The same way we take care of ourselves is the same way we should care for our prized possessions. Due to the fact that drones are expensive pieces of equipment, the once in a while cleaning or maintenance is not the right way to take care of them. This article is really useful for first time owners of drones and for individuals who have owned drones for quite a long period of time and are looking to brush up on their maintenance knowledge.
- Cleaning Kit
It is a good idea to have a cleaning kit prepared and set aside for the sole use of the drone. This ensures that anytime you want to clean it, the location of the cleaning kit is already known. The tool kit should comprise of:
- A small sized soft bristled brush: getting a soft brush ensures gentility during the cleaning process. A hard brush would leave scratches on the drone surface thereby marring its beauty.
- Lubricant for the wings: owing to the fact that the wings are what hold the drones in the air, constant use can lead to its wear and tear if proper lubrication of its rotors is not done.
- Canned air to clear away dust: dust can get to the tightest of spots that a brush cannot get to. With the use of the canned air, most of the debris can be cleared away before being wiped down.
- Isopropyl alcohol to clean the shell: this works well in cleaning all kinds of stains on the body of the drone
- Microfiber cloth to also wipe down dust on the surface of the camera.
- Separate the parts
Before cleaning the drone, it is advisable to detach all parts that are detachable and take care of them individually. Doing this ensures that they are all thoroughly taken care of and can also avoid risk of damage to any of the parts.
- When the drone is not in use, the batteries should be removed from the pack to prevent leaking of the acid.
- The rotors and motors should also be detached and wiped down. If lubricants are used on the rotors, then they should be done carefully and left to dry off otherwise too much grease will attract dust.
- Regardless of whether or not the drone comes in contact with any debris after a flight, each part should be sprayed with the canned air and wiped clean. Allowing dirt to build up decreases the life span of the drone.
- Repair Kit
The same way a cleaning kit is advised for cleaning, there should also be a repair kit. Both kits can be kept together for convenience sake. The repair kit should contain:
- Hand tools like screwdrivers and wrenches for quick field repairs or to tighten any loose nuts.
- Extra props: the props are usually the first things to come off the drone during crash so having an extra pair handy makes up for the loss of the original.
- Extra batteries: when the batteries in the drone die or fail, it is nice to have replacements.
- Soldering iron: this helps in repairing any loose wires and joints that separate from each other.
Drones should not be kept in an environment that is prone to heat rather; they should always be stored in a cool dry place. This keeps the temperature even and prevents overheating of the parts. When not in use, a well cushioned container should be used for its storage. If the drone is being taken out for use on the field, then the container in which it should be carried in must be soft enough to not cause any damage and sturdy enough to protect it during any collision with objects.