DJI Phantom 4 Motor
The Phantom 3 set a high bar for drone performance. Luckily, the Phantom 4 is no slouch in the field, easily knocking back its formidable predecessor sveral notches—in no small part thanks to its all-new motors.
As is obvious, the Phantom 4 quadcopter has four motors, each one mounted to the tip of a wing (or “arm”) of the drone. Each motor is mounted higher up than those of the Phantom 3, a move done to enhance aerial lift.
DJI’s official specs attest to the improvements, with the Phantom 4’s ascent speed hitting 13 MPH and descent speed at 9 MPH. Max forward speed in 45 MPH. All these max speeds are achieved through Sport Mode.
A pilot mounts each propeller by pressing down and twisting it into place atop the motor. The propeller snaps when it’s latched on properly. DJI has introduced this “snap-twist” mechanism onto the Phantom 4, whereas previous Phantoms had pilots screwing the propellers into place. The new system’s benefit is its ease; its downside, as told by some of our customers, has been the tendency of the mounts to crack up when flown under heavy pressure. (We're looking at solutions for this problem.)
|Weight (Including Battery)||1380 g|
|Max Ascent Speed||6 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Descent Speed||4 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Speed||20 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level||19685 feet (6000 m)|
|Max Flight Time||Approx. 28 minutes|
|Operating Temperature Range||32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)|
|Satellite Systems||GPS / GLONASS|
The introduction of Sport Mode allows the pilot to unleash the motors’ full power. Official top speed is 45 MPH, but pilots have achieved extraordinary speeds past 60 MPH, thanks in part to added force from winds. Pilots beware: Sport Mode consumes much more battery power than other modes. Expect a Sport Mode flight to hover—like the pun there?—around 20 minutes, compared to the nearly 30 minutes of standard flight time.
Be sure to visit our great inventory of Phantom 4 accessories and bundles. Also check out our Learn More page to discover everything about the Phantom 4, including specs, comparison tests, and even an in-depth guide to our groundbreaking Long Range System.