Proper Management of Drone's Battery
Battery is the life of our drone, and in fact this device is one of the most expensive components of drone. Not just expensive, it is also very sensitive. Proper care of these battery is important, and this could save us a lot of money.
Almost all drones are powered by battery. The most common type of battery that powers drones or UAV is lithium-polymer (Li-Po), a kind of lithium-ion battery that packs more energy storage into smaller spaces. In this article, I will define Lithium-Polymer battery and what are the procedures on how to take care and maintain them properly.
A Lithium Polymer Battery, or more correctly lithium-ion polymer battery (abbreviated as Lipo, LIP, Li-poly, lithium-poly and others), is a rechargeable battery of lithium-ion technology using a polymer electrolyte instead of a liquid electrolyte. High conductivity semisolid (gel) polymers form this electrolyte. These batteries provide higher specific energy than other lithium battery types and are used in applications where weight is a critical feature.
To find out how to reduce the risk of a battery failure and get our drone Li-Po batteries to last longer and perform better, I made some research and here are the best practices and proper care of Li-Po Batteries:
- Read and follow the guidelines in your user manual
- Always update your Battery Firmware
- Beware of extreme temperatures
- Charge responsibly / Never leave batteries unattended while charging
- Avoid 0%/ Don’t fully deplete
- Label your battery
- Don’t use damaged or swollen battery
- Fully charge your battery each flight
- Power off the drone first before removing the battery
- Store batteries at 40-50%
- Don’t overcharge
- Protect the terminals