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What is a drone?

Drones are also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and are one of the most technologically advanced gadgets out there. Consisting of lightweight composite materials, these devices allow for super-quick and agile maneuverability and reliable flight duration. Consumer drones are generally controlled via a transmitter while the more advanced drones can be pre-programmed that lets the drones take up autonomous flights, following a pre-destined path with the help of GPS and other navigation systems.

Consumer drones are used for recreational purposes more often than not. In addition, drones are also used for commercial purposes such as cinematography, photography, inspection, surveys, reconnaissance, search and rescue and many other tasks. The primary reason behind the immense popularity of drones is that they are able to access locations that are beyond the access of human beings without resorting to more expensive devices such as helicopters other than drones.

Consumer drones are only allowed to be flown at a maximum elevation of 400 feet. In addition, drone owners have to fly drones at least 5 Km away from airports. Pilots have to abide by the rules and regulations formulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Here is more information for you in this regard.

The control range of drones may vary depending on the obstacle in the path, weather conditions and speed. However, in case of standard weather conditions and a flight without any obstacles, DJI Phantom 3 Advanced/Professional offers a control range of a whopping 3 miles. The control range can further be improved by upgrading certain components.

If a drone gets out of the range of the radio controller, the Return to Home mode is activated automatically and the drone gets back to its original position of takeoff. In such a situation, a drone will either come crashing down into the ground or Return to Home depending on the features it has. Generally, an inbuilt system issues alerts to the pilot regarding the battery getting low on power. Nevertheless, the pilots should keep a close eye at the battery levels during the flight.

Only those drones can carry a GoPro action camera that are powerful enough and also come with a mount or gimbal that support the GoPro camera. A mount can be bought separately but it is advisable to purchase a drone with a mount since it will save you a few bucks.

 

What is a drone and how it works?

Drones have gained massive popularity among consumers from all over the world. People from all walks of life are intrigued by this incredible technology which is impacting all the major industries. A drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in general or a quadcopter in particular comes with four rotor blades which are instrumental in lifting the gadget off the ground. Moreover, these blades also ensure that the drone is able to maintain its direction appropriately.

It is mandatory that the rotor blades are equally spaced and built with immaculate precision. The distance of each blade from the center of gravity of the drone should be the same. A processor serves as the brain of the drone. Here are some of the fundamental components required of a drone.

  • PVC Body:

    A drone consists of a frame made of plastic that is light in weight. This frame serves as the enclosure for all the components. The lighter the frame is, the more efficient and agile will be the drone and it will provide better flight timings. However, lightweight does not mean that it gets thrashed by its first crash. The frame should be resilient enough to bear crashes. So a frame that is lightweight and flexible is highly recommended.

  • Propulsion System:

    Four electric motors are required for the propulsion system. These motors are available in different models and specifications. A brushless motor ensures better efficiency and performance. However, the number of motors depends on the design of your drone. Some designs need four motors at the minimum while there are some which can even thrive on a single motor. Generally brushless motors are used which means that motors use AC power which is provided by the ESC. 

  • Electric Circuit and Sensors:

    There are number of electric components and sensors with multitudes of features such as accelerometer, barometer and GPS system. 

    • Transmitters and receivers:

      Let’s suppose that you want to build a remotely controlled flying drone. So, you need both the transmitter and the receiver to make it functional. The receivers are built into the drone and pick up signals from the transmitter or the controller.

    • Electronic Speed Controllers:

      This is a crucial component of any UAV. They can be either BEC or UBEC also known as Universal Battery Elimination Circuit. These devices are responsible for converting the battery voltage in the drone down to 5V since that is the amount of power that is needed by the receiver. The ESC also converts the DC power of the battery into AC power.

  • Video Camera:

    A good quality camera is installed on most of the modern day drones that captures top quality video footage and images. A first person view camera helps a pilot view a real time video feed transmitted from the drone’s eye. A dedicated gimbal is also integrated in the device to ensure that the video footage is shake-free and no undesired vibrations become a part of the video.

 

  • What is the main function of a drone?

Drones are being used for a variety of purposes the world over. Their uses can be as diverse as being used in the real estate industry to the agriculture sector and their uses for military and other law enforcement agencies. Some of the main commercial uses of drones owing to their unique characteristics of being monitored from a distance of several miles away and remotely controlled.

Drones can be used by restaurants, businesses, retailers and even online stores to deliver the ordered products to relevant customers. Drone make use of the GPS technology and the fact that they can be monitored and controlled remotely makes them super conducive for conducting delivery services. This can assist enterprises save a lot of resources both human as well as the financial ones. The type of drone used for a certain delivery service depends upon the type of product being delivered and the location to which it is being sent.

In order to carry out geophysical surveys and explorations of certain areas, oil and gas and mining companies can make use of drones. Drones can be used to capture images of underground rock structures which it turn provide information about the location of minerals beneath the earth’s surface. The product process of oil and gas can also be surveyed using drones while the oil and gas carrying pipelines can be monitored from the above constantly. Drones are an affordable and reliable solution to those enterprises that are dependent on persistent vigilance and inspection in order to ensure seamless production and dissemination.

Drones can be used to capture aerial images of distant locations that cannot be accessed by humans. Professional photographers, architects, geologists, archaeologists etc. are employing drones for aerial photography and videography. Real estate agencies are also employing drones to shoot aerial videos of their property listings that provide and aerial and neighborhood tour to the customers.

Drones can be used by farmers to keep a constant eye on their crops and ensure that their lands are not threatened by undesired dangers. In addition to ensuring safety and security of their lands, drones are also ensuring that the agriculture sector is able to save a large amount of investments.

The power transmission lines and pipelines carrying oil and gas can be monitored consistently using drones that provide a real time video feed to the concerned authorities. The personnel responsible for the maintenance of these lines and pipes monitor them closely using drones and can take appropriate action immediately in case of an abnormality in circumstances. In addition to being unmanned, drones also require low cost investments which in turn can help the responsible authorities increase the number of inspection flights and their frequency. There could be a huge reduction in the expenses in terms of human resources by employing drones for power transmission lines and pipeline inspections.

 

  • Why is it called a drone?

In old English literature, the terminology “drone” refers to a male honeybee which is responsible only for mating with the Queen bee. Hence, similar to the idler bees, the term also began to refer to lethargy humans with the passage of time. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, drones are bigger in size and bulkier than the labourer bees and they leave the hive and swarm in the autumn season. They do not carry out the tedious task of collecting honey, they do not defend or maintain the hive and their sole purpose is to mate with the Queen bee.

