This is Andrew from djibestdrones.com and I’m going to be talking about charging your DJI Mavic Pro battery. However, this guide on how to make your smart batteries live longer also can be applied to Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Air batteries etc.
I am going to tell you how to get them all linked up and how to charge them but before I do I would like to talk about the battery itself, i.e.: “How best to get life out of the battery and how to maintain your batteries”.
All too often customers that maybe have hardly used their batteries, but the batteries are about six month old and then the battery gives dies and the batteries are given between three to six months warranty. So if you don’t look after them you could end up where the battery is not going to work anymore whereas you’ve hardly used it. And of course the warranty won’t cover it.
So the first thing about a Mavic Pro battery is an 11.1 volt battery which basically means you’ve got three lipo cells. There’s the weird part – in every battery there is a charger and that’s the smart charger of the DJI batteries and this goes with all DJI batteries. So when you apply power to the connector you’re not supplying power as a charger, you’re actually just supplying power like a pair of supply because the charger is actually built into the battery and every battery has one and that would be the same for the Mavic Pro or any other DJI drone that comes with a smart battery. And that’s why the batteries are so expensive because you get a charger with everyone and what the charger does is it balances the cells inside the battery, so it tries to make sure all three individual cells in the battery are all level.
So that is the first thing. The second thing is is how to get the best from your battery, how to meet your batteries last longest. As I said before, a lack of use is actually a bad thing but storage is probably the most trickiest thing because DJI supports centers had a lot of people phone them up in, let’s say, March saying “I don’t understand that I put my battery away at the end of the flying season, I’ve dug four months later and it’s no longer working, whoops” and the most common reason for that is they’ve not been stored correctly.
So two ways you do not want to store a DJI battery: first one is flat and the other one is actually fully charged. Although that your smart batteries will actually ought to discharge themselves it’s always a good idea to put them into stores charge yourself. Storage charges is between 40 and 60% charge – it is a good way to store them.
There’s the thing though: even if you’re going to store them and you’ve got the correct storage in them it’s also not a good idea to literally leave them like that for large periods of time, say six month – that is not going to be good for the battery. So what you should really do if you want to get the best out of your batteries? Ideally, once a month or even once every two months if you:
- take the battery out
- charge it up
- put it in the craft flying it down
- then charge it back up between 40 and 60%.
If you do that with each of your batteries even if it’s safely two months, but ideally every month over the winter when you’re not using it or is a seed for a long way up, you will get a lot more out your battery. So more charges going through a battery is better than just a few charges going through your battery over a long period of time.
That is just a handy hint in how to get the best deal battery but now I will go into how to actually charge the battery in the Mavic Pro and how to charge the battery in of its controller and if you have got the fly more combo I’ll tell you how to use the charging up as well.
Okay, so we’ve got everything here that we’re needing to charge: we’ve got our batteries, we’ve got a controller, we’ve got our charger and of course if you’re the fly more packaging and have the charging hub. So we’ll just cover as if you were charging the batteries on their own.
Of course first of all we need our charger of your battery. It’s not a keyed connector – the charging connector can actually go in either way: it can go in that way or it can go in that way so you don’t need to worry about getting it the right way around. When you put it on to charge and the charger start, we will get a set of scrolling lights to show you that’s charging. When the battery is fully charged which will take around an hour and they will go out.
Moving on, if you’ve got the charging hub which will charge for batteries not at once but one after the other you’ve got the same connector in the bottom. That will just clip into their cable out the side and then there are batteries just clip from the outside. So one on, two on, and three on.
And then to charge the controller your USB cable plugs into the USB sockets on the charger like that and then where the lightning cable goes into the controller this is where we’re actually going to plug it into. So when you plug it in if it doesn’t feel like it’s going to go in if I take that out and go the wrong way it’ll just not go in so don’t force it. Then on the display you will get charging and that’s takes around about two hours. Although you’re probably not flatten this completely so it probably won’t take two hours to charge.
So that’s it for this post. I hope it was useful for you and know you know more about charging your DJI Mavic Pro smart batteries as well as other DJI drone’s batteries.