FYI - How to clean and care for your drone

If you’ve just started in the world of commercial drone operations, you’ll know just how expensive and sensitive drones can be. You’ll also know that they make a wonderful addition to any business engaged in media projects such as aerial filming and photography. And this means that you need to exercise proper care when operating, cleaning, and storing your drone. This will ensure longevity and optimal operation.

Every drone is different and you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure this sensitive piece of equipment is kept in tip-top shape but we can offer you practical, common sense advice to help you care for your drone as you should.

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Tips for cleaning and caring for your drone

1. Battery care is number one

Always take care of your batteries – they are one of the most essential parts of your drone – after all, they are what make your drone fly. Click here to read all about proper care for your LiPo battery.

2. Check before you fly

A pre-flight check is designed to ensure your drone is fully functional before you take off, helping to reduce the risk of malfunctions and crashes. Your pre-flight checklist might include ensuring props are properly secured and that you can operate the drone smoothly a few feet off the ground for a few seconds without incident.

3. Have the right gear

Before you clean your drone, make sure that you know how to do it and that you have the right tools for the job. Your toolkit should include microfibre cloths or pipe cleaners (for cleaning out dust), a small soft-bristle brush, a compressed air or gas duster (good for tough-to-reach spots and it won’t damage the electronics), a light lubricant (if required as per the manufacturer’s instructions), and isopropyl alcohol (useful for cleaning debris like grass stains off the drone’s shell). Don’t forget the toothpicks (for cleaning out stubborn dirt) and always carry some backup batteries.

4. Clean it right every time

Never delay in cleaning your drone after every flying session. This will help prevent a build-up of dust, grime and salt that can damage your drone and hamper its operation. Remember to remove and clean the props and store them properly in their case before packing your drone away.

5. Take a break (or two)

Part of caring for your drone is the understanding that it needs a rest every now and then. Motors that overheat can get damaged and are subject to greater wear and tear over time. Avoid marathon back-to-back flights and give your drone some down-time between adventures and it will last longer and perform better when you do take to the skies.

Something to think about – you should be ready for cleaning and repair in the field. Part of caring for your drone is making sure you have all the right cleaning gear and extra accessories necessary wherever you are. For example, accidents happen and you want to be ready with extra props so you can replace those that break or fall off while you’re out and about, especially if you’re on a work assignment.

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