Dec 10, 2018
How to Store your Drone Properly for Winter
It’s that time of year to perform equipment maintenance. Have you thought about how to shut down and store the new drone and its software? You may be using your drone (or drone fleet) for stockpile management, project progress management, public relations, or a combination thereof. Whatever your goals, you want it in good working order next spring. Sources shared the most vital component to protect: the battery.
After you’ve gotten your final stockpile counts for the season, check your drone manufacturer’s battery storage recommendations. Some OEMs prefer you completely discharge the battery. Some have you fully charge the battery and store it with a “drip” current, draining power down to no lower than 70 percent over time. Some say discharge the battery to between 40 and 65 percent. The level of power also depends on the length of storage time, so you’ll want to follow your particular OEM’s guidance.
Then store the battery, unplugged, in a fireproof container, in a cool, dry room. The Lipo-bag in the picture provided by Stockpile Reports is one type of container you can use.
This doesn’t mean you’re done for the winter! Check on those hibernating batteries every two to three weeks. You’ll double-check the battery levels and look for any signs of corrosion or swelling.
You can share your drone storage tips on our Facebook page discussion. The articles referenced below give you additional information about drone and stockpile management.