According to the historian Steven Zaloga, Commander Delmer Fahrney of the British Royal Navy used the name “drone” to refer to the early remote-controlled aircrafts in a tribute to the Queen Bee, one of the first such airplanes ever developed. The remote controlled aircraft was a version of the Tiger Moth Plane which was evidently named after an insect. He goes on to add in his book titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” that the term fitted appropriately as a drone could only work when operated by a pilot stationed either on the ground or housed in a “mother” plane. Thus, using term drone for the remote controlled aircrafts elaborated the fact that these planes would not have a mind of their own (this may not be true for the modern day autonomous machines equipped with cutting edge technologies such as obstacle and collision avoidance). Furthermore, the buzzing flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle would also refer to such an aircraft. With the passage of time, the term gradually transformed into a verb meaning thereby to convert a piloted aircraft into a pilotless drone. Hence, it is safe to say that drone has been used as a terminology since 1946. 

 

  • Who invented a drone?

In 1907, Jacques & Louis Breguet developed the first quadcopter ever in collaboration with Professor Charles Richet. The quadcopter was not maneuverable and required a team of four men to secure it. On its first flight, it lifted two feet off of the ground. 

However, Abraham Karem, a man hailing from Israel, is credited to be the inventor of the first variant of the modern day drone. His invention, known as Albatross, served as a precursor for the state-of-the-art Predator drone that is being used by the US Air Force.

Abraham Karem had a real thing for aeronautics from a very young age and was inspired by one of his teachers who had served as a pilot in the Second World War. During the Yom Kippur War, he engineered the first drone for the Israeli Air Force. At that point in time, Pentagon had ironically expressed its desperation regarding development of unmanned aerial vehicles primarily due to their reliability and safety issues. However, Abraham believed that an sophisticated design and integrated subsystems were the way to go if reliable drones were to become a reality.

His Albtaross drone remained airborne for more than 56 hours which was able to gain traction by the American defense agencies. Thanks to the funding received from the US, he upgraded his drone to an advanced version called as Amber which later evolved into the Predator drone and hence Abraham was given the much deserved name of “Dronefather”.

The Amber drone could remain in air for several days and was operated by a crew of three personnel. However, due to certain political issues, the program had to be suspended abruptly. Karem’s next venture was Frontier Systems wherein he worked on developing a variable speed rotor helicopter codenamed A160. Later, he sold the company to Boeing in 2004, however, Boeing failed to take the project any further. Subsequently, Karem founded Karem Aircraft to integrate variable rotor design into fixed wing design to develop Vertical Take-off and Land (VTOL) vehicle.

 

  • How many types of drones are there?

Drones have emerged as one of the most popular products for consumers who are latching onto them to accomplish different tasks. Here are the different types of drones based on their sizes and shapes.

    • GoPro drones allow an owner to capitalize the full potential of a GoPro action camera and enjoy a truly tremendous and immersive aerial photography and videography experience. Drones equipped with cameras are used to capture stunning aerial imagery. They are loaded with intelligent flight features and are exceptionally easy to fly and maneuver. 
    • A low cost and aesthetically pleasing toy drone can be an ideal gift for your kid to let him engage in some outdoor adventures. These devices can carry out amazing aerial stunts such as flips, drum barrel rolls and other slick moves. 
    • Novices can have a hard time getting to master drones but with time and some experience behind their back, they can turn into seasoned professionals. You can purchase a beginner drone to help you learn how to fly a quadcopter and hone your flying skills. 
    • Mini drones are low cost, long lasting and great for indoor flights. Crashing them will not burden your pocket a lot as well! 
    • Follow Me Drones are the latest buzz in the market. All the modern-day drones are equipped with the follow me mode of flight. With the Follow Me mode triggered on, the machine follows despite your kind of motion while focusing on you and whizzing through the air at rollicking speeds. 
    • Racing drones have become a sensation and racers are going berserk. Drone racing has emerged as a phenomenon. That is the exact reason most of the hobbyist racers are graduating to the higher pedestal of becoming professional racers.
    • The age of poor old selfie sticks is long gone with the arrival of selfie drones. These drones are small size, loaded with fine quality cameras, are compatible with Android and iOS powered devices and offer great quality in terms of images and videos. 
  • FPV drones are a great option if you are in search for a drone that resembles your racing car. It enables you fly at incredible speeds and reach longer distances without any hassle.

 

  • What are advantages of drones?

Drones are being used in the agriculture sector. Mass farmers have come up with amazing reviews as evident changes in agricultural yield have been seen thanks to these incredible devices. Detailed crop performance analysis can be had through the agricultural land’s routine aerial surveys. This surveillance can be carried out at affordable costs without damaging the environment. One gets to have healthier crops with a higher yield. Drones are used to spraying pesticides, frighten crop eating birds and carry out other tasks. The extent of productivity is drastically increased which makes drones exceptionally popular amongst farmers all over the world.

One never had the idea of what one was getting into while traversing the forests not so long ago. But with the advent of drones, you can dispatch your drone into the thick forests to determine if your desired predator is out there in the woods to be hunted or not!

Real time data could be retrieved via drones from seemingly inaccessible places along with testing for certain kinds of natural resources such as gases beaming from the altitude and other researches.

Mapping is another area where drones seem to have created a huge difference. There are regions on this earth where are hard to reach. But drones can be deployed to comprehend the landscape and formulate three dimensional maps.

Real estate agents can now use drones to capture video footage of aspects not clearly visible, the surroundings of a house and other hard to access stuff. Moreover, the proximity of a house to the neighboring houses and facilities in the area such as a park, playground, tennis court and pools can also be shown.

The use of drones in the real estate world is on the rise. Drone photographers are being hired by real estate agencies to carry out specialized tasks in relation to property listing photography.

Google has been working on Project Loon that involves a balloon while Facebook has been carrying out experimentation on real solar powered drones that are able to fly over 10 miles above the ground to provide internet access to areas underneath them.

 

  • What sizes are drones?

Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The size of a drone directly impacts its capabilities such as its battery life, ability to rise in the air, maneuverability and storage space. Here are some of the common drone size categories:

  • Micro Drones: These are typically smaller in size even in comparison with one’s palm of the hand. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations, these drones ought not exceed 0.55 pounds in weight. These drones are exceptionally small in size and hence are not likely to cause any tangible damage in their surroundings. Thus, they are not required to be registered with the regulation authority. These drones are able to carry out some cool aerial maneuvers. However, the risk of losing them outdoors is always there particularly in crowded, cramped up space or in gusty winds. 
  • Mini Drones: These considerably small sized drones are packed with a lot of punch and amazing features in contrast to nano drones. They can carry payload in the shape of cameras and offer longer flight timings. They are nimbler, attain greater heights and offer more range in comparison with nano drones. They are primarily used by the beginners as they learn the art and science of flying a drone instead of being employed for commercial purposes. They can also be categorized as beginner drones and serve as a brilliant gift for the rookies who are finding their feet in the world of drones.
  • Mid-sized Drones: These drones are slightly larger in size than the mini drones and are typically used by the semi-professional pilots. They come with rigid frames which mean that they are solid enough to withstand crashes to a certain extent. These machines are generally used for photography and cinematography by hobbyist pilots. They are equipped with batteries that offer flight times in the range of about twenty minutes or so.
  • Large Drones: These are the commercial drones such as the DJI Phantom 3 which are reliable, long lasting and come with powerful motors. These machines are being used by professionals for search and rescue missions, emergency response, military purposes and several other key industries. These are quite expensive but are equipped with state-of-the-art features besides being extremely nimble, smart and intelligent.
  • What is drone and its advantages?

Drones are also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and are one of the most technologically advanced gadgets out there. Consisting of lightweight composite materials, these devices allow for super-quick and agile maneuverability and reliable flight duration. Consumer drones are generally controlled via a transmitter while the more advanced drones can be pre-programmed that lets the drones take up autonomous flights, following a pre-destined path with the help of GPS and other navigation systems.

Drones are being used for emergency situations by the fire departments, police squads and for search and rescue operations as they have the ability to survey the disaster hit area, drop off food and requisite medication and look for the missing persons. Drones have also come a long way in construction, pipeline monitoring, land mapping, wildlife conservation and plenty more.

The use of drones for commercial and consumer purposes is regulated in the US and other countries by aviation authorities particularly when it comes to ensuring safety standards are complied with. However, that does not tend to prevent millions from using their drones for myriad of purposes such as cinematography, looking after the cattle, crop inspection and delivery of products.

The modern day drones have tremendous potential and sophisticated features. These devices boast autonomous flight features such as the waypoints feature wherein the user simply points a location on the GPS screen and the machine follows that trajectory. Similarly, these devices are loaded with the Follow Me mode that enables them to follow the user tracking him or her wherever he goes. 

The present day drones are loaded with tons of incredible features that offer plenty of fun and entertainment. Of course these features are not of much value if you are not able to get your drone to rise up into the air.

  • What are 5 benefits of drones?

This is just the beginning for drones and as these aerial machines get mainstreamed with the passage of time, our activities and routines are bound to get changed. Drones are not left for the seasoned professionals anymore. The markets have been bombarded with beginner drones and their commercial applications are manifold. You will be pleasantly surprised to know about the dramatic difference in techniques using which drones are being employed.

Aerial photography is perhaps one of the primary uses of drones. Thanks to the modern day sophisticated technology, drones are loaded with high quality cameras. Drones in the modern era are more stabilized and have the ability capture crisp and bright images. The operator gets to have tremendous control over the camera while being able to view the happenings on their smartphone and getting access to high definition video footage to record. Drones are also being widely used in wedding photography.

Real estate agencies and construction companies who are employing drones to showcase their listings in their marketing campaigns are witnessing unprecedented growth in their return on investment and have expanded their consumer base unbelievably. Aerial views of construction sites are also being captured via video footages and used in three dimensional modeling by architects. They are such exciting tools for aerial surveys and can also be for marketing and advertisement.

The drone light shows portrayed at theme parks are really striking the right chord with the spectators. Images are beamed down on a projection setup by the drones and what we get is enough to blow one’s mind away!

Drones can also reach cluttered places such as the winding pipes laid down inside walls to collect desired data. These devices are loaded with integrated LEDs for enhanced visibility in darkness along with a unique outer encapsulation which lets them rebound off of hurdles. This should massively decrease downtime, inspection costs and enhance worker safety and productivity.

Emergency drones can be used to provide immediate healthcare support in life threatening situations such as cardiac arrest. These machines can reach the patient in a matter of a few minutes and provide necessary support before the ambulance arrives. These machines are integrated with duplex audio and video interaction ability and are armed with first aid kits. The drones used for emergency services can reach the patient and then the care taker could be directed via the video link about the necessary measures to take while using the advanced first aid paraphernalia.

Astronomic drones or space probes have been sent into the space lately with an aim to study the massive universe and explore cosmic phenomena taking place in deeper space. Larger drones are being launched by NASA and other space agencies from all over the world to nearby planets such as Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus. The primary aim of these drones is to analyze the chemical composition, surface and atmosphere of the desired planets.

  • What technology is used in drones?

A conventional drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle consists of lightweight composite materials to reduce its weight and enhance its maneuverability. The strength gained via the use of composite materials grants military grade drones the enviable power to traverse incredibly high altitudes. Military grade drones are loaded with cutting edge technology such as GPS, infra-red cameras and laser. Drones are maneuvered by radio controlled system which is also referred to as a ground cockpit.

A UAV has essentially two parts: the drone itself and its control system.

The sensors and navigational systems are all housed in the nose of the drone. The rest of the body is lightweight and no space is required to accommodate a pilot as well. Highly complex composite materials are used to build a drone which have the ability to dampen vibrations and hence reduce noise.

Drones typically have four propellers and can have as low as three and as high as eight of them. This is in contrast to the typical RC Helicopters that have only one main rotor. Drones need to have additional rotors to get the much needed stability in order to perform their autonomous flight functions. The more rotors a machine has, the higher is its ability to create more lift which of course is the push provided by the rotating propellers underneath the flying device. The greater the lift, the higher the altitude that can be attained by the gizmo and the swifter it can travel. Moreover, it can carry more payload which is an essential feature for those looking to mount their cameras to drones. A drone with little push from the underneath will even struggle to take off from the ground.

The power is transferred from the batteries to the rotor motors which in turn rotates the propellers. The relative rotation of the propellers with respect to one another is responsible for the variations in elevation and direction. Once the motors get enough energy, they furnish the requisite push to overcome the force of gravity; thus taking the drone to greater altitudes.

The motors and propellers are responsible for making sure that the drone gets into the air and fly in a certain direction or even hover over a certain point for that matter. A quadcopter has motors and propellers functioning in pairs with a pair of motors/propellers rotating clockwise (CW Propellers) and two motors/propellers rotating counterclockwise (CCW Propellers).

To make the drone tilt to a specific direction, two of the propellers start rotating at a faster rate in that direction to produce the desired push. In this process, some portion of the push in the upward direction is converted into a sideways force which is responsible for moving the drone in the forward or backward direction. Similarly, disparate propeller speeds tend to move the drone in varying directions.

