Skydio 2 Dual Charger Overview – Awesome Accessory!
Do two dual charger that allows you to charge two of your batteries at the same time to get your back outside and flying really quickly. Now I've had the product for a couple of weeks. I'Ve really been testing it to try and understand exactly how it works. So what I'd like to do with the clip is, give you an overview of the product. First, I'm gon na call it a hub because it doesn't come with a charger. So essentially, what it's going to do is distribute the power that the charger provides to the two batteries and it's got a lot of intelligence built into it to make decisions about which batteries to charge first, should it charge both batteries at the same time and a Lot of that has to do with the charger you're, using that you're connecting up to the sky do hub. So I'll spend some time talking about this and then I'll spend a few minutes talking about the type of charger you need to actually get the most use and the most efficient use out of this product. So let's get started with the overview when you pop open the box. You'Ll find the unit inside the hubs in there with a really simple instruction manual. Now I love these guys because they've got great graphics on the box. I really like that wireframe diagram they put on there it's a very high tech look to it, but when you pop open the box you'll find the hub inside with this really complex instruction manual and I'm joking there, because when you open this up, there's, basically two Diagrams that show you plug this hub into your charger and drop your batteries into the hub.
Now that's pretty straightforward, it couldn't be much simpler and I like that, so I don't like complicated things when you're setting something up, so the hub itself has the same type of magnetic attraction as the sky do too. So all you have to do is line up. The connections here with the connections on the bottom bring them close together and it'll immediately attached and that magnets not letting go then on the bottom. You'Ve got another spot for the second battery again just pop it on there and you're good to go on the outside of the hub. You'Ll find there's a USBC connection here and, interestingly, a USBC connection on the other side. So my first thought was these guys are really thinking this through, because they're giving me a USBC connection on one side that I can plug into my charger and they give me a courtesy outlet on the other side that I can use to charge something else. So wouldn't it be cool. If I plug this in charge my batteries and then use that other connection to charge my controller well I've tested it. That second connection is dead. There is no pass to run this thing, so, if I'm missing something, you guys have figured out how to pass current through this while you're charging your batteries, please let me know because I've tested extensively and I can't figure it out. So, having said that, that's the first thing I'm curious about.
Why would you put two USBC connections on it when you can only use one of them and really there's, no polarity to how this thing sits down? So just an interesting side note or as far as the charger goes, it's got intelligence built into it. What I mean by that is it's smart enough when it's connected to a power supply to look at both of the batteries and determine which of those two batteries needs the least amount of charge. It'Ll take the current that's being supplied to it, funnel it to that battery to charge it as quickly as possible once that battery's done it'll move to the second battery and fully charge that now. The advantage to this as well is that all depends on how much current you're providing to the hub. So if you use the standard charger that came with your Skye do to product that's, a 65 watt charger that will charge one battery at a time when that battery's, full it'll move to the next battery. So, with a 65 watt charger it's going to take you about an hour to charge each of the batteries now none of us fly the battery is fully depleted, so you've got some charge in there, so it's going to be less than an hour per battery. If you upgrade this to a charger, that's larger, so any charger over 90 watts, which is a really big charger, it's like a laptop level, charger it'll charge both batteries in parallel.
So if it's, a small charger like this 65 watts it'll do one then it'll do the second, so it's sort of a serial charge. But if you use a 90 watt or better it'll charge both of them in parallel and that will cut the charge time for a fully depleted battery down to 90 minutes for two of them. So if you really would have charged them quickly, you've got to get a big charger to use with it, but I've been using the standard sky tio2 charger that comes with it again, 65 watts, which is pretty good and it'll charge the batteries. If I leave in about 15 or 20 percent it's less than an hour to charge, one then move on to the next one. What I like so much about it, though, is the convenience of knowing I can drop both batteries in the charger plug it in sit. It down and come back in an hour or so, and have my batteries fully charged another big advantage for this, because a lot of people are asking well, why do I need the external hub I'll just put the battery back in the sky do to plug it. In and charge it there I've had concerns from day one with charging batteries in the drone, because the technology inside the drone shares one printed circuit board and when you're pushing a lot of current through that connection to the batteries. You got to remember that all the circuitry inside there lights up the minute.
