Can a Mavic DRONE survive A SALT WATER CRASH 💦?


Hello fellow adventurers
and drone operators! It’s Matthias from Bugs & Bears
and together with my girlfriend Doris I’m traveling the world looking for
wildlife and adventure! That’s my little brother.
In fact he slightly taller than me. So recently he visited us
on our journey through Yucatan. He’s also owner of a Mavic Air
and experienced flying it. Doris and I went on a dive trip to see
the bull sharks in Playa del Carmen. It was just a very short boat ride
from the shore – like 700 meters. He helped out and took some drone shots
while we were on the boat. We jumped in the water,
not knowing what would happen meanwhile above the surface … Samuel turned around with
more than half of the battery but the wind out on the ocean
was very, very strong. He was using the “Return Home”-functionality, but the remaining battery
dropped faster and faster. And the drone was already in sight,
but still above the ocean. And when the drone decided
to just start to land automatically, Samuel had two options:
(1) Still used the remote control, to interfere to kind of make it
back to shore or (2) start running towards the drone
and spot it or try to catch it. Just seconds later the drone
landed right in the ocean just a few meters away from a pier. Samuel ran towards it and a
witness told him the exact position. So he was looking in the
murky water for the drone. He put it out of the water! He immediately rinsed it
with a bottle of fresh water! But there was already
more than half a minute that the drone was in the salt water. Back home in our apartment
we decided to open the drone. And it was really terrible, because
it was full of this small salt particles. A lot of sand of the sandy water. Salt water is just the devil
for any electronics. So we decided to leave the drone open and rinse it again really, really
thoroughly with fresh water. What is it? I’m just washing my drone! After that, we put it in a pot of rice and left it there for three full days. Probably the three worst days
for us as drone operators. I’m a nervous eater. That’s how I cope with stress situations. There was a lot of dust and rice inside.
We had to remove all the dust particles, put a new battery inside
and tried to turn it on … I almost had a whole bowl
of popcorn for myself, just out of stress. We were super excited,
went out on our rooftop terrace and tried a quick test flight
and it was even flying. So the next day we went out, and we
found out that there were still some issues. So for the first try,
one of the propellers got stuck and it just didn’t start at all. The second time the processor
unit was overheated, because the ventilation system got also stuck. And number Three:
The gimbal still had some issues. Sometimes it was a little bit shaky
and very strange footage! Yeah, so I had to open the drone again
to its smallest parts and really clean all the electronics.
I even opened the gimble unit. here’s a link where they explain everything on how to put it apart and
how to put it back together. And this actually solved
almost all of our issues. Except the gimbal is
not as reliable as it once was. But most of the time it works And we still can’t believe
how lucky we’ve been in the end. It’s getting way too dark here. Much better here! So let me give you a quick
summary on what to do when you crashed
your drone in salt water. First of all, immediately remove the battery, and do not try to turn the drone back on. Rinse the drone with fresh water. If you have the chance to, open the drone
and even clean it on the inside. Saltwater will kill your drone
in the long run. Let it dry fully covered in rice for
at least three days – the longer the better. Clean all the rice and dust particles. The cooling fan and the gimbal
are specifically sensitive. And the last one: Stay positive
and hope for the best! This is what worked for us in this
absolute worst case scenario. And in case you’ve crashed
your drone in salt water we’re really hoping
it works for you as well. Be very careful when
following these instructions and when in doubt,
always consult a professional. What’s the worst thing
that happened to your drone? let us know in the comments Subscribe to our channel @bugsandbears
for more wildlife and adventure content. Stay curious and
see you on the next one!

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