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Blinking lights during battery charge

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New and old batteries do the same thing:—

red comes on solid, then blinking green. Red gets brighter, then blue comes on bright for just a second, then the cycle repeats. Beeps alot.

one battery is brand new— and I just bought a second new one. One is from last year, and I have another that has gotten so fat it doesn’t fit into the drone anymore. That last one is most likely trash.

the problem is the charger. It gives this weird light show and beeping with every battery I put in, even with the old swollen one.

I have a big double balance charger with the third party balance lead and will try that. I’ve had many batteries for all my drones swell up and become useless— this is the first problem I’ve had with a charger.
Hoping it isn’t 3 more bad batteries. These things are so **** expensive— every flying season starts of with hundreds of dollars ? in new battery costs…….
 

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The battery that will not fit in the aircraft needs to be retired and soaked in a bucket of saltwater for a couple of days to render it harmless.

Are you using the third party charger to place them in storage charge when not in use? The issue you describe with all of your batteries sounds as if you store them in a depleted state or fully charged.

Do you also fly until you get the low battery alerts on a regular basis? This is a practice the severely reduces the lifespan of LiPo batteries.

The OEM charger sounds like it may have a problem, but knowing the condition of your batteries would help understanding whether the issue is the charger or the batteries. Please use a multimeter to measure the cell voltages of your batteries and report them here. The attached document will guide you in measuring them.
 

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The battery that will not fit in the aircraft needs to be retired and soaked in a bucket of saltwater for a couple of days to render it harmless.

Are you using the third party charger to place them in storage charge when not in use? The issue you describe with all of your batteries sounds as if you store them in a depleted state or fully charged.

Do you also fly until you get the low battery alerts on a regular basis? This is a practice the severely reduces the lifespan of LiPo batteries.

The OEM charger sounds like it may have a problem, but knowing the condition of your batteries would help understanding whether the issue is the charger or the batteries. Please use a multimeter to measure the cell voltages of your batteries and report them here. The attached document will guide you in measuring them.
Doom, now you added to the confusion of battery care (well to me anyway) ? When you say flying until you get the low battery warning, I dont understand that, as some say they fly til 30some %, I always land at about 40-50% which theres a warning on my plus, the percentage is lit up in orange ??? Is that bad ?
 

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Doom, now you added to the confusion of battery care (well to me anyway) ? When you say flying until you get the low battery warning, I dont understand that, as some say they fly til 30some %, I always land at about 40-50% which theres a warning on my plus, the percentage is lit up in orange ??? Is that bad ?
I was referring to the warnings on the H480 which occur at 14.3V and 14.1V. I fly to about 14.7V and start my landing procedure. I usually shut down by 14.5V

The percentage used on the H+ is one beef I have with that system. I am much happier knowing what my voltage is at while flying. As @Steve Carr said you are doing fine with your batteries. I am not certain what the trip points are for the battery alarms on the H+, but if you are on the ground by 30% you should be fine.

I use one H+ battery on my H480. The LiHV battery has levels 0.15V per cell higher than the LiPo packs for the H480 so the levels are 0.6V higher for the pack. I fly to 15.3V and start landing to be shutdown by 15.1V. If you use the LiHV packs in the H480 you have to monitor them yourself since flying to the built in warning would likely end in disaster.
 

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