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  • #98721


    Hi Folks, I was recently flying in England and the temperature was around freezing. I noticed that the batteries drained very quickly. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

  • #98722


    I never did it at such freezing temperatures but it is a well known issue with electric powered engines, battery life is way shorter when in cold weather conditions. Even Tesla owners have noticed that, as you can read here:
    Tesla Model S Could Lose Up To 40-Percent Range In Cold Weather

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  • #98869


    I read somewhere that dronists in freezing weather put their batteries in their pockets to keep them warm. I’ll try that next time.

    • #111056


      Hey Eric
      Just saw your post, just tuck your batteries under you coat as close to the body as possible. I had a few battery warnings because frozen batteries last winter.

      Flew in minus 10 Celsius once and the battery drained much faster think they were dead after 17 minutes, so its a good idea to keep the drone within sight in freezing weather conditions.

  • #111145


    Thanks for the tips. When I was in England, keeping the drone within sight was NO problem since I could keep it up in the air for only around 45 seconds per battery, ha ha. But, I will definitely try keeping the batteries next to body heat next time.

  • #114025



    I fly all winter in Minnesota – very cold.

    Keep the batteries warm (at least 25deg C, preferably warmer) right up to the second you put them on the craft. In the winter I keep then in an insulated cooler with a couple microwavable hot packs.

    On the Inspire 1 Pro I also wrap a chemical warming pack around the battery when flying. I have found that the ones that are foot shaped and made to go inside a boot fit fairly well. Next winter I think I’ll just make a 5ml neoprene sleeve.

    If you can start with warm batteries and keep them warm for the first 2 (or so) minutes of flight they will then generate enough internal heat to sustain the rest of the flight. Using this routine I get almost normal flight times at 0 deg C and 10 minutes at -20 deg C.

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    If the airplane can be kept in a hangar prior to flight, it can operate in very, very cold conditions. Airplanes fly in minus 56 Celsius (-69 degrees Fahrenheit) or colder conditions at altitude, therefore if the fluids can be kept warm, the airplane can usually operate.

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