Spark life expectancy

Discussion in 'Spark Discussions' started by HD-FLHT, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. HD-FLHT

    HD-FLHT Active Member

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    So, how many hours of flight time have you logged on your Spark?
    Just curious how long these will last if taken care of.
     
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  2. robertwsimpson

    robertwsimpson Well-Known Member

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    I’ve crashed mine 3 or 4 times and it’s still going. I have no idea how many flights I’ve done, maybe 200 or so?
     
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  3. Jeplane

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    Because it is such a short battery, acquiring flight time on the Spark reminds me of Otto Lilienthal, who in the late 1800's, did 5 hrs in 2000 flights.

    I am hoping to do better than that...:)
     
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  4. Flyer70

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    I have done over 11 hours and 376,656 feet and still going strong.
     
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  5. John Harvey

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    Done 339474.00 mtrs, (1113759.50ft), 23hr36min flt time, 254 flights,, lost one battery and replaced a few propellers. Otherwise Spark is flying just great,,,:)
     
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  6. Ooi TL

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    Lost one battery!? During flight?
     
  7. John Harvey

    John Harvey Well-Known Member

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    Yes,, just after take off battery departed the Drone and both crashed to the ground..Found the Drone and had it repaired by DJi under warranty..
     
  8. Ooi TL

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    Omg! Saw some posts about this too. Wonder this only happens to first batch Spark? How do we prevent this from happening again.... Do you think tie a rubber band helps?
     
  9. GearHead83

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    Apparently there is a first and second generation of intelligent batteries for the Spark. The first generation had a notably smaller set of latches, the second increased the size of the latches. You can tell which generation you have by looking at the tabs, if the tab goes to the top of the indentation then you have a gen 2.
     
  10. Ooi TL

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    Thanks for the info bro. Will check it out when I get home later.
     
  11. graywoulf

    graywoulf Well-Known Member

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    There are battery keepers available on eBay.
     
  12. Ooi TL

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    Already checked mine, the two batteries that come with the flymore have a lower latch while the newer battery I bought separately comes with higher latch. May have to get a battery keeper soon.
     
  13. John Harvey

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    HHmmm,, you can expect the battery with the lower latch to depart the Drone whilst flying,, either get rid of this battery or get a battery holder from Amazon,, My battery with the lower latch departed the Drone !!!!
     
  14. Ooi TL

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    Not getting rid of the 1st gen batteries since it's not cheap to get new one. Doe extra safety purposes will get something like this instead. Screenshot_20180428-113857__01.jpg
     
  15. JeeHaa

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    I'd say a simple rubber band should do the trick as well... :)
     
  16. caspian

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    I don't suppose you have a pic by any chance? mine are all the same, they go *most* of the way to the top but finish a fraction short.

    I think I would prefer something with less "give", at the tension a rubber band would have after you go it over the rear arms. I have one coming next week to try, although no issues yet. *fingers crossed*
     
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    Here are some pictures posted by another member of this Forum on a similar thread.
     
  18. caspian

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    huge difference, thanks for that.
     
  19. JeeHaa

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    And I am wondering if those early Sparks actually fell from the sky because of:
    - the older latches
    - they were just not seated properly (the "Click"), never had an issue with the older batteries myself
    - the early Battery FW issue that was fixed bak then...

    To be honest I doubt there were that many cases just because of the design, but at least that has been fixed as well. :)
     
  20. OldBlueHeron

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    Honestly have never had issues with the older batteries as well. I've been flying on these batteries since early last June. Well over 200 flights...