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Mavic 2 Battery – Best Practices & Tips [4K]

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Today Mavic 2 battery – the best practices. I will show you how to get the most out of your Mavic 2 battery. Coming right up. Hi guys. Felix here
with Quadcopterguide, bringing you the best Drone rumors, guides and tips. On this channel, I cover a lot of
guides like this today. So if you are new here, please
consider subscribing. And as always, all the products you
see are linked in the description below. There’s a ton of misinformation and just bad advice out there. So I’ve been wanting to do a video
like this for a long time. Now this information applies to all DJI intelligent batteries, and that doesn’t matter if you’re
flying a Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom. If you’ve got a Mavic Air, an older Mavic Pro, even a Spark, obviously a Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, and if you’re watching this later if
you’ve got the new fancy Phantom 5(see what I did there), the information is still valid. All right so in this video we’re
going ot cover best practices and proper care for the Mavic 2
battery. Also how to charge and when to charge them, how to discharge them and when to discharge them, and also talk about storage and hibernation modes as well as updates and what happens if you
don’t update the battery, and lastly just a couple of
accessories that I find useful when it comes to carrying, storing, charging, and discharging my batteries. Also if you don’t follow this guide
100 percent it’s not the end of the world in most
cases, just know that your batteries won’t last as long as they could if you were to be a little bit more
strict on these rules, but you’ll get a feel for it after we go through them. First up best practices and proper care for your Mavic 2 battery. How do we make sure that these little investments last as
long as possible? Besides proper charging, discharging, and storage which we
will cover a little bit, try to avoid stressing the batteries. You might ask yourself well what
stresses the batteries? So quick punch outs, quick aggressive movements, or for example prolonged sport mode ascents, would put extra stress on the
battery, which isn’t necessary. Storing the Mavic 2 battery with a full charge also puts unneeded stress on them. Storing the batteries in extreme hot or extreme cold conditions. So for example one of the worst
things you can do is to store a fully charged battery in your car in the summer and park it outside in the direct
sunlight. Another best practice is to avoid not using your batteries. Sounds kind of odd but if you don’t fly for a month or two, then you should at least
once every month, or every two months, cycle to battery. What does that mean? You put them into storage mode, which we’ll talk about in a second, and then once a month or once every two months you charge them all the way up and you discharge them again. (To clarify cycling the battery is actually charging up all the way, then discharging it, and then charging it back to storage
voltage) That is cycling the battery. So you should do that about once
every month or two. This keeps the Mavic 2
battery healthy. Alright, so the best way and when to charge the Mavic 2 battery. So we know that the Mavic 2 battery is part of DJI’s intelligent battery system. What this means, is that there is a
processing chip built into each battery. Simplified, essentially each battery has its own charger built-in. I’ll explain what exactly this
processing chip does. The first thing the
processing chip does is it offers temperature protection. What this means is the battery won’t
charge if it’s cooler than 5 degrees Celsius or hotter than 40 degrees Celsius, in Fahrenheit that’s 41 degrees and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The Processing chip is also the
balancer of the different cells while the
battery is charging. So in the Mavic 2 we have 4 lithium polymer cells, similar to the Phantom 4 in my case Phantom 4 Pro. Here you can actually see that these cells are spaced out. Look at that. So the balancer makes sure that each
cell gets charged at the same rate, because you don’t want one cell to
charge way more than the others. You want a balanced charge. It also offers overcharge protection so it makes sure that the battery
can’t be overcharged. Next up is over current detection. If an excess of current is detected, it stops charging the battery. Also it offers over discharge protection. This will turn off the
battery if the voltage gets too low, just to protect the battery. It offers short circuit protection while charging, so if the battery senses a short
circuit it cuts the connection with the charger. Alright two more to go. Next up is battery cell damage protection. This is where in the DJI Go 4 app, the app will actually notify you if there’s an issue going on with one of your cells in the
battery. And finally hibernation mode. First if you power on the battery, and don’t use it within 20 minutes, it turns off. But secondly, the real hibernation mode is, if the battery level gets under 10
percent, even if you push the button, you won’t see any of the
LED’s lit up. If this ever happens to you, just know that to get it out of the
