HOW TO POWER A DRONE
Portable phone chargers are a standard phone accessory in today’s world where everyone uses their phones, but what about our other electronics devices that need charging? If you’re hiking on a week long trek your small USB phone charger won’t be able to keep your DSLR or even your drone charged. So how do you have make sure our electronics are adequately powered so you don’t have to limit yourself and the photos you’re taking on your expeditions?
WHAT ARE THE CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR DEVICE?
First it is important to know what kind of capabilities are required to charge your device. For instance, depending on your drone, you will either be looking at a system that charges from either USB, 12V or 240AC. Some considerations to look into are size, weight and capacity. If you are looking for a complete portable power solution, then a Goal Zero Sherpa 100 is a light recharger option weighing in at less than 1kg. If you are travelling and operating closely with your vehicle throughout your expedition, Goal Zero’s Yeti 400 or Yeti 1250 would be ideal, with their larger battery capacity that offers more power for a variety of electronic devices from USB, 12V and 240VAC outputs, they are superior charging options but heavier in weight.
WHAT KIND OF SOLAR PANEL EQUIPMENT CAPABILITIES WOULD I NEED?
As most professional drones used for photography require 12V DC power and or 240AC power for recharging, you will need a battery product such as our Goal Zero Yeti range which includes a 240V AC output and 12V output or the Sherpa range which offers USB and 12V and has a optional 240V AC inverter that you can attach if required. Depending on how long you’re going to be out adventuring for, you may need to consider solar panel options for recharging your power supply. To recharge the Sherpa battery packs, the corresponding solar panels from the Goal Zero range would be the Nomad 14 plus and Nomad 28 plus. For the Yeti Range, you would require a larger solar panel such as the Boulder 100 or the Boulder 100 Briefcase to capture as much sunlight as possible throughout the day.
HOW DO I SET IT UP TO CHARGE?
As mentioned previously, the power requirements for recharging drones differ from model to model. If your drone recharges from 12V you will only require a battery pack with 12V output, such as the Sherpa range. If your drone only recharges from 240V AC mains power you will require a battery pack with a 240V AC output such as the Yeti range or the Sherpa with the optional 240 V AC inverter.
How long will it take to charge?
There are various factors which will affect how long a battery will take to charge including battery sizes and charging multiple batteries at once, so it’s important to refer to your product user guides and user manuals for accurate times from certain outputs (whether that be 12V, USB or 240V).