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Lithium batteries used to power drones have two common variations: Lithium polymer (LiPo) and Lithium polymer high voltage (LiHV). The primary difference between the two is that a LiPo battery has a fully charged voltage of 4.2V compared to a LiHV cell which has a voltage of 4.35V at full charge. A LiPo has a resting or nominal voltage of 3.7V versus a LiHV which has a storage voltage of 3.8V. In regards to the performance of the two packs, a LiHV battery will initially provide more power but abruptly drops in voltage when discharged whereas a LiPo has a more consistent discharge. LiPo packs are the most commonly used across all sizes of drones however LiHV packs are quite popular for use on micro drones because the extra voltage moderately improves the quadcopters performance.

When charging your LiPo batteries, It’s important to consider several factors which can prolong the life of your batteries. Before charging a battery, you must consider the maximum voltage of the battery – typically 4.2V or 4.35V. An appropriate LiPo charger should be used to charge the internal cells to this voltage – and not any higher. This is partcularly important when charging standard LiPo 4.2V cells to ensure you do not overcharge them with a charger designed to be used with LiHV 4.35V cells.

Tips to prolong the life of your Drone LiPo Batteries:

  1. Never over-charge your lithium batteries. Check the maximum voltage before charging.
  2. Keep batteries stored at their nominal voltage when not in use – typically 3.8V or 90% of the maximum voltage.
  3. Do not store batteries at discharged voltages below 3.5V.
  4. Only fly batteries down to a minimum of 20% capacity (usually at 3.7V left).
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