Just like any other technical equipment, your drone requires some regular maintenance work to make sure it keeps on giving service to you for a longer period of time. Maintaining a drone is very crucial especially for the reason that you’re paying a significant amount of money to buy one. Here are some basic drone care tips and techniques of how to maintain a drone so that you can give your drone the longest life.
Most drone crashes are caused by factors that could have been avoided by proper preparation. By preparing a pre-flight checklist, you can check all the crucial elements and conditions before you launch your drone. Of course, this only works if you keep to the letter and do a pre-flight check every time. The items that you will include in your pre-flight checklist is all up to you, but should ideally include the following items:
- The drone has no existing damage (chipped propellers, cracks in the drone’s body, etc.)
- Batteries are fully charged. This applies to the drone, the remote controller, and your smart phone (if needed)
- The drone and the remote controller are communicating
- The drone’s compass and all its sensors are calibrated
- The drone has established a GPS signal
By conducting a pre-flight check, you can reduce the probability of unwanted surprises that might only come up when the drone is already hovering at an unsafe altitude.
Cleaning Your Drone
Regular cleaning is something that every drone owner should do. After all, your drone can spend several hours exposed to the elements. Aside from dust naturally building up on the drone’s exterior, its various moving parts could be inundated with various small debris.
You need to build a small kit of cleaning implements for your drone, which should at least include a microfiber cloth, a small brush, some isopropyl alcohol, and a can of compressed air. Start by wiping the exterior with damp cloth, applying alcohol for stubborn stains. Small nooks and crannies can be cleaned with a small brush.
The motors probably suck in a lot of small particles during flight, and these have to be removed via compressed air. Just remember to always hold the can of compressed air upright when spraying so you avoid getting moisture into your drone’s motors.
Keep Your Battery Healthy
Drones are equipped with LiPo batteries, which are incredibly lightweight and compact that come with the burden of also being incredibly fragile. A whole article can be written on how to care for your LiPo batteries, but we’ll start with the most basic thing you need to do – not to overcharge them. Overcharging the battery tends to overheat them, which may explain the number of incidents of LiPo batteries catching fire or exploding while plugged in.
Even if overcharging does not result in as bad an outcome as your battery exploding, it will still contribute to accelerating the deterioration of your battery’s performance. To be fair, battery deterioration is a natural phenomenon which will happen regardless of how you take care of your battery. However, overcharging is one of the fastest and most certain ways to shorten its lifespan.
Let The Drone Cool Down Between Uses
It’s so easy to get caught up in drone flight that drone pilots tend to forget to give their drones a break. While you will certainly need to land your drone to replace batteries after just a few minutes, swapping one battery for another and flying again without giving the motors of the drone some time to cool down is a bad idea. Even with the best lubricant, motors will get hotter the longer they run. A motor that overheats could suffer some permanent damage. At worst, one or more motor can fail while your drone is still up in the air.
Keep the Drone’s Software Updated
All drone makers normally update their firmware very so frequently and it is reasonable that you check for updates. The explanation behind this is they are always battling bugs that put a strain on the drone’s exhibition. It is likewise essential that you update the sidekick application, which makes it simpler to get client support with the present variant of the firmware and application.