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Drone Technician Shows How to Fix “Gimbal Motor Overloaded” on DJI drones

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Gimbal Motor Overload has been an issue on DJI drones especially, Mavic pro, air, mini and phantom 4, but even on the older drones like the spark and phantom 3 nonetheless, DJI doesn’t seem to come up with a solution.

And this error is not something you can ignore or say I will come back to it later because it affects your gimbal, and without a proper working gimbal, your drone is basically useless.

I had this problem with on Mavic pro a couple of weeks ago, and after contacting DJI, reading a bunch of forums, hours of frustration, and trying different things, I almost gave up until I called a friend of mine who is a drone technician and he told me what causes this problem and different DJI drones and how you can fix it, and it saved me 100s of dollars so I thought I could do the same for others.

Note: By attempting to repair or replace a damaged part on your DJI drone it is very important to understand that you can void your warranty by doing so!

So what causes gimbal motor overload and how do you fix it?

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“Gimbal Motor Overloaded” error can be caused by a restricted gimbal movement, faulty gimbal, faulty ribbon cable, or a corrupted software. To fix this problem you can try air dusting the gimbal and calibrating the gimbal in DJI go 4, if the error persists, you might have to send the drone to DJI for service.

If you are not a technical person to simplify it, “gimbal motor overload” means the motor that runs the gimbal is having a hard time doing its job.

However there are different levels of severity with this issue, it can be a small temporary overload, which can be due to strong wind and excessive sports mode tilts and this will disappear on its own, and the worst can be permanently damaged gimbal outputting shaking jelly videos.

This issue can come from both hardware and software issues, software issues won’t cause any harm and can be fixed with a simple firmware refresh, hardware issues might need a professional assistance.

one way to know if you are having software or a hardware issue is by looking if you have a shaky gimbal.

If the gimbal is visibly shaky or if it outputs a shaky video it is most likely a hardware issue you are having and by hardware I mean something is damaged or loose or there is something that is restricting its movement, and sometimes the shakiness of the gimbal might not be clearly visible, to check the stability you can yaw your drone left to right and right to left, it is a software issue the stabilization does a good job of negating the rolling shutter if there is a hardware problem vertical structures may appear very tilted. Another way to check is if you do a spherical panorama, the full movement of the gimbal will also test the stabilization.

so let me start out by listing what can possibly cause this issue

  • The most common issue, gimbal being tainted by excessive dust.
  • The ribbon cable restricting the gimbal specifically on phantom 4
  • Loose gimbal mounting bracket common on Mavic pro
  • Faulty yaw motor common on phantom 4
  • The camera/gimbal being pressed against something while on initial start-up such as grass or an uneven surface.
  • Starting the drone while it is still in your hand, this can cause aggressive tilts and the gimbal motors can overload while trying to compensate for your hand’s movement.
  • Using third-party accessories on or around the gimbal such as flare hoods and ND filters
  • Forgetting To Remove The Gimbal Cover
  • Overheated gimbal motors – common when flying in sport mode when there is fast yaw movements.
  • A hardware failure – if the gimbal is broken or if it needs to be professionally reviewed.
  • A hardware failure- a faulty ribbon cable that needs to be replaced
  • A software glitch that can be fixed by a firmware refresh or a factory reset
  • Faulty Core Modular Board
  • Damaged gimbal vibration-absorbing damper or the gimbal axis
  • You can also get this error on a brand new drone right out of the box. This may be due to poor handling while in transit, which causes wires to get detached, in this case, DJI will get it fixed without any cost to you.

1. clean gimbal

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the most common cause of this issue is dust particles stuck in the gimbal restricting its movement. the gimbal uses very little force to move around so few dust particles in the wrong opening can stop its movement easily

If you take off from or land on sandy or dusty surfaces, it is possible for small pieces of debris to get lodged in the gimbal, which decreases the agility and give the motors a hard time functioning.

sometimes dust particles can even cause a full restricted movement and you can get “gimbal stuck” error simultaneously with “gimbal motor overloaded”.

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so you can fix this problem by moving it with your finger slowly and lightly in every direction, while doing so you can blow air on it by your mouth to help tiny particles to get unclogged.

If there is something that won’t come out you can buy an air duster and Shoot the air into the rotating parts of the gimbal.

Repeat this process until the gimbal is able to do its start-up routine freely, the gimbal should be pointing forward when it is in a good condition.

