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Is the Parrot Anafi Drone Waterproof?

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Camera drones are a huge hit these days, and most probably you’ll agree when we say the Parrot Anafi Drone is right up there with the best. We can use them for security purposes and personal pleasure, such as during outdoor activities. But, how about during the rainy season? Can the Anafi live up to its claim of being an excellent travel companion? 

The Parrot Anafi Drone is not waterproof. It will not even float if it lands in the water. Some users claim that saltwater can damage this drone instantly. Make sure not to lose power when flying over water, and avoid flying in rainy or wet conditions.

While relatively new, the Parrot Anafi has already earned a gigantic name in the drone market. It promises lengthy flight time with 21MP photos, 4K HDR videos, and a noiseless feature. Only the lack of waterproof capability might make you think twice about this drone, but let’s be honest, most camera drones are not waterproof either! 

We’re going to share necessary recovery steps and some valuable tips in case your Parrot Anafi gets wet, plus other related information. Let’s get started.

Is the Parrot Anafi Drone Waterproof? #

Some drone models can withstand rain and snow. But in the case of the Parrot Anafi, water is its number one enemy. The manufacturer emphasizes that it is not waterproof and does not recommend flying it near water surfaces.

Watch the bellow test video to know how Parrot Anafi reacts when tested in a wet environment.

Earlier, we indicated that saltwater can immediately impair the drone if it lands in it or is even exposed to salt spray. Why? Saltwater is electrically conductive, not to mention extremely corrosive. It can cause much more extensive damage to electrical components compared to freshwater. So, in case it gets in contact with salt water, rinse any affected components with distilled water.

Can you waterproof the drone, though?

As of yet, no reliable posts or information have confirmed if it’s possible to waterproof the Parrot Anafi Drone, and we haven’t tried it yet either. But in general, many people apply waterproofing to their drones to lengthen the life of the drone. What you need are just cost-efficient materials along with some basic steps.

How to Waterproof your Anafi #

Conformal coating is the most popular method to make camera drones water-resistant. This reedy film protects the PCB and other electronic components against dust, chemicals, and water. It increases the survival chance of your drone if it happens to land in the damp grass or water.

Acrylic and silicone are the two types of waterproofing available. Silicone can resist higher temperatures. Acrylic, on the other hand, is known for its moisture-resistant ability. Applying, repairing, and removing it is also a total breeze. You basically have to melt the coating in place with the use of solder iron.

Just be sure to avoid delicate areas, such as the flight controller, VTX, RX, and FPV camera when using silicone conformal coating. You will also need good ventilation. It may take around half an hour before completely drying the waterproofed components, though it could be best to leave it overnight for extra assurance.

There are also products ideal for drone uses. You can check them out online or on the Amazon store, just like this one. But still, we recommend seeking assistance from your supplier before doing any of these waterproofing alternatives.

You can also consider buying a Parrot Anafi Drone waterproof carry storage case. You’ll need it when you go outside for hiking, biking, or other outdoor ventures to protect the drone from mist or heavy rain (while it’s inside the case of course). Better to be safe than sorry!

Can You Fly the Parrot Anafi in the Rain? #

Since the drone is not resistant to water, users are advised not to fly it in the rain, or in snow, fog, and wind above 50 kilometers per hour. The functional mode of this device’s ultrasound sensor and plumb camera also restricts it from leaping over reflective surfaces (e.g., glass and mirror) below 30 feet.

Besides rain, fog, and snow, a high humidity level can hurt your Parrot Anafi Drone as well. These conditions can cause an electrical short circuit, and this can happen even in wet leaves or grass. A few raindrops on the drone can also interrupt its flight capabilities. Yes, that’s how delicate the device is, which is why proper care and usage are critical if you want to be able to use it for years.

The best thing to do is check the weather forecast every time you want to use the camera drone. Pick a day when rain seems unlikely to pour down, and the wind is only light. It’s a good idea to have a forecast app on hand to know exactly when the conditions are just right to fly your Anafi drone.

How about in cold weather or snow? #

The good news is, you don’t need to put your drone into long term storage during the snow or winter season. You still have the option to use it, although with some restrictions. Consider the battery temperature – typically around 60° F. Cold temperatures cause batteries to drain off quickly, so check the battery status from time to time during the flight.

Only use the Anafi drone in light snow. Avoid flying in temperatures lower than 32° F, and most importantly, do not allow it to come into contact with the snow. Use a landing pad or other cleared area as much as possible when lifting off and touching down to land.

Assuming you’re living in an area where snow or cold season is an ordinary thing, you will probably end up using the drone less than you would in the summer months. If this is the case, you should pay attention to how you store the drone to avoid potential malfunction. Maintain battery health by fully charging and ejecting it once every three months and keeping the camera drone in a warm, dry area. The ideal temperature is about 70° F.

» MORE: For more on how to store and maintain your drone, read our article here 

Items such as hand warmers and special battery bags are a must-have too. They keep the battery warm and at a suitable temperature. But you don’t need to make an urgent visit to a local store – you can whip out the same hand warmers you use for snowboarding or skiing.

While flying the drone straight in the clouds gives you a thrill, experts suggest not attempting to do so. Clouds have a high amount of moisture that can induce ice buildup; hence, leading your drone to crash. Just remember Icarus?

What to Do If Your Parrot Anafi Gets Wet? #

We understand that weather can be unpredictable, and the possibility of getting your precious Parrot Anafi Drone hit by water is not unlikely. In some cases, the drone can run out of battery and end up falling into the ocean or lake. So, how will you save yourself from headache and costly repair or replacement?

Below are four easy steps to help you salvage your drone.

1. Switch off power and remove the battery #

Immediately after taking the drone out of the water, disconnect the power supply and battery as quickly as possible. Keep them somewhere safe, away from items that can cause the battery to burst into flames. You should also remove the outer case. Shake, move, and turn the device mildly in all directions to let water flow out.

2. Cleanse with distilled water #

Deionized or distilled water has no dissolved salts, so it is the most recommended option for rinsing the drone. If distilled water is not accessible in your area, you can use tap water as an alternative. Use a soft, clean cloth to dry out visible water.

One trick here is to get some salt, then put it in a plastic trash bag along with the drone (being very careful not to let the salt enter the internal components of the drone). How much salt you will need depends on the amount of water inside and the drone size. Place in a warm place for two days. Salt has a unique ability to absorb residual water. Another alternative to salt is using a bag filled with rice to absorb water from the drone. 

3. Check for motorized damage #

For drones, hitting the water is like hitting the ground. Aside from the battery, motors, main board and circuitry, camera, and gimbal are the risk-prone components once they smash the water. Start by spinning the gimbal pieces and motors. They must still be able to take spin spontaneously.

4. Ready for power-on test #

After checking the critical components and removing water in the drone, it’s time for a power-on test. You will need a new battery. Do not try to use a water damaged battery! Insert the new battery and switch on the power source. Test out with a controller to see if the drone is responding properly. Check for image clarity, drone stability, and accurate positioning, among other things.

If you are uncertain if water damage is starting to occur or want to have more assurance, we advise sending your Parrot Anafi Drone to a trusted drone repair shop for a thorough checkup. Otherwise, check if it’s still covered by your manufacturer’s warranty services.

A moderate temperature, light wind, and sunny days are the best conditions for Parrot Anafi Drone flying. But since winter, cold, and rain frequently arrive, you need to back yourself up with precautionary measures and tips to guarantee a smooth sailing flight. You can rely on the information above and worry less about your drone getting packed up or damaged.


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