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Mini 2 battery storage: Half or full charge
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trader6777
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I was told to keep the Mini 1 battery half charged in storage.  Same for Mini 2 battery?  (I prefer to keep the battery fully charged so it's ready when I need it).
2020-11-12
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The Mini 2 battery will discharge automatically to as low as 72% after 5 days of inactivity. So if you want it to stay at 100%, you will have to leave it on the charger I guess.
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Your strategy will not work, the battery will auto-discharge so it will not be safe to go flying with a battery you stored at full charge. The correct strategy is to fully charge just before you use the battery, then take it home and store it until next time.
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Geebax Posted at 11-12 21:09
Your strategy will not work, the battery will auto-discharge so it will not be safe to go flying with a battery you stored at full charge. The correct strategy is to fully charge just before you use the battery, then take it home and store it until next time.

Not really. If it stays on the charger, it will stay at 100%. I have tested this myself and it does work. And I have done it this way for many months with the MA2.
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Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

The Mini 2 Intelligent Flight Battery has Auto-Discharging Function, this is to prevent swelling and the battery automatically discharges to approx. 96% of the battery level when it is idle for one day. It is normal to feel moderate heat being emitted from the battery during the discharging process.

I hope you find the information helpful. Thank you for your support.

2020-11-13
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OK, I was putting mine back to about half charge, like I would with my RC aircraft LiPo batteries. Squinting at the label, I see they are Li Ion so half charge may well not be optimal. I shall defer to DJI and charge each one back up till 3 lights are lit.
2020-11-14
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Mini 1 is OK it has LiOn Batteries. Mini 2 you will destroy batteries if you keep on the charger. It uses LiPo batteries.
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I think the intelligent way to manage charge would be to recharge batteries after use, to around 75% (3 lights in the charging module) before storage, And full charge them to 100% right before use.
3-21 10:50
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I agree with bjr981s,. Let alone leaving LiPos on the charger, I would not even wait 5 days to drain them, especially if you can not store them in a cool place. The charging hub's "powerbank" feature comes very handy for that...

I personally had very bad experience with DJI batteries despite my best efforts (lost 3 Mavic Air batteries at less then 1/3rd of their expected life, probably due to ambient heat), so I would recommend being extra cautious.
3-21 12:11
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djiuser_nO2RdSW5BSUg
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How did you lose it? Swollen or entered permanent blocking mode? Even such ones can still be recovered. I have four batteries and I can say that each has a different capacity and runtime, and they are used the same.
3-21 12:48
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Used the below for my old Mavic 2 Pro and have just ordered one for the Mini 2.

https://phantomangel.rocks

May not be for everyones budget but helps with battery storage/conditioning
3-21 14:29
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djiuser_nO2RdSW5BSUg Posted at 3-21 12:48
How did you lose it? Swollen or entered permanent blocking mode? Even such ones can still be recovered. I have four batteries and I can say that each has a different capacity and runtime, and they are used the same.

Swollen to the extent that the cases split open The oldest had 29 cycles or so on it. Funny enough I believe they would still work if you dare to put them in the drone.

I have seen people bleeding the gasses out of swollen LiPos but I would not risk anything like that with a drone battery. On top of that there was a gentleman at the Air forum that posted the video of a Mavic Air battery catching fire (he was trying to charge a bloated one) which fully convinced me not to ever touch them again

Now I drain the batteries every time I end up not using them. With the constant heat here, I believe putting an extra charge cycle is better than keeping them charged...

If anything happens to my Mini 2 batteries after all that care, I am definitely going Lion. I don't fly fast or in high winds. I can live with Mini 1 batteries in Mini 2...

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chris@chris.sx Posted at 3-21 14:29
Used the below for my old Mavic 2 Pro and have just ordered one for the Mini 2.

https://phantomangel.rocks

This looks quite nice. But unless it applies an advanced/intelligent discharge curve (probably it does) wouldn't using the batteries as a power bank provide the same effect?
3-21 15:31
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CemAygun Posted at 3-21 15:31
This looks quite nice. But unless it applies an advanced/intelligent discharge curve (probably it does) wouldn't using the batteries as a power bank provide the same effect?

Absolutely the power bank method would work but i guess i wanted a quick way to automatically discharge to the correct level with no guesswork.
Maybe I'm slightly lazy in that respect but the phantom angel certainly does what it claims to do.
Also, i am in no way affiliated with this company but just love the product
3-22 02:18
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chris@chris.sx Posted at 3-22 02:18
Absolutely the power bank method would work but i guess i wanted a quick way to automatically discharge to the correct level with no guesswork.
Maybe I'm slightly lazy in that respect but the phantom angel certainly does what it claims to do.
Also, i am in no way affiliated with this company but just love the product

Yeah, with the powerbank method you always have to keep an eye on the discharge level, you cannot leave it by itself to do the work. Thanks for the link, I did not know those even existed for the drone batteries.
3-22 11:59
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bjr981s Posted at 2020-11-14 04:08
Mini 1 is OK it has LiOn Batteries. Mini 2 you will destroy batteries if you keep on the charger. It uses LiPo batteries.

