Quadcopter Propeller Anatomy for Beginners | HOW TO INSTALL PROPS CORRECT DIRECTION

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In this video, you’ll learn how to install your props correctly. You’ll identify the top and bottom of the prop, then the leading and trailing edge. Then you’ll find the motor direction and install the correct prop for the direction the motor is spinning.

My video about the advantages of props in vs. out is:


  1. sina blookat on August 19, 2020 at 10:13 am

    please do a setup video and tuning on Diatone R369 as you promised ;-)) AndyRC is waiting,:-)) I’m joking , I’m waiting

  2. Mr. Ahmed Alhashem on August 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I like your video man…

  3. José Alicio Ferreira Junior on August 19, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Thks… from your brazilian fan!!!

  4. RGMG on August 19, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Joshua…I just attempted to fly my first FPV and messed this up. Thanks for the video…it’s not like flying the DJI products where everything is clearly marked. Yep, my quad flipped out and this is exactly why…..thanks again!

  5. FlowLeopard on August 19, 2020 at 10:16 am

    One I would love to see after this is motors for noobs. I would love to end up knowing why I am choosing them and at least know I can get those onto a frame… baby steps are amazing. Thanks again.

  6. Péter Farkas on August 19, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Did I see well, that the clockwise and counterclockwise has got clockwise screws as well?

  7. H2O- FPV on August 19, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hey Joshua I have been watching for almost one year and yes u right is a lot to learn in this hobby and I have to put a lots of attention on all the videos that I watch at the very beginning I thought this was a piece of cake and when I start building my first kwad I was still under the impression that was easy but when I start it running to problems because something wasn’t working I was worry thinking ok I guess is not that easy but now after a year I finally have my first build and I bouth me the Cidora from Iflight and its a great one thanks to ur videos .

  8. JeepdogsRCbikelife 1 on August 19, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Niiiiice ty👍👍👍😎 i just got the Spry+ I guess u just hold the motor with your hand and tighten nut ? I just got stuck with sharp part of prop 😂

  9. Noah Okeyo on August 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

    This was helpfull

  10. Mobius-1 on August 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Great video I did knot already know and I do now haha. I do have a question if anyone happens apon this I have seen in other videos that poeple loose props in flight like they spin strait off and the quad crashes,why is that?does that only happen to the racing guys or is it something I need to worry about I assume when I install a prop. I just get it a good feeling amount of tight (it is plastic after all) or do I need to use a thread locker? anyway just wondering if someone could give an old man a little help.

  11. Reefinest Reefer on August 19, 2020 at 10:29 am

    ty new to the hobby! you are the real mvp

  12. Anirudh Divi on August 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Thank u so much Joshua Bardwell, these videos r so helpful…
    Thank u so much

  13. Jon Petitta on August 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

    The end of that video was like the Mr. Rogers of FPV

  14. pixard on August 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

    when you said "hello geginners" I write this comment and never gonna watch this viedeo again.

  15. Mark Kenney on August 19, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Thank you.

  16. graywoulf on August 19, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Do the props need washers? And if so, on the top or the bottom or both? How tight should the nuts be? And if I reverse the props, does that mean that the props could loosen the nuts in flight and come off?

  17. Андрій Стельмах on August 19, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Greetings from Ukraine, thanks for useful video

  18. Simon Crowther on August 19, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Thank you

  19. FPV FREAKY on August 19, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Always love your vids josh, wellcome you newbies 👌😎 josh will help ya

  20. mike216ism on August 19, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Your a good man Mr. Bardwell, I’m 2 years into hobby and have learned a lot. Much appreciated 👍.I wish you great success. It’s nice when good things happen to get people

  21. Eysteinn Guðni on August 19, 2020 at 10:42 am

    After flying my TinyHawk into my daughters hair and not being able to fly it after taking it apart to remove all the hair I finally tought I’d try and see if I put the props in correctly. Of corse I ended up at Joshuas video which answered my question on how to find out which way they should face and my TinyHawk is finally flying perfect. Thank you.

  22. Magnus FPV on August 19, 2020 at 10:43 am

    thaaanks so much man i am total noobie i put propeller wrond direction go outside and arm quad was so load on max motor throttle and i destroy 8 proppelers thankss so much 😀

  23. Michael Spendlove on August 19, 2020 at 10:45 am

    So helpful. Thanks!

  24. Aaron Blankenship on August 19, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Do you have a video covering installing the nut back on the prop correctly? I’m here because my props are slipping despite being as tight as the screw goes. What am i missing?

  25. Nicholas Grant on August 19, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Just getting into the fpv world just got the fatshark 101 kit and want to know what after market propellers i can use and how to tell moving forward 😀 you have been a huge help to understanding everything there is to know

  26. Java Admin on August 19, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the video Joshua🥳it’s really help me out coz I’m the new flight here . Mini drone

  27. Princess FPV on August 19, 2020 at 10:47 am

    thank you for this video!! helped a lot

  28. FUN GUY on August 19, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I wish velocidrone had you house to fly

  29. Joaquin Nunez on August 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Thanks JB always love learning FPV tips, tricks, ect. From you!!!

  30. Hydrohoes on August 19, 2020 at 10:48 am


  31. Average Man OutDoors on August 19, 2020 at 10:50 am

    After ridiculous amounts of frustrations for 2 days straight, I finally found your channel.

    Drone flipped over when I started it. I wasn’t sure why . You explained everything so easily for a beginner like me to understand. I really appreciate you taking your time to make these videos

  32. Ken Spaceman on August 19, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I have a newbie prop question. How do I know what props to get for my newly ordered Eachine Cinecan. Eachine only says it uses 2” props, not what kind of bolt hole separation or bolt size is used. Googling for Eachine Cinecan propellers gave no hit. Even on Eachine’s web store there is no listing under like “Cinecan propeller” and the Trashcan props clearly have the wrong prop center for the Cinecan. So what props should I get and where can I order them?

