DJI Mini SE comes out with the DJI Mavic Mini series and was a wonderful gift for the drone community. Even though it’s an amazing drone for the user, there are some common DJI Mini SE problems, that many users have often faced.
In this article, we would talk about what are the common DJI Mini SE problems and how to troubleshoot those issues. If you are also having problems with DJI Mini SE, hope this article would help with fixing them.
Common DJI Mini SE Problems.
Here is the list of common DJI Mini SE problems. Click on your issue to jump to that part of the article.
- Problem 1: DJI Mini SE won’t turn on and charge.
- Problem 2: DJI Mini SE not taking off.
- Problem 3: DJI Mini SE not updating.
- Problem 4: DJI Mini SE not connecting to the phone.
- Problem 5: DJI Mini SE is not stable.
Problem 1: DJI Mini SE won’t turn on and charge.
In many cases, DJI Mini SE won’t turn on and the battery won’t charge because of its battery condition. Usually, the DJI Mavic Mini battery shuts down and causes this kind of issue when the battery has gone into hibernation or become bricked.
Solution 1: Wake the battery from hibernation.
DJI intelligent batteries could go into hibernation if they are left or stored for a long term.
- Connect the Mavic Mini battery to the charger and leave it for a few hours to wake from hibernation if it has gone into hibernation mode.
Solution 2: Clear PF flags from the battery management system.
For this step you need,
- CP2112 interface adapter.
- Dupont line cables connecting cables (Male-Female).
- DJI Battery Repair software.
- Windows PC.
- Download and install the DJI battery killer software to the PC.
- Take the CP2112 interface adapter and inspect its pins. You would see seven input pins named VCC, GND, SDA, SCL, WAK, INT, and RST. From them, we just need to use three pins which are GND, SDA, and SCL.
- Take three Dupont line cables and connect their female sides to GND, SDA, and SCL.
- Then connect their Male ports to the correct pins of the battery. DJI Mavic Mini and Mini 2 battery GND, SDA, and SCL pins are shown below.
- Then connect the CP2112 adapter to the PC using a USB cable.
- Open the DJI battery killer software on your PC.
- Then click on “Connect”.
- Then click on “Read Info”.
- Then click on “Unseal” and “Unseal 2”.
- After that click on “Clear PF” and “Clear PF2”. Now the PF flags would be clear and the battery would start blinking and the issue is fixed.
- Click “Exit” and close the application. Unplug the battery and charge it fully and enjoy it.
Problem 2: DJI Mini SE not taking off.
Most of the time, DJI Mini SE not taking off because of installing the propellers in the wrong pattern. If you install propellers to the aircraft in an arbitrary way, it won’t get the proper upward force to take off. So it would keep spinning propellers or flip to the side. Also if you are unable to take off the Mini SE aircraft, you might be in a Noflyzone, it also could refuse the take-off.
Solution 1: Check whether the propellers are installed in the correct pattern.
- There are two types of propellers of the Mini SE propeller set.
- One propeller set has two lines.
- And the other propeller set has a single line.
- Now inspect your Mavic Mini’s arm. You’ll see two diagonal Mavic Mini arms have a mark on the arm and other diagonal arms don’t.
- Install double-lined propellers to the motors on the arms with the mark.
- Install single-lined propellers to the motors on the arms with no marks.
- The final propeller installment should as shown below.
Solution 2: Check the Mini SE is on Noflyzone.
If your trying to take off the Mavic Mini inside a Noflyzone, you won’t be able to take off the aircraft without unlocking the zone.
How to check whether you are in a Noflyzone.
- Connect the phone to the internet.
- Open the DJI Fly app and enter the camera view. Then tap on the little map icon in the bottom left corner.
- Tap on it again and you would see the detailed map.
- Now you would see colored circles and boxes in some places. If you are in a red, yellow, or blue area, you won’t be able to take off the drone casually.
- You can see more details by clicking on the area.
- If you are in a Restricted zone (red area), a densely populated area (dark red) area or, Regulatory restricted zone (light blue area) you can’t take off or fly the drone in the area.
- If you are in the Altitude zone (grey area), Warning zone (orange area), or green area, you can take off the drone without any extra work.
- If you are in the Authorization zone (dark blue area), or Enhanced warning zone (brown area), you have to unlock the zone before taking off the Mavic Mini.
How to unlock unlockable Noflyzones.
If you are in an Authorization zone (dark blue area), or Enhanced warning zone you can unlock those areas and fly or take off the drone inside the area.
- Before that make sure you are logged in to the DJI account that is connected to the Mavic Mini.
- Tap on the zone. Then tap on “Yes”.
- Then tick boxes asking whether you are bearing the responsibility to fly in the zone.
- Then hit Confirm.
- The area would be unlocked and now you can take off and fly the drone inside the area.
Problem 3: DJI Mini SE not updating.
Often DJI Mavic Mini SE not updating and keeps failing at mid of process because of software issues, poor and shacky internet connection, and low battery power.
Solution 1: Connect the PC or mobile device to a strong and steady internet connection.
- In order to update the Mini SE firmware successfully, you should connect your PC (if you are using Assistant 2) or mobile device (If you are using DJI Fly app) to a strong and steady internet connection.
Solution 2: Make sure the software you are using is on the latest version.
How to update/ install DJI Assistant 2.
- If you have already installed outdated DJI Assistant 2, first uninstall that application from your PC.
- Then open your browser (Google Chrome/ Firefox/ Safari) and visit the DJI Download center.
- Then choose Software> DJI Assistant 2 for Mavic from the left sidebar.
- If you are a mac OS user, click on pkg and download the package file and download it. If you are a Windows OS user, click on “exe” or “zip” to download the installation file of Assistant 2.
- Once it is downloaded, install the DJI Assistant 2 application to your OS.
Problem 4: DJI Mini SE not connecting to the phone.
In many cases, DJI Mini SE is unable to connect to the DJI Fly app because of using an outdated or glitchy DJI Fly app. Most of the time, Android users face this issue, because they usually install the app from Playstore and most of the time, it’s outdated and faulty.
Solution: Download and install the DJI Fly app from the DJI downloads center.
- First, uninstall the currently installed DJI Fly app version from the device. Then restart the mobile device to clear app data and cache data.
- Visit the DJI Downloads center using your mobile device.
- Click on the DJI Fly app to enter the app’s download page.
If you are an IOS user,
- Tap on the IOS icon and the app would be open in Appstore. Tap on the “GET” button and install the app.
If you are an Android user,
- Tap on the Android icon and the apk file would be downloaded to the mobiles downloads directory. Once it is downloaded visit your downloads directory and click on the downloaded file. Then follow the simple steps prompted by the device and install the app.
Problem 5: DJI Mini SE is not stable.
Most of the time, DJI Mini SE is flying unstably or keeps drifting when the propellers are bent or cracked, IMU is not calibrated well or the aircraft is not connected to a sufficient number of satellites.
- Place the DJI Mini SE on a flat surface.
- Power on the aircraft while its arms closed in.
- Open the DJI Fly app and connect to the aircraft.
- Click on the three dots at the top right corner and open the menu bar.
- Then click on “Safety” and scroll down until you found the ”IMU normal” under the “Sensors” section. Then click on the “Calibrate” button. And hit start.
- Once the above steps are done, the IMU calibration process would start. You need to place the drone in different poses to calibrate IMU.
- Start with the Mavic Mini on its belly and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that pose.
- Next, move the aircraft onto its right side and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
- Then change the Mini SE over to the left side and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
- Then Stand the Mini SE on its back ends and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
- Then turn the drone upside down and wait until the calibration process goes to 100%.