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DJI Phantom 4 / 3 / Inspire Range Booster

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DJI Phantom 4 / 3 / Inspire Range Booster by giufini Jul 29, 2015

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Summary

Using this antenna booster you will extend the maximum range of the Remote Controller of your DJI Phantom 4 / Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 up to 2-3 times!
All you have to do after 3D printing this booster is to cover the front side of the two reflectors with aluminum or copper adhesive foil.
Thanks to the perfect shape of the reflectors, the electromagnetic waves are focused just along the axis of the antennas.

If you own a Phantom 3 Standard or a Phantom 2, please see the following page:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1096728

The Range Booster is now available as a ready to use accessory for your DJI drone.
It is made with a professional-grade 3D printer, using high-quality impact resistant materials.

OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE: NEW LOWER PRICES!

  • Range Booster with aluminium layer: € 12,50 EUR + shipping
  • Range Booster with HQ copper layer: € 14,50 EUR + shipping

NEW shipping costs by Priority Mail:

  • to Italy: € 3,80 EUR
  • to Europe: € 5,20 EUR
  • to USA or Asia: € 7,20 EUR
  • to Rest of the World: € 9,20 EUR

Range Boosters are also available with separable reflectors at the same price.
Default color is white, but you can ask for a different color ;-)

You can usually get excellent results with the booster covered with aluminium foil, anyway my boosters with copper coating will allow you to reach more distant targets, moreover it can give better results expecially when you pilot your drone in areas with sparse trees and medium size obstacles. In any case, you will be greatly impressed by the improvements that this Range Booster will give to your flights with DJI Phantom or Inspire drones.

To place an order, you can pay the total costs (Range Booster + shipping fees) to my PayPal ID "[email protected]" at the following page: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online
Then email me at "[email protected]" to confirm the order and the shipping address. The package is usually shipped within 1-2 business days from the payment.

Instructions

All you have to do after 3D printing this Booster is to cover the front side of the two reflectors with aluminum adhesive tape (it is recommended to use 100 mm wide adhesive tape: http://www.amazon.com/Fixman-191666-Aluminium-Foil-100mm/dp/B00FHXGGXA).
You can then install or remove this Range Booster within seconds on your Phantom 3 / Inspire 1 remote controller.
You need to enable the printing of support structures to correctly print this object.

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Hi thanks for sharing this , I am half way though a print on it , as I am new to 3D printers
can you tell me how this should be laid on the table , I placed it standing up with the
base being the bottom plate that slips over the antennae , I used simplify3D to slice and chose
supports , but the way I have it placed it seems to be using a lot of support columns much
more than I would think was needed , seems a lot of wasted filament and printing time added
with all the supports , over 9 hours estimated print , is this the expected print time for this
model / thank you for any help or tips

Hi William, the printing process of this object requires the use of support structures, so it is normal that there will be a lot of wasted filament to remove at the end. Anyway try to rotate the booster on its short side and let the software generate the supports, this way it should be required less material to make needed supports. Let me know if it helps ;-)

I get SO much noise with my Phantom 3 4K, 1 frame every 3-5 seconds (a lot of wifi + concrete buildings+++)
Currently printing this to see if it helps, copper foil on the way.

Hello Nader, thank you for your comment, here any feedback is welcome!
This antenna booster has been tested and improved over time and now it ensures a very large communication distance between the remote controller and the aircraft.
The best way to test the practical aspects is to print and try it on the field, just like I and many friends of mine have done ;-)

THIS IS NOT A CORRECT PARABOLIC SHAPE. IT WILL WORK TO A DEGREE BUT NOT AS WELL AS CORRECT ONE. GREAT DESIGN FOR LOOKS BUT NOT FOR PRACTICAL.

i couldn't get my copper foil as smooth as the picture. it has some wrinkles. is this okay? will it hurt to have some wrinkles?

I went out 8000 feet with this, crystal clear reception. Will try more another time. Has anyone figured out the max distance?

Hey!

Thanks for that. i cut for 1 part, and i want to use it on Phantom 2, but the Hole is to Narrow for the phantom 2 antenna.
How can i edit the Hole to fit it ?

Thanks for your Advice.

Yanir.

Hi yanir, I wrote you a message.

How much time to print this?

I've made a small change to the design so you don't have to print supports. It is now two parts and you glue the top part to the base.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1013187

DJI Phantom Antenna booster.
by Zoti

I just finished my first windsurfer reflector but I'm not sure which type of aluminum tape to buy? I see several types on Amazon's site. Can you recommend which one I should get?

Hi robo3dr1, you can use this product available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00FHXGGXA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

It is a very good quality aluminum foil, in any case perhaps you don't need 50 meters of this tape.
Since I have a whole reel of this product, I could sell you some adhesive strip for your Range Booster (1 EUR each + shipping).
Send me a message if you are interested ;-)

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Aug 5, 2015 - Modified Aug 5, 2015

I cut it into half so no need to print tons of support
But U need to glue the 2 pieces together with CA Gel

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:956183

Phantom 3 Inspire DJI Antenna Signal Booster Cut in half no support needed

Hi airforce, you can't use twice the same half to make my Range Booster, because the top and bottom holes have different sizes...
Anyway, printing with "light support" enabled on my Zortrax M200 requires only 33 grams of extra filament...

Also how the hell are supposed to print these lol! I took it into the Makerbot software because I have a Makerbot 5th gen and there would be SOO many supports. If you could give some tips on how to print them or if you just have to have TONS of supports that would be great!

Hi JdogAwesome, as i said in the instructions, this object requires support during 3D printing process. I have successfully printed it with my Zortrax M200 and Z-ABS filament, and at the end of the print it was not too difficult to remove the support structures. I know that support structures are a waste of filament, but this is the price to pay if you wish to make this accessory by your own...

Ok thanks for the quick response and I may try and print it myself!

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