Mini 2 - High Wind & Speed Tests (Atti Mode)

Storm Malik has hit the UK, so I decided to see how the DJI Mini 2 copes with the wind and perform several speed tests :wind_face:

The speed test results have already been shared in the Breaking the Speed Limit thread. This video captures those speed tests, how fast the Mini 2 flew compared to DJI’s advertised top speed of 35.7 mph, and it shows what happened to my Mini 2 as a result :grimacing:

It is also explains why I was awarded the Plonker Badge :man_facepalming:

Disclaimer: I am sharing this for educational and test purposes only. I perform the tests in wide open empty countryside, with no-one and nothing around me. I do so at my own risk. I do not encourage that anyone tries this themselves, and if you choose to do so, I take no responsibility.

Speed tests markers in the video:

  • 02:32 - 06 Feb 2022: Adam’s Grave @ 285m / 935ft
  • 08:19 - 06 Feb 2022: Broad Hinton @ 192m / 630ft
  • 10:35 - 06 Feb 2022: Hackpen Hill @ 272m / 892ft
  • 13:48 - 06 Feb 2022: Barbury Castle @ 262m / 860ft
  • 16:50 - 30 Dec 2021: Barbury Castle @ 262m / 860ft

ATTI mode is the mode that the drone switches to when things go wrong. Your drone may lose GPS reception when it flies near a strong source of signal interference. When this happens, you can suddenly lose the GPS stabilisation feature that you have heavily relied on.

Steps I used for adding Atti Mode to the DJI Mini 2

01: Register and buy you unlock license at Drone Hacks
02: Download the Windows 10 (or Mac) Drone Hacks software
03: Install and run it, enter your email and password
04: Get a USB C cable connected to your PC
05: Power on your Mini 2, as soon as it beeps, plug the USB C lead into the drone
06: If OK, it will say there is an available license to use, do you wish to apply it, select OK
07: Apply both Hacks on the Hacking tab, follow the instructions.
08: At this point I would perform a test flight, and make sure the hack has taken
09: Then, back in the tool with the Mini 2 connected, select the Hack Parameters tab
10: Then select the Advanced Parameters button
11: Search for ‘mode’, there should be 3 similar Flight switch position parameters …

  • fswitch_selection|g_config_control_control_mode[0] = Tripod : factory value = 12 (Tripod)
  • fswitch_selection|g_config_control_control_mode[1] = Sport: factory value = 8 (Sport)
  • fswitch_selection|g_config_control_control_mode[2] Position (GPS): factory value =7 (Position)

12: Change Tripod value from 12 to 3, as 3 = Attitude Mode
13: Save and then select Write Parameters to Drone (or something like that).

For Steps 1-7, thats the basic applying of the Drone Hack, they have YT videos on the Drone Hacks website showing you how to do that. Very helpful.

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Just to Add you don’t need to purchase a License, the parameters tab is a free option to hack your drone

Great Video Chris, but I must say you are mad :joy: :+1:

Oh wow, I never knew that. So folks could download the software and access Advanced Parameters without paying anything?

Not you too. The wife says that on a daily basis :laughing:

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HAHA! don’t blame me :joy: :see_no_evil: Great video mate, well presented and awesome sound track too! :ok_hand: love waiting for your videos now! :raised_hands:

I wasn’t going to mention it … and was just going to wait for you to find out :rofl:

Obviously, I don’t blame you (entirely) :wink:

Loved the video that’s some wind it flew in, fantastic speeds, think your totally crackers but I like it, keep up the good/ great work, long live superglue long live mini 2, :+1:

Thanks Steven! A welshman … crackers, nah :joy: Glad you liked it, I had great fun making it. Despite taking a couple days to film and another 12 hours to edit :grimacing:

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Great video Chris, you mad man! Glad to see you have the same problem with those crap new style NT stickers…their ‘clingability’ is awful!

Cheers Nik! It would have been a waste not to make use of all that wind :wink: Their new NT stickers are crap, almost as crap as their non-drone policy :joy:

Very well produced. Great soundtrack. Bit of dubstep always goes down a treat in the countryside.

You’re too kind, Ade! Can’t lie, that was a challenge to put together. Still, all worth it if you enjoyed it. Equally glad to hear the dubstep worked :wink: I like it, but I know music is subjective. I think it complements speed tests nicely :joy:

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It felt very ‘TopGear’ I’ll let you decide if that’s compliment or not! :smiley:

I’ll take that :clap:

@clinkadink ….Nah not that windy unless that caps superglued on !

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Ironically, there is some truth in that. When the hat arrived, it was too small for my head, I had to use a heat gun to stretch the plastic strap at the back - which helped, but it’s still blummin’ tight! :joy:

I do like your 'atti’tude to getting the most out of your mini 2. A lot to learn from your video but not for me - I must confess I take my drone flying at a steady pace which matches my age. I still have the Dan Dare streak in me but the mind doesn’t react the way I would like it. Loved the music, commentary and editing.

Thanks for this evening’s entertainment and learning.

Thanks Barrie! I see what you did there, atti-tude :sweat_smile: I’ve always been a tad adventurous, don’t mind pushing it that bit further. My body is rebelling too. On paper, I should be shedding weight, instead, the Mini 2 is :confounded: Good to hear you liked the music too. I am trying to improve each time, but have a long way to go - but it’s all good fun :+1:

Out of interest what were you using to keep the camera steady from the passenger seat? How many cameras were in the car, or were you just moving the Pocket 2 about?

I’m always curious how people put this stuff together.

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I just use this, £8 … bargain :wink:

Just the one, the Pocket 2 :wink: I just wait for a junction, or pull in, and stick it to the side window or windscreen.

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