Phantom 3 standard magic power mod

The Phantom 3 Standard is a great drone! but it is a bit of a problem to fly it far away.
One thing that helps is to get a cheap range extender (windsurfer) as explained here

With that windsurfer you can get it as far as 1km, but then you have another problem; the video feed.

In Europe you will have the problem that there is a legal limit to the strength of WiFi networks. It can officially be no more than 16dBm.
This is fine for home networks, but when it comes to flying a drone you want more power.
The Phantom 3 standard comes in 2 versions, CE and FCC.
The FCC version is sold outside Europe, and the CE version is sold in Europe.
If you take your CE Phantom outside the EU you will notice that it can fly further because the GPS tells the drone it can use more power (FCC) and will use that.
If you take your FCC drone to Europe it will automatically go back to 16dBm and will limit itself to the rules that are in place in that region.

This is where Magic Power 5 comes in!
Magicpower is designed by and these guys have done an excelent job in writing this piece of software.

Magic Power 5 enables you to lock the power that is used to transmit the video feed, regardless of the location!
This is very usefull when you are in Europe, but FCC pilots can and will benefit from this as well.

You can set the video feed to 27 dBm, and that is 11 dBm more than the standard 16 dBm that it normally uses in Europe!

First you need to download the software, you can do that by clicking here (both Mac and Windows)

Once that is downloaded and unpacked you need to disconnect from your home Wifi and connect your laptop or computer to the Wifi of the drone. this is like a normal startup, only thing different is that you are NOT connecting your phone/tablet
So, you switch on the remote, then the drone. once powered up and when you have a green light on the remote you need to connect to the WiFi of the drone.
You will see a yellow exclamation mark, this indicates that there is no internet available through the connection. this is perfectly normal.

temporarily shut down any firewall that you run, don’t worry it is safe! it is important to have it off, otherwise the mod might fail!

Now it is time to start Magic Power

In the magicpower folder doubleclick the application icon

Now you will get a windows asking you to accept the terms.
In short they tell you that they are not responsible for any damage, bla bla bla… accept them!

Now this is where the magic is going to happen.
After agreeing you will get this screen.

You don’t need to change anything to the settings, they are good at default settings! default is 24dBm

Now, make sure you are still connected to the drone, and the firewall is still off!
Click step 1, and you will see some things happening in the white area. basically it is establishing a connection with the drone, and will change some settings.
Once this is done a dialog will pop up and tell you that the first part is done and a  restart of drone and controller is required.

Do that, and reconnect the computer to the drones WiFi.
Once the connection is back press Step 2.
Again a few things will happen in the white area, and this is the part where the settings are being changed so that the drone uses more transmitting power.

Once that is finished a popup dialog will tell you it has finished, and you need to restart the drone.
That is it, the mod is placed, and you have a lot more transmitting power.

I have tested it with the standard 24 dBm and the results are great!
I got 1043m not 1 bad frame!  this is of course with the windsurfer installed as well!

If the 24dBm is not good enough for you, or you simply want more power there is a way to get that.
Tick the box “I understand this” and click “open”

You will now have the option to change the transmitting power.
Don’t change anything else, just the transmitting power!

Set it to 27 dBm to get the maximum out of it!

At 27 dBm I got over 1700 meters and the feed was still good!

This mod will not harm anything in your firmware, as a matter of fact, it ONLY changes the transmitting power, nothing else!

If you want to revert to stock, simply reinstall the original firmware, or choose to revert back to stock in MagicPower. Click the arrow next to “Patch with magic power” and it will give you the option to revert back to stock.

it is a great mod, and the results are great as well.


  1. Thanks for the write up. This mode only affects the video transmitting or also changes the drone itself to FCC mode? I am in europe and my P3S flies only around 300meters, I did this mod but nothing changed. It still flies only up to 300 meters and then the signal is lost.

      1. Hi Sam, i bought the DBS itelite antenna and changed the power to 24 dbm and reached 2 km with still full control and a good video deed.

      1. Thanks,
        will try it tomorrow. Fore some reason didnt get a step 2, will download telnet tonight and check change has taken place.

  2. Sounds like a great mod. But when I click step 1, all it says is aircraft ready…and thats it. Ive turned off all firewalls and antivirus. And wifi is connected. I notice everybody keeps saying laptop though. It should still work on a desktop right? Wifi is wifi isnt it?

