Battery Care Guidance

Lithium Polymer batteries have a limited lifespan and should be replaced as necessary

Battery Maintenance

  • Aim to keep battery levels above 40% and below 65% when not in use.
  • Avoid charging the batteries to max capacity unless you are going to fly within the next day.
  • When done flying, always charge your batteries at least back up to storage level (40%).
  • Remove batteries from the aircraft when stored for an extended period.
  • Never over-discharge your battery.
  • Fully charge and discharge the battery at least once every 3 months to maintain battery health
  • Do not place loose batteries on any conductive surfaces, such as metal tables.
  • Batteries must be stored in climate controlled storage when not in use. Do not expose to excessive heat or humidity.

Preparing for flight

  • When charging batteries, ensure that the charging location is clean, uncluttered and well-ventilated.
  • Do not stack chargers when charging batteries, or place batteries on the power adapter during charging.
  • Do not leave batteries charging unattended.
  • Do not charge batteries near flammable materials or on flammable surfaces.
  • Plan to charge batteries no earlier than 3 days prior to flight.

Immediately after flight

  • Power off the aircraft completely before removing the battery.
  • After removing a used battery, store the battery in a shaded, but well-ventilated location.
  • Never store a recently used and warm battery in an enclosed battery bag or UAS case.
  • Document any performance issues immediately.

Battery Inspection

  • Check battery voltage levels at least once a month when not in use.
  • Check for bulging, swelling or cracks in battery casing.
  • Check for signs of electrical arcing, such as burn marks or melted plastic around the battery terminals.
  • Safely discard any battery that is showing any sign of damage or bulging.

Battery Travel

  • Always store batteries in a ventilated location
  • Never transport a damaged battery or a battery with less than 5% remaining
  • Always store batteries in a specified transportation box/bag before the transit to avoid damage from external forces.
  • Do not store a battery with metal components such as paperclips, screws or metal nuts.

Battery Incidents

  • Do not use a battery that has been involved in a serious crash or heavy impact.
  • If a battery falls into water with the aircraft during flight, take it out immediately, and place it in a safe and open area. Maintain a safe distance from the battery until it is completely dry. Never use the battery again, and dispose of the battery properly. Do not use heat to dry batteries.
  • Put out any battery fire using sand, or a dry powder fire extinguisher.