Drones are quite expensive. If you have one that is of good quality, you have to learn how to maintain it. Knowing the basic care guide for drones will save you a lot of money. By properly taking care of an expensive item, you can save money from repair and be thrifty.
You need to know basic drone maintenance to keep the drone working. You have to check every gear if it still fits or needs replacement. Like car maintenance, drone maintenance can be less expensive if you already know the do’s and the how’s.
If you are still unfamiliar with your drone, don’t worry! This will guide you on how to care for drones.
CARE GUIDE FOR DRONES
1. Check for Visible Damage
There is no proper order for drone maintenance. However, checking for visible damage is the easiest. It’s a no-brainer. Do this before buying the drone, before, and after a flight.
2. Inspect the Antennae
The antennae are responsible for the wireless signal connection between the drone and the control system. Damage to just one of the drone’s antennae would cause signal disruption. This would lead to loss of control and, or worse, crashing.
Check that all the antennae are tightly screwed. Also, make sure that it is in good shape. Check for cracks and make sure that they are not crooked.
3. Inspect the Landing Gear
You would want your drone to land safely without scratching or cracking your device. If the drone cannot properly land, it may also damage the internal system of your device.
Check and ensure that the shock absorbers are still intact within the drone’s feet. If damage is found, you can visit the online shops of the manufacturer. Also, check your drone’s feet. Make sure that it is neither bent nor cracked. Inspect it before and after a flight.
4. Inspect Battery Packs
Examine each pack carefully. Your batteries may cause leakage if there are any bulges or deformities. If you find any, you need to replace your battery packs immediately.
5. Inspect Charger
Battery-related issues are often caused by charger docks that were ignored. Check for cracks or swelling. Also, ensure that the specified voltage by the dock is compliant with the batteries.
Check both battery packs and chargers religiously. You don’t want your drone to crash due to battery issues.
6. Inspect the Propellers
The propellers are some of the delicate pieces of your drone. Very closely, inspect for cracks. Also, ensure that the propellers are tightly screwed. Immediately replace broken pieces and do not attempt flight when found.
Your drone may break down mid-flight, even with a small crack. Check the propellers regularly, even if your last flight went well.
7. Charge all Batteries Pre-Flight
This is a common practice for drone maintenance. Never overcharge your batteries nor allow them to drain completely. It is ideal for keeping your batteries charged within 30 – 90%. Also, when you have your batteries replaced, make sure each pack can retain a 75% battery charge. Do this always before a flight.
8. Check the Propellers
After disconnecting your battery pack, rotate each propeller. This will allow you to assess whether there are any obstructions. If there are no obstructions, the propeller will go smoothly. If there is any resistance when spinning, thoroughly clean each component of the propeller.
9. Check the Motors
Be sure that there is nothing lodged in the space between the propeller and the motor. The motor chamber can be obstructed by dirt and organic matter.
Remove the propellers for proper access to the motor. This will allow you to clean the motor thoroughly. If it becomes difficult, you may disassemble the drone to remove debris.
10. Check the Camera
This does not only ensure that you get a good shot, but it also ensures the good condition of your drone. Debris may build up in the component. Therefore, it should be cleaned routinely.
11. Software Update
This is important because some manufacturers release updates to fix bugs. Some updates are for enhancements. Your drone may not be able to fly without an updated software.
12. Pre-Flight Checklist
Ensure that your drone flies perfectly fine and performs all tasks you need it to do. You can divide the pre-flight checklist into three: before the day of the flight, immediately before the flight, and take off. You may have your own pre-flight checklist. Here’s one that you might want to try.
BEFORE THE DAY OF FLIGHT
- Firmware Update
- Pre-Notification Requirements
- Aircraft Battery Charged
- Controller Charged
- Ground Station Charged
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE FLIGHT
- Inspect for Faults
- Check Signal Strength
- Check Satellite Strength
- Correct Flight Mode Selected
- Batteries Properly Fitted
- Batteries are in Correct Temperature
- Flip Antennae Out
- Turn on Controller First
- Turn on Drone
- Check if all Controls are Responsive
Now that you know how to take care of your drones, your worries are reduced. Don’t be afraid to take flight as long as you take proper care of your drone. And always remember to have fun.