Make sure it’s working by moving the aircraft around, and check if the gimbal is able to compensate its movement on every axis which means if the gimbal will move up-down, left-right, counterclockwise, and clockwise), if it does those movements freely you are good to go.

However never use oils or grease, it will make it worse.

2. Calibrate gimbal while the cover is still on

I am not sure how this works and I don’t recommend a quick fix but calibrating the gimbal while the gimbal cover is on seems to work for a lot of people so you can try that.

3. The ribbon cable restricting the gimbal specifically on phantom 4

4. Faulty Ribbon Cable on mavic pro

A ribbon cable is a cable with many conducting wires running parallel to each other on the same flat plane.

If you had a crash or a hard landing then there is a good chance the ribbon cables have been damged or been loose, if there is a loose ribbon cable there won’t be a full transmission/connection to the gimbal motors which makes it hard to function the gimbal.

This error doesn’t necessarily appear spontaneously after a crash, It may take time for a wire that was jarred during the crash to finally break after a crash , wires become loosely connected at first, then when you have a hard landing the loose wires become detached completely.

5. Loose Gimbal Mounting Bracket

The gimbal on DJI drones is mounted with three or four brackets depending on the drone you own, if one of these mounting brackets becomes loose, the gimbal will become loose and end up getting misaligned from its normal position. This means that the gimbal will brush against the body of the drone, preventing it from moving within its full range of motion, and it becomes difficult for the gimbal motors to stabilize the camera.

And for Mavic pro owners the brackets that anchor the gimbal to the body of the Mavic Pro tend to come loose and soft over time, in that case, you might have to get it replaced.

6. A faulty core modular board

A faulty Core Modular Board (motherboard) can also cause a gimbal motor overload.

This is not as common but I have seen at least 3 people send their drone to DJI because they had a gimbal motor overload warning where it end up being the motherboard has been damaged.

The problem here is there is no way to know whether it is the motherboard that is damaged or not so you might have to send it to DJI to get it professionally reviewed.

Not to forget replacing the motherboard can do a lot of damage to your pocket.

7. Refresh the drones firmware in DJI assistant 2

Not as common but a simple firmware refresh can fix the problem so it definitely is worth trying.

  • Power on the drone
  • Connect it to your computer using the USB cable DJI provides
  • Open the DJI Assistant 2 software on your laptop
  • Log in to the DJI Assistant 2 app and select your drone
  • Next, you will see the firmware version
  • Tap update and choose the latest version
  • If it is already the latest version click refresh
  • Repeat process with every battery you own

You can also refresh the firmware in DJI go 4 app.

8. Downgrade firmware

If refreshing the current firmware doesn’t seem to work, you can downgrade the firmware untill the next update comes out.

You can downgrade your firmware both in DJI assistant and DJI go 4.

To downgrade firmware in DJI assistant –

  • Connect it to your computer using the USB cable
  • Next, you will see the firmware version and older versions lined up
  • Choose the version one below the current version you have
  • Then click install
  • Then the drone will automatically restart

To downgrade firmware in DJI go 4

Press and hold the menu icon (three horizontal lines in the top right corner) for five seconds and a special firmware menu appears. You can now select which previous firmware version you would like to downgrade to. Check it out.

9. Factory reset and recalibrate your drone and controller

Before trying to fix the gimbal or sending to DJI for a fix to make sure it is not a software problem you are having try factory resetting the drone.

  • First, Install the DJI Assistant 2 Program on your device, make sure you download the proper one.
  • Connect your drone to your laptop using the USB cable provided, and wait for the software till it detects your drone
  • You’ll be able to see your drone on the Connected Devices screen. Select your drone and then click on confirm.
  • Click on Firmware Update. After that, you’ll be able to see the “Restore factory defaults” button.
  • Click on the factory reset button and then confirm when you are asked to confirm the reset. A progress bar will pop up showing the progress of the reset. You’ll be notified when the reset is complete.

Note: After a factory reset you have to calibrate everything again .

You can also hard reset the controller

To reset the RC: Turn on the controller, the aircraft should be off. * Press C1, C2, and shutter (top right button nearest antenna) on the controller and hold for about 2 seconds or so until it beeps, then turn the controller off.”