deep sleep of hibernation, you just put on the charger and then it’ll come back. Alright let’s get to charging. Always charge your batteries before
flying. This sounds kind of obvious, but if you haven’t charged them in
two days, or even in one day if your auto
discharge is set to one day(but more on that
later) throw them on the charger to get
topped off. Do charge the batteries in the
Lipo Bag. Even better if you have an ammo can, put the battery on the charger into
a Lipo Bag, place the Lipo Bag into the ammo can, take a couple of big Ziploc bags, fill them with sand and put them on top of the Lipo Bag and charge them like that. It’s one of the safest ways to go. After charging, let the batteries
cool down to room temperature before tossing in
the drone and taking off. Let’s talk about the best way to
discharge, and when to discharge, your Mavic 2 battery. But first up why discharge? Well we learned that storing a fully charged battery is one of the worst
things you can do, this is also why DJI implements an auto discharge in their
batteries. Now at the time of this recording, the Mavic 2 battery is set to an automatic auto discharge after 10 days. If you’re watching this in the
future, there might be a firmware update
which allows us to manually change this like we
can on some of the other drones, like the Phantom 4 or Phantom 5 series. But currently, after 10 days the battery goes into the auto discharge. And note, this only happens if you don’t touch the battery for 10
days. So for example we charged a battery, we let it sit for nine days, and then on the 9th day or after 9 days, we tapped the status button to check the voltage or the charge of the battery. This resets the 10 days again, so technically if you were to push
this button every nine days, it would never go into auto
discharge and that’s bad. The batteries auto discharge because this reduces the likelihood of the cells swelling and the lithium polymer cells
bursting. When the auto discharge process does start after the 10 days it takes
about three to four days to reach 60 percent. DJI if you’re watching, please give us a firmware update
where we can manually specify when we want the auto
discharge to start, so handy. It’s also normal for the battery to
feel warm to the touch while it’s discharging. Just another reason why I store my
batteries in those Lipo bags. For drones that do allow you to
change that setting for when to enter the auto
discharge, or if we did get the firmware update for the Mavic 2, I like to set that at one to two days. The good news is we don’t have to
wait 10 days for this thing to discharge. We can help it along the way. My favorite way to do that is with this USB adapter. The Mavic 2 battery gets attached on
the side, and on the bottom we have two USB
ports. So with the adapter attached, and the battery powered on, it’s essentially a USB power bank. With that I charge my cell phone, my tablet, and if that’s not enough, I charge up my USB power banks. I’ve got this big one from Anker and it holds a lot of juice, so that’s very helpful when
discharging. You could also plug it into a USB
light if you want, or a fan, anything to draw current. Let’s talk about storage, mainly longer term storage. For the Mavic 2 series, that is around 60 percent charge
level. For the Phantom it is 65 percent. As I mentioned before, try to cycle them at least once every month or every two months. If you ever travel via air, always discharge your batteries to
below 30 percent, if you take a drone battery with you, and put them in your carry on. By reducing the charge level to below 30 percent, you’re reducing the amount of energy
stored in the battery. This helps in case anything were to happen with the battery. You guessed it, I travel with my batteries in lipo bags. Let’s talk briefly about firmware updates for the Mavic 2 battery. As I mentioned in the Mavic 2
firmware update guide, which you can check out here, batteries themselves also have a
firmware version. Be sure to update each battery after
you do a firmware update. If there is a battery update
available, which has happened a couple of times
in the past, if you do not update your battery, and you’re out in the
field, and you put your non-updated battery
into the drone, you can get inconsistent firmware air messages. And those are pretty unnerving when
you’re out at a really cool spot and you just want to fly. If you hit the slider and you update the battery out
there, you’re just using precious flight
time to update the battery. A couple of useful accessories which
I use all the time when it comes to charging, storing, or discharging the
batteries is of course my favorites, the Lipo bags, the USB adapter, and also this multi charger. Now by the time you’re watching
this, there might be aftermarket batteries
for the Mavic 2, just like there were for the Mavic
Pro. My recommendation, stay away from aftermarket batteries and props. But that’s a discussion for another
time. You’ve invested so much money into
your drone, it’s just not worth the risk. Stick with the originals. What is your current charging set up
free Mavic 2 batteries? I love to hear about it in the
comments below. Hey thanks for watching. If that helped you out hit that like
button. And for more, be sure to subscribe. We’ll see you next time.

