Flew yesterday and battery issue I’ve been struggling with for months seems to have improved. Massively.
New iPad Pro ‘20 arrived last week, but haven’t managed to find the time to apply the screen protector and set it up. That and find a suitable case.
I needed to carry out a mission yesterday at short notice so flew with the older Pro ‘17. Somehow, it flew 3x DD drone batteries and a fourth in Go4 and had 39% iPad battery left. I thought it odd and asked myself WTF? Was very confused, asking myself what did I do differently than last time. “I turned it off to travel to the site. That must be it. It couldn’t have been an update as I turned updates off.”
Just noticed somebody having problems with their Inspire and V4.4 here in the forum. I again asked WTF and raced to the App Store where sure enough, a new version had been released and my Pad had already auto-upgraded. Meaning I would likely have been on V4.4 when I flew yesterday. I thought I had previously turned all updates off after it caused me so many problems, but seems not.
Whereas the battery has definitely improved, it’s not perfect, but it’s certainly manageable. I would have been able to get a good 6x drone batteries out of it had I needed as opposed to the 8x I used to. Maybe a small amount of loss is due to a now one year old iPad battery.
There is still a bit of lag for the first few seconds of starting the mission (from the air), but other than that, worked okay. If I was to be critical, I would say that it is frustrating that the drone travels to the first waypoint of each battery at its snail-pace mission speed and not at its ‘whizz there quickly’ speed. Travelling to the first waypoint at 4m/s is not the most efficient speed to be travelling at when every mAh of battery is gold dust.
Now, what the hell do I do with the Pad ‘20? Keep quiet I think. An unnecessary expenditure like that in this climate will get me into a lot of trouble.