Best LiPo Battery for Whoop & Micro Quad (1S, 2S, 3S, 4S 250-650mAh)

Here is a round up of all the LiPo batteries I tested for micro drones in 1S, 2S, 3S and 4S with capacity from 250mAh, 300mAh, 450mAh to 650mAh. Performance is based on maximum discharge rate and value, to determine which are the best for tiny whoops and micro quad.

Batteries Tested So Far

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If you are new to LiPo batteries, you should definitely check out my beginners tutorial on LiPo.

Maximum Discharge Rate

When it comes to picking LiPo batteries for our micro drones, maximum discharge rate is probably the most important factor. Better discharge rate means less voltage sag when you go hard on throttle, and for longer. C-Rating was supposed to tell us that, but the numbers provided by manufacturers are normally inflated, so take that as a grain of salt. And that’s why I am running these tests myself.

“High Voltage”

Sometimes you see “HV” or LiHV” on the label, that means “high voltage”. LiHV Batteries allow you to charge them up to 4.35V per cell instead of 4.20V. The main advantage is that the higher voltage at full charge can make your quad a little bit more powerful, because brushless motors can run at a higher maximum RPM.

There is concern with longevity of LiHV batteries, and in my opinion the difference in performance isn’t a huge deal. Just make sure you stay with only HV, or non-HV batteries, you don’t want to get them mixed up in charging, as charging a normal LiPo to 4.35V per cell increases the chance of fire drastically.

More articles regarding LiPo Safety:


1S (3.7V / 3.8V)


Nitro Nectar 1S 250mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/34IdNkw <<

Specs:

  • Price: $6
  • Size: 6.7×11.1×52.2 mm
  • Weight: 6.8g
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 254mAh
  • Value: 3/5

All three 1S batteries tested here seem to have pretty similar performance in terms of maximum discharging rate. However they are quite different when it comes to price and weight, so these become the main considerations.

The Nitro Nectar battery is made by NewBeeDrone, one of the smallest pack (at 250mah) you can find out there that provides decent amount of power.


BetaFPV 1S 300mAh HV

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2roB1xD <<

Specs:

  • Price: $4
  • Size: 6.2×11.8×63.4 mm
  • Weight: 8.1g
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 308mAh
  • Value: 5/5

I found an awesome deal on Amazon (linked above), you get 8 batteries for only $24 that works out to be less than $4 per battery. I don’t think you can find a better deal than these batteries! Though they are a little heavier than the rest.


GNB 1S 300mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2pMIvdH <<

Specs:

  • Price: $8
  • Size: 6.7×11.1×5.9mm
  • Weight: 7.7g
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 296mAh
  • Value: 2/5

Most 1S LiPo these days don’t have wires anymore, for the weight saving and lower resistance. But you might appreciate the “extended” battery connector in these GNB 1S batteries, as it makes plugging in slightly more flexible. And yet it’s lighter than the BetaFPV given the same capacity and performance. However it’s quite expensive.


2S (7.4V / 7.6V)


BetaFPV 2S 300mAh 45C

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2LrPWNT <<

Specs:

  • Price: $9
  • Size: 45x17x12 mm
  • Weight: 17.9g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 45C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 306mAh
  • Value: 5/5

I am surprised by how cheap this battery is given the high quality, a very “punchy” pack with very small sag throughout the whole discharge cycle. It’s also relatively light weight compared to other packs with similar capacity and performance.


GNB 2S 350mAh 50C HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2ktSlOC <<

Specs:

  • Price: $12.5
  • Size: 17x14x50mm
  • Weight: 19.3g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 50C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 310mAh
  • Value: 1/5

I have absolutely no idea why this pack is priced so high while its claimed C rating and performance are lower than the other better packs from GNB.


GNB 2S 450mAh 80C HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2jY9nnR <<

Specs:

  • Price: $10
  • Size: 14x18x62mm
  • Weight: 28.6g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 460mAh
  • Value: 5/5

One of the best performers in the 2S LiPo testing (even better than the XF Power), yet it’s a few grams lighter, and only $10. My go to 450mah 2S if you don’t have faith in the less known “XF Power” brand.


GNB 2S 520mAh 80C HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2khBEGm <<

Specs:

  • Price: $11
  • Size: 14x17x68mm
  • Weight: 29.1g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 500mAh
  • Value: 3/5

Although being “80C”, same as the 450mAh from GNB, this battery shows more voltage sag, especially towards the end of the pack. Interestingly it’s not that much heavier than the 450mAh pack, which suggests it’s either of lower C-rating or lower capacity. This is confirmed by the capacity test which shows it’s about 20mAh short. I’d probably stick with the 450mah. If you are looking for flight time, check out the GNB 650mah below.


