After a long time meditating on whether or not to acquire a drone, you have finally decided to jump into the pool and have organized a consumption quad copter. You have already taken your first steps as a professional pilot and on each flight you begin to see yourself safer.
It is logical then that what you least want at this time is that your drone deteriorates soon. To avoid it nothing better than keeping it in good condition by following these tips to keep your drone.
Tips for First Use
Before you start flying your drone you should check that the space in which you have been cleared of buildings, people and trees. You have to remember that it is forbidden to fly a quadcopter in urban areas and in spaces characterized by agglomerations – such as a beach or a park. And as for trees, they are an obstacle to follow the drone’s path at all times.
Follow the instructions to start it and start flying at a low altitude, checking that the joysticks of the control station work properly and that the motors do not emit any strange sound.
All good? 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 pilot session is finished, be sure to disconnect the drone first, removing the battery, and then the command, and check the condition of the propellers. If during the flight your quadcopter has fallen a couple of times and has bent the propellers, use and replace the spare ones.
In case your quadcopter has survived, grab a wet microfiber cloth with a little alcohol. In this way we remove the 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 a dust catcher. Let the exterior of the drone shine as well as the camera lens and, above all, be careful with the engines. The dust and dirt that can be introduced force the engines to run with more power, increasing the risk of breaking due to overexertion and that the drone falls in full flight.
Do not forget to also review the control station. As with a keyboard, dust is introduced between the small gaps that allow the mobility of the joysticks. With a little dust catcher we managed to remove it.
Tips to Keep 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 energy density in relation to their size and weight and a high voltage per cell – normally, about 3.7 volts. On the other hand, lithium batteries lose energy at a lower rate, so their charge is much more durable.
However, it 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 overdo it. You should not overcharge the battery to 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 that it is defective and you should change it.
Charge the battery of your drone from a computer, avoiding the charging compartment that carries every quadcopter, and do it on a non-flammable surface and at room temperature. Do it every time you take a flight. A few tips that will avoid you in the future some substitute with your drone.