Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Drone and Its Propellers

The popularity of piloting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drones, is growing increasingly popular for commercial, artistic, and exploratory purposes, and for the enjoyment of amateur hobbyists. As is the case with so many other pieces of mechanical equipment, the more devoted you are to the care and maintenance of your drone, the more consistently, efficiently, and dependably it will operate for you.


For the most part, the maintenance of a drone is pretty basic. They should be given a pre-flight check before use and a post-flight cleaning and examination. Doing so generally doesn’t take all that much time but proves to be an excellent investment of time. The following is an overview of basic drone cleaning and maintenance tips that don’t require any specialized technical knowledge of the drone motor or its function, but will keep your drone in the air longer and performing better when it’s up there. It will also almost certainly save you a good bit of money in the long run.

Pre-Flight Checklist

Begin by checking the drone itself. Ensure that you have all of the necessary equipment and that the home point is set. If you’ve got a camera on your UAV, be sure the lens cap is removed and that the SD card is present. Make sure the on board compass is calibrated and that the appropriate flight mode is selected; check signal and satellite strength, if applicable. Then check the drone propellers. Be sure that they spin freely but are appropriately tightened. Check that the batteries are properly fitted and that they are an appropriate temperature.

Do environmental checks too. Let anyone near you know that you’re going to be flying a drone, and be aware of all possible obstacles, including trees and power lines, etc. Definitely be sure that you are in a safe, legal flight zone. If you’re flying your drone in an area shared by commercial, private, or passenger aircraft, you’re not only risking considerable legal jeopardy, but more importantly, risking the lives of those in the aircraft. Fly your drone only where it’s appropriate and always exercise reasonable caution.

Post-Flight Maintenance

Perhaps the most important feature of post-flight drone maintenance is propeller care. Propellers should be cleaned after every flight. A good toothbrush or comparable small cleaning brush is great for propellers. As accompaniment to the toothbrush, some drone pilots swear by toothpaste as a cleaning medium. They brush the propellers free of any dirt or grime with the toothpaste and wipe it off with a lightly-moistened microfiber cloth, ensuring that the propellers are totally dry afterward. Others prefer isopropyl alcohol.

After the props are removed, clean the gears as well. Obviously you don’t want to get any toothpaste on any gears or any moving parts. Those can be cleaned with another (toothpaste-free) toothbrush or other small brush. Cans of compressed air can be helpful as well. Although be careful not to spray those too close to or too long at the gears. They can damage delicate mechanisms by freezing them.

Before returning the propellers to their housing, check them for any warping or hairline cracks, particularly near the hub. The easiest way to do this is to lightly bend them. If you note any cracks, warping or any other issues, throw the propellers away and get new ones. Investing in some new propellers, even the most expensive ones, is literally a very small price to pay when compared to a crashed drone that was worth many hundreds of dollars.

About XOAR

For over 40 years, XOAR has been recognized as an industry leader for their innovation and the fantastic quality, efficiency, and precision of their RC propellers and the rest of their UAV accessories. Their use of leading-edge technology and the best material, engineering, and manufacturing has further established that reputation. Their specialization includes propellers for LSA, ultralight aircraft, industrial UAVs, Civilian Aviation, commercial applications, mid-to-large size UAVs, RC Airplanes, and more. XOAR’s propellers are noted for their quietness in flight, superior agility, low air friction, and excellent performance overall in flight.

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From Hover bikes to Quiet Motors: Technology to Inspire and Improve Your Drone

Like all other technological platforms, drones are just going to keep getting better. For drones, “better” means: stronger, lighter, faster, more efficient, more accessible, and more powerful. Additionally, their real-world applications are going to broaden out as more drones get involved in the delivery of packages, disaster relief, and more.


Right now, those applications have been largely limited to the use of commercial and hobbyist drones. However, an entrepreneur and inventor from New Zealand named Chris Malloy has taken drone technology the next level with his aerial vehicle, the Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike.

The Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike is basically a scaled-up quadcopter, but a few steps beyond the RC propellers you may be used to. It is lifted by two sets of two offset or staggered turbofan propellers. Essentially, similar tech that gives propulsion to a helicopter or hobbyist quadcopter. One main difference, however, is that the Hoverbike is made to be ridden.

The Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike’s design is, if not revolutionary, certainly unique and praiseworthy. Most of the Hoverbike is a combination of carbon sheet and aircraft-grade aluminum. The turbofan rotors are fitted into a protective blade-housing of UV-stabilized polycarbonate. Once spinning, the rotors cut through the material, creating a revolution channel that reduces the clearance between the top of the propeller and the duct wall as much as it can be reduced.

