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drago_6999
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I know this isnt really the season, but next winter i plan on going around town and getting pics of Christmas lights. Im concerned about rotor icing. I know the typical response will be " Well just dont do it ", but im gonna try anyway. Anywhooooooo, i wanted to know if anyone has tried this trick.....WD 40 on the props, not heavy, just wipe a cloth dampened with it across them. In my old days of off roading and mudding, we used WD40 on all electronics to keep them dry, and my logic is if you keep moisture off the props you wont get icing. I wanna know what you think, or if any one has tried this or even what you all use to keep my P3P safe.....Tanks!!!!!

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evsjas
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I have flown in snow with nothing on props with no problems. Pam cooking spray would work too if you were worried.
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johnsr
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Closest I came to serious prop icing this past winter was in freezing fog; flying just as it was lifting. Cold alone isn't a major problem.
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rafen.rafen
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I ve flown with snow without serious issue. Most probably, battery will run short due to low temperatures. Suggest not toworry to much.
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jyurkyandsons
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I like the Pam over Wd 40 but I'll probably use lemon pledge
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Alan Guan
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jwt873
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Like johnsr points out, you need special conditions for icing to occur.  It has to be freezing and very humid/foggy.

I've flown multirotors in temperatures as low as -30C   (22 Below zero F) with no ice problems of any sort.  I don't fly when it's snowing.  I worry about it melting and the water getting in to things.

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Kneepuck
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I guess mounting 4 tiny blowtorches,  1 for each prop,  would not be too practical.  But it would work.
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Donnie
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Kneepuck Posted at 2016-4-25 13:06
I guess mounting 4 tiny blowtorches,  1 for each prop,  would not be too practical.  But it would wo ...

Oh Kneepuck , you gave my quite the "Chortle " with the tiny Blowtorch idea.....

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