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Onbo 6000 mAh battery - review and opinions.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by un hombre, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. un hombre

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    Hi folks,

    I have received my 2 batteries today and I will be updating this master post with review and opinions.

    Your opinions are also welcome. You may also ask me for some questions you would like answered in my review, I will try to do so.

    For the moment, weather is ugly and I will probably be unable to take her outside before weekend, as I finish work when it is already dark and it will be raining all week.

    They claim to be better than original out of the box. We shall see!

    Edit 1: I made a small Unboxing video for anyone interested

    http://youtu.be/iH2-O2869UQ

    Edit 2:

    Ok, here are Onbo hovering results. Conditions were great, wind was basically non existent with occasional gusts of 20 km/h tops. 9 degrees Celsius temperature, however batteries were held warm in my pocket.

    Phantom Vision camera was on, transmitting feed to mobile phone, however no video was recorded. I had to occasionally alter the altitude and position of the quad, gps hovering all the time. Twice per each battery I tried top speed on atti just to see if battery delivers when strained, this did not last more than 10 seconds per each battery.

    Battery 1: 99%-30%, 9450 props - 18 minutes 34 seconds
    Battery 2: 99%-30%, standard props - 19 minutes 4 seconds

    Not sure how DJI was getting 25 minutes hovering time on Vision standard batteries, back when they were making promotional videos, but oh well... I presume I would get a couple more minutes until auto land at 15% and if I turned off camera transmission, but how many more?

    I will update this some other time maybe with comparison to standard ones, as those times would have more meaning if directly compared to Dji batteries.

    Edit 3:

    I have had the chance to make 2 cycles each with those batteries and what can I say, so far so good. I have flown them high and low, over rocks and water and they have not dissappinted me. They deliver a bit more time than originals but I have not made any exact comparisons, around 1-3 minutes more, price is lower than dji, weight 10 grams more... Win win.
    This concludes the review, maybe a bit less exact than originally planned but the conclusion is that those batteries are worth it. Build quality seems not as good and precise as DJI, at times they seem to be not exact fit but in the end they fly as expected.

    Still don't know what Onbo meant that I will see how good they are and that are better than original, bit oh well...
     

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    i cant wait to hear some feedback about this battery. My local shop has it in stock but they didnt have any experience and told me if i'm worried about quality i should go with dji battery so i did. but if these build a good reputation i'd get one for sure.
     
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    And if you do the newest updates...
     
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    I am not going to do any battery updates with those, why should I. Those are not necessary anyway and obviously would not work on non DJI batteries.

    The truth is, that batteries from all manufacturers can have problems and as all of you know, many people complain on DJI batteries.

    As I said before, DJI makes Quadcopters, Onbo makes batteries exclusively for rc world, so... If they say that this should be better than original, I sure will give it a test.

    The only test so far I have planned is hovering time with camera transmitting to phone. Any other ideas?
     
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    yea that's a good idea. do several flights close to ground and close to home in case something goes wrong.

    Also, time the flight and perform the exact same flight with original dji battery to see the difference in flight times.
     
  7. TomasBKK

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    can you tell me how much you paid for the battery. I emailed onbo but never got a reply back regarding price. The local shop wants $110usd for the battery which i think it way too much.
     
  8. un hombre

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    Onbo will quote you around 80 dollars per battery, plus around 50 for delivery and import duties is an extra if you have to pay.

    I bought mine in Europe for more then 110 dollars, so I will not help with this.
     
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    Main post updated with Unboxing.
     
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    I love that it has Better Than Original right on the box!
     
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    Unless DJU says these batteries are OK, then I will stick with DJI batteries.

    I use Sony HD cameras and on a concert shoot a few years ago, my camera has genuine Sony batteries and the second camera had the non-Sony batteries. They tested out fine on the bench when we packed the gear for the shoot. A few minutes after the concert started, I received a frantic call over the intercom that none of the batteries were working. I locked my camera on a wide shot and ran my spare Sony battery to the second camera. This battery worked. Toward the end of the concert, I was sweating bullets as we had no spare batteries. In fact the second camera shut down as the curtains were closing. It turns out that the third-party batteries did not contain the necessary info that the Sony Infolithium battery provides, and the camera shut down. I never used off-brand batteries again.

    The moral of this story is...
     
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    ... Test your batteries beforehand... There is always a risk something can go wrong, with the original or with aftermarket.
    I chose this battery because for similar price I have another supplier of batteries, possibly with better battery life. Diversity is a small risk I am willing to take. I hope I will not regret it.
     
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    What is the weight difference for the 6000 mAh battery?

    I'm surprised at the support for the original DJI batteries only idea.
    DJI don't make batteries - they buy them from a specialist battery manufacturer and then mark up the price for a big profit.
    It's not like DJI batteries are perfect. It seems they may have had a bad batch or two themselves and their warranty is zip.
    I have an expensive genuine DJI battery that has failed after only 35 cycles and have heard of plenty more.
     
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    I answered this question in unpacking video, only 10 grama more for 6000
     
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    OK folks, I am charging two of those Onbo batteries, however I will not compare them to my standard DJI batteries.

    I will be flying on the weekend and I need to test onbos before letting them take my phantom meters above and away.

    Don't have time today to charge 4 batteries and compare plus this is the only non rainy day before weekend...

    What I will do is charge Onbos and test their hover time from 100% to 30% charge. Once I finish, I will update my results to the main thread. If you want to compare to DJI hover times, you will have to wait or just do it yourselves.
     
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    And chain it to ground with 5 meters of cowchain :lol:
     
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    Hover times added to main post.
     
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    Where did you got them?

    Thanks for the review.

    Btw Ttongr 5400mah work fine too, i have 3 for about 3 months and no loss of performance, on other hand DJI Genuine lipos are failing with only 30/40 cycles.

    I always leave my lipos in 50% on storage.
     
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    First post updated with final conclusions.

    I bought it from a European retailer.
     
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    I just received my "6000mah" one yesterday - came pretty fast from China and was I think about £65 in total, so if it only works the same as an OEM battery I'll be happy enough with that performance given half the overall cost!

    Waiting for a calm day when I can have free time to go try it out.....