Can You Fly a DJI Mavic Mini In The Rain?
I recently took out my Mavic Mini for an early evening flight hoping to get some nice sunset shots and video. Once I arrived, the weather looked a little ordinary, but I decided to get the drone out and start flying anyway.
I wasn’t even in the air for 5 minutes and it started lightly drizzling rain. I quickly landed the Mavic Mini, packed up, and headed home.
Once I got home I wondered to myself, ‘can you fly a DJI Mavic Mini Drone in the rain, or could this damage the drone’? So with a little bit of research and reading the manual, I have come to my decision about flying in the rain, snow, and even fog.
If you are planning on heading out with your DJI drone only to find that it is raining, you should know whether it is safe to fly your drone in the rain or not. So, can you fly a DJI Mavic Mini drone in the rain? Check this out!!
Can You Fly a DJI Mavic Mini Drone In The Rain?
DJI drones are not waterproof, therefore should not be flown in the rain, snow, or fog.
Flying a DJI drone in any form of precipitation is almost a certainty that you will ruin your drone. It may not happen straight away, but it will down the track once the electronics inside of the drone start corroding and breaking down.
Water and electronics do not mix!
If you are wanting to fly a drone in the rain or snow, perhaps invest in a waterproof drone as there are a lot of them out there.
More Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fly Your DJI Drone In The Rain
- The motor windings on the Mavic Mini are exposed. Water can easily get inside of these windings.
- The camera can get condensation inside of it due to a build-up of moisture.
- Water can easily get into the open body that is there for cooling purposes. Inside the open body are the main processors for your drone and gimbal. You don’t want water getting into these parts, as you will most likely short your drone out and the drone itself will be totally useless.
- The DJI remote controllers also aren’t waterproof, plus your smartphone or tablet that you are using may not be waterproof either.
What To Do If Your Drone Gets Wet
Unfortunately, there may come a time where your drone may get wet from either flying in rain, landing on wet grass or puddles of water, and worst-case scenario – crashing into a pool, lake, or ocean.
This is where insurance is handy, just in case you can’t dry your drone out or it has already fried due to the water getting inside the drone electronics.
Here is what to do if your drone gets wet from flying in the rain or snow
- Immediately power off the drone and take out the battery as soon as possible.
- Remove the SD memory card from the drone.
- Open all ports on the drone to ensure you can get water out of these parts.
- Lightly shake the drone to ensure you have gotten as much water out of the drone as possible.
- Dry the outside of the drone with a cloth to ensure the outside is at least dry and no more droplets will enter the drone.
- If you suspect it is only a slight bit of moisture that has gone into the drone, you try placing the drone inside a dry cupboard with one of those portable/throw-away de-humidifiers.
- Leave the drone fully dry out for at least 24-36 hours to ensure that there is no moisture when you try to restart and test to see if your drone still works. It is better to leave it for a longer period, you don’t want to fry your drone.
Conclusion – Can You Fly a DJI Mavic Mini in The Rain?
Well, if you have DJI Care Refresh insurance and don’t mind sending in your drone and waiting for a replacement, I guess you could?
Personally, I wouldn’t fly any drone that wasn’t waterproof in any type of rain, snow, or fog, but that’s just my thoughts on it.
Happy Flying from The Maddroner!!