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46 thoughts on “Mavic 2 Battery – Best Practices & Tips [4K]”

  1. SJM The Drone Flyer says:

    Thanks.

  2. Dave Kaplan says:

    Have you heard of the Phantom Angel? It conditions, discharges and puts it in storage mode.
    I had one for MP. The M2P is out to buy. Check it out.

  3. Quadcopterguide says:

    What is your Mavic 2 Battery Charging Setup?

  4. Kai says:

    Good Input! Thanks!

  5. ARD's Corner says:

    This is solid advice….Lipo batteries are getting better with self protection but they need respect owing to chemical composition…..I always consider them an angry battery that will go off at you if you annoy it lol. Forgive me if I missed it but did you mention to not leave them unattended when charging?. To be honest….they must have gone with Lipo for explosive power for high speed flying…..pity they do not offer a none Lipo for people who do not want the speed. Batteries of that type would be cheaper and would only be a few minutes less flight time. One thing they should do is commission the advice from this video and turn it into a battery safety information card to be included and also include a charge pouch. This video will help so many….well done on providing content for safety

  6. Aleksandr Abelev says:

    What is the source of your guidance? This is your personal opinion, genera rules for Li/polymers battery’s or you have some links to documentation?

  7. Emilio Cid says:

    After a flight, I wait the batt cool down, and then charge it. When the 3rd light begins to blink, I wait more 5 minutes, then stop the charging. The battery is then with 60% charge level. It would nice if the charger had a storage mode, like the many other airmodel charger have.

  8. wizbang99 says:

    Thanks I have 8 batteries 🔋 for my M2Pro & M2Zoom. And use them alot. I # and rotate use. Keep Flying 🦅 Thanks Ken

  9. Razmus Osmann says:

    His eyes haunt me but cool video mate

  10. wizbang99 says:

    I take care of solar fields. Security reasons I can not upload our videos. But I love flying my Mavic 2’s.
    If have some free time. Here’s some.
    Thanks Ken
    https://youtu.be/Y4lVPesROuw

    https://youtu.be/DIEILWrdmXc

    https://youtu.be/8ZeobZxlJV0

    https://youtu.be/mIKsuknoe-A

  11. sli Fox says:

    40 degrees C is the threshold of battery degradation… keeping the battery at 50% charged keeps the solid electrolyte layer inactive so no ions drifts when charge is halfway… puffed up batteries usually happens when constant charging and heat occurs in the cell…

  12. WakeSnowMX says:

    The channel is growing. Love the videos!

  13. Lars Lundeker says:

    Another great vid.

  14. Johnny Depp says:

    the most expensive powerbank 🙂

    why do dji not just implant a storage function in their charger instead like any other lipo charger in the market ?

  15. Tundra Whisperer says:

    Jesus, these are some picky ass batteries! 😀

  16. Tundra Whisperer says:

    Where do you get those fancy battery bags? Thx

  17. Franck Berthuot says:

    Thank you. Could you give us advice regarding the remote controller battery please ?

  18. Peter Piccolo says:

    could you please help me out? i own the mavic 2 zoom and occassionaly when connecting my phone wont auto connect and show the display…. rather it acts like its the first time and shows me wireless and wired options to connect the phone…. how do i properly start up the drone and when i plug in and or turn on my phone and connect to the app so that i can avoid it not connecting, and have smooth operation once again…

    thanks in advance for any advice you can share…
    keep on flying..

    -pistol pete

  19. Trini Weekes says:

    Great info

  20. Encho Slavov says:

    Is it good or bad to store one of the batteries on the drone?

  21. robert Jr. Drone life says:

    Storing the battery full is not bad that's y it's a smart battery 10 days it starts discharging it self

  22. MasterP DJ says:

    I have the Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom and all the other DJI drones including the V2 and the EVO yeah I'm drone drunk LOL. Battery care is very important. The 6 batteries I have for my M2's have about 125 flights plus on them each and still giving me over 20 minutes of flight time easy. Rotation, not charging a hot battery(it won't let you) and using your batteries like exercising a muscle is good for them like you said. I fly over 8+ times a day mixing up my drones. Although the DJI and along with other decent drone apps will warn you on things but it's also good to check the health of everything every so often, a lot of time you can see things coming. Don't just fly! Good video. Thanks!

  23. Bill Parsons says:

    Great information, thank you Felix. When you are purposely discharging the MP2 battery to 50% using a load such as a cell phone, how do you know when you are at or close to the 50% state of charge? Do you put the battery in the drone and then look at the display on the controller?