Infinity 2S 300mAh HV (AHTECH)

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/31jEMBf <<

Specs:

  • Price: $10
  • Size: 11x12x60mm
  • Weight: 17g
  • Battery Lead: 20AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating:

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 287mAh
  • Value: 2/5

Performance isn’t great, I wouldn’t recommend it. But it is one of the lightest 300mAh batteries on this list.


GNB 2S 300mAh HV (Gaoneng)

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2YuS557 <<

Specs:

  • Price: $10
  • Size: 13.5x17x50mm
  • Weight: 19.5g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C/160C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 301mAh
  • Value: 5/5

Excellent performance in terms of voltage sag, and the real capacity lives up to the claim. Great battery!


URUAV 2S 300mAh HV

Product Page: >> http://bit.ly/2KdLWkN <<

Specs:

  • Price: $9
  • Size: 13.5x17x50mm
  • Weight: 22.7g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C/160C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 270mAh
  • Value: 4/5

It has similar specs to the GNB 2S 300mAh HV 80C, except it’s nearly 3 grams heavier. That’s possibly due to the larger gauge wires. But voltage sag is slightly worse than the GNB, and the price difference is only $1, so I’d probably go for the GNB instead if you want batteries of this size.


GNB 2S 350mAh (Gaoneng)

Product Page: >> http://bit.ly/2KgX5Bx <<

Specs:

  • Price: $10
  • Size: 13x18x52mm
  • Weight: 21.7g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 35C/70C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 1/5
  • True Capacity: 368mAh
  • Value: 1/5

I’ve tested quite a few GNB batteries, most have been great except this one. Voltage sag was simply awful, can’t even sustain a full throttle punch-out for more than a few seconds. Battery gets very hot too. DO NOT Recommend.


NewBeeDrone 2S 350mAh

Product Page >> Newbeedrone <<

Specs:

  • Price: $14
  • Size: 49x17x25mm
  • Weight: 24.5g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 60C/120C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 310
  • Value: 2/5

Pretty good quality battery, but a bit more pricey than the rest. Could have used 18AWG wires instead of 16AWG to save a gram or two.


BetaFPV 2S 350mAh

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2WZSF6L  <<

Specs:

  • Price: $9
  • Size: 12.8×15.9×58.8mm
  • Weight: 22.2g
  • Battery Lead: 20AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 35C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 1/5
  • True Capacity: 319
  • Value: 1/5

Simply terrible performance, cannot recommend. (at 6A, voltage sags to 7.4V at full charge)


XF Power 2S 450mAh

Product Page: >> http://bit.ly/2OzR8n9 <<

Specs:

  • Price: $9
  • Size: 14x18x60mm
  • Weight: 33g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C/150C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 475mAh
  • Value: 5/5

This has to be one of the best value 2S 450mAh I’ve tested so far. It’s a slightly bigger battery than what it claims to be, therefore the maximum discharge current is higher than we would expect. It’s only $9 and it comes with a balance lead protector (tbh kind of useless). Mind you this is heavier than other ordinary 450mAh pack.

Edit: Nick in the comment mentioned he had mixed experience with this battery, so keep that in mind.


Crazypony 2S 450mAh

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2T3wryJ <<

Specs:

    • Price: $11
    • Size: 18.5×13.5x60mm
    • Weight: 27.4g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C/160C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 1/5
  • True Capacity: 427
  • Value: 1/5

Absolutely terrible. DO NOT Recommend. Maximum discharge rate is low, and battery gets very hot. I bought four, two of which have buffed cells.


GNB 2S 650mAh (Gaoneng)

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2T51o5q <<

Specs:

  • Price: $13
  • Size: 16x18x62mm
  • Weight: 31.4g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 60C/120C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 620mAh
  • Value: 5/5

Excellent battery! Recommend!


3S (11.1V / 11.4V)


GNB 3S 350mAh 50C HV


Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2NK4vzk <<

Specs:

  • Price: $12
  • Size: 14x17x50mm
  • Weight: 27.8g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 50C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 334mAh
  • Value: 2/5

Being 1 gram lighter than the GNB 300mAh 80C, the voltage sag is a lot worse. That clearly shows that batteries with higher discharge rate do weigh more.