  3. I get the message “can’t telnet the RC !!”, when I try step 2. WiFi connection is ok and firewall and antivirus is off. Any suggestions?

  4. how many times do i need to restart the drone and remote?? you have to restart the drone by powering on/off thru the battery and the remore as well??? thanks…

    1. Sometimes the pop-up doesn’t show up, but if you can see that it has completed the first step, restart the drone, and restart the program.

      Once the program is restarted, click step 2 instead of step 1

      1. i got 810m in distance today after the mod, i want to try the 27dbm TX power., if i select 27 Dbm do i have to click step 2 again?? tnx mate…

  5. Today i changed the tx power to 27 dbm and in combination with the dbs itelite i’ll reached a distance from 3250 meter and the aircraft was returning to the homepoint because the low battery warning. Really amazing. Still control and videofeed.

      1. It’s not possible to use a windsurfer when you are using the dbs itelite antenna. So i used the dbs and the magic power on 27 dbm.

  6. ERROR! cannot write to Info.plist, there are permission problems, or you are on a read-only volume.

    This cannot run from within a read-only dmg file.

    1. On the DMG volume, drag the .v file to the Applications shortcut on the volume.
      That will copy the actual app to your Applications folder. (this is how you install apps on Mac in general).
      Then you to your Applications folder and control-left-click the app. Window will come up asking you if you really want to run this app. You do.
      After that, follow the given directions.

      I could not get it to work myself just now, I suspect because I’m already on High Sierra. I think the app (or rather the wrapper that it comes with) needs to be updated.
      Going to see if I can resurrect an old Windows laptop I may have sitting around.

    1. The SE uses Lightbridge and has a way bigger range than the WiFi in the Standard. The mod is only to spice up the transmitting power of WiFi and will therefore not work on the SE

  7. I have done step 1 it and the dialog poped as mentioned above asking me to restart my RC and my Drone, now step 2 I reconnect everything and the process starts but up to now nothing is popping out

  8. thanks a lot man. I got 1200m, a little bit of lag, ……. in Paris…… Thats means flying with too many interferences.
    I will go outside from Paris the next week. I hope to get 1500 without any problems.
    Thanks again for your help. I love to fly long away…….always at the forest without any people, thats for sure.

  9. Hi all. I’ve tried to chose the 27 dBm value but the log says :
    / # iw reg set BO
    / # iw dev wlan0 set txpower limit 2400
    and confirms :
    Tx-Power: 24 dBm Link Quality: 70/70

    What do I miss to get 27 dBm?
    Should I use US region code instead of BO? Is there a risk using US region if I fly in France?

    Thanks for help

      1. OK, thanx for reply. One thing confuses me though, as i understand FCC P3S have a cca. 1000 meters range where a CE version have only up to 500 meters but from discussion here i reed that only video feed range is increased when FCC mod applies!
        What am i missing? I thought that also rc signall should be boosted! Can you please explain because up to a few hundreds meters my video feed isn’t that bad at all while my aircraft starts to loose signal (RC signal lost). Shouldn’t this mod boost both of the signals to trully becomes FCC aircraft?

        1. That has everything to do with the maximum transmitting power that is allowed for WiFi, the mod only increases the videofeed which is WiFi.
          The control distance is more affected by obstaclea then the video distance but a sinple windsurfer increases that greatly!

          1. Thanx for support! I’ll try this mod as soon as possible and report back here with the results.

  10. Hello! There’s something I don’t understand: it seems that this mod only affects the video sign, but many people say that the range was greatly increased. I know that some one already asked this question here, but I don’t see any comment concerning this point. The mod really increase the range or not? Why many people say that it does? Thank you very much!

  11. I just did the magic power on top of a boosted DBS and boosted Heliclal Super cannon. I’m using inspire1 controller antennas on the phantom landing gear for the 2.4 video down link and pagoda 5.8 for Control. I’m now getting towards the 4 mile limit. Now my battery is holding me back.

    1. Yes! the argtek only improves the quality of the signal, the mod improves the power of it as well, so you have more power through better antenna’s. I can only think of 2km’s working range 🙂

  12. Can’t anyone find antenna transistor amplifiers at 5.8 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz? Then would they just engage in the driver?

    1. Can’t build antenna transistor amplifiers at 5.8 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz? Then would they just plug in the remote control?

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