As the winter months are fast approaching it is important to remember to properly store your drone and equipment. Below are some basic areas to consider when preparing for the winter.
Clean your equipment
Take the time to really give everything a good cleaning.
- Remove filters, atomizing disks and clean thoroughly
- Clean out spray tank
- Clean off drone, we use simple green and a sponge to scrub grime off drone
- Do not use a pressure washer to clean your drone, just use a garden hose.
- For batteries, use simple green and a rag to wipe down the outside of the battery. You can use some contact cleaner and q tips to clean the battery terminal.
- For your charger do the same as the batteries.
- It's best to store your RC inside to prevent moisture from entering your controller with temperature changes
- Where to store your equipment: equipment is best kept in a climate controlled area, however the drone can be stored in temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep drones and equipment in an area where it won't be damaged by other operations that occur in that area. For example not being run over by your tractor.
- Liquid tank storage: With the T40 you can simply remove the tank and keep it in an area where it won't freeze. Just be sure to clear the spray lines either with compressed air or use RV antifreeze to winterize the lines if you don't remove the tank.
- Battery Storage: It is very important to maintain your batteries even when they are not in use. During the off season you need to charge and discharge your batteries every 3 months. Failure to do so will void warranty on your battery.
- Fully charge your batteries on 110v, this will slow charge and allow all cells in the battery to balance charge correctly.
- Hover drone to deplete battery to 5-10%
- Recharge your battery fully on 110v
- Allow the battery to self discharge itself over the next 10 days, this happens automatically in DJI batteries.