Skydio 2 has been tested in a wide range of temperatures and has a recommended operating temperature range of -5°C to 40°C (23°F - 104°F).
Like most small electronics with embedded computer processing, using your Skydio 2 outside when the air temperature is hot requires some extra care and attention. Here are some tips to ensure you have the best possible experience using your Skydio 2 during hot days.
IMPORTANT: If you see a warning in the Skydio 2 app (or on the Beacon) indicating it’s too hot to fly, safely land the Skydio 2 as soon as possible and let it cool down.
Don’t leave your Skydio drone or accessories sitting idle in direct sunlight for longer than is necessary.
After a flight, allow some time before the next flight for Skydio 2 to cool down. Skydio 2 will stay hot until it is shut down, so when the Skydio 2 is not in use in hot environments, it's best to power it down and keep it in the shade.
Even if the ambient air temperature is below 40°C (104°F), pay attention to the environment that you’re operating Skydio 2 in, as many surfaces or nearby materials can radiate and intensify the heat, like roads, asphalt, metallic surfaces, roofs, etc. Try to avoid flying too close to anything that emits high heat.
If you’re in an air-conditioned space and moving outside to launch, wait for a few minutes before take-off to allow Skydio 2 to acclimate to the ambient temperature. Exposure to rapid temperature shifts can cause condensation to form in the lenses and electronic components of your Skydio 2. As always, you’ll want to make sure the lenses are completely clean and clear before flying. Repeated exposure to condensation can lead to erratic flight behavior and even component failure.
Most of the tips above apply to the device you are using to fly Skydio 2 as well. Excessive heat can result in smartphones and tablets throttling their processing, which can lead to unexpected errors on the mobile device, or adversely affect the device battery performance. If you’re noticing your mobile device is hot and/or displaying heat warnings, it’s recommended that you safely land the Skydio 2 until the air temperature and flight environment have cooled down.
Understanding Skydio 2’s limits and using common sense can ensure that you have the best possible experience when flying. Feel free to take a look at the related articles listed here, and don’t hesitate to contact our support team if you have any questions or concerns.