You connect upto your charger. So even though you're not using the drone you've still got to remove the gimbal lock on the front. The drone is gon na power up and I'm running current through a part of that circuit board that charges those batteries, even though I'm, not using the rest of electronics. I'M. Afraid that I can wear that out over time, and even if I don't wear it out I'm passing a lot of current through there, which means this gets warm and then heat is the enemy of any electronics. So I've never been comfortable charging batteries in the drone. If I can avoid it, so I love having an external charger. I can plug both batteries into it, charge them completely isolated from the drone and the drone can say you know nice and cool and it's own. In its case, one of the thing that allows me to do is I've complained a little bit about this, since the drone was released. I'M, not a huge fan of the USBC connection being open on the top of the drone, because I feel like when you're flying it you're gon na get dirt and debris in there. Even if this is sitting on a shelf sort of undisplaced from the room dropping inside there – and I don't like that – so I want to keep that clean, so I'll recommend, if you use this, one of the major advantages is using. This is use a plug in the back to cover up your USB sea connection and you'll never have to pull that plug out again.
Now you can find those little rubber plugs on Amazon for a couple of bucks for a bag of them. We also produce this metal plug right here that matches the color of the sky too. I'Ve talked about it before in the channel, and this is a great one to use, because when you're flying this thing's gon na stay in there for good, pretty easy to pull it out. But it's not going to shake on its own, but either way. Whether you go with the rubber plug or you go with one of the plugs we've produced, make sure you plug up that connection when you're flying all right. So let's talk a little bit about the Chargers. As I mentioned, the sky do to charger, comes with a really nice 65 watt charger, but beyond just the wattage of the charger. You have to remember that this charge is using the brand new USBC PD or power delivery system, which means it can adjust the voltage based on what it's charging. So in this case, a 65 watt charger like this will provide 20 volts at three and a quarter. Amps now that's a really powerful charger, so you're gon na get really good charging out of this using it on a wall outlet. If you go with an older charger, maybe you've got something around the house that you're charging your phone with or one of your game consoles. You typically have a charger that can only output 5, volts and it's, typically like two amps or two and a half amps.
So you're at about 13 or 14 watts of power coming out of that thing, it's going to take forever to charge these batteries because they're thirsty and they need a lot of current to throw those electrons at those batteries. So if you can use the charger that came with the sky, do it's going to do a real good job of charging it. If you want to replace make sure you buy a charger that number one is PD compatible and number two is at least a 45 to 65 watt charger, and you can find those all over the place. But if you really want to charge these fast, you have to find a charger that's at least 90 watts. One other thing I'll recommend is the cables extremely important as well, because let's, for example, assume you've got a really good charger. You plug that into your wall. Outlet you've got the ability to generate a ton of electrons to fire at those batteries, but if you've got a really cheap small cable, this is going to be a constriction point to carry the current from the charger into the hub. So you want to make sure you get a charging cable that can handle at least 100 watts of charging power, they're typically used for laptop charging, and they talked about them being PD compatible. So you want to make sure that any cable you buy if you're behind for a couple of bucks you're not getting a good cable, it'll work, but it's gon na really restrict the current flow, which means it's gon na take forever to charge those batteries.
Now the one they sent with the drone is a really nice cable. It'S, a hundred watt charging cable, it shorts a little less than three feet, but it's pretty good. It works alright, and this is the one you want to use if you're charging it up so you're just basically connect it up plug the USBC into this end and then what happens with the charger is the minute you do that it's thinking for a second it's Checking both batteries and it determines that this battery needs the least amount of charge, and you can see that it's charging it now if that battery is falling, I'll simulate that by pulling it off its gon na readjust check this battery and start charging that battery. So it does a real good job of knowing what's going on now. If that charger was a 90 watt charger, it would check both batteries. It has enough current cuz I'm using a really good cable to charge both battery simultaneously, unfortunately that's, a 65 watt or so it's gon na do them in serial, but that's, okay with me now. The other question I get a lot is what, if I want to use this in my car and that's, a challenge because most car adapters or chargers in the car typically are like 15 watts or 20 Watts and they're not really they're, not PD, compatible they're either. Qc compatible or they're, not at all compatible, so most of the chargers you find in the market today are like this, where they've got multiple connections and they may say that they're like a 45 or 60 watt charger.