10. Calibrate The Gimbal

the first thing that comes to mind when you have a gimbal error is to calibrate the gimbal ofcorses you most likey have done so already but if you have you should

Calibrating the gimbal is a quick and easy procedure that can be done both on the  DJI GO 4  or  DJI Assistant 2 . The gimbal calibration process is virtually the same for the Mavic and the Phantom. Just follow these steps:

  • Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the gimbal symbol.
  • Select gimbal calibration.
  • A message will appear prompting you to ensure that the aircraft is level and that nothing is obstructing the gimbal’s range of motion. Ensure that the drone is level and that nothing is obstructing the gimbal.
  • Select OK, and the gimbal calibration process will begin.

11. Remove Third-Party Accessories

If you are using any third-party accessories with your drone such as ND filters, an anti-glare hood, turn the drone off, remove the accessory, and turn the drone back on. If the error message is no longer displayed, the third-party accessory was the likely culprit.

If you are using several third-party accessories located by or on the gimbal remove each one one by one till you find which one is causing the problem.

12. Bad compass module

Even though the compass module seems unrelated to the gimbal it sure can cause a lot of problems related to the gimbal.

so please make sure you do a compass calibration before you decide to send your drone to the final option you have and that is sending it to DJI where you will get charged your house rent.

Final choice

So, your final option I to send it to DJI to get it professionally reviewed

If you have DJI care there is a good chance you can get it fixed without any cost.

DJI might ask you to send the drone even if it is to refresh the firmware so make sure you do everything you can first.

If you don’t have DJI care you might have to pay from $150 up to $250 for a gimbal replacement but can go up to $400 if the board is damged

After you hand it to DJI it can take up to 15 days till they fix it and send it back to you, and it can take longer if you don’t live in the united states

If you are located in Armenia, you may contact the local dealer or DJI’s support via email to start a case and send the unit back.

Use a gimbal lock to prevent gimbal motor overload for the future

may have wondered if the plastic piece that was holding your gimbal in place was necessary, it most definitely is!

That gimbal lock keeps your camera and gimbal components from swinging every-which-way while moving from place to place which helps avoid damge

Not only does it keep everything from swinging freely, but it protects the gimbal if you were to place the drone down on an object that made contact with the camera.

Drone investments to avoid this problem

To avoid this problem in the future you should buy a gimbal lock if the previous one is broken but most importantly you should get a landing/take-off pad to avoid dust particles from getting to your gimbal

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Gimbal Motor Overload Troubleshooting For DJI Mavic And Phantom Drones

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Few things are as frustrating for drone pilots as a gimbal motor overload error ( code 40003 ). After all, the gimbal is a key piece of equipment that allows the drone pilot to navigate, shoot video, and take photos. Thus, a malfunctioning gimbal essentially renders the drone useless.

So, what exactly is a gimbal overload error, and what causes it? In this guide, we will discuss this common error in-depth, and we will also provide a troubleshooting guide so you can fix the problem and get your DJI Mini 2/DJI Air 2S/Mavic Air 2/Mavic Mini or Phantom up in the air.

What Is The Gimbal Overload Error?

When the display shows that there is a gimbal motor overload, and you may get an error code 40003 , it simply means that something is inhibiting the gimbal’s movement which causes the gimbal motor to be strained. It is important to address this error quickly, as excessive strain can cause lasting damage to the gimbal’s motor. 

It is also worth mentioning that this error can happen both on the ground and in flight.

What Causes DJI Gimbal Motor Overload?

There are several things that can cause a gimbal motor overload error. Here we will discuss these culprits.

Launch Site Obstruction

The most common culprit is tall grass or something else on the ground in close proximity to the gimbal. If the drone is attempting its startup sequence in tall grass, the grass can prevent the gimbal from achieving the full range of motion necessary to properly calibrate. 

Forgetting To Remove The Gimbal Cover

You can also get a gimbal motor overload error if the gimbal cover is still on while the drone is powered on. The gimbal cover is only meant to protect the gimbal while the drone is in transit or not being used. If the cover is still in place when the drone is turned on, it will limit the gimbal’s range of motion, preventing it from completing its calibration sequence. 

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It will happen to every drone pilot eventually — excitement gets the better of you, and you rush through your preflight checklist, turn the drone on, and are ready to get up in the air…but the gimbal cover is still on. You realize your mistake when you hear the gimbal hitting up against the cover as it tries to calibrate, and a gimbal motor overload error flashes on your device. I speak from experience here…

Debris Stuck In The Gimbal

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If you take off from sandy or dusty surfaces, it is possible for small pieces of debris to get lodged in the gimbal. The gimbal is a very sensitive piece of equipment, so even the smallest of obstructions can prevent it from moving correctly which will trigger this error message.

