DJI Phantom 4 Battery DOA

DJI Phantom 4

Boy was I about to make an idiot of myself.

I contacted DJI the day I received my new batteries for my Phantom 4 from them and let them know I had received a DOA (Dead on Arrival). I was requesting info about where I could get support in Australia as I didn’t want to have to send the battery back to Hong Kong.

You may not know, but it’s a pain in the ass to send a lithium battery anywhere, especially when it’s not installed in a device. They are considered a dangerous good and can’t be sent via regular post… though they can magically be delivered by regular post.

The cost to send it back to Hong Kong for service would have been around $90 which would have pretty much negated my whole reason for buying it from there in the first place (cost saving).

On my first contact with DJI they said Nope, we can’t help you, you bought it out of your region so you can’t get support for the battery in Australia, nor directly from DJI, you need to go back to your dealer to get support. They don’t have global support for their products. 

On that advice I wrote them a semi-heated note the next morning saying how bad their service was and how I’d expect more from a global company, and how even had I bought it from DJI directly it would have come to me from Hong Kong because that’s where they are for our region.

And then I didn’t hear anything more. I was annoyed and saddened that I’d have to send this unit back to Hong Kong, at my expense because it had arrived DOA.

This morning I was ready to rail on them because of their lack of response. I was going to go full social media blast angry.

Then I clicked on a link in the original reply saying they couldn’t help, it lead to their support ticket site. I didn’t know my login, and requested a password reset.

Logged in and saw a bunch of replies from Alice, who was my rep at DJI… there was even one five minutes after her initial email saying “nope we’re not going to help” this new reply said… “We’d love to help you, checked it out, the dealer you bought from does have a presence in Australia and our Australian support team will come and collect the unit, test it and send you a replacement.”

I never received the notice via email… her other correspondence, which I also didn’t get, was basically her reiterating that reply and asking when they can come and get the faulty battery.

So while I do have to apologise to DJI for all the bad things I have been thinking bout them for the last few days… I would like to say, something in their system is broken.

Long story short, I bought from their prices were almost a third less the cost of a battery directly from DJI and DJI are supporting the replacement… YAY.

Of course some folks have said that DJI take around 6 weeks to get you your replacement item, they insist on testing the returned item first. So I’m still in for a bit of a wait for the battery to come back.


Print Delivery

My prints came today from my panoramas of the Split Point Lighthouse. They look nice. I did a cropped version to the print size and also a couple of full versions (one in metallic).

I’m impressed with the quality of the larger print given they were taken with a drone… but then, it is a 12MP camera and this is a few photos stitched to make the pano, so it’s more like a 40 megapixels.

Beans, beans, the magical fruit…

For those who want to know… yes the move away from pure potatoes to incorporating other grains and beans has had an effect on the intestinal instrumentation. 

But I’m assured it is a temporary thing and eventually the gut and intestine work it out. It’s about the gut sorting out it’s biome to deal with the foods going in now.

On the plus side, my diet for the past week has been almost completely vegan and I’m down 4.9kg.

The recipes I’m using don’t even use oil, it was weird to me to use water to cook the onion, garlic and capsicum rather than the oil one might usually use, but it works fine.

Split Point Lighthouse

Caught up with the Split Point Lighthouse for this very quick video. It was giving some lovely colours. The video of the lighthouse is as it was taken by my DJI Phantom 4. She’s a beautiful device.

I also made a panorama from up high, I like it. Looks much better on Flickr so if you tap the image and link through to see it bigger.

Split Point Lighthouse - Aireys Inlet

Potatoes for Days

So my potato diet, or starch-based diet, is kicking itself up in the new year.

For those playing along at home, I tried just potatoes towards the end of last year, it was fantastic, I shouldn’t have stopped, but I did. I successfully at nothing but potatoes for three weeks straight. Didn’t crave anything else by the end of it. But caved in the end because it can become boring, plus Christmas was approaching and it was definitely going to be untenable over the the Christmas period.

For about two weeks before the Christmas break I flipped it up and went to the protein-based diet… amazing, bacon and eggs for breakfast… yes please. I continued to lose weight on this diet, but found myself a little more sluggish and muddleheaded than I did on the potatoes. It also give me a constant coating in my mouth and a “mouthfeel” that wasn’t awesome.

Then came Christmas… well that was just a free-for-all time. Chocolate, breads, ham, more chocolate (I’m craving chocolate just writing the word) and of course fizzy drink with an abundance of sugar. I stacked the weight on easily.

Now we’re into the new year, and I’m already kicking goals, just 1kg to go to get back to the weight I was when I derailed myself. But I’m not going to be as restrictive this time around.

Potatoes are good and all, but you can get tired of them, you can dread the next meal so I’m going to where it all started for me… this quest began after watching some videos featuring Dr John McDougall talking about his starch-based diet. So I’m checking out some of his recipes to get me going this time around.

Dr McDougall has a lot of recipes and information available for free at…/educa…/free-mcdougall-program/ where he and his wife detail the foods to eat, not to eat and all the other information you’ll need to get you going.

I feel, in my uneducated opinion, like both diets (low carb OR starch-based) because they are both focusing on “mono-diet” type things, where you’re only really putting one type of food into your system at a time, be it protein OR carbohydrates. So folks even say they have similar results just eating one type of food per meal rather than cutting out one or the other.

I guess I like Dr McDougall’s plan because it is also vegetarian at it’s core and if I can go plant-based then yay for me.

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Pie

It’s strawberry season here in Bacchus Marsh in Victoria, Australia. Positively one of the best times of the year. Once you taste the local strawberries you’ll wonder what those things you can find in the supermarket are. The freshly picked strawberries are divine. They taste so sweet. So I’ve gone a little crazy with the cooking this season, having just last week made the Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie. I didn’t have enough strawberries or any rhubarb to make another pie so I made a strawberry cake. Certainly not “good for you”, but scrumptiously delicious.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 85 grams unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling on the mixture before cooking
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (low fat is fine)
  • About 10 strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and butter a 9-inch deep dish pie pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Put it aside to be added to the wet ingredients in a moment.
  3. With your electric mixer, beat the butter and cup of sugar until well combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until mixed in. Gradually add the dry ingredients and milk, and beat on low speed until smooth, it will remain quite thick.
  4. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Arrange the strawberries on top, cut side down, so that they completely cover the batter, use more or less as required for your cake pan. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries.
  5. Bake for ten minutes, then reduce the heat to 160°C and bake until the cake is lightly golden and a tester comes out clean, about an hour.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack before removing.
  7. Eat and enjoy.

Note: You can store this at room temperature for several days wrapped or in a container.