Hey there, fellow drone enthusiasts! If you’re reading this, you’re probably as stoked as we are about getting your DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro controllers charged up and ready for action. You know, it’s one of those things that can make or break your drone adventure, so let’s dive right in and get you all the deets in a way that only Andrew Heaton himself would!
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How To Charge DJI Mini 3 Pro RC Controller?
Here’s a quick rundown of the steps for charging:
- Using the provided DJI USBC cable, connect it to the USBC charger, and plug the charger into your power source. It doesn’t have to be a DJI-branded 30-watt charger; any 30-watt charger will do the trick.
- Plug the USBC cable into either the DJI RC or RC-N1 controller. The lights on the controller will show they’re charging. Using a 12-volt charger, it’ll take around two hours to charge from zero percent. If you’re using a 15-volt charger, the RC will fully charge from zero percent in about an hour and a half.
- Once the charging is complete, disconnect the USBC cable from the remote controller. You can check the controller’s battery level by pressing the power button once; the LEDs will show you the remaining battery level.
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Meet the Players: DJI RC and DJI RC-N1
Charging Times: Patience is a Virtue
So, you’re all set to charge these babies up, but how long is it gonna take? Well, folks, the DJI RC takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach a full charge, while the RC-N1 makes you wait a bit longer, clocking in at up to 2 hours and 40 minutes. But here’s the catch – the actual charging time might vary depending on a bunch of factors we’re gonna chat about next.
Power Specs: DJI RC-N1 and DJI RC
Let’s break it down, shall we? The DJI RC-N1, which is the standard issue with your drone, packs a decent punch. It’s got a battery capacity of 5200 mAh and delivers an energy output of 18.72 Wh. And get this, it’s even capable of charging your mobile phone at a rate of 500mAh at 5V. The catch here is that you can’t buy this one separately, folks.
Now, if you decided to go all out and got the DJI RC with a screen, well, you’ve got yourself a premium controller. It’s got the same battery capacity as the RC-N1, 5200 mAh at 3.6 V. But, here’s the twist – the battery life depends on a few things, including screen brightness and whatnot. Let’s break it down in a handy table:
|Max Battery Life
|4 hours (output charging)
|6 hours (no output charging)
|-10° to 40°C
|-10° to 40°C
|5 to 40°C
|5 to 40°C
|+/- 2 Hours 40 minutes
|+/- 1 Hour 30 minutes
Factors Affecting Charging Time
Now, let’s talk turkey. Those charging times we mentioned earlier? Well, they’re kinda like rough estimates because there are several factors that can play tricks on ’em.
First up, the charger you’re using is a big deal. The slower the charger, the longer it’s gonna take. So, always go for a decent charger that can get the job done. Quick charging capabilities matter, and whether it’s a wall socket charger, car charger, or a power bank makes a difference too.
Here’s the deal – having a high-capacity charger doesn’t mean it’s gonna charge your remote controller faster. The smart system in the DJI RC-N1 and DJI RC ensures safe charging, and if you’re charging your drone and remote controller at the same time from the same charger, expect that charging time to drag on.
Ambient and Controller Temperature
Don’t underestimate the room’s temperature. Charging your controllers in an environment between 5° and 40°C (41° to 104°F) is the sweet spot. Going above or below these limits, even just a tad, can mess with your charging time. And here’s a hot tip – the controller’s temperature also matters. So, don’t leave it by a heat source or out in the sun while charging, or you might regret it.
Using third-party cables can slow things down, so stick to the cable that came with your DJI Mini 3 or Mini 3 Pro for the best results.
Current Battery Capacity
Let’s not forget, your charging time might be a bit less than what’s stated if you’re not running your controller’s battery down to zero.
Total Battery Capacity
As with any battery, the RC and RC-N1 Li-ion batteries degrade over time. Less capacity means less charging time, so keep that in mind.
One more thing – if your controller is powered on while it’s charging, it’ll use up some power, making the whole charging process longer.
DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro: Other Controllers
Now, if you’re wondering if there are any other options, DJI has your back. On firmware version v03.01.0900 and beyond, the DJI Mini 3 Pro supports the DJI RC Pro. But there’s no official data regarding compatibility with the standard DJI Mini 3 drone.
So, what’s the scoop on charging the DJI RC Pro? It’ll take 2 hours with a USB charger at 12V or 1.5 hours with a USB charger at 15V. These numbers are based on using a 30W fast charger that’s compatible with the DJI RC Pro controller.
No Other Charging Tricks
Lastly, there’s only one way to charge your DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro controllers, and that’s via a USB connection from a power source. No other methods are safe, and trying to tinker with the controller or battery directly is a no-no.
So, there you have it – the full scoop on charging your DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro controllers. Now, get those controllers juiced up and let your drones soar high in the sky!
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