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polguixe
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I love flying my Spark. However, flight time is an issue. I have a couple of batteries and planning to buy a third. Charging the batteries one by one with the drone is not ideal.The battery charger will be very helpful however I am not convinced by the price tag of it. Are there any alternative options for charging the batteries?

Context: I bought the Spark and the controller separately because the fly more combo wasn't in stock.

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Maybe something like this?
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-6-in- ... EAkYCiABEgK-n_D_BwE
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The dji charger works really well. For me it was an added bonus with flymore. Having used it I'd highly recommend it. Charges the batteries really quickly (I have two batteries).
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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-17 23:29
Maybe something like this?
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-6-in-1-battery-charger-parallel-smart-charger-for-dji-spark-quadcopter-p244218.htm?source=ProductListAds&id=18283950120&currency=eur&country=DE&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuJbIraeS1QIVDBbTCh3x3QTpEAkYCiABEgK-n_D_BwE

I'm considering buying this charger. I will wait for someone to post charging times on it first though.
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We recommend that Spark owners use a battery charging hub for charging more than one battery. It can charge three Spark batteries at the same time and its intelligent current-limiting feature prolongs battery life.
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I use the iPad pro 10.5 charger or the charger that came with Sony z4 tablet, they work better than stock spark charger...
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-7-18 03:26
I use the iPad pro 10.5 charger or the charger that came with Sony z4 tablet, they work better than stock spark charger...

Sorry, your 12 watt charger is not faster than an 18 watt charger. Stop the misinformation or support it with proof.
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The Spark Charging Hub works really well! Would definitely recommend!
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-7-18 03:26
I use the iPad pro 10.5 charger or the charger that came with Sony z4 tablet, they work better than stock spark charger...

Not this again...did you even read the OP? He said it's a pain charging one at a time through the quad and is looking for a multi-battery charger.
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Jeff7577 Posted at 2017-7-18 03:53
Sorry, your 12 watt charger is not faster than an 18 watt charger. Stop the misinformation or support it with proof.

Do not know the wattage of said chargers - but I am all for shuting down misinformation if that is the case.
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Hello, I make my own charger for Spark battery.. I use pads on bottom the battery... Input in battery 13,05V and 2A... I created battery dock and print it.. For regulating voltage and current I use CC/CV regulator from ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2596-D ... :g:tZ4AAOSwo4pYP~22) and set 13,05V and 2A on output.. I added Step-Up DC-DC converter too. My charger works from 10V to 20V input voltage.. Need FAN COOLER!!! Battery is charged after cca 45 mins. It is very simple :-) .     
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Arcicorsa Posted at 2017-7-18 07:19
Hello, I make my own charger for Spark battery.. I use pads on bottom the battery... Input in battery 13,05V and 2A... I created battery dock and print it.. For regulating voltage and current I use CC/CV regulator from ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2596-D ... :g:tZ4AAOSwo4pYP~22) and set 13,05V and 2A on output.. I added Step-Up DC-DC converter too. My charger works from 10V to 20V input voltage.. Need FAN COOLER!!! Battery is charged after cca 45 mins. It is very simple :-) .

Now that's some next level stuff right there !!
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That is awesome! Might have to look into that, those with the fly-less are reluctant to pony up the $70 or whatever extra for the hub.
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i would like to know if there will be a connection to the smart hub to connect it to a car. this would be ideal. one at a time is so slow!.
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pingywon13 Posted at 2017-7-18 06:43
Thank you for this. Shut this crap down as soon as it starts. So tired of people with misinformation just talking to feel special.

He tries it again and again... I am really glad that the people now stop it from the beginning.
See here for the long version:
https://forum.dji.com/thread-102816-1-1.html?


I think the charger posted in the second post is at the moment the best you can get for the price.
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Jeff7577 Posted at 2017-7-18 03:53
Sorry, your 12 watt charger is not faster than an 18 watt charger. Stop the misinformation or support it with proof.

Actually, the charger is 29 watts so like I said, the iPad Pro charger works better and faster than the cheap "throwaway" charger that comes with the $499 spark. If you guys would do a little research then you would no longer embarrass yourselves, thank you...
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Nixtoo Posted at 2017-7-18 01:16
The dji charger works really well. For me it was an added bonus with flymore. Having used it I'd highly recommend it. Charges the batteries really quickly (I have two batteries).

I second this.  I have 3 batteries, but so far have only charged 2 at a time and it takes under 1hr to charge both.
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Arcicorsa Posted at 2017-7-18 07:19
Hello, I make my own charger for Spark battery.. I use pads on bottom the battery... Input in battery 13,05V and 2A... I created battery dock and print it.. For regulating voltage and current I use CC/CV regulator from ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2596-D ... :g:tZ4AAOSwo4pYP~22) and set 13,05V and 2A on output.. I added Step-Up DC-DC converter too. My charger works from 10V to 20V input voltage.. Need FAN COOLER!!! Battery is charged after cca 45 mins. It is very simple :-) .