GNB 3S 450mAh 80C HV

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/2jYXQot <<

Specs:

  • Price: $12
  • Size: 17x21x64mm
  • Weight: 40.8g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 420mAh
  • Value: 5/5

I think this battery is using the exact same cells as the GNB 2S 450mah, which are top notch quality cells! Fantastic performance, one of the top 3S batteries tested.


GNB 3S 520mAh 80C HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2khJFuW <<

Specs:

  • Price: $12
  • Size: 17x20x69mm
  • Weight: 42.7g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 523mAh
  • Value: 5/5

Similar performance to the previous 450mAh, which is just awesome but only bigger in capacity.


GNB 3S 650mAh 60C HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2ksOr8S <<

Specs:

  • Price: $15
  • Size: 24x18x62mm
  • Weight: 45.9g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 60C/120C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 616mAh
  • Value: 3/5

Excellent battery! Recommend!


Happymodel 3S 300mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2GZkNjN <<

Specs:

  • Price: $12
  • Size: 11x18x65mm
  • Weight: 25.7g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C/60C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 320mAh
  • Value: 3/5

This is the battery that comes with the Happymodel Sailfly, not the best, but good enough for the Sailfly. You can buy them as spare.


Eachine 3S 300mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2LZQ75P <<

Specs:

  • Price: $13
  • Size: 11x18x65mm
  • Weight: 25.8g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C/60C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 315mAh
  • Value: 2/5

This is the battery that comes with the Eachine RedDevil. Pretty sure it’s just a rebranded happymodel 3S 300mah, because the specs and performance are almost identical. If you like this battery, don’t buy this, as the Happymodel battery is $1 cheaper :)


GNB 3S 300mAh HV (Gaoneng)

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/31lLZkr <<

Specs:

  • Price: $13
  • Size: 19x17x54mm
  • Weight: 28.6g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C/160C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 280mAh
  • Value: 5/5

Amazing performance! Probably the best 3S 300mAh battery I’ve tested so far. Highly recommended. Voltage sag is minimal, I guess it’s 3 grams heavier than other 300mah packs for a reason :)


URUAV 3S 300mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2KhYpUN <<

Specs:

  • Price: $10
  • Size: 11x18x65mm
  • Weight: 29g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 40C/80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 1/5
  • True Capacity: 278mAh
  • Value: 1/5

Terrible battery, do not recommend.


Crazypony 3S 300mAh HV (Makerfire?)

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/31aE1ui <<

Specs:

  • Price: $9
  • Size: 18x11x58mm
  • Weight: 24.8g
  • Battery Lead: 20AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C/60C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 1/5
  • True Capacity: 298mAh
  • Value: 1/5

Another awful battery.


BetaFPV 3S 300mAh

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2qAkDd6 <<

Specs:

  • Price: $11.5
  • Size: 12.7×15.4×63.1mm
  • Weight: 25.6g
  • Battery Lead: 20AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 45C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 253mAh
  • Value: 1/5

Not particular impressive, and yet the capacity falls short about 50mah. You can tell it’s not made for a power hungry build as the battery lead is using 20AWG wires.


GNB 3S 300mAh (Gaoneng)

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2Kw47kS <<

Specs:

  • Price: $13
  • Size: 12x19x65mm
  • Weight: 25.1g
  • Battery Lead: 20AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 30C/60C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 290mAh
  • Value: 2/5

This is the non-HV version of the GNB 3S 300mah, however the performance is pretty average. I’d say it’s pretty similar to the Happymodel 3S 300mah. If dimension doesn’t matter, I’d recommend the HV version instead since they cost the same.


Tattu 3S 450mAh

They offer two sizes:

Specs:

  • Price: $13-$15
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C/150C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 445mAh
  • Value: 2/5

Pretty good batteries, but perhaps too heavy for most tiny whoops and toothpick models? A little pricey, but they are okay if you don’t mind the weight.


BetaFPV 3S 450mAh

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/32zCFcK <<

Specs:

  • Price: $14
  • Size: 18.4×19.8×63.4mm
  • Weight: 42.9g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 290mAh
  • Value: 3/5

Maybe a little pricey for what it is, but still a great battery, I like it.


Acehe 3S 650mAh

Product Page >> No Longer Available <<

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • Size: 22×32.2x63mm
  • Weight: 72g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 670mAh
  • Value: n/a

4S (14.8V / 15.2V)


BetaFPV 4S 450mAh

Product Page >> https://amzn.to/36OmwUk <<

Specs:

  • Price: $16
  • Size: 18.1×26.4×64.1mm
  • Weight: 56.8g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 4/5
  • True Capacity: 484mAh
  • Value: 3/5

GNB 4S 450mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2K2mD4z <<

Specs:

  • Price: $15
  • Size: 17.5×26.4×64.6mm
  • Weight: 52.2g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 462mAh
  • Value: 5/5

Better performance than the BetaFPV 450mah, and yet it’s over 4 grams lighter and $1 cheaper. I can’t think of a reason not to get this battery.


