Turtle Mode on FPV Drones: Everything You Need to Know

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Save Your DJI FPV with Turtle Mode

I’m excited to bring you a quick tutorial on how to enable turtle mode on your Avata and DJI FPV drone.

Turtle mode is an incredibly handy feature that can help you recover your drone from challenging situations like crashes and tree entanglements.

But before we dive in, let’s quickly understand what turtle mode is.

What Exactly is Turtle Mode?

Turtle mode, available on your DJI FPV drone, is a specialized flight mode designed to rescue your drone from unfavorable positions.

Why use Turtle Mode?

Imagine your drone crashed or ended upside down—turtle mode comes to the rescue.

When activated, turtle mode operates by firing up only one side of the propellers, causing the drone to flip back over to its right-side-up position. This nifty feature can potentially save you from having to venture far to retrieve your drone or even rescue it from tree branches.

How to Enable Turtle Mode on DJI FPV Drone?

By default, Turtle Mode is not assigned to any buttons on the controller. So, I will show you how to assign it to a button.

1. Power on All Your Equipment

The first thing you will want to do is power on all your equipment and ready for action.

There’s a total of five different customizations we can set on the controller.

We have the C1 button here. You can set a single press behavior and a double press behavior.

And this button has three positions right here; by default, it’s set to the gimbal. You can have the gimbal up in the middle or down, so you can set whichever one is best for you.

2. Access menu settings

In this guide, I will assign it to the C1 button as a double press.

So what we’re going to do is again press down on the 5D button, and we’ll select double press. Then, we’ll press down on the 5D button. That brings up another submenu in which we can set the behavior. So again, we will press down on the 5D button to select it.

You can see down the left-hand side that it gives us all the different button options we can customize. As mentioned, we can customize the C1 single press behavior and double press behavior. Right now, my double press behavior is set to auxiliary LED. Yours might be set to something different.

3. Enable Turtle Mode

As you can see, Turtle Mode is listed right down at the very bottom. We will use the 5D button and scroll to the very bottom where it says Turtle Mode, then press the 5D button to select it.

Basically, that’s all there is to it. You now have Turtle Mode assigned to a double press of the C1 button.

How to Enable Turtle Mode on Avata?

Avata users, don’t feel left out. Here’s how you can bring the magic of Turtle Mode to your flying experiences.

1. Accessing the Settings

Access the settings menu on your drone’s control interface.

2. Locating Turtle Mode

Scroll down to find the Turtle Mode option within the control settings.

3. Activating Turtle Mode

Select the Turtle mode option to start it, which will initiate the motor spin sequence designed to flip your drone over.

When Not to Use Turtle Mode?

While Turtle mode is a valuable tool, it may not be the best option in some situations.

1. Do Not Use Turtle Mode on Gravel

Turtle mode is kind of a double-edged sword. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but motors aren’t made to grind against stuff like that. It just puts extra wear and tear on everything. But it is a godsend when your FPV drone is stuck on a roof or in a pile of scraggly.

2. Do Not Start Turtle Mode in Dense Vegetation

If your FPV drone crashes into high grass or tall vegetation, activating turtle mode might cause the props to get tangled, potentially causing more damage or preventing the drone from righting itself properly.

3. Do not use turtle mode if something gets stuck in the motor or prop

If your drone’s propellers or motors are already damaged from the crash, attempting to use turtle mode could cause further strain on these components, potentially leading to more severe damage.

4. Do Not Use Turtle Mode if Obstructions Above

If any obstacles are directly above the drone, such as trees or power lines, please refrain from using the turtle mode. When the drone flips over, its propellers will spin and potentially hit objects above.

5. Do Not Use Turtle Mode if On a Wet Surface

Engaging turtle mode on a wet surface or in water can damage the drone’s electronics or motors. Water and electronics don’t mix well, so it’s advisable to avoid activating turtle mode in such situations.

6. Do Not Use Turtle Mode in Severe Windy Weather

Starting turtle mode in strong wind conditions is challenging. The severe wind might make it difficult for the drone to flip itself over properly, and the spinning propellers could catch the wind and worsen the situation.

FAQs About Turtle Mode

Final Words

I hope this tutorial is helpful.This powerful feature can be a game-changer in situations where your drone is stuck upside down or tangled in tree branches.

Remember, it’s important to note that while turtle mode can be a lifesaver, it should be used with caution, as it could potentially damage the motors and propellers of your drone.

Happy flying!

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Written By Kristen Ward

My name is Kristen R. Ward. I’m an adventure Filmmaker and I run a production company based out of New York. FPV drones are integral to my business. I'll be teaching you everything I've learned over the years creating videos for clients.

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