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Only a 1C charge rate -- there are better options
on September 2, 2013
These are identical to the one that came with the Phantom. I bought three more before I realized there were better options. If you are using the standard (SLOW) charger that came with the Phantom and don't mind waiting so long for a charge then these are fine.
Otherwise I strongly recommend the Hyperion batteries (specifically made for the Phantom). Those will charge at a rate of 6C !!! and are also 2500mA (more capacity than this 2200mA battery). They can also be charged with your standard charger until you can get something better. I use a Dynamite Prophet charger and charge 4 of the Hyperions at once at 8 amps each! That means 4 2500mA batteries charged, balanced, and ready to fly in about 30 minutes. That charger is pretty pricey, about $265 but worth it if you use it a lot.
The Hyperion batteries are only about $35 each but I don't think Amazon sells them. Not sure. I got those at a local hobby store. I don't use these standard Phantom batteries any more. I just keep them as extras if I go on a trip.
Actually all the Hyperions I have bought are now puffed (some after only one or two uses). I am definitely not overcharging them, or over-draining them. Only thing I can figure is that I have stored them fully charged, which I know you are not supposed to do, but sometimes I charge all my batteries, go out on a trip and only end up using one or two batteries. I'm not going to discharge all the batteries when I get home. I just don't have time to deal with that. And all my original DJI batteries are stored exactly the same way (fully charged) and still function as new so I have gone back to those for now. Definitely looking (again) for something better but not so sensitive to being stored at exactly the right voltage.