R1 battery guidelines, troubleshooting, and safety

R1 uses rechargeable lithium polymer batteries (often abbreviated as LiPo), which are used commonly throughout many consumer electronics products.

Best Practices

Here are some best practices and safety guidelines to follow when using your R1 batteries:

  • Charge your R1 batteries using only the Skydio supplied charging dock and power adapter. We recommend using the provided power adapter; however, most USB-C power adapters that are rated from 40W up to 100W should be compatible as well (charge time may be affected when using non-Skydio chargers).
  • Connecting your R1 to a computer (or even to the included power adapter) via USB-C won't charge the battery.
  • If storing your batteries long-term, we recommend fully charging and discharging them every two months. We also advise storing your batteries at room temperature (71°F - 82°F / 22°C - 28°C) and away from any moisture (less than 75% relative humidity).
    • Note: If the battery is above 60% state of charge, after 14 days of idle time the battery will start to self-discharge down to 60%. This self-discharge helps extend battery cell lifetime and may take several days to complete. There is no visible effect other than the battery being slightly warmer than usual while it discharges, and the LED capacity indicator will drop down as the battery discharges.
  • Do not strike the battery with high force.
  • Do not use your R1 batteries at temperatures below 0°C, as they will not function properly below that temperature. If your batteries do get cold, warm them up in a room temperature environment - DO NOT use higher heat (hair dryer, etc.) to accelerate heating.
  • Do not charge your batteries in high-temperature conditions.
  • Do not disassemble the batteries, charger, or charging docks.
  • Do not use any batteries which have become dented or begin to split apart (after a crash or drop).
  • Do not immerse the batteries, charger, or charging docks in water or other liquids.
  • Lithium polymer batteries can leak, overheat, melt, release harmful gas, burst or ignite when exposed to heat, water, and other liquids or when pierced, punctured or ruptured.
  • If any substances from the battery pack get into your eyes, do not rub them. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Take care when disposing of the battery pack. Contact your local waste facility to verify if lithium polymer batteries are permitted in your regular waste. Many stores also offer free recycling.
  • Never insert any other materials into the battery terminals.
  • TSA and FAA guidelines state that spare (uninstalled) lithium batteries must be transported in carry-on baggage only. When traveling with R1, be sure to pack your extra batteries in your carry-on luggage only. For more info, please see this FAA page.

Troubleshooting: Hard reset your battery

If your battery does not appear to be charging:

  1. Remove it from the charging dock or R1
  2. Reset it by pressing and holding the power button for 45 seconds.

After resetting the battery, try charging it again. The battery LEDs should pulse to indicate charging (unless the battery is fully charged).

If that step doesn't resolve the issue, just contact us.

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