Can I fly my drone in the rain?

Drone flying in particular weather conditions is a controversial topic because what might enable a fantastic shot may in fact cause problems for your drone.

Drones are expensive pieces of equipment and not something you’d want to damage as a result of flying in the rain. Electronics and water are not a good combination, therefore we recommend steering clear of the rain at all costs when drone flying.

Most drones are not waterproof or water resistant, even if electronic elements of the drone such as the flight controller and ESC are encased within an enclosure. This will only protect them for a short period of time if it happens to start raining whilst the drone is in use. It is recommended that you bring your drone to immediate safety if it starts to rain whilst you’re flying, in order to prevent water damage to the drone.

Drone flying in the snow isn’t as bad as flying in the rain, however, it is still not recommended due to your drone still being subject to water damage. Drone flying in the snow seems like a great idea when you want to capture those stunning shots, however some drones rely on the camera for stability and navigation and these cameras are likely to be hindered by the snow due to flyers losing the ability to distinguish between movements.

Remember; snow is just frozen water which will melt when it comes into contact with warm motors and batteries, so even though you might capture some unforgettable shots, you’re also putting your drone at risk of damage.

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The recommended weather conditions for drone flying are: mild weather with good visibility, average temperature and minimal wind, ensure you get the best possible use out of flying your drone. Although you can still fly your drone in windy conditions, it is likely that you’ll have little to no control over your drone if wind speeds reach 20 mph or higher; this can lead to further damages to your drone, buildings and the public. Drone batteries also drain considerably faster when flying in windy conditions as they battle against the weather to maintain their course of flight. It is advised to regularly check the batteries and be extra cautious when flying near buildings on a windy day.

 

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