Top critical review
They age way too rapidly!
on July 3, 2015
These batteries provide plenty of flight time, but they age extremely rapidly, even under ideal treatment..
I never have kept my batteries charged, and have kept them at around 50% unless I was flying them the next day. I would commonly charge them the day off..
Even so, my experience is that they don't last long, and I have read they are good for maybe 50 uses from reputable sources. I have 31 flights on my one battery, and it is already down to 92%. You really should be REAL careful about flying a battery that has less than 90% capacity. Even 89% is a no no.
Don't believe me? Watch Micbergsma on youtubes video of his battery failure of a battery that has 33 flights on it, and 89%. It is up in the air for 25 seconds, and he gets the red flashing low battery warning, and auto land...
Brand new batteries don't get hot when you fly them. You can tell your battery is starting to age(in addition to locking at the status on the Phantom assistant software) by seeing if it gets hot when you fly the quad.
DJI is making money hand over fist on these! Think about it. If a new battery cost 129.00 and is good for MAYBE 50 flights, that is 2.58 per 12 minute flight! It would be cheaper to take a drive in the car, and burn the gas.....
I say 12 minutes, because that is the longest I fly my quad. I fly it until it reaches 50% charge.
I don't mind paying 129.00 per battery, but that price for a battery that only lasts maybe 50 flights is ridiculous!
PS. I have lots of experience with Lipos. I have two other quads, and 5 batteries. In addition to all my other electronics..