How Long Do Drones Last?

David Lemay17 Jan 2023

Drones are loads of fun to fly, but before you buy one, you definitely want to know how long that pleasure will last. Knowing how the drone model you want to buy works is important, especially when it comes to the topic of how long it will last.

At this point, your expectations when it comes to its performance are crucial. Nobody wants to shell out money for something that will stop working after a week. We all know that drones wouldn't last forever, so you may eventually need to upgrade. But knowing the lifespan is essential for avoiding potential regret.

How Long Do Drones Last in the Air?

Getting a brand-new drone can be a thrilling experience. You couldn't wait to get it on the air.

An average drone can last between 5 minutes to 30 minutes in the air. The length of time a drone can stay in the air depends heavily on factors including the strength of the wind, how much the drone weighs, and how quickly it accelerates.

To keep your drone in the air for as long as possible, you should keep it small and light, take good care of the battery, fly on calm days, and master flight without resorting to extreme maneuvers.

How Long Do Drones Batteries Last?

If you're shopping for a drone, battery life should be high on your list of considerations. After all, being able to fly your drone for longer means more opportunities to capture aerial footage, do inspections, and explore different areas.

Most high-quality drones have a flight time of around 20 minutes. Drones with a mid-range price tag may stay in the air for 15–20 minutes, but cheaper models only last 5–10 minutes. The average flight time for a professional drone is 20 minutes.

Battery sizes vary amongst drone models.  Your drone's flight time will increase proportionally with the size of the included battery. However, a battery's power decreases over time, so it's important to keep it in good working order to extend its life span. When a battery isn't cared for properly, it can lose its ability to charge effectively in as little as a few months.

Many will agree that lithium-ion batteries last significantly longer than their counterparts. Lithium batteries can store more energy and last a long time. If you get a good lithium battery, it will be quite some time before it begins to deteriorate. So while lithium batteries can be more expensive, you get your money's worth. Investing a little more money paves the way to longer drone flight times.

How Can You Prolong Your Drone’s Battery Life?

Extending the battery life of your drone means more flight times, and using your drone for a long time.

Upgrade to a High Capacity Battery

Always choose drones with a longer battery lifespan. In case you already own a drone but find that its battery life falls short of your expectations, you can always switch to a different type of battery. Naturally, the new battery you purchase should be more powerful than the one you are replacing.

Check the battery's weight before making a purchase. If your new battery is really hefty, then it may counteract the longer lifespan you are seeking for. This is because bulkier batteries add to the total weight of the drone, which tends to drain the batteries faster.

Fly in Calm Conditions

To get the most out of your drone, you should note that flying it is best done on clear, sunny days. You shouldn't take off in the rain unless your drone is truly waterproof. Battery life is shortened when flown in the rain, and internal components might be damaged if water gets inside.

It's also not a good idea to take out your drone when the temperature is below freezing, because the battery won't perform as much in the cold. Extreme heat is also problematic, as the drone's motors will have to work harder to maintain flight. Since the motors will have to work more to generate lift, the battery will be depleted more rapidly.

Avoid taking off in winds of more than 20 miles per hour. Powerful winds not only make it harder for the drone to fly, which uses more power, but they can also cause the drone to be blown off course, smash into obstacles, or even be lost if they are strong enough.

How Many Years Does a Drone Last?

In general, if you take good care of your drone, it should last you for years. Whereas more expensive drone models can last for years, the cheaper ones could only last a few months.

In ideal conditions, the lifespan of a decent drone should be two years. You may have to spend more money, though, if you want a drone that lasts for two years, as the price usually reflects the level of quality. High-priced drones typically last longer, are more reliable and provide excellent value for your money.

There is no need to worry about crashing while using a powerful, well-built, and simple drone, whether you're a professional photographer, a drone pilot, or just flying a drone for pleasure. But these aren't the only features of durable drones. Drones could last for many years and have longer flight durations due to several other considerations.

How Long Do DJI Drones Last?

Based on a variety of factors, a DJI drone can last for up to two years. Among these is the frequency with which it is flown, the intensity of the flight, the care with which it is kept and maintained, and most crucially, the weather conditions you fly the drone in.

Drone lifespan is typically estimated in usage hours. You can expect to get 150-800 flying hours out of a drone, based on the drone type and how the drone itself is maintained, assuming the drone is not damaged in any way. This indicates you may hope to use your drone for a year or two.

How Long Do FPV Drones Last?

Most first-person-view (FPV) racing drones have a flight time of 4 to 10 minutes, whereas a DJI FPV drone can often fly for twice as long. FPV drones also employ smart batteries, which necessitates a great deal of maintenance to ensure their longevity. FPY drones can last up to four years if properly maintained.

Having an idea of how long your drone could last is crucial. This is something that every drone enthusiast needs to think about while shopping for a drone. A good drone is an efficient and reliable drone that can withstand the test of time.

David Lemay

David Lemay

I'm David Lemay, a lover of tech and have had an interest in drones for years. Bought my first few drones, before I started building my own. I want to share my passion with others, so I started this site to help others who want to get into the hobby.

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