Topic: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Hey Guys,

Got my drone 2.0 yesterday and have been reading alot of info on which battery is best and it seems like there are sooo many available now.  And there are heaps on ebay.

Can someone give me a definitive answer on which one is the best.  Considering weight, cost, flight time, fit etc.

Also if there are any I should avoid.

10 mins every 90mins is just not long enough.

Any info would be much appreciated

I'm In Australia if that makes any difference

Cheers

2 (edited by kensterx 12-15-2012 06:45:47)

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Mr_Putershmit wrote:

Hey Guys,

Got my drone 2.0 yesterday and have been reading alot of info on which battery is best and it seems like there are sooo many available now.  And there are heaps on ebay.

Can someone give me a definitive answer on which one is the best.  Considering weight, cost, flight time, fit etc.

Also if there are any I should avoid.

10 mins every 90mins is just not long enough.

Any info would be much appreciated

I'm In Australia if that makes any difference

Cheers

I like my drone, I actually went out and bought an aftermarket charger and 3 batteries, And i've been getting amazing battery life and my batteries charge in about 10-15 minutes, so I can nonstop fly if i choose.

I bought a Turnigy Accucel-8  (for the 6.5 amp recharge for 5c rates [i highly suggest at least a charger with 5c charge capabilities)
It has a built in balancing board so you won't need one. 
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor … ouse_.html

These batteries (after a lot of research) seem the best bang for the buck, and they fit perfectly and they only weigh like 10 grams more...
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor … duct=20751

I get about 13-15 minutes of flight time off these, and they charge just as fast.

I had to buy these as well to adapt them to the plug on the drone itself
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor … duct=30666

I got 3 in a pack.

you'll also want a 12v power supply capable of at least 6.5 amps. 
this will work entirely and is very cheap.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor … 240v_.html

you'll need a lead to go from the power supply to use with the charger
http://www.maxamps.com/HYP-Charger-Lead.htm
something like that (make sure you choose 4mm gold male as the charger output plug so that you can snap it on the lead from the charger

need a 3 prong power cable (some thing like this)
http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimted-6 … power+cord

you'll also want a charging bag for safety
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor … 23_cm.html

These are the USA warehouse, so you would want to see if theres international stock (im sure there is)...

Also, only use paypal when buying from hobbyking (if you use your card they will ask for a picture - DO NOT SEND IT TO THEM)


I agree 90 minutes for 10 minutes flight is unacceptable.  I had originally bought an extra battery for mine but that was a poor decision because it takes so long to charge them.

As of right now I'm out about 100 USD plus shipping, but thats ok - its worth the nonstop flight time when i want it.  I can go out in my front yard and fly for 2 hours straight, just stopping to change batteries.  so the money was worth it for me.

I would also suggest buying an extra set of gears/shafts and props (30 USD value) and have them on hand, in case you ever get in a crash you aren't down for 2 weeks waiting for shipping.

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Thanks for the write up!!

I'm about to order everything you listed smile

but that battery seems heavy ?? I thought I read 100g for a typical good 1300mah battery, this one listed is about 50g heavier?

Does the battery fit into the stock hulls?? Also, I don't need a big difference in flight time, but 3-4 more min would be worth it, are you seeing that ?

thanks

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

I have modded my drone to use the same batteries we used to use in Tamiya Cars -Its slightly longer than the drone batteries.  It lies onto of the battery compartment instead of slotting in... Good thing is that its only 35g heavier than the drone batt, but I get 32 min flying time per battery.   The battery is an Xpower 2200mHa battery at 25C - 3Cell     In South Africa they are really well priced about R380 thats a bout $38 US....( they have gone up a bit recently were slightly cheaper ) I only have 2 and I fly them a lot.   

I can also recommend that you try and get a good charger , the drone chargers are ok but they cannot condition the batteries.

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

I have modded my drone to use the same batteries we used to use in Tamiya Cars -Its slightly longer than the drone batteries.  It lies onto of the battery compartment instead of slotting in... Good thing is that its only 35g heavier than the drone batt, but I get 32 min flying time per battery.   The battery is an Xpower 2200mHa battery at 25C - 3Cell     In South Africa they are really well priced about R380 thats a bout $38 US....( they have gone up a bit recently were slightly cheaper ) I only have 2 and I fly them a lot.   

I can also recommend that you try and get a good charger , the drone chargers are ok but they cannot condition the batteries.

