The Best 4S and 6S LiPo Batteries for FPV Drone

by Oscar
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These are the best 4S and 6S LiPo batteries I recommend for FPV drones in terms of performance and value. Don’t waste your money on random LiPo, always stick with tried and tested brand names.

Batteries in this post are for 5″ FPV drones, if you are looking for batteries for smaller drones, I have another post recommending 1S to 4S 300mah – 650mah batteries.

LiPo Battery Overview

When choosing LiPo, the first things to look at are cell count, capacity and C-rating.

Cell count is how many cells connected in series inside the battery, normally indicated by “how many S”. Common LiPo’s used on 5″ FPV drones are 4S and 6S. Further reading: what differences do 4S and 6S make? It also implies the voltage of the battery, as each cell has a nominal voltage of 3.7V, so for example a 3S battery has a nominal voltage of 11.1V.

Common battery capacity for 5″ FPV drones are 1300-1600mAh for 4S, and 1000-1300mAh for 6S.

C-rating is an indicator of the maximum discharge current you can get out of the battery safely without damaging it. However this number is usually inflated for marketing and should be taken with a grain of salt. As long as you are buying brand name batteries, you don’t have to worry about it.

Be careful with LiHV batteries, these are another type of LiPo that allows to be charged up to 4.35V per cell (instead of normal lipo’s 4.20V/cell). I think beginners should steer clear of LiHV as they don’t offer much advantage apart from the higher voltage at the beginning that gives you a RPM boost, and they are said to have shorter lifespan.

There is a lot more to learn about LiPo batteries, please check out this LiPo Battery Beginner’s Guide.

Well Known LiPo Brand Names

Stick with well-known brands when choosing LiPo’s to ensure decent quality and performance. Here is a list of well known LiPo brands.

  • GNB (Gaoneng)
  • CNHL (China Hobby Line)
  • Dinogy
  • Infinity
  • Lumenier (GetFPV)
  • RDQ Series
  • Rebel Batteries
  • Turnigy Graphene (Hobby King)
  • Tattu R-Line
  • Thunderpower

Note: due to the difficulties in shipping LiPo batteries, you could be saving a lot of time and money if you are getting them locally/domestically.

Li-Ion Batteries for Long Range

For long range flying, you can consider using Li-Ion battery packs (e.g. 18650/21700), I have a separate post explaining the options here: https://oscarliang.com/li-ion-battery-long-range/


Gaoneng – Budget Option #1

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If you are just starting out, there is not much point getting the best batteries as you probably won’t need all that performance. And you’ll probably crash a lot, so it makes sense to get something cheap to get started, it won’t hurt as badly if you damage it.

Talking about damaging batteries in crash, here are the things you can do to protect them.

GNB has been a long-time top performer in the micro FPV drone world, and they has finally brought us some larger batteries for the 5″.

It’s worth knowing that many batteries on the market are actually rebranded from GNB, that shows how much confidence the industry has for their batteries.


CNHL – Budget Option #2

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Alongside GNB, China Hobby Line (CNHL) is another great budget battery that’s available internationally. However the trade off for having good performing cells is that they are slightly larger and heavier than other brands in its class.


DemonRC Fusion – Excellent Choice for EU Pilots

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Excellent batteries that I have been using since 2018, til this very day. I have about 10 of these, and no matter how hard I push them they just don’t puff (yet) :)

From my experience, they seem to have better tolerance to low temperature and performed noticeably better than other batteries in the winter. I have a whole review dedicated to these lipos. They ship from Poland, so highly recommended if you are based in the EU.


RDQ Series – Great Performer for US Pilots

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One of the best performing batteries for the price. Sold exclusively by RDQ, so this is a great option for North American pilots.


Tattu R-Line – Top of the Line

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A lot of top FPV racers use the Tattu R-Line, that says a lot about a battery. (or they could be given to them for free, either way they have to be good enough if racers are using these to win races)

The R-Line are probably the most expensive battery in the list, however according to users of these batteries, the performance also degrade a little faster than other batteries. If you want the best performance possible but don’t mind paying premium, you should give these a try.

Edit History

  • Feb 2017 – Article created
  • Mar 2018 – Updated list
  • Nov 2018 – Updated list
  • May 2020 – Updated list
  • Mar 2021 – Updated product links

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25 comments

Mark 12th June 2021 - 11:00 pm

You should add Tattu Funfly to this list: good value battery with exceptional parameters.

Unpopular opinion: some batches are even better than r-line…

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joe 29th May 2021 - 3:29 pm

How much cheaper were batteries before prices rose? I’ve seen some sell for around $20 recently. Is that normal or over?

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joe 15th May 2021 - 10:58 pm

The Tattu R-lines are currently cheaper than the budget ones…

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Oscar 15th May 2021 - 11:42 pm

Then get the R-line :)
Cost of everything in FPV has gone up considerably recently, so prices have all gone bonkers.

