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hello,

As im sure there has been plenty of discussion on this i apologies if its a repeat question. I recently received this drone and know nothing about it. was told it was hard to fly. I did see it fly a short distance so i know it works. As I'm new to the drone world i have no clue about this thing. I did see where it was discontinued , does it make it useless ? 20231010_095529.jpg
 
It's discontinued, but definitely not obsolete. If you saw it fly, assuming from it's previous owner,
get a lesson and don't change or modify anything yet. There is a very active group here that is dedicated to keeping the SOLO community flying. Don't be discouraged by some negative comments you may find...

The SOLO is not hard to fly...it is actually a gentle flyer and unless you try to crash it you'll be fine.
For example, when one takes off it will pop straight up about 10' and just hover in place until one moves it. Start practice in a reasonaby open area...you'll get the feel.

Far from useless!!

Ask all questions here - someone will pop up.

Happy Flying!
 
Thank you for the reply, I flew it today for a very short distance and it handles about the same as my much smaller one. I understand that the original app is no loner available , is there another app available for updated and such? I see there's supposed to be a gopro with this also but unfortunately I don't have it. I don't have a charger for the remote either is there somewhere i could purchase one ? sorry for all the questions lol
 
Thank you for the reply, I flew it today for a very short distance and it handles about the same as my much smaller one. I understand that the original app is no loner available , is there another app available for updated and such? I see there's supposed to be a gopro with this also but unfortunately I don't have it. I don't have a charger for the remote either is there somewhere i could purchase one ? sorry for all the questions lol
Glad you're flying! Yes, the original app from 3DR is unsupported, gone, history. The current app is called " SOLEX ". It has mixed, but mostly positive reviews. I would search this forum for SOLEX and judge for yourself...I don't use it here and have no personal opinion. I do know it costs USD 30...

Questions: Is your SOLO running the original 3DR firmware? On the controller, when it boots up, does it say "OPEN SOLO 4" or something else?

The controller battery is a LiPo and requires a balance charger for lithium chemistry. Possibly on E-Bay, or ask in the classified section here.
 
Yes it does say open solo 4
That's a good thing - your Solo and controller have been updated to stable and upgradable firmware.

OK, I just checked an original 3DR controller charger. It is marked as follows: INPUT 100-240 V, 0.5A max OUTPUT 8.3V 1.5A Model Number GQ15-083150-AU

The coaxial plug is center positive(+) . They are on EBay, I just checked...


Hope this helps...
 
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We have consolidated everything needed for Solo to keep flying in a FB group. Log into Facebook

You need to be aware of the battery situation and options. The batteries were all made in 2015 and are dying off. There are a couple of good solutions, the Battery Mod is a refurbished Solo battery and is more maintenance free than the other option which is a BMSOne. The BMSOne allows you to use whatever batteries that are readily available to you, but you must maintain them and charge them with a different charger.

Battery Mod DIY tutorial

Battery Mod

BMSOne
 
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We have consolidated everything needed for Solo to keep flying in a FB group. Log into Facebook

You need to be aware of the battery situation and options. The batteries were all made in 2015 and are dying off. There are a couple of good solutions, the Battery Mod is a refurbished Solo battery and is more maintenance free than the other option which is a BMSOne. The BMSOne allows you to use whatever batteries that are readily available to you, but you must maintain them and charge them with a different charger.

Battery Mod DIY tutorial

Battery Mod

BMSOne
Hi Jon - Follow up question on the battery info you provide above - I am currently trying to decide between the two options you offer. What maintenance is required for batteries used with the BMSOne? If I went with the BMSOne would you recommend LiIon or LiPo batteries? Finally, do you have an opinion on which solution is preferable? It seems as though the BMSone is maybe more future proof?

Thanks so much!
 
Hi Jon - Follow up question on the battery info you provide above - I am currently trying to decide between the two options you offer. What maintenance is required for batteries used with the BMSOne? If I went with the BMSOne would you recommend LiIon or LiPo batteries? Finally, do you have an opinion on which solution is preferable? It seems as though the BMSone is maybe more future proof?

Thanks so much!
Maintenance on Lipo and Li-ion mainly consists of making sure they are at the correct voltage when not in use. The Solo BMS does that for you as long as you charge them after use. The BMSOne doesn't do that. You have to put the battery on the charger and charge or discharge it to correct storage level for the cells you have.

Lipo vs Li-ion: The recommended Lipo is about $60 vs a comparable Li-ion would be closer to $90. A good Lipo will fly a Solo for about 15 minutes vs a good Li-ion will fly a Solo about 20 minutes.

Yes the BMSOne is much more future proof. It is programmable to any battery chemistry. The Solo BMS is hard coded to only one battery spec.
 
Hi Jon,
Is there any chance the content on Facebook could be moved to an open site, or as a blog here?

There are a number of folks, myself included, that will not have anything to do with FB for a number of reasons...

TU!
 
Hi Jon,
Is there any chance the content on Facebook could be moved to an open site, or as a blog here?

There are a number of folks, myself included, that will not have anything to do with FB for a number of reasons...

TU!
Even if I could figure out how to move it all over and make it easily usable, it would be more work to maintain it all in yet another platform. Also I find this platform harder to use, and confusing.
 
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