Drone Lab LiPo 4S 1500mah Battery Review

by Oscar
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I recently received a Drone Lab 4S 1500mah LiPo from RadioC.co.uk for review. I have flown with this battery more than 10 times now, and so far I am very pleased.

Get your Drone Lab 4S LiPo from RadioC.

I am currently running a mini quad with Cobra 2204 1960KV motors and 6045 propellers. Mini Quad LiPo batteries I have been using are

  • Turnigy Nano-tech 4S 1800mah 65C-130C
  • Turnigy Nano-tech 4S 1300mah 45C-90C.

Here is a video of me flying with the DroneLab Lipo.

Comparing the DroneLab Battery with Turnigy, Here is what I think.

Battery Price Weight Flight time Punch
Drone Lab 4S 1500mah 50C $24 157g 4-5 mins 8/10
Turnigy 4S 1300mah 45C $19 156g 3-4 mins 5/10
Turnigy 4S 1800mah 65C $28 229g 5-6 mins 9/10

They are all similar height and width, but the DroneLab 1500mah is just slightly longer than the Turnigy 1300mah.

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The Turnigy batteries are generally very good, but they are either always out of stock, or you have to buy them from China where shipping can cost a lot. If you are looking for LiPo locally this is a good choice IMO.

Weight and capacity wise, I would definitely go for the DroneLab battery over Turnigy 1300mah. I can confirm I get at least a min or two more flight time. (although it wasn’t a fair comparison, my Turnigy batteries are almost 8 months old)

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Only concern I have with the DroneLab Lipo is the discharge wire. If the claimed C rating is correct, the max discharging current should reach 100C*1500mah = 150A. I would expect at least 12AWG wires used. But this battery uses 14AWG. So is the C rating correctly stated? I don’t know, but I can confirm it is very punchy on my mini quad.

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14 comments

Eric 28th June 2016 - 6:53 pm

Did you see the newly release Drone Lab CHAOS edition batterier? Apparently an upgraded version of their standard batteries (that are already very good, I run the 1500’s myself). Would love to see a review of the chaos edition ones!

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Oscar 28th June 2016 - 7:08 pm

yes just tested the chaos 1300mah, result will be released tomorrow.

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yoni shem tov 18th May 2016 - 5:09 pm

Hello Oskar,

What’s the logic behind testing Dinogy 1300mah vs 2 1500 mah batteries ?
it’s like wondering why 4 inch blades will have less thrust than 5 inch

I don’t get it, Dinogy has 1500 mah battery as well.

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Oscar 18th May 2016 - 9:06 pm

if you look at the weight and dimension, the dronelab is so close to the dinogy, i would say it makes perfect sense to compare them :)
The point being if someone was going to buy some lipo for their mini quad today, why would they choose a battery with less mah, less performance yet cost more $$? :)
7g of weight saving isn’t enough to justify it :)
You might ask why not compare the Dinogy 1500mah? because I was only sent the 1300mah to test with :)

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Alex 4th May 2016 - 2:08 pm

Hi,

I hope you are well

I contacted you a few days ago but I never heard back from you. If you did not receive my previous email, I’ll briefly explain here.

I was going through this article https://oscarliang.com/dronelab-lipo-4s-1500mah-battery-review/ on your website and I was wondering if there was a possibility of doing a product review for us.

We have drone batteries on techorbits.com – compatible with DJI Phantom. a product that your visitors may be interested in.

Please have a look techorbits.com/drone-batteries/

Perhaps you could feature this product within your blog as an alternative your audience can acquire.

If you are interested, please let me know and we can arrange a sample ASAP

Thanks for just reading this email and if there’s anything I can do for you just give me a shout

Thanks in advance

Alex

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Oscar 4th May 2016 - 10:34 pm

Hi Alex, I don’t use DJI products, so i can’t review that battery for you.
thanks
Oscar

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Jakub 2nd April 2016 - 8:39 am

Hi Oscar,

I have been flying my ZMR250 for some time with 6040 and 6045 props and aforementioned 4s nano-tech 1800 65-130C and wanted to ask you if you found any better battery than this one (lighter but the same punch and no voltage sagging)?

And second question: how deep discharge are you usually doing on these batteries when flying? On 3s high discharge nano-techs I used to be going as low as 3.3V per cell but since these 4s are so precious to me I am a bit hesitant to go as low and I am rather limiting myself to 3.7V per cell which gives me around 3-4 mins flights.

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Oscar 6th April 2016 - 4:00 pm

not really i have used turnigy nano tech and this and this is better than nano-tech.
Not many lipo options where i live, and shipping from abroad is mega expensive.

they do fine for what i do, and they are cheap so i can’t really complain..

to your 2nd question: http://intofpv.com/t-at-what-voltage-do-you-land-your-quadcopter

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Simon Dale 8th April 2016 - 9:03 am

Apparently the new Dinogy batteries are amazing. Better than Dronelab according to Aaron on Facebook: firstpersonview.co.uk/dinogy

Want to try them Oscar? Where do you live?

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Oscar 8th April 2016 - 9:32 am

I will drop you an Email Simon.

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noobflyer 28th October 2015 - 10:56 am

Hi Oscar

I am building a zmr250 with cobra 1960kv and use either 5045 bullnose or DAL 6040/gemfan 6045 props. I am contemplating either Multistar 4S 1400 40C race spec or the nano-tech 1800 65C. From your experience does going for a lighter battery make a big difference in flight characteristics? I am afraid the 1400mah does not have enough punch because 604x props take about 20A per motor at full throttle.

Thanks for your input.

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Oscar 28th October 2015 - 11:27 pm

i have not personally tried the multistart 4S… but i really like nanotech 1800 65C, that’s what i am using with cobra 1960kv with 6045 props. I also use it with Dronelab 1500 50C, the battery is a lot lighter, and i do feel there is extra agility with the lighter battery, but it’s not too bad and I do get more flight time with the 1800.
The advantage of lighter battery is more obvious on smaller ship like a 5″ or 4″ quad.

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Kert 27th August 2015 - 9:55 am

Hey Oscar, i also got these as my first 4s batteries and they feel really good. I was running that on my zmr250 with ss2207 2100kv with bl20a and 6045 props and for about 3 or 4 flights it was good until i flew really hard for few seconds and then magic smoke appeared from one esc, it also fried my naze32 because for a noob mistake i put esc-s under naze. now i put them on my arms. With 4s i dont run 6 in props anymore, my quad was hovering with almost minimum throttle input and to land i crashed many times because my throttle went to 0 and then it fell.

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Oscar 27th August 2015 - 4:53 pm

Hi Kert

LOL that was a hard lesson :) unlucky but lucky it was only the Naze that burnt !
But yea… 2100kv motors with 6045 props sounds like a super powerful setup! :) those BL20A ESCs won’t last long with it! hehe

thanks
Oscar

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