I have experiences with 4 brands:
- Fullymax: Currently my favorite. They deliver high ampere rates, without lowering the voltage too much.
- Kokam: Was my favorite. Very robust, but voltage goes too much down at high ampere rates. I stopped using them for UAVs. Now I'm using them for GCS applications or UGVs.
- Haiyin: Not much experience yet.
- Hacker: This were my first batteries. I stopped using long time ago for UAVs. Now I'm using only for low applications with low power consumption.
In the beginning I used 3S batteries for all UAVs, 2S for the small UGVs. Now I moved moved to 4S for small UAVs, 5S and 6S for lager ones.
It seems there have to be some important things to be considered, otherwise the batteries die soon.
- Never ever, let any cell go below 3.5 Volt, also under load. The FlightControl is configured to perform an automatic landing at 3.3 Volt. Since I'm follwing this rule, my batteries puff considerable less.
Unfortunately it seems to be almost imposible to keep the batteries hard, especillay if the total flight time is only
- Berfore using them, I check the voltage differnce between the cell with the lowest and the highest voltage. If it is hinger than 0.08V then I balance the battery. Otherwise there is a risk that one single cell goes below 3.2 Volt in flight, due to technical reasons, I'm only measuring the total voltage in fligth.
- Batteries should not go over 40°C. This is usually the case, if the battery is empty in less than 10min.
- When connecting two batteries in paralell, I ensure that the total voltage difference is below 0.05V. Otherwise there will flow too much energy between the batteries.
- I'm charging the batteries outside in a fireproof location.
- I'm still searching for the point, when a LiPo batterie is too puffed to be used.