Tips for maintaining your Drone
Content updated February 23, 2019
I get a lot of messages asking me how to maintain its device over the months, years of use. The drones on the market in 2017 are made to work with minimal maintenance, but it is always good to observe a certain routine just like your take-off checks. This can help you avoid accidents related to problems that could have been easily detected! Here is my personal routine: Several times a year, I inspect my devices in a thorough way, and go around the following equipment. all bolts are tight, especially on the motors. Revisit very gently and do not force to avoid damaging the plastic of your fairings. General checking of the condition of the device. Batteries I check that the batteries are not damaged and that they do not show deformations. Remember the battery is probably the most important thing in your drone. If there are signs of battery damage, deformation or apparent problem, I simply replace it. I check the condition of the battery pins and rub them with an eraser or something soft to clean them. that the power connectors are in good condition.I inspect the contact pins in the battery compartment and also cleans them.I check the electrodes of the battery. Tip, put a glass of sand on it if they have visible traces. I check the plastic parts of the battery holder on the device and battery side. it's the battery envelope. Remember to gently clean the battery compartment from time to time! I check that all the cells in the battery are at similar voltage levels and remain at the same level when the battery is fully charged. This is done through your DJI Go app or via a device to measure the voltage of your cells.
The propellers I check the propellers at each personal flight … I make sure that they have no pets or hooks that could interfere with the aerodynamics in flight and create problems. In case of doubt, trash, it's not what it costs here … During my takeoffs (this is part of my pre-flight routine) I position the drone about 1m 50 and watch the rotating propellers and listen to the engine noise and propellers in stationary position. At the slightest doubt, I put the machine and launch a further inspection.
Phantom 4 engine
I check that the rotors are in place (not loose, it does not shake in all directions). I start the engines without propellers. I listen to the noise carefully to hear if the bearings are in good condition.While it turns, I examine the edge of the rotor and checks the centering of the axis. I put my hand on each of the arms of the device to feel any abnormal or excessive vibration. I check the support of the motors and their tightening. Calibration of the IMU
It is recommended to do this regularly via the DJI Go App. I usually do this indoors in a cool place and on a flat surface (I use a Bubble Level App to make sure I'm perfectly flat) Check radio system I check antennas regularly. I inspect them to detect the slightest cracks. Remember to check your feet also on the drone because the receivers are placed on it.
I check the connectors and other tablecloths. I watch if the cables are in place, without too much play. I start the device, I watch the basket calibrate and I listen to any abnormal noise from the fan or the engines of the basket.
Hoping to have given you some useful leads for the maintenance of your devices.
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