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5 things to keep in mind when flying in cold weather

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DJI drones use lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries. However, such batteries will not perform well in cold temperatures because the chemical reaction inside the batteries will slow down. Note the following:

  • Use only fully charged batteries.
  • Heat the batteries to 20 ° C or more before flying. You can check the temperature of the batteries in the DJI GO app.
  • Just let the drone hover for a minute to warm up the battery.
  • Operate the control sticks gently to avoid a sudden voltage drop.
  • Batteries discharge faster in cold temperatures. Check the battery status more often during the flight.


A reduced field of vision and the moisture in snow pose dangers if you want to take aerial photos of winter landscapes with your drone. Note the following:

  • Take a look at the weather report. Avoid strong winds, rain and snow.

  • Do not fly at temperatures below 0 ° C.

  • Avoid landing on snow. The moisture can damage the motor. We recommend using a landing pad for your drone.

  • The GPS signal should be strong enough

Keep your phone / tablet warm

In extremely cold temperatures, it can happen that your mobile phone suddenly switches off. Just like a drone, your cell phone also uses a LiPo battery. So keep your cell phone warm too. The same goes for your hands. Use gloves to avoid chilblains. The fingertips freeze off fastest and make the fine motor skills of the fingers, which is necessary for steering difficult, difficult.

Settings – exposure and white balance

Snow is white. You have to configure the exposure and the white balance accordingly in order to get good photos. Relying on the automatic mode can lead to dark images.

By increasing the corresponding number, your image will be slightly overexposed, but this may have a positive effect on snow images. Otherwise the snow could look gray.


Storing your drone for a long period of time can have a negative impact on performance. Correct storage is important:

  • Charge and discharge the battery at least once every three months.

  • Remove the propellers and the gimbal bracket when storing your drone.

  • Store your drone in a dry environment, away from magnetic radiation and in an ambient temperature of approx. 25 ° C.