Splash Drone FAQ, Trouble Shooting Techniques
If you are having trouble with your splashdrone, the information below will help you troubleshoot splashdrone and provide valuable information about correctly operating splashdrone. This is a must read guide for Splash Drone to operate it correctly.
Here are some important points you should remember when using your Splashdrone. These points should be adhered to at all times to avoid operation issues and enhance your flying performance.
- Get familiar with the latest flight manual. The full flight manual is stored online due to it being updated on a regular basis. The manual can be found at www.swellpro.com.au/downloads/. Make sure you select the correct version for your particular Splashdrone. It is important to note, that the manual is designed for the China market, and the throttle is on the left. All Australian Splashdrones have right hand throttle, so keep this in mind when viewing the instructions.
- The Propellers only go on one way and should be wound on opposite to the arrows on the drone arms, keeping in mind that the silver and black props are opposites.
- Before flying, ensure you always do a calibration. This re-zeroes the compass, and also helps with the altitude readings. The manual will explain how to do this.
- After every calibration, ensure you always disconnect and reconnect the battery. Your new calibration won’t be saved in the computer until you do this.
- 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.
- Conduct a horizontal calibration as per the manual if you are seeing any drift after flight.
- Never fly below 8 satellites. Don’t even start your engines. Once you arm your engines that is accepted as the home point. Don’t move your drone once you start it, always take off from where you have applied power.
- Always check that your altitude is zero once you arm your motors. If it isn’t 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:
Re-calibrate the compass. If the drone ever goes into slight circles and gets bigger and bigger, it is hunting for GPS/Compass coordinates. A calibration will fix this.
I did a calibration but my drone doesn’t seem any different:
Ensure you have powered off the battery after you did the calibration and rebooted your drone.
My drone dropped from about 2M when returning home:
This can be caused by moving the drone or picking it up after you have powered it on. Ensure you calibrate it from the position you are flying. Also consider doing a horizontal calibration. On your transmitter, ensure that the drones altitude is 0.0M when you start your engines.
There are loud high pitch beeps constantly coming from the drone:
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.