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Battery Charging Advice

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by Mike2015, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Mike2015

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    Hi I am very new to all this and have flown my P2 for the first time and it was excellent.

    What I would like to know is when do I charge my battery. It currently still has 2 green lights showing. Do I

    1. run it down completely,

    2. run it down to 1 green light or

    3 just recharge it fully from where it is.

    I will not be flying until next weekend so not sure what to do. I want to preserve the battery life so would appreciate any advice on best charging method.

    Thank you in anticipation.

    Mike


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  2. rockydog

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    As a general rule, try not to run your batteries down to less than25/30% when flying.

    For storage, they should be around 50%, so just leave your battery as it is at the moment and fully charge before you next fly.
     
  3. yorlik

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    I would recommend to fly, enjoy, then put your battery away in its flame proof container (mine is a 30cal ammo can) when done until next flight. Issue is you do NOT want to charge and leave it near 100% capacity for more than a day/couple days.

    You also do not want to charge it and them immediately fly; give it a couple hours to cool down before flying.

    Lastly, know that if you fly it down to 25/30% each time as some suggest, you are cutting your battery life easily in half.

    Lipos can almost last forever if never discharged this low. If you can accept flying 5-8 minutes at a time, you should stay above 40% easy. The lower you consistently discharge, the shorter the overall life.
     
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