  • Are drones safe?

There are certain risks associated with drones. When these devices are used in an inappropriate manner, drones can be a threat to personal safety, both to the pilot as well as the onlookers and the property. However, when drones are flown while exercising due caution and the rules and regulations prescribed by the aviation administration are followed in letter and spirit, they can be a whole lot fun and a pretty safe affair.

The extent of damage that can be caused by the drones depends largely on the pilot, his or her skills, dexterity, flying conditions and the area wherein they are being flown. Besides causing injuries or damage to individuals and property, the risk of drones being used for malicious practices remains present. The can be used to carry banned products over prisons and even assist inmates to make good their escape. 

However, when being handled by experienced and skillful pilots, drones can be a safe activity. A thorough research and appropriate amount of preparation can be beneficial in preempting any kind of harm and damage. If you are acquainted with the areas where damage is likely to occur, it can be significantly curtailed by taking the necessary safeguards. 

The spinning propellers can cause cuts, injury to softer parts of the body or even get one’s hair caught up in them. You must have heard about the drone fly-aways and the extent of havoc that they can wreak. 

In order to ensure optimum safety, drones are equipped with obstacle avoidance features that enable them to tackle obstacle during their flight. The Return to Home feature enables drones to get back to their original point of take-off in case the batteries run out of juice. Some drones even come with the hover and pause buttons that allow the pilot to fall back on defensive tactics in the event of disorientation. Finally, the emergency engine cutoff feature can be used when everything else fails when you have lost line of sight. In this situation, the drone would certainly fall down on the ground and you would be heading home with the drone’s remnants, but it’s better than causing some accidental injury to a human or even to an animal.

  • How high can a drone fly?

Drones are no more restricted to professionals. One can get their hands on them by spending a meagre amount of money. There are numerous drones that have been developed for hobbyists which makes them low cost and accessible. That is why the number of drone owners is gradually increasing with every passing day.

DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most common drones out there designed primarily for the hobbyist class of pilots. It is quite fast in terms of speed and has the ability to attain a height of 500 meters. While going up, it can achieve speeds in excess of 20 meters per second. It can attain even greater elevations but it is restricted to do so by its software. As a matter of fact, its specifications sheet tells us that it can attain heights of about 6000 meters above sea level in the absence of software limitations. There were reports of a drone pilot attaining heights of 3.4 Km with a DJI Phantom 2.

The Parrot drone can be maneuvered using a smartphone based app. The Parrot A.R drone can attain an altitude of 164 feet in good weather conditions as it may not be able to sustain a stable flight in windy weather conditions. The app also lets the pilots share captured images on different social medial platforms.

There is a certain height prescribed for drone flights for safety purposes. Different states and countries have formulated different laws in this regard. For instance, Canada has come up with stringent rules and discourage drone flights in either of the following conditions:

  • At an altitude of above 90 feet
  • At night or in clouds
  • Beyond a distance of 500 meters
  • Within the vicinity of 75 meters of a crowd, building or vehicles

The UK has a different set of rules but the concept is primarily the same i.e. to ensure that drone flights are not allowed beyond a certain altitude. 

  • The drone should not be flown beyond 400 feet and 500 meter horizontally. This rule has been framed to ensure that drones are flown in line of sight of the pilot and the probability of their accidents with other aircrafts and humans is reduced to the bear minimum.
  • The primary purpose of putting stringent rules in place with regard to drones is to discourage any incidents whereby drones become a cause for concern for passenger carrying aircrafts.
  • The drone’s weight should not exceed 20 Kg and no commercial flights are allowed. Drones are only allowed for hobbyists and enthusiasts.
  • Drone flights near vessels, buildings and crowds are strictly prohibited. It is ideal to avoid drone flights within 50 meters of buildings or crowds so it is prudent to keep the drone at a safe distance from crowds.

  • Is drone allowed in flight?

If you are wondering whether you can carry your drone on a plane when you travel for your next adventure, then the answer is in the affirmative. Once you get acquainted with the safe and appropriate usage of the drone, you can plan your trip on a plane.

You need to follow the rules and regulations with regard to both the kinds of luggage. A large sized drone such as a DJI Inspire or Typhoon will not be housed in a backpack and so you will have to opt for the checked luggage. However, if you own a compact sized drone such as one from the DJI’s Phantom series, then you can go for the carry-on luggage.

No matter whatever size of the drone you go for, you should ensure that you carry additional batteries since the low pressure in the storage cabin can cause the batteries to catch fire which is a risk that you would surely intend to mitigate. Before placing your drone in your checked luggage, ensure that the batteries are removed from the device.

It is crucial that you get the batteries drained before you embark on flight to minimize the risk of fire. The battery’s charging level should not be more than 10% which can be achieved by flying the drone at a low power mode until the battery’s charging levels reach the requisite stage. Battery can also be drained by leaving the machine powered on without making it to move. During packing, take care to cover the battery terminals with electrical tape or else the danger of the battery catching fire will keep on looming.

There are certain rules and regulations developed by the TSA with regard to carrying drones on a plane. Firstly, the owner has to get the drone registered on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website and get a printed copy of the certificate as a supporting evidence. The batteries should be passed through the scanner in a separate bin. Ensure that additional batteries are placed in the carry-on baggage and not in the checked baggage. Utmost care has to be taken in this regard since the repercussions of batteries catching fire onboard a plane can be horrific. The best way to go is to get all the batteries removed from the drone and have them drained out appropriately.

If you are not going to place your drone in the check luggage, then it is prudent to ensure that you carry on backpack is able to accommodate the drone. You can carry out a search online to find out the drone models and their sizes and whether they can be placed in carry-on luggage. Here is a handy link in this regard.

If you are planning to visit an international destination even then you can carry your drone on a plane as long as it is permitted by the airline. You should be acquainted with the rules and regulations regarding drones of a place that you are about to visit.

 

  • Can you fly a drone in a room?

Of course! You can fly a drone in a room based on the space you have indoors. It is perfectly possible to fly drones inside the confines of one’s house. For instance, drones used for industrial purposes such as 3D mapping and inspections are typically used indoors. Crucial information is collated with the help of these indoor drones for inspection purposes. These drones are also used it access areas that would otherwise have been inaccessible or too dangerous for humans to creep into. 

Besides, drones cannot be used in snow or rainy weather or when the authorities have imposed a lock down of some sort. Drone flights indoors in such situations would obviously remain exceptionally feasible. It is also pertinent to mention here that a number of rookies first resort to indoor flights to hone their skills and then move outdoors for more professional drone flights.

