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What to do if my drone gets wet?

It’s totally NOT recommended to fly drones in the rain, mist, high humidity, or over water bodies with strong winds. Many drones have venting holes that can expose the electronics inside to moisture. Once water gets inside, short circuits can occur and possibly damage your drone.

Some drones are able to resist brisk rain, but not for extended periods of time.

Generally, entry-level drones have venting holes, which expose the electronic board to water droplets. Once water gets inside, short circuits can occur and your drone may get damaged to the point of no return.


Here are FIVE REASONS why you shouldn’t even allow your drone to get wet.

  1. If your drone gets wetter than it’s built to withstand, the electrical systems could suffer short-circuiting. However, if your drone is water-resistant, it might survive a quick landing while it’s raining. But even water-resistant drones have a hard time handling a violent storm. 
  2. Water in the drone could cause irreparable battery damage that could affect even new batteries after you have repaired or serviced your drone.
  3. Water in the lens could destroy the frame of your camera and make it impossible for you to capture more breathtaking shots of the landscape as you would love to.
  4. Most Drones are not waterproof or even water-resistant so they are not adapted for use in the rain, snow, mist or fog. Flying such drones in the rain could damage the internal hardware resulting in permanent damage and a costly repair bill.
  5. Getting your drone wetter than usual will cause the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) that controls the motors to most likely burn out causing the propellers to stop spinning. Additionally, all circuit boards may blow fuses and components, rendering the drone useless.


What do I do if my Drone gets wet?

  • Power it off immediately and take the battery out
  • Carefully disintegrate the parts, clean and air them to dry individually
  • Do a quick distilled water flush (if it fell in salt water)
  • Dry your aircraft for as long as possible.
  • Turn it on again and assess its situation
  • Take it for servicing and necessary repairs

Check here for tips on how to waterproof your drone.


Lagos state uses drone to mointor waterways.

Lagos state uses drone to mointor waterways.

Lagos drones waterways

Lagos State the centre for excellence has recently revealed that it has reportedly obtained over 5,000 drones to monitor the waterways as well as search and rescue operations in a bid to protect the lives and property of its passengers.

At the inauguration of Marine Rescue Units in four Jetties which are situated in Lekki, Ijegun-Egba, Ikorodu and Ilaje-Bariga of the state by Oke-Osanyintolu. 

The director-general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA)Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu in his report said the drones are already being connected to the state Command Control Centre with Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) and mobile CCTV equipment to increase security.

With a daily movement of about 70,000 passengers on waterways and a monthly movement of about 1.5 million according to the director-general,  travelling by water seems to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to one’s destination in the time since the land is congested and always bound heavy traffic inland.

He further added that heavy and light equipment such as jet skis, ambulance boats and rescue boats have been purchased and distributed to the LASEMA units to increase effectiveness.

When eventually deployed, the drones could help curb boat accidents and increase the safety of Lagos waterways. This can, in turn, draw in more Lagosian to use its services and by effect reduce the strain on the roadways.

This development will also serve as a corrective measure to the many mishaps including numerous shipwreck among other life-endangering casualties that have been taking place over the years along the city seaways.



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