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Topping up batteries before flight?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Djw93, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Djw93

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    I went for a flight this afternoon and due to bad weather had to cut the flight short and still have 80% in my battery. Is it acceptable to top up the battery so as to get a full flight time tomorrow? Or should I just leave it and do a flight on the 80% remaining?


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  2. kphantom

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    Top it up. Batteries less than full charge have been causing crashes due to low voltage shutdown. Better safe than sorry!
     
  3. 4wd

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    You'll probably need to turn it on before it will start to charge.
    I do it frequently, they soon drop down from 99-100% even if you haven't used it briefly.
     
  4. RoyVa

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    Top it off by all means. Always start any flight with full battery unless you are doing a sort hop or finishing a flight and running the battery down purposely.
     
  5. tcope

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    If you were flying and it registered 80% and you flew right away you'd probably be fine. If it was reading 80% while flying and you waited a day you'd probably be fine as well. But if you have the opportunity you should always charge between flights. That is, if you fly and land at 80% and want to take off again this is fine. Waiting a day after landing after 80%... probably okay but not the safest think to do.
     
  6. Djw93

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    Ok cool, so it doesn't damage the batteries by topping them off? Some batteries can be damaged of you do not cycle them properly and run the charge down


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  7. tcope

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    Lipo batteries can be damaged by storing them with a full charge but you mentioned flying the following day. When storing batteries it's best to store them at 50% - 60% charge. Batteries will automatically discharged if not touched after 10 days at maximum (there is a setting in the app to change this to a lower number).