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Critical voltage warning.

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by robinb, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. robinb

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    2nd flight and 2nd battery I was at just over 40% battery power and I started getting critical voltage warning.
    And it started to auto land. (1st warning is set to 30% and second at 15 or 20%)

    This battery has only had 8 cycles.

    I was climbing at full throttle at the time. But before that had been flying gently.

    Battery was very secure and locked, i alway check and also checked once it had landed.
    Latest firmware/software as of this week on advanced.

    Here are the healthy drone logs, any thoughts ?


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  2. TheRealNick

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    Based on the voltages at start it looks like you did not start with a fully charged battery, is that correct?
     
  3. robinb

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    Correct, just doing some very short range flights.
     
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    From my reading here it seems like taking off without a fully charged battery results in frequent autolands due to critical battery warning. I plan to only start with fully charged batteries to avoid....which I also recommend...
     
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    Yes, i would normally do the same but through a combinations of weather and other distractions my batteries started to auto discharge as not flown for couple of weeks.
    So it was a bit of a rush today to enjoy some good weather and forgot to put them on charge.

    What surprises me i was seeing over 40 % at all times but seeing a critical warning and auto land.
     
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    How long was that battery not fully charged?? More than 24 hrs?? If so that's why you getting the voltage error.. Make sure you always fly with 100% charged battery.. You can still fly with partially charged battery on the same day of it being fully charged....
     
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    It's not that one can start flying with 50% charge as that has enough juice for at least 5 minutes before one should start planning landing. I see two problems: 1. 5 minutes passes quickly and one is mentally not prepared to land. 2. The discharge characteristics of a battery with 100% at start is different than 50%.
     
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    Golden rule is never fly with depleted batteries if they've been left for a day or two. If you're flying the same day you should be fine, but no longer than 24 hours or you're asking for trouble.
     
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    I have never heard that before.

    It was only a 5 minute flight and what I dont understand why its saying critical at over 40%
     
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    Did you have an FC40, 5 minutes was about the max flight time ?
     
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    If you stop using a battery for certain time ( not sure how many hours), it internally recovers to some extent and the next discharge curve will be different than the fully charged discharge curve. You might get wrong warning, who knows it may be correct?

    Please note that the percent remaining charge readings that you see on App are all calculated values based on a defined discharge characteristic and may vary on the health of the battery. The true juice in the battery is seen if you monitor cell voltages and the lowest cell voltage. Battery suddenly dies if the voltage level is below a value. These are not linear related values. Sorry it's difficult to explain.
     
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    I do not know exactly how the phantom algorithm works but my guess is it will autoland when any 1 of the cells reaches some min voltage. For the percent my guess is current integration and a state of charge table. As a result I would watch both the percent and the lowest cell voltage. The cell voltage will drop much faster on subsequent flights on the same charge.
     
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    It's remarkable how many times in the last month or so that we have seen questions about critical battery levels and flying with batteries that have already auto discharged. I don't recall seeing so many questions and posts on that exact topic until recently. I wonder why SO many all of a sudden. Any thoughts as to why that may be?
     
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  15. alokbhargava

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    It's not just battery, every question is asked again and again. I think that's the way forums usually run.
     
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    For sure I agree that the same questions are asked and answered countless times. This particular one however, the sudden critical battery warning, seems like it hasn't been beaten to death until perhaps the last month. It seems to come up several times per week now. I'm just curious why now?
     
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    I think new people don't do their homework first.
     
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    Again I agree big time, and we will see much more of that about a month from now!

    Still, this critical battery issue seems too out of the blue and reported too much in a short time. For some reason it just feels to me that something happened or changed about a month ago that is now driving the increased reports. Maybe I'm just imagining it. We'll see I guess. Cheers!
     
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    Rushing & not starting with Fully charged batteries (as per Dji reccomendation) means you will probably crash at some stage..:)
     
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    Oh yes!!! STRAIGHT out of the box - fire her up, forward, zoom...Crash.!!! The xmas numpties zooming around at full pelt on day 1 hahaha
    Without reading anything...
     
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