DJI Inspire 1 Calibration
DJI Inspire 1 Calibration
If you seem to be getting errors on your Inspire 1, you probably need to do some recalibration. There are three main things that need to be calibrated: the gimbal, compass, and IMU. The first two should be calibrated before flight every time and recalibrated if you have issues during flight.
Before you let your Inspire take off, you have to let the gimbal calibrate itself. As soon as you turn it on, it will spin around in a circle a few times and when it stops you know that it is calibrated.
Inside each Inspire is a sensitive compass which will also need to be calibrated every time before takeoff. To calibrate it, first open your DJI pilot app and press the “mode” button then select the “calibrate compass” button. When you hit start, a light at the back of the Inspire should turn blue.
When this happens, you want to actually pick up your inspire and hold it parallel to the ground. Spin around in a full circle (360 degrees), keeping the Inspire level. Now the light (the Aircraft Status Indicator) should turn green.
Next, turn the Inspire so it is facing nose down. Then spin in another full circle. The light should now turn off and go back to blinking purple. You can place your Inspire back on its flat surface—the compass has been calibrated! However, if the indicator light is a solid red, you will need to calibrate again. And if the light blinks red and yellow, you will need to move to a different location and recalibrate.
Don’t worry about memorizing all of these steps before you get your drone out there. The app should guide you through each step with specific instructions.
Now, be aware that this is a very sensitive compass. Any interference could disrupt the flight and even cause damage to the craft. Make sure when you calibrate that you stay away from strong magnetic forces and that you remove any ferromagnetic items from near the Inspire (including things like cell phones). It is also suggested that you not calibrate near any large metal objects. So, if you find a huge metal box in the middle of your flight field and really want to calibrate inside of it, resist the urge.
You may need to also calibrate the IMU (particularly if your battery seems to be overheating quickly). The IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) makes sure your drone has a nice, even flight. It measures all the aspects of the attitude of your drone. By going to the sensors tab on your app, you can check the status of your IMU. If you need to do a calibration, there are two buttons next to the “check IMU” button which you can tap to start the calibration. The basic one will take only a few seconds and you should be good to go. If you need to do the advanced calibration, you must first let your drone cool down (if it hasn’t already) before you can start.
So, really calibration is pretty easy and doesn’t take much time. And, once you’ve done all the calibrating, your drone will fly nice and smooth.
- Ashley Smith