Other clever details include adjustable weights in the central, saddle section of the Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike’s chassis, achieving the appropriate balance regardless of the pilot’s size or weight. The earlier-mentioned offset props also ensure that the Hoverbike is powerful enough to stay in the air and slim enough to optimize maneuverability. The Hoverbike’s props, as one could imagine, are like souped-up drone propellers. They’re big enough to carry a platform that’s large enough to support a human being. And it got its start through a Kickstarter campaign.

While flying or building a hover bike in your backyard might be a little bit outside your budget, there are a number of ways you can enhance your drone to increase its performance, power, and efficiency. The best place to start is an upgrade of the motor and props.

Upgrade Your Drone Motor

Most drones come equipped with a stock motor that provides a perfectly acceptable performance. However, as an ever-increasing number of drone hobbyists, enthusiasts, and pilots are discovering, tinkering with their drone’s components to take its performance from acceptable to exceptional makes the pastime that much more satisfying.

The drone motor upgrade you choose will depend on your drone’s specs and what you use it for. If you own a small GoPro-carrying quadcopter, for instance, buying an industrial, heavy-lifting motor capable of hauling up to 70 kilograms of hexacopter and its cinema-quality digital camera doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. However, investing in a lightweight brushless motor designed to increase the height, handling, and flight time of a small-to-medium drone, while decreasing noise, is a terrific way to give your drone and the images it captures a new life and better performance.

Update Your Drone Propellers

Drone propeller technology has, like motor technology, improved by leaps and bounds since the mainstream introduction of drone-flying as a pastime (or livelihood). While some neophyte drone pilots might think props are props—if they consider them much at all—the difference that a new set of strong, lightweight precision carbon fiber propellers can make is extraordinary. Adding advanced, well-crafted drone propellers can also increase the agility of your drone and provide more accurate performance in the air. Seek out drone propellers that offer low air friction and a reduced noise level to improve the quality of your flight.

Should you decide to upgrade your drone, to optimize its performance be sure to source the parts from a manufacturer like XOAR that engineers their motors and propellers to function together as mutually-enhancing precision pairs. The difference will amaze you.

About XOAR

XOAR has been giving flight to UAV hobbyists for over 40 years with their array of products. Their dedication to innovative, cutting-edge technology complements their insistence on the highest quality designing, manufacturing, and material. This commitment to excellence has given XOAR a reputation second to none in the drone community. They specialize in aerial propellers for Industrial UAVs, Mid-Large Size UAV, Ultralight Aircraft, Civil Aviation, LSA, commercial applications, and the RC Airplane market.

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How to Choose a Propeller for Your Drone

Your drone and its flying capabilities are significantly affected by the propellers you choose to use. The material they are crafted from, the shape of the tips, even the pitch can be altered and improved upon with the right propellers. Below are some tips that address components of the propeller and how they affect your drone’s flying capabilities.


What your propellers are made from is essential because different materials enhance different capabilities. Carbon fiber props, for example, are ideal for decreasing weight and improving strength while performing. They also offer superior endurance which results in longer flight times. Doing your research prior to choosing your propellers will help ensure that your drone propellers 50+ improve your drone in the ways that you need.


The most considerable difference among propellers often lies in their shape and size. These components affect the thrust of the drone as well as how much current is drawn from the battery. The shape of the hub can alter structural strength and balance. The tip of the prop blades produces different results as well. Tip styles include:

  • Pointy nose:

Most efficient, however, it provides less thrust. Pointy tip.

  • Bull nose:

Creates more thrust due to its broader surface area. Flat, broad tip.

  • Hybrid Bullnose:

A mixture of the pointy nose and the and happiest median. Slightly curved with a little rounding.

Choosing propellers of the same size and pitch will increase efficiency.


According to Drone Omega, “The quadcopter propeller pitch is a measurement of how far that a propeller will move through the air for every single rotation of the motor/propeller. This is only a theoretical approximation since real-world factors such as prop material, air density, and efficiency can influence this distance.” The faster you want to go, the higher you want your pitch value.


The motor you choose for your drone affects its performance just as much, if not more than the propellers. Whatever your drone weighs, your drone motor 50+ should create at least twice the thrust of its weight. A brushless motor will increase durability and reduce wear and tear. While a brushed motor is lower in cost and more straightforward to control.

About XAOR

XOAR has been helping hobbyists fly better for over 40 years. Their dedication to innovation and technology allow them to offer high-quality products that out-perform their competitors. XOAR specializes in designing and manufacturing Aerial Propellers for Industrial UAVs, Mid-Large Size UAV, Civil Aviation, Ultralight Aircraft, LSA, Commercial applications, and RC Airplane market. Crafted from quality materials a finished XOAR prop offers a reduced noise level, increased agility, low air friction, and accurate performance in the air.

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