The Splash Drone is an amazing drone and the first waterproof UAV able to carry up to 1 kg payload. To keep flying your Splashdrone and avoid chances of crash, few steps should always be followed. This guide will not only help you with most common issues you may be having with splashdoren, it should be read and followed as best flying guide for splashdrone. This is a must-read guide if you have just purchased your Splash Drone as you will see some very useful details about correctly running your new machine.
Below are some vital points you should bear in mind when operating your drone. These instructions should be followed at all times to prevent procedure issues and boost your flying efficiency
Splashdrone Guide to Safe Flight
- Make yourself familiar with the most recent manual. It’s always best to go to manufacturer’s site to get the latest manual. The updated manuals and firmware can be downloaded from swell pro website (www.swellpro.com.au/downloads). Make sure you choose the right version suitable for the drone you purchased.
- It is necessary to note that the guidebook is developed for the China market and US markets, and the throttle is on the left. All Australian Splashdrone have right hand throttle, so please keep this in mind when watching the guidelines. It might be confusing to follow the instructions that shows opposite throttle but if you have read this guide, you should have no issue setting up the Splashdrone using any manual.
- The Propellers can go on one way only and remember that it should be wound to the opposite to the arrows on the arms of the drone. Please note that SILVER and BLACK propellers are opposites. So, don’t get confused.
- Always calibrate your Splashdrone before flight because calibration re-zeros the compass and helps with accurate altitude reading. Please refer to manual to learn how to do this.
- After you finish the calibration process, disconnect the battery and reconnect to be able to save your new calibration in the computer.
- Check trim switches on your hand controller, they are the small silver buttons each side of your sticks. The indication of these is on the LCD screen. Ensure they are in the middle.
- If you experience any drift, do the horizontal calibration.
- Maintaining strong satellite signal is important. Avoid flying below 8 satellites. Don’t even start your engines. Once the engines are armed, that is accepted as HOME Point. Never move your drone once you start it, and you should always take-off from the point you applied power.
- Remember to verify that the altitude is zero when you arm your motors. If it is not zero, re-calibrate both compass and horizontal. This will avoid drop outs of the air when returning home. This value will only appear once you arm your motors.
- Remember that 14.5Volts is your minimum voltage you want to be flying at, ensure you have finished your flight at this point. Don’t consider another flight.
- Upon returning from flight, always disconnect your battery. Never fly after using the return home function without resetting the battery, this can create a loss of return home location parameters.
My drone won’t hold position and starts doing circles:
You should Re-calibrate the compass. If the drone ever goes into slight circles and gets bigger and bigger, it is an indication that it is looking for GPS/Compass coordinates. A calibration will fix this.
I did a calibration but my drone doesn’t seem any different:
As instructed above, you must always turn off battery or disconnect it after the calibration process. So, make sure you have powered off the battery after you did the calibration and rebooted your drone to be able to save it.
My drone dropped from about 2M when returning home:
You shoul dnever move the drone after pwering on - simply take off from that point. You should calibrate from wherever you intend to fly or take off, do not change position. Also consider doing a horizontal calibration. On your transmitter, ensure that the drones altitude is 0.0M when you start your engines. Also read about GPS above
There are loud high pitch beeps constantly coming from the drone:
You must land immediately. The high pitch constant beeps means the receiver in the drone is overloading the voltage. Our most common reason for this is a faulty or overloaded release mechanism. Don’t risk flying in this condition and land immediately and talk to your store.
My drone keeps wanting to come down, but the battery is not flat:
Ensure that your battery is above 15.5V when the motors are not going. If below this, it may be getting drained once the motors start, and may be at low level. Alternatively, a throttle calibration may be required. See the manual for this.
My drone is drifting from side to side, and not stable:
Ensure you have done a horizontal calibration as per the manual.
Is there a chance I can get water in my drone?
If you are floating in the ocean, there is always a chance, however, the Splashdrone is designed to be water-tight. Always check your lid is screwed down as tight as possible by hand, and that your wire port at the bottom is completely tightened.
I flipped my machine over while it was running and now it wobbles:
There is a chance that you may have bent your motor shaft. Take your props off and spool your motors up and down. Generally, you will see the bent shaft as the motor slows down. You can speak to your store about getting your drone repaired, or order parts and repair yourself. It is impossible to straighten the motors exactly how they should be.
If my drone starts flying away, what should I do?
GPS interference is possible and can cause your drone to appear like it is flying away. If you have severe GPS, immediately switch your drone into ATT mode. This mode eliminates all GPS assisted functions and will get you manual control back so you can fly it back towards you.