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

the best battery i used is 2000mAH li-po battery.
Fit well on parrot ar drone2.0 and parrot ar drone 2.0 charge.
flying time around 23-24 min and did flip 2 time.

i bought from here.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Parrot-ar-drone … 3cce8aefb1

Try to drop a msg to them they will do discount on shipping fees or item. ^^

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I use a Li Poly Battery for R/C Helicopter, for 100grams, at 1000mAh. I tried using Li Poly batts for AIrsoft, but have to modify the batt connectors as they are reversed. I was warned against using 1300 mAh Airsoft Li poly as these device are not for continous use like R/C. But I have use them for over 10 cycles with no effects (12 mins run time.)

Jackd
Manila

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

I just bought this 2000 mAH battery on ebay and it seems good. I think my drone needs some prop tweaking because on the original battery I get just 8 mins 40 secs of hovering, but on the bigger battery I get almost 16 minutes. It weighs 130 grams which is heavier than the original at 103 grams so the weight of the drone is up 10% when using the outdoor hull, so you can't really expect double endurance I guess. It fits the drone battery compartment and on the original charger no problems.

Sorry for the long URL:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ar-Drone-2-0 … 337fb9a4d5

9 (edited by fskywalker 02-11-2013 01:55:02)

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Hi, I just bought 2300mah batteries and a UNA6Plus battery charger, which has the instructions in Chinese sad   Do any of you have one of this and know what setting I should use to recharge the batteries?  I tried today with 4.2v and 1.5 amps and the battery apparently charged well, but wonder if I'm using the right setting.

Regards, roll

Francisco

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

I just bought every thing on your list. Is it pretty much all just plug and play?

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Every thing arrived as promised. Non.stop flight is confirmed. Best 100 bucks ever spent.

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Hey, guys.  I'm brand new here.  My 2.0 is arriving tomorrow and I'm trying to get prepared for it (bearings, extra batteries, etc.)
There are tons of threads related to the "what battery should I get" question, but this thread is very informative.

I'm going to go ahead and order the battery and charger listed above.

But what do you use to charge in the field?  Is there a charger that runs off the 12v outlet in your car?

Thanks!

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Have you found what you needed? In the same boat here, just got an AR Drone 2.0 and I'm a bit lost with all the battery options...

I'd like to go with a battery that is just a drop in replacement...

The 2300mAh battery here (link found above) http://www.ebay.com/bhp/ar-drone needs a "balance charger" (whatever that is! Charges faster maybe?) but they say there 1800mAh battery doesn't, so maybe that's the way to go, not sure about its weight though...

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Charging the stock battery for the drone 2.0 is done by the 4 pins built into the case. Otherwise, it is a regular 3 cell lithium polymer battery with a "mini tamiya" discharge connector. I think the drone 1.0 had a different charging mechanism.

You can buy batteries that are specifically designed to be compatible with the drone and the drone 2.0 charger (i.e. with pins in the case) - this is the easiest option. You can tell these because they will look very similar, and will only have 1 pair of wires and connector attached to the case. Bear in mind that if you go this route (i.e. use the stock charger), charging time will be much longer for a higher capacity battery. A 2000mah battery won't allow your drone to fly twice as long because it weighs more, but it might take twice as long to charge. It will also affect performance.

Personally, I would stick with one close to stock weight.

The other option is...

LiPo batteries are widely used in the RC world, so are cheap and very easy to find but not as convenient if you don't already have RC equipment. Almost all RC lipos have two connectors:
One for discharging at high current - this has two poles/wires, but the connectors used vary. XT60 is popular now and is what HobbyKing pushes, it is a distinctive yellow colour.
One for charging - a "balance connector" (usually JST-XH) that provides a connection to each cell independently. A 3 cell battery has 4 wires.

If you go this route you will need a lipo charger and probably a mini tamiya adapter.

Most modern RC lipo chargers are powered from a 12v-ish power source (either a car battery or a 12V AC/DC power supply like the one earlier in the thread). These typically charge by connecting both of the battery's connectors, which allows them to charge at much faster rates. You can still buy some very cheap AC chargers that only use the balance connector, but these usually charge very slowly. Be mindful that lipos are very dangerous, and charging them correctly is especially important.

