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Low Battery RTH works as advertised. Too bad the pilot wasn't that smart.


Active Member
Jun 7, 2018
Two days ago I was feeling perky and thought I'd test the Low Battery RTH.
Well, I thought I was within 20 meters (less than 60ft I thought) from home at 18 ft. high . Low battery RTH (16%) went into operation. To my chagrin, my MA did exactly what it was supposed to do. It adjusted its orientation, but rather than flying back to home it shot straight up into the sky until a substantial tree branch at 50 ft stopped its upward movement caused a motor interrupt message, leaves flew off the branch in all directions and my beautiful work of ingenious engineering came slamming down into the ground. Right rear rotor/motor mount arm broken off. Dumb pilot!

Glad I have DJI Care, I guess now I will test that.

Here's what the manual says:

Smart RTH, Low Battery RTH, and Failsafe RTH follow this procedure:

1. The aircraft adjusts its orientation.

2. a. If the aircraft is further than 20 m from the Home Point it ascends to the pre-set RTH attitude and

then ies to the Home Point.

b. If the aircraft is between 5 m and 20 m from the Home Point it ies to the Home Point at the

current altitude, unless the current altitude is less than 2.5 m, in which case the aircraft ascends

to 2.5 m and then ies to the Home Point.

c. If the aircraft is less than 5 m from the Home Point it lands immediately.

3. The aircraft lands and stops its motors once it reaches the Home Point.