Splash Drone 3
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Notre avis sur le drone aérien étanche Splash Drone 3 AUTO
12/09/2018

Bonjour à tous ! Vous nous posez la question depuis un bon moment déjà : existe-t-il un drone aérien étanche sur le marché destiné au grand public ? la réponse est oui ! Nous avons pu tester cet été le Splash Drone 3 (3ème génération) de Swellpro et voici notre avis sur ce modèle :




Prise en main

Spotmydive a l’habitude d’utiliser des drones sous marins ou les drones que vous connaissez tous et que l’on trouve partout dans le commerce. Le Splash drone est, toutefois, bien différent de ces derniers. Le Splash Drone n’est pas un jouet que l’on peut manipuler sans y faire attention. Certes, il faut quelques notions de ce qu’est un drone avant de l’utiliser pour la première fois mais n’ayez crainte, vous ne serez pas désorienté.
Le Splash Drone de Swellpro est livré avec un transmetteur vidéo, une radiocommande, une caméra 4K et son stabilisateur 4 et un écran FPV.
Le drone peut paraitre rustique à première vue. il est, toutefois, bien élaboré et fini … même si certain fil électrique dépasse. Soyez rassuré, ce drone est un vrai 4X4 amphibie très simple à monter et à mettre en marche.
Le drone est assez puissant et peut lutter facilement contre des vents allant jusqu'à 50 km/h et il peut se poser (ou se crasher) dans l’eau sans aucun souci. Il existe plusieurs modes de vol intéressants et la prise en main, une fois dans les airs, est très simple.
Petit bémol, nous avons eu des difficultés avec le contrôleur qui n’arrivait plus à avoir de retour d’image. Selon le constructeur, nous avions peut-être laissé le drone trop longtemps au soleil. Quoi qu’il en soit, le retour vidéo sur la radiocommande est plutôt de bonne qualité.


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Vol

Une fois dans les airs, le pilotage peut se rapprocher de celui d’un Phantom ou d’un DJI. Rien à lui reprocher donc mais sachez, toutefois, que ce drone est extrêmement puissant et qu’il ne dispose pas de protège pale. Attention donc à respecter les consignes de vols ! La principale qualité du Splash Drone est de pouvoir amerrir et de ce côté, nous n’avons eu aucun problème. Vous pouvez même filmer depuis la surface, le fond des océans sans aucune manipulation particulière même lorsqu’il y a des vagues.


Qualité d’image

Le Splash Drone est livré avec une caméra 4K native et d’un Gimball 4 axes. Il n’y a rien à lui reprocher car le stabilisateur est excellent et l’image impeccable.


Autonomie

L’autonomie du Splash drone est malheureusement assez faible puisqu’ après 15 minutes de vols, nous n’avions plus de batterie et avons dû enclencher le mode « retour à la maison ». Heureusement nous avions des batteries de rechange et il a été simple de les changer.


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Transport

Contrairement au dernier drone de DJI, le Splash Drone est assez volumineux. Il est livré dans une mallette assez pratique mais encombrante. Bien sûr, ce n’est pas un drone que vous transporterez partout dans votre sac à dos et ce n’est pas, de toute façon, son objectif.


Quel est le prix du Splash Drone 3 ?

Vous trouverez le Splash Drone de 3ème génération en ligne au prix de 1 899€ pour la version classique, 2 049€ pour la version + et 2 499€ sur la version XTREM-ACT




Spécifications techniques

  • Dimensions : 61 x 47 x 52 cm
  • Poids : 2,38 kg
  • Altitude maximale de vol : 4000 mètres
  • Vitesse de déplacement : 8m/s (11-16 noeuds)
  • Batterie : 15 à 20 minutes en vol
  • Les points forts

    + Amphibie et pour nous, voyageurs et plongeurs, c’est important
    + Très robuste
    + Puissance moteur
    + Retour image impeccable
    + Plusieurs modes de vol
    + Résiste à des vents forts
    + Caméra 4k
    + Batterie facile à remplacer
    + Peu cher comparé aux autres drones amphibies

