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Your drone in wintry and cold conditions, particularly for the mini too first up fatigue. This is such an important one. I cannot stress more when you are tired and cold and feeling the exposure to the elements. Things, like you know, the harsh cold, wind, wintry, snowy conditions, etc. Your capability to fly a drone. Your mental capacity is going to diminish. So you need to ensure that your drone flight remains as safe and as focused as possible. From the point of view of being able to get your drone flight back, so look after yourself wrap up warm make sure you bring some coffee in a flask with you and be prepared to go and sit in the car to warm up for a few minutes. If you feel like you need that before you fly your next battery etc, take breaks youre going to find that exposure and fatigue is going to affect you more in wintry conditions than in spring or summer, especially here in the uk. The next tip is all about water and moisture, avoid getting your drone wet as much as possible. Ive seen a lot of posts on facebook, instagram and across social media talking about flying their mini too in wet conditions, even in the rain. These drones are not ip rated for rain, and the moisture can get into any of these little grooves can get into the what are exposed motors and can cause issues. Those can be immediate issues in terms of the drone literally dropping out of the sky, although thats very rare, but certainly issues from the point of view of deteriorating the drone over time, and you end up essentially with a brick.

Even small amounts of moisture can actually cause issues with a drone over time more on moisture, coming up later, believe it or not. Next, up is talking about your area of operation, where youre actually going to fly your drone from consider that youre going to be out in the elements for a bit of time. So, when youre actually setting up your flight when youre, you know preparing your drone unfurling, it making sure its got its sd card and checking for damage and that type of thing try to ensure that youve got somewhere, which is perhaps not covered, but sheltered. Perhaps next to a building under some trees. If your car is an open tail boot, you know sit in there or you know, get underneath it to give yourself a bit of coverage so that you can really concentrate on getting your drone ready for flight. Also wintry and cold conditions might mean theres going to be a lot more debris and bits on the floor be that snow ice sticks, anything that happens in wintry rainy conditions, so take a landing pad with you. Now, if youre like me, i dont usually have a landing pad with me all the time when im flying the mini two, but now its winter. I will again start bringing that one with me, even though i do hand launch and hand catch this little drone. Pretty much 99 of the time. Why then do i need a landing pad? Well, it takes two seconds to unfurl on the ground and if there are any issues with your flight, if its a bit windy suddenly starts to rain, you dont want to take those few extra seconds to get the drone to hover over your hand and then come Down quietly, perhaps its even too windy to have that happen safely, then a landing pad means youre not going to be bringing the drone down on an area that you havent checked out.

First with bits of rock snow and ice on there. Basically, next up were going to talk about weights and know before you ask this isnt becoming a self help. Video, although i know i know but im, talking about adding weight to your drone, whether youre, adding something like a cree strobe light. So you can see in the wintery conditions a bit more and have and improve your visual line of sight or whether youre talking about something like the dji fpv drone and adding a camera on the top. All that type of thing one thing to bear in mind in cold conditions is adding weight, will not impact the performance in the way that youre used to in spring or summer. So lets say you know adding your gopro to something like this gives you i dont know say: 10. 15 less battery time. You have to bear in mind that that percentage will increase in the winter, because your drone is working harder and is also going to have decreased battery life already because of the cold conditions, so bear in mind. Adding weight from a percentage point of view could actually impact your battery little bit more. So the first few times that youre flying in really cold conditions, try to make sure that you bring things back a little bit sooner than you have been during the spring or summer. Just to give you that bit more of data, so you can cross, compare how much time youre getting and adjust your flights accordingly.

My next tip is to check the manufacturers guidelines for operating temperatures now for drones, like the dji mini 2. Youre not really going to have a problem with the upper operating temperature here in the uk, which is actually 40 degrees centigrade. We wish dont, we yeah. Uk drone flies certainly the bottom one, which is actually zero degrees thats, where youre going to start to come unstuck. Potentially, bear in mind that, if youre flying at one or two degrees centigrade and youre taking your drone up into the air 100 200 feet, things like wind, chill factor so real real feel temperature, which is the one you should really be looking at, could easily get Below the zero centigrade and therefore be outside of the of the manufacturers operating guidelines, thats something to be really careful of. If youre aware that youre approaching the manufacturers minimum, for instance with the dji mini 2 0 degree celsius operating temperature, then be aware that, as you get higher, that temperature is going to drop with the windchill factor. That type of thing, just something to be aware of. One small tip something that i do is actually take a microfiber cloth with me so that before i actually take off with the drone, i can give the whole thing a quick wipe down to ensure that theres, no water, moisture, etc loitering around the props and that Type of thing it is a little bit over the top, but its just my personal preference from the point of view of ensuring that, once the drone is up there, if it does have any moisture added to it from the atmosphere were not going to have icing Problems and that type of thing now weve already discussed that things like drones and water.

