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djiuser_MP6tU5Q
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obvious disclaims aside about not flying when its potentially wet or freezing..
stuff i am curious to know has anyone flown in stupid cold conditions like sub zero and/or in heavy/moderate snow?  how has it preformed and if possible any reccomendations like something to cover the battery to keep it warm or somehting to afix to the camera/globe to keep snow off of it?  i been really concerned about the battery and how i could cover it to trap the heat in that it makes under use..  


i been experimenting with idea using an old neoprene laptop case i cut up since that can be fairly insulating, however i dont know what im doing beyond that...
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alaska42
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I have flown in all kinds of winter conditions. I have even flown at -20F. If it is below 0F I will throw some hand warmers in my backpack. In deep soft snow, I will hand catch otherwise I will stomp out a landing pad. I have had more problems with my phone or my hands getting cold than the Mavic. Great machine!
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ghostrdr
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I would not fly while it's snowing. The snow will be sucked into the mavic and melt.
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rolling56
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Snow on the ground with a sunny day......do you need ND32 or ND?? filter for days that bright?
I don't have a problem flying in snow as long as it is not snowing at the time i am flying.
@alaska42 is that your video? Nice one if it is.

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Ensure batteries are fully charged: Some drone batteries include technology that automatically discharges battery power after a certain period of inactivity. This maintenance feature helps extend the battery life, but if you haven’t flown for a few weeks it can be easy to forget that your batteries may no longer be at the levels you expect. Before you head out the door, take a minute to verify that your batteries are fully charged.


Minimize heavy control inputs: Flying at high speeds or at full throttle requires a heavy current from the battery and can cause a sudden voltage drop. Avoiding full throttle, especially during the first few minutes of your flight, and minimizing heavy control inputs will help extend the flight time.

Avoid draining the battery: Under normal weather conditions, maxing out the flight time and flying to a low battery level is common. But when you’re flying in cold weather, completely draining the battery can be risky. Fly until the battery drops to 30-40 percent capacity, and then bring the drone back down. Pack a few spare batteries if you know you’ll need a lot of time in the air.
Bring a portable charger for your mobile device: Many popular drones stream live video to a mobile device on the controller. Remember that the battery in this device will also be impacted by cold weather. You may want to purchase a small portable charger to power up your mobile device if needed.

Steer clear of precipitation

Most drones aren’t waterproof and precipitation of any kind can damage the camera and gimbal, short out a motor, or cause other malfunctions to the drone or controller. If your drone does get caught in the rain or snow, land it as soon as possible. Make sure to dry off the props and body of the drone. In particularly cold weather.


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djiuser_MP6tU5Q
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ghostrdr Posted at 2017-12-8 08:05
I would not fly while it's snowing. The snow will be sucked into the mavic and melt.

I’m not too worried about that, it’s tougher that people give them credit for, I don’t plan on drenching it, and I plane on flying with globe on and and something covering the battery which will for most part keep any melting snow/ice  out of the sensitive areas.

My concern more with snow or ice, snow build up negatively impact aerodynamics.. could it ice up on props or in the motors causing sudden failure, these are more my concerns.    Also regulating temapture, I done a few flights already in sub zero temps and found even a preheated battery (in my coat from warm indoors)  can still drop in temaptures slowly buzzing around, I’m seeking a way to regulate the battery warmth better.  
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-12-8 09:21
Ensure batteries are fully charged: Some drone batteries include technology that automatically discharges battery power after a certain period of inactivity. This maintenance feature helps extend the battery life, but if you haven’t flown for a few weeks it can be easy to forget that your batteries may no longer be at the levels you expect. Before you head out the door, take a minute to verify that your batteries are fully charged.


I have set my low battery warning to 40% and critical to 20% as preparation.
Auto correct is terrible on this...
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