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How to Ship a Drone

How to ship a droneAerial photography using drones with cameras are currently exploding in popularity across the world whether for professional or recreational purposes. With these unmanned flying objects equipped with video cameras, one can capture sweeping overhead views without the need for massive cranes or actual plane/chopper rides. In fact, one does not even have to leave the safety of the ground to capture impressive aerial footage.

Drones come in a variety of models including starter sets that will appeal to beginner hobbyists to more sophisticated equipment that come packed with amazing features and equally astonishing price tags. A drone is made up of the main body which houses the other major parts such as the motor, propellers, battery, main boards and processors, camera and sensors. The remote controller comes separately and is used to maneuver the drone during flight.

Just like any other electronic devices, utmost care is important when packing drones for shipping. Here are valuable tips on how to properly pack and ship a drone to ensure that it arrives in excellent condition.

The best way to transport a drone is in its original packaging or hard case if available. The original packaging usually provides compartments where every part can fit snugly, minimizing movement and thus, damage while in transit.

Depending on the model, a drone may need to be disassembled to fit in the original packaging or case. Follow manufacturer's instructions when disassembling a drone and ensure that every part is accounted for. Remove batteries or disconnect battery packs from the equipment. This will greatly reduce the weight of the drone which will also reduce the chance of damage in the event the package takes a hard fall.

Put each disassembled part in its designated compartment and make sure that it is secure and will not move or shift. Use extra  bubble wrap to fill any void to prevent movement. Bear in mind that the package may fall or encounter rough handling during transit so make sure that every piece is secured with sufficient cushion to avoid damages caused by impact.   Place any loose screws, nuts or bolts in a ziploc bag, seal it and tape to the package to avoid getting lost. Once secured in its original packaging, seal the package with tape.

For added protection, it is best to double box the original packaging in a slightly larger shipping box. Fill empty spaces between the first and second box with packing peanuts to avoid movement. The additional layer of packing materials will also protect the inner package from any form of impact.

Close and seal the outer box with packaging tape including the bottom seams. Address and label the package properly and take to your local post office or shipping company.

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