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Open a world of ocean exploration with this PowerRay Wizard underwater camera. The detachable PowerSeeker fishfinder can be used by itself to map landscapes, and the 4K Ultra HD camera with wide-angle lens captures photos or videos in lakes or seas. Real-time streaming at 1080p from this PowerRay Wizard underwater camera lets you share your adventures via social networks.
PowerRay ROV kit
Ideal for exploring the underwater world.
The internal Wi-Fi system allows transmission of images and data over a distance of up to 262 feet.
Runs on lithium-polymer batteries
Equipped with a 6400mAh battery for PowerRay and a 3000mAh battery for the base station to provide long sailing time.
Wireless transmitter controller
Offers wireless connection with the base station to operate the vehicle, or adjust LED lighting and speed.
Fully integrated 4K UHD camera
Research and shoot underwater content for movies with Burst Mode photo shooting at 5 fps in 12 megapixels and real-time 1080p underwater streaming.
PowerVision VR ONE Plus goggles
Travel the underwater world and explore its secrets with an immersive First Person View (FPV) experience.
The sonar system can detect underwater landscapes, temperature data, depth and fishing hot spots up to 230 feet below the surface.
View real-time transmitted photos or videos. Acquire detailed information from the underwater sonar and navigation. Operate the vehicle and adjust LED lighting and speed. (Supported iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.2 or later).
The PowerRay is really tough to review. On one hand, it's really cool. Playing with a submarine in the ocean is awesome. And in the right circumstances you can get some good underwater photos, but unfortunately, it's inconsistency and steep learning curve make it hard to recommend to anyone that isn't a hardcore fisherman or dedicated underwater photographer. It would be super cool to get some sweet underwater photos of underwater fish or even friends who are diving and/or snorkeling, but it takes so much coordination and effort that, unless you literally live on the water and are in it all the time, it's tough to pay such a premium for limited functionality.
HOW IT WORKS
I'm a dedicated technophile, but I had an extremely difficult time getting the PowerRay up and running, the instructions are lacking in all of the important ways that makes the initial setup and use EXTREMELY frustrating (which I'll mention below). So I think it's a good idea to understand how it works (the knowledge I obtained after significant trial and error).
Traditional methods of wireless communication do not work underwater. So, you have to be tethered to the PowerRay in order to control it. (Which is ultimately a good thing, more on that in a moment). So in terms of the MUST HAVES, you have to have the PowerRay connected to a long cord, which connects to a Base Station, which is required. You also have a phone or tablet (you don't have to be connected to the internet). The controller isn't necessary, you can drive it with your phone via touch controls, but that is no way to drive it, it's too difficult. For ease of use, I think the controller is a necessity. So to operate the PowerRay, you connect the PowerRay via the long cable to the BaseStation, you turn the Base Station on separately, which acts like a Wi-Fi hub. You then connect your phone to the Base Station's Wi-Fi network, which is ultimately how the phone/tablet communicates with the PowerRay. When you turn the controller on, after turning the Base Station on, it automatically connects to the Base Station's Wi-Fi network and integrates into the app on your phone/tablet (but I found the controller's ability to connect to the BaseStation's Wi-Fi to be inconsistent at best.
This is just the basics on getting the PowerRay into the water for purpose of operating it. To use the "sonar" device to map the floor of the body of water and/or find fish, you simple plug the PowerSeeker Fishfinder (a little plastic ball) into the bottom of the PowerRay (it screws on after removing a cover) and to use it, you simple choose it on the app while you're driving. It then starts to scan the water.
I am super impressed with the design and what you get. This truly is a complete package. You can look at the product details to see everything you get, but the PowerRay comes with it's own rolling suitcase which is a gigantic plus. It gives you a good place to store it, and makes it convenient to take on a plane. I took it through TSA without a problem, I simply opened it up and laid it on the security belt and had no issues.
The PowerRay looks sleek, and is extremely well built. I found all of it to be well built and thought out. You really can't hurt yourself with the blades unless you shove your finger into the propellers. There's a danger, no doubt, but I was never concerned, you can grab the back of it to pull in and out of the water without fear of cutting your finger off. The controller is well built and thought out and so is the PowerSeeker and means to charge it. There's one charger than charges the BaseStation, PowerRay itself, and controller. NOTE: you have to charge the BaseStation and PowerRay, at first I thought the BaseStation powered the PowerRay, but that's NOT the case. You need to charge it all. Luckily there's only one charger.
