Recently, battery manufacturers have significantly improved their own products, but along with the characteristics, their operating conditions have also changed. Especially stand out against the background of the usual batteries “smart” batteries from DJI. Batteries can significantly extend their lifespan and use of the drone if they are properly maintained and properly stored.
Smart Battery Tips
- Only use batteries with the maximum charge. Before flying, you should fully charge the batteries to eliminate the risk of unforeseen accidents.
- Temperature regime. For batteries, the maximum air temperature is +40 degrees, and in frost not lower than -10 degrees. Inspire2 batteries have a threshold down to -20 degrees.
- Battery mount. The controller must be turned on before installing batteries in the drone. The power button must be held down, and it is not recommended to remove the batteries while the battery is on.
- Charge control. After turning on the quadcopter, it is worth checking the level of battery charge, set the application to warn about reaching the minimum energy reserves in the batteries.
- Respond to system alerts. The DJI GO app informs the wearer about basic telemetry settings. When receiving notifications of a minimum battery charge or battery damage, an emergency landing and battery disconnection is required.
- Removing batteries. To avoid short circuits, it is recommended to remove the batteries from the quadrocopter only with the power off. To do this, the power button is clamped for a while, the controller turns off.
Tips for successful battery maintenance
- Battery heating. In frosty weather, it is advisable to preheat the battery using a DJI heater (for Phantom2 drones). Inspire batteries use the DJI Battery Heater. More advanced Inspire2 batteries warm up on their own.
- Caution in hot weather. When the heat is above 40 degrees, it is necessary to monitor the temperature of the battery. When the temperature reaches 70 degrees, the risks of an explosion begin, it is worth stopping the flight and landing the copter.
- Battery storage. When storing batteries for a long time, it is necessary to maintain the temperature regime within 22-28 degrees. Do not throw them near heating appliances or in the sun. It is necessary to protect the battery from water, and transport it separately from watches and various metal products.
- Proper charging. During breaks in work for more than 10 days, it is worth discharging the battery to a level of 40-65%. Batteries will wear out faster when fully charged. With the battery left, you can set self-charging settings through the DJI GO app. Do not leave the battery for a long time at a charge level of 10%, as there is a risk of complete discharge. Damaged batteries are not allowed for further operation.
- Batteries are discharged for transportation. When transporting batteries, their level should be 50%, and in an airplane only 5%. You can also use specialized boxes. During transportation, care must be taken to eliminate the risk of damage to the batteries, falling, pinching, and so on.
- Official charger. Smart batteries require the use of official manufacturer chargers only. Otherwise, there is a risk of damage to the battery. It is forbidden to charge “hot” batteries, as the battery life will be significantly reduced. The optimum temperature for charging is 5-40 degrees. Once fully charged, the battery must be disconnected from the power supply.
Most Common Questions
Battery is on but drone is not working?
It is possible that the battery is not properly seated. It is worth checking the reliability of fastening.
Why does the app warn about low battery when the aircraft is turned off?
The battery may not be secure enough.
What are the possible battery problems?
In the process of discharging, the current indicators are higher than the level. It is required to carry out the landing of the device. When the temperature is exceeded, the device automatically activates power reduction. Low battery temperature during flights requires immediate landing to eliminate the risk of accidents.
Why is it necessary to warm up the batteries in the cold?
Lithium batteries in the cold are quickly discharged, so when organizing flights, you should carefully monitor their condition. Wherever possible, flights should be carried out within line of sight.
The battery is swollen, what to do?
A swollen battery is a sign of charging violations. In this state, its operation is prohibited, since an explosion or fire is not excluded. In such a situation, you should immediately contact DJI for further instructions.
Battery not charging after a long pause?
After long pauses, hibernation is possible. Return to operating mode requires pre-charge. If it does not help, the fact of damage to the batteries is not excluded. It is worth contacting the service department.
These easy-to-follow tips will greatly extend battery life, making your aircraft safer and more comfortable to fly.
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