Drones serve as eyes in the sky and are more than just flying toys! Experienced drone operators or DIY enthusiasts often want to enhance their drones' imaging capabilities and other functions by increasing their payload capacity and adding better cameras and other sensors.
Adding stronger cameras or other sensors can take drone performance to another level, but we need to be mindful of the impact of overloading drones!
Consequences of overloading a drone:
- Difficult or failed takeoff: If your drone's payload capacity is especially low (less than a few pounds), adding too much weight may prevent it from even taking off. The drone simply cannot bear the weight of its own body plus the weight of the accessories you've installed.
- Lack of flight control: Your drone is up in the sky, but performing poorly. Even if you maintain a straight flying path (or try to in any way), your drone will weave forward like there's no tomorrow. If you attempt to customize its flight path, the drone still won't want to fly as you request.
- Premature descent: Heavier drones will cause the motors to fail sooner, which will make your drone descend faster. Perhaps the drone will make a soft landing, but more likely it will crash. Hopefully, you did not fly your drone too high when this happens.
- Uncontrollable drone: Even if your remote controller works properly, you may not be able to control your drone anymore. Motors pushing themselves too hard may break, rendering your drone unable to fly.
- Overheating: Overworked motors generate a lot of heat that cannot be dissipated promptly, causing the entire drone's temperature to continue to rise. If your drone only flies for a short period, then the engine might not burn up. Once your drone cools off a bit, you can bring it back home, charge it, and give it some time. It may come back to life.
However, if you push your drone to the point of crashing, then both the motors and the drone might be toast.
How to reduce drone loading?
- Only bring the accessories you need: If your drone is equipped with a high-tech camera, then there's no need to install another drone camera for shooting. Doing so only adds weight to the drone.
- Change the frame: For novice drone hobbyists, when the drone is overloaded, the crash rate of the drone will increase by more than 20%. At this point, installing drone propeller guards and landing gear is necessary, but this also shortens the flight duration. For DIY drone enthusiasts, they may even modify their drones' frames by replacing their original structures and installing lighter-weight frames.
- Replace the motor: The motor provides power to the drone, and better motors will provide greater power to the drone. This is always proportional. Those who have attempted drone modifications can also replace the drone motor. This requires the drone player to have enough experience and ability, in order to avoid damaging your drone.
Drones are incredible, with proof being drones that can carry payloads exceeding 500 pounds. While ordinary drones may carry a few kilograms, many heavyweight players in professional drone flying have higher load-bearing capacities, sometimes as much as 25 or 50 pounds.
Whether you use drones for work, entertainment, or both, it's important to understand their load-bearing capacity. Flying beyond the drone's carrying capacity is never safe. Keep your drone within your line of sight and stay vigilant!