INSTRUCTIONS AND EASE OF USE
If there's one big complaint I have, it's the instructions and ease of use. This is one of the most unintuitive devices I've ever used. The Quick Start manual is paltry and does a poor job of explaining how the device works, which helps you figure out how to set it up, and it's just not intuitive. I guess once you know how it works it makes sense, but until you do it can be frustrating.
You have to turn the Base Station on, then plug it into the PowerRay, turn the controller on, turn your phone on, select the BaseStation's Wi-Fi network, open the Vision Plus app, and hope that it connects. When you open the app, it goes to a screen that says "Start Diving." But you can't advance (well you can, but to a stock image of the cotnrols that does nothing) unless it connects to the BaseStation. The connection issues are compounded by Android. If Android connects to a Wi-Fi network without internet access (like the BaseStation's network) it will often disconnect. Unless you know, you have to select the option to stay connected to the network even though there's no internet. And even after successfully driving the PowerRay several times, on the 3rd or 4th time it simply wouldn't connect to my phone. The BaseStation was on, but I ultimately restarted my phone, disconnected from the BaseStation network and reconnected. Eventually it worked, but it was frustrating because I knew how it worked and successfully used it before. I simply cannot explain the inconsistency.
THe first time I used it, the controller simply would not connect to the BaseStation. On my second drive, it did finally connect, but I didn't do anything different.
What compounds the instructions issue is that there's no good FAQ or troubleshooting resources in the app, or in the online community. It's too new of a product to get reliable help on say, YouTube. I couldn't find any help to solve the controller connectivity issues. Luckily, it finally just worked. But with a product this expensive, unfortunately the bar is just so high, it needs to work reliably every time (at least more than most).
Again, once you understood how it works, it makes sense, but it's not intuitive and the instructions simply aren't helpful. if you decide to get this, make sure to spend plenty of time in advance of your first dive (maybe practicing in a pool if you have that option) so you understand it and aren't left confused and frustrated say, out on the ocean.
So assuming you get everything set up, it's exciting. You start diving and bam, you're off to the races. But when I was driving it in the Gulf of Mexico, I simply couldn't control it. I put it on the Slow setting, and because I couldn't see which way I was pointing (and the water was cloudy, so the camera was of no help) and ultimately couldn't control where I was going. On this particular "dive" I simply couldn't get any photos because I was driving blind. It seemed every time I tried to drive it the way I thought it was going, it seems like it started going off in the opposite direction. So unless you can see it, and see which way it's pointing, it's tough to drive (unless you were in really clear water and the camera was more helpful). And when the purpose is to dive up to 100 feet, you often won't have the ability to "see" the PowerRay and figure out where you were going.
I'm not sure if the current played a part, I think so, but I can't say for certain. It certainly felt like the current kept moving it which again, made it difficult to navigate.
The PowerRay has a fantastic camera. When I got to clear water, I was impressed with the quality. BUT, the issue is setting up your shot. To get a picture of say, the ocean floor (in shallow-er waters of course), you have to dive while driving forward and hit the shutter button. It takes some skill. What would have been easier if you could dive to a certain depth, and then control the camera separately. Trying to control the PowerRay while lining up your shot makes it difficult.
Again, though, I was in cloudy water, I'm sure in better circumstances, like being in clear-er water with beautiful reefs around, you could grab a great picture. Quality of the camera isn't the issue, lining up and framing your shot is.
I used the PowerSeeker to map out the floor. It was cool, it gave us the depth. But it didn't find any fish. I don't think there were any around, so it's not the device's fault, but I could see where it could be a big boon to fisherman. I could see this device's best utility where yo drive it close to the surface (so you can see where you're driving from the boat or dock) and scan the water to see where the fish are.
Put this in the category of "cool" but of mostly gimmicky. I used the VR Goggles for a first person view, but I found it even more difficult to figure out where I was driving. It's a fantastic viewing experience (and simple to change, you simply push a button on your phone and it switches to VR mode without any issues). I think it would best used when a friend connects their phone to the BaseStation and simply "watches" rather than trying to drive while in VR mode.
