Last weekend I wanted to fly my drone, but it was raining a bit. So I wondered if I could fly my drone in rain? Because I did not want to damage or crash my drone, so I did some testing only to find out “Can You Fly a Drone in Rain” And, here is what I found.
Generally, drones cannot fly in rain, because drones are neither water-resistant nor waterproof. But there are some drone systems with different stages of water resistance.
So Lets first talk about
What happens when you fly a drone in rain
This is what happened to one of my drones when I tried flying it in rain.
The water from rain caused a short circuit in the electrical components of my drone and my drone crashed in no time. 🙁
But does that mean that you can not fly a drone in rain or during snowfall?
Well answer to this question depends on the design of the drone.
The good news is there are drones available in the market which are ‘”Waterproof”. But do not get confused by ‘Water Resistant’ drone & ‘Waterproof’. They are not the same.
Lets find out the difference between the two.
Is my drone waterproof or water-resistant?
Water-resistant drones can handle the occasional splash or some drizzling.
Waterproof drones can handle the heavy rain, extreme weather conditions or underwater.
Let me guess, This is what you are thinking now!!
How to identify a water-Proof Drone?
Identifying, if the drone is waterproof or water-resistant is not that complicated.
In fact, it is super easy, if you know the process.
Let’s understand the process of identifying a waterproof drone.
Every Drone comes with an IP rating, which is either embedded on to the drone itself or the user manual will show that rating.
IP rating explains the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of debris and water, as well as accidental contact (including body parts like fingers or hands) to critical components.
This internationally recognized rating system was developed by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and is used heavily in Europe and Asia, with new adherents in North America.
This is how you can identify the level of protection.
The digit 0 is used where no protection is provided. For instance, a product rated IP45 would be better protected against environmental factors than another similar product rated IP31. Alternatively, a smartphone rated at IP58 is dust resistant and can be immersed in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
The below infographic explains the no. code in detail.
Watch the Video Below : Flying DJI Drone in Rain
So to conclude the above infographic any Drone which has an IP rating of 6 and above is Waterproof and between 1 to 4 is Water-resistant.
For example: If your drone has the code embedded as:
1. IP66: Waterproof
2. IP53: Water-resistant
So if you really need to fly in the rain, or in bad weather in condition, you should consider an enterprise solution. CompassDrone is an authorized DJI Enterprise dealer and have platforms that will work in all sorts of weather. If you’re flying your toy drone around for fun, you might consider grounding yourself until the weather clears up.