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DJI -INSPIRE- ONE Battery TB48 and TB47 maintenance discussion

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by Inspire-Bird, May 5, 2015.


Do you deep cycle??

Poll closed May 19, 2015.
  1. yes

  2. No

  1. Inspire-Bird

    Mar 2, 2015
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    here is a link to the yahoo group post of same that shows tables properly formatted https://ca.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DJIPhantominspire/conversations/topics/2

    It seems like some people on DJI forum are losing Battery power quickly after 30% and crashing !! TB47 more likely than TB48.

    I mostly use TB48 and do not Deep cycle them so far life shows 100% after 24 cycles. The new firmware makes you do deep cycle (deep discharge) after max 10 charges. I think that info by DJI is WRONG! and should NOT be followed.

    I posted the following on DJI forum but noticed it did not go to the top because i was criticizing DJI!! There is obviously censoring and burying of the posts critical of DJI so i decided to post here .

    from Battery University about Lipo (also Li-ION) http://batteryuniversity.com/

    Similar to a mechanical device that wears out faster with heavy use, so also does the depth of discharge (DoD) determine the cycle count. The shorter the discharge (low DoD), the longer the battery will last. If at all possible, avoid full discharges and charge the battery more often between uses. Partial discharge on Li-ion is fine.
    In LiPO There is no memory and the battery does not need periodic full discharge cycles to prolong life
    Table 2 compares the number of discharge/charge cycles Li-ion can deliver at various DoD levels before the battery capacity drops to 70 percent. All other variables such as charge voltage, temperature and load currents are set to average default setting.

    Depth of discharge
    Discharge cycles
    Table 2: Cycle life as a function of
    depth of discharge
    A partial discharge reduces stress and prolongs battery life. Elevated temperature and high currents also affect cycle life.
    100% DoD
    50% DoD
    25% DoD
    10% DoD
    300 – 500
    1,200 – 1,500
    2,000 – 2,500
    3,750 – 4,700
    Lithium-ion suffers from stress when exposed to heat, so does keeping a cell at a high charge voltage. A battery dwelling above 30°C (86°F) is considered elevated temperatureand for most Li-ion, a voltage above 4.10V/cell is deemed as high voltage. Exposing the battery to high temperature and dwelling in a full state-of-charge for an extended time can be more stressful than cycling. Table 3 demonstrates capacity loss as a function of temperature and SoC.

    40% charge
    100% charge
    Table 3: Estimated recoverable capacity when storing Li-ion for one year at various temperatures
    Elevated temperature hastens permanent capacity loss. Not all Li-ion systems behave the same.
    (after 3 months)
    Most Li-ions charge to 4.20V/cell and every reduction in peak charge voltage of 0.10V/cell is said to double cycle life. For example, a lithium-ion cell charged to 4.20V/cell typically delivers 300–500 cycles. If charged to only 4.10V/cell, the life can be prolonged to 600–1,000 cycles; 4.00V/cell should deliver 1,200–2,000 and 3.90V/cell 2,400–4,000 cycles.

    In terms of longevity, the optimal charge voltage is 3.92V/cell. Battery experts believe that this threshold eliminates all voltage-related stresses; going lower may not gain further benefits but induce other symptoms. (See BU-808b: What causes Li-ion to die?) Table 4 summarizes the capacity as function of charge levels. All values are estimated.

    Charge level(V/cell)
    Discharge cycles
    Capacity at full charge
    Table 4: Discharge cycles and capacity as a function of charge voltage limit
    Every 0.10V drop below 4.20V/cell doubles the cycle but holds less capacity. Raising the voltage above 4.20V/cell would shorten the life.

    Guideline: Every 70mV reduction in charge voltage keeps 10% of usable capacity vacant
    [150 – 250]
    300 – 500
    600 – 1,000
    1,200 – 2,000
    2,400 – 4,000
    Most chargers for mobile phones, laptops, tablets and digital cameras bring the Li-ion battery to 4.20V/cell. This allows maximum capacity, because the consumer wants nothing less than optimal runtime. Industry, on the other hand, is more concerned about longevity and may choose lower voltage thresholds. Satellites and electric vehicles are examples where the importance of longevity surpasses harvesting maximum capacity.

    For safety reasons, many lithium-ion cannot exceed 4.20V/cell. (The exception is the high energy-dense NMC that charges to 4.30V/cell.) While a higher voltage boosts capacity, exceeding the voltage shortens service life and compromises safety. Figure 5 demonstrates cycle count as a function of charge voltage. At 4.35V, the cycle count of a regular Li-ion is cut in half.


    Figure 5: Effects on cycle life at elevated charge voltages
    Higher charge voltages boost capacity but lowers cycle life and compromises safety.
    Source: Choi et al. (2002)
    Besides selecting the best-suited voltage thresholds for a given application, a regular Li-ion should not remain at the high-voltage ceiling of 4.20V/cell for an extended time. When fully charged, remove the battery and allow to voltage to revert to a more natural level. This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise. Although a properly functioning Li-ion charger will terminate charge when the battery is full, some chargers apply a topping charge if the battery terminal voltage drops to a given level

    The Dalhousie University in Halifax under Professor Jeff Dahn studied the longevity of L-ion by coulombic efficiency (CE). CE is a method that defines the efficiency with which electrons are transferred in an electrochemical system.

