Important: When you get a new Mantis Q, watch this video carefully and follow the instructions exactly. If you do not, the Update process (typically necessary) may not be performed correctly. Have a good internet connection.
If an update is required, you should not fly until it is completed.
1. Be sure first to have the craft battery, the controller, and your phone fully charged. The craft battery is an LIHV, a high-voltage LIPO, maximum charge voltage of 4.35 per cell, and this is a 3 cell battery. LIHV batteries charge to 4.35 volts per cell, where a standard LIPO goes to 4.2 volts max. Use only the charger provided, and note that rather than the typical blinking red charging light, this is a blinking green light, changing to solid green when fully charged!
Which smartphones work with the Mantis Q? (From Yuneec)
Apple: The minimum requirement for the Mantis Q is an iPhone 6S or higher
Android: We recommend an Android phone with at least 4 processor cores (quad core) and a minimum speed of 2 GHz. Slower phones may experience limitations in advanced features that rely on processor performance (for example visual tracking, gesture control, face recognition). Phones with processor speeds below 1.4 GHz are not suitable for the secure operation of the Mantis Q.
Update downloads can be very slow, taking many minutes to download and install. Be patient.
2. Experienced flyers will find info and settings easy to navigate. Video default is .MOV, but you can change to .MP4. Do take the time to go through all the settings before you fly, some are "unique" to this system. 4K is great for photos, use 1080 for regular video. Because the Mantis Q sits low on the ground, ALWAYS use a clean surface for takeoff and landing.
3. "Follow Me" and "Watch Me" modes, even after confirming and creating a target, require another press of an arrow in the lower right-hand corner. "Pause" is on the right, but to leave the mode and stop, press the left red icon. Take care using the modes that fly up and out or around, be sure to have plenty of clear area to complete the maneuvers.
4. A coming update will add maps and Waypoints. The current (9-18-18) blank box in the screen lower left corner will contain Topographic maps that you can toggle in and out of full-screen mode.
Firmware: Firmware Ver. 1.1.04 adds maps capability. Tested with an Android phone, the maps in your choice of Street, Satellite, or Hybrid (blended) appear based on your GPS location. On-screen craft orientation (N-S-E-W) may be incorrect in North America.
As of 11-15-18, another update, 1.1.2 for App, and 1.1.05 for Controller and Craft, adds 1080 @ 60 FPS, Manual IPS for indoors, and various other improvements. Have all batteries charged before starting the update procedure.
5. Users report problems with Compass Calibration. The full manual details this procedure. There are 3 main steps, perform all 3 with the craft held high above your head: Step 1 is rotating the craft horizontally (craft bottom parallel to ground), step 2 rotate holding craft with nose pointing vertically, step 3 rotate with craft side at right angle to ground. Each time before turning first listen for a beep, then after 2 beeps of success go to next step. Using a helper to hold the phone controller, well away from the craft, and relocating to an area with NO metal close may be necessary.
We are finding that first, there is one beep, the signal to begin a step. When that rotation is complete you get 2 beeps. Then, hold the craft without moving in the new position until you get one beep, repeat. Do not take too long to begin or the calibration will time out and you have to start over.
6. Voice control can be spotty, working well at times and disappearing at times. Wake up, take off, up, down, forward, backward, turn right, turn left, land, go to sleep. These commands are valid, as are others to control pics and videos. The turn right and turn left do not actually turn, but simply go left or right. To stop command actions touch either stick.