The most significant aspect of indoor drone flights is that one does not require an FAA authorization. Hence, for indoor flights, it does not matter whether the drone is being flown as hobby or to carry out a professional industrial task and how big or small it is. 

Nevertheless, if you intend to use a conventional drone for indoor flights, ensure that the space inside your house is sufficient. The cramped up space could turn out to be a real spoiler even for the most seasoned of pilots out there.

Drones designed for indoor flights are typically found wanting in terms of features, performance and battery life. Moreover, indoor drones are equipped with the obstacle avoidance feature which could hamper your flight experience. This feature could prevent it from even going through a large enough doorway on certain occasions. Drone flights exceptionally close to the ceiling or to the ground could impact its stability primarily due to the huge amount of air generated by the device’s propellers.

 

  • Do drones fly at night?

Both professional and recreational drone pilots have now been allowed to operate drones at night without having to go through the hassle of being granted a waiver. Having said that, drones operating at night need to be equipped with appropriate anti-collision lights that can be seen upto a distance of three miles. Professional pilots are required to pass an online course at the Federal Aviation Administration’s safety website before being able to enjoy nighttime flights. The training course includes topics related to night operations and is only half hour long. 

Earlier, drone pilots with Part 107 license had to apply for a waiver if they intended to fly a drone at night. However, in April 2021, professional drone pilots have been granted exemption from this painstaking process subject to completion of an online training course regarding nighttime operations and installation of appropriate anti-collision lights visible for atleast three miles and flashing continuously at a specific frequency. The stock drone lights are not vibrant enough to meet the requisite standards. Three of the best anti-collision lights include FireHouse Arc V, LumeCube Strobe and FireHouse Arc 2. These three have been rated as the brightest lights available by the experts and recommended for nighttime drone operations.

Before the aforecited exemption, no bar was in place even earlier regarding recreational drone flights at night. However, anti-collision lights were a mandatory ingredient. Hence, one could suffice to say that rules are pretty much at par now for both hobbyist and professional pilots when it comes to drone flights at night.

  • Can drones take pictures at night?

Of course! Drones are perfectly capable of capturing images at night. A large number of drones are equipped with night flight settings that are required to be triggered on to take pictures at night. Image format RAW (DNG), ISO settings, mechanical shutter, gimbal, front LEDs and tripod mode are a few of the settings that need to be configured in the right manner to get optimum results. 

In order to capture stunning nighttime images, you must own a prolifically stable drone and a decent quality camera mounted on a three-axis stabilizer. Firstly, the operator has to turn on the manual mode to be able to configure the settings as desired. Now, the ISO value needs to be lowered down to 100 or as low as possible to obtain a brighter image. Then, the shutter speed needs to be enhanced in the range of 5 to 8 seconds to catch as much light to the image as possible. This can be accomplished by testing different shutter speeds before you latch onto the appropriate one. The right settings for the shutter speed depend on the kind of image that you want to capture, stability of the drone and wind conditions. It is also imperative to turn off the front LEDs of the drone so that the red ink appearing on the image can be taken care of. White balance is another critical setting that needs to be configured at the right value. It can be adjusted through the camera in accordance with the ambient light. 

The image format needs to be set at RAW (DNG) since it has the greater dynamic range in contrast to JPEG: 2 to 4 EV besides assisting in getting rid of issues related to exposure or bench balances on image processing software during the post-production stage. 

As discussed above, in order to capture scintillating nighttime images, you need to get your hands on a super stable drone since stability is the single most crucial parameter for an amazing long exposure photograph. Furthermore, you need to have a fair idea of the surroundings in which you are intending to capture the image. It is important that you identify your landing and taking off points during the day. Also, there are drones which offer the option of adjusting camera settings midflight. However, there are those that do not provide this luxury. So, you should configure your settings well in advance and have them tested before embarking on the flight. Finally, battery levels and knowledge of the weather conditions will also play a critical role in ensuring a splendid nighttime flight of aerial photography.

  • Can I control my drone from inside my house?

Flying a drone from inside one’s house is possible. As a matter of fact, rules and regulations in the regard have been eased out. However, it is not advisable to do so since the flight experience is likely to be less than what it should be desired. Continuous interruption in signals and limited sight of the drone are few of the constraints that will come in your way. And losing sight of a drone can be disastrous and may even prompt action from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The control range would be restricted if you are trying to fly a drone from inside your house. In simple words, you would not be able to fly the drone to the distances that you would typically attain in case you were controlling it from outside your house. The possibility of the connectivity getting disrupted between the drone and its controller would remain exceptionally high which could lead to a fatal crash for the drone. 

Having said that, the situation can be salvaged by installing an antenna outside one’s house and utilizing reliable cable. Of course, that seems like an arduous task. It would be advisable if you waited for the weather conditions to mellow down and then you got outside to enjoy flying your drone.

Again, the range of vision would always remain an issue when controlling a drone from one’s house. This would particularly be the case if the drone was launched through the window. Most houses in the US have slanting roofs. Things would be incredibly different had the roofs been replaced by flat and easily accessible terraces. The drone can even be launched from the backyard or one’s front garden, but that would technically be equivalent to flying your drone outdoors.

As far as the legal interpretations are concerned, there is no bar from controlling a drone from within the confines of one’s own home. The rules and regulations regarding drone flights are formulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and it prescribes the areas where drones are allowed to fly and where their flight is prohibited. 

No rule explicitly bars controlling a drone from inside a house. However, FAA would definitely spring into action if you are not able to keep a vigilant eye at your drone. At the same time, while it may not be recommended to fly a drone from inside your house, there could arise such situations wherein no other alternative was available rather than having to control the drone from inside the house. This could happen in harsh weather conditions when you do not have the requisite gear and clothing to go outside.

  • How do I turn off my drone?

It can be a bit embarrassing for the rookies to not be able to turn on or off their drones once they have gotten hold of them for the first time. However, the first and foremost tip for them all is never to turn off their drone midflight as it cause issues with pairing and configurations besides bolstering the probability of the drone flying away or succumbing to a fatal crash.

Generally, it is advised to turn on the controller before turning on the drone. So, to turn on the controller of a DJI Mavic Mini or Mini 2, you need to press and hold the power button at the top right of the controller. Then the drone can be turned on by pressing and holding the power button located at its bottom. Before turning on both the devices, it is imperative that you ensure that the batteries are properly charged. To turn off the drone, its power button needs to be pressed and held. Same procedure is to be repeated in case of the controller. 

 

  • How can you tell if a drone is watching you?

