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LiPo care and feeding — Get the most from your battery packs

LiPo care and feeding — Get the most from your battery packs

When it comes to electric aircraft, one of the key components is your battery pack. It is the only power source to keep your aircraft in the air, requires constant maintenance, and if not watched it will most likely be the first thing that needs to be replaced. But with the right care and careful monitoring, a battery pack will most likely last for quite some time. So if you are looking to add some extra time to your battery pack’s lifespan, read on and learn some expert tips on the care, feeding and maintenance of that vital aircraft element, the LiPo battery pack.

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UNDERSTANDING C-RATING

The C-rating designation on a battery pack lets you know just how much energy you can safely pull from that pack. LiPo battery packs can release amp draw based on the requirement of the power system. However, because there is no regulator to limit the amount of power draw from the battery, the system can actually pull too much from the pack, causing it to puff up or be destroyed. This is why understanding C-rating is so critical to maintaining the health of your battery pack. The other key essential is that you need to have some way of monitoring the amount of amperage being pulled from the pack…

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Updated: March 22, 2017 — 2:30 PM
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