Posted 8/6/2022 08:27 (#9782928) Subject: Autel Evo Lost and Found
SW Nebraska Panhandle
I lost control of an Autel Evo last June. I think I let it go too far out of range and it quit responding to controls. Looked for it but was never able to locate it and finally I ended up calling it quits and bought a new drone (and tracker). Yesterday I was running a field cultivator in a field that was planted to wheat last year when I suddenly saw a bright orange object. I stopped the tractor with the tracks just touching the drone. Picked it up, checked the battery status and was surprised when it lit up(of course it indicated a low battery). Cleaned it up, shook dirt out of the rotor bearings and gave it a try with a good battery. It started up and flew perfectly and everything worked including the camera. That drone laid there in rain, snow (over a foot of snow once this spring), endured sub-zero temps, triple digit heat, etc etc. I would not have bet a nickel it would still work.
The orange has faded somewhat and the gray parts have turned a gold color. Not sure what it says for quality of an Autel drone but the ability to withstand severe environmental conditions is truly remarkable.