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How to Reverse a Brushless Drone Motor Easily

One of the most common issues that FPV pilots experience when they’re building a drone is that a couple motors always spin the wrong direction.

Thankfully, there are two easy ways to reverse your drone motors, and one of them doesn’t even require soldering. 

This tutorial will help you get your drone motors spinning the right direction in under 5 minutes!

Reverse your Drone Motor with Soldering

This method of reversing your motor involves two quick soldering jobs, so if you’ve still got your soldering iron out, this is for you!

It doesn’t matter if you have an individual ESC or a 4 in 1 ESC.

All you have to do is switch any two of the motor wires that are running to your esc. I told you it would be easy!

Reverse your Drone Motor in BlHeli Configurator

This method of reversing your drone motor is still easy, but it isn’t any quicker and there’s no soldering involved.

All you need is access to a computer with BlHeli configurator installed that you can plug your drone into, and a battery to power your drone. 

  1. Once you’ve got your drone plugged into the computer, hit “connect” in the upper right side of the screen

2. Plug a battery into your drone, and hit “read setup” on the bottom right side of the screen

3. Next to the “motor direction” text, switch the direction from “normal” to “reversed” for any motor that you need reversed.

If you’ve remapped your motors in betaflight, make sure you’re selecting the correct ESC. 

4. Finally, hit “write setup” on the bottom right of the screen. You’ve finished!

Test your Motor Direction in Betaflight

You’re going to want double check that your motors are spinning the right direction, so you’re drone doesn’t go crazy when you try to take off (video of what happens here!). 

To test your motors, connect your drone to Betaflight and go to the “Motors” tab. 

Don’t forget to plug a battery into your drone so that the ESC’s have power.

Make sure your props are off, and once you’ve checked the box next to “I understand the risks” you can test each of your motors! Betaflight makes it easy by listing the direction they should be spinning listed on the screen. 

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to reverse your drone motors, have fun flying!

Since we’re on the topic of reversing motors, why not give reversed propeller direction a try? There’s some flight benefits that you can read about here.

Comment below with any questions, and let us know whether you prefer the soldering method or using BlHeli Configurator to reverse your drone motors!

Happy flying!