If you've been flying for any length of time, you've probably noticed that one piece of equipment on your UAS is the literal lifeblood of the entire system...the batteries. Batteries may seem simple enough; you charge them, and then use the juice. Basic, right? In reality, properly maintaining your drone batteries can mean potentially hundreds of hours of flight time.
That's why we've put together these 3 tips for maximizing the life of your sUAS batteries.
Don't Give 100%
It may seem counter-intuitive, but it's actually best for your batteries to store them as close to 50% charge as possible. Then, when you're ready to fly, charge them to 100% and go. Of course, this isn’t always possible but it is ideal for maximizing battery performance over the long term.
Don't Turn up the Heat...or the Cold
Heat and freezing temperatures are the enemy of long-lasting batteries. That's why you always want to keep your batteries at a stable temperature when storing and transporting. A great insulated carrying case is an important investment as it will keep your batteries safe and at a stable temperature when sitting in a hot or cold environment.
Don't Drain Them
As a general rule, try to always keep your batteries above 20% charge. Here at Skyfire we always ground our UAVs at around 25% to ensure longer battery life, but the rule of thumb is 20%.
So, to recap you should start flying with your batteries at 100%, end your flight with them at about 20%, and store them in a stable environment as close to 50% charge as possible.
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