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How Long Do DJI Batteries Last?

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
How long does DJI battery lasts

A good drone battery is a pilot’s favourite feature, and this comes as no surprise. There's no point in having fancy features in a drone if there isn’t enough power under the hood to facilitate them. 

Fortunately enough, DJI batteries come in many variations and are up to par more often than not. 

The individual battery life per charge varies for different drones. As for the total life expectancy, the DJI batteries are recommended to be used for up to 100 cycles overall. Or two to three years, in other words. This is the time period during which battery performance will be ideal. 

Don’t get me wrong though. This limit is for ideal battery performance only. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t use your battery anywhere further than this. 

In fact, a lot of drone users are well-aware of how to maintain their battery’s longevity. They can even push their batteries to work for over 400 cycles. 

I personally don’t think there’s any harm in doing so. Basically, all you are doing is getting all the juice that you can from one battery before replacing a new one. Truth be told, if your battery can efficiently last for more than 100 cycles or even beyond, it means you took care of it just the right way! 

In this post, I will talk more about different ways to increase the battery life of your drone. I will also discuss the flight times of various drone models in detail. 

Factors Influencing Drone Battery Life

Factors Influencing Drone Battery Life

Understanding these factors is crucial for enhancing your drone's battery efficiency and extending its flight duration. We'll now examine the specific elements that significantly influence the lifespan and performance of your drone's battery:

Weather Impact: The battery life of your drone is significantly influenced by weather conditions. Cold environments can reduce battery capacity, leading to shorter flight times, while wet conditions can negatively affect battery efficiency.

Speed Considerations: The speed at which you fly your drone has a direct impact on battery consumption. Flying at full throttle uses up the battery much faster than maintaining a moderate speed.

Weight Influence: The weight your drone carries affects its battery life. Heavier payloads require more power from the battery, resulting in reduced flight times. Adding heavy equipment like cameras to your DJI drone will decrease the duration it can stay airborne on a single charge.

Temperature Effects: The operating temperature of your drone can also affect battery performance. High temperatures lead to increased energy consumption, often causing a quick drop in battery levels. It's important to be aware of and manage overheating issues.

Flight Manoeuvres: The type of flying manoeuvres you perform can also drain the battery. Complex or aggressive flying depletes the battery faster than smooth, steady flying.

How many times can a DJI battery be charged?

How many times can a DJI battery be charged

While there’s no exact way to determine the life expectancy of a DJI battery, here’s a close estimation. 

Ideally, DJI batteries are designed to last for 300-500 charge cycles. However, that can only happen if you store it at the right voltage and temperature, use the correct charger, and have regular charging/discharging cycles. With better maintenance, you are simply adding more cycles to the battery.

Charge cycles and their impact on battery life

You might have noticed that I’ve mentioned the term charge cycles multiple times. Let me explain what they really mean. 

A charge cycle is a series of charge levels of a battery starting from fully charged, to fully discharged and then fully recharged once again.

It basically specifies a battery’s life expectancy. How long a battery is going to last typically depends on how many cycles of charges it has gone through. Charge cycles are even more detrimental than the mere passage of time of battery usage. 

Most DJI drones use Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. These batteries tend to degrade over time. However, if maintained properly, you can easily elongate this degradation period and enjoy a better working output than what’s mostly considered an average limit. In other words, how far you can push a particular battery to last is totally up to you! 

Battery Specifications of Popular DJI Drones

Here’s a table for you to take a quick glance at the battery information of several popular DJI products.

DJI BatteryBattery TypeBattery CapacityBattery LifeLife Expectancy
Mavic 3LiPo 4S5000 mAh46 minutes250-350 cycles
Phantom 4LiPo 4S5870 mAh28 minutes300-400 cycles
Mini 2LiPo 2S2250 mAh31 minutes300-400 cycles
Mavic MiniLi-Ion 2S2400 mAh30 minutes150-250 cycles
FPVLiPo 6S2000 mAh20 minutes150-200 cycles
Pocket 2LiPo875 mAh140 minutes300-400 cycles
OM 4Li-Ion2450 mAh15 hours250-300 cycles

How long does the Mavic 3 battery last?

mavic-3-thumb

If you have already glanced at the table above, it's clear that Mavic 3 excels in the battery life department among drones. Let’s now take a look at it in a bit more detail. 

