# Lipo battery calculator

Introduction

A LiPo battery consists of multipe cells. These cells deliver approx. 3.7 Volts. A 4S LiPo would therefore supply 14.8V.

Apart from the cells, a discharge rate is defined by the letter 'C'. Most batteries cases say something like "25C to 40C" discharge rate. This means that 25C is the nominal discharge rate and 40C is the maximum burst discharge rate. It's advisable to stay on or below nominal discharge level to preserve battery future life. Not all brands say something about the peak discharge rate on the battery itself. For more on that, I suggest to read the manual or ask your supplier.

The battery's capacity is defined in mAh. mAh means milli-Ampere per hour. A battery with a 1000mAh capacity can deliver 1 Ampere (1000mA/1000) for 1 hour. Or 1mA for 1000 hours. The battery capacity, together with the LiPo battery's discharge rate will define its maximum current output (Ampère, A). This fact is very important to keep in mind, when choosing a LiPo battery. The combination of capacity and discharge rate is what you will need. It's important to know that the battery cells don't count up for maximum current draw. The amount of cells only determine the voltage (V) of your LiPo, as needed for your equipment.

Example calculation of discharge rate:

A 3S 2200maH 40C LiPo pack will get you this: 2200mAh x 40C = 88.000 mAh discharge rate 88.000 mAh / 1000 = 88 Ampere constant discharge rate.

So, a 2200mAh / 40C LiPo can only handle an Ampère draw of 88A at max. So that's why the combination capacity/discharge rate is of such importance for selecting the right LiPo for you project.

Example calculation of max. flying time:

A constant current draw of 20A from a 2200mAh LiPo will get you:( 2200mAh /1000) / 20A = 0.11 x 60 = 6.6 minutes flying time.

Please notice that current draw depends on your way of flying and external factors such as resistance, weight and wind. Preferably, always use a LiPo low battery warner on your RC device. This will warn you when the battery is drained before it's fully empty (20%). Don't push the LiPo. They don't like to get discharged to the bottom. And you won't like your multicopter falling down from the sky suddenly either.

Charge rate

Most LiPo vendors will tell you what the maximum charge rate of the battery is. If not, keep in mind a maximum charge rate of 1C. So, a 4000mAh LiPo can be charged at a maximum rate of 4000mAh / 1000 = 4A. Please use a special build LiPo battery charger and NO OTHER! Overcharging can cause your LiPo to catch fire and burn your belongings to Kingdom Come.

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Comment by Ramon L on May 21, 2012 at 8:47am

Excellent! love to see this kind of post!

Comment by Robert Sinclair on May 21, 2012 at 9:02am

Great write up and calculator!!

Comment by Norman Sanchez on May 21, 2012 at 10:23am

Multicopteros calculator. Should not misshttp://www.ecalc.ch/xcoptercalc_e.htm

Comment by Eugene Potapov on May 21, 2012 at 12:54pm

Do not know which parameters to use for the U-drones standart kit. Which motors should I select in http://www.ecalc.ch/xcoptercalc_e.htm

I use standard 'pink' stock motors and all default equipment

Comment by Norman Sanchez on May 21, 2012 at 2:54pm

Use the RC timers are very similar 850kW A 2830-12

Comment by Boris on May 25, 2012 at 8:27am

That post can be useful for a lot of people !

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