Now, if you bought your maverick mini as part of the fly more combination, you got this really nice battery bank that allows you to slip up to three Mavic mini batteries. Inside of it charge all those batteries through a single micro, USB connection on the side. It also provides a great way of protecting your batteries, so they're ready to go when you want to fly and then finally, the Wizards at DJI turn this into a battery bank that uses any residual power still left in the batteries delivered externally through this USB a Connection to allow you to charge a phone or tablet or a controller it's, really a beautiful device. The challenge is, if you didn't, buy the fly more combination, you essentially got the drone, the battery and a cable to charge it and the way you charge your battery is to slide it inside the drone connect the drone up to the charger and charge it using. The drone and I've never been a fan of charging batteries using the drone I'm gon na fly with, for a couple of reasons. Number one batteries get warm when they're being charged and heat and cold are the enemy of electronics and I'm. Worried that that constant temperature change is going to cause issues with the sensitive electronics inside the drone itself, it's a thing called fatigue. We use that term a lot in electronics I'm. Just not a fan of warming, things up and cooling things down around all the other sensitive electronics inside the drone I'm.
Also not happy with the fact that I'm pushing a lot of current through that sensitive circuitry, because there's a voltage regulator inside the drone that's got to be active to adjust the 5 volts to the correct voltage and current to charge that battery that's inside of it And then finally, I'm a little bit lazy and I can only charge one battery at a time using the drone. So I've got to constantly be swapping batteries out I'm making connections with the micro USB connection on the back. A man handling the drone it's just a terrible way to charge a battery, and the only analogy I can think of is it'd, be like me, buying a brand new widescreen 4k TV, a really expensive device that has a USB C connection on the side to charge. My cell phone – it would be ridiculous to do that, because the thing I'm charging is worth way less than the thing I bought to charge it that's kind of what's going on here, so I've been on hunt for a charger or I could charge the batteries externally. More importantly, something I could bring with me on the road and use in my car, so when I'm driving between locations, I could plug it into my cigarette, lighter charge the battery sitting on the seat and be ready to go when I arrived at that second location And that's, exactly what I found I've tested a bunch of different devices.
This is the one that I like it off a lot and I've been using it for the last couple of weeks and essentially what you get is this battery adapter here. That is a USB C connection on one end, so this connects up to whatever charger you've got on the other end or a set of connections that meet up with the battery. So you basically slide it on the battery plug it into your charger and you're off and running now, it's a smart product as well so there's intelligence inside here that will look at the battery every time you connect it up. It'Ll handshake with the battery to determine the rate current and voltage. It needs to apply to that battery, to charge it safely and quickly and that's really important, because a lot of these devices are really just step down devices to take the 5 volts and kind of deliver it at the constant voltage and current this one's smart enough To adjust its charging rate as it gets closer to a full charge, so it's an intelligent device. In addition to that, it's also sensitive for quick charging, which means you can use this with a quick charging charger so qc3 or PD or power delivery chargers can charge your batteries faster, because the device will not only recognize how much current the battery needs and voltage. But it recognizes how much current and voltage is available at the charger ends, so it's it's kind of a traffic cop between your charger and your battery to deliver just the right amount of current at the right time to charge that battery safely now to use it.
It couldn't be simpler. You basically take one of your batteries, the unit mates up with the battery connections on the top, so you basically slide it on the battery like that and it stays there it's nice and small too. I, like that and there's an LED on the front now the LED is gon na indicate one of three things when you first connect it up to your charger, if it's not connected to a battery, this is going to try and find a battery it's going to Wait for a couple of seconds to see if you connected to the battery and about 15 seconds in if it doesn't see a battery it's going to start flashing and what that means is it's not seeing a load it's sitting there. Looking for a battery and it's not seeing any kind of load and it's gon na, let you know hey it's not connected, maybe you thought you connected it, but it's, not quite seated. If the light stays on that means it's charging the battery. So once you see the red LED on that means the battery needs to be charged, and this is doing its job it's handshake with the battery and it's delivering the current that's needed to actually charge the battery. If it goes off when it's connected to the battery, that means that you've actually got a fully charged battery, so that's pretty to use and I'll show you how to use it. So I'll start off with a home charger.
