One of the biggest things we have to think about when owning a drone like the Mavic Pro is batteries.
How long will they last?
How many will I need?
How can I charge them (faster, more at once, while on the road)?
And so on.
There are a lot of questions about batteries, so I have collected all of the most useful and relevant information on Mavic Pro batteries for you here, all in one place :>
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The box on the left shows the official Mavic Pro Battery specs.
The capacity and energy are especially useful to know when you want to know how long it lasts and if you can safely travel on a plane with these batteries (more on that in the section further down).
The temperature range is useful to know too, because you don't want to overheat or damage such expensive batteries.
** Details taken from DJI Mavic Pro page
MAVIC PRO - INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY SPECS
Capacity: 3830 mAh
Voltage: 11.4 V
Battery Type: LiPo 3S
Energy: 43.6 Wh
Net Weight Approx: 0.5 lbs (240 g)
Charging Temperature Range: 41° to 104° F ( 5° to 40° C )
Another way of saying this is "How Long Can I Fly For?".
According to the specifications from DJI, the Mavic Pro can fly for:
So, it is a little complex to actually work out "exact" time a single battery will allow you to fly.
Because it depends on so many factors (wind, speed, age of the battery, temperature etc).
Also, you don't want to fly home and land with 0% charge left because the Mavic Pro will try to land once the battery level is critically low. Not something most of us ever want to experience!
The best advice I can give you is to watch the battery level a lot, and be careful not to fly a significant distance into with the wind, as returning home on 50% or less, into the wind can lead to a lost drone (just look on Youtube for drone crashes).
The answer to this really depends on:
If you are out on a day trip with no access to power (car charger or otherwise) you might want to take quite a few batteries with you. Especially if you plan to do a log of flying.
If you can get to power and afford to wait for the batteries to charge (over an hour) then you will need less spare batteries, but still a bit of patience.
Personally, I would buy about 2 or 3 batteries so that you are always sure you have some charged and that you can fly for an hour or so in total. No matter where you are or what you are doing, time flies when you are using the Mavic!
In this section I am going to cover all the charging options and times.
Charging one battery with the standard Mavic Pro charger takes between 60-80 minutes depending on how flat it is.
So, if you want to charge multiple batteries, you are looking at hours of time, or doing it overnight.
But to do that, you need that right gear. That is where a charging hub comes into play...
There are a few options when it comes to charging hubs for the Mavic batteries.
The one most people choose is the 4-in-1 charging hub from DJI themselves.
This charger can charge 4 batteries in a row, but only one at a time.
So, although it is a good option if you have time on your hands, it does not help speed up the process.
It is a very cheap option for charging multiple batteries though as it costs less than $40.
This charger is certainly very "high school physics" in its looks, but it sovles a big problem for Mavic Pro owners. This rapid charger from FSLabs allows you to charge 3 batteries at once!
And, it also has more ports so you can plugin in the controller and your phone too! How...good...is...that!
Now you can get all your Mavic Pro gear charged and ready to go in about an hour. Instead of having to wait hours, or do it overnight.
And is it expensive? Just a small amount more than the hub from DJI. Can't complain about that.
Another great accessory to have for your Mavic Pro is a car charger.
If you are traveling around and flying your drone you can charge your extra batteries in the car while you are out flying with your current one!
And let's be honest here, most of us are using our cars to get to our favorite flying spot (or even a new location) so how can you really do without a car charger?
Most people want to go with the "official" DJI car charger, and genuine accessories are usually the best way to go too. They have been built and tested by the people who made the drone.
Of course, this does mean it costs a bit more, so keep that in mind. But quality and testing come at a price.
Philonext make some good accessories for the Mavic Pro and this car charger gets great reviews on Amazon and even some praise above the DJI one.
Some say it gets less hot, as it has a built in fan to cool it. This is great if you charge multiple batteries in a row or live in a hot climate.
It is also less than half the price of the genuine DJI car charger, so keep that in mind too.
You might have heard stories of Samsung 3s catching fire, or airplane fires due to lithium batteries? It's pretty scary stuff.
Which is why you want to make sure you care for an transport your Mavic Pro and batteries when you are traveling.
The Mavic Pro batteries hold an insane amount of power, which means they are also potentially quite dangerous. But, with the right preparation you can be sure you won't be the cause of a fire on your next flight, or even on a long road trip!
Prepping your Mavic Pro batteries for your next trip is essential. Not only to protect the batteries, and yourself, but those traveling with you.
The most important thing to do is protect against accident discharge when the metal contacts touch something else.
There are a number of ways to do this such as:
You also need to be aware that you have to take the batteries on board with you as hand luggage. So, you cannot pack them with your drone in check in baggage (not that I would check in my Mavic Pro anyway, I would rather take a backpack or case and bring it on board where I know it is secure!)
You can learn even more about the potential dangers and solutions in the video below (worth watching to learn about the FAA battery regulations too).
Wrapping and taping is an option, but let's face it - it's not 100% secure and is kind of a pain to do. Not only do you have to prep the batteries each time, you also have to carry stuff with you to do it for your return trip.
That is why I would recommend and personally use LiPo fireproof bags for my Mavic Pro batteries. They are pretty cheap too, so why bother with all that other BS.
These fireproof bags are pretty simple and cheap, so well worth investing in.
For well under $10 per bag you can simply slip in your Mavic Pro battery, close the bag and put it in your hand luggage (knowing you are safe to travel).