Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Unplugging battery before charging is complete

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by happydays, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. happydays

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2013
    Messages:
    1,939
    Likes Received:
    720
    Location:
    Warrenpoint, Ireland
    Folks, a quick question for those who are knowledgeable about batteries.

    Background - I have a P3A with two batteries. A friend wanted something filmed and I agreed, but only had one battery charged, and we estimated that to get everything done comfortably would take more than one battery. I put the second battery on to charge and was tempted to unplug it before it had completed and the lights had gone out - we were getting into falling light / weather pressure (it's Ireland, we get used to that).

    Anyway, if I had unplugged the battery when it was, say, 80% charged, would that affect it? I'm thinking of the balance here - easy to see in the app. Would there be any long term or short term problems if the balancing had not completed?

    On my old PV+ I used to do a quick top up all the time and often wondered was this harming the batteries?
     
  2. Buckaye

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2014
    Messages:
    1,557
    Likes Received:
    421
    Location:
    Orlando
    I've unplugged them early before and flown them without any ill-effect aside, of course, from the slightly shorter flight time. The balancing of the cells happens all the way through the charging (at least that's how it works on balance chargers of other lipos I have) so it will be pretty close to balanced when you stop charging.
     
    happydays likes this.
  3. Dome

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2015
    Messages:
    543
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    Italy
    I agree. Undercharge the battery is not a problem. Check the single cell voltage in the app to be sure they are almost balanced.
     
  4. RoyVa

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,248
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    Virginia
    With a lipo battery it does not effect it as far as any problems just a 80% charge and shortened flight time.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - Unplugging battery before Forum Date
Will the P2 spin up after unplugging the gimbal? Phantom 2 Discussion Oct 20, 2014
Professional P3P won't turn on with brand new battery. Phantom 3 Help Today at 12:27 PM
P4p crtically low battery Phantom 4 Pro Discussion Yesterday at 8:05 PM
Battery issue p3p swelling up General Discussion Yesterday at 10:32 AM
Remote Controller battery fixed Phantom 4 Pro Help Yesterday at 10:02 AM