The drone is an aircraft that in recent years has been adopted for work, for a hobby, and for fun. Now there are various models and prices depending on the use you want to make of them. For professional use, it is necessary to have a license, while for models for amateur use, it is not required. However, when drones are used for entertainment and especially by children or beginners, these drones could go into several “accidents”. For example, there may be a violent landing or a landing in water, crashing into an obstacle, accumulating dirt that jams the mechanisms. The parts that suffer the most damage are the propellers and also the connectors if they come into contact with liquids. So, in this article, we will see how to clean a drone and how to carry out proper maintenance.
What To Do In These Cases? Clean And Lubricate The Propellers Of The Drone
Drones are delicate devices and require care before and after use. To ensure that a drone is maintained correctly, the first element to check is the propellers, they must not be bent at all, and they must not have cracks or be excessively noisy. If we were to notice traces of mud and dust, then it will be enough to clean it with a damp sponge, taking care to keep the propeller in the central part, so as to prevent it from bending. After washing it, dry it with a dry cloth. If there should be blades of grass that have become entangled in the mechanisms, we will have to go and remove them gently with our hands. Let any residue dry and then use a soft brush, which will then allow you to also eliminate the dust. Then, you will have to complete the operation by blowing air and using the appropriate cans. Finally, we will proceed with the lubrication. The cans are very useful, because these products also perform an anti-corrosive function, reducing the friction between the parts.
How To Make The Drone Waterproof?
The greatest danger to the health of the drone is any contact with humidity, therefore also with water. Moisture is always present in the grass. To prevent damage which, consequently, will be irreparable, we will have to proceed with waterproofing of the drone. Through specific cans, the multifunctional lubricant will be able to make our drone waterproof, which will continue to work even if it is accidentally dropped into water. First, we will have to remove the outer cover and go and disconnect the battery. At this point, we will have to spray the product on the screws, electrical wires, and connectors. Let it dry and in the meantime let’s take care of the battery. We must always treat the battery completely with the same product. Once all the parts are completely dry we will have to assemble them again.
For drones, a routine maintenance schedule per flight is recommended. We will have to take care of the essentials and clean the dirt and the frame. Anything that flies through the air will accumulate dirt, dust, bugs, and pollution. Let’s see what we have to do
- Use an antistatic cloth,
- Use a compressed air filter e
- Use a light brush to keep the UAV in a shiny, ready-to-use condition.
Check the components, consequently, also check that the screws and fasteners are properly tightened.
- We regularly test engines. We should always ensure that the engines are clean and free from dust. Once we get familiar with how our drone works, we will learn about its sound as well. The majority of noise from a drone comes from their engines. If they don’t make a nice noise, then we’ll have to look into it.
- The propellers must be subjected to a continuous regular check. Since damage or failure of the drone can lead to catastrophe-like consequences once the drone is in flight. Propellers should be replaced at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.
- Next, we will have to check that the propellers turn freely, but first, we will have to disconnect the battery. You may need to unmount them from the unit in order to go figure out what the problem is if they don’t spin easily.
- Landing gear, like that of aircraft, also needs checking to make sure the UAV returns in one piece. Surely we want to prevent something from being destroyed while we are about to make our drone touch the ground.
- We also need to clean the engines and go and note the condition of the wiring and solder joints.
- Let’s make sure, then, that the antennas are free from debris to ensure a good connection with the base.
- We understand that it is necessary to clean the camera, so we will have to do it with a suitable soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner that we can buy at a photography dealer. Many of today’s drone cameras have self-cleaning sensors, protective gaskets, or filters covering the sensor itself. But we can only find this in professional drones.
- Finally, we will have to check that the firmware and software are up to date, they must always follow the latest version. Upgrade mechanisms are almost always built into UAV systems, but it’s best to make sure they haven’t been accidentally disabled.