With parts and information readily available, there’s no need to scrap your drone or quadcopter if it has a bit of damage. In this article, I’ll share with you some essential tools for drone and quad repair.
Micro Screwdriver Set
A screwdriver set that’s small enough for the little screw in your drone is absolutely essential. If you need to take off the cover, screw in mounts, upgrade or change the motors, you’ll need precision screwdrivers. Invest in a quality set as you’ll get a lot of use out of them.
Most electrical components are either soldered or joined by connectors. If you need to swap batteries, or motors, or attach a camera to your drone you might need a soldering iron to do so. Be prepared for any drone repair and have a soldering iron/station on hand for repair.
A good soldering station will have controls for the temperature, a coil holder for the soldering iron, and also an area to hold a sponge or some other device for cleaning the tip of the iron.
I recommend a small pointed iron for electronics work to ensure the accuracy required for small soldering work.
A multimeter allows you to test the voltage and other parameters of electrical components, which are absolutely necessary for drone repair.
Multimeters are simple to use, you use the red and black pins on a positive and negative terminal to see if you reach the desired reading. It’s a useful tool to see if your solder joints are done correctly and that you’re getting the right voltage where you need it. Check out the best multimeters here.
Tweezers are needed not only to hold down components for soldering but also to handle small screws and other parts that can come apart while repairing or putting your drone/quadcopter back together.
I recommend a solid pair of tweezers that won’t melt, and also grab very tightly on the end. Sometimes you’ll use your tweezers to squeeze and hold but they’re also very useful for holding down wires while you solder them.
Having a repair stand to set your drone on makes it really easy to work on. If you’re screwing, soldering, and handling the drone it’s nice to have it held down and solid on a stand. I would definitely recommend investing in one if you work on drones and quadcopters regularly.
It’s definitely not required but like I said if you do a lot of drone work I would recommend a stand.
Helping hands are basically a tower with grabber hands, and other attachments on it to make soldering wires together, or anytime you need a “helping hand”. These are more expensive tools but when you need them they really help.
This is probably a more advanced tool and you’d have to be doing a lot of drone work to need one – but when you do need it it’ll be a godsend.
When working with control boards, motors, batteries, and general electronics it’s always recommended to be grounded while you work. You can purchase a small grounding wire to ground yourself while working on your drone or quadcopter to ensure no static electricity is transferred to the work.
Kind of funny to think about as essential, but you do need good lighting to see what you’re doing, to properly inspect your solder joints, and make sure there are no mistakes in the work. Always use good lighting and also ventilation.
When doing any sort of work, you should always wear safety glasses. Safety first when it comes to tools!
Hopefully, this list of the best tools for working on drones and quadcopters was helpful to you.