But what that really means is that that's 45 watts for all of the outlets you can't draw 45 watts of power out of one the connection, so it can be a little bit tricky they'll work, but they'll take again a long time to charge those batteries and If you're out flying on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, you want to get those batteries charged as quickly and safely as possible. You need powerful chargers, so we've actually built the charger and I've talked about this one on the channel before that's a 45 watt car charger. That has dual ports on it, so it's got a PD connection for the USBC and it's got a QC 3.0, which is the latest standard for charging all of the Android devices out there as well for a USB a and this charger works really well in this Charging brick as well, let me plug it in and I'll show you so I turn on this charger. I can remove the USB C connection from over here, plug it into the USB C connection on this car charger and you'll see it goes through. The same testing schema and it determines that this one needs the least amount of charge and it's starting to charge it. Now, if you're, using a car charger, that's too low a current to actually charge your batteries, maybe they're deeply drained or the chargers, just not powerful enough what'll happen is the lights, will light up and then they'll turn off and that's a real good indication it's not Doing anything at that point so try the car chargers you have if you plug them in and they're charging stick with the car charger you have, but if you plug them in and it lights up and then goes out, don't use that car charger cause you're.
Fooling yourself and I've had friends say to me: hey my car charger doesn't seem to won't charge my batteries at all. I drove all the way to the location with it plugged in, and my batteries are right where they were when I left the house and that's, because you need something that has at least 30 Watts 45 watts of current to be able to charge these batteries now. Ours again is a 45 watt charger and it's, both P D and Q C compatible, and we think it's a really reasonable price and it's, designed by the guys here at drawn valley, so that's pretty much all I had for today now I will say that I, Like this thing, an awful lot, I feel like it's, a custom product that was designed by the guys over at Sky, do or the team over at Sky do think, did a real good job, both cosmetically and electrically. Now I'm gon na peel this guy back because I do want to get a look inside at the printed circuit board, underneath this so I'm not going to do that today. I'Ll, do a separate clip we're, actually open this thing up, crack it open and take a look at the electronics, but I think that we've got a great job from both of a design perspective, as well as a functionality perspective. I really love the magnetic attachment of the batteries so I'm, not worried so much about connectors wearing out over time.
I do have a couple things to pick on, though I am a little frustrated that they gave me two USB C connections on each side. I can only use one of those I'm, not sure why that second one was there. That may be something that they designed to be able to use as a pass through, and it never came to fruition I'm – not quite sure, but I'll keep looking into that. The other complaint I've got it's, maybe a minor one, but for me it's, a pretty big one is it's an extremely expensive accessory because it Hubb and even though there's electronics in there and it's a custom built product it's 129 dollars for that charger and I'm thinking. I get that it's a design product that's only going to be used for the sky, do and it's a really custom product, but a hundred dollars would have been a lot for that. Eighty dollars would have been appropriate – maybe maybe seventy nine ninety five, but at a hundred and twenty nine dollars I mean I need it. I'M gon na use it and I'm not complaining, because I bought it and it's an expensive drone, but I think they could have done better on the pricing on that so that's, my one Nick against the product as far as complaints go and that's pretty much it. So if you have this – and you figure it out, he just that second USB sea connection drop me a note below and you'll make me look like a fool which happens quite often, but other than that.
If you have questions about it to, let me know and I'll do the testing I have to do. I am on the hunt for a 90 watt charger you can use with this. We develop a lot of drone valley products and I'm working with my distributors to try and design a home charger with a hundred watts of current or a hundred watts of power that you can plug into this and dual charge these when they're home. And if we do develop that product I'll definitely put a clip together and talk about it, but for now I've got the 45 watt car charger and you've got the original 65 watt charger that came with the sky do two, so you should be set for now And that's pretty much it so thanks an awful lot for watching. I really have a lot of fun putting these products through this kind of testing. So if you have suggestions for future clips, you want me to test certain things.