Water can be a drone’s worst nightmare. You can be flying it out there, but the weather turns south and it suddenly rains, ruining your flight and your drone. While a lot of drones don’t do well when flying in the rain, there are a handful of other drones that are waterproof. With waterproof drones, you don’t have to worry about taking your drone somewhere where it can get wet. You can take drones to pools or beaches, or while you’re doing water activities such as fishing, kayaking, and surfing.
Now, there’s a misconception that you must consider while picking out a drone that can work well around rain and other wet conditions. These drones are either waterproof or water-resistant. Waterproof drones are completely sealed off, meaning they can be fully submerged into the water without suffering any damages. Meanwhile, water-resistant drones are not completely sealed tight, which means they can tolerate mild rain or snow but can be damaged when submerged directly into the water.
Here are some of the best drones you can fly on wet conditions:
1. JJRC H31
JJRC H31 is one of the most solid, entry-level toy drone out there. It’s the cheapest waterproof and splash-proof drone on this list but it comes with impressive features such as headless mode, brushless mode, one-key return function, 6-axis gyro for better stabilization and control, and the ability to do 360-degree flips. It even has LED lights so you can also fly it at night. This drone can get up to 10 minutes of flight time and 80 meters of range. Its 2MP camera doesn’t have good quality, but for the price, you’d be grateful that this drone comes with photo and video recording functionalities.
Goolsky Q353 Triphibian may be cheap but it’s a pretty cool waterproof drone. It’s called a “triphibian,” because it can run on air, land, and water. Pretty unique, right? If the drone gets in the water, it will easily roll up and float back up. It’s also headless, so you can just flip it and fly. It can run for about 6-7 minutes at a range of 150 meters and can be operated by a remote controller. It also has LED lights, enabling you to fly it in the dark.
The world’s first drone + boat hybrid, Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone lets users fly and sail. You can fly it as a regular drone, but you can also let it sail by the water by attaching it to the hydrofoil then by tilting it. It’s not fully waterproof, but it’s water-resistant and can certainly handle fresh water splashing. This drone offers 9 minutes of flight time and can be controlled using an Android or iOS smartphone. However, it only connects via Bluetooth, so its range is limited to only 20 meters. The drone also has a VGA camera and can be fully charged for only 25 minutes.
If you’re looking for a simple drone that can land on and take off the water, Hosim Aviax H2O Waterproof Drone is your best bet. It does not come with a camera, but it’s equipped with a 6-axis gyro, making it a stable drone that is fun to fly. Its maximum flight time is 8 to 10 minutes and can fly up to 100 meters. It’s a highly durable drone that is great for beginners who wanted to continue practicing even when it rains.
The world’s first modular, all-weather waterproof drone, SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Auto is jam-packed with impressive features. It’s a waterproof, submersible drone with an impressive 4K HD camera. You can use it as a boat and drone hybrid that can capture footage underwater and take off again. It’s also great to fly even when it rains. This drone is well-designed with a 5” integrated screen that shows the camera view (or FPV) of the drone, such as other information about what’s happening as it flies. It features intelligent flight modes such as RTH, Tap to Fly, Follow Me and Flight Planning. It also has a safety built-in feature to bring it home if it loses the connection with the remote or if it has a low battery. The Splash Drone 3 can fly for around 15 minutes on air with a maximum flight distance of 1 kilometer from its controller.
Power Vision PowerRay drone is not just a waterproof, it’s a submersible drone – just like a submarine with a camera. It’s a professional drone that can be used as a perfect tool for fishing, mapping, recording underwater videos and studying marine life. Designed for any type of water, it has a 50-meter cable, 12 MP camera, 4K video, and FPV headset to see what the drone is recording under the water in a live view. Watch the FPV footage through your Android or iOS device. It connects your phone over Wi-Fi from its base station, which is in turn, connected to the drone with a 50 meter or 70-meter cable. It needs to be tethered because Wi-Fi doesn’t really work well under water. If the cable accidentally gets cut, the drone will float back up to the surface so you won’t lose it. It can be submerged up to 30 meters and can sail around 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on your usage.