The fact that batteries are sensitive is not a novelty.
When handled incorrectly, they will lose performance and capacity much faster than their actual life span.
DJI batteries especially must be stored carefully and according to a few but very important rules. Not only when you are at home, but also when traveling with the beloved Phantom or Mavic, due to the danger potential due to the very dense energization of the energy, a responsible approach must be taken. Some airlines will even refuse to take the batteries with them if you do not make the preparations listed below because improper handling can lead to explosive batteries.
In the following text, you will learn how to handle your batteries safely for a maximum life span in a few simple steps.
1. Keep an overview.
Since pilots generally have more than one battery, it is advisable to keep an overview.
Therefore, it is advisable to provide each battery with a number and the date of purchase.
Thus the batteries can be differentiated as well as the age can be determined.
2. Proper storage
Incorrect storage can seriously damage a battery, so it is important to keep the batteries cool, at maximum at room temperature and dry.
In addition, should not be completely unloaded and also not fully stocked. Optimal is 20-40% residual energy. The batteries of the Mavic and Phantom are able to unload themselves, but this takes up to a week. Therefore it is advisable to pay attention after the last flight at 20%. It should be stored in a fireproof container, and the battery bags listed under the section “Travel” are particularly suitable.
If you own many batteries and fly frequently, it is advisable to use a discharger.
Discharge your battery and use it as a powerbank.
3. Power supply
The battery must not be too hot during charging. DJI has installed a fuse for it, but you should pay attention and check again before the charging process that the temperature is not too high. The use of untested no-name chargers should be dispensed completely for safety reasons. A selection of suitable devices for the car and charging several batteries at the same time can be found at the end of the article.
If you travel with your car you should pay attention to the temperature. On hot days you should transport the batteries in such a way that direct sunlight is avoided in order to prevent strong temperature fluctuations. If the outside temperature is very high, keep the batteries in a cool box to protect them before flying.
For air travel it is important to know that many airlines refuse to take the batteries if they are not equipped with battery packs. These bags not only cushions the battery itself to avoid damage, but also protects nearby people if the battery explodes.
Battery Safety Bags – Useful accessory, for air travel a must have.
5. Damaged batteries
Check regularly and before each flight, if your battery is showing any abnormal changes. The battery must not be used under any circumstances if it is damaged. Incorrectly stored batteries tend to inflate, which leads to considerable risk of explosion. Please dispose of them as appropriate. If your battery is less than 6 months old, this can be exchanged via DJI.
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