    Les inconvénients :

    - Des soucis de connexion avec la télécommande au démarrage
    - Fils électriques visibles loin du côté épuré de ses concurrents
    - Impossible d’ajuster la balance des blancs en vol
    - Montage simple mais toujours plus compliqué que les drones dernières générations
    - Batterie très courte, seulement 15 minutes de vol


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    Ce drone est pour vous si vous cherchez un drone costaud qui résistera aux embruns et à l’eau de mer. Les drones que nous utilisons d’habitude, n’auraient pas survécu plus de 5 minutes à nos différents tests. Donc, si vous aimez survoler des plans d’eau, si vous cherchez un drone pour votre bateau ou encore si vous voulez un drone increvable, le Splash drone est fait pour vous.






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    Mark 12/04/2019
    " Here I have copied and pasted a letter I wrote to the CEO of the company I met him personally and my Drone Company was seeking to be a dealer, I am so glad we did not! If any want the full string of emails and letters please email me at airborneworks@gmail.com be happy to share the horror story. July 24, 2017 Eric Hue SwellPro RE: Repair and return of a product purchased Dear Eric: I do hope this message finds you well! The tone of your last message to me required me to take some time to formulate this reply. First and foremost I wanted to let you know I have a large amount of respect for you and your company and that I understand in principle your position and how you may feel this way about our dealings. It is important for us both to revisit the facts of our dealings to this point which I feel will clear up any misunderstandings that there are. I want to clarify my position and understanding of the following facts: #1 As you well know my first contact with your company was with the intention to evaluate your product with the goal of selling them as a result of the demos we were to do for our growing client base of Fire departments, first responders as well any US government agencies we might sell to. #2 Between myself you and your team ( primarily Joyce and Patrick ) we established that we were to purchase a demo unit at a discounted from MSRP price. with the intention of evaluation and using it as a demo this first order was approved directly from you as you skype me the following:

 [11/14/16, 8:20:22 AM] Eric - CEO of Swellpro Technology: you can start from few pcs
 [11/14/16, 8:20:28 AM] Eric - CEO of Swellpro Technology: can try sample first [11/14/16, 8:20:43 AM] Eric - CEO of Swellpro Technology: but i believe you will make good money” And you can try to order a sample to test and prepare yourself” We all came to an agreed price and I ordered one unit with the understanding these were to be samples and I made it very clear that this one unit was for evaluations first as we have never had one of your products, and then demo it to help grow sales.
 On 11/15/16, at 11:03 AM, Mark wrote: “Again I'm using this for demo purposes only I'm trying to keep our costs down initial orders so that we can demo the product and build sales” The goal was clearly to build sales, this does not happen overnight! 

