Drone Fishing is great fun, but your drone needs to be looked after and maintained the same way you would look after and clean your fishing gear and boat. Drone fishing in harsh marine environments affect drones regardless of whether they are waterproof or not, and simple maintenance and preventative care will keep your drone used for fishing running at optimum performance and improve its overall life span.
The preventative maintenance listed below is something you should not just consider doing – It is essential if you are using your drone for fishing.
General Care and Maintenance
After use, carefully inspect all propellers and if a propeller is damaged, even slightly – replace it immediately. Do not attempt to fly a drone with a damaged propeller as this can cause the aircrafts stability to deteriorate or become unmanageable, resulting in the potential loss of the drone and/or cause personal injury.
Whenever using your drone in a salty environment always wipe down your drone thoroughly. If it is a water-proof fishing drone, remove the propellers and wash down the drone with fresh water. Submerge the motors momentarily in fresh water and wipe down the drone and motors – if you have an air gun blow the motors out gently – This should be done within 2 hours of using the drone before crystallization occurs and lightly spray the motors with Corrosion X.
Fishing Drone Maintenance – Preventative
All waterproof fishing drones such as Cuta Copter EX1, Poseidon Pro and Swellpro Splashdrone 3+ utilize seals that waterproof the battery compartments. These seals need to be protected and nourished as they will dry out and subsequently the waterproof seal will fail. Simply applying a small amount of OANNES Silicone Grease to these membranes will not only improve the waterproofing efficiency, it will keep the seals supple and prevent drying out. OANNES Silicone grease has a low dielectric value with high lubricity value – Never use petroleum jelly or any other products on your fishing drone.
All drones have electronics, and electronics hate water, especially salty water. High quality waterproof fishing drones such as the Cuta Copter EX1 have many of its internal electronics sealed in a dielectric resin preventing water intrusion and corrosion – but many drones for fishing do not have his level of protection. Dielectric simply means a very poor conductor of electric current, which is essential when using products to protect electrical circuit boards and connections. Never use a product that does not have a low dielectric value. In addition, corrosion reducing sprays for drones should have a high lubricity value and must be safe to use on plastics, rubber and neoprene seals.
Corrosion X spray is a Paraffin based product that utilizes Polar bonding which does far more than merely slow down the corrosion process – it kills rust and corrosion and penetrates and lubricates. Corrosion X has an extremely low dielectric value and can be used on electrical components up to 39,000 volts! Corrosion X can be applied on wet and already corroded surfaces and can even bring back circuit boards and electronics that have been affected by water. It has a lubrication value of 0.4, which is 3 times better than motor oil.
Corrosion X spray is a Paraffin based product that utilises Polar bonding which does far more than merely slow down the corrosion process – it kills rust and corrosion and penetrates and lubricates. Corrosion X has an extremely low dielectric value and can be used on electrical components up to 39,000 volts! Corrosion X can be applied on wet and already corroded surfaces and can even bring back circuit boards and electronics that have been affected by water. It has a lubrication value of 0.4, which is 3 times better than motor oil.
Simply spray all internal electrical components of the waterproof drone for fishing, including the circuit boards with Corrosion X – this will provide an insurance should water get into the fishing drones housing – A light spray is all that is needed – do not drown it.
Lightly Spray Corrosion X on all fishing drone motors and seals – leave it 15 minutes to dwell and penetrate and remove any excess product. This process can be repeated on waterproof drones after washing with water. In addition, you can apply 2-3 drops of Speed X lubricant to the motors seal and bearings. Speed X thrives under heavy loads and high temperatures and polar bonds to metal surfaces and will it not sling off. Speed X also penetrates sealed bearings and is 4 times more slippery than motor oil!
Battery Safety and Care
- DO NOT leave batteries in full charge state when not in use
- DO NOT leave on low charge when not in use
- ALWAYS store batteries at 3.8V per cell
- ALWAYS store LiPo batteries in a fire-proof pouch and in a cool environment
- Treat battery terminals occasionally with high quality anti corrosion spray such as CorrosionX
- TREAT all the wires at the point they go into the battery so the corrosion formula can protect the terminals inside the battery
- TREAT the copper plugs on the XT 60 or 90 yellow plug and Switch terminal and plug
- ALWAYS treat the battery and contacts after saltwater exposure
Spray Corrosion X on the LiPo batteries terminals and into the batteries casing where the wires are – this will provide waterproofing properties to the battery. When not in use always store the LiPo batteries in a fire-proof pouch and store them in a cool environment. If a LiPo battery swells – discard it immediately.
Corrosion X can also be sprayed on the internal components and electrical boards to add additional layer of protection and waterproofing insurance.
OANNES Silicone Grease, Corrosion X spray and Speed X can be purchased separately or purchased as a Maintenance package at www.ultimatedronefishing.com. The added protection for price is low and it will provide incredible insurance for your fishing drone. While you are visiting our website check out the amazing Reel X for your fishing reels! Call us anytime on 1300 DROP IT or drop us an email