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Discussion in 'Q500+ Discussion' started by ocdrone, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. ocdrone

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    So I got a new Q500+ and, of course, crashed it on the 3rd time out. Bad crash into a tree (and then the ground). Busted all 4 rotors and 1 landing strut and cracked the main undercarriage. When you start up the bird now it plays a little tune and flashes red-red-red. Yuneec says it sounds like I toasted the motherboard.

    Anyway, the camera still works fine. I have all batteries and ground controller. Just need to buy a new copter, but can't find that one item for sale by itself anywhere. If I have to go out and buy a whole new package for $699, it looks like I can sell off all the extra parts on eBay and get a new copter essentially for free, but that's kind of a pain.

    Anyone know where I can buy JUST the quadcopter replacement and how much?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Big Anthony

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    I would suggest you hook it up to the GUI and test it to see exactly what is damaged. I had almost the same exact accident you described and although it looked grim, everything was fine just the frame and the camera housing and for about $100 I got it back brand new and there was even a battery in it when they returned it so I feel like I got it fixed for free. When I first looked at it there were several pieces broken off including the camera/gimbal. I thought I would be buying a new bird but no. Check out what the GUI says and go from there.
     
  3. ocdrone

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    Thanks for the reply!

    Didn't even know you could do that but that sounds really helpful. I think that one of those mystery cables that came with the package is what I need to do this. :)
     
  4. h-elsner

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    If it beeps then the processor on the main board is still working. SW detects somthing is wrong and decide to play the error code. Maybe a cable connection to the ESCs is broken. I do not believe that mainboad is dead.
    GUI connection and check is a good idea. It is the white USB cable YUNA100. It shall replace the receiver cable on the right side from back near the battery.

    br HE
     
  5. Robb

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    I think you can get a replacement body from Amain Hobby 800 - 705-2215
     
  6. ocdrone

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    So you sent it in to Yuneec for repairs?
     
  7. X6_Gorm

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    Any luck with this? If not I'd be interested in buying one of your batteries.... :)
     
  8. ocdrone

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    I checked Amain Hobby but they only sell a replacement airframe. At the moment I don't have the time or skill to rebuild the drone from scratch. So I bought another package on Amazon and sold off the batteries, steadygrip and controller on ebay and am now out only about $250 and I now have 2 cameras, 1 new copter and 1 copter that I can try to rebuild or send to Yuneec for repair. And now I will STAY AWAY FROM TREES AND BUILDINGS. LOL
     
  9. X6_Gorm

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    Hahaha yeah trees generally mean death to low flying man-made objects. Did you look on Carolina Dronz? I get many Yunnec products from them. They do have a great customer service.
     
  10. X6_Gorm

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    Hahaha yeah trees generally mean death to low flying man-made objects. Did you look on Carolina Dronz? I get many Yunnec products from them. They do have a great customer service.
     
  11. ocdrone

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    Just looked at Carolina Dronz and they have a basic replacement copter with no battery and no gimbal for $400, so I guess it was worth the hassle to buy another package and sell off the extra parts.

    If I can keep my current bird flying OK for the next 6 months I may sell it all off and get the Typhoon H (after a few people have had a chance to test it out and work out all the bugs) I'm already drooling over that one. Amazing that it comes in cheaper than the new DJI 4 !
     
  12. Big Anthony

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    Yes I sent it to Yuneec. The trouble was they are only in Ca. and I am in NYC so shipping took a week and cost $60 but i was happy with how it worked out and it's like new with an extra used battery.
     
  13. julyuse

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    Hey Big Anthony, how long did the repair take place on yours? I sent mine for repair after it crashed when one of the propeller snapped off. I got an email from Yuneec with a case number a week ago and I'm just curious on what is the typical turnaround and what others had experienced.
     
  14. CHARLES FISHER

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    Call Carolina Drones. You'd be surprised that it may not cost you as much as you think. They do service work and from what I hear they are very good and affordable.