The recommended LiPo batteries on this page have been tested and you won’t be disappointed by the performance and value. Due to the difficulties in shipping LiPo batteries these days, price and availability are the most important considerations in my opinion. Getting them locally can usually save you a great deal of money.
There are many other considerations in choosing the best LiPo battery for your racing drone: performance (e.g. real discharge rate and capacity), longevity, weight, size and so on. To learn more about LiPo batteries please check out our guide: LiPo Battery Beginner Guide for Drones and Quadcopters.
All the batteries featured in this article are 4S (4-cell) LiPo packs since this is the most popular voltage we power our 5″ and 6″ mini quad with. The most popular capacity range are between 1300mah and 1600mah, smaller packs for racing and larger packs for freestyle flying.
Stick with well-known brands when choosing LiPo’s to ensure decent quality and performance. Here is a list of battery brands that we have used with good experience.
- Gaoneng (GNB)
- CNHL (China Hobby Line)
- Lumenier (GetFPV)
- RaceDayQuads (RDQ)
- Rebel Batteries
- Turnigy Graphene
The Best 4S LiPo
Gaoneng 4S 130C
A long-time top performer in the micro world has finally brought us some mini quad batteries.
Tattu R-Line 4S 95C
The Tattu R-Line 4S is one of the best performers, and they claim to have a shocking “95C” C-Rating, on which many would seriously doubt it. However these batteries are priced nearly twice as high as the Infinity Graphene. It would probably be an overkill for everyday flying, but great for races.
- 1300mah – $36 – 173g (Shop: Banggood | RDQ | GetFPV | Amazon)
- 1550mah – $41 – 193g (Shop: Banggood | RDQ | GetFPV | Amazon)
Bonus – Tattu Fun Fly 4s 100c
Just as strong as the R-Line series, but more for your everyday flier, the Fun Fly holds true to its name and you really will have fun flying these.
• 1300mah – $23 – 149.5g (Shop: Banggood | GetFPV)
• 1550mah – $25 – 178g (Shop: Banggood | Amazon)
Infinity Graphene 4S 70C
The Infinity Graphene 70C is an affordable 4S Lipo battery with decent performance, making this a very good deal for practice/training purposes. These are available internationally so if you can’t find any other good batteries locally this would be my pick. Check out the Review.
CNHL 4S 100C
The best budget battery in the market right now, however it’s slightly heavier and bigger than batteries in its class.
One of the best performing battery for the price.
1500mAh – $24 – 187g (Buy: RaceDayQuads)
DemonRC Fusion 4S 66C
Very good batteries I’ve tested personally. They have better tolerance to low temperature and performed noticeably better than other batteries I have in cold weather. Check out my review. I’d recommend them if you are in the EU.
- 1500mah – $32 – 190g (Buy: DemonRC)
The Best 6S LiPo Batteries
I recently tested some 6S LiPo batteries to find out which is best by comparing their performance including discharge rate (voltage sag), and actual capacity.
Still wondering what benefits 6S have over 4S ?
Here are the batteries I tested in the round-up:
- DemonRC 6S 1100mAh
- ACEHE ACE-X 6S 1100mAh
- ACEHE ACE-X 6S 1250mAh
- ACEHE Racing 6S 850mAh
- ACEHE Racing 6S 1080mAh
- Tattu R-Line 1300mAh
- Tattu 6S 1300mAh 75C
You can jump to conclusion.
I fly the battery from fully charged until it’s empty (3.5V/cell) to find out the true capacity. I also do a few 3-second punch outs at the beginning of the flight, and voltage sags are recorded to help me get an idea of the discharging performance.
DemonRC 6S 1100mAh
- Price: $34.5
- Weight: 201g
- Voltage Sag: 19.7V at 69A
- Tested capacity: 1105mAh
I’d consider this to be excellent performance, best result for an 6S 1100mAh battery. I can also confirm the claimed capacity to be true.