Third-Party Accessories

Using non-approved third-party accessories on the gimbal can also result in this error message. 

Third-party accessories are accessories that are not produced by the drone manufacturer. If the manufacturer releases an accessory for a drone (in this case, the Mavic or Phantom), it is guaranteed that the accessory will not adversely affect the drone’s performance or operational capabilities.

mavic air 2 nd filters

However, third-party accessories can sometimes cause problems. While they might fit the drone perfectly in terms of dimensions, the material used might be too heavy or might otherwise compromise the drone’s performance. For example, some ND filters might add too much weight to the gimbal, causing excess strain on the gimbal motor. 

Strain On The Gimbal During Flight

You can also get this error message while in flight. Sudden movements — namely yaw movements — while flying fast (such as in Sport Mode) can trigger this error. Remember, the gimbal and the gimbal motor are extremely sensitive, so the g-forces associated with fast flight maneuvers can strain the gimbal motor as it tries to keep up.

Faulty/Broken Hardware

Lastly, you might get this error message if the gimbal and/or gimbal motor have faulty or broken hardware. If your drone has crashed at some point, the gimbal likely sustained damage. 

How To Fix Gimbal Motor Overload Problem?

Here we will discuss the troubleshooting steps you should follow if you experience a gimbal motor overload error on your DJI Mavic or Phantom.

Step 1: Ensure That The Ground Is Clear Of Obstacles

When powering on your drone, if you get a gimbal motor overload error, the first thing to do is ensure that the ground around the gimbal is clear of obstacles. If the drone is not on flat, clear ground, power it off, move it to a flat and open area, and turn it back on. If the error is gone, it means something on the ground was previously interfering with the gimbal’s range of motion.

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To prevent this altogether, we suggest always powering the drone on when it is on flat ground or a launchpad . It is a good idea to always visually inspect the area around the gimbal for anything that might interfere with the gimbal’s movement. This will ensure that the gimbal will be unobstructed during its calibration sequence. 

Step 2: Check For Debris In The Gimbal

If motor overload error persists after you confirmed that the launch site is clear of obstacles, there might be debris in the gimbal. As mentioned, sand, dust, and other small particles can get lodged in the gimbal’s joints. Power the drone off and blow on the gimbal to remove any debris. Then, turn the drone back on.

Step 3: Ensure That Third-Party Accessories By The Gimbal Aren’t Too Heavy

If you are not using any third-party accessories with your drone (i.e. ND filters, an anti-glare hood, etc.), go ahead and skip to the next step.

If you are using a third-party accessory, turn the drone off, remove the accessory, and turn the drone back on. If the error message is no longer displayed, the third-party accessory was the likely culprit.

If you are using several third-party accessories located by or on the gimbal, turn the drone off, remove one accessory, and turn it back on. Repeat this process until you have identified which accessory was causing the problem.

If there is any doubt about what might have been causing the gimbal motor overload error, check online forums and reviews of the accessory in question to see if other people have had similar issues.

Step 4: Calibrate The Gimbal

As with most electronics, some errors seemingly happen for no reason at all. If this error has persisted up to this point, chances are it can be fixed by simply calibrating the gimbal.

Calibrating the gimbal is a quick and easy procedure that can be done on the DJI GO 4 or DJI Fly app. The gimbal calibration process is virtually the same for the Mavic and the Phantom. Just follow these steps:

  • Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the gimbal symbol.
  • Select gimbal calibration.
  • A message will appear prompting you to ensure that the aircraft is level and that nothing is obstructing the gimbal’s range of motion. Ensure that the drone is level and that nothing is obstructing the gimbal.
  • Select OK, and the gimbal calibration process will begin.

Step 5: Fly Less Aggressively

If you get a gimbal motor overload error while your Mavic or Phantom is in flight, it is more than likely a result of aggressive flying. To remedy this, simply fly slower, and refrain from conducting quick maneuvers that might strain the gimbal. 

While the Mavic and Phantom are incredibly adept at flying, it is important to remember that they are not racing drones; they are first and foremost flying cameras.

Step 6: Send The Drone To DJI

If all else fails, unfortunately, your drone will need to be repaired by DJI. 

It is possible to fix faulty or broken hardware on your own, but it requires a high level of skill and competence in working with electronics. Since most people simply do not have the experience or skill required for such repairs, it is better to send it in for repair. 

Furthermore, there could be an underlying software issue causing the error, and this is something only DJI can fix.

