DJI Spark Compass Calibration: How To Do It Right

Posted by
Korey Smith
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December 6, 2017
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DJI Spark
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If you’ve ever owned a drone before, you’ll know that you have to calibrate the compass.

drones with GPS functionality. The GPS tells the Spark where it is, but the compass figures out what direction the drone is pointed in which is just as important. Here I’ll go over the basics for calibration, then tell you my thoughts on when you should and shouldn’t calibrate your drone.

Go Out And Stay Away From Metal

Before doing anything, go somewhere outside where you’re confident that there’s no metal around. If you’re at a part for example, you wouldn’t want to start calibrating from on top of a metal park bench, or near a Large light poll. Being in your front yard is fine, but you should stay away from cars. Once you’re in the best location, turn the spark on and get it connected.

Tap On The Green Bar

Once the video feed appears, you should see a green bar at the top of the screen for letting you know that you’re ready to fly. It may also be red if the battery is low, or if the compass is having trouble working. When you tap on that bar, that brings you into the aircraft status area.

Put Your Phone Down

This is a great place to check all of the most important information about your drone before you fly. You should see a area called Compass with a calibration button on it. Tap on that and make sure that your spark is level. At this point, you should put your phone down just incase it causes interference with this process.

Rotate Then Flip And Rotate Again

There are only two steps to calibrating the compass. Rotate the Spark 360° horizontally, then rotate it 360° vertically. When rotating horizontally, the LEDs on the back should be solid yellow, then turn solid green. Once they are green, you can rotate the drone vertically until the green lights turns off. After this step, you’re done!

So how often should you recalibrate the Spark?

Well, I used to be one of those people who said to calibrate before every flight, but every drone DJI makes gets better and better at handling interference, so now I do things a bit differently. If I’m moving over 100 miles, I’ll recalibrate the drone. Other than that, I don’t calibrate unless it asks me to, or if I’m going to be doing a long distance flight and I want to make sure everything is working optimally.

 
Korey Smith

Korey Smith, independent film maker, RC model enthusiast and co-owner of MyFirstDrone

DJI

Spark

Flight time
16
Minutes
Video resolution
1920 x 1080
Control range
2
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Camera resolution
3968 x 2976
Retail Price
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Product quality
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DJI

Spark

Flight time
16
Minutes
Video resolution
1920 x 1080
Control range
2
km
Camera resolution
3968 x 2976
Retail Price
$
This is some text inside of a div block.
MFD Rating
7.8
Spark
Rating
9.0
·
Product quality
9.5
·
Ease of use
6.0
·
Flight Time
6.5
·
Speed
See More Ratings

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