How long do drones last?

Susan Fernandez November 11 2021

How long will the drone fly?

This question can be answered 'how long does the battery last'. The answer is that battery life depends on the size of the drone, how much it weighs, and how many times you charge them. Generally speaking, drones will fly for 10-30 minutes depending on their size. Professional drones can fly for much longer depending on the task they are made for.

Perfect flying conditions are also very important. The weather, battery age, and drone programming all affect flight time - so plan flights to take this into consideration. Strong wind might also cause a small drone to crash. If flying conditions aren't optimal, consider waiting for a better day. Snow or rain will almost certainly cause your drone to crash.

Choosy drones often crash unless they are in the right conditions. It's worth checking our manufacturer's specifications for specific details on how long it can fly in certain weather or if there is wind etc.

Battery materials

There is a wide range of battery materials available, but the most common ones for consumer drones are Lithium Polymer (LiPo) and Lithium-Ion. LiPos have a higher energy density meaning they don't weigh as much as other batteries. They also take up less space which makes them easier to fit into various devices from military equipment to your personal drone.

Be careful when transporting or storing your batteries If you've ever punctured a battery with a nail, you know how fire hazards lithium-ion batteries can be. When transporting, using or storing LiPos always use the correct safety precautions such as wearing gloves and glasses to prevent contact with toxic material leaks. Ensure that there is no chance of leakage by choosing fully charged batteries or cells and storing them in a cool dry place.

Why do batteries need replacing?

Batteries in drones take a beating when they are in constant use. If you aren't flying, your batteries will be in storage mode which requires less power than actively powering the drone. Storage mode means that the voltage of the battery decreases until it is no longer able to hold enough current to power your device.

Caring for your batteries is one of the most important factors when taking care of your drone - but even if you look after them well in the time they will eventually fail! This may be because of a number of reasons including wear and tear on the cells themselves or simply natural aging over time. When this happens, consider replacing these with brand new ones so that you can continue flying safely.

How often do I need to replace or recharge my batteries?

You should expect your drone's batteries to need replacing between 5%-15% per flight. If they are failing more than expected, this may indicate an issue with the battery or even charging hardware. Ultimately, if you cannot keep up with at least 50% of their original performance before recharging them then you should probably look into replacement batteries.

How can I increase battery life?

There are many factors that affect the overall flight time of your drone, such as how much it weighs, what size of batteries you use, and how you fly it. You can try to prolong the life of your drone by staying within its weight specifications and flying more conservatively. If you do start to notice a drop-off in performance, be sure to check for any potential recalls first.

How often do I need to charge the drone?

How often you need to charge your batteries depends on the drone's specifications, but as a general rule of thumb, most consumer-level drones will be ready to fly again within 30 minutes of charging.

What other factors affect battery life?

Aside from the length of flight time and weight limitations, there are a host of other external issues that can hinder your drone's performance. Here's a list:

Dust: Dust particles build up on propellers thus making them less efficient at spinning through the air. Clean your blades regularly to ensure optimum lift-off distance and power consumption. Rain or oil can also have a similar effect so always make sure blades are clean before taking flight.

Snow or rain: Snow and rain will cause problems for small drones, so choose a different day to fly or expect your machine to not last very long.

Wind: Strong winds will cause damage to your drone so you should only fly when conditions are safe. If you do spot heavy gusts of wind, wait until more favorable flying weather before taking flight.

Temperature: Extreme temperatures have a negative effect on the efficiency of batteries and motors, so take this into consideration when choosing to fly. In extremely cold or hot conditions, consider waiting until the environment improves before flying off - even if this means canceling your trip.

There are also many things that can affect battery performance including how much it's charged, what charger you use, and the quality of batteries. If you are experiencing short flight times, make sure to check our troubleshooting guide before contacting us.

How long does it take for my batteries to lose their charge?

How often do I need to charge them? Batteries can hold their charge but only for so long before they drain completely and lose capacity - this process is known as aging and reduces battery life over time. Some low-quality cells may also explode or leak dangerous chemicals if not used correctly.

Batteries have a self-discharge rate which will determine how long they remain charged when not in use. The best LiPo batteries have a very low self-discharge meaning that under normal conditions they can retain more than 85% of their charge even after several months without use.

How do I take care of my drone?

This answer depends on what type of materials your drone is made out of and how high-tech it is. Generally speaking, if your drone has batteries, you should charge them at least once every three months to make sure they don't lose any juice. The same goes t applies to propellers; you should check them before every flight to make sure they aren't damaged or broken. Keep an eye out for dents or cracks too as these could damage the blades.

Drones that are built to be used outside should be protected from harsh weather conditions like extreme heat or cold by either putting them indoors or buying a specially designed case.

How long do drones last?

This question depends on what type of drone you've bought and how much use it gets. If you take care of your batteries they can last up to three years, but this is less likely if the battery isn't user-serviceable. Propellers are most likely to be damaged in crashes than anything else; therefore, many manufacturers recommend replacing them after every crash or when they start to show signs of wear & tear (dullness). How often you need to replace other parts like gears depends on the manufacturer's recommendations for your specific model.


How long drones last usually depends on how well you take care of your machine. If the batteries are changed regularly and kept in good condition, they can last up to three years. The same applies to other components like propellers - especially carbon fiber blades which should be checked before every flight ride. General wear & tear is also an important consideration to ensure safety when flying; therefore, checking over your drone after every use should always be a top priority!