Flying drones is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the world: with the abundance of manufacturers and the affordability of some crafts, drones are quickly taking the hobby world by storm.
If you already fly a drone, you will know that the biggest limit to your fun is the battery life. If you’re looking to get into flying, you should look for drones that have a long battery life to maximize your enjoyment. The good news is that no matter how long your battery lasts, there are steps you can take to get the most out of it every time you fly. Here are a few quick tips that will let you keep your drone in the air for the most amount of time possible.
Remove or Disable the Camera
One of the coolest features of flying a drone are the aerial pictures you can capture with the onboard camera. Even the best cheap drones today will have a built-in camera. But if you’re having trouble with battery life, you should think about disabling or removing it altogether.
If you have a higher-end drone, then the camera is probably going to be a pretty nice one. This means that when you run it, you will drain the battery very quickly, especially if you can take video. If you just want to have fun flying, then leave the camera off. If you really want to increase the battery life, though, you should think about removing it: this will lighten the load of the drone and allow your battery to perform longer.
Charge at the Right Time
The timing of your charge can give you an extra couple of minutes. For drones, the best time to charge the battery is right before you fly. This is because a freshly charged battery will perform better.
If you’re not sure when you’re going to fly again, but don’t want to have to wait an hour or so the next time the mood strikes you, then charge the battery to halfway or a little more. This will still allow you to get the fresh charge right before you take the drone out, but you won’t have to wait too long in order to do so.
Fly Under the Right Conditions
If you want your battery to last, you want the drone to have as smooth a flight as possible. This means that you should fly only in the ideal weather conditions.
While strong winds are dangerous to fly in because you risk crashing, even a slight breeze can cause your motors to work harder to stay on course, which drains your battery quickly. Instead, look for opportunities where the air is still and there isn’t a lot of humidity. This will increase your battery life and your fun as well, especially if you are just starting out.
Take advantage of one of the hottest hobbies around and learn to fly your drone properly for maximum battery life.
Mike Plambeck is a Drone Enthusiast who is passionate about helping people learn about both commercial and hobby drones. When he’s not out flying or filming he writes for various online publications and spends time with his wife and two young children.