  33. Jason John on August 19, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Great video for a beginner like me! Helped me solve my problem!! thanx much!

  34. Robert Klauco on August 19, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Good idea for us – beginners! Thanks.

  35. FUN GUY on August 19, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I cant for the life of me get my frsky to connect to the betafpv f4 65

  36. Maximilian Groß on August 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Thank you Joshua Bardwell for the great work! I love your videos, very helpful. I would be glad if you could help me with my problem. I have a Babyhawk r with 2.5 inch arms and it has very bad oscillations. I made a short video from a FPV screen: https://youtu.be/8_d6zyTWTF4

    I checked that the arms don’t move, changed the props, tightened and released the stack and checked each motor.

  37. Bram Anneveldt on August 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Hi @Joshua Bardwell,
    I rarely comment on videos. But I just want to say that you’ve been a very big help with all of your videos about FPV flying. I’m just getting started on this hobby, and like you said in this video:’It can be quite overwhelming.’ And it is. Every little part of the quad will learn you so much. And thanks to your videos, I learned a lot.
    I’m a sound engineer in Holland, so I have a handy background for soldering, frequency and programming knowledge. But still it is a hard hobby to get into.
    I just finished my first build, an Armattan Rooster 4S, thanks to your advice on one of your live streams. And I love it.

    Keep making fun and informative videos.
    And as always: Happy flying : )

  38. FUN GUY on August 19, 2020 at 10:56 am

    God I wish I had started with the sim b4 I destroyed like 3 drones …velocidrone lol bastard is great frsky makes a thimble drive so its wireless you’ll save on props and esc on fire losing them in trees or a great fly away losing orientation line of sight etc

  39. Kettle Vale on August 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I was a begginer, and put them on reversed…with air mode enabled things got interesting v quickly when arming 🥺

  40. Styles Extraordinaire on August 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I was emailing with a Tech at GetFPV, he said, "You should check out Joshua Bardwell’s Channel", You and DroneCamps were the main "experts" I consulted to get into FPV which led me to GetFPV… "the Circle of Life"… lol.

  41. Zak Kassim on August 19, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Thank you JB for keeping informed for beginners like me 🥰🤟👍

  42. LedChickenFPV on August 19, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Team "Props Out", unite! (I know you’re in the other camp JB. You can’t get ’em ALL right! 😉 Have you ever looked into how supposedly rock steady idle up with throttle cut is vs. air mode between maneuvers? The older videos I’ve watched seem pretty definitive on air mode being more susceptible to self induced attitude changes between inputs and I’m curious if we should all just use air mode and shut up, or if there’s still a better flying quad to be had with the "Steele" approach, than with air mode, given current firmware. The whole idea about being able to land without the quad freaking out appeals too, and would be a big safety improvement. I’ve heard of a number of close calls in my small local group even, where the quad bumped something when coming in for a landing and just whizzed by someone’s head like a ricocheting bullet. With Betaflight, the optimal setup would incorporate the ability to turn off pid loop processing at zero throttle, I think, but I can’t fully wrap my head around how that should interact withn you switch config and transmitter settings. For some reason, I think maybe the "no weird bounce landind" can only be done with KISS, but I’m not at all confident I got that right. All the more reason to set us straight, unless I’m the only one wondering about this issue. Drew did a couple videos that mentioned it, but they weren’t the in depth, technical looks at the differences and their implications I’d love to see. Thanks for what you do Joshua!

  43. Gunn Gin on August 19, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Should I worry about the threads on the motors? Will the nuts losen during flight if the motor is running clockwise?

  44. Immortal BigD on August 19, 2020 at 11:10 am

    thank you for the information Joshua Bardwell u r amazing please keep up the amazing video u do

  45. Jason Schleicher on August 19, 2020 at 11:10 am

    6:27 no no no no no no. lol. I don’t know why but this made me literally laugh out loud. Thanks for your video Joshua. I just ordered your version of the run cam Phoenix 2 And I am very excited. Wanting to fly at dusk more often because it is super hot to fly outside in Florida during the day right now.

  46. Quadcopterguide on August 19, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Great Channel Joshua, I’ve been consuming your content like candy, you should see a nice spike in audience retention across many videos this weekend lol jk ;). I was hoping to learn how tight you get the props, I assume snug but not crushing with a wrench or tool and not just finger tight. I’m a little surprised they thread all motor shafts the same. I guess it’s not an issue..

  47. Peter Ostini on August 19, 2020 at 11:12 am

    My motors have colored nuts, I know it signifys either left and right or front and back or diagonally. 2 are black 2 are gold, they are crazqpony dx2205 any idea what orientation these go on? I dont have certain parts yet to test the engine. So hoping to find out by the nut color significance, thank you for any help you can provide!

  48. pistolpistol100 on August 19, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I just recently discovered, the hard way that having out of balance propellers on a quad cause the motors to get super hot(like way too hot to even touch) and have probably somewhat destroyed them and put crazy unnecessary stress on my flight stack.

  49. John Brown on August 19, 2020 at 11:12 am

    i watched the video what i wanted to know is how hard to tighten the nut? because i could set the tench to where it will fly .. but if i crash if could slip could that? wood that protect my motor????

  50. FlowLeopard on August 19, 2020 at 11:12 am

    This is the kind of well detailed basic building block info I am looking for thanks so much. A series like this will be phenomenal, each part in detail for noobs so we can get into our first purchases with confidence.

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