58" antenna above which must be pointed directly at the transmitter's antenna. I believe the angle with this antenna is 15 deg. on each side or a total of 30 degrees.
Update 2/10/14: I was just getting ready to fly and was testing all FPV equipment and noticed the Black Pearl went off when I disconnected the charging cable. Took out the battery and checked it with a volt meter and it was only putting 2.4v so obviously it isn't charging. Checked prices and found a new battery was $59.95 here on Amazon so checked prices on the net and could only find it in a couple of places, Ebay for $45 and TroyBuiltmodels at ( https://www.troybuiltmodels.com/items/SZG-RC801-BATT1.html ) for $29 each plus shippping. I ordered 2 of them and shipping was $14.96 (FL sales tax extra) which came to $36.48 each which was the cheapest price I could find.
Until I can further check into why this battery suddenly quit working (maybe charger is defective) I would recommend you watch the charge carefully and disconnect as soon as it is fully charged. LiPo batteries can be cantankerous if not charged and/or discharged carefully and I'm not sure if having to charge it while inside a device is a good idea. Also they say running one down to past 30% shortens their life so be careful.