GNB 4S 520mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2K3dlp4 <<

Specs:

  • Price: $17
  • Size: 16.8×26.3×69.1mm
  • Weight: 54.5g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 80C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 5/5
  • True Capacity: 495mAh
  • Value: 3/5

Same performance to the 450mah variant, but being labelled as a 520mah, and only 2 grams heavier made me wonder if this is too good to be true. And my testing does suggest it’s a much smaller pack – only around 500mah. For an extra $2 you are only getting 50mah more, you might as well just get the GNB 450mah.


GNB 4S 650mAh HV

Product Page >> http://bit.ly/2PYaEZT <<

Specs:

  • Price: $19
  • Size: 18.1×30.7×63.2mm
  • Weight: 60.0g
  • Battery Lead: 18AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 60C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 3/5
  • True Capacity: 590mAh
  • Value: 2/5

The price doesn’t match the performance, do not recommend.


Acehe 4S 650mAh

Product Page >> No Longer Available <<

Specs:

  • Price: n/a
  • Size: 27.1×31.2×62.3mm
  • Weight: 86.4g
  • Battery Lead: 16AWG
  • “Claimed” C-Rating: 75C

Performance:

  • Max Discharge: 2/5
  • True Capacity: 642mAh
  • Value: n/a

More Batteries?

I will keep testing and adding more battery results to this page. Let me know in the comment which batteries you want me to test for you.

Edit History

  • Aug 2019 – Page created
  • Sep 2019 – Added BetaFPV 2S 300mAh, and 7 other batteries from GNB
  • Nov 2019 – Added 1S (3) and 4S (5) testing results, 1 new battery for 2S and 3 new batteries for 3S

20 thoughts on “Best LiPo Battery for Whoop & Micro Quad (1S, 2S, 3S, 4S 250-650mAh)

  1. Protonus

    Oscar – I would love to see this test expanded to include 3S, 700, 750, and 850 mAh batteries. The TransTEC Beetle for DJI HD FPV is basically a 2.5″ HD FPV whoop, recommended battery is a 3S 750 mAh battery. Can’t find much testing on this size of battery and as you know, C ratings are a joke. I would love to see the:

    Tattu R-Line 11.1V 3S 700mAh 95C LiPo Micro Battery – XT30
    Tattu R-Line 11.1V 3S 750mAh 95C LiPo Micro Battery – XT30
    Tattu 11.1V 3S 850mAh 75C LiPo FPV Battery – XT60
    Tattu 11.1V 3S 850mAh 75C LiPo Micro Battery – XT30
    GAONENG GNB 3S 750mAh LiPo Battery 11.1v XT30
    GAONENG GNB 3S LiPo 850mAh 11.1v 80C XT30
    RDQ Series 11.1V 3S 850mAh 75C LiPo Micro Battery – XT30

    And any other such sized 3S battery. Thank you!!!

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  2. Protonus

    Oscar – the “GNB 2S 650mAh (Gaoneng)” can’t possibly 8mm thick right? I see you copied the dimensions from banggood, but this seems wrong.. should it be 18mm instead?

    Reply
  3. Eganwp

    A lot of people are curious about the GNB 520 vs the GNB 450 (which you’ve already tested). I’ve heard some mixed results between the two, even though both are 80C & LiHV by the same company…

    Reply
  4. Jérôme Demers

    I can tell you RDQ are bad batteries. I have better flight time with 450mah GNB then 525mah RDQ. Well all my 450mah are better then my 525!!

    I recommend GNB and Pulse. Tattu are average but for same price I recommend GNB.

    Reply
  5. Sebastian Kujawa

    Hello Oscar. Great job, thanks for the comparison. Is it possible for you to test some of Turnigy Nano-Tech 2s 300mah lipos and compare them with the others?

    Reply
  6. R Williams

    @Taylor A Jenkins….I have the same question. I use RDQ 2s and 3s 350mah lipos mostly. I also have some GNB 300 3s. I usually prefer GNB, but my RDQ lipos perform better!? I’ve read people say RDQ were GNB rebrands…so that confused me. Would love to see tests results of “pros”…

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      I think they are just GNB rebrands personally. But if i have a chance i will test them. Not cheap to get them from a different continent.

      Reply

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