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The lights on the bottom of the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom have meanings to the current state of the drone. You can also read these on the screen of the device you’re flying with but if your device disconnects or you’re watching someone else fly who may not see the message on the screen while flying - it helps to know what these lights mean. Different patterns and colors mean different things, so lets start with the normal states of the aircraft.
Blinking red, green and yellow: Turning on and performing self-diagnostic tests
Blinking yellow 4 times: Warming up
Blinking green slowly: P-mode with GPS
Blinking green twice periodically: P-mode with forward and downward vision sensors active
Blinking Yellow slowly: No GPS, forward or downward vision systems.
Blinking green quickly: Braking
Blinking yellow quickly: Remote controller signal lost
Blinking red slowly: Low battery
Blinking red quickly: Critically low battery
Blinking red: IMU error
Solid red light: Critical error
Blinking red and yellow quickly: Compass calibration required
The status light patterns on the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom can be hard to tell when the drone is 400 feet in the air - but while on the ground, trying to connect and start flying these light patterns contain valuable information. Knowing what the different sequences of lights means is helpful, especially if you're a visual observer on the flight. Being able to relay valuable information to the remote pilot in command is a great skill to have.
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