This is a DJI charger. Any standard, USB charger will work. You can use any charge, you've got you can use your computer. You can use a car charger. You can even use a battery bank to charge it if you want so I've got a short USB connection. Here you get one with the unit as well, so you get a USB a USB C with it in case you don't, have a USBC cable, but once that's connected I'll connect up the adapter first now you'll notice, the battery light comes on red for a second And, as I mentioned, it's going to go through about 15 seconds of pre test to see, didrik connect it to a battery what's going on how come I'm not seeing a load out there once it gets frustrated with me and doesn't, see me connected to a battery It'S going to start blinking letting me know you goofball, you haven't plugged it into the battery. Now once I slide it on the battery, it takes about 10 seconds to recognize the battery to do a bit of a handshake test with the current and voltage. As I mentioned before, and then determine how it's going to charge that battery once it reaches that level, you'll see it stay on solid now it means it's charging that battery and you're good to go. You can lay the battery down. You can drive to your next location if it's in your car, if it's at home, you can charge it.
You know using this on your desk, so it's a really nice device there. Now, if you're in your car, you can use any standard car charger with it. Now we have a drone valley, one that i've talked about before in the channel it's a product we developed, it's, actually QC, 3.0 and PD compatible, so it's got a full size USB a here and a smaller USB see over here. You can use both of these. At the same time, you can charge Q C on one and PD on the other, but this is the perfect device to use with this in your car, because it delivers 5 volts at 3 amps, which is way higher than most car chargers can deliver. But to use this you'll plug it into your battery adapter in your car, your cigarette lighter, we used to call it. I don't think you call it that anymore, but and plug it in there and you're off and running so it works just great. You can also use this like I've mentioned with a power bank. If you have one that's got some current in it and it'll adjust for that. If you've got a current sensitive powder at power, bank that's got Q C 3 and PD on it. It'Ll make the adjustment the fast charge it as well, so the key is, depending on what you're using to charge it. This can take with a quick charge device about an hour to charge it maybe a little bit less.
If you don't run it all the way down to 10 and if you don't have a quick charge, device, that's delivering, say 5 volts at 2 amps or two and a half amp. So it might take twice as long to do that. So if you're going to charge this at home and you don't care about the time, use any USB charger, you've got. But if you do care about charging, it quickly make sure you've got a q, see compatible or PD compatible charger and you're off and running. Now, as I mentioned, we made this one, which is the evolved product from drone Valley, that's, the car charger they're available on the website. We have a home charger coming out, that's a 33 wide and a 65 watt, and we have a beautiful power bank that we're going to be releasing sometime in April. That is incredibly cool, it's 10000 milliampere hours and it's got both PD and QC charging on it. As well as charging the bank over PD, so you can fast charge the bank and you can draw a power off the bank very quickly. It'Ll work perfectly with this I've been testing it over the last couple of weeks, so that's pretty much it for today. I, like the device – I mean – I absolutely have this hub as well. I use it an awful lot, but taking it in the field, I don't like to take it out in the field and get a beat up, it's, pretty heavy, to be carrying in a backpack.
So I can carry one or two of these in my pocket: take them out in the field and charge my batteries between locations. The other advantage. Again, as I mentioned, this will charge three batteries, but it does that sequentially, so it'll charge, whichever one needs the least amount of charge first and move on in the next one. So, even if I use this at home, it has to walk through those batteries. So it could take a couple hours to charge them if you've got a couple of these that's fully charged. Now, look at that it finished. If you've got a couple of these at home, you can connect up three of them at the same time and simultaneously charge your batteries so you're a great little device anyway. We'Ve got them in stock they're available on the website and again I've spent some time testing. These I like them an awful lot, and I think that it's a product that you may want to consider for your kit. If you have any questions about anything I've covered today, please drop those in the comments below I'd love to get back to you and answer your questions. I'M, constantly on the hunt for new accessories that you can use with your drones, then I'm, using in my kit out in the field, and if I talk about another channel it's, definitely something I can endorse. We stand behind everything we sell so again. If you have any questions, let us know and thank you very much for watching today.
I hope you guys are finding value in these clips I'm having a whole lot of fun. Flying and springtime is here so everybody get outside and start flying your quads, because man it's been a long cold winter anyway, that's it for today.