All-in-all, this is a cool device. But it's too difficult to recommend to anyone given it's price and steep learning curve. Plus, it's use really is limited. If you were traveling to a reef with clear water AND had access to a boat, I could see you getting some great photos, even great photos of your friends who might be diving or snorkeling in the same place. But I don't live near water, so those type of "events" where I could capture some great photos are just too few and far between to justify the cost. But if you're getting it for photography purposes, I would take a hard look at how you'll use it, and I would definitely make sure you understand how it works before taking it out on your first trip.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Control from phone, Ease of use, Fun to use
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Underwater Adventure, Exploration & Excitement
I was excited to have an opportunity to provide a comprehensive review of the PowerRay Wizard Underwater ROV Kit by PowerVision in exchange for the product. I live in North Florida, which has an abundance of natural fresh water springs. I am approximately 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 65 miles from the Atlantic. The Florida Manatee is my favorite gentle, sea cow, creature to observe and interact with in certain springs and runs. However, they are strictly protected in Manatee Sanctuary Zones. Even outside the Sanctuary Zones Federal Law prohibits humans from 'touching' any Manatees. This is where the PowerRay is my most valuable asset and resource (see attached pics). At my age, 75, diving is no longer a viable activity for me, and, although snorkeling is FUN, it has it's depth limits. The PowerRay Wizard allows me to enjoy our fascinating underwater world of enchantment and wonder without ever getting 'wet'. YooHoo!
When I received the PowerRay Wizard I was immediately impressed by the quality of the professionally designed, secure, luggage-like, carrying-case it came in. The outer housing is made of hardened, composite, plastic with two wheels for rolling ease, telescoping carrying handle, and zippered combination lock. On the inside there are individual cutouts lined in 'shockproof' material to protect each individual component of this PowerRay on my journeys to the water areas. After downloading the Vision + App I started learning the intuitive controls of the PowerRay while training in my pool. The more I practiced, the easier it became. Over the past three weeks I was able to make trips to visit local, fresh-water springs and a bay off of Crystal River looking for Manatees. I captured many photos with this PowerRay (see attached pics). WoW!
I love this PowerRay Wizard ROV and here are the reasons why:
** Setup – The PowerRay furnishes a Quick Start Guide, which familiarized me with the basics of set-up and devices. However, there is a PowerRay User Manual, which is much more detailed and comprehensive including helpful illustrations to connect, navigate, and take quality photos and videos. It is available for downloading at the main United States PowerVision Support Center website. I found this site extremely helpful in showing me what mobile devices are compatible with the Vision + App, FAQs, Specifications, Quick Tip Videos, and much more pertinent information. I strongly recommend visiting this website.
** Vision + App – I first determined that both my mobile phones and I-Pad were compatible with the Vision + App. So, I downloaded the Vision + App from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for my three devices. I use my I-Pad as my primary device just because it has a much bigger screen and allows me to see much more underwater detail. My Apple and Android mobile phones are my backup just in case my I-Pad battery runs low. After downloaded the Vision + App the first time it prompted me to register and log in. It allowed me to add my two other mobile devices under my same account. Easy process.
** Charging – The PowerRay folks made this process super convenient. I can charge the PowerRay ROV, Remote Controller, Fish Finder, and the Base Transmitter, or Wi-Fi Router, all at the very same time using the included Charging Adapter. How convenient is that?
** Hardware Setup – Simple cable connections to follow. However, connect the Base Transmitter and ROV cables first before turning ON the Remote Controller. Once the cables are connected turn ON your Base Station (Wi-Fi Router). You can scan your mobile device for the Base Station (Router) and, then connect to your mobile device. Next, turn the Remote Controller ON and OPEN the Vision + App. Ready to navigate. Exciting! The attached tethering cable is 230 feet long. It can withstand up to 30 kg of force per foot (30kgf) or 66 lbs of force per foot (66lbf). So, it can take a load in the water and withstand moderate force. I am working on a separate 150lb test fish line attachment and reel to attach to the rear body of the ROV as extra insurance when I use it in the ocean.
** Intuitive Learning Curve – I found the more I used this PowerRay ROV the more I familiarized myself with all of its FUN features and settings, and the easier it was to enjoy this baby. Make no mistake this is not a 'toy'. The PowerRay is a semi-professional, underwater camera accessory, which allows me to visually explore the water-world in my local environments. I love it!
