Cold Weather and Newbie Tips!
Five years ago, I received my first drone for Christmas. I immediately unpackaged it, charged up the batteries and went outside to my back yard. With hands freezing, nose sniffling, I fired the drone up. It launched very nice and at this time, I thought who needs to read them stinking instructions. Well, with the drone about 8 feet hight, It immediately made a bee-line to a rock wall. After a two broken propellors and a nice gouge on the shell, I regretted not reading them stinking instructions.
The following spring I purchased another drone, my first DJI drone, a Phantom 3. This time, I was ready for it. I accumulated numerous hours watching Youtube videos, learning camera settings as well as flight settings. I went to the DJI website and watched the videos that walked you through step-by-step on how to operate their drones. This time, I was ready for this drone. On a chilly day in March, I took a ride to Staback Park in Eynon. I went to the end of the park and took flight.
The drone controlled like a dream. The responses on the controller were perfect. The camera and video feed back to my iPhone were perfect. After I was done flying and the controls were almost muscle memory, when it was all said and done, I probably cycled those batteries a half of dozen times.
What I did learn this day is that cold weather flying is an issue that you can not ignore. The drone does operate differently. Colder temperatures shorten the flight time of your drone by slowing the chemical reaction with the LiPo batteries and lowering the battery capacity. A fully charged drone that typically will last between 20 to 25 minutes in flight, could fly for just 10-15 minutes in colder weather.
So if you do receive a drone this Christmas, remember to take your time with learning your drone. Don't make the same mistake I did, and for Pete's sake, read the instructions too!