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Max battery life achieveable?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by ImJim, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. ImJim

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    I'm wondering what kind of battery I should buy in order to get the maximum flight time with my P3A.

    I saw flights lasting more than 30 minutes, and wow I'd love to know what battery can achieve that.

    Two other questions guys:

    1) If you change flight mode / stop using GPS and vision positioning system, will you save a lot of battery? Or maybe it's not worth the risk?

    2) I saw that you shouldn't fill your battery 100% without quickly using it after. So apparently I should not store batteries that are 100% charged? What time do I have to use them before they discharge and before I wreck them?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Meta4

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    Nothing can.
    There's currently only one battery available for the P3 and it will give you a flight time of around 20 minutes.
    It won't make enough difference to notice.
    The batteries will auto-discharge to 50% if not used for 10 days.
    You can configure the time before discharge in the app.
     
  3. rwakins

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    This is a good YouTube video about battery charging and storage
     
  4. ImJim

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    Nice, and what about discharging the battery to around 8% more often, if not each time you use it? I've chosen 15% for low battery warning, that means the battery may discharge down to 10% before I turn the bird off. Is it safe?
     
  5. Meta4

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    That's cutting things closer than I'd be happy with.
    It doesn't allow any real reserve for headwinds or unexpected issues.
    And remember the last 10% is not as strong as the 1st 10%
     
  6. phantom3menace

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    I often hear people saying how they get 20 minutes of so flight times from their batteries. I have three batteries and I rarely get more than 16 minutes or so before I have to start thinking about landing. No idea what (if anything) I'm doing wrong.
     
  7. bobmyers

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    15 minutes from take off to landing is maximum to maintain battery integrity...start running the battery below 20 percent consistently and it won't be long before the battery starts to degrade.