If you want to tell if a drone is spying on you at night, you need to look out for the propeller sound, green and red navigation lights and a strobe light. A radar-like device can also be used to detect drone’s presence in your surroundings. Other than that, folks at an Israeli university have come up with a proof-of-concept system that endeavors to identify if a drone spying on you or not by employing a simple yet clever technique. Using this approach, a distinguishable pattern is produced on the subject that is to be kept safe from reconnaissance. Then, that pattern is intercepted in a drone’s signal remotely as the machine transmits its video to the operator. If that pattern is identified, then it is confirmed that the drone is spying on the subject.

This approach takes advantage of an efficiency feature in video streaming which is called as “delta frames”. Hence, when a static object is shown in a streaming video, lesser data is transmitted in contrast to a moving or a colorful video. This compression can help interceptors get access to crucial information about the video’s content that is being streamed. 

In another test, blinking LED lights were attached to a subject’s body. The researchers succeeded in even pulling out the binary code “SOS” from an encrypted video of the person that was being transmitted by a drone, portraying that even it was possible to embed a watermark on the video feed as a proof of the drone spying. While it may not be feasible for the drone-wary people to attach blinking LEDs on their apparel, this approach could certainly be beneficial in ensuring that sensitive installments are not spied by hovering drones.

 

  • What to do if you find a drone on your property?

If you end up finding a drone on your property, then the first thing that is to be done is that you talk to the owner of the drone. This would assist you in figuring out if it was some rookie pilot who lost hold of their device or if this was an advertent attempt to spy on you. If you have reservations regarding talking to the owner, then you may as well call the police through the non-emergency number. 

A drone landing on your property without your permission could be infringement of your privacy. This is the reasons it is not safe to land a drone on someone’s property or hover a drone above a house. This could even result in someone getting injured or the property getting damaged. If you find out that the pilot had landed the drone on your property without seeking your permission, then you should definitely engage him in a dialogue. Take care that you do not get angry. It is important that you stay calm and do not end up doing something you may regret in the time to come. 

We have the trespass law and the nuisance law that have been formulated especially to give necessary protection to one’s property. Also, you can check out the FAA number on the drone. If the drone is still powered up, you may as well communicate with the pilot through the video feed.

  • How far can a drone camera see?

Typically, a high quality drone camera can see 1500 to 2000 feet away during the day time. However, at night, this distance is significantly reduced to only 165 feet beyond which the image begins to get blurred. The distance to which a drone camera can see depends on the terrain, obstacles in the vicinity, camera’s quality and air conditions.

There are drone cameras that offer zoom in and out features which implies that the image quality is impacted heavily. However, there are a few drones available on the market that come with optical zoom feature.

Camera specifications are responsible for the quality of aerial imagery that you are going to capture with your camera drone. There are camera drones with the camera integrated into their stock build so whether you will be satisfied with an onboard camera or you will be needing an action camera such as GoPro is a choice that you will have to make at the outset.

You can get drones with VGA cameras as well as the HD, 4K UHD and even the 30MP ones.

Also, you need to keep in mind the shutter speed ratio, first person view, lens focal length, video recording features, sensor size, stabilization and the camera’s ISO range. All these factors are important when it comes to taking images.

The flight capabilities have to be the best for cameras drones so that the machine remains stable while you are capturing images. You need to consider the wide array of flight modes such as barrel rolls, 3D flips etc. The flight range is the distance to which you can fly your drone without losing connection with the transmitter. Since your ultimate aim is to capture high quality videos and images, so it is prudent to spend money on a high end drone that offers a high flight range. If you are not interested in taking your drone to longer distances, then you can always hover over a certain object at closer distances.

Real time video feed is another crucial aspect that has to be given apt consideration. This feature is really vital as it enables a pilot to view exactly what he or she is trying to capture. Most of the drones available on the market are loaded with this feature from default.

  • Do I need a license to fly a drone?

Does your drone weigh between 0.55lbs and 55lbs? In such a case, you need to get registered with the Federal Aviation Administration right away. You simply need to visit the FAA’s drone registration website and create an account. You will be required to provide your contact details and pay a registration fee of $5. They will assign you a registration number which will have to be tagged onto your drone. Keep in mind that the registration number is assigned to the pilot and not to the drone.

Are you planning to use your drone for commercial purposes? The commercial license can be acquired by qualifying a written test which resembles the permit test when seeking a driver’s license. This is called the Part 107 test. 

Hone your flying skills with a low cost toy drone: High end drones such as DJI Mavic or Autel X-Star are easier to fly than ever. But they still require a certain degree of expertise. There will be a time in your career when you are bound to crash your drone. You will certainly be better of crashing your $30 toy drone rather than an expensive one. There are just too many of such heart rending stories out there.

If you still think that you will be able to maneuver your high quality DJI Mavic, then do so in wide open spaces. Avoid places with trees, water or other obstructions around them. Stick to FAA’s operating rules: 

  • Stay clear of manned aircrafts
  • Keep the drone in line of sight
  • Before you get within 5 miles of an airport, notify the air traffic control tower.

  • How can I connect my drone to my phone?

Conventional RC toys are controlled with the help of dedicated controllers. However, the modern day drone manufacturers are looking to capitalize on the marvelous technological development that has stuffed a smart device in everyone’s pocket. To be clear, we are talking about the quadcopter drones that are being controlled with the aid of smartphones or other handheld mobile devices nowadays.

Higher end drones loaded with cutting edge features are still dependent upon dedicated radio controllers for maneuvering their flight but a large number of hobby-grade machines require only a smartphone app and a WiFi or Bluetooth connection.

There are a few drones out there that use smartphones as the only input devices but keep in mind that you can improve or add to the user experience by using your smartphone or tablet. DJI has pioneered this realm wherby most of their devices are maneuvered with a dedicated radio controller but then you can use your smartphone to view the real time video feed transmitted from the drone’s camera.

DJI Mavic Pro is a brilliant example of this fact. It enables the user to view the FPV streaming on the smartphone’s display screen. Moreover, the camera can be controlled from the smartphone and the user can trigger all the advanced modes of flight via the DJI Go 4 application. So, on the whole, there are tons of drones that can be controlled with your smartphone.

It is pertinent to mention here that the DJI Goggles are another great way to enjoying an immersive digital experience and are compatible with Mavic Pro, Spark and other high end DJI drones. They are equipped with an HDMI port that means that you can use them for several purposes in addition to flying your drone in FPV mode.

 

  • How do you use a drone camera?