** Navigation – I prefer the Joystick Controller in Default 4 Mode. It is exactly like a gaming controller and so easy to use. However, beware there is a communication gap of approximately one and a half seconds between the Remote Controller and ROV. I found that after gently putting the ROV in the water it responded or navigated more efficiently about one foot or more under the surface of the water. It is professionally designed to glide underwater with hydrodynamic efficiency. I first set the Speed on the Remote Controller to 'L' or low while getting used to navigating the ROV. When I want to get out to a certain area I set the speed on 'H' or high at about one to two feet underwater. When diving I always go at 'L' low speed. Near the bottom I use 'M' or medium while getting into the position I want for pics or videos. Navigating around the bottom, grass, rocks, etc. 'L' for sure. The PowerRay will travel 1 knot or 1.15 miles an hour at 'L' or low. It moves at 2 knots or 2.30 miles per hour at 'M' or medium. And, at 'H' it moves at 4 knots or 4.60 miles per hour, which is 7 feet a second and pretty fast.
** Underwater Photos & Videos – The PowerRay exceeds all my expectations in taking photos and videos. I set my resolution through the Vision + App for 1920 x 1080 30fps. This is the third lowest resolution setting, but easiest to enlarge, download, and send by e-mail. The 4K,12 megapixel, UHD camera has an 100-degree wide-angle lens. Burst Mode photo shooting at 5fps in 12 megapixels, 1080P real-time image and video streaming, integrated adjustable light for photography and videography. Fantastic! I cannot believe the excellent quality of photos and videos. This baby absolutely amazed me and it will you, too.
** VR – This is an astounding feature, which turns your underwater adventure into a real time 3-D experience. The Zeiss VR Goggles are of the finest quality. Wow! It actually takes me to the front of the ROV (where the camera is mounted) as if I was actually there, and, I get to see what the ROV is capturing as I navigate it underwater. If that is not enough for 'over-the-top', I can also control the ROV with my head motions – Up and the ROV goes up, likewise by moving my head down for down, left, and right. How Cool Is That? I tried it out at Crystal River looking for Manatees – this is the ultimate in 3-D virtual reality and control experience. Fantastic!
** Optional Controls of the PowerRay – Using the Vision+ App I can use any of my mobile devices to control the navigation of my ROV with simulated joysticks on the face of my mobile device. Although it allows me to use my mobile device in place of the Remote Controller (Joysticks) to navigate the ROV, my fingers are way too big for the Left and Right simulated joysticks to be effective. I'll stick to the joysticks on the Remote Controller.
** Fishfinder – Now, that the weather is getting better I can't wait to use this optional device in the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida. It can be used with the PowerRay ROV, or, separately. It uses a sonar system that can define underwater landscape, depth, temperature, and, of course, where the fish are. Amazingly, it can detect fish as far down as 230 feet below the surface. The Vision + App can even set alerts when fish are near the Fishfinder. The only thing I need is a fishing rod and bait!
** Maintenance – Thoroughly clean the ROV when it is taken out of the water. I towel dry the ROV body and stand it upright to let all of the water drain out of it for 20 minutes or more. It needs to be rinsed with fresh water if it was used in salt water. Let it dry out completely before putting it back in its case.
* Always 'lock' the PowerRay ROV before getting it out of the water to prevent bodily harm from the propellers. The ROV can easily be locked through the Remote Controller, or, the Vision + App.
* Keep the PowerRay submerged several feet under the water surface for increased mobility.
* Keep the tethering cord clean and dry after use. If you have a wind-up reel you can use it would be most helpful rather then winding the cable by hand on the furnished reel. There is approximately 230 feet of tethering cable altogether.
* Keep the 'capped switch cover' of the PowerRay's communication port handy in your pocket so when it is pulled out of the water the 12 pin communication cable port can stay dry by placing the cover on it for protection.
* If you have more then one mobile device – consider downloading the Vision + App on both devices so you have a 'backup' in case the first mobile device' battery runs low. Be prepared for at least 3 hours of continued use with this PowerRay.
I wholeheartedly recommend the purchase of this phenomenal underwater drone. It will open up worlds to you previously hidden. It is 'addictive'. I never know what incredible natural beauty awaits for me to discover. The springs are so clear, full of life, and the water is so pure, and another opportunity to observe my favorite animal, the Manatee. This would make a great gift to yourself, loved one, family member, or special friend. After using this PowerRay Wizard for the last three weeks all I can tell you is that it is worth every penny. Buy one, you won't be disappointed.
