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)
- Lumenier (GetFPV)
- RDQ Series
- Rebel Batteries
- Turnigy Graphene (Hobby King)
- Tattu R-Line
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
- 4S 1300mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-12di
- 4S 1500mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-2slt
- 6S 1100mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-vv2e
- Other voltage/capacity: https://oscarliang.com/product-mzqb
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
- RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-tp50
- 4S 1500mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-42re
- 4S 1550mAh (new): https://oscarliang.com/product-zzdl
- 6S 1100mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-t6dk
- 6S 1200mAh (new): https://oscarliang.com/product-smjy
- Other voltage/capacity: https://oscarliang.com/product-qr92
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
- 4S 1500mah: https://goo.gl/kCL8AB
- 6S 1100mAh: https://demonrc.eu/product/drc-fusion-6s-1100mah-high-discharge-lipo-battery/
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
- 4S 1300mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-h2dh
- 4S 1500mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-dk0h
- 6S 1000mAh: https://oscarliang.com/product-trm1
- Other voltage/capacity: https://oscarliang.com/product-gjgw
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
- 4S 1300mAh:
- 4S 1550mAh:
- 6S 1050mAh:
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.
- Feb 2017 – Article created
- Mar 2018 – Updated list
- Nov 2018 – Updated list
- May 2020 – Updated list
- Mar 2021 – Updated products
- Mar 2022 – Updated product links