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3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter
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- 16-22 minutes flight time*
- Payload capacity 400 g (.8 lbs)
- Integrated LEDs on all arms for trouble-free directional awareness
- Remote controller with on-screen telemetry for instant data as you fly
- Ready to Fly - Inside the IRIS+ box is everything you need to fly. Simply attach the props, charge the battery, and you're ready to fly manually with the included remote controller autonomously with a Mac, PC or Android device.
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The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: all you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR's world famous autopilot, IRIS+ is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera dead steady with two-axis gimbal stabilization. And it's so smart that it's simple. You can fly manually using the controller or use the advanced 3PV Follow Me mode that turns IRIS+ into your own hands-free camera crew. And our tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS+ power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you'll want to fill every second. IRIS+ includes the advanced Pixhawk autopilot system, a high-capacity flight battery, battery charger, ground station radio, and remote controller: everything you need to make IRIS+ your personal aerial photographer. Follow Me - 3DR's 3rd Person View (3PV) Follow Me technology turns your IRIS+ into your own hands-free aerial camera crew that puts you in the middle of your own adventure. IRIS+ can be easily setup to follow any GPS enabled Android device. Not only will IRIS+ follow you, but this advanced technology controls the gimbal to keep the camera centered on you, capturing sweeping cinematic video from a perspective unlike any other.
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3DR IRIS+ (915): The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: All you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR's world famous autopilot, IRIS is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera steady with 2-axis gimbal stabilization. And it?s so smart that it's simple. Advanced 3PV Follow Me mode turns IRIS into your own hands-free flying camera crew, and tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you?ll want to fill every second. Product Features: IRIS+ Hardware Set: Complete set of replacement hardware for IRIS. Pixhawk External LED and USB: This kit includes external LED and USB modules to connect to Pixhawk. Use the provided four-position DF13 cables and connect to the I2C splitter module to set up a bright, multicolor LED and convenient USB port for your vehicle. Safety switch for Pixhawk: This safety button replaces the unit included with the Pixhawk kit. The safety button provides an additional measure for helping you power your vehicle on and off safely. Required for Pixhawk. Android OTG Cable: Micro-USB to Android adapter. Use with a ground station radio to view data and control a vehicle in flight. Connect the blue end to the Android device and the black end to the radio. PPM Encoder: This Pixhawk-compatible PPM encoder allows you to connect your PWM-only RC equipment to Pixhawk. Smaller than our previous PPM, our encoder will enable you to reduce all your channels to a single wire, excluding ground and power wires. Includes a PPM Encoder module, 10-position input cable (7 cm), and three-position output cable (12 cm). Cable pack: Complete set of 10 replacement cables for IRIS. Product Specifications: * Motor to motor dimension: 550 mm * Height: 100 mm * Weight (with battery): 1282 g * Average flight time: 10-15 minutes (no gimbal), 7-8 minutes (with gimbal) * 425 g (.9 lb) payload capacity * Battery: 3-cell 11.1 V 3.5 Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector. Weight: 262 grams * Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation * Motors: AC 2830, 850 kV * Radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz * Next-gen 32-bit Pixhawk autopilot system with Cortex M4 processor * uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't want to pay $280 for the IRIS carrying case. So I purchased the Pelican 1650 case for $220. I've added a picture of my IRIS+ inside of the Pelican case. I like it much better than the official IRIS case because it has alot of room and I don't need to remove the propellers once I put the IRIS inside the case.
I'll update if I have anything else to add.
Flying the IRIS is a delight as it is very stable in Loiter mode and unlike the NOVA actually fly able for a novice like myself in Standard mode which does not use the GPS to lock the altitude. The return to launch function works smoothly and it is pretty cool to see the drone come back and park itself after a flight.
The only thing in the whole package I do not like is the battery cable connection which. Is a pain to unplug. I ended up lubricationg the connectors with a bit of silicone so that it did not feel like I was going to rip the cables out of the drone disconnecting the battery.
If you are looking for a well made drone at a reasonable price with great support the IRIS is highly recommended!