    During charge, lithium gravitates to the graphite anode (negative electrode) and the voltage potential changes. Removing the lithium again during discharge does not reset the battery fully. A film consisting of lithium atoms forms on the surface of the anode called solid electrolyte interface (SEI). Composed of lithium oxide and lithium carbonate, the SEI layer grows as the battery cycles. The film gets thicker and eventually forms a barrier that obstructs interaction with graphite. (See BU-701 How to Prime Batteries)

    The cathode (positive electrode) develops a similar restrictive layer known as electrolyte oxidation. Dr. Dahn stresses that a voltage above 4.10V/cell at elevated temperature causes this, a demise that can be more harmful than cycling. The longer the battery stays in the high voltage, the faster the degradation occurs. The build-up can result in a sudden capacity loss that is difficult to predict by cycling alone. This phenomenon had been known for some years and measuring the coulombic efficiency can verify these effects in a more scientific and systematic manner.


    So it seems that DJI is giving wrong info about deep discharge.. it actually may damage cells. I think tyou may want to do it once to caliberate the battery BUT not needed each 10 cycles as the new firmware makes you do!!Field use revealed that the combination of heat and high voltage can cause more stress to Li-ion than harsh cycling.
    Lithium-ion is a very clean system that does not need additional cycling once it leaves the factory, nor does it require the level of maintenance that nickel-based batteries do. Additional formatting makes little difference because the maximum capacity is available right from the beginning, (the exception may be a small capacity gain after a long storage). Nor does a full discharge improve the capacity once the battery has faded. A low capacity signals the end of life. A discharge/charge may only be beneficial to calibrate a “digital” battery; it does nothing to improve the “chemical battery.” (See BU-601: Inner Working of a Smart Battery) Instructions recommending charging a new battery for eight hours do not cause harm but this is “old school,” a left-over from the old nickel battery days.

    Arun Mehta
    #1 Inspire-Bird, May 5, 2015
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  2. The Editor

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    Aug 7, 2013
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Many of us here are very familiar with lipo care and use as we have been utilizing the battery chemistry for many years in different RC models.
    The thing to remember is a deep cycle is not taking the cells down to any dangerous level for the pack. In fact, zero percentage on the battery is still circa 3.4v per cell. The lvc of the pack kicks in before anything damaging happens.
    Secondly, and this is important, without regularly deep cycling the pack as recommended the software will lose its calibration as to what 'zero' actually is. This means that the firmware could report erroneously a critical battery alarm state even if the pack isn't at that stage.
    By 'zeroing' the pack every so often you are telling the firmware 'OK, this is zero, I cannot go any lower than this point....this is your reference.
    After that, the pack should be fully charged and used from that state.
    The firmware then has a zero reference point and a fully charged reference.
    The deep cycle is important.
    The other fact that is completely ommited from your article is that as packs age their internal resistance increases. This has the effect of the pack not being able to deliver it's C related capacity or give up its charge so readily. The packs should be calibrated regularly.
    FYI, I have 8 packs the oldest of which is the TB47 that came with the Inspire. I have just under 50 cycles on it and it is still showing 100% life and 4,500mah capacity. I have deep discharged this pack 3 times from memory.
    I ALWAYS store my packs at 50%/3.85v per cell even if I am not going to use them for 5 or 6 days.

    Also remember, the Inspire packs are not standard cells - they charge to around 4.34v per cell which would destroy normal packs.
    #2 The Editor, May 5, 2015
    Last edited: May 5, 2015
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  3. Airwolf13

    Oct 25, 2014
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    So, taking all of the above into consideration, is it just coincidence that yesterday after doing the recommended "10x10" conditioning on five diff batts, and then bringing them to 'zero' (actually 10% when they shut off) and then re-charging fully, all BUT ONE charged and the lame one is going back rot DJI for replacement (hopefully). Is my failure rate consistent with others here?
  4. Inspire-Bird

    Mar 2, 2015
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    Airwolf if the one that was not charging yesterday was it hot? try again if it is cooled off!! I have two TB48s and seven TB47's i mostly use TB48 and have 24 cycles on one and 17 on the other. no problems at all with any of them
  5. Airwolf13

    Oct 25, 2014
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    Nope Cool And even after hours of being plugged in. It went DOA on me after the 10th cycle. On the way back to DJI. I hope to see a replacement ASAP
  6. Yt2


    Mar 6, 2015
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    Excuse my ignorance, but how it the best way to deep discharge the battery's :(? Do you use some sort of power draw or just leave the inspire on. Could you fly it most of the way down, then leave it ticking over?
  7. Dronedoctor

    May 10, 2015
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    Planet Earth..........
    Just FYI, I have 5 batteries and one of the new 5700mha batteries arrived with a peak capacity of 5573mha. I tried charging the battery 11 times and doing deep cycle drains with no luck. After going back and forth with DJI they are replacing it but it took me two weeks to get it resolved. The other 4 batteries are fine and I do deep discharges after 10 like they want with no problems. Only one bad battery out of the batch isn't bad I guess......... Don't want to bash DJI too hard here since I know they have been busy so thanks DJI for taking care of the issue.
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