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.
- 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.
- Water in the drone could cause irreparable battery damage that could affect even new batteries after you have repaired or serviced your drone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.