Skydio 2 uses rechargeable lithium polymer batteries (often abbreviated as LiPo), which are used commonly throughout many consumer electronics products.
Best Practices and Safety Guidelines
- You may charge the battery using the included USB-C cable and power adaptor. Note that Skydio batteries are held in place magnetically and may be removed by pulling on them.
- Charge your Skydio 2 batteries using only the Skydio supplied charging power adapter or dual charger accessory (dual charger sold separately). 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).
Inserting and charging the Skydio 2 battery
- The LEDs on the Skydio 2 battery will indicate the current state of charge. You may also tap the button on the front of the battery to display the current state of charge. The LEDs will pulse while the battery is charging. While charging, the Skydio 2 should be in an open area as it is normal for the chassis to become warm to the touch. When fully charged the LEDs on the battery will remain solid for one minute then turn off.
- TSA and FAA guidelines state that spare (uninstalled) lithium batteries must be transported in carry-on baggage only. When traveling with Skydio 2, be sure to pack your batteries in your carry-on luggage only. For more info, please see this FAA page.
- Do not use your Skydio 2 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 (hairdryer, etc.) to accelerate heating.
- Do not charge your batteries in high-temperature conditions.
- 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).
- Battery idle state: If the battery is above 60% state of charge, after 14 days of idle time (no flights) it will start to self-discharge down to 60%. This self-discharge helps retain capacity over the life of the battery and may take several days to complete. Charge your battery as you would normally to exit this idle state.
- Do not disassemble the batteries, power adaptor, or dual charging docks. Do not strike the battery with high force.
- 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 Skydio 2 battery terminals.
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