Lipo batteries can last up to three years. Different manufacturers provide details that their lipo batteries last between 2 – 3 years on average.
Hello folks! My name is Lavelle and I am a long-time drone operator and pilot. I’ve used lipo batteries with my drones for many years now and find them to be a great investment.
In this article, I will explain what a lipo battery is, how long it lasts, and discuss the variables that contribute to the lasting time of the batteries.
- Key Takeaways
- How Long Do Lipo Batteries Last
- How to Extend the Lipo Batteries Life
- Final Thoughts
- Lipo batteries can last for a long time if taken care of properly.
- They should not be overcharged and should be stored in a cool location to extend their lifespan.
- Care should be taken to recharge the batteries before they are fully drained.
How Long Do Lipo Batteries Last
Lipo stands for lithium polymer. These batteries are rechargeable and use polymer electrolyte and lithium-ion components to form a usable battery pouch.
The longest manufacturer lifespan for a lipo battery is 3 years or approximately 300 cycle charges. Most manufacturers report that their version of the lipo battery can last between 2 and 3 years.
Some of the variables that impact the lifespan of the battery include deterioration and decomposition.
Over time, the batteries’ components deteriorate because of the interchange between the electrolytes and the lithium ions. The rate of deterioration depends on overall usage, storage, and conditions under which the batteries are used.
How to Tell if You Need to Replace the Lipo Battery
Lipo batteries should be replaced if you smell any odor from the batteries or if the batteries are puffy or bulging.
Any damage to the ends or corners of the batteries is also the reason for replacement. And of course, LiPo batteries should be replaced when they no longer hold a charge.
How to Extend the Lipo Batteries Life
Here are a few tips for extending the life of your lipo batteries.
1. Don’t Overheat Your Batteries
Keep your batteries stored in a cool place. Overheating can ruin the batteries by accelerating the deterioration process.
2. Don’t Over-Charge or Over-Discharge Your Batteries
When your batteries are fully charged, take them off the charger immediately. Overcharging your batteries may cause them to leak and also speeds up the deterioration process. The batteries may also overheat.
Likewise, over-discharging your batteries can lead to some of the anode material dissolving or melting into the electrolyte solution which may cause the battery to go below the voltage threshold.
3. Don’t Run the Batteries Until They Are Dead
When using your lipo battery, do not run the battery until it is dead. Doing so may cause the protective circuit to malfunction. If this malfunction occurs, the battery could go into a deep discharge state and may not hold a charge any longer.
4. Store Them at Around 40% Capacity
It is recommended to store your batteries at around 40%-50% capacity. Doing so allows the battery to experience less capacity loss while charging.
Make sure you also check our post about drones with the longest battery life.
Here are a few answers to some of the frequently asked questions about lipo battery life.
When Should I Replace My LiPo Battery?
You can replace the battery once it no longer holds a charge. It is also recommended to replace your Lipo battery if you smell any odor from the battery, if the corners are dented, or if the batteries are leaking.
How Long Does a 5000mah LiPo Battery Last?
A 5000mAh Lipo battery will last approximately 120 hours.
Do LiPo Batteries Lose Charge Over Time?
Yes, over time Lipo batteries lose capacity. The percentage of capacity loss varies depending on storage habits, usage, and charging methods.
Lipo batteries are a great asset for your drone. These batteries have basically changed the way drone batteries are used and perceived. However, it is important to note that these batteries are very finicky and require a lot of care and protection.
Do you power your drone with lipo batteries? Do you think it is a good investment to expand the battery life of your drone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.