The drone crashed, what should I do?

After a crash, disarm the drone and then perform a post-flight inspection.

Remember to disarm the drone before approaching it.

After a crash, perform a post-flight inspection:

  1. Disarm the drone before approaching it.
  2. Check the LED’s for any warning messages, then disconnect the battery. Inspect the LiPo battery for any serious physical damage, such as punctures or puffiness. If the battery is damaged in any way, dispose of it at a hazardous waste drop-off location.
  3. Remove all props and check for any that are bent, nicked or broken. These will need to be replaced before the next flight.
  4. Check that all exposed wires are intact. If any have been nicked, wrap them with electrical tape and order replacement parts.
  5. With the hex driver, confirm that screws are still firmly attached and tighten any that feel loose.
  6. Inspect RubiQ’s other physical components, including:
    1. Arms, PDB, Frame and Camera Mount: Look for cracks or other signs of a hard impact.
    2. Camera, VTX Antenna and VTX: make sure the SMA connection to the antenna is still snug, that the VTX is still connected and fully seated and with the props still removed, plug in the battery to make sure the FPV goggles are still receiving video feed from the camera.
    3. Motors: with the props still removed, slowly spin the motors using the radio controller or the Master Control in INAV’s Motor tab. Use your hand to gently feel for any free spinning motors. There should be no rough spots or squeals.
  7. Charge the batteries and securely re-attach props and batteries before the next flight.

NEVER dispose of LiPo batteries in conventional garbage or recycling bins. Damaged LiPo batteries pose a serious fire risk. Always dispose of them safely at a hazardous waste drop-off location as soon as possible. Never use puffy or damaged batteries in flight.

Visit our Drone Parts collection to buy replacement parts or fresh LiPo batteries.