To optimize the performance of your Skydio X2 it is important to keep your drone updated, inspect your equipment, and occasionally replace your propellers and batteries. 

Update your Skydio X2

Skydio will not force an update for your system, however, for optimal performance, we recommend that you keep your Skydio system up-to-date. If flying your Skydio X2 as part of a larger fleet or organization, follow your organization’s update guidelines. If an update is available, you will see a red notification icon next to the INFO menu.

For detailed instructions visit: How to update your Skydio X2E

Complete a pre-flight inspection

Before each flight, perform a pre-flight inspection to ensure your Skydio X2 is safe and ready to fly.


1. Inspect chassis - inspect the vehicle chassis to ensure it is free of damage.
2. Inspect motor arms - verify that they are free of damage and assembled properly. When assembled and viewing the drone head-on, arms should be parallel to the chassis.

3. Inspect battery - Skydio X2 uses magnets to seat the battery, which may attract metallic debris. Inspect the battery and connector pins to ensure they are free of debris and damage. Verify the battery is fully seated in the vehicle before launch.

4. Inspect propellers - Ensure that propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, and damage. Do not fly with damaged propellers. Fan propellers out so that the blades are separated.
5. Clean camera lenses - use a clean microfiber cloth to ensure that all lenses are dust and smudge-free before every flight.
6. Inspect motor hubs - ensure they are free of damage and debris.
7. Inspect the gimbal - to ensure that it is free of damage and debris, and moving freely.

[caution]Always follow the safety guidelines: Skydio Safety and Operating Guide.[/caution]

Check your propellers

A routine preflight inspection should include the propellers to ensure they are in good working condition. For optimal performance, Skydio recommends replacing your propellers after 100 hours of flight time or whenever you notice any damage. Replace all propellers in the hub, even if only one is damaged, to reduce any potential variations and to make it easier to track propeller flight time.

Good Condition Acceptable Do Not Fly
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[warning text="Propellers with hairline cracks or large breaks, chops, or bends should be replaced immediately. Do NOT fly the X2E with propellers that are not in good condition as serious bodily harm or injury may occur."]

Maintain your batteries

Skydio X2 batteries are seated using magnets that may potentially attract metallic debris.  Prior to installing your Battery, visually inspect the magnets and connector pins, to ensure that they are clean and free of debris or damage. DO NOT use if damage has occurred to magnets or connector pins.To ensure you get the best performance from your batteries, visit: Skydio X2 battery guidelines, troubleshooting, and safety.

The lifespan of a Skydio X2 battery is 1 year or 200 Battery cycles. After this point, you may experience a decline in charging and performance. Battery life is highly dependent on your use case, and Skydio recommends replacing your battery when the flight time has degraded below what is acceptable for your use case.

Skydio X2 lifespan

The lifespan of a Skydio X2 is 1000 flight hours. After this point, you may experience a decline in performance. Drone life is highly dependent on your use case, and Skydio recommends replacing your drone when it has degraded below what is acceptable for your use case.


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