Drones designed for aerial videography and photography are of higher quality in contrast to their counterparts and are also a bit expensive. So, before you begin to invest some of your hard-earned money into a drone for aerial photography, it is crucial that you know what you are getting into. Before you set your eye on a certain drone, you should be familiar with your requirements in terms of price, specifications and quality. Specifications to take into account for a drone camera are as under:

Sensor is the component responsible for ascertaining the quality of the images captured by a drone. The iPhone 7 is equipped with a sensor that is 1/3 inch in diameter while a sophisticated drone used for aerial photography has a 1 inch sensor. The larger the diameter of a sensor, better will be the image quality particularly in low light conditions. You can get fastest lens possible for crisp and sharp video footage. Shutter speed can be the most influential factor in reducing blur as the drone and the target object both are in motion when it comes to drones which enhances the probability of blur in images. 

The longer the flight time of your drone, you will get longer time to capture images and videos. Most professional drones boast a flight time of 20 to 30 minutes. With one or two spare batteries in your repertoire, you can get them swapped immediately as you will not have to traverse long distances. Also, keep in mind that you get your batteries charged up one night before the event and you install fully charged batteries in your drone before the main event is about to commence.

Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop are the preferred options for most of the photographers when it comes to post production so ensure that your drone is compatible with RAW and DNG formats. Keep in mind that RAW files are massive in size in contrast to the compressed PNG or JPEG files. Ensure that you have spare microSD cards in stock or a wireless SSD for ample amount of storage.

Most of the modern day drones are loaded with hovering and location lock features. But if you go for a low cost toy drone and are not an expert in flying these gizmos, your images will not be crisp and sharp. Purchase a drone equipped with a three axis gimbal for high quality image stabilization even when the drone is in motion. Additional image and angle control is also provided by gimbals as they let you swivel and pivot in a seamless manner.

The buzz or hum of a drone captured in a video footage while the marrying couple takes their wedding vows can be a massive turn off. Smaller motors produce less sound in contrast to the larger ones. 

 

How do you charge a drone battery?

You must be one of the very many drone pilots around who often get exasperated by the short battery life spans of drones. You are not the only one who has to go through this turmoil. The average flight duration of a drone designed for novices is about seven minutes. Even the more advanced aircrafts boast a flight duration of 25 minutes at the maximum.

Charging the battery at the right time is very important for enhanced drone battery life. You should make sure to get you battery charged right before you embark on your aerial adventure. A battery that is charged afresh is likely to perform way better than the one charged several days ago. Moreover, if you are not planning to fly your drone in the near future, we recommend you not to get your battery charged to the fullest. Instead, it will be judicious to charge it only about 60% and place it in a cool dry place. Once you are about to set your drone soaring through the skies, get the battery charged completely.

LiPo batteries are immensely volatile. Overcharging them could result into them exploding off and even catching fire. Overcharging tends to adversely affect the battery life of your drone. A couple of crewmen were killed onboard a UPS flight in 2010 that was transporting a shipment of Lithium batteries. The batteries caught fire abruptly which is testimony to the fact that if you do not handle them with care, they could prove to be rather dangerous.

Each time the battery gets drained off completely, it affects its life span in the long run. It is recommended that you replace or recharge your battery once it has only 20% juice remaining. Once it gets to 20%, bring your quadcopter down, let the battery cool down and then recharge it to the maximum level. This is a very effective and yet highly overlooked tip that can definitely bolster your drone’s battery life.

  • How long does a drone battery last?

A drone’s battery life can be adversely affected by a number of factors such as wind, weight, flight style and whether you are recording video or not. For instance, when you are flying your drone in gustier conditions, you will come to the conclusion that the average flight duration of your drone will be significantly reduced in comparison to when you are flying it on a bright sunny day. Similarly, if you have attached a camera or propeller guards to your drone, its payload will increase and this will affect its battery life. Flight duration will also be affected if you fly your drone too belligerently.

A vast majority of the drones out there use Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries as their primary power source. They are preferred to conventional batteries because of their lightweight and high discharge rates that let them store and release plenty of energy.

These batteries also vary in size and capacity. For instance, the world’s smallest quadcopter, Cheerson CX-10 uses only a 100 mAh battery while the larger Syma X8C uses the colossal 2,000 mAh battery. In general, the bigger the battery size, the higher the flight duration of your drone.

Having said that, there could be some occasions when a battery with higher capacity might not be too advantageous. This is so because bigger batteries tend to be more bulky which might result in reduced flight durations, with the battery releasing more energy notwithstanding. This is an important fact that you need to keep in mind while you attempt to enhance your battery’s life duration.

 

  • How long do drones take to charge?

Typically, batteries of a consumer drone take around 60 to 90 minutes to get charged. The amount of time required to get the batteries charged also depends on whether they are being charged through a USB charging cable or a charging hub. A charging hub would of course charge the batteries a lot quicker than the USB cable. 

At the same time, drones come with different sets of features and hence boast varying charging times. Drones are generally light in weight and compact in size and that is why the batteries used for their operation are able to keep them airborne for extended intervals of time. Having said that, the flight timings for most of the DJI hobbyist or commercial drones range between 30 and 40 minutes so you should be aware of the fact that you would be needing to get them charged quite frequently.

Typically, smaller drones are not compatible with USB cable charging as their batteries are small enough to not be dependent on the DJI’s proprietary charger. So, larger drones would require larger batteries and hence will take more time to get charged in comparison with the smaller models. The charging technique can also play a pivotal role in determining the amount of time it would take for the drone to charge. As discussed earlier, it would take more amount of time to charge the batteries using a USB charging cable in contrast to using a USB charging hub. The surrounding temperatures also have an impact on the time of charging. It is important that you avoid charging your batteries in extreme temperatures i.e. when it is too hot or cold. Besides taking more time to charge, there will be an added risk of the batteries getting permanently damaged in extreme temperatures.

 

  • How do you store a drone?

Drone owners are often met with the conundrum of transporting their drone safely from one place to another. One cannot carry a drone in one’s bare hands which is where drone bags, backpacks and cases come into the picture. The smaller drones available on the market can be comfortably accommodated in a bigger pocket or even a water bottle pouch. However, one still needs a bag to carry a drone even if there is a need to place drone accessories.

If you own a drone, you must have been overwhelmed with the urge not to spend money on purchasing a protective cover for your low cost drone. Having said that, it is always advisable to be ready to save some money up one’s sleeves for a nice protective drone bag. There are several drone bags, backpacks and cases that have hit the shelves in recent times.

It can be quite a hassle to get your hands on a drone bag that suits your needs. A rugged case for your drone is a must when transporting it from one place to another. A bag with basic feature is enough to let me move out from my house into the neighborhood while my backpack enables me to go for a hike with my beloved gadget.