We hope this guide has helped you better understand what the gimbal motor overload error is, what causes the error, and how to troubleshoot it on the DJI Mavic and Phantom. 

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i think this has been a great help and i will try again tomorrow without the gimbil on . thankyou duncan

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Wait, there is more… An update to the “Gimbal Motor Overloaded” issue on our Mavic 2 Dual Enterprise. So after a week or more of wrangling with DJI Support, I get an email that says what is causing the gimbal to overload is a “video feed problem” inside the Core Modular Board. Has anyone heard of this problem? What makes the board suddenly have these kinds of problems? I have never crashed or mishandled the drone, never a hard landing – I baby this unit. DJI still maintains that I need to fix the gimbal and replace the Core Modular Board. If the board is bad causing the gimbal error message, why fix the gimbal? Seems I should not be having this kind of problem with a 2 year old Enterprise unit. If it is a board problem, I wonder if it is a design or manufacturing issue? Wishing I could talk to a technician instead of a third party person resending what they read on a computer!

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I had the same problem and a very similar situation. I sent it to dji and now they want me to pay $500 to replace the main board and the axis arm module. I also baby my dji and never hit anything. I really sent it in because it kept giving me a magnetic interference warning.

What they wrote to me when I questioned how my drone possibly malfunctioned when I put it away fine, but when I turned it back on it kept getting this error.

“The Main Board was malfunctioned, which caused #APP error code: communication error#; 2. The Mavic 2 Pro Gimbal Axis Arm Module was malfunctioned, which caused APP error code: gimbal motor overload and gimbal stability related issue. “

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Troubleshooting Gimbal Errors

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When a gimbal error warning message pops up in the DJI GO or GO 4 app, it can really get your pulse going. Tilted horizon, gimbal motor overload, and abnormal gimbal vibrations are some errors you might experience. For some pilots, especially newbies, the first reaction is usually to fix the gimbal by twisting it manually, DO NOT do this as it doesn’t work and can damage your gimbal.

So what’s the right thing to do? It’s very likely that you are just a few taps away from resolving your gimbal issue in the DJI GO apps. For instance, by performing an IMU and gimbal calibration in the DJI GO apps you can fix a tilted horizon. By inspecting your take-off site, you can check if the gimbal motor overload is caused by obstructions stopping the gimbal from rotating. If the gimbal vibrates abnormally, you definitely need to check if any anti-vibration parts such as the vibration absorbing board, dampers, and rubber balls are malfunctioning.

Furthermore, gimbal errors can be caused by environmental factors. For example, flying in heavy fog or clouds may make the gimbal wet, leading to temporary failure. The good news is that you don’t need to worry as the gimbal will recover full functionality once it dries.

To help you, even more, we have provided more detailed gimbal troubleshooting steps below.

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Are you still having gimbal problems after trying out these steps? Then contact DJI Support and we will gladly help you fix your gimbal errors.

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Issue Descriptions

A “Gimbal motor overloaded” warning appears in the app during the flight.

Possible Cause of Issue

1. The gimbal protector or the buckle has not been removed, the protection sticker on the gimbal axis arm has not been removed, or the gimbal is stuck by debris.

2. The gimbal and camera are mounted with a third-party accessory, such as a filter or a wide-angle lens.

3. Sport mode moves the control stick dramatically and exceeds the gimbal’s adjustment limit.

4. There is an error with the gimbal hardware.

1. Before using the aircraft, please remove the gimbal protector/gimbal buckle and the protection sticker and unfold the aircraft arms. Then place the aircraft on a flat surface and check whether any foreign objects obstruct the gimbal and camera.

2. If a third-party accessory is installed, such as a filter or a wide-angle lens, remove it and check whether the warning still appears.

3. If this warning appears in the app when the aircraft is in Sport (S) mode, try to push the control stick gently, and the app warning will disappear automatically.

If the issue persists after the above solutions have been tried, please send the aircraft back to DJI for diagnosis. Click to submit an Online Repair Request .

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How to fix gimbal overload on a drone? (6 Actionable Steps)

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So, you have everything ready and rearing to go on your next aerial photography shoot. But wait, as you go to take off, a ‘gimbal error’ notification displays on your screen. You may also notice that your gimbal is shaking erratically.

Upon closer inspection, you realize that the culprit is your gimbal overloaded with the weight of your camera and lens. This is a common problem, especially for those that fly drones often. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to fix this issue and get back in the air ASAP.

