Balancing Props

by FliteTest | April 8, 2013 | (22) Posted in Tips

Balancing your props is one of the most important steps you can take to ensuring your R/C multirotor or airplane flies smoothly. 

By adding or removing tape, you can balance the blades of your prop. Balancing the blades is only one part of a completely balanced prop. The hub of your prop also needs balanced.  

Your prop should stay in position anywhere on the prop balancer and not move. Once you balance your blades, you will want to balance the hub.  An easy trick is to use hot glue on your prop hub to add weight and completely balance your props.
If you don't have a prop balancer here's a good option, this is the brand that we use:
Top Flite Power Point Propeller Balancer 

Check out the other videos on prop balancing below!



Mirabile Visu on April 8, 2013
How do you and Josh do that? Whenever I get hot glue on my fingers, I run around the room yelling and swearing.......
Great tip though. I always used cyano and a kicker to balance prop hubs, and that often took several applications to get the balance right. Hot glue is heavier.
Thank you.

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Mario_Santander on April 9, 2013
Do you have problems with the axle top Flite??? In Spain there is people that we have de axle some bend and this is a big problem balancing props.
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Jake Wells on April 9, 2013
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earthsciteach on April 8, 2013
Great tip! Never have thought about the hubs.
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liveyourdreamsRC on April 9, 2013
Thanks Dave, I didn't know about the actual center having to be balanced. Great episode as usual and keep up the good work.
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XFlyer on April 8, 2013
WOW I have needed that for ages! I could never figure out a good way to balance my hubs!!!
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Balancing Props