I would recommend this to a friend
Control from phone, Ease of use, Fun to use
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Had a few beginner's issues, but....
I wanted to test the powerray in a large body of water here in So. Cal, but for the last week we've had rain and snow (yes snow) making that impossible. So today with our first nice day of sunshine, I phoned my sister and asked to use her swimming pool to test the unit. Here's what I discovered.
First off, I'm a trained network specialist and I had difficulty getting the unit to connect. I was lucky to have my nephew's help and between the two of us messing with it for about 25 minutes, we got it to connect. What I observed was that once you power up the unit and go to connect to wifi, you have about 4 new connections available. ONLY one of those will start with PRA, the other is like PSA and two others were something else. Anyways, once you connect to the PRAxxxxx network, use the default password 1234567890 and it should change to connected in the phone app. Then you will probably be so excited that it's connect that you'll do what we did and start pushing levers on the controller. Remember that once the unit is in the water, you need to unlock it. I did so by using the left dial and dialing it left while pressing the right bottom button in the middle of the controller. Then it was off and running.
Once it was moving, it's like anything else. You need to take it for a spin and figure out what does what. It seems to have no lag between the controller and unit, but the phone app seems to lag just a bit. I'm using an original Pixel so it should be okay. I did come home and download firmware updates for 4 different functions, so maybe that fixes it. Either way, the lag isn't so bad that its unusable. It was noticeable is all. I don't think it really affects the performance of the unit and once it's in deeper water, I doubt you would be able to tell. We could because the unit was visible in clear pool water. The unit has 3 speeds, low, medium and high. In the pool, we used low for learning how the unit moves, but it seems to operate best in high. Taking off and ascending were smoother and easier when the unit had more thrust. Getting it to do the same maneuver in low speed and the unit seemed to stay on the bottom or struggle to take off.
VR mode. I was unable to test the VR goggles. It is made for the iPhone 6 or better and I use the Pixel XL so that was a no go. It would be great if they offered suggestions on how to use Android phones with the goggles. I saw one YouTube video that had a comment that the Play store has an Android app, but I couldn't find it. Maybe it's the same Vision + app, but I wasn't sure. I'll have to research it some more.
Charging the unit. It is easy to charge the unit, controller, base station and even your phone via a standard USB port. You can hook up all 4 items and simultaneously charge them in about 2-3 hours. You'll just need a 110 outlet nearby to get the job done.
Phone mount. The mount works good and it kept the phone locked in place with no issues. The only downside is my Pixel is really hard to view in the sunlight. I found it best to stand in the shade to operate the unit. Not really sure how much shade there would be on a shoreline, dock or deck of a boat.
The case. It comes with a great case. Everything has a spot, including the two pockets on the flap for holding the 110 power cord and the straps used to tie up the tether. So far I've kept the tether on the spool. One downside to the case is the finish. I got so flustered trying to connect the base station to my phone that it got a bit scuffed up on the concrete patio. When you get your, maybe lay it out on a towel or blanket to protect the finish.
So all in all, this is a fun (do I dare say toy). It works pretty well and I imagine with the fish finder and bait, it would make for some fun fishing. My brother in law said, yeah but when you find the fish, you have to guess where the unit is and whether or not the fish were scared off. Like him, I think this would be great for underwater exploration and taking pics and vids of coral beds and underwater sea life. Getting the unit to sync up with the base and phone are a bit of a head scratcher, but with persistence you'll get it. I think the quick start manual needs an overhaul and a bit more information would be helpful. The short company YouTube videos help, but it seems each one leaves the viewer with additional questions.
In Addition. I just got home and checked my phone for the pictures and video we took. I didn't find it in the usual places, so I hooked up the unit and turned it on. My phone remembered all the settings and it connected with no issue. That's wonderful for my next venture. Once I had the unit powered up, I was able to click the picture icon on the app (I used the one on the right in the driving app, but I believe there's also one at the bottom of the white screen before the app starts. It allowed me to click on each photo and download it to my phone. I wish it had a select all button. I can imagine it's pretty tedious to do a bunch one at a time. Maybe there is a way to download a batch, but I didn't see it. I then transferred those to my PC. There is an app I found for PC use, but I kept getting "connect to camera fail" At least I was able to get the photos and video onto my PC. One other concern is the tether. If the unit were to get detached from the tether, would the unit be retrievable or is it a loss. There ought to be a safety like my brother in law said. Maybe a short cable or chain with a small carabiner.