You can fix a gimbal overload error by ensuring the surface is clear of any obstruction. If you are flying in a windy environment, try to find an area with fewer gusts for a steadier shot. Always make sure all of your screws and bolts on the drone and gimbal are tightened securely. 

These measures will help distribute the weight evenly and prevent any excess shaking. Always check to ensure the third-party accessories are not too heavy. You may also want to check for any debris that may be interfering with the gimbal’s motor.

By the way, here are a few of my other articles on fixing drone issues you might be interested in:

  • Fix a drone that fell in water
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  • Drone tilting to one side

Gimbal overload may be a common occurrence during drone operation, but this doesn't have to be. We take a closer look at this error to understand what causes it and how best to avoid it while in operation.

What Is Gimbal Overload in a drone?

Getting a gimbal overload error on your DJI drone can be frustrating. It means that the camera or gimbal is overloaded and may not be working properly.

Gimbal overload is a case where the device’s gimbal struggles to support the weight of the camera and lens. This can cause the drone to shake erratically and make it difficult to take steady shots. Anything that inhibits the gimbal's movement causes a gimbal error.

After installing third-party accessories, like a lens filter or ND filter, the weight of your camera and gimbal system could exceed what is recommended by the manufacturer. This will cause an error message to appear on the screen saying “Gimbal Overload”, "error code 4003" or “Camera Error.”

What Causes Gimbal Motor Overload?

Several factors can contribute to gimbal overload on your drone. While some of them are obvious, others may not be so apparent.

Gimbal overload can be caused by such factors as gimbal debris, obstruction at launch, broken hardware, heavy third-party accessories, or poor weight distribution. It can sometimes result from strain on the gimbal motor or the camera.

  • Gimbal debris

Debris on the gimbal arm can cause it to overload and lead to a gimbal overload error. This is because the debris interferes with how the camera moves, resulting in uneven weight distribution or extra strain on one side of the system.

The best solution for this problem would be to thoroughly clean your drone’s gimbal before every flight. This helps ensure that there is no build-up of dirt or other materials that can cause the arm to shake.

  • Obstruction at launch

An obstruction at launch, such as a tree branch or building, can also be a major contributor to gimbal overload. When the drone lifts off, the camera and lens are suddenly subjected to more strain than they are used to, which can cause the device to shake.

To avoid this, always make sure there is plenty of clearance at takeoff and be aware of your surroundings. If an obstruction is noted, try to find a different take-off point or use a smaller drone that will fly over the obstacle.

  • Broken or faulty hardware

A broken screw or other hardware on your drone can also lead to gimbal overload. This is especially true if the camera and lens are not secured properly. It causes them to move around during the flight, resulting in uneven weight distribution.

It’s important that you always check for any loose screws or other faulty hardware before each flight. Ensure that all components are tightened securely to help distribute the weight evenly.

  • Heavy third-party accessories

Adding heavy third-party accessories, such as a lens filter or ND filter, can overload the gimbal and cause the error message to appear. This is because they add extra weight to an already overloaded system.

When purchasing aftermarket accessories, it’s important to make sure they are lightweight and compatible with your drone. If necessary, install new screws that are strong enough to hold up under heavy strain but not too tight not to damage any components.

  • Poor weight distribution

The weight of the camera or gimbal can sometimes be unevenly distributed. This causes one side to become overloaded and causes shaking or vibration during flight.

You can fix this problem by adjusting the center of gravity on your drone and ensuring all components are properly balanced. To do so, use a bubble level to ensure everything is in alignment before each takeoff.

  • Forgotten gimbal cover

Sometimes, excitement can get the better of us during pre-flight preparations. As a result, the gimbal cover is forgotten and not removed from the drone before takeoff. Without realizing it, you fly off with your drone while its gimbal cover remains on.

If this happens to you, just ground your aircraft immediately after observing that something doesn't look right. Turn it off and remove the gimbal cover before you take off again.

Other notable fixes for gimbal overload

If none of the above fixes work, it could be an issue of poor calibration. Calibrating the drone's gimbal can help to improve its overall performance. You can also try using a different type of battery or lens if your camera and lens are too heavy for the drone.

Make your flights less aggressive by reducing the speed and height of your drone. You can consider taking off from an elevated platform, like a table or desk, to give your drone some extra space for takeoff (and landing). In cases where you can figure out the issue, it is best that you contact the drone manufacturer for support. Otherwise, if you’re still experiencing gimbal overload errors after trying all these fixes, then it may be time to upgrade your drone with a new one.