ACEHE ACE-X 6S 1100mAh
- Price: $38.7
- Weight: 199g
- Voltage Sag: 19.7V at 69A
- Tested capacity: 1106mAh
Surprisingly close result to the DemonRC 6S 1100mah, but slightly more expensive. It’s a couple of grams lighter probably because of the shorter balance lead.
A balance lead extension is provided for charging.
ACEHE ACE-X 6S 1250mAh
- Price: $41.2
- Weight: 222g
- Voltage Sag: 20.0V at 69A
- Tested capacity: 1270mAh
Basically a slightly bigger version of the 1100mAh above. It shows the best result so far in terms of maximum discharge rate due to the higher capacity.
ACEHE Racing 6S 850mAh
Product Page: Discontinued
- Price: $27-28
- Weight: 173g
- Voltage Sag: 16.8V at 63A
- Tested capacity: 740mAh
I got this battery early this year but never got around to test it until now. I think they are now discontinued unfortunately and succeeded by the Ace-X series. Anyway I thought I should test them just for reference.
Result is not particularly impressive. Although I didn’t use them and they were just sitting on storage charge for nearly a year, understandably performance wouldn’t be as good as brand new, so I’d give them the benefit of the doubt.
ACEHE Racing 6S 1080mAh
Product Page: http://bit.ly/2lVnDye
- Price: $30
- Weight: 191g
- Voltage Sag: 18.5V at 68A
- Tested capacity: 990mAh
Same reason as the 850mAh above, performance is not great probably due to the age. Again this is now discontinued and succeeded by the Ace-X series.
Tattu R-Line 6S 1300mAh
Product Page: http://bit.ly/2lQ837c
- Price: $47
- Weight: 240g
- Voltage Sag: 17.5V at 65.5A
- Tested capacity: 1320mAh
I tested this one back in 2018, it performed really well and had the lowest internal resistance. However, this pack is 2 years old now and doesn’t perform as well as other brand new batteries here. I am re-testing this battery just to show you how a 2-year-old “good” battery compare to a brand new “good” battery.
But honestly the R-Line are too expensive! Compared to the “normal” Tattu 6S 1300mah 75C version below, it might indeed have a bit more power and less sag (when it’s new), but you are only going to notice when you do lots of punch outs. Unless you are a racer, I’d probably get the other ones.
Tattu 6S 1300mah 75C
Product Page: http://bit.ly/2lRHhv8
- Price: $30
- Weight: 198g
- Voltage Sag: 19.0V at 69A
- Tested capacity: 1311mAh
Price is reasonable, however performance is behind other batteries tested, even when this is of higher capacity. It doesn’t have the best discharge rate, but it has a very high capacity to weight ratio. So if you are into longer flight time with cruising style flying, this is worth considering.
Conclusion – The Best 6S LiPo
So the winning 6S LiPo are the DemonRC and Acehe Ace-X! These are the best 6S LiPo for a 5″ racing drone that I would recommend in 2019!
As you can see from the results, higher capacity packs not only give you longer flight time, they also do have higher discharge rate, in the form of less voltage sag. However they are heavier and makes your quadcopter more sluggish.
I think 1100mAh is a good size, I was getting around 6 to 7 minutes of flight time doing freestyle on my newly built 6S mini quad, and that’s already more than my attention span can handle. :D
Interestingly the DemonRC and Ace-X 6S 1100mah are extremely similar in terms of performance and specs, even the battery shape is identical, I have a feeling that they might be using the same cells. Or even made in the same factory in China.
Learn more about LiPo:
- Best 2S/3S LiPo for Tiny Whoops and Toothpick
- How to Protect LiPo from Crashes?
- The Basics of LiPo and How to Properly Handle Them
- How to Parallel Charge LiPo
- How to Dispose LiPo Batteries
- Feb 2017 – Article created
- Mar 2018 – Updated list
- Nov 2018 – Updated list
- May 2020 – Updated list