If drones, remotes and/or underwater exploration are your thing, I'd recommend this unit. It will take some patience at the beginning to get it all set up and running, but once you work out the kinks, I'd think you be pretty happy.
I would recommend this to a friend
Ease of use, Fun to use, Picture quality
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
4K With Amazing Clarity and Fun to Use!
I live near an awesome river and visit a beach nearby my area annually. The Power Ray is definitely for a specific person and a gadget for someone who loves drones, photography and water activities. It is for sure a conversation piece since it resembles a mini spaceship and it comes in its own rolling suitcase which has padded slots for every part of the equipment from VR goggles, Power Ray, remote, wires, and more.
If you get this I suggest tossing in a microfiber cloth for cleaning after you are done playing. We took ours to the river where our dogs were playing which also has crystal clear water. It sparked interest from nearby swimmers which was funny to explain because we were as much in awe as they were. Paired with the VR goggles it was much easier to maneuver in the water with the sun out. It took some getting used to but once I played with the remote it was quick to get the hang of. Under water grass did get sucked into the fans but the Vision+ app lets you know so that you can grab the drove and remove debris.
The actual quality of footage and pictures was amazing and the headlights on the drone help with clarity. I was very skeptical at first that the Power Ray might be all talk but I am glad to say that the pictures and video footage as I explored the riverbed was very cool! Lots of people lose jewelry down by the mouth of the river and I can see this being a fun weekend treasure hunt for me and my family (I’ve lost so many pairs of sunglasses tubing on the river)!
I would recommend this to a friend
Fun to use, Picture quality, Video quality
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Wow, fun drone! Great Video!!
I finally found some time to take this out into the nearest body of water to me. It was a man-made lake that wasn’t the clearest, but I do plan on going up to Lake Tahoe as soon as the snow clears, that is a very clear lake and it will provide for some awesome video. When I opened the box and pulled out the suitcase that the PowerRay Wizard is packaged in I was very surprised. The case is first class. Hard foam cutouts provide a spot for everything and straps hold down the PowerRay and the tether reel, so they don’t move. The suitcase has a lock on it as well and you can easily change the default password to make it secure so little hands (my kids) can’t get into it. It’s not meant to keep someone with metal cutters out though and the zipper handles can be cut with a little effort. Still, it’s a very nice feature. The case will scratch on concrete so be careful of that, when I used it I brought a towel with me and I laid it on the towel to protect it from scratches.
To get it set up I downloaded the PowerVision+ app, and the only way I was able to locate it was scanning the QR code in the quick start guide. I tried doing a search on the google play store and I could not find the right one. Setting up the drone after that was fairly easy, but it is a bit confusing on which Wi-Fi to connect to. For some reason, when you turn on the base station, it creates two different Wi-Fi connections. A PSAxxxx and a PRAxxxxx, connecting to the PRAxxxx allowed me to see the video from the PowerRay on my Galaxy Note8. I should note, that the PowerRay atomically turns on once you connect the tether to it. At first I had no issues with it as I launched it in the water. You have to be careful to unlock the propellers once it’s in the water (hold left shoulder scroll wheel left and press the fish finder button until it vibrates) and unlock by (holding the left shoulder school wheel right and pressing the fish finder button until it vibrates) before you remove it from the water. Once I thought I had it all set up and ready to go, I was able to control it, but I didn’t have a video feed on my phone. I could see the pitch and angle and depth of the device but no video. After every combination I could thing of with powering on/off reconnecting to the network and so on, I finally pulled the PowerRay out of the water, dried off the tether connector (has to be keep 100% dry) and reconnected the tether and the video came up immediately. After that I was finally able to see what the PowerRay was doing. Low speed is your best bet to get used to how it moves, but when you put it in the high speed this thing really moves and is more agile. Battery life is rated for about 4 hours and I am sure that is what you will get out of it.