How do I fix gimbal overload errors on DJI drones?

DJI drones have a built-in system that alerts pilots when the gimbal is overloaded. This usually happens due to too much weight or imbalance on the camera and lens. When this error message pops up, it’s important to take action right away to prevent any damage from occurring.

You can fix gimbal overload errors on DJI drones by reducing the weight or changing orientation. Ensure that all components are balanced and secure before each takeoff. Adjust your drone's center of gravity by adding weights to the arms or swapping heavier batteries with lighter ones.

For a more focused fix, you can follow these steps: 

  • Turn off your drone and remove all cables from its ports (including USB).
  • Wait for about 30 seconds to one minute before restarting again. This is because some cameras may require time to cool down after being overheated by heavy usage or high temperatures outside.
  • Once you’ve restarted your drone, make sure there are no cables connected to it again.
  • If you’re using a lens or accessory that is too heavy for the gimbal system on your drone, remove them before taking off (or replace them with lighter ones). You can also try balancing all components evenly by adding weights like coins or washers to the drone's frame.
  • If none of the above solutions work, you can try recalibrating your drone's gimbal in its settings menu. This will help improve your aircraft's overall performance and stability during flight.

How do I fix the gimbal overload on a DJI mini 2?

The DJI mini 2 is a small, lightweight drone, perfect for beginner pilots. However, even this little guy can experience gimbal overload if too much weight is added to the camera and lens.

You can fix the gimbal overload on a DJI mini 2 by:

-Recalibrating your drone’s gimbal system in its settings menu

-Refresh its firmware

-Remove any accessories or lenses that may be causing an imbalance

-Reduce the weight of your drone or its accessories by replacing heavier items with lighter ones.

How do I fix gimbal overload on a DJI Air 2s?

The DJI Air 2s is a great option for pilots looking for an affordable, easy-to-use drone. However, even this model can experience gimbal overload if too much weight is added to the camera and lens.

You can fix gimbal overload on a DJI Air 2s by recalibrating your drone’s gimbal system. Alternatively, you can also refresh its firmware. Try removing any accessories or lenses that may be causing an imbalance and reducing the weight of your drone by replacing heavier accessories with lighter ones.

DJI Air 2s is one of the most stable drones on the market. If you’re still experiencing problems with gimbal overload after trying all these solutions, seek assistance from the drone manufacturer.

How do you calibrate a drone gimbal?

Drone pilots use calibration to adjust and improve the performance of their aircraft's gimbals. This process helps to ensure that your shots are smooth and level, regardless of how crazy things may get during flight. The gimbal calibration takes less than five minutes 

To calibrate a drone gimbal:

  • Tap the three dots on the upper right corner of your screen
  • Open up its settings menu
  • Scroll down and tap on "Calibration" option and then 
  • Hold your drone completely still in all three axes for five seconds. DJI drones will make a sound when successfully calibrated.

There are two types of calibration that you may need to perform on your drone:

- Gimbal calibration - This adjusts the position of the gimbal to improve its accuracy and stability.

- Compass calibration - This calibrates the compass sensor to ensure that your drone knows where it is in relation to Earth's magnetic fields.

You should do both types of calibration before every flight session. 

Conclusion- How do you fix drone overload quickly?

There are a few solutions that you can try if your drone experiences gimbal overload. 

Based on the error noted, try recalibrating the gimbal system, refreshing the firmware, removing any accessories or lenses that may be causing an imbalance, and reducing the weight of your drone or its accessories by replacing heavier items with lighter ones. 

If none of these solutions work, seek assistance from the drone manufacturer. DJI has a great customer service team, and they are always happy to help. Do some research to find out how heavy your drone can be and what type of gimbal it uses. This will help prevent issues in the future.

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8 Ways To Fix Gimbal Overload Error (Mavic, Phantom, Inspire)

DJI drone gimbal overload error has been a huge problem, especially in DJI Mavic and Phantom series and users are looking for solutions all over the internet. Many users are confused about the gimbal overload error and how to fix the error.

Therefore I thought to write an article about the DJI drone gimbal overload error and how to fix it. Hopefully, this article will help with fixing the DJI gimbal overload error.

Causes For DJI Drone Gimbal Overload Error.

First, let’s talk shortly aboutthe reasons for the DJI gimbal overload error.

1. Unremoved gimbal cover.

Powering on the DJI aircraft with the gimbal cover causes disturbance for gimbal movement. Ultimately causing the gimbal motor overload.

