Should I buy a Mode 1 or Mode 2 remote control?

ByGB Blog Official 2018-07-03 28176

The remote control is an important part of a drone, which helps you to to control the drone in order to achieve various functions.

Usually there are two most commonly used modes available for a remote control: Mode 1 and Mode 2.

Therefore many people may wonder: "should I buy a Mode 1 or 2 remote control?" It's a big question for those new to RC.

RC remote controller

This guide will illustrate the difference between Mode 1 and 2, making it easier for you to decide which one to purchase.

What the difference between Mode 1 and Mode2

What does change between different controllers is what the sticks control. These changes can be up to 4 combinations which are known as "Modes".

The difference between Mode 1 and 2 is where the throttle and elevator controls are stocked on the transmitter. The stick that will not spring back to neutral position when letting go of the sticks is the throttle stick. Mode 1 (also called Japan hand) has the throttle stock on the right transmitter stick and Mode 2 (USA hand) on the left.

Mode 1

Under Mode 1, the right stick controls aileron (roll) and throttle. While the rudder (yaw) and elevator are controlled by left stick.

control drone through mode 1/mode 2

Mode 2

Under Mode 2, the right stick controls the the ailerons and elevator (pitch). The left stick controls the rudder and throttle.

To help with this explanation, here is a picture to demonstrate the differences between Mode 1 and Mode 2 transmitters.

operation of droneNote:

Throttle: ascending or descending.

Yaw: rotating clockwise or counter clockwise.

Roll: tilting left or right.

Pitch: tilting forward or backward.

Should I buy a Mode 1 or Mode 2 Remote Control?

Buying a suitable remote control system is very important since it's impossible to switch from Mode 1 to Mode 2 without taking the transmitter apart and switching around the mechanical components.

Actually one mode is not necessarily better, it depends on various occasions, most remote control used in the USA are Mode 2 and here in Australia is Mode 1. And if you are left-handed, Mode 1 is better.

Generally speaking, to fly a drone well mainly depends on you practice whatever the mode of operation, because the operation mode is only an auxiliary tool.

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