February 23, 2016 at 1:05 am
I had a couple of Q’s on the previous blog post.
But this post brings up a question on the battery, or rather the standby power usage.
I have a toy here which even when turned off drains its battery reasonably quickly. I need to recharge it every three or four weeks, even when not using it, otherwise the battery will be exhausted when I want to use it.
What do you expect Snap’s standby to be like? Especially if the smarts are in the battery, that all takes power to keep alive.
February 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Very slow. Months
February 23, 2016 at 6:27 am
What is the estimated charge time of the battery, and how long would it need to sit prior to charging? Or rather, how hot does it get when under normal (i.e. smooth flight) use? Is there more than one charging option — as the connectors are very proprietary?
February 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm
The battery will warm up while in use, more so in warm weather and vigorous use. And yes, you will want to let it cool down before charging. There are a lot of variables with regards to how long it takes to cool down, and we haven’t timed it. But the cool down time isn’t outrageous or anything. Just use your best judgement. Seeing as you know enough to ask a question like this, we are sure that you will!
February 23, 2016 at 8:36 am
Sounds good but as I read the title, I had hoped and will expect that you do the following. When the battery senses a low charge it automatically comes to control, i.e. the flyer/home base. Looking forward to hearing when you develop that feature.
February 23, 2016 at 8:41 am
Hey John- Snap does have this capability, we touch on it in the third paragraph: “Our battery keeps track of exactly how much capacity is left and fuses that information with GPS data to create what we call a “dynamic geofence,” a kind of safety net to make sure your Snap can always make it back home.” Thanks for your interest! Please reach out with more questions.
February 23, 2016 at 8:54 am
I’m almost convinced to preorder Snap but can you tell me if it has a ‘return to home’ button or something similar apart from when the battery is low? Thanks.
February 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm
Snap does have this capability, we touch on it in the third paragraph: “Our battery keeps track of exactly how much capacity is left and fuses that information with GPS data to create what we call a “dynamic geofence,” a kind of safety net to make sure your Snap can always make it back home.” There is also a Return Home feature to deal with battery life or loss of signal.
February 23, 2016 at 8:58 am
This looks really smart, and the attention to detail is appreciated. I’ll no doubt be picking up a couple of extra batteries when they are available.
February 23, 2016 at 10:02 am
Hey Tobin & Staff,
First off this is a brilliant battery design guys – thank you.
1. Will you make available multi-pack chargers (2 batteries at once)?
2. The bottom of this battery looks to be the landing platform – will this damage the battery (what’s it made of)?
3. This says 20 minutes per charge (not a lot of time)…are you working on a battery that has 1 hour or more fly time?
4. Does the battery, if power is live when connected, begin draining even when not flying / on standby?
5. Is the battery watertight?
6. Does the battery fuel gauge show accurately on the UI of the controller when flying?
Thanks! Cannot wait to get mine!!
February 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm
•Each charger will only charge one battery at a time.
•The battery will be made out of polycarbonate, which is very durable. However, we have been taking off and landing from our hand so the battery won’t take too much of a beating. Also please remember that it is only attached to the body with magnets. If it does for some reason hit the ground hard, it will break away which will help diffuse a lot of the impact.
•20 minutes is pretty competitive for quads this size. That being said, we are designing an accessory that will allow Snap to stay in the air for up to an hour. That should be coming out in the Fall.
•Snap will use the battery as soon as it is connected. That being said, the major of power used is for the rotors. If you connect Snap to a battery but don’t fly it, the battery will last much much longer than 20 minutes.
•That battery will be water resistant, but we don’t recommend testing how much it can take.
•The UI will show the battery life.
February 23, 2016 at 10:39 am
Looks great guys! How much time does it take to re-charge and any thoughts on prices for extra batteries?
February 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm
Re-charge will take about an hour. The retail of extra batteries will be $65
February 23, 2016 at 11:22 am
Looking at pictures and videos of the Snap drone, it’s such an elegant design; it is my hope that it will perform to the promised standards. I’m looking to acquire a half dozen drones from different companies to start a business in an African country. One of my needs is the ability to modify the payload on a given drone for different purposes, e.g multi-spectral imaging. Can the Snap accommodate, say, a FLIR Quark camera that weighs just 18.3g? How would that affect performance? Say I want to redirect my Snap to deliver a small package, a letter, or emergency medical supplies, it would be nice if the Snap had a small cavity or where you can hook your own customized delivery payload. I realize that the Snap isn’t being designed to do any of these things, but this is just some food for thought.