That's awesome!
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pingywon13
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I have been thinking about a power inverter to be able to charge in the car. I have the 3 batt DJI dock ....etc

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H2X ... colid=369OY8E7JHI4O
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-7-18 09:36
Actually, the charger is 29 watts so like I said, the iPad Pro charger works better and faster than the cheap "throwaway" charger that comes with the $499 spark. If you guys would do a little research then you would no longer embarrass yourselves, thank you...

Man.. stop spreading wrong informations!
The iPad Pro charger is 12W!
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter?fnode=85&fs=fh%3D459d%252B470e

The iPad charger must have 5,8A @ 5V to get 29W. Nonsense!
You don’t even own the stock charger, you bought the fly more combo.
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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 11:06
Man.. stop spreading wrong informations!
The iPad Pro charger is 12W!
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter?fnode=85&fs=fh%3D459d%252B470e

First off, I bought the fly more combo and the fly less combo. Secondly the iPad pro charger is 29 watt not 12 watt and also it support USB-C charger. Thank you for your understanding.....
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pingywon13 Posted at 2017-7-18 10:21
I have been thinking about a power inverter to be able to charge in the car. I have the 3 batt DJI dock ....etc

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H2XD2DY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1JDBVEF9XXQKM&colid=369OY8E7JHI4O

I have a similar inverter, the only difference is its 200 watt, it work well.
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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 11:06
Man.. stop spreading wrong informations!
The iPad Pro charger is 12W!
https://www.apple.com/shop/produ ... =fh%3D459d%252B470e


Think you may owe R&L Aerial an Apology

https://www.apple.com/ie/shop/pr ... usb-c-power-adapter




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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-7-18 11:21
I have a similar inverter, the only difference is its 200 watt, it work well.

Yes that was the like cheapest one on amazon. I thought that 100watts would be enough to charge the 3 batt tray.

There is a whole range of options on amazon - one to fit every budget
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-7-18 11:32
Think you may owe R&L Aerial an Apology

https://www.apple.com/ie/shop/product/MJ262B/A/apple-29w-usb-c-power-adapter

LOL, This is not the iPad Pro charger he is talking about.
https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=102816&pid=852977&fromuid=388548


And the Sony charger is even faster. A full charge in 28min, sure!  https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=102816&pid=861985&fromuid=388548



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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 12:34
LOL, This is not the iPad Pro charger he is talking about.
https://forum.dji.com/forum.php? ... &fromuid=388548


https://www.macstories.net/ios/t ... -pro-fast-charging/

Mr doubting Thomas, he told you 29w you will see from above it charges iPad .

You don't need to point me to another thread . This is about this thread and the help R&L is trying to give others help. He's not giving wrong information, in fact he is giving information that others are interested in.

I see you just edited your post sneeky.....
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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 12:34
LOL, This is not the iPad Pro charger he is talking about.
https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=102816&pid=852977&fromuid=388548

Changing your post and hopping on to google to find out your wrong.

Maybe just a little bit of humble pie will do

Good day...
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-7-18 12:48
https://www.macstories.net/ios/testing-apples-29w-usb-c-power-adapter-and-ipad-pro-fast-charging/

Mr doubting Thomas, he told you 29w you will see from above it charges iPad .

He talks about the 12W charger. Now he understands that it can’t work what he is  saying. Now he is taking about the 29W charger.
Tomorrow it will be the 86W charger?


The 29W usb Type C charger can charge with 14,5V / 2A or 5V / 2,4A. Type C Standard.Does the spark support type C charging? Or only QC 3 with 12V?




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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 12:57
He talks about the 12W charger. Now he understands that it can’t work what he is  saying. Now he is taking about the 29W charger.
Tomorrow it will be the 86W charger?

You changed your post just a few minutes ago , because you obviously hadn't a clue about 29w charger for iPad .
I think you should leave it now and stop digging that hole. It clear in this thread that the only Apple charger that was mentioned was 29w, simple As...
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-7-18 13:08
You changed your post just a few minutes ago , because you obviously hadn't a clue about 29w charger for iPad .
I think you should leave it now and stop digging that hole. It clear in this thread that the only Apple charger that was mentioned was 29w, simple As...

Simple as?
Don’t let him fool you. Read the linked thread! He was talking all the time about the 12W. Now about the 29W?  

The included Z4 charger he is talking about (28min) is faster than the iPad Pro charger. That is what he said.
Maybe you can calculate the power is must have? And when you have the result go and check it with the specs! You will see......

Now I am out.. I have proofed it several times in the other thread. Go and believe every nonsense you read.
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Dirk52 Posted at 2017-7-18 13:21
Simple as?
Don’t let him fool you. Read the linked thread! He was talking all the time about the 12W. Now about the 29W?  

