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How to Maintain a Drone

Drones have a lot of moving parts, and these mechanical masterpieces need a little love and attention from time-to-time. You’ll want to make sure that you do all that you can to maintain your drone properly, and by doing so, you’ll extend the lifespan of your drone.

It’s a tradeoff: a little maintenance for a better flying experience.

And whether you have a pocket drone or a large drone, it will need to be maintained. Even with the Drone X Pro price, you’ll still need to maintain your drone.

The question is how?

I can barely remember to change the oil in my car, so making sure that my drone is running in tip-top shape can be difficult.

How to Follow a Maintenance Plan

You need to be organized here, and this means creating a checklist of basic maintenance items. You’ll also want to make a basic schedule to follow, and all of this can be done online for free.

I highly recommend getting started with Google Calendar.

Why?

You can setup repeated reminders through here, and it’s what I use to keep track of my drone’s maintenance schedule. The process is pretty easy:

  1. Sign into your calendar.
  2. Click on the date that you’ll need to create a reminder for. Let’s assume this is January 1.
  3. Click on the date and a pop-up will appear.
  4. Click on “reminder.”
  5. Click on “Do not repeat” and click “Custom.”
  6. Select the repeat duration.

Once you do this, you’ll be able to enter in your information, such as “don’t forget to maintain your drone.”

It’s a great way to remember everything, and if you have Google’s app on your phone, you’ll be reminded on when it’s time to maintain your drone.

But this is just one piece of the puzzle.

You’ll also want to maintain a checklist of all the maintenance items you’ll need to maintain. You can choose to write down this list on a notepad, use Excel or even an app. Wunderlist is a pretty great option that will allow you to create a list to follow.

What You’ll Actually Need to Maintain

You’re going to need to maintain your drone’s registration every 3 years in the United States, so this is a non-physical maintenance task that you’ll need to keep.

Note: Flip through your drone’s instruction manual to see if there are any maintenance recommendations. No one knows how to better maintain your drone than the manufacturer.

Now that you’ve gotten this far, let’s cover a lot of the items that you’ll need to maintain:

  1. Visual inspections. Drones all have an outer shell, and this shell is responsible for covering all of the drone’s internal components from damage. If you inspect the shell, you’ll be able to tell a lot about the drone. Inspect the shell for:
    1. Signs of damage
    2. Signs of cracking
    3. Bent components
    4. Dirt or dust near the camera
  2. Clean. If you notice any dust or build-up on the drone, it’s time to clean it off. This also means cleaning off the propellers and gimbal if it exists. The goal is to keep all of the components moving smoothly.
  3. Battery. The battery must be maintained if you have hopes of long flights and a long-lasting battery. There may or may not be a safety guideline included for your battery. A few of the recommendations to maintain your battery properly are:
    1. Do not allow the battery to overcharge,
    2. Examine the battery for any damage or discharge.
    3. Fully discharge and recharge the battery every three months.
    4. If operating in cold temperatures, heat the battery to 68-degrees.
  4. Software update. Internal and app software will have periodic updates. And these updates are designed to enhance your drone’s functionality. Keep all of your software updated, including any companion apps that may exist. These updates will correct a lot of bugs with your drone that will allow for a better overall experience when flying it.
  5. Sand in the motor. If you know that you have sand in the motor, use a can of compressed air and blow the sand out of the motor. Failing to do this can cause the motor to fail, and this can be a very costly repair to make.

That’s really all that you’ll have to do when you have a drone to maintain it properly.

What Happens If Something is Broken?

One of the great things about drones is that there is a huge community of people that customizes drones. There is also a massive community that will be able to help you repair you drone. Now, let’s assume that you crashed your drone.

Your propeller is bent, and flight is becoming near-impossible at this point.

A lot of other drone owners have been in the same situation. It’s never fun when your drone is barely able to lift off, but it does happen from time-to-time.

Will you just throw away your drone?

No.

Manufacturers and third-parties know that you’ll want to repair your drone. Some repairs are easy, and other repairs will require that you learn how to solder.

Call up the manufacturer and see if they sell the part that you’ll need. The vast majority of manufacturers will be able to ship you out replacement parts and accessories as needed.

Online communities also exist that will allow you to determine how to make the part replacement and where to purchase your parts from.

Caution. If you notice some form of a defect with your drone, you don’t want to fly it just yet. You’ll be flying at your own risk if the drone is damaged or not flying properly. Instead, land the drone safely and see if you can pinpoint the issue.

You may also be able to send your drone in for repairs or hire someone that lives near you to make repairs for you if they’re too difficult.

If you follow the very basic maintenance guidelines above, you’ll be better able to maintain your drone, and keep it flying smoother and for longer.

January 18, 2019

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