Crashed my P3S in the snow, What to do?

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There was not that much water from the snow but i am deeply concerned about the motors, and percautions i can take to make sure the drone isnt damaged by water, FYI camera and gimbal are fine. it just inverted and crashed into the snow.
 

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They should be fine if you let them thoroughly dry out before flying again.
 
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Worried about a bit of snow ? All above models are just straight ordinary brushless motors, ordinary servos, radio gear etc. They all got drenched in snow ... brushed off ... back in air / use ... and they will all be out again soon for 2017 winter meet ...

As another says - just let it dry out nicely indoors.

I suggest you only wipe it over - don't use hairdryers or air blasting - that only drives the moisture deeper ...

FYI - it was common practice to run electric motors in a bucket of water to 'run them in' years ago ... Fresh Water is actually a very poor conductor, distilled de-ionised water in fact does not conduct at all. But beware of dirty or salt water - they do cause corrosion.
Snow is fine as its water vapour frozen before it becomes water drops and is fresh water base.

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Worried about a bit of snow ? All above models are just straight ordinary brushless motors, ordinary servos, radio gear etc. They all got drenched in snow ... brushed off ... back in air / use ... and they will all be out again soon for 2017 winter meet ...

As another says - just let it dry out nicely indoors.

I suggest you only wipe it over - don't use hairdryers or air blasting - that only drives the moisture deeper ...

FYI - it was common practice to run electric motors in a bucket of water to 'run them in' years ago ... Fresh Water is actually a very poor conductor, distilled de-ionised water in fact does not conduct at all. But beware of dirty or salt water - they do cause corrosion.
Snow is fine as its water vapour frozen before it becomes water drops and is fresh water base.

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It was not the cleanest snow out there. it was in a drive way, but from what i can see there is only sand mixed with the snow. but right now i have the drone on its back hoping to have it "drip dry"
 
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Sand ? Then its not corrosion to worry about - its abrasive sand. Don't blow it into the motors etc. - sand / grit destroys the bearings.

With easily removeable motors etc. - you can rinse under the tap !! to get the grit / sand out

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I guess being an active military vessel, flying around and filming the USS Constitution is out.
 
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Sand ? Then its not corrosion to worry about - its abrasive sand. Don't blow it into the motors etc. - sand / grit destroys the bearings.

With easily removeable motors etc. - you can rinse under the tap !! to get the grit / sand out

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Is it safe to remove the motors? Any guides i can follow?
 
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Sand ? Then its not corrosion to worry about - its abrasive sand. Don't blow it into the motors etc. - sand / grit destroys the bearings.

With easily removeable motors etc. - you can rinse under the tap !! to get the grit / sand out

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Just rinse the rinse with distilled water in case your tap water comes from flint. and let drip dry again.
 
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Hey Slack: Do you or anybody else for that matter know whether the boards are conformal coated like the military uses? Some of the higher end electronics I have looked into were, but most are not. Given that the DJI products are not inexpensive, and they started out as commercial birds I am curious.
 
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Put it in the dishwasher on the dry cycle.

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I have a brushless airboat like the ones above as well. I have completely flipped it on water, multiple times, and the motor is always fine. I even used the motor, under water, to get back to shore one time.
 
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So, at this point i am starting to think i should just spray water into the motors with a spray bottle, while tipping the drone so the water does not enter the drone. Good idea?
 
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Hey Slack: Do you or anybody else for that matter know whether the boards are conformal coated like the military uses? Some of the higher end electronics I have looked into were, but most are not. Given that the DJI products are not inexpensive, and they started out as commercial birds I am curious.
the high end e5000 motors must be, as they don't even mind sea water. I have them at the top of list for my build project. over 55 lbs and I can ignore the faa drone registration as well. or as california calls them, ghost drones.
 
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FYI - it was common practice to run electric motors in a bucket of water to 'run them in' years ago ... Fresh Water is actually a very poor conductor, distilled de-ionised water in fact does not conduct at all. But beware of dirty or salt water - they do cause corrosion.
Snow is fine as its water vapour frozen before it becomes water drops and is fresh water base.

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That was for seating the brushes onto the commuters, and these have no brushes.
 
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That was for seating the brushes onto the commuters, and these have no brushes.

Yes - I know ... I was just illustrating that fresh water such as snow melt is not a problem.

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Yes - I know ... I was just illustrating that fresh water such as snow melt is not a problem.

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So Nigel, Can you tell me exactly what to do or even link me a guide? Thanks, this is my 6th day with my drone.
 
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So Nigel, Can you tell me exactly what to do or even link me a guide? Thanks, this is my 6th day with my drone.

oooooo !! Without having the machine in front of me - I wouldn't want to tell what to do ...

I can only mention what can happen if grit gets inside ...

I have various motors of my own that have had all sorts of crud in them ... I've basically removed the crud and carried on using ... but that's me. I can identify replacement motors and fit so I'm lucky in that respect.
 

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