You win some you loose some.

Good day.

Maybe in future you might recommend this 29w it looks like a good option and a lot cheaper than dji.
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Something like this ? http://amzn.to/2vzAd5X
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@arcicorsa wow this is next level! Nice to see a docking solution.

@Bradders I found the same model in aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ ... 99999999.262.idxigj

Has anyone tried the model above?
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Arcicorsa Posted at 2017-7-18 07:19
Hello, I make my own charger for Spark battery.. I use pads on bottom the battery... Input in battery 13,05V and 2A... I created battery dock and print it.. For regulating voltage and current I use CC/CV regulator from ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2596-D ... :g:tZ4AAOSwo4pYP~22) and set 13,05V and 2A on output.. I added Step-Up DC-DC converter too. My charger works from 10V to 20V input voltage.. Need FAN COOLER!!! Battery is charged after cca 45 mins. It is very simple :-) .

Hi Arcicorsa, I'm interested in your charger but I'm not clear about a couple of things.
You mentioned using 2 of the metal pads on the bottom of the battery. I tested these with a multi meter but couldn't get any voltage reading. Also, what are the other 2 pads for ?
Also, the Spark battery is a 3s lipo. How are you balancing the charge ?
Thanks.


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Scobo Posted at 2017-10-1 03:34
Hi Arcicorsa, I'm interested in your charger but I'm not clear about a couple of things.
You mentioned using 2 of the metal pads on the bottom of the battery. I tested these with a multi meter but couldn't get any voltage reading. Also, what are the other 2 pads for ?
Also, the Spark battery is a 3s lipo. How are you balancing the charge ?

If it is like the Phantom batteries, balancing is handled by the battery itself (part of the intelligent features).
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Scobo Posted at 2017-10-1 03:34
Hi Arcicorsa, I'm interested in your charger but I'm not clear about a couple of things.
You mentioned using 2 of the metal pads on the bottom of the battery. I tested these with a multi meter but couldn't get any voltage reading. Also, what are the other 2 pads for ?
Also, the Spark battery is a 3s lipo. How are you balancing the charge ?

Hello, on pads you measure no voltage. In battery is on the pads MosFet transistor.. Other pads is data link. Yes battery is 3S, but charging and balancing circuit is in the battery. You connect source in CC (1,5A) mode with end voltage 13,05V on pads according to my photo, battery begin charge. Balancing and stop charging drive the battery.
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Thanks for that. Bit beyond my diy skills unfortunately.
I came up with a portable option using a spare lipo battery and one of these ......  https://goo.gl/dTTR4v
Charges 2 spark batteries in about 50 minutes and can also charge the RC.

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I have been using the DJI 3 battery charger that came with my kit ($69)  to charge my 4 batteries.   I have gone through the process of starting to fly and when I land after the first flight, battery goes in the charger and when I am done with each battery/flight it goes in the charger, by the time I have used up my 4th battery, the first is ready to go again.  Seems I could do this forever or until the RC or Tablet runs out of juice.   I have an inverter in my car and will give that a try at some point.   

Some one was showing a charging solution that had a large Battery that you could take to the field seemed it had spots for 3 spark batteries on it and could do about 2 charge cycles or about 6 batteries.  Don't remember the recycle time and i can't find the thread now.  
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Arcicorsa Posted at 2017-7-18 07:19
Hello, I make my own charger for Spark battery.. I use pads on bottom the battery... Input in battery 13,05V and 2A... I created battery dock and print it.. For regulating voltage and current I use CC/CV regulator from ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LM2596-D ... :g:tZ4AAOSwo4pYP~22) and set 13,05V and 2A on output.. I added Step-Up DC-DC converter too. My charger works from 10V to 20V input voltage.. Need FAN COOLER!!! Battery is charged after cca 45 mins. It is very simple :-) .

Nice work, why not build it in a way that you can charge while connected to the Spark? I wonder when DJI will utilize this capability. These connectors are not there by mistake...
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JCStorbeck Posted at 2017-10-15 10:20
I have been using the DJI 3 battery charger that came with my kit ($69)  to charge my 4 batteries.   I have gone through the process of starting to fly and when I land after the first flight, battery goes in the charger and when I am done with each battery/flight it goes in the charger, by the time I have used up my 4th battery, the first is ready to go again.  Seems I could do this forever or until the RC or Tablet runs out of juice.   I have an inverter in my car and will give that a try at some point.   

Some one was showing a charging solution that had a large Battery that you could take to the field seemed it had spots for 3 spark batteries on it and could do about 2 charge cycles or about 6 batteries.  Don't remember the recycle time and i can't find the thread now.

That'll be the Smatree charger .... http://smatree.com/Products/1335.html
Seems to be out of stock for now.
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