2. Obstacles for gimbal movement.

Powering on or launching the drone on the ground with obstacles also could cause gimbal movement disturbance.

3. Debris accumulation.

Long-term debris accumulation on the gimbal motor also could cause this error.

4. Firmware issues.

Firmware is the key software for managing and controlling drone actions. So having faulty firmware or firmware glitches could cause this error.

5. Third-party accessories.

Installing third-party accessories like unsuitable third-party lenses, and filters would block gimbal movements and ultimately could cause to the gimbal overload error.

6. Faulty Gimbal ribbon.

This is another common reason for the DJI gimbal overload error. That’s why many users were able to fix the error after replacing the gimbal ribbon.

7. Damaged/ Faulty gimbal motor.

If you have crashed recently and started getting the gimbal overload error, this might be an effect of gimbal motor damage. Also if you are getting this error just after the unboxing error, the gimbal might be faulty.

How to Fix DJI Drone Gimbal Overload Error.

Let’s go through the checklist for fixing DJI gimbal overload error.

1. Remove the gimbal cover before powering on the aircraft.

The gimbal cover is just for securing the gimbal while carrying the drone. As I said before gimbal cover blocks gimbal movement. Therefore remove the gimbal cover before powering on the aircraft. Also, place the drone on a clear surface when powering on the drone.

Also If you are a Phantom user,

  • Remove both the plastic gimbal clamp and the white foam stopper.
  • Check four tempers holding the gimbal in place. Sometimes some of them are detached and cause gimbal overload errors.

2. Wiggle the gimbal gently for about 30 seconds.

If the gimbal is stuck, wiggle the gimbal gently for 30-60 seconds.

3. Calibrate the gimbal.

Follow the below steps and calibrate the gimbal. Once the gimbal calibration is done check whether the error is gone.

  • Place the drone on a flat surface.
  • Power on the DJI aircraft and connect to DJI mobile application (DJI GO/ DJI Fly).
  • Launch the DJI GO / DJI Fly and enter the camera view.
  • Then click on the three dots at the top left corner and click on the gimbal icon and scroll all the way down and find the “Gimbal Auto Calibration” option. Click on it and hit “Ok”.
  • If you are using the DJI Fly app click on the three dots at the top right corner and open the menu bar. Then click on “Control” and scroll down until you found the ”Gimbal Calibration”. Then click on the “Calibrate” button. And hit “Auto”.
  • Once you have done that, the Gimbal Calibration process will start and calibrate the gimbal automatically. Wait until the gimbal calibration process succeeds.

4. Update the firmware.

Having faulty or glitched firmware could be a key reason for the gimbal overload error. Therefore updating the firmware properly and keeping the firmware on the latest version is so important. Also when updating the DJI firmware I advise using DJI Assistant 2 PC application. Because it reduces the risk of having glitched firmware. Follow the below steps and update the firmware. After updating the firmware check whether error is gone.

  • Download and install DJI Assistant 2 from the  DJI Download center .
  • Power off the remote controller and connect to the PC through the charging port using a micro USB cable. Then power on the remote controller.
  • Open DJI Assistant 2 application on the PC and log in to your DJI account.
  • Then select your DJI Drone and click on the “Firmware Updates” on the left panel and click on the “Upgrade” option.
  • Click on “Start Update”.
  • Wait until the firmware is completely downloaded and the firmware update process would start automatically.
  • Follow the above steps again with connecting the aircraft and update its firmware too.

5. Remove third-party accessories attached.

Third-party accessories that are not suitable for DJI aircraft could affect the movement of the gimbal. Therefore if you have attached third party accessories like lenses, filters, remove those accessories before turning on the aircraft.

6. Replace the gimbal ribbon.

You usually buy the gimbal ribbon for a few dollars online and replace it by yourself. Also, there are dozens of videos on youtube about replacing the gimbal ribbon. Below the video is the gimbal ribbon replacement of DJI Mavic Pro. If you are not comfortable with that stuff, get the help of professionals or contact DJI.

7. Contact DJI Support.

Read the detailed article: How to get DJI Support to repair/fix your DJI drone issue .

As I mentioned before if you are getting the gimbal overload error after crashing the drone or after turning on the aircraft for the first time, there is a huge chance for a damaged or faulty gimbal. If you are in this situation, first update the firmware and calibrate the gimbal. If you are still getting the error, the gimbal needs to be replaced or repaired. So contact the DJI Support for replacing or repairing the gimbal.

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