Build quality, size and organization are some of the major aspects that need to be taken into account as one would want a drone bag that fits all your gear. Moreover, the carrying techniques offered in a drone bag, case and backpack are also vital as all straps are not of the same quality. Resistance to moisture and even the ability of a bag to be completely waterproof are other crucial factors that need to be taken into consideration since a drone’s controller along with its accessories must be kept as dry as possible.

 

  • Do drones need batteries?

It goes without saying that drones need batteries to power their different operations. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are the most commonly used ones when it comes to drones as they provide higher energy density in comparison with their size and weight. Hence, thanks to their higher voltage per cell, LiPo batteries efficiently provide power to the drone’s onboard systems. They also tend to discharge at a slower rate relatively in contrast to the other rechargeable batteries out there and hence hold the charge for extended periods of time. Having said that, their misuse or improper charging can result in their failure to providing peak voltage for longer intervals of time and can even lead to them catching fire.

 

  • Are drone batteries rechargeable?

Conventional drone batteries can be recharged 300 to 500 times before they could be disposed of. Generally, drones use NiMH (for smaller drones) or LiPo batteries (for larger drones). Also, the mAh rating for the batteries is a critical parameter. The higher its value, the more powerful the battery would be and hence more speed and power would be generated. 

 

  • Are drone batteries safe?

Generally, drones use NiMH (for smaller drones) or LiPo batteries (for larger drones). Lithium Polymer batteries need to be handled with care as opposed to NiMH batteries. However, over-charge and discharge are a couple of events that lead to issues cropping up in LiPo batteries in shape of smoke or fire. So, you should ensure that the charger is compatible with the battery. If your battery has been damaged or does not get charged anymore or is unusable, you have to dispose it off. You should not put it in the dustbin since it will still be dangerous. Get the LiPo battery completely discharged before disposing it.

 

  • Can drones explode?

Lithium Polymer batteries need to be handled with care as opposed to NiMH batteries. Here are a few things that you need to do right in order to ensure that your LiPo batteries perform efficiently and boast a longer lifespan besides ensuring that they do not explode.

As soon as you get a LiPo battery, get it charged up. Ensure that the charger is compatible with the battery. You can check it out from the instructions scribbled on the charger, packaging or the instructions manual. Once you are sure that the charger is compatible with the battery, get the battery charged up. In case of a programmable charger, apply the correct settings to charge your battery.

LiPo need to be stored well in order to ensure their efficiency and longer lifespan. If a LiPo battery is stored flat or completely charged for more than a couple of weeks, it will be detrimental to the lifespan and performance of the battery. All LiPo batteries should be stored at 3.7V to 3.85V per cell which is about half to three-fourths of being fully charged.

If your charger comes with the storage charge setting that automatically charges or discharges the battery to requisite storage voltage and you are sure that the battery will not be used for more than a week, then opt for the storage charge setting.

If your charger is not equipped with this feature, then you can charge it for half of the charging time. This should provide the battery the requisite voltage which is preferable to storing the battery flat or completely charged up. You can also check the voltage of the cell using the balance lead and the multimeter.

If your battery has been damaged or does not get charged anymore or is unusable, you have to dispose it off. You should not put it in the dustbin since it will still be dangerous. Get the LiPo battery completely discharged before disposing it. Connect a device that has a low current draw such as a light bulb and get the battery discharged. The time of discharging will depend on the extent of battery’s charge percentage but generally it will take two to three days for the LiPo to get discharged completely.

 

  • How can I charge my drone without a charger?

You can use a USB connection to charge your drone if it is extremely urgent and you do not have access to a charger. Connect the USB cable to a powering device such as a computer, power bank or printer and insert the other end of the cable into the drone. Now, turn on the powering device and you would be able to charge your drone without a charger.

Another method in this regard could be to use a power bank or anything that can provide power to your drone battery. Some of the power banks also come with a 12V DC output which means that you can also charge your drone with a vehicle charger. Finally, it is always a safe exercise to keep additional batteries in your repertoire

 

  • Do drone batteries catch fire?

We suggest you to play it safe with LiPo batteries since there are lots of horror stories related to LiPo batteries. They can catch fire if being mishandled. There can be a number of reasons for the LiPo batteries to catching fire but over discharging or overcharging are two of the most common factors. By using a LiPo balance charger, you can reduce the probability of damage to the battery and its surroundings. Never ever use an ESC without a LiPo cut-off feature. A LiPo safe pouch should always be used while charging and storing these batteries. Ensure that once you store them, the requisite cell voltage is maintained.

 

  • Why do drone batteries explode?

There can be a number of reasons for the LiPo batteries to catching fire but over discharging or overcharging are two of the most common factors. By using a LiPo balance charger, you can reduce the probability of damage to the battery and its surroundings. Never ever use an ESC without a LiPo cut-off feature.

 

  • Can you overcharge drone batteries?

Yes, you can overcharge drone batteries but it would adversely impact their lifespan. This could result in the batteries getting overheated and run the risk of catching fire. So, unless your drone comes with an intelligent flight battery, it is not prudent to overcharge a drone battery. By using a LiPo balance charger, you can reduce the probability of damage to the battery and its surroundings.

If your LiPo battery gets overcharged, ensure that it is in a noticeable place. Secondly, the batteries, if possible, should be charged as farther away from home as possible in a ventilated and cool location. Also take care that you have a fire extinguisher in your vicinity. 

 

  • Do I need a LiPo bag?

If you want to travel with your LiPo batteries, then LiPo bags are mandatory. Thanks to the volatile nature of lithium polymer batteries, flame resistant storage charging bags called as the LiPo bags have become an essential accessory for drone pilots. The LiPo Bags are easy to use. You simply have to put your lithium polymer battery inside the safe charging bag and extend the charging wire through the top flap to get a much need higher level of safety.

 

  • How long do LiPo batteries last?

There is no expiration date associated with LiPo batteries but their performance is likely to see a dip thanks to excessive use or lapsed time. Despite the LiPo batteries being rechargeable, the optimum charge cycles that they support is 300 which in itself is quite optimistic as this figure is hardly ever achieved before the battery needs to be replaced. 

Speedy charging, more punch off the line and more power during the charging process are a few of the critical factors that make LiPo batteries such a hit among the consumers.

A vast majority of the drones out there use Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries as their primary power source. They are preferred to conventional batteries because of their lightweight and high discharge rates that let them store and release plenty of energy. A LiPo battery’s life can be adversely affected by a number of factors such as wind, weight, flight style and whether you are recording video or not. Similarly, if you have attached a camera or propeller guards to your drone, its payload will increase and this will affect its battery life. Flight duration will also be affected if you fly your drone too aggressively.

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