It’s important to understand the limits of the functions of your Phantom drone, and one of the attributes of a drone it a predetermined range. Understanding the range of your particular Phantom drone model allows you to properly operate this machine, so as to not attempt to fly out of range and damage your drone, or violate FAA drone regulations.
The DJI Phantom drone has an excellent range, so it is ideal for an operator looking to fly their drone longer distances. The range extender unit allows the Phantom to fly approximately half a mile (700 meters) away from its transmitter, depending on weather conditions. Newer Phantom models have an extended range that reaches up to 1.2 miles (approximately 2000 meters). However, it is important to keep in mind that the farther away from your transmitter that you fly your drone, the higher the likelihood of losing radio connection. If your Phantom drone flies out of range of the transmitter, it will maintain its altitude and automatically fly back to the coordinates of its launch with the ‘Return To Home’ feature. Once it approaches the location of the transmitter, the Phantom will decend about 65 feet (or 20 meters), allowing you time to reconnect the drone with its transmitter, or wait until the drone lands itself. This is a particularly helpful feature, especially with less experienced operators.
Not being familiar with your drone’s range capabilities is a definite way to damage the machine. When flying, it is important to take weather conditions into account, as range is minimized with higher winds or precipitation, making it easier to lose your WiFi connection between devices. If you are unsure of the range of your drone, referring to your Phantom’s manual, as well as becoming more comfortable flying the drone, are the best ways to ensure your Phantom remains undamaged.