The power-packed Mavic 3 battery can last up to 46 minutes. Its 5000 mAh battery capacity, lightweight design, and 35 percent less drag contribute to longer flight time. However, when the drone is flying in intelligent mode, the overall flight time will be reduced by a few minutes.

This model has definitely shown significant improvement in its battery life as compared to the previous drones of the series. 

For instance, the Mavic 2 Pro has a flight time of 34 minutes while the Mavic 2 can stay in the air for up to 31 minutes. Its 46 minutes of battery life per flight is surely an extraordinary feature.

However, that's the ideal limit. It goes without saying that the battery life might vary and your Mavic 3 might not accurately be in the air for 46 minutes. 

While you might be able to make the most of your flight time during simple hovering, it might be less in other instances (such as when using intelligent flight modes). That doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem with the battery. It simply means that the drone uses more power when advanced features are used. 

Regardless, a drone battery that can last for over half an hour is undoubtedly a winner! 

How long does the Phantom 4 battery last?

phantom 4 professional drone with RTK module

As you probably already know, Phantom 4 is considered one of the best drones when it comes to delivering amazing shooting features. Let’s have a look at its battery performance. 

Specifically designed for the Phantom 4 series, this intelligent battery allows a flying time of 28 minutes once fully charged. Thanks to its 5870 mAh LiPo 4S battery, it offers great flight time among other exceptional features. With the right care, you can push its lifespan up to 300-400 cycles. 

Allow me to take the opportunity to talk about how different weights may vary your drone’s battery life. 

The advertised battery time shortens when additional weight is put on the drone. Let’s say, you need to take night shots and plan on getting some night lights installed on your drone’s body. Keep in mind that this will increase the overall weight (and yes, even the tiny grams matter!). In turn, you might have to let go of a few minutes of the total battery time. 

Here’s another outlook - now that you have purchased the almighty Phantom 4, you might also feel the strong need to keep it safe. That’s where most pilots plan to get propeller guards to minimize damage in case of an unfortunate crash. 

While that’s definitely a good approach, of course, it will be a factor in a shortened battery life. Mainly because the additional weight will interfere with the lift, thus putting excess strain on the battery. 

Before you invest in getting such payloads, do weigh in all the aspects first. 

How long does the DJI Mini 2 battery last?

dji mini 2

Among the lightest, longest-flying, super popular drones – DJI Mini 2 is truly a wonder. Let me walk you through its phenomenal battery life. 

The DJI Mini 2 surprisingly lasts a maximum of 31 minutes per flight even with a capacity of just 2250 mAh. If you don’t discharge it to critical levels and keep it in good shape, the battery can last for around 300-400 charge cycles. Undoubtedly, its battery stands out, even among DJI products. 

Remember how I previously mentioned that external factors like strong winds also contribute to  battery health degradation. Well, as far as the Mini 2 is concerned, you don’t have to worry about it (at least to some extent!)

That’s because of its wind-resistant features. These help ensure that you don’t lose the precious minutes of your battery life when flying through strong winds. 

It’s worth mentioning how a drone that has a battery capacity half of what Phantom 4 offers, ends up delivering a flight time that’s longer than the latter. Of course, Mini 2 lacks some of the advanced features that would’ve actually contributed to draining its battery.

But for anyone who needs a drone with satisfactory features and an excellent battery life, Mini 2 is definitely the safest bet out there. 

How long does the DJI Mavic Mini battery last?

dji mavic mini review and comparison table

Next up is a comparatively earlier, but still one of the finest versions of the DJI Mavic series, the Mavic Mini. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer in terms of battery life. 

