Some of the reasons that your DJI Spark battery may not charge include things such as overheating, an unsupported cable or brick, the battery has been stored too long and is completely flat, or the battery may be in hibernation mode.
Hello, fellow drone enthusiasts! My name is Lavelle and I am a drone pilot and a long-time drone enthusiast. Over the past decade or so, I have been using my drones for professional and recreational uses and have had many instances where my battery did not charge for one reason or another.
In this article, I will discuss some of the reasons that your DJI Spark battery is not charging. I will also cover 5-ways that I have learned to fix the problem of your battery not charging.
- Key Takeaways
- Reasons Why DJI Spark Battery Not Charging
- 5 Ways to Fix DJI Spark Battery Not Charging
- Final Thoughts
- To ensure optimal performance, always store drone batteries in a cool, dry place and away from any direct heat source.
- Check to see if your battery is in hibernation mode.
- Make sure your battery is securely connected to the charger before charging it.
Reasons Why DJI Spark Battery Not Charging
Here are some of the most common reasons that your DJI Spark battery may not be charging properly or at all.
If your drone battery is not used for a lengthy time period, it may discharge automatically to protect the integrity of the battery cells. DJI typically discharges to about 60% if they are not used for 10 days or longer.
Check to ensure that your battery is not in hibernation mode. The hibernation mode is a feature that DJI put in place to protect batteries from draining completely and becoming unusable after they have been stored for long periods of time. It is also known as a sleep mode for the battery.
Overheating or extreme temperatures can cause your battery not to charge. Take caution to not charge your battery for more than the needed charging time. Also, take caution to not use your drone in extreme temperatures (hot or cold) because doing so can result in permanent damage to your battery.
Look for physical damage to your charger. If the drone charger has cuts or twists, it may not function properly and may result in damage to your battery.
If your battery does not charge, it may be damaged. Look for physical signs of damage such as a dent on the corner of the battery or any kind of black, burned strain on the battery. These signs could be an indication that the battery is damaged and may not charge.
Always ensure that you keep your DJI firmware updated. DJI regularly releases new updates on its website.
5 Ways to Fix DJI Spark Battery Not Charging
The methods listed below may assist you in resolving the DJI Spark battery not charging issue.
1. Remove the Batteries from Hibernation Mode
To get the battery out of hibernation mode, perform the following steps:
- Press the power button once quickly
- Press the power button a second time, holding it for approximately 3 seconds
- Plug it into your DJI charger (using aftermarket chargers may result in malfunctions)
- Leave it on the charger for several hours (it may take 3-4 hours on the charger before it comes out of hibernation mode)
2. Bring the Batteries’ Temperature Back to Normal
If your battery overheats, it will not function properly and will not charge. If your battery is overly warm, unplug it and allow it to sit for approximately 30 minutes, and then try replugging it.
3. Get a New Charger
If these options do not work, your charger may be dysfunctional, and you can consider replacing it.
4. Update the Firmware
DJI regularly provides updates to its firmware. Look for the latest update and ensure that you have it installed. Keeping your firmware updated, helps to ensure that your charger is working properly.
5. Replace the Battery
If you have tried all of these options and nothing seems to be working, your battery may be completely dead, and replacing it is the only option. I suggest that you always try to keep extra batteries on hand. I maintain 3 spare batteries per drone at all times as a backup mechanism.
Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions about DJI Spark batteries.
How Do You Reset the DJI Spark Battery?
To reset your DJI Spark battery, press the power button 2x’s. Then allow the battery to sit for 5 minutes. Plug in the charger at the same time and leave it plugged in during this period. After the waiting period, connect the battery to the charger and it should reset the battery.
How Do I Check My DJI Spark Battery Health?
You can check your DJI Spark battery health by going to the GO4 application. You can also check your battery’s health by pressing and holding the power button for about 3 seconds and looking for the LED lights. 4 full lights indicate a full charge.
One of the most frustrating times for a drone owner is when your battery does not charge. In order to avoid this frustration, keep your battery stored properly, use your drone under the proper conditions, and charge your battery fully but without overcharging it.
Have you ever experienced problems with charging your drone batteries? What steps did you take to fix it? Share your tricks and tips with other drone owners in the comments section below.