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Battery Discharge Method

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by 0000edgar0000, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. 0000edgar0000

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    How often should i completely discharge the batteries? What's the best method to discharge them?

    I have two batteries and will usually swap batteries as soon as i get the low battery alarm. I believe threshold is set around 35%.
     
  2. MrMcfly

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    It is my understanding that you should run your batteries down to 8% every 20 charges. I've not reached 20 yet,
    but I have discharged my batteries for "shelf time" . Down to 65%... I simply did this by flying. If weather didn't
    allow, I would just run the motors at idle till the level drops to 65%. This can also discharge the controller, which
    seems to drain a bit slower.

    I've been flying my batteries down to 50% for the 1st several flights, as recommended on this forum. Letting the
    batteries rest before plugging them in to charge again.... but this is how I do it.... I'm sure there's others that will chime in.
    The batteries are set to start 'auto' discharging after 3 days.
     
  3. RedHotPoker

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    If you are using an iOS device, well any device actually now, don't forget to utilize your flight SIM, to drain down drone and radio battery voltage. I wish we could plug the radio into a large monitor for the SIM. ;-) like www.realflight.com uses.

    RedHotPoker
     
  4. UpTo90

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    If you're an iOS user with an Apple TV you could use AirPlay mirroring while using the simulator. I hadn't thought about doing this until I saw your post... now I'm excited to give it a go!
     
  5. RedHotPoker

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    That's an awesome idea. Let us know how it works. Thanks.

    RedHotPoker
     
  6. UpTo90

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    I just tried it out and it works great!
    It does feel like there's an added bit of latency but it's definitely tolerable for SIM use. If I end up having to work with the SIM for the lions share of the winter, it's nice to know that I'm not stuck staring at a tablet.
    *Added bonus: by the time spring weather rolls around it'll be a pleasure to once again feel how responsive the actual P3 is!
     
  7. RedHotPoker

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    Thanks for the info. Happy that I mentioned this.
    Something else to invest in. Awesome. ;-)

    RedHotPoker
     
  8. ScopeTech

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    And you should be able to cast an Android to a Chromecast or Roku stick while flying the sim.
     
  9. RedHotPoker

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    You should possibly look into purchasing www.realflight.com. ;-)
    They have an all drone version now.

    The technology available today, pretty astounding eh? Hehe

    RedHotPoker