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Expensive batteries
469 12 2017-9-13 01:20:39
NukeSpark
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Why are the spark batteries 3 times more expensive than your standard lipo?? i know they are "smart/intelligent" batteries but 3 times as much....?

I normally pay from £12-16 for a 1300 3s on any hobby site and these set you back a popping 60-70 quid depending on supplier :/

Feeling robbed :/
2017-9-13 01:20:39
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Malakai_UK
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DJI -> premium product -> higher cost
Standard lipo's require a decent lipo charger, probably costing from £40 for a cheap one to hundreds for a good quality one. DJI have built all the charging protection into the battery so you can charge them safely, on your drone or in the charging block. I have personally seen what a lipo can do when they are charged badly or ruptured. I would happily pay the extra money for a DJI battery, knowing I'm walking around with five potentially explosive devices in my bag that are designed to be safe to carry.
2017-9-13 02:05:09
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Pashi
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I think they're cheap if compare to Phantom batteries)
2017-9-13 13:11:59
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Sparky_17
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They have built in circuit board which controls the batteries charging, information to and from the drone .. etc
2017-9-13 13:33:36
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Montfrooij
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Being smart AND being DJI. That combination is worth more than your average battery.
2017-9-13 21:59:01
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DJI Elektra
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Thanks for the support and the good reviews.
2017-9-13 23:39:15
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Aeromirage
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If you want cheap..... get a hubsan or other crap.
You get what you pay for!
2017-9-14 08:37:30
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WickedWingman
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fatshark is the same way with their "smart" batteries.  it just comes with the territory.  it's a proprietary accessory.  expect to pay a premium.
2017-9-14 09:58:49
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NukeSpark
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Aeromirage Posted at 2017-9-14 08:37
If you want cheap..... get a hubsan or other crap.
You get what you pay for!

You forget everything DJi make is mass produced in china/asia it costs peanuts to them. Its probably costing them 10-15 bucks to get one of these done
2017-9-14 23:05:17
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Malakai_UK
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NukeSpark Posted at 2017-9-14 23:05
You forget everything DJi make is mass produced in china/asia it costs peanuts to them. Its probably costing them 10-15 bucks to get one of these done

Thats how it works for a premium product. For example the iPhone probably costs £100-£200 to actually manufacture. This will include the parts and labour. You then have to factor in all the money apple spent on research and development to make a premium phone. Sure, you can go get a cheapy phone for about £20-£100 but think about what you are actually getting, a cheap nasty throwaway phone. A phone that probably cost £5-£10 to manufacture but very little or no money being spent on research and development.
2017-9-15 00:18:35
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ImHereToCrash
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NukeSpark Posted at 2017-9-14 23:05
You forget everything DJi make is mass produced in china/asia it costs peanuts to them. Its probably costing them 10-15 bucks to get one of these done

well the other thing is all the regulations and certifications, testing, failsafes, and so on.. i trust the batteries Dji makes over generic flatpack cells.. and yes i have used "quality" flat pack cells like turnigy LIpo-HV 4S cells and have had a case of cell failure and bloated pack.  yet to have that issue with DJi packs even pushing them as hard as i can
2017-9-15 00:26:52
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PinpointMapping
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be thankful you don't fly an Inspire 2 with two $300 worth of batteries per flight or Matric 600 with 6 $150 batteries... Spark batteries are cheap.
2017-9-15 09:09:34
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PinpointMapping Posted at 2017-9-15 09:09
be thankful you don't fly an Inspire 2 with two $300 worth of batteries per flight or Matric 600 with 6 $150 batteries... Spark batteries are cheap.

heh.   i was considering getting an inspire 2 pro once...  then i realized the amount of compromises will have to be made are not for me..  maybe if i was back in the game doing pro video work.. but yea.. and you cannot fly with a single pack i heard, have to run them in redundancy mode basically, pair of batteries per flight.  and still only get about 30 minutes..   the size is huge, too big for me when i can just fold a mavic up..  

but yea talk about expensive batteries, every flight requires $300 battery set on the inspire 2 drones.. still only pulling ~30 minutes in ideal conditions and way less in the cold thanks to the heater pulling 10% of the power..
2017-9-15 09:50:38
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