Does anyone know if you could use a 5000mAh battery in an ArduCopter if it is designed to be an external battery for an iPhone/iPad?
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External Battery Pack and Charger for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®, and other USB Mobile Devices (5000mAh) - Black
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This external battery measures 4 5/16" x 2 3/4" x 5/8", allowing it easily fit into a pocket or purse. It carries a maximum charge of 5000mAh, so it can fully recharge the battery of any existing mobile phone or tablet and still have charge to spare.
To charge your device, simply plug one end of a USB charging cable into the device and the other into one of the two USB ports on this battery pack. One port can provide up to 1 amp of 5 VDC charging power, while the other provides up to 2.1 amps, which is enough to charge the iPad at full speed. Both ports can be used at the same time, but the total power output will be 2.1A, divided between the two ports.
The battery pack itself is also charged using a USB power source. Four LEDs on the battery pack display both the existing charge and recharging status. The button on the front of the battery pack is used to check the charge status and to turn on or off the charging output. A 30" USB A male to USB micro-B male cable is included.
For what goal?
If your discharge rate not exceed max c rate, why not.
HK got several 1S lipo cel's for less
Thanks for your fast reply. I am interested in a simpler interface to create a battery swapping mechanism. I am researching batteries that would better accommodate a setup for inductive charging OR fast battery swapping.
This mechanism will be open source and is part of what Reallocate and ARIA are trying to build for Burning Man (earlier DIY Drones post here: www diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/attention-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-experts-and-general-do-gooder-3 )
What are your thoughts?
Hot swappable battery packs could be very handy.
Never think about it but if you look to swappable hard drives............
Inductive charging could also handy if you build a fully autonomous bot.
I am basically looking at modifying the frame enough to avoid the velcro and making it all swap quickly.
A battery swap would be a better option if you "need" to get back on the field quickly whereas, you are right, a better solution (with less moving parts) would be to have an inductive charging pad, specially if you use VTOL.
Arturo, I don't think this battery is suitable for an arducopter. The outputs are USB. Most arducopter run on 3S batts that have 11.1 Volts. USB is about 5V. Why not just get an HK 3S pack that already has XT-60 connectors?
For quick change just use velcro hook and loop strap and simple XT-60 connectors.
I am interested in setting up a battery swapping mechanism and velcro wouldn't be the best solution, I think. Do you know if the HK 3S could be inductively charged?
Thanks again for taking the time to reply.