With a quoted life of 30 minutes for each flight, Mavic Mini comes with a 2400 mAh Li-Ion 2S battery. It lasts anywhere around 150 to 250 charge cycles according to customer reports. In other words, it offers a battery lifespan of over a year. 

A super important tip is to fully charge the drone immediately before the flight. The sooner you get the battery from being charged and into the drone before eventually in the air, the more you can make out of your flight time. That’s because the battery will go straight to fly the drone instead of losing its charge as it waits around otherwise. 

While both LiPo and Li-Ion batteries are great at doing what they do, Li-Ion is obviously not as popular for manufacturers. This is primarily because LiPo batteries do not heat up as quickly as Li-Ion batteries, which makes for easier product designing and more safety.

How long does the DJI FPV battery last?

DJI FPV

DJI FPV is truly a sensation in the FPV world – thanks to its mind-blowing flying features and unbridled speed. Here’s how it is in terms of its battery life. 

DJI FPV drone batteries can last for approximately 20 minutes. It comes with a 2000 mAh LiPo 6S battery which has a lifespan of almost 200 cycles. The flight time mostly depends on how speedily the drone flies. The higher the speed, the faster the battery life drains. 

On the contrary, it is pretty obvious that the steadier the drone, the less the battery will drain. When flying at full turbo in sport mode, you will have to let go of a few minutes from the total flight time. 

However, if you want to make the most of the flight time, bring down the speed and fly it in steady motions. The flight time in this way will be almost as good as it is during the hover mode. 

How long does the Pocket 2 battery last?

osmo pocket

Pocket 2, the upgraded version of the original Osmo Pocket, is a go-to option for vloggers and casual filmmakers. The sequel is almost identical to the original, except for a few minor refinements here and there. Let's have a glance at its battery life. 

Pocket 2 has a battery life of up to 2 hours and 20 minutes per charge. That’s if you are shooting at 1080p. However, once you bump up the resolution and framerate, there may be a noticeable drop in battery time. It has a battery capacity of 875 mAh and offers around 300-400 charge cycles.

The Osmo series does have one drawback. Once you max out the shooting settings, you will begin to notice signs of an overheating battery. And if it gets super hot, the device shuts off on its own even before the battery drains out. 

The battery is non-removable. This means you don’t have the option of keeping multiple batteries and replacing them during longer sessions. 

That said, you can keep a USB C-standard charger with you if you plan on having an elaborate shooting plan. Luckily, you can still record while the battery charges.

How long do the OM 4 batteries last?

OM 4

One of the most amazing mobile gimbals out there, OM 4 is an absolute delight for smartphone filmmakers. Here’s what you should know about its battery life. 

The OM 4 batteries have an unbelievably long 15-hour battery life. With just 2450 mAh capacity, it provides a mind-blowing battery time which actually tracks well with the claim. Despite such a long flight time per charge, you will rarely face overheating during your shoots. 

OM 4 can also act as a power bank and charge other devices. If you are charging another device from the gimbal, that's when your battery will drain a bit quicker than normal. 

Like Osmo Pocket 2, it also has a non-removable battery. But the good thing about it is that it can easily last during all-day shoots. 

Some people like to point out that 15 hours doesn't really sum up an entire day. And of course, that’s true. But the idea is that you really won’t be using the gimbal throughout your day; there will be a lot of starts and stops along the way. In fact, when used wisely, the battery can last even longer than a day.

How Long Do Stored DJI Batteries Last?

If you are planning to store DJI batteries for a long period, this section will be helpful for you. 

DJI batteries can last for upwards of 5 years when stored the right way. This means keeping your batteries at 40-60% (the ideal storage power), not storing them over the long term fully charged, and cycling them every two to three months without fail.

If you're unfamiliar with the concept of cycling your battery, here's what you need to know:

Battery cycling is a maintenance routine that involves charging, discharging, and recharging your battery every three months. This practice is crucial for maintaining battery health, especially if it hasn't been used to fly a drone for an extended period.