Choosing an RC battery will basically be a factor of weight (including connectors of course) and size. It MUST BE 3 CELLS but I would not worry too much about the "C" discharge ratings - the drone doesn't draw a huge amount. Don't exceed the charge rating though. e.g. if the battery says max charge is 5C, that is 5 amps per 1000mah.

To be honest, if you don't have any other RC equipment, I wouldn't recommend the RC charger route unless you know what you are doing. However, this is what I do myself:

I use the stock battery with the stock charger
I use 2 RC lipos - one turnigy nano-tech 1300mah, one zippy compact 1300mah. The zippy is slightly too long for the battery tray but doesn't need any modification of the hull. Both have XT60 connectors
I use a mini-tamiya to XT60 adapter to connect to the drone.
I have an accucell 6 charger, which comes with an XT60 charging cable
I used an old laptop power supply for powering the charger at home, I happened to have one that could supply a suitable voltage and current, but I changed the plug to fit the charger. PSUs for monitors can also be suitable.

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

Thanks a bunch for this very thorough reply ! No other RC equipment so I'll probably go with one or two more stock batteries and maybe a high power one compatible with the stock charger, the 1800mAh looks like a good balance power/weight/price...

I've compiled some data on batteries :

- stock : 1000/12mn/90mn - 103 gr
- 2500mAh : 20mn/? - stock charger - $28 - 166 gr
- 2300mAh : 20mn/? - Ba charger - $37 - 155 gr
- 1800mAh : 18mn/? - stock charger - $26 - 134 gr
- GIFI 1500mAh : 15mn/? - sotck charger - $27 - 113 gr

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I wouldn't personally go above the 1800, weight wise. The gifi looks like a good balance if that weight is accurate. I'd be interested to know the weight of the new Parrot power edition 1500 battery.

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I just bought a 2500mAh battery and charger (from China ... took three weeks). It seemed like a good idea.

But, when I take the drone out for a flight, it flies like a dump truck. The drone won't fly more than 10 feet off the ground and when it dips to fly forward, it sinks like a rock and often bounces off the ground. When I can fly it, it feels like a drunken sailor.

Is this about right for the bigger batteries? If so, this bigger battery is practically useless. I put the stock battery back in and it flew perfectly and the handling was great.

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I am using these and having good sucess

http://drone-mods.com/1500-mAh-High-Per … -DM002.htm

Also, fact that Parrot also released 1500mah means that 1500mah is about the sweetspot performance vs. weight

Re: Best Battery For AR Drone 2.0

webvan wrote:

Thanks a bunch for this very thorough reply ! No other RC equipment so I'll probably go with one or two more stock batteries and maybe a high power one compatible with the stock charger, the 1800mAh looks like a good balance power/weight/price...

I've compiled some data on batteries :

- stock : 1000/12mn/90mn - 103 gr
- 2500mAh : 20mn/? - stock charger - $28 - 166 gr
- 2300mAh : 20mn/? - Ba charger - $37 - 155 gr
- 1800mAh : 18mn/? - stock charger - $26 - 134 gr
- GIFI 1500mAh : 15mn/? - sotck charger - $27 - 113 gr

So I got the 1800 mAh and flew it once, seemed to last forever and flew fine, no "dump truck" performances! Unfortunately the battery level is not accurate and it dropped from 50% to nothing...for some reason my USB recording failed too so I'm not sure what the total flight time was.

When I recharged it I got a blinking red light after a while...took two tries to get the green light!

So not too bad I guess but not "perfect"!

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Staying on batteries
My problem is a lack of charge with a new Drone
As i plug in without even taking off the charge is only some 65 %
I tried every of the few tests and it is the same
Does it mean a faulty battery ?
Can a specialist tel me the kind of control by the charger
Like
is it showing charged once one cell reaches its charged voltage
or does it compensate for it by reducing the current
or is it more sofisticated ?

Note some so called  balance charger dont even have a plug for inependant cells

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While I'm a big believer in using existing topics, you should really start a new topic as this problem is unrelated to the "best battery" question ;-)

Anyway I timed my 1800mAh and got about 20 minutes of flight time, with a sudden drop again in the end, so that could be a problem if it's far way when that happens. I again had a problem recording videos though so that's a big minus, I'll see if there are temp files on the key that I can try to recreate.

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No more problems with the 1800mAh battery, maybe it needed some "breaking in". I do finalize the record the video before the battery hits 20% just in case. I think I'm going to order a second one, unless someone knows of a better option ;-)