The third generation of the DJI Phantom series released in April 2015.

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Controller battery won't charge

The battery in the controller won't accept a charge. When I plug in the charger I can turn the controller on, but it won't charge, even when left plugged in for hours. Also, when plugged in and turned on, the red light next to the four white lights is illuminated. I'm guessing the battery is bad. How do I replace the battery?

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I have the exact same problem. I have only used it once!!


I'm in the same boat however, mine will flash the one led for a few moments and then will stop.


Same problem with my phantom 4 RC. Send to repair, happen again after 1 month.


Just wanting to know PS, XBox, Nintendo Wii etc... and when it is plugged in, does the controller work normally when it is plugged in? Can you play if controller is plugged in?


Yes. Does this mean it is simply a bad battery?


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I've seen this happening with a Phantom 3 standard before. For me, it wasn't the battery or the cable, but the actual USB connector on the controller. It seemed like they didn't do a great job in the factory soldering the USB connector to the printed circuit board that it sits on. Once you've ruled out that your issue isn't a bad USB cable/charger, you may want to consider this. If you look at this picture, you'll see that the USB port is attached to a little circuit board that is wired to the rest of the controller. I was able to repair the connection between the USB connector and that board with a fine-tip soldering iron, if you're handy with a soldering iron you may want to try the same. If you aren't experienced with a soldeirng iron, I was able to find a replacement part on eBay (but nowhere else so order soon!).

Good luck!

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I have just had the exact same problem with my Phantom 3 Pro controller.

After speaking with DJI I solved the problem, and I have put the instructions on YouTube:

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I found that you have to push the charging cable in VERY far. Much farther than you think. Mine wouldn't charge either - then I realized it was NOT in far enough. If you're 100% sure it's all the way in and isn't charging then I can't help you with this 'simple' fix. Good Luck.

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