William Hunt MBE
Looking after your Intelligent Flight Batteries
Lets face it, intelligent flight batteries are not cheap, some costing in excess of a thousand pounds, also we rely on these power sources to keep our aircraft safety flying. Also, we are accustomed to thinking about batteries as something we use and forget till it suddenly runs out of juice.
Most of the the gadgets that we use daily lives including smartphones, watches, blue tooth headphones, laptop, and drone are charged up and ready to go. However, battery care is a very different story these days as batteries themselves have become smart. When it comes to your UAV's battery care is critically important even with DJI’s Intelligent Battery’s powering it. Since if something goes wrong with your battery during flight, it could result in catastrophic consequences. Even when not in use, your batteries need to cared for to keep them safe and to prolong their life.
Here are the EIGHT main points for keeping you batteries in tip top condition.
1. Use a Fully Charged Battery to Avoid Errors
Make sure your battery is charged before every flight.
2. Pay Attention to Environmental Conditions
Generally, Intelligent Batteries should be used within the temperature range -10 Deg C to +40 Deg C.
In low temperature, its a good idea to hover the drone for one minute after take-off, to bring the battery to operating temperature.
Do not fly in rain, or heavy mist. The ingress of moisture into the battery as well as the aircraft, can cause irreparable damage.
3. Ensure the Battery is Correctly Fitted
Before flying, mount the battery first, turn on the remote controller then power up the aircraft. DO NOT REMOVE OR INSERT A POWER-UP BATTERY.
4. Check the Battery Status
After powering up, check the battery status in the flight app, and the Critically Low Battery Warning is set correctly.
5. Pay Close Attention to the Warnings in the Flight App
Try not to fly the aircraft too violently to avoid overheating and rapid battery drain. Return to Home when low battery warning is given. If a Damaged or Abnormal Battery warning is given, land the aircraft as soon as safely practicable.
6. Store the battery in Accordance with the Manufacturers Instructions
When not in use for long periods, always store the batteries in accordance with the manufacturers instruction.