Let’s admit it: most of the Li-Ion batteries that we can buy for flying our drones, are manufactured with low-quality technology. They are not cheap at all, but the lifespan of those batteries can be as short as 150 cycles for this specific activity, in which we are going to put a vehicle up in the air, and we cannot risk the integrity of our drone by using a battery which is not in perfect conditions. But that will give us the ability to fly only 150 times, which is ridiculous.
Any time we visit drone operators, we confirm that this is a recurring situation, and despite all the efforts to find better batteries or to find ways of extending their life, there seem to be no options, and they have to buy the same batteries over and over again. In most of those times, the drones will only admit the official batteries supplied by the drone manufacturer… so there’s no alternative. We are all slaves to the drone manufacturers, and we are forced to dispose of a very large number of batteries in a very short time, and acquire new ones so as to keep on flying.
Knowing that some Lithium batteries can now easily reach more than 5,000 cycles, we wonder why, in the drone industry, the gap is so embarrassingly huge… Should we then think in planned obsolescence?… True or not, this is a global issue, and therefore this is a massive attack against the environment, and against all the good industrial practices.
You may already know all the tricks to store and use your batteries correctly, in order to save their energy by efficiently operating your drones, and you may also be very diligent when it comes to avoid extremely deep discharges, overloads, or to let the batteries cool down after the flight, before recharging them again.
But what about the recharging procedure when you are operating your drones in the field for hours or several days in a row? What source of energy do you use if you do not have access to the electrical grid? If you are one of those drone operators that are using a petrol generator to connect your battery charging station, let us tell you that there’s nothing more harmful than powering any electronic device, like a battery charger, with the low-quality energy obtained from a combustion engine.
Please, remember that any regular petrol generator will always deliver energy with harmonic distortions. Those voltage and frequency fluctuations may be severe, which will result in a high risk of damage of any tool or device connected to it. If that device is a battery charger, and despite of the internal filters and protections that it may have, in most cases, we have detected that those distortions will affect the normal functioning of the circuits, and therefore will affect the Li-Ion batteries, not respecting the charging process or cycle, or even confusing the charger itself, which may indicate that the charging cycle has been completed when that’s not the case. If that happens, the drone operators will see the green light indication, will think that the batteries are ready for another flight, and will start using them without being in the proper charging conditions. That will directly affect the drone operation, but also will have a very negative impact in the Li-Ion batteries, accelerating its degradation.
How does ENERCRAFT’s innovative technology can assist drone operators to extend the life of their Li-Ion batteries?
At ENERCRAFT, we develop and manufacture the most innovative professional battery power supplies, which are fully portable and were designed to provide their users with total autonomy and freedom, in order to accomplish multiple tasks that require access to an energy source, regardless of their location.
EMA 112 being used as a portable battery charging station for drone operations
Our EMAs – Energy Mobile Assistants, are electronic devices which contain high quality lithium batteries. This makes them the ideal equipment to be used as a continuous source to power your drone battery charging stations! The fact is that both devices are 100% compatible, because the EMAs were conceived to power any sensitive electronic appliance, with NO RISK of damage, due to the Perfect Sine Wave delivered by the ENERCRAFT unit. Not having any HARMONIC DISTORTIONS, compared to the energy waveform delivered by a petrol generator, will protect the integrity of the internal electronics of the charging station and also the integrity of the Li-Ion batteries. This will also ensure that the battery charging cycles will be completed, with no possibility for the operator to use a nearly discharged or half charged battery, as it may happen in the event when voltage and frequency fluctuations coming from a petrol generator confuses the charger.
Energy quality – PETROL GENERATOR vs EMA
Our EMAs will respect the charging processes or cycles of your Li-Ion batteries, positively contributing to extending their lifespan. Our technology is at your service, for a more sustainable and cost-efficient operation of your drones!
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