Skydio X10 batteries are shipped in a state of hibernation and will not power on your drone out of the box. Your batteries will automatically exit this state once they begin charging for the first time.

Using the Skydio X10 Dual Charger

The Skydio X10 Dual Charger sequentially charges two batteries. The Dual Charger will prioritize fully charging the battery with the highest charge level. If both batteries are depleted, it will prioritize the battery that is inserted first.

Step 1 - Remove battery from drone

Skydio X10 batteries are held in place using a magnetic connection.

  • Firmly grip the drone chassis with one hand
  • Grip the battery with your other hand, placing your palm over the power button and wrapping your thumb under the battery
  • Using your fingers as leverage, press against the drone until the magnets disengage and slide the battery away from the sensor package
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Step 2 - Place batteries into the X10 Dual Charger

Ensure the battery and connection pins are free of debris and interference. Gently push down to ensure the batteries are properly seated.

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Step 3 - Insert the power supply

Two charging ports are located on the back of the Skydio X10 Dual Charger. Use either the:

  • 100 W USB-C power supply

       or the

  • 230 W barrel jack fast power supply

Plug into a power source.

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[caution] Third-party adapters and cables are not supported. Only use the Skydio-provided power supplies and cables to charge your batteries. [/caution]

 

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[note] Pass-through charging is not currently supported. This functionality will be enabled in a future software update. [/note]

 

Battery Charge States

Actively charging

Pulsing blue

Waiting to charge

Solid blue

Charging complete

Solid green

Power Supply Charge Times

230 W barrel jack power supply

About 1 hour to charge a depleted battery

100 W USB-C power supply

About 1 hour 45 minutes to charge a depleted battery

 

Using Skydio X10

Step 1 - Insert battery

Align the battery with the rails and slide toward the sensor package until the magnets engage.

  • Ensure the battery and rails are free of debris and interference
  • Ensure the battery is fully seated before flying
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Step 2 - Locate the charging USB-C port

The charging port is located on the back of the drone above the battery.

  • This is the only USB-C port that supports charging.
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Step 2 - Insert the 100 W USB-C power supply

Plug into a power source.

  • It will take about 2 hours to fully charge a depleted battery
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Charging the Skydio X10 Controller

Step 1 - Locate the USB-C port

The charging port is located on the back of the controller.

Looking at the back of the controller:

  • The charge port is on the right
  • The HDMI port is on the left
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Step 2 - Insert the 100 W USB-C power supply

Insert the power supply into the USB-C port on the Skydio X10 Controller and plug it into a power source.

  • The lights on the front of the controller will turn on and indicate the charge level.
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Battery Warming in Cold Environments

For extremely cold environments, the Skydio X10 battery features self-warming technology to enable flight within 5 minutes.

If the X10 battery is below 32°F (0°C), Skydio X10 will be prevented from launching. You will need to pre-warm your batteries before you can launch.

  • Battery self-warming is supported down to -4°F (-20°C).
  • Skydio X10 will allow launching in limited performance mode while continuing the operate the self-warmer until full performance is restored.
  • A battery must have at least 30% charge to self-warm.
  • A fully charged battery is strongly recommended when flying in cold weather.
  • Flight time will be reduced in cold temperatures.
  • Minimize aggressive maneuvering in extremely cold environments.

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Pre-warming Skydio X10 Batteries

If Skydio X10 detects that a battery is too cold to launch, the battery will automatically begin self-warming. Launch will become unblocked when the battery is sufficiently warmed for the given state of charge.

You also have the option to prewarm a battery before inserting into the drone:  

Step 1 - Triple tap the battery button to begin the self-warming process

  • The lights on the battery will turn orange during the self-warming process
  • Triple tapping again will end the self-warming process

Step 2 - If the battery is cold enough it will begin self-warming

  • When self-warming is complete, the lights on the battery will briefly turn blue and then power off

Step 3 - Insert the battery into the drone and power on

  • If the self-warming was still in progress prior to inserting, it will continue while the battery is in the drone
  • Launch will become unblocked when the battery is sufficiently warmed for the given state of charge

Resetting the Battery

To reset the battery, hold the power button for 15 seconds.  CS_X10_power_on.png

 

Battery Storage and Maintenance 

  • Store batteries at room temperature 71°F - 82°F (22°C - 28°C) for optimal performance and longevity.
  • Store batteries in a cool, dry area with less than 75% relative humidity. Do not store your batteries in extreme environmental conditions.
  • Batteries in an idle state (14 days of idle time with no flights) will start to self-discharge in an effort to retain capacity. This may take several days to complete and it is normal for the battery to be slightly warm during this discharge process.
  • Replace batteries every 12 months or 300 battery cycles
    • A battery cycle is the depletion of at least 80% of the charge.
  • Prior to installing the battery, inspect the battery connection pins and the battery bay to ensure that they are undamaged and free of debris.
  • Safely handle and dispose of any batteries in accordance with all local laws and regulations.
  • The Skydio X10 battery features self-warming technology. When flying in temperatures below 32°F (0°C), prewarm batteries before launching. Battery endurance may be degraded when operating near temperature limits below -4°F (-20°C) and above 113°F (45°C).

Explore More

How to launch Skydio X10

How to update Skydio X10 and the X10 Controller

Understanding Skydio X10 contingency behaviors

 

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