The Mini 3 Pro is the newest model in DJI’s series of lightweight, sub-250g drones and the most exciting in the series so far. With such a compact model, consumers have had high expectations and want to know if it has some new features, such as a waterproof rating.
However, the answer is no. Like every other DJI drone, DJI Mini 3 Pro is still not waterproof. Flying it while it is raining is not recommended as precipitation might cause a short circuit making the drone inoperable and causing it to crash. Besides that, a strong wind can also impact your aircraft even if it is rated waterproof to some extent. For example, a drone that is rated ipx2 will be able to handle a light shower but in windy situations, even light showers become dangerous because the water particles will be going sideways.
What if it rains during the flight? Just return and land as soon as possible, and wait until the aircraft is fully dry inside and out before using it again.
Actually, no electronics are completely waterproof or water-resistant. If you are planning to have a drone that can withstand rain, foggy weather, etc, do learn about drone IP ratings.
An IP rating consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. The first digit (such as IP65) indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The first digit will be a number between 0-6. While the second digit (such as IP65) defines the protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against various forms of moisture. The second digit in an IP rating will be a number between 0-9. In some cases, you may also see an additional letter e.g. IP67M. It represents resistance to specific materials, such as oil or high voltages.
For dust protection:
- Level 0 is not effective against dust particles
- Level 1 is effective against dust particles larger than 50 mm
- Level 2 is effective against dust particles larger than 12.5 mm
- Level 3 is effective against dust particles larger than 2.5 mm
- Level 4 is effective against dust particles larger than 1 mm
- Level 5 is dust protective
- Level 6 is dust-tight
For water protection:
- – Level 0 is not effective against water
- – Level 1 is effective against dripping water
- – Level 2 is effective against dripping water when tilted at fifteen degrees
- – Level 3 is effective against spraying water
- – Level 4 is effective against water splashes
- – Level 5 is effective against water jets
- – Level 6 is effective against powerful water jets
- -Level 7 is effective against water immersion up to a depth of 1 meter for thirty minutes
- -Level 8 is effective against water immersion up to a depth of more than 1 meter for long periods
- -Level 9 is effective against close-range, powerful, high-temperature water jets
In the current market, the number of drones designed to land and take off on water is still small, but you’ll still find some, including Goolsky JJRC H31, SwellPro Splash 3, and PowerVision PowerEgg X.