February 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm
Thanks for the kind words TheDreamer. Snap has the strength to carry something that weighs 18.3g, but it would be up to you to find a way to secure it. As you mentioned, Snap really isn’t designed for this. It is a cool idea though. Maybe we will design some sort of accessory that allows for carrying supplies.
February 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm
This battery looks super sick and slick and “new age”.
Quick and easy question (I hope) This will help myself and hopefully others. You have a super-long flight module in the works. Does the long flight module include a larger capacity battery or is the module based on the propeller side of things. This would be important to us as it will help us decide if we should buy several of these batteries as soon as they become available or if maybe we should buy maybe one spare for now and hold off on buying more until the long-flight module comes out. = D
Thanks so much Celine and Tobin and the rest of the team. You guys have been absolutely wonderful in answering all our questions. We hope that our questions help you guys out too in the long run. = )
Looking forward to the update on your range extending module. That’s a big one for a lot of us I think. 🙂
February 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm
The flight extender module will not change the battery in any way, so go nuts with spare batteries now!
February 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm
Looks like an awesome battery. I was just looking at the specs listed and see that you have the battery listed as 14.8v 3000mAh and 120 watt hours of power but the one in the picture is 16.8v 12000mAh and 200 watt hours. Is the by any chance the extended range battery? Or are the specs in the article wrong? If the specs listed for each are correct, that would be the hour flight time battery… awesome!
February 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm
Which article are you referring to Joe? Those specs sound pretty weird and definitely not our battery. We achieve the one hour flight time with a more efficient (larger swept area) rotor set, not by changing the battery.
February 24, 2016 at 7:50 am
Will this unit come with an ac charger and a cigarette lighter charger?
February 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm
It will only come with a wall charger. Cigarette lighters won’t carry enough voltage to charge it properly. You would need an inverter to charge through your car charger.
February 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm
Tobin, those are the numbers printed on the battery pictured in this post.
February 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm
Good to know about the rotor set though. Look forward to hearing more about that. Thanks
February 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm
This image is a rendering. To be honest, we didn’t expect anyone to zoom in on those specs. We have since updated the image.
February 25, 2016 at 1:18 am
Many thanks for clearing that up James, I just thought it would only happen towards end of battery life.
February 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm
Thanks for the reply. A little more detail please – how long is the stand-by time when the battery is connected but you do not fly it? You said it is longer than 20 minutes…but HOW LONG?
February 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm
You can leave the battery attached and in stand-by mode all day and still have 2/3 of the battery left for flying.
February 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm
Also…I plan on having 3 batteries (one flying / 2 backup). Does each battery purchase come with a charger or do I have to purchase a separate charger for each battery? Batteries will be $65 – how much are the chargers?
February 29, 2016 at 10:36 am
Extra batteries will not come with their own charger. We have not yet worked out a price for extra chargers but will make sure to announce when we do.
March 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm
The odule for greater flight time. Is this going to be an extra once released or will it be standard fit? Just worried by getting in early on the pre order it will cost more in the long run buying the modules as they are released.
March 2, 2016 at 11:29 am
The flight modules coming out later this year will be sold separately, but will work with existing components.
April 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm
How much of a bump can the unit handle before magnets release? Would hate to accidently bump into an object and crash because of separation of unit.
April 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm
Snap holds together very well in normal flight. In the promo video, you can see a mountain biker bump against Snap without it falling apart. But in general, you should really try to prevent hitting objects while in flight. The magnets will help in preventing permanent damage to the components if you do crash, but you might end up losing a great shot. We will also be coming out with a beefier object avoidance accessory later this year.
April 21, 2016 at 5:04 am
Super inotimafrve writing; keep it up.
April 26, 2016 at 5:07 am
When are the batteries going on sale please so I can order a couple more?.
Mega excited to get mine but I know I won’t be getting it till probably September as I only pre ordered on the 11/03/2016 so I will jealously watch all the vidoes that other people post when they receive thiers.
Great design & specs & extremley pleasing to the eye!!.
April 26, 2016 at 9:32 am
Hi Gismo2001 – Batteries will be going on sale in ~6 weeks. We are in development on a new website that will support orders for all of the accessories.
April 27, 2016 at 1:01 am
May 25, 2016 at 9:43 pm
Hi, will USB power packs like the Mophie 3000 mAh be able to charge the battery on the go? thx.
May 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm
Unfortunately, Snap’s battery will require a lot more juice than those portable chargers can provide.
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