This Under Water Drone Conquers the Ocean… in 4K!


[Zack] Okay, I’m dropping it. Ready? [Dan] Yeah, go ahead. So right now I’m in a place called the Isla
De Las Mujeres, right next to next to Cancun. There’s this place called the Underwater Museum
where there are a bunch of statues buried down to kind of help, you know, the wildlife
and stuff under the ocean. Normally when I review drones, they are the
kind of drones that fly around in the air. Today, we have an underwater drone that films
things underwater in 4K. It should be pretty interesting. So after we check out the footage, we’ll take
the drone apart and see what the water protection is actually like. Let’s get started. [Intro] One of the things that’s really hard with
this actually…cuz like with the drone you can actually see which way it’s oriented in
the sky… you know, the lights on the propellers and stuff like that. With this, you don’t really know what direction
that it’s going when you’re in the water because there’s no way to orient yourself except for
when it reaches the surface. [Music] [Dan] I’ve got to check this out for myself. I’m going in! [Music] Inside the box we have the drone itself. This thing is legit. Here we have one of the vents for the propellers. So when it’s sinking down, it’s sucking the
water up and shooting it out the top of the drone. Then we have the connector here which goes
to the tether into the battery pack. And the signal where it stores all the information. We have the propellers in the back here. Underneath the drone, here’s the propeller
that brings it up and down. This is a sonar fish finder. It tells us the water temperature and finds
fish down to one hundred and thirty feet. And then this is a little magnet on the front,
so if you had like bait or something and you need to drop while fishing, you can just release
this from the controller and drop the bait. In the front of the drone we have two headlights
– LED it looks like – and then we have a 4K camera. And that camera is on a 2 axis gimble. The tether’s 225 feet and it goes into that
receiver there. Then the controller is kind of like the DJI
set up where you have the mount for your phone, and then you have the controllers there on
the side. Pretty sweet. So this thing right here is called the base
station. It’s actually like the WiFi emitter, cuz signals
underwater don’t travel. So Bluetooth and WiFi just don’t work under
water very far. So with the tethering cord – that’s why
we have that. And then this transmits WiFi into the controller
just like the DJI controller does. Data storage for the footage and things, that’s
all stored inside the drone with internal storage. So there’s no removable SD card slot. It makes sense though because the whole thing
is waterproof instead of water-resistant. So having the SD card slot would have been
really inconvenient as far as waterproofing that goes. One of the hugest perks about this whole set
up though, is that the charging port, which is also the same thing for the tether, the
battery inside this thing can last for 2 hours. Imagine a drone in the sky being able to last
that long. Probably one of the reasons the battery lasts
so long is that the water is holding most of the weight of the drone, and it doesn’t
need to support itself in the sky. And the propellers are pretty small. [Zack] Okay, I’m dropping it. Ready? [Dan] Yeah, go ahead. [Music] When you’re driving the drone, you can’t go
left or right to circle around something, you can only go forward and back and then
like twist the front left and right. So it’s a little bit different than flying
in the air. So it does make things a little bit harder
to control, but it’s not too bad. This thing lights up blue, but like I was
explaining earlier, it doesn’t really orient yourself when you’re in the water because
you literally can’t see it. So basically you’re just looking around you
in the water, maybe you can find the bottom of the boat you’re in, but it’s really hard
to tell distance and stuff when you’re flying this underwater. [Music] So now that’ we’ve seen what this can do and
we’ve explored the outside of it, you know it’s time to explore the inside. Let’s take this thing apart and see what makes
it so waterproof. One thing to remember as we take apart this
PowerRay is that it’s waterproof to 30 meters, or 98 feet, depending on what part of the
world you’re diving in. Water-resistant cell phones like the iPhone
or the Galaxy phones, are only water-resistant to 1 or 1 and a half meters. That’s a huge difference. It will be interesting to see what’s inside. There are several screws holding down the
exterior plastic. These are mostly for decoration and physical
protection, since there’s no waterproofing around the exterior edges. It’ll unsnap from the lower body exposing
the more important components. There are some weights attached to the lower
shell. This might keep it oriented in the water,
bottom side down. Or it might also be because this is a preproduction
unit that isn’t quite finished. There is a final version for sale on Amazon
today, already, and I’ll link that in the description. But this one’s just a functional prototype. The three different propellers are now exposed. All the motors are concealed inside the watertight
back plastic housing. The other side of the white shell can also
pull away from the watertight internals. And now it’s definitely looking more like
a submarine than a drone. There are a total of 46 hexagonal 2.0 screws
holding the two plastic halves together after. After all those screws are out, the top half
can lift away. There’s still wires attached to that top tethering
point. As far as waterproofing goes, a thick green
rubber ring surrounds the entire outer lip of the PowerRay. That rubber gets smashed by the 46 screws
around the edge, keeping all of the water from ingressing. There’s also a shiny grease covering that
outer lip as well. Water and oily substances don’t mix, so there
are multiple waterproofing barriers at work here. There are 4 screws holding down the main board
to the plastic body. And this would be a good time to mention that
any time you take something waterproof or water-resistant apart, it’ll never be water-resistant
again until it’s resealed. So with this particular project, I don’t plan
on reassembling this drone since it’s already been compromised. I’ll just keep it for parts. I unplugged a few of the signal cables. Interestingly enough, there’s an Ethernet
port on the motherboard. That explains the long tether and how that
signal works. I’ve never seen that inside of a drone before. There are a few more plugs leading off for
the fish finders and front camera, and then the whole motherboard lifts off exposing the
battery. Now this is pretty interesting. The battery that’s held in place by the 4
smaller hexagonal 1.5 screws is the same battery that fits inside the Power Egg, and aerial
drone made by the same company. Inside the underwater drone, the battery is
not removable, but inside the Power Egg, it is. It’s smart using the same battery across multiple
products, it saves a lot of money. All three of the propellers have black wires
connecting to the small circuit board in the front, right next to that 4K camera and the
front LED headlights. The drone is already pretty sweet, but if
I could add one more thing, it would be the ability to float sideways instead of just
forward and backwards. It would require additional motors, but it
would be nice to have more control while filming. It was super fun to take apart something that’s
actually waterproof. The waterproofing on this PowerRay is pretty
intense, and I think it’s time to go wash my hands. I’ll toss a link in the video description
with current pricing for this thing. Whether it’s just for fun or actual industrial
underwater inspections, it’s a pretty useful little tool. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you
around.

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