Moisture, dont really mix very well. So when youre flying your drone, avoid clouds fog mist and that type of thing in terms of actually flying through it and what youre going to find is that youre going to have more moisture in clouds, fog, mist, etc in wintry conditions than perhaps youre used to So you will find sometimes that your drone coming out the other side of a mist patch is actually pretty heavily covered in water and again that water is going to ingress at several points across most drones. So consider that when youre out flying early in the morning in particular, whilst were talking about location, lets, talk about the altitude of takeoff for a moment now us uk drone flyers enjoying the dji mini 2, especially as hobbyists, have, of course, a lot more freedom where This little drone can go so in the spring and summer months we enjoy very much getting those stunning sunset shots, particularly with the city backdrop, and that type of thing is a new area for us to play in so weve certainly been doing that a lot in The summer, however, come the winter were going to be more tempted and more attracted back to the countryside with those wintry shots, those beautiful winters, sunrises and snowy conditions, theres. Nothing like a beautiful landscape covered in snow, with a few little farmhouses dotted around one thing to bear in mind when were out doing that when youre taking your drone hiking with you this winter, that type of thing is altitude of takeoff.

If youre taking off above sea level, up in the mountains or hills youre going to find, the drone is already working harder. Add to that again. The cold conditions and you have a recipe for shorter battery life. So again make sure youre aware, if youre going to fly a couple of batteries, perhaps bring that first battery back a little bit sooner than you normally would just to make sure that youre not seeing dramatically reduced timings. Batteries need more winter care. Try to ensure that your batteries are charged fully when you fly and with things like djis, smart batteries, intelligent batteries ensure that you have charged your drone really id say about 24 hours before maximum. Before you fly. This will ensure you have the maximum amount of battery available to you. Despite the cold conditions, you could also consider pocket warmers to help keep your batteries warm, be they the little crack packs that you can get very very cheaply from most stores or some of the more professional battery powered hand. Warmers i tend to pop one in each pocket of my coat and also pop a couple of batteries in there, especially the mini 2. Each battery fits in there with a hand warmer quite nicely. Now those batteries are going to stay warm until theyre used, so youre not going to get issues such as cold batteries, suddenly having voltage drops and that type of thing – and you know potentially having the drone drop out the sky, but that is very, very rare.

Have a look at your batteries and make sure theyre not damaged warped or anything unusual, going on with whatsoever. Any kind of issue that you have with a battery in warm weather flying is further enhanced. Further, an issue in cold conditions so just make sure the batteries are completely correct and as they should be, if youre in any doubt, perhaps switch it out with another battery and inspect that battery again, once you get home and you can recharge it, etc. In wintry and cold conditions, dont be too quick to send your drone off to capture that perfect shot were all tempted to get the drone in the air and across to where we need to and back again as quickly as we can, especially with onlookers. Sometimes, however, in wintry and cold conditions, its important to even more important to take off just a few feet from where you are a few feet in the air and away from you and really test out. The sticks make sure the drone is operating and is acting exactly how you would expect. Does it sound the same as it normally does that type of thing, any kind of issues, of course, its much easier to find out and do something about with a drone thats only a couple of feet away from you than something thats, two or three hundred meters Away already, and from that point of view, also consider not using 100 throttle, especially on something like the dji fpv drone as soon as youve taken off this little powerful drone, of course, is very tempting to get up there and rip along straight away, but again take It easy for the first minute, or so just so that you can bed things in again.

This is just so you get used to how your drone operates in wintry conditions, in particular, okay, so again, anybody that has any more tips and tricks for the wider drone community. Please let us know in the comments below. I would really appreciate it and it will help your fellow drone flyers out coming up on geeksfina weve got lots more drone in tech videos, including my flight in the gap week frz and the explainers around that, and also my unboxing of our new starlink equipment and The videos explaining how were going to be using that to live stream from and also a few of, the tests, including live streaming from the middle of a field. So again, if youre new here hit the subscribe button and if youre still watching this video, now id really appreciate it.