I believe Mini 2 batteries are also Li-ion batteries
3-30 12:06
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Jackie-Gan Posted at 3-30 12:06
I believe Mini 2 batteries are also Li-ion batteries

No, they are LiPo
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GaryDoug Posted at 3-30 18:43
No, they are LiPo

Oh, I misread, it says on the battery that it is a lithium ion polymer.
3-30 22:50
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I find the best way to discharge the battery is to just hover the craft for 10 minutes.
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DJI Paladin Posted at 2020-11-13 09:53
Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

Hi DJI Paladin, can I just say that all three of the batteries I have for my Mini 2 do not auto discharge properly as stated in the manual when not plugged into the charger or Mini 2. If I leave the batteries alone for over 5 days they have only slightly discharged from 100% to 96% and not down to 72% as DJI have stated so I don’t think the auto discharge capability on some of these batteries is working correctly (especially with the growing number of reports I have seen about this on various social media platforms). I understand I can do this manually but it seems a shame that a function that is documented is not working for all Mini 2 owners
4-12 00:02
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Thanks for the info guys! I'm new to this forum and a licensed drone pilot in Europe since December 2020. I got my DJI Mini 2 recently and loving it so far!
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DJI Paladin Posted at 2020-11-13 09:53
Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

Do the batteries auto discharge when in hub?  Some people state that they don't although assume it is only when the hub is plugged into an electrical source.
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DJI Paladin Posted at 2020-11-13 09:53
Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

Do the batteries auto discharge when in hub?  Some people state that they don't although assume it is only when the hub is plugged into an electrical source.
4-24 02:20
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Glen Vaughn Posted at 4-24 02:20
Do the batteries auto discharge when in hub?  Some people state that they don't although assume it is only when the hub is plugged into an electrical source.

This guy knows his stuff, and I learnt something from watching him

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II recently upgraded the firmware in the Mini 2, and in the little notes about what features it upgrades, it had listed:  " If the battery is not to be used for a long time (what is a long time?)
only have it charged to  "  60% "  .  I know that I have read that the Mini 2 battery adjust on its own, so I am just going to let it do it's thing.
4-25 17:41
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Personally I manage my mini 2 batteries in the same way as my phantom 3 batteries, that is to say that  always keep them at 50% and charge them just before flying .
4-26 12:24
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DJI Paladin Posted at 2020-11-13 09:53
Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

Where is the 72% number coming from?

The manual states that for storage you are supposed to have it below 30%



Where does the 72% come from?
5-18 18:44
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djiuser_OTYvDZ7Aco36 Posted at 5-18 18:44
Where is the 72% number coming from?

The manual states that for storage you are supposed to have it below 30%

72% is the number the batteries are supposed to auto-discharge to after 5 days of unuse (page 21 of the english user manual; "intelligent flight battery"). That is where it is coming from....It does not work for many people (including myself) anyways. Even left outside, my batteries only do the first discharge (down to 96%) and stay that way forever. I discharge them manually using the hub.
5-18 19:10
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You know what would be really nice is a way to tell the charger to charge them to 72%
8-2 23:29
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I've had 2 Mini 2 batteries in the charging hub for almost two weeks and they're still fully charged! The charger is not connected but I thought this problem was supposed to have been fixed with the latest firmware updates.
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AidanMac Posted at 8-2 23:56
I've had 2 Mini 2 batteries in the charging hub for almost two weeks and they're still fully charged! The charger is not connected but I thought this problem was supposed to have been fixed with the latest firmware updates.

I think that might be intentional. It's a way to keep the batteries at 100% if you need to for some reason.
8-3 00:36
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Issicus Posted at 8-3 00:36
I think that might be intentional. It's a way to keep the batteries at 100% if you need to for some reason.

no chap, they should discharge to 95% after 1 day and to 72% after 10 days.

With my p4p batteries, I have always charged them to full after every session, stored them with a discharge time of 10 days, they drop to about 75%, if I haven't used them for a while I will charge them again and let them do their thing after 10 days.

I have lost 2 batteries, one went in the bin after a dunking and 1i dropped and it became faulty then 100% went turtle on me, so that too was binned. To date I still have the original battery and never lost one due to charge or storage, I'm in the 4th year now...
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DJI Paladin Posted at 2020-11-13 09:53
Hello there Trader6777, I appreciate your inquiry and thank you for reaching us out. To maintain the Mini 2 batteries in good condition, before storage, it is recommended to charge the battery to approximately 72%. It is also recommended to charge and discharge the battery once every three months to improve battery performance.

If the battery level is below 72%, it is recommended to charge it until it is 72% before storing. If the battery level is above 72%, the battery will discharge automatically after 5 days to 72%.

Hello, this is a bit confusing because I've read in the latest updated manual that it should be discharged down to 30% for storage, so which one is correct, 72 or 30%?
9-26 19:34
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ranrick Posted at 9-26 19:34
Hello, this is a bit confusing because I've read in the latest updated manual that it should be discharged down to 30% for storage, so which one is correct, 72 or 30%?

Actually, the Mini 2 you're supposed to discharge to 40-60% if gonna leave for longer than 10 days as per the [color=var(--cr-link-color)]DJI Mini 2 Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines Screenshot 2021-09-27 061543.png

The batteries should auto discharge to 96% after 24hrs and 72% as per the manual in case you forget to do the above
Youre also mean to keep an eye on them during the storage period and top up the charge when required



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9-26 21:19
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Bashy Posted at 9-26 21:19
Actually, the Mini 2 you're supposed to discharge to 40-60% if gonna leave for longer than 10 days as per the DJI Mini 2 Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines[view_image]

The batteries should auto discharge to 96% after 24hrs and 72% as per the manual in case you forget to do the above

Thanks a lot for the clarification, this clears things up better. It would be nice though if DJI could synchronize all their manuals or add more details to each for clarification.
9-27 00:32
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