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the genius pig 22nd April 2021 - 10:03 pm

very good overview, you may want to change some things because for me (canada) the bugetoptions are the same price or higher than tattu r line!

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Jasper 23rd March 2021 - 7:21 pm

As far as I understand it, RDQ packs are relabeled GNB packs

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Fabio 21st March 2021 - 1:10 am

I am using the rline and cnhl, they feel the same to me, but i can’t get them easily from where I live. I have heard many positive reviews on the Demon Fusion, thanks for recommending will give that a try when I get paid next week

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Jakub 16th February 2019 - 6:58 am

What would you recommend ? I wanna buy cosistang lipos that will be good for price and last for year or two. There is sale on CHNL and Ministar 1500mAh cost about 16USD I am considering DRC fusion too but they are pricey :(.

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Andrew Leyva 2nd January 2019 - 2:24 pm

Would you recommend tattu-r 1300 or 1550 for freestyle?

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Oscar 10th January 2019 - 2:57 pm

Freestyle has a lot more tolerance than racing… any batteries that is good for racing would be more than enough for freestyle as we don’t normally push it as hard.

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Tim 29th November 2018 - 7:16 am

I started flying on Ovionic packs (1300s) and the ones I bought in July still deliver with >40 cycles on them. Pretty comparable to CNHL but Ovonic packs are smaller, have better quality and price.

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exugen 2nd April 2018 - 9:34 pm

Infinity are great bats. I have a pair that has been lasting me longer than any other battery i have. Unfortunately, you can’t get them from banggood in U.S. I had 2 orders get lost. On amazon they are too expensive.

Turnigy Graphenes do not last long at all. They are strong at first and degrade pretty quickly.

Also another +1 for CNHL. So far they have been pretty superb.

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Dogshit 31st March 2018 - 6:57 am

You also forgot Venom! Their batteries are TOP quality, made in USA and they replace them for free when they start to go bad.

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Indy 30th March 2018 - 12:54 pm

Hi Oscar! Interesting,

Sadly most those lipos are kind of expensive…
On the cheaper side, I really like the Infinity lipos I’ve like 8 of them and they perform alright after a year or so, but all my four Turnigy Graphene lipos are dead after less time… they get discharged as soon as I take off….
Now, can you tell me if you can keep more expensive batteries longer? Two or 3 years? That would be interesting…

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Dalton 27th March 2018 - 10:53 pm

What about CNHL?

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Ray 27th March 2018 - 7:20 pm

Thanks for this! I wonder why more reviewers don’t create a top 5 list of batteries. It’s one of those things that gets a lot of our money, but doesn’t always get the focus it deserves.

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Oscar 1st April 2018 - 1:11 am

Because battery is one of the most difficult product to review. So many new batteries these days make an excellent first batch, or send some really good samples to reviewer, so they get really good review for them… then they cut cost and make rubbish 2nd batch, 3rd batch and so on… when people realize they are crap and stop buying, they simply drop the brand and create a new one… and repeat the same thing over again!
So only buy brand name battery I say :)

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guti 6th June 2017 - 11:47 am

And do not mention the gaoneng 120/240 c ??
It is true that they are not 120c, but close to 90c.
I have rline and 4 of these and their behavior is similar.
I really prefer gaoneng rather than infinity, it has more punch

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Wayne 6th July 2017 - 10:06 pm

Are you talking about the gaoneng that is able to take off the balance lead? I have some infinity batteries that went boom in my house, looking to try the gaoneng ones

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manu2015 28th May 2017 - 7:29 pm

Hi,
You don’t believe the C rating, so why would you believe the mAh ?

The mAh can serve a few different purposes. By overestimating, it can make you believe you will fly longer. By underestimating, it can hide the weight and make your “perceived C-rating” higher.

Some things are different in the design between high and low C, like bigger leads and connectivity of the elements. But once everything is done, they just make them bigger, labelling with the same mAh rating.

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Oscar 28th May 2017 - 9:39 pm

because you can measure and test C rating and capacity respectively, and most high C rating lipo on the market doesn’t deliver what’s printed on their package. Capacity is normally correct in my experience.

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Cedric CRISPIN 16th May 2017 - 6:47 am

Unfortunately here in Thailand, the only hatteries i can afford if i am lucky are The Infinity Graphene 90C.

Stupid regulations are impacting us over there. For buying LIPOs we must have a licence that only government can deliver or you must travel overseas in order to buy your LIPOs but it’s not eveb guarentee that they will not seed them on the way back when going through the thai customs airport…

Stupid greedy a** people over there. I hate when politicians get involved in our life, they just ruin everything and please their rich CEO friends…

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Oscar 16th May 2017 - 3:14 pm

that’s bad! I hope you can find someone with license and get them to buy for you? could start a business with that model lol :)

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Marek 3rd May 2017 - 11:09 am

There are new Acehe Formula 95C, which I think should be on that list

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Oscar 15th May 2017 - 1:59 pm

they were released after the survey so they didn’t make it to the list, hopefully the next one.

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