How to get the best out of your drone’s LiPo battery.
Operating a drone successfully requires both technical skill and practice (not to mention the correct training and licensing, if you’re working in the commercial space). One of the most important parts of getting drone operation right is knowing how to care for and treat your hardware.
In today’s post, we’re offering up some top tips for getting the best out of your drone’s LiPo battery. Safer, longer-lasting, lightweight, and better for the environment than other battery options, lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) batteries (basically rechargeable batteries in a pouch format) are one of the best choices on the drone market today. However, this does not mean that they are indestructible – far from it. To ensure they perform well and safely, they need to be treated with care and respect.
Tips for using your LiPo battery correctly
1. Be mindful of the temperature
Avoid using the battery in freezing cold conditions as the cold will prevent the chemical reactions necessary to produce the correct level of voltage. At the same time, intense heat can be extremely damaging to a battery. The hotter the battery gets, the shorter the lifespan. Never charge a battery that is warm from usage and never use a battery that is warm from charging. Keeping things at room temperature is best.
2. Charge it right
Avoid overcharging or charging the battery too quickly. And don’t keep a battery fully charged if you’re not going to use it for 2 – 3 days. If this is the case, discharge it to 50% (not all the way down) to protect the lifespan and avoid damage.
3. Treat it right
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, charging, discarding, and travelling with your battery. In most cases, the best place to store your battery is in a dedicated, fire-proof protective pouch or steel case, at a moderate temperature. This will help to protect the battery’s longevity as well as aid in preventing a fire (while rare, these can happen if the battery is mishandled or damaged).
4. Look out for swelling
Swelling or puffiness can be a sign that the battery has been damaged – this can be extremely dangerous. Never charge, discharge, or store a damaged battery. Instead, immediately follow the correct disposal procedures.
5. Be sure, buy new
Do not buy used LiPo batteries – you’ll never know how they were treated before or what damage they have experienced.
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