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Understanding Your Quadcopter Remote Control

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Hi this is Chris from Tiny Drones. I just wanted thank RC Drone Arena for having me in for a guest post on one of my favorite topics; how to use your quadcopter remote controller. So lets get started!

When we pick up our first controller and feel the grip in the palm of our hands it can be quite a daunting sensation. On one hand it feels like controllers you have used in other aspects of life, such as gaming controllers or even a steering wheel. However at the same time, it is completely different; the amount of info you’re required to process is quite overwhelming to say the least.

This article is written to help you understand how your quadcopter’s controller works and what it is capable of. For this we will use the Hubsan X4 controller as a reference. You can check out Tiny Drone’s Hubsan X4 review for a more in depth look about the drone itself.

Quadcopter Remote

Yaw & Throttle

 Note: the article assumes you have a ‘mode 2’ controller, i.e., a controller with the throttle stick on the left. 

The control stick on the left of your controller is what handles the ‘yaw’ and ‘throttle’ of your quadcopter. When you move this control stick left and right you (i.e., ‘yaw’) will notice the quadcopter’s nose turning along the it’s own in that direction. This is great for adjusting where you want your unit to turn, i.e., change the direction of the quadcopter.

When you move the left control stick up and down this will control the ‘throttle’ of your quadcopter. The throttle allows your quadcopter to be completely at rest, moving at full speed, or even remain completely stationary in the air. This is great for positioning to get a birds eye view with your camera, if your quadcopter supports one. 

Roll & Pitch

The control stick on the right of your controller is what controls the ‘roll’ and ‘pitch’ of your quadcopter. When you move this control stick left and right you will notice that your drone will ‘roll’ on its side in the corresponding direction… basically, move to the corresponding direction without changing the direction in which it points. Just make sure you watch out for hazards such as trees and light posts and you’re good to go!

When you move the control stick up and down this controls the ‘pitch’. What this does is it makes your quadcopter go forwards or backwards respectively.

Trim & LCD Screen

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Quadcopter Remote

When you get a new quadcopter there is almost always a direction or directions that the unit prefers to lean to. This is because of many factors, but can usually be attributed to uneven weight distribution as well as the power of individual motors. The ‘trim’ buttons allow you to compensate for this by offering adjustments to the power of each motor.

You will notice on the ‘LCD Screen’ of the controller (in case of the Hubsan X4) that there are two horizontal and two vertical bars with a black notch in the middle of each. This displays how much power is being put out by each motor of the quadcopter. By adjusting the trim, these notches will move displaying either more or less power to the corresponding motor. This will allow you to have a more balanced flight.

If you find that your quadcopter is constantly crashing on its front or side, you will need to adjust the trim buttons corresponding to the direction the quadcopter is leaning to.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! I just wanted to take the time to once again thank RC Drone Arena for having me! This is a fantastic website and has been a valuable resource of mine over this last year!

Editing by Dronewallah