6 Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your Quadcopter

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Flight times for quadcopters can range anywhere between 3 minutes and 20 minutes or more, depending on the model.

While low-priced copters tend to have shorter flight times, you can take steps to extend the life of your battery and enjoy more time flying your quadcopter.

Here are 6 tips to extend the battery life. BTW, here is one drone that can fly 97 minutes. It’s like OMG.

6. Ditch the Camera

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It’s great that you can attach a camera to your quadcopter and record your flight, but unless you’re serious about aerial photography or videography, you may want to ditch the camera.

Not only does a camera add weight to the drone, but many cameras also connect to the copter, draining its battery life at a much faster pace.

The additional weight of the camera makes it more difficult for the quadcopter to fly and requires it to use more power to compensate for the added weight.

5. Choose a Battery with a Higher mAh

Most quadcopters come equipped with mid-range batteries that really don’t offer you the longest flight time possible. If you really want longer flight times, you’ll need to upgrade to a battery with a higher mAh. Check your machine’s specifications for the maximum mAh your model can handle.

Keep in mind that a higher mAh will only be beneficial to a certain point. The bigger the battery is, the heavier it will be. If the battery is too heavy, the added weight will only negate the extra power. Just keep the battery’s weight in mind when choosing an upgrade.

4. Experiment with Propeller Size

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The size of your propellers can have an effect on the amount of power you use. If you’re planning on attaching a camera to your device, you may want to consider a larger propeller.

If you’re not attaching a camera, a smaller propeller may be the better option.

Begin with the propellers size that the manufacturer recommends and experiment from there. Make note of how long your battery lasts to see which propeller size gives you the longest flight time.

3. Fly in the Right Conditions

Flying in the right conditions is also important. If you’re flying your device outdoors, you want to avoid flying during windy or rainy conditions. Wind will make it more difficult for your copter to turn, hover and remain stable, which will drain more power from the battery than usual. Rain can have the same effect.

Ideally, you want to fly your quadcopter during fair whether with a light breeze at most. This will allow you to get the most out of your battery life.

2. Follow the 40-80 Rule

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At one time, it was good practice to charge your rechargeable batteries to full and then drain them completely before recharging.

Things have changed, and if you’re using a lithium-ion battery to power your quadcopter, you may actually be shortening its life by draining the battery completely.

The average lithium battery can be fully charged and drained between 300 and 500 times before it needs to be replaced.

Each time you drain the battery, it becomes weaker and your battery life continues to diminish. You can easily extend the overall life of your battery by simple filling it up only halfway, or between 40 and 80 percent. As a general rule of thumb, you also want to avoid overcharging the batteries as well.

The temperature can also have an effect on the battery’s life. Charging your battery in a room that’s 100 degrees F can actually reduce the battery’s capacity by 35%.

Bottom line: Charge only halfway and recharge in a cool environment.

1. Charge at the Right Time

Do you have a habit of recharging your battery days before you plan on using your new shiny toy? If so, you may be inadvertently shortening the life of your battery. Ideally, you want to charge your battery just a few hours before you plan on using your quadcopter. A rechargeable battery will lose a percentage of its charge each day that it’s left off of the charger.

These tips can help you get more flying time out of every charge, but don’t expect miracles. If your copter boasts a 10 minute flight time, it’s unrealistic to hope for a 20+ minute flight time after making these tweaks. For this reason, you should always have an extra set of batteries on hand so you can continue the fun even after your first battery dies.

What you do think? What is your best tip to increase the battery life? Please share your recommendations and thoughts in the comments below.

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  • francis woods

    Does anyone know of any ultra light-weight cameras that can be used on our quadcopters? Every time I attach the camera, my battery life drops to around 20 minutes!

  • http://www.ajbestwrites.com AJ Best

    I know this sounds trite, but these tips are just utterly common sense. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of them. It seems like nearly all of them I’ve pretty much bombed.

  • Dan

    I used to be a believer in the in letting your batteries completely drain before charging. I learned my lesson with my last drone. I would only charge it when it was completely dead. The fly time was around 30 minutes. Well, in under 1 year, it only holds a charge for 8 minutes now. Follow that advice or waste money on new batteries!

  • charlygree

    Ninety seven minutes of flight time? That would be fantastic. From what I’ve read so far the expected battery life is 12 minutes. I’m glad I read this, because I would have thought draining the battery to dead was the way to go. This is a great blog – this is what I love about the internet, you can find a comprehensive “how to” on almost any subject.

  • Rolf Taylor

    Thanks for a great site and interesting articles!

    According to Hubsan, removing the rotor guard will extend battery life considerably. I guess that makes sense since anything near the rotor would cause aerodynamic drag on the rotor plus off course drag on the vehicle as a whole. So, unless inside, or a newby flyer (like myself) leave it off.

  • Soaring Sky

    These are some great tips, everyone loves flying for as long as possible! I will defiantly be checking out that drone with the 97 minute flight times that’s pretty intense.

  • Thomas Lindskog

    Charged 4 batteries with the USB charger light never goes out

  • Thomas Lindskog

    And the batteries don’t charge.
    They did the first time, unless they were already charged from seller?

  • Gezz

    low Kv motors like 450kv or lower, largest props you can use, biggest mah battery with low C rating so it doesn’t drain too quickly and keep the whole thing as light as possible. Care for batteries is paramount. With Lipo batteries don’t drain below 20%. Don’t expect huge flight times. I saw an interview online with a DJI phantom marketing guy who admitted the 25min flight time was actually around 15 mins. Its the same as car fuel economy claims – we never get as good as the manufacturer’s claim we can. 🙂

  • Tootall42

    Tip #2

    Bottom line: Charge only halfway and recharge in a cool environment.

    That probably should be DIScharge only halfway and recharge in a cool environment.

  • Defected

    where can I buy more batteries for my protocol drone 2? Would like to stock up on 8 of them at a good price, so I can enjoy flying for hours.

  • thunder

    will it be safe for quad copter to handle 3600 mah battery instead of 360(its original value)

  • Alice Taylor

    These tips are pretty neat because they seem to be very effective. When a battery life is extended, it reduces replacement frequency and ensures longer lasting enjoyment. I learned about it from this article as well, so you can check it also: http://mydronelab.com/blog/ways-to-extend-your-quadcopters-flight-time.html