Once I brought it home I was sure to rise it off with clean water and I let it dry out pretty good. I did notice a few scratches on the PowerRay from when I got a bit too close to the bottom of the water and the dive motor propeller was nicked up pretty good from the rocks on the bottom of the lake as well. Nothing too bad though and doesn’t hurt the functionality. Trying to transfer the video’s over to my Note8 was a bit of a challenge and the 1.2GB video that was about 2 minutes took a while to transfer over and it timed out a lot.
Overall, I really enjoy this drone and I look forward to taking some great 4k videos with it and exploring the underwater world that most of us never see up close. The kit is a little pricey, but it is well made and worth the cost.
I would recommend this to a friend
Control from phone, Picture quality
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great underwater experience
This underwater drone comes with full required equipments needed to drive it. surprisingly very well bulit. First off, setup was is straigh forward and instructed in the manul. Its has a safety fetures by locking the drone and preventing propellers from working while they are off water and you are required to unlock it before take the control. Controller has a good phone holder and goid enought to hold tablet up to 7”. Lights are reakly bright and helpfull during recording. Controlls take few minutes until you getvtge pattern if it. 2 sticks for forward, backward, up and down controlls. Make sure to mount the wifi transmitter to get a wider coverage and get a good and stable wifi conncetion between the smartphone and the drone. 1-2 hours after a full battery charge. I got a chance to test it in a pool and was a great experince after spending 30 minutes to fully learn how to smoothly drive it. Picture is crystal clear.
I would recommend this to a friend
Ease of use, Picture quality, Video quality
App, Controls, Speed
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
ROV of My Dreams
The weather and my schedule have not cooperated since the ROV arrived. I have not had a chance to take the ROV out for a thorough test run.
While the WiFi receiver is splash proof, it is not water resistant nor waterproof. After discussing with support, BTW support is fantastic, it is probably a good idea to pack a plastic bag in the case for any potential rain events.
I could not find the Vision+ app in the Google Play Store. I contacted support after discovering the link on the support site was dead going to the Play Store. They supplied the apk to me to side load. The tablet app was available and I could install it as a side load also. According to support, the Play Store issue will be resolved soon.
*NOTE The app was readily available in the Apple App Store.
The hardware is fantastic, but missing 2 KEY things. The bracket to hold the phone or tablet, in order to have it in tablet format, you need a small screwdriver to remove one of the phone grips to allow for a larger format to be held.
Second, a larger screwdriver to put in the hole in the spool for the tether. This will allow for a quicker, easier deployment of the tether but also an easier way to reel it back in.
I am looking forward to having more time in the near future to really test this puppy out. I am anxious for some good weather. I will post some videos online, maybe a second review. As I get videos done I will load them to you tube, just search for my user name that is same as here. I will also try and upload a video here with a review after a good dive session.
Controls in the shallow water where the waves are breaking can be a learning experience. After you get paste the rough waters and get the sub deep enough, the controls are fantastic. There is a button to maintain the depth. You will still go up and down depending on your speed, but as you slow it will normalize.
There is a spray (what I call it) mode when you are near the top of the water that is great for finding where the device is when it is out at a distance. Trust me, you will find it.
The magnetic deployment of the weight is pretty neat. Just take the bait to where you are wanting it. Disable the electromagnet. One reel in from your rod and the bait detaches with the weight.
Here are the pro's and con's that I have noticed so far. I will add another review, if BB will allow it, after I get a few sessions done with a video upload.
Suitcase is very nice.
USB Type A on power brick to allow you to charge phone or tablet with the ROV.
Lights are impossibly bright out of the water.
Controller, sub, WiFi hub are all very well built. Not sure I would want to get the hub wet though.
Support is fantastic. Contacted them on the Android app. They were open to suggestions and a pleasure to work with.
Video and Photo are exceptional in or out of water.
Spray mode to see where the craft is from a distance.
A button to maintain depth.
Fish finder and a lure deployment weight that is magnetically released.
Android app is "item not found" in the play store using the link from the PowerVision web site. A work around is to download the Android Tablet app from the link on PowerVision site. Copy it to your phone and side load it. You may want to get the apk downloaded from Chrome browser desktop mode, I downloaded from Windows desktop so I could scan the apk. It was clean. Downloading in mobile browser mode failed for me the first time. Worked the next try. (Contacting support they sent me the current apk.)
iPhone app is available.
