Drone Battery Logging 101
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Drone Battery Logging 101

As soon as more than one batteries enter your life (and fleet) it can be well worth investing some of your time in logging them.
What is that and why should you care?
Battery logging is the recording of battery data (e.g how much time they were used) to keep track of their health and save you from crash landings (should the batteries fail mid-air) or storage explosions (should they fail on the ground).

Curious for more on how to avoid explosions? Take a look at my top tips for happy DJI batteries.
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What data should you record?
The amount of data you record is essentially a combination of preference and format (see below). At the very least i would recommend taking down the date and duration the battery was used for, the takeoff and landing percentage and the health reading that the app is giving you. Going a tad deeper i would recoding temperatures and combining your historical data (e.g. the longest flight time) with factors that can affect battery life (e.g. the use of faster carbon props).

Going a tad deeper i would recoding temperatures and combining your historical data (e.g. the longest flight time) with factors that can affect battery life (e.g. the use of faster carbon props).
How can you do it?
Choosing the right format / method is a question of analog vs. digital. See below a few alternatives:

DIY Log Form
Phantom batt
As old as drone aviation itself, this list can be handwritten or created with spreadsheet apps and/or print out. See a sample from the Phantom Pilots Forum.

DIY Log Form 2.0
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Expanding on this principle, there are laminated books like the Drone Log Book+, that allow you to record info on your battery and flight in a notebook that can accompany you when planning the next flight.

RC Flight & Battery Log
Lipo fire
Poised between the analog and digital worlds, this app is available for Android and iOS devices and allows you to manually log your flight and battery data, and keep a backup across devices through Dropbox sync. A nice perk here is that the app can scan NFC tags and QR codes to identify your batteries and/or drones. Free version is available on Android, while paid with extra features exists on both platforms.

Available on Google Play & App Store

Drone Logbook
Lipo fire
Further up the digital realm, This flight data logging service that lives on the cloud, integrates data from the compatible apps for your favourite drones (DJI, Autel, Yuneec etc.) and allows you to add your battery charges and check battery performance over usage. Companion app available for Android devices. Pricing plans start from free to multiple subscription tiers.

See more information here.

Airdata UAV (ex-Healthy Drones)
Phantom batt
Operating on the same principles as Drone Logbook, this more feature-rich flight logging service integrates data from the compatible first and third party apps for your favourite drones (DJI, Autel, Yuneec etc.). On the battery side it includes:


Companion app is available for Android & iOS devices. Pricing plans start from free to multiple subscription tiers. See more information here.

Skyward
Phantom batt
Geared towards and used by enterprises (mainly in construction & energy) this solution is an all in one digital system of drone record. Combines airspace and ground intelligence, flight planning and logging, fleet management tools. Subscription is required.

See more information here
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To sum things up
Solution Format Android iOS Auto Logging Battery Health Analysis Battery Efficiency Battery Trends
DIY LogForm Analog No No No No No No
Drone Log Book+ Analog No No No No No No
RC Flight & Battery Log Digital Yes Yes No No No No
Drone Logbook Digital Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Airdata UAV Digital Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Skyward Digital No No Yes Yes Yes Yes




You’re now ready to keep your LiPos happy and performant for hundreds of cycles.
About the author
Hi I’m Alex and I’ve been an RC and FPV addict for two decades now. Having spent a lot of the time doing long range FPV flights I've come to know a lot about what it takes in terms of batteries, antennas and aircraft...

I often feel the urge to share what I've learnt and this has led to a number of contributions to the community including the Phantom Angel drone battery calibrator, 8 ways to increase your drone's range, “The Beginner’s Guide to FPV” the number one guide to FPV, and maxmyrange.com and whentoland.com, online tools used by the FPV community.

I am also the proud owner of a long range Zephyr, Firefly6, Phantom, Inspire, Mini Wraith, FPV ladybird… you get the picture (yes, I’m an addict!).

I hope you enjoyed this short guide to all things LiPo.

If you have comments or suggests please do write at [email protected]


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