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Drones are among the most innovative and practical gadgets we have today. Their use is multi-faceted, but they are also entertaining to play around with. The only drawback is their price. Camera drones’ prices range from $500 to over $1800 plus for high-end models. Because of this, it is natural that one would wonder, “Can you fly a drone in the rain?”. No one wants to spend that much money on a gadget and not be careful with it.

As we have said, there are many things you can do with a drone. People have been coming up with new ways to use them, to the point that it is starting to become regulated. And that is why it is essential to know what you can and can’t do with a drone – to stay on the safe side.

What Happens if You Fly a Drone in the Rain?

Whether you want to buy a drone for fun or business purposes, you need to know how sensitive they are to water.

If water gets in contact with the circuit board of your drone, a shortage can happen in the electrical components of your drone. This is not only the case in the case of rain. If you land a drone on a patch of wet grass, you could still damage it.

That is not to say that your drone can only be damaged by moisture if you use it outside. Moisture damage can occur even if you shield the drone from the elements. For example, suppose you are moving during a rainstorm and have not adequately packed your drone. The difference in temperature between the outside and inside of the vehicle can cause condensation. Water damage of that kind can also harm your drone. Because of this, you must ensure that your drone is properly packed to keep it dry.

How to Make Your Drone More Water-Resistant?

While recreational drones are not designed to be flown in the rain, there is a way to make your drone a little more water-resistant. That’s not to suggest they can compete with the water resistance of certain enthusiast-grade drones. However, you can do things to increase the water-resistance of an average consumer drone.

One of the best things you can use is a silicone conformal coating to protect all your drone’s electrical components from water damage. It will not make your drone waterproof, but it will help if it starts raining while it is out. Silicone coating helps prevent water from getting into your drone and damaging the electrical components that aren’t covered.

This is something you can do if you are the kind of person who likes to tinker around with electronics. If you don’t want to mess around with a drone’s parts, it is always a better idea to know what kind of drone you want beforehand and maybe take it to the pros.

 

The drone’s water sensitivity is determined by its design. Water can directly penetrate the copper windings in the electric motor of some drones. It’s because of the large air vents drones have for flight control.

The drone may become unmanageable if water flows into the receiver or the flight control. A battery short circuit will occur if water directly encounters the power distribution board, the electric motor, or the controller. This short circuit can cause cables to melt, burn circuit board components, or weld the rotor and stator of the engine together.

What Are the Wet Situations That Can Damage Your Drone?

Rain may be the first thing that comes to our mind when talking about possible water damage. However, many other, not so apparent situations can cause moisture damage to your drone.

Humidity is the most common type of moisture other than direct contact with water. Fog, for example, occurs when the air near the ground cools sufficiently to convert the water vapor in the air to liquid water or ice. Fog is a type of low-lying cloud. Water vapor can enter your drone through all small holes and cause corrosion.

That is not to say that your drone can only be damaged by moisture if you use it outside. Moisture damage can occur even if you shield the drone from the elements. For example, suppose you are moving during a rainstorm and have not adequately packed your drone. The difference in temperature between the outside and inside of the vehicle can cause condensation. Water damage of that kind can also harm your drone. Because of this, you must ensure that your drone is properly packed to keep it dry.

How to Remove Water from Your Drone?

Sometimes no matter what you do, you can’t prevent your drone from getting wet. What if you fly your drone in the rain even though it isn’t waterproof? What if you accidentally landed it in the water? How do you get the water out of your drone to reduce the water damage or keep it from causing more harm? You can do some things to try and save your drone.

Remove the drone from the water or rain immediately and turn it off to prevent electricity from flowing through the drone. Take the battery out of the drone. If you immersed the drone in water, its battery is probably dead, and you will most likely have to replace it.

To remove as much water as possible from the drone, use distilled water. It may seem counterintuitive, but the goal is to eliminate water that might cause corrosion. Distilled water is less corrosive than rainfall or saltwater.

Remove the top cover from your drone and place it in a tub or bucket filled with uncooked rice. Allow your drone’s distilled water to permeate into the rice. Remove your drone and clean it with a moist cloth. Don’t try to start your drone till it’s entirely dry.

If All Else Fails, Take It to a Repair Shop

If you damage your drone, it would be wise to take it to a repair shop. This is the best thing you can do for your damaged drone, especially if you are not tech-savvy or skilled with electronics repair. The downside is that you will have to pay for the repair, which is not always cheap.

Final thoughts

So, can you fly a drone in the rain? As you can see, it is not a good idea – at least not with consumer-grade drones. However, there are things that you can do to protect the sensitive electronics of your drone from water and even save it if need be.

 

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