At some point, you'll likely find yourself in the position of having to change the propellers on your DJI Mini drone. Whether it is because of a crash, or your propellers are showing signs of wear, having a new set of props will ensure your aircraft is operating at peak performance.
This guide is applicable to all DJI Mini drones that have been released by DJI as of the time of this writing. This includes Mavic Mini, DJI Mini 2, DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro, and DJI Mini SE and Mini 2 SE. While the propellers themselves will differ depending on the drone model you have, the process itself is identical across all DJI Mini drones, so you can follow along.
First, you'll need a new set of propellers. If you purchased a Fly More Combo or Fly More Kit for your drone, you'll already have an extra set on hand. If you need more though, you can browse our selection of propellers right over here. Once you have your propellers ready, you can proceed to the next step.
Uninstalling the Old Propellers
First things first. You'll need to remove the old propellers from your drone. You can use the screwdriver that was included with your drone, but quite honestly, we suggest grabbing a proper screwdriver. We recommend using the Phillips #00 screwdriver as it is small enough to fit the screws holding the propellers to the motors on your DJI Mini.
When removing the propellers, be careful not to strip the screws holding them in place as this will make the removal much more difficult. Be sure to be firm but to also not use too much force when removing the screws.
Identifying the Propeller Types
All DJI drones, including the DJI Mini drones, use two different propeller types: clockwise (CW) and counter-clockwise (CCW). It's crucial that you install the propellers on the correct motor. If installed incorrectly, the aircraft will simply not fly. Below, we've outlined which direction the motors spin and how to identify which propellers are which.
On all DJI Mini drones, the propellers will have slight physical differences to help identify the directionality of it. As illustrated below, there are propellers with a small bump adjacent to the hole where the screw will affix the propeller to the motor and there are propellers without this little bump. The propellers with this little bump indicate that the propeller is counter-clockwise (CCW). The propellers without this little bump are clockwise (CW).
Clockwise (CW) is highlighted in blue.
Counter-clockwise (CCW) is highlighted in red.
Where Do the Propellers Go?
Now that you know which propeller is which, how do you know where it's supposed to go? Well, those little bumps that we mentioned earlier are matched by little indents on the arms of the drone to help you identify which propeller goes where. Illustrated below is a close up of the rear-left motor on the DJI Mini 3. We've pointed out the little bumps on the propeller as well as the little indent on the arm of the drone. Since they match, we know for sure that those propellers belong on that arm. For the propellers without such bump, they will go on the arms of the drone in which the little indent is absent.
Get Back in the Air!
Now that you know how to identify the propellers and position them accordingly, once you replace them, you're ready for takeoff! If you have any questions or if you ever get stuck, drop us a line, and we'll be ready to help!