Here's how to cycle your battery effectively:

  1. Initial Charge: Start by fully charging your battery to 100%. After charging, let it rest for 24 hours.
  2. Discharge: Install the battery in the aircraft and leave it until the power drops to 20%.
  3. Rest Period: Once it reaches 20%, remove the battery and let it sit for six hours.
  4. Final Charge: Finally, recharge the battery to full capacity.

Remember, storing your battery with less than 10% charge can lead to over-discharge, which is extremely harmful to the battery cells. In severe cases, it can render the battery completely unusable.

Regular battery cycling is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the longevity and health of your drone's battery.

How do I check battery health on DJI?

To check the health of your DJI drone's battery, follow these simple steps:

Power On: Turn on both your drone and its controller.

Open DJI App: Launch the DJI app connected to your drone.

Access Battery Settings: In the app, navigate to the battery settings. This is usually found under the main settings menu.

View Battery Information: Here, you'll see detailed information about your battery, including its current health status, charge levels, and any potential issues.

Analyze Data: Look for critical data like the number of charge cycles, any abnormal voltage levels, and temperature readings. These indicators help assess the overall health of your battery.

Regularly checking your battery's health is key to maintaining your drone's performance and safety.

Tips for Maintaining Your DJI Battery Health

Maintaining the health of your DJI drone battery is crucial for ensuring long-term performance and reliability. Here are some tips to help you keep your battery in top condition:

Choose the Right Conditions for Flying: Always fly your drone in suitable weather conditions. Avoid flying in high humidity unless your drone is waterproof. Also, steer clear of flying on windy days, especially if winds exceed 20 mph, as this puts extra strain on the battery.

Avoid Excessive Battery Drain: Constantly draining your battery quickly leads to more frequent charging and discharging cycles, which can shorten its overall lifespan. To prolong battery life, try not to let the battery discharge below 20-30%. This practice helps in maintaining a healthy battery life.

Monitor Battery Usage: Keep an eye on how often and how long you use your battery. Regular, but not excessive use, is key to keeping the battery in good shape.

Proper Storage: If you're not using your drone for an extended period, store the battery properly. Keep it in a cool, dry place and at an optimal charge level – usually around 50-60%.

Regular Checks: Use the DJI app to regularly check the battery's health, looking at the number of charge cycles and any potential issues.

By following these tips, you can significantly enhance the lifespan and performance of your DJI drone battery.

Conclusion 

I’m willing to bet that you’ve now gathered almost everything there is to know about a DJI drone battery’s lifespan. Allow me to conclude it all for you.

The lifespan of a DJI drone battery can range anywhere between two to four years, depending on how carefully you have been using the batteries throughout. A battery that’s kept running will end up having a longer lifespan as compared to the one that’s simply being stored up for a long time.

All in all, it’s true – DJI drone batteries are pretty high maintenance. But considering how much you can end up saving in replacement costs, your efforts are bound to be worth it in the end! 

faq what should you look for in a drone

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know will be answered in this section.

Can I use a non-DJI battery on my DJI drone?

It's not recommended to use non-DJI batteries with DJI drones due to potential compatibility issues and risks of damaging your drone.

Can We Extend Battery Life?

Yes, you can extend the battery life by maintaining proper charging habits, avoiding extreme discharging, and flying in optimal conditions.

Is it harmful to charge my DJI battery overnight?

Charging DJI batteries overnight is not advisable as it can reduce their lifespan. Lithium-Polymer batteries, like those in DJI drones, don't handle overcharging well.

Can I use a DJI battery that has been stored for an extended period without use?

Yes, but it's important to properly maintain the battery during storage, such as keeping it at a 40-60% charge and cycling it every few months.

What should I do if my DJI battery is damaged or starts swelling?

If your DJI battery is damaged or swelling, stop using it immediately. Swelling indicates a serious issue, and continuing to use a damaged battery can be dangerous. Consider replacing it with a new one.

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