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If you are new to the drone hobby and recently received a Mini 3 Pro, there are quite a few things to learn to get up and running, or should we say flying, in a timely manner.
There’s nothing worse than having a shiny new piece of equipment and not knowing the sequence used to power it up.
For those that have been flying drones for some time, it might be easy to take the steps needed to get started for the first time, for granted.
This article and the included YouTube video will be a step-by-step tutorial showing how to power on and off the Mini 3 Pro and the remote controllers in your specific Mini 3 Pro Combo, whether the DJI RC or RC-N1.
Note: We recommend that all batteries for the Mini 3 Pro and the remote controller have been fully charged prior to following this how-to guide.
The Power Up/On Sequence #
Like the Air 2S and Mavic 3 series before it, the Mini 3 Pro comes with two Combo options: The Mini 3 Pro with the RC-N1 controller and the Mini 3 Pro with the DJI RC controller.
Regardless of what Combo was purchased, DJI has a recommended power-up sequence for the Mini 3 Pro.
That sequence is to turn on the Remote Controller first. Followed by turning on the Mini 3 Pro, and lastly, opening the DJI Fly app.
If you own a DJI RC, then the steps for turning on and off the controller and the DJI Fly app are just one all-inclusive step.
Powering on the DJI RC-N1 #
To turn on the RC-N1:
Press the power button once, then immediately press+hold the power button.
When you press the power button the first time, the battery charge will be displayed via the green LED lights. The second press+hold then powers on the remote controller.
After the first step, you will also get an ascending audible tone, indicating the controller is powered on.
Note: Many phones, once connected to the RC-N1 controller, will turn the screen on once the controller powers on, followed by a dialogue box asking to launch the DJI Fly app. You can choose to launch the DJI Fly app at this time.
Powering on the DJI RC #
If you have a DJI RC:
Like with the RC-N1, press the power button once, then immediately press+hold the power button. The DJI splash screen will appear at boot-up (with the same ascending audible tone as the RC-N1).
After about 10-20 seconds you will be at the DJI Fly home screen, ready to connect the drone.
Powering on the Mini 3 Pro #
To turn on the Mini 3 Pro:
STEP 1: It is important for you to remove the gimbal cover that is on the camera. If this step is forgotten too many times, the gimbal may eventually suffer from gimbal failure and break because of the gimbal self-test.
STEP 2: Press the power button once (towards the rear of the Mini 3 Pro). Similar to the 2 Remote Controller versions, the LEDs on the Mini 3 Pro will light up letting you know how much battery power there is. Immediately press+hold the power button.
The motors will adjust slightly, followed by an auditory tone, after which the gimbal will self-test.
STEP 3: Start up the DJI Fly app IF you are using an RC-N1 AND the DJI Fly app did not self-start when the controller powered on, as mentioned early.
Turning off the Mini 3 Pro (and RCs) #
Like with the power-on sequence, DJI also has a recommended order for shutting off the Mini 3 Pro and Remote Controllers.
This sequence is to first turn off the Mini 3 Pro, followed by turning off either the RC-N1 or DJI RC controller, and, if using an RC-N1, shutting down the DJI Fly app.
To turn off the Mini 3 Pro:
- Press the power button once and then immediately press+hold the power button. The Mini 3 Pro LED indicator lights will count down, flash, then shut off.The LED lights on the arms and legs will shut off as well.
To turn off the RC-N1:
- Press the power button once, then immediately press+hold the power button. You will hear a descending audible tone, indicating the RC is powering off.After the RC-N1 is powered off, exit the DJI Fly app.
To turn off the DJI RC:
- Press the power button once, then immediately press+hold the power button. Like with the RC-N1, you will hear a descending audible tone, indicating the RC is powering off. The DJI Fly app will likewise shut down at this time.