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What to Do if Your Drone Lands in Water

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Hey there, drone enthusiast!

So, imagine you’re soaring through the skies, feeling as free as a bird, when suddenly…splash! Your beloved drone takes an unexpected plunge into the water. Don’t panic just yet, my friend. I’ve got your back.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to take if your drone finds itself in a watery predicament. Safety comes first, so resist the urge to dive right in. Instead, we’ll show you how to fish it out using some handy tools.

Next, we’ll address the type of water it landed in, as saltwater can be particularly damaging. You’ll learn how to rinse and dry your drone to minimize any corrosive effects.

Finally, we’ll discuss what to do if your drone refuses to turn on. Don’t worry, we’ve got solutions.

So, let’s dive in (metaphorically, of course) and rescue that drone of yours!

Key Takeaways

  • Retrieve the drone from the water as quickly as possible using a net or other tools.
  • Disconnect the power supply and remove the battery to prevent further damage.
  • Thoroughly dry the drone using a soft cloth or towel, and consider using distilled water to rinse if it landed in saltwater.
  • Assess the extent of the damage by examining all components and testing functionality, and consider seeking professional assistance or contacting the manufacturer for repairs.

Remove the Drone From the Water Immediately



  1. First, use a net or other tools to quickly retrieve the drone from the water. Time is of the essence when your drone lands in water, as prolonged exposure can cause irreparable damage. Start by disconnecting the power supply and removing the battery to prevent any short circuits or further damage. Remember, safety first!
  2. Once you’ve removed the drone from the water, assess the extent of the damage and take necessary steps to fix it. If you have a waterproof drone, you may be in luck as it might’ve better protection against water damage. However, even with a waterproof drone, it’s crucial to let it dry thoroughly before attempting to power it on again. Water can seep into the electronic components, so take your time and ensure it’s completely dry before attempting any repairs.

Power off the Drone and Remove the Battery

To prevent further damage, promptly power off your drone and remove the battery. This is crucial when your drone lands in water or gets wet. Disconnecting the power supply and removing the battery will help prevent potential short-circuiting damage. It’s important to act quickly because water can cause critical battery damage.

Once the battery is removed, avoid turning on the drone or attempting to charge it. Instead, dry the drone thoroughly using a soft cloth or towel. If your drone landed in saltwater, rinse it with distilled water to prevent corrosive effects.

After drying, reconnect the battery and start up the drone, paying close attention to any unusual noises or smells that may indicate damage. Remember, taking these steps promptly can prevent your drone from further harm.

Dry the Drone Thoroughly

To prevent further damage to your drone after it lands in water, it’s crucial to thoroughly dry it.

After removing the battery and powering off the drone, use a blow dryer or rotate the drone to ensure that all the water is drained.

It’s also a good idea to consider placing the drone in a container of raw rice to absorb any excess moisture during the drying process.

For better results, disassemble the drone to ensure that all internal components are thoroughly dried. Pay special attention to any areas that may be difficult to reach.

Once the drone is completely dry, store it in a cool and dry place to prevent any residual moisture from causing damage. This step is especially important if the drone lands in saltwater, as salt can corrode the internal components.

Assess the Extent of the Damage

Once your drone has been thoroughly dried, you need to assess the extent of the damage. Carefully examine all the components of your drone, including the body, propellers, camera, and any other accessories. Look for any signs of water damage such as corrosion, discoloration, or malfunctioning parts.

Check if the drone powers on and if all the functions are working properly. Test the camera and other sensors to ensure they’re functioning correctly. If you notice any damage, it’s important to document it for insurance purposes or when contacting the manufacturer for repairs.

Assessing the extent of the damage will help you determine the next steps to take, whether it’s repairing the drone yourself or seeking professional assistance.

Seek Professional Assistance or Contact the Drone Manufacturer

If you notice any damage to your drone after it has been thoroughly dried, consider seeking professional assistance or contacting the drone manufacturer.

Professionals have the expertise to assess the damage, perform electrical work, and recommend necessary actions to ensure proper repair and prevent further damage.

Whether it’s replacing parts or addressing circuit board issues, they’ve the skills to get your drone back in the air.

This is especially important if your drone has been in wet or saltwater, as the corrosive effects can cause long-lasting damage.

Seeking professional help can also uncover hidden issues that may not be immediately apparent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Do if My Drone Fell in Water?

If your drone landed in water, don’t panic! Prioritize safety, disconnect the power, and remove the battery. Rinse with distilled water if it’s saltwater. Dry thoroughly, then explore waterproofing options for future protection.

Will My Drone Work After Getting Wet?

Your drone may not work properly after getting wet, as water damage can affect its electronic components. It’s important to assess the extent of the damage, seek professional help, and take preventive measures to avoid future water damage.

Does DJI Repair Water Damage?

Yes, DJI offers repair services for water-damaged drones. They have waterproofing techniques, but prevention is key. Warranty may not cover water damage, but DIY methods can help dry the drone. Retrieve it safely and salvage components if possible. Fly over water cautiously with waterproof models.

Will a Drone Sink in Water?

“Will a drone sink in water? It depends on the weight and buoyancy of the drone. Some drones are designed to float, while others may sink. It’s important to consider this when flying near water.”

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Dominic Schultz

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