  24. RB MEDIA Robert Lalboi says:

    Volumn very low. Earpiece need to listen

  25. EnjOy! says:

    What if I didn't fly my drone for 5-6 days because it's bad weather but the batteries are fully charged, how bad is this and do I need to connect them to the charger after those 5-6 days of no use when i want to fly again? (mavic 2)

  26. Radu S says:

    i have 3 batteries (mavic 2) and i wonder is there any product on the market out there that you might know of that would allow, parallel charging, auto cycling of the batteries, and bring them to storage mode?

  27. kevin bellanger says:

    I lick my battery from time to time

  28. HAMBONEPEGLEG 3000 says:

    Great Need to know info
    My current charging purposes is hook up phone charger to phone when it beeps from watching to much stuff on utube about what I hope accures. That's called a Miracle. But hay I just Lurned proper care for if and when that Blessing I pray for happens. Good stuff to know Good Content Thanks and take your Mavic out for a flight from me!

  29. Alien EYE says:

    Phantom 5 not coming out in the next 5 years

  30. Bjørn Tore Åsmul says:

    Great video!
    Do the lipo bags actually work? Would be interesting to see a test 🙂

  31. Edwin van den Akker says:

    I give my batteries a number code. Currently I have 4 batteries. With dots, as seen on dice, I know which battery is which. This way I quickly know what to use next. It also helps to use all of them about the same amount of times.
    I marked the batteries on the front and backside. This way I can easily see it when they are in my camera bag. When a battery is used, I put them back in the bag with the terminals facing me. When they are charged the terminals are facing the other way.

  32. Jeremy Reger says:

    I love you man…

  33. Tank 62 says:

    Thanks for the information on about the auto discharge after 10 days, cause I could not find that option in the UI, like the Pro and of course I didn't read the directions.

  34. Joseph L says:

    Nice informative and well-presented vid. Thx!

  35. robdude1969 says:

    Mine are puffed from being in 110 degree heat. ugh.

  36. Dr Nik Rizal Nik Yusoff says:

    Such a nice and informative advice. Some are not aware of this process within the intelligent batteries

  37. Cali Sportsman says:

    Is this drone's battery removable / replaceable in the field without tools?

  38. Daniel Hoffmann says:

    When i use the battery as a Powerbank, how can i see if the battery reaches 60%?

  39. Πάνος Κουντάνης says:

    hi and thanks for video! do you know how many cycles of charging can be done before the battery becomes danger for flying? thank you!

  40. The Shortening of the Way says:

    2:30 for deep cycle storage procedure.

  41. speliotis says:

    Thank you for this…. just investedinto the Mavic Pro 2 & charged three batteries… Its raining here in NYC so I'm waiting for a bit clearer weather before taking it up… Charging was done with the single post that came with the drone… I like the set-up you have being able to charge four batteries at once… or in sequence…. thanks again for your video… very helpful.

  42. dplusavg says:

    Hi there, thanks for the informative video.
    • Quick question regarding Self Discharge:
    Are you sure that pushing the Power button once (ie: Not powering up the pack) restarts the timer for self discharge. I only ask because I vaguely remember someelse saying that didnt stop the timer? They also said that nothing stops that timer besides draining the pack down to <60% yourself, by flight or any other drain.
    • Does any of that sound right in your experience?
    • Could this be changed as a result of the recent FW changes that now allow the # of days to be adjusted via the Go4 app (from 1day to 10d selectable range)?

    Thx for your time and help.

  43. Rc Car guy says:

    Hi there a good morning. I have a question regarding the voltage fully charged 4.2 to 4.24
    And typically storage voltage should always be around 3.8 to 3.8 for that is for all of the lithium polymer batteries that I use on my helicopters and my RC airplanes. I’m assuming the quality of the cells are the same in the drone batteries is there some truth to keeping the voltage at 3.82 on the drone batteries as well because that is what I’m used to I’m real picky with keeping my batteries in tiptop shape and keeping them in proper storage mode as well as cycling them once a month if I don’t fly or use them. What are your thoughts on the storage voltage of 3.8 for these particular batteries considering that they are lithium polymer just like the ones IUse for my aircraft as well

  44. julieta Sun says:

    I use third party slow charger it works fine before i use dji charger but it got batt bloated. I dont charge it when batt are hot i let aircon blow them a little cooler. Inspect always b4 and after flight. F found inconsistent in readings or a minor change in body form i put a mark on them.

  45. Jason Miles says:

    Great detailed guide. These batteries are more high maintenance than I thought.

  46. BUMI HIJAU DJI says:

    charge to storage level? how?

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