The more I fly my IRIS the more I like it! Compared to my first drone it is amazingly quiet (does not sound like a flying lawnmower), the return to launch puts a smile on your face every time you flip the switch and your drone just comes home on its own, customer support has been excellent (wanted some recent help with the "follow me" function), and the 915 Mhz controller seems to be significantly less prone to interference than the 2 Ghz controllers on the other drones. Battery clip still a PIA but looking at possibly retrofitting them with a blade type plug that looks like it will be easier to mate. Way too much fun!
So I wait a week to get my new set of propellers, do the recalibration dance again and I have a successful take off. Trick is to firewall the throttle because I found out it always takes off crooked and if you don't give it enough juice - voila, lawnmower and minus 1 and sometimes 2 propellers. The flight was uneventful for the most part. I did not have a camera on the first flight so I could get used to the flight characteristics but it was not a stable flight leading me to believe the camera video would be jumpy at best. The GPS mode is not very accurate - you must still provide some stick input to keep the Iris+ in a stable position. This is probably the most disappointing aspect of the Iris+, no matter how hard you tune it, it will not keep its horizontal position using just the GPS. Next up, the landing - I brought the Iris+ down for what I was expecting the most gentle smooth landing possible, so with the Iris+ hovering just a few feet above the ground I gently lowered the throttle and the Iris+ touched down. I cut the throttle and what should happen but the Iris+ went into lawn mower mode again and flipped over and of course I am on line again buying more propellers. Whats even more irritating is that there is at least a 3-4 second delay between the time you put the throttle in shutoff position and the actual time the motors turn off. During that time its not if the props get damaged its more of a decision of whether you are replacing 1,2 or 3 propellers.
I tried new firmware, more recalibration, bought a prop balancer (waste of money), checked blogs for suggestions and to no avail, more than half of my landings required new props unless you do like I finally did - just gently lower it to a position where you can safely grab it out of the air - what a pain - by the way, I don't really recommend this because it actually could be very dangerous. So at this point in time I figure the Iris+ has a few quirks that I can live with and I am not willing to admit I wasted $750 - surely I think, they will release new firmware over time that will correct these quirks. So I continue to fly it maybe 3 or 4 more times and the only thing that happened was one of the legs fell off at some point during one of the flights - a whittled pencil fixed this but now my 750 dollar qc is looking like a late model car with bondo.
Then came one fateful flight where I take off as normal as I can, level it out, breath a sigh of relief I didnt have to buy new props...when all of a sudden it shoots forward uncontrollably and I mean uncontrollably, pressing the RTL (Return To Landing) did nothing. Eventually the Iris+ hit a tree about 50 yards way with a resounding smack and the only cool thing was that the Iris+ was smart enough to play its death tone. 2 broken propellers, 1 broken arm, 3 week wait for 3DR to deliver parts (and that was only after I called them to inquire what was taking so long) and 3 hours of very tedious repair. By the way, you will need a soldering iron to repair a broken arm - its not easy and you will need to be very patient.
Remember when I said the company is sloppy with their documentation? Well the inside of the 3DR is a site to behold, wires seemingly randomly routed everywhere, giant globs of solder that terminate some 6 to 7 wires. This is not a well designed quadcopter. Wires are taped to the plastic shell instead of properly secured. If you need to repair the Iris+ you will need to be very mechanically inclined and have a proper set of tools and soldering iron. But eventually the repair was complete, except for the clips that hold the wires snug to the arm would never go back on again no matter how hard I tried. Oh and something else that's very irritating - no matter how hard you try the battery "hatch" simply will not close without a struggle - this is a major design flaw. The is not enough room inside the battery compartment for the battery and thick wire leads to close the hatch without feeling like something is going to break - again, sloppy design on the part of 3DR.
To make this long story short, I had one successful flight after the repair and took it out again and yep, the Iris+ took off uncontrollably again, this time the RTL had some effect but not instead of landing in the original takeoff position it attempted a canopy landing in the trees next to my house with the usual predicable results: -4 propellers, 1 broken arm, 1 broken antenna, 1 broken battery cover, 1 broken shell. I give up, the Iris+ has won, I simply can't take it anymore.
I have contacted 3DR support, I will post an update with their response. I would strongly recommend delaying any purchase of the Iris+ until they have worked out the quirks. Perhaps I just got a lemon, it happens, I get it...but the real test will be how well they stand behind their product. Stay tuned...based on their response I will change my rating - I still think the Iris+ has the potential to be a 5 star product but now its completely in the hands of 3DR.
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