I would recommend this to a friend
Ease of use, Fun to use, Picture quality
Controls, Price, Speed
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
THIS for true underwater exploration
Having an underwater drone can’t be considered as normal or common. Sure, drone ownership has boomed in the last couple of years or so, but underwater exploration is a whole different story. If you live near mid to large size bodies of water, enjoy water activities, or just like to fish, the PowerVision PowerRay could be a novelty to consider, possibly adding to your experience.
Of course, the first thing you notice about the PowerRay, as with any other item purchased, is the packaging. I opened the box expecting to find a carefully configured Styrofoam separated assortment of pieces I would have to ultimately put together… Ah, no. There was a fantastic case that resembles one of my best Victorinox travel bags; complete with pull handle and nice, sturdy wheels. The case is worth mentioning – it’s on THAT level. Upon opening, you find the unit and all it’s peripherals neatly tucked in their appropriate places. The cool factor of this awesome drone begins asserting itself before you even lay a hand on it. PowerVision does an excellent job of treating their product like the premium, elite machine it is, and in doing so, the customer is kindly rewarded. While the glamour of the PowerRay immediately catches your attention, the thought of bringing it all together can be a bit overwhelming. Just looking at everything, and wondering how it all fits may make the average user uncomfortable. There’s the drone, the remote, the base, the goggles, the cable, small ball (PowerSeeker), etc., etc… Tech gurus will use standard logic to predetermine the use of everything, but you will find that instructions are your friend.
Speaking of instructions, there is a quick start guide to get you up and running quickly. In terms of its effectiveness, I will say so, so. The PowerRay has to maintain a cable connection to it’s transmitter in order to receive commands. This source is actually the base station. The controller and/or your phone connect to the base station. The base station has it’s own WiFi signal allowing device connection. So, just to make sure we are all clear, you need to have the base station powered on, connected to the drone, with your controller/phone powered on and connected to the base station. This is the minimum required to begin using the PowerRay. Also, don’t forget that the base station and drone have separate batteries. You will need to ensure both are charged when using. It’s a lot to take in for the average user. My thoughts are this device is not for the average user. Hey, PowerVision has an 18+ recommended age limit – that should tell you something about not only the safety level, but difficulty/simplicity.
Once you get it all together, operation is a bit of a mixed bag. This thing is slick. I haven’t used an underwater drone before this, but I would imagine it doesn’t get any better. A powerful underwater drone with a stellar camera; throw in goggles, some sonar… Impressive! Only thing is, rookies and twitchy users beware. Control is tight and responsive, with little to help the driver. Of course you can set the speed to slow, but it’s still one of those things where beginners need to be cautious. When flying copter drones, there is so much they can do to make flying it easy – install a couple of gyros, throw in some limits and GPS controls, and you can actually struggle to crash it. The water is not so kind, and that serves as the primary difference in driving the PowerRay. In very clear water, it’s much easier to control because of one simple fact: you can visibly see the craft’s physical orientation. When used in a pond, lake, or any water that’s not quite as clear, things get a bit tricky. The goggles are awesome, but getting a true feel for where you actually are in murky or cloudy water can be quite the challenge. I recommend spending quite a bit of time using the PowerRay at the slowest speed. It really takes a bit of time to get comfortable, then decent at controlling the drone in different situations. I have to say using the controller is the way to go. It’s practically video game-like, and offers a much more precise experience than the phone app (Android in my case). The PowerRay has a cable that’s well over 200 feet long, and this thing is pretty sturdy. You can practically drag the drone out of the water by the cable if necessary – it’s actually impressive. That being said, because of the nature of the device (underwater exploration at depths up to 200 feet), there is a bit of concern about the cable disconnecting. The concern is just as an owner of an expensive piece of equipment deeply submerged and held by a single cable (for control and safety)… It just screams, “get a back up line”.
Well, should you buy this thing. The short, quick answer is yes, if you live around enough water. If you fish in ponds or lakes, this will help you find those little honey holes where the fish are possibly biting. If you are just looking for a toy, this may be a bit much. It’s a very fun and versatile device, but know that the PowerRay is a very serious piece of equipment.
There are two dimmable lights at the very front of the PowerRay ROV. They each produce a maximum of 450 Lumens, which are also dimmable.using the Remote Controller. Their color temp is 6500 Kelvin. I have used this ROV with both lights ON and have produced pretty good photos in low light situations (see attached pics).