After a long time pondering whether or not to purchase a drone you have finally decided to jump into the pool and have endoged a consumer quadcopter. You’ve already taken your first steps as a professional pilot and on every flight you start to look safer.
Logical then that what you least want right now is for your drone to deteriorate soon. To avoid it nothing better than to keep it in good condition following these tips to keep your drone.
Tips for first use
Before you start flying your drone, you’ll need to check that the space you’ve been in is cleared of buildings, people and trees. You should remember that it is forbidden to fly a quadcopter in urban areas and in spaces characterized by crowds – such as a beach or a park. And as for the trees, these are an obstacle to always following the trajectory of the drone.
Follow the instructions to start it up and start flying at low altitude, checking that the joysticks on the control station are working properly and that the motors do not emit any strange sound.
Everything is fine? Then enjoy watching it fly in a range of 30 meters, the recommended distance to never lose sight of the quadcopter.
Tips for after flying
Once the piloting session is over, be sure to disconnect the drone first, removing the battery, and then the controller, and check the status of the propellers. If during the flight your quadcopter has fallen a couple of times and has bent the propellers employs and places the spare propellers.
In case your quadcopter has survived grab a wet microfiber cloth with a little alcohol. In this way we remove any dust that may have fallen on the propellers during the flight.
You can also clean your quadcopter with the help of a soft bristle brush and dust trap cleaner. It leaves the outside of the drone as well as the camera lens shiny and, above all, be careful with the engines. The dust and grime that can be introduced force the engines to operate with more power, increasing the risk of breaking down the over-effort and the drone falling in mid-flight.
Don’t forget to take a look at the control station, either. As with a keyboard, dust is introduced between the small gaps that allow the mobility of joysticks. With a little dust catcher, we managed to remove it.
Tips for keeping the battery
A good number of consumer drones are accompanied by lithium batteries, a choice made by most manufacturers for the advantages it offers. They have, on the one hand, a high density of energy in relation to their size and weight and a high voltage per cell – usually about 3.7 volts. On the other hand, lithium batteries lose power at a slower rate, making their charge much more durable.
However, they should be used well if you want to keep them for a long period of time.
First make sure you charge the battery completely, but don’t overd it. You should not overload the battery at more than 4.2 watts per cell or let it discharge completely – specifically, beyond 3 watts per cell. If you notice that during charging the battery starts to smoke or swell it means it’s defective and you’ll need to change it.
Charge your drone’s battery from a computer, avoiding the charging compartment that carries every quadcopter, and do so on a non-flammable surface at room temperature. Do it every time you take a flight.
A few tips that will prevent you in the future some other sustillo with your drone.