There is no doubt that the DJI Ronin S is without a doubt one of, if not the most popular gimbal stabilizer on the market at the time of writing. It is an excellent bit of kit that has a large customer base of videographers and vloggers who use it for their image stabilization needs.
Although DJI has an excellent reputation for being able to produce excellent high-quality products for their customers, we have seen a number of people reaching our about their Ronin S overheating. Now, from what we can tell, the majority of these issues actually stem from user error and it is not the fault of the gimbal. Thankfully though, with a few tweaks to how you use the gimbal, these problems can be ironed out quickly and prevent your Ronin S from having these problems.
We have listed the causes of the overheating issues and their fix from most common to least common to increase the chances of you finding your problem without having to read the whole article. We are hoping that this format will help save you time and get you out with a fully serviceable gimbal as soon as possible without wasting your time.
Make Sure You Are Balancing The Gimbal Correctly
The video not only covers how to correctly balance your Ronin S but it also shows you what in our opinion at least is the quickest and most efficient way to balance the gimbal. Once you gave ran through the process a few times we feel that you will be able to balance your gimbal in a minute or two without issue.
Running the gimbal through this process prior to uses correctly preps it and ensures that it knows the weight of the camera rig that it will be supporting. This results in the correct application of the gimbal motors to ensure that the correct power is applied to balance your camera rig. Ensure that you are correctly balancing your gimbal prior to use and see if your problems with overheating stop, if they persist, continue to the next section.
Reduce The Payload
The next most common reason that we see overheating issues in gimbals is due to them overloading their payloads and forcing the gimbal motors to work overtime and generate excess heat. Although this is a rarer occurrence with the Ronin S due to it having an absolutely massive 7.94-pound maximum load capacity, it can still happen in some circumstances.
Many professional-level videographers will use a professional camera cage as a part of their standard rig that can add a surprising amount of weight to their setup. Although this alone is unlikely to breach the maximum load capacity on the Ronin S it can bring you close with a heavy DSLR rig. From there it only takes a chance of lens to a heavier piece of glass or for you to put a heavy UV filter on your lens to push you towards your payload capacity.
It is not uncommon for people to forget adding some accessories to their camera rig that put them close to their gimbals payload capacity and due to the gimbal stabilizing their camera rig correctly, they presume that this could not be the issue. In actual fact, the motors are working in overtime to provide these levels of image stabilization for your camera and this is what is causing the overheating issue.
Double-check the weight of your setup and ensure that your full camera rig with the maximum number of accessories that you use comes in under 7.94 pounds. If it does then this is not the issue so move onto the next section if it does not and its weight is over the payload for the gimbal reduce the number of accessories and your overheating problems should stop.
Clean Your Gimbal
The next issue that we will be covering is that your Ronin S is just too dirty, now this is not as common as either of the issues that we have covered above but we would still estimate that around ten percent of the reported problems with the Ronin S and overheating come down to a dirty gimbal.
It also doesn’t help that many people who do regularly clean their gimbal stabilizer as a part of regular maintenance use compressed air to do so. Although rare, compressed air can release a static discharge into the components of your gimbal and cause you long term problems.
We have a full guide on how you can best clean your gimbal but as we know most of our readers are busy, our advice is to pick up a decent set of cheap static free brushes and ensure that the gimbal is clean.
Are You Using Third-Party Batteries
Although a rarer problem in this day and age, third party batteries or a third party battery adaptor can be the cause of some overheating issues if they are low quality. Our advice would be to always stick to the official DJI product line up to ensure that you are getting the best possible quality while also avoiding these risks.
The Gimbal May Have A Fault
The final reason and thankfully the rarest by far is that your gimbal could actually have a fault on it. Although DJI are without a doubt one of the best brands in the gimbal space at the time of writing, every now and then a gimbal will slip through that’s components may have a fault. All the other gimbals from that batch could be totally fine but this one with the problematic components could be the one you get.
If this is the case you will require help from DJI and chances are, once they have confirmed the fault they will replace the gimbal or inform you to simply update the firmware depending on what the fault on the gimbal is. DJI’s customer support is excellent in all fairness to them and they have a very good record of being helpful when it comes to issues like these.