Drones are one of the fastest growing trends today. From simple quadcopters to enterprise drones and high tech military aircraft. Each day we see drones continually being adopted by consumers and businesses around the world to help in recreational activities, business operations and automation. In 2016, there were 788,570 drones in the United States, increasing at around 40% year-over-year and continue to grow into the foreseeable future. If you're looking at buying a drone there are some are some important known issues to be aware of and that you need to consider. Let’s take a look at a few of these and how to fix them.
Drone Battery Life Expectancy
Your drone will perform best when you have a fully charged battery that has been stored in a cool dry place before and after use. This can increase the lifespan of your batteries as battery performance has been known degrade over time. The better care you take of your batteries the longer they will last. Never leave your batteries in the drone as this can cause corrosive damage in the long term and shorten battery recharge over time. When taking flight be sure the battery is fully charged before use. If you take care of your batteries this will increase their lifespan and performance.
Blocked GPS Signals
It is quite a standard feature for a high quality drones like the Zeus X1 Drone to include a built-in GPS system. GPS allows the drone to return home or fly back to base if the batteries are low or if the pilot loses sight of his or her drone. In some instances the location which a pilot is flying, he or she may experience GPS blockage and reception problems. This can be a result of an electromagnetic field caused by overhead and underground cables as well as signals being blocked by rocky mountains and thick forests. So please be mindful of your surroundings and where you’ll fly your drone.
Flight Direction and Calibration
Many new pilots can experience their drones flying in the wrong direction during test flights. This problem usually occurs when the drone’s internal compass has not been calibrated correctly or has been adjusted due to a fall or minor collision. If you have a mounted flight controller check and confirm your configuration is correct and test before you take a long trip. To fix this simply calibrate your compass and test before flight. Sometimes resetting your drone by powering it off, removing the battery, reinserting the battery, restarting your remote and powering up can resolve this issue.
There are many different types of drone problems pilots may experience. Including the ones in this article. If you continue to experience any problems please refer to the troubleshooting guide that came with your drone.