Copy of the First Order invoice we Paid to you in full! Paying full MSRP price or a discounted price should not be the issue here, we both agreed on this price with the goal of building a business relationship and sales. The first unit, as well as the 2nd unit provided from the Las Vegas show, was to be for product evaluation as well as for future demo, this is a very important fact you must acknowledge Eric. You got paid and I got the product. #3 On the second unit we all came to an agreement based on our meeting at the Las Vegas show. We wanted to obtain the 2nd UAV for our South Carolina location for my partner Chad to evaluate the UAV and possible demo, ( for future sales opportunities ) and we both agreed on a price, we also agreed that we would proof ALL your docs and Website in trade for this hardware, but you felt uncomfortable with my offer as you have never done business with me or my company before, and I respected that doubt and I offered a refundable payment of $1500.00 ( that you agreed to pay me back once ALL proof work was done) So I had no issue paying that money, as I wanted you to trust us. #4 You know as well as your team that both the aircraft sent had issues out of the box, the #1 unit had flight control issues and the #2 unit from Vegas had not only flight control issues but also gimbal control issues and we discovered a water leak in the unit after evaluation and found a shorted board we sent all pics and info to Patrick . #5 Upon our meeting in Las Vegas with your approval I set up meetings in LA, to lay the groundwork for possible distribution networks, thinking ( based on our dinner meeting ) you wanted us involved in the USA joint venture. I took my time to meet these people while at the same time I and my team were trying to iron out the issues we had been having with BOTH Splash drones that I paid for. The bottom line is you got your money and I got not one but 2 drones that did NOT work as advertised. So if anyone should be bitter, it should be me. However, I understand things happen and a very reasonable man and I have up to this point provided your company the benefit of doubt in this matter. #6 After documenting on a number of Videos and with many emails the issues with the 2 Drones always crashing it was agreed to have them sent back. And Airborne Works paid over $275 to do so. I was told that your team would evaluate the issues and repair the units and ship them back, which to date has yet to happen! This created two important issues that I feel you are overlooking here. #1 We both agreed on cost and I paid those cost, and your job was to provide me with a working product. Even if I had paid full price, Eric, the issue is not the price but the FACT that not one of the aircraft I received work as it should have! As you well know I had Demo’s to do on dates I promised and we had NO working product to Demo! What really bothers me Eric is that you all knew that the SD2 version I received had known flight control ( toilet bowl ) issues and yet you still sold them to me , we know this is the fact as you no longer use that Flight control system in SD3, so PLEASE do not try to convince me that you sold me good working product. #2 Me and my team did much to evaluate, ( many hours) of videotape and share with you the issues we had, there is NO question on this, I even drove to NYC to meet Thomas to get an OLDER version so I would have at least something to demo, as your team had NOT sent the ones I needed back for the Demo date I had! So you know Eric the DRONE I got from Thomas to date that one has ALSO never flown right and I will return this one to him so you know I am not attempting to take advantage of you in any way! During all this: Since SwellPro was in the midst of launching SD3 ( as disclosed to me in Vegas) We all talked and agreed that instead of sending back the older SD (we sent back for repair ) we wanted to be able to demo the New SD3 product as that is what would be available moving forward. I need to clarify a few things here Eric: First, our clients work off of yearly budgets, they do not have cash sitting around for assets to purchase they need to put the request in the next years budget for the products. Based on the two demos we have done thus far, we now know that no less than 4 departments have put money into their budget for the Waterproof UAV solution. I want to say THANK YOU for getting us the SD3, although within days before the demo, none the less it is a really huge improvement over the older ones you sold to me. I VALUE the fact you have provided us one for the most recent demo! You have done a great job with this product! You said recently ( and i was shocked ) that you would not provide me another FREE unit! I am confused Eric as I have never asked for a free unit, the fact is I have paid the agreed to price, and to date, I only have one aircraft the SD3 and it was not free, and that one came with a cracked prop and to date is still not safe to fly! All I am asking for my friend is to PLEASE provide us with replacement props for the SD3 and replace one of the other original SD I sent back so I have the two that I paid. I need them all to perform and fly as advertised. That's all I am asking for, nothing more. If you want us to help you sell these here in the USA we will need the following: #1 Replacement props for SD3 #2 Replacement of one of the Splash Drones I sent back for repair. #3 Provide USA based inventory on both Drones and Parts for fast shipping on orders #4 Provide USA based warranty & non-warranty service center(s) for fast client turn around I value our business relationship Eric and have a large amount of respect for you. I have never given you a reason not to trust me and have done what I have said I have set out to do. Frankly, your expectations of large sales orders are not practical for three very obvious reasons: 1: I have yet to be provided a product I can reliably and safely demo. 2: Our relationship is only 7 months old, I am not selling to the general public like Urban drones I am selling to professionals and they require a long sales cycle due to budgets. 3: Proper product support is required here in the USA for the products we represent. Please know we will not place any orders on products that have no support here in the United States this is vital to not only your brand but the brand of Airborne Works as well, as our reputation is attached to any products or services we sell to our clients. Please return to Airborne Works the SD we paid for along with good props and then we may discuss your plans for Support here in the USA and any further possible sales with our client base. I treat everyone I deal with fairly and I expect to be treated the same way by you as I am sure you are also a reasonable man and ask that you evaluate above-stated facts and please live up to your end of the agreement we have in place and return to us what we paid for. Respectfully & Sincerely yours, "

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