How to charge your drone

with a power bank

How to charge your drone battery

Charge your drone with a micro USB port (via power bank or solar charger)

One important thing that many people forget to think about is battery life and rechargeability. There are many drones like the DJI Phantom and the Mavic Pro which have a great battery life but are not chargeable via USB. (More on this topic in our guide: The perfect drone for traveling)

Get the DJI Mavic Air or the Spark if you are planning a longer or more remote hike, and you will have the opportunity to recharge your drone wherever you are.

Recharging drone batteries with solar energy

One way to recharge your drone battery is with a solar panel.
Use a power bank (that you can charge with your solar panel), if you don’t want to risk damaging your battery with an inconsistent power source.

If you are planning to go on a longer hike, a solar panel will help you immensely. We love camping, and sometimes the huts are still closed, or the location we are exploring is so remote that we will not find a charging place in a couple of days. As soon as the sun comes out, we have the solar panel attached to our backpack.

One thing you don’t want to risk is a dead drone battery.

The RAVPower 24W has three USB slots, and one is charging a power bank at all times. So even if all of our devices are full, we still use the panel.

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RAVPower 24W | How to charge your drone with a power bank | Outside Material

Product

RAVPower 16W

Anker PowerPort 21W

CHOETECH 24W Solar

RAVPower 24W

Water-resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Efficiency

21,5-23,5%

21,5-23,5%

23-24%

21,5-23,5%

USB Ports

2

2

2

3

Size

23,9 x 16 x 2 cm
9.41 × 6.3 × 0.2 in

28,2 x 16 x 2,8 cm
11.1 × 6.3 × 1.1 in

26 x16 x 4cm
11.1x 6.3 x 1.06 in

30 x 16,5 x 0,5 cm
11.81 × 6.5 × 0.2 in

Weight

449 g /15.8 oz.

485 g /17.1 oz.

662 g /23.3 oz.

748 g /26.3 oz.

Price

45,99€
$49.99

55,99€
$61.99

48,99€
$49.99

69,99€
$75.99

Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon

Recharging drone batteries with solar energy

One way to recharge your drone battery is with a solar panel.
Use a power bank (that you can charge with your solar panel), if you don’t want to risk damaging your battery with an inconsistent power source.

If you are planning to go on a longer hike, a solar panel will help you immensely. We love camping, and sometimes the huts are still closed, or the location we are exploring is so remote that we will not find a charging place in a couple of days. As soon as the sun comes out, we have the solar panel attached to our backpack.

One thing you don’t want to risk is a dead drone battery.

The RAVPower 24W has three USB slots, and one is charging a power bank at all times. So even if all of our devices are full, we still use the panel.

Recharging drone batteries with solar energy

RAVPower 16W | Which solar charger should I buy | How to charge your drone with a power bank | Outside Material
Anker Power Port 21W Solar charger | Which solar charger should I buy | Outside Material
CHOETECH 24W Solar | Which solar charger should I buy | How to charge your drone with a power bank | Outside Material
RAVPower 24W | How to charge your drone with a power bank | Outside Material

Product

RAVPower 16W

Anker PowerPort 21W

CHOETECH 24W Solar

RAVPower 24W

Water-resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Efficiency

21,5-23,5%

21,5-23,5%

23-24%

21,5-23,5%

USB Ports

2

2

2

3

Size

23,9 x 16 x 2 cm
9.41 × 6.3 × 0.2 in

28,2 x 16 x 2,8 cm
11.1 × 6.3 × 1.1 in

26 x16 x 4cm
11.1x 6.3 x 1.06 in

30 x 16,5 x 0,5 cm
11.81 × 6.5 × 0.2 in

Weight

449 g /15.8 oz.

485 g /17.1 oz.

662 g /23.3 oz.

748 g /26.3 oz.

Price

45,99€
$49.99

55,99€
$61.99

48,99€
$49.99

69,99€
$75.99

Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on Amazon

Recharging Drone Batteries with a power bank

It is always good to have at least two drone batteries with you. If you need more flying time use a power bank to recharge. We are using an Anker 20100mAh power bank; with this power bank, you can charge your drone up to 4 times. Each charging cycle will take approximately 1 hour. Effectively we are carrying six Spark batteries with us. (Plus the possibility to charge everything with solar energy.)

Charge drone via Anker Powerbank
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EasyAcc 20000mAh | Which power bank should I buy

Product

Anker PowerCore 

Zendure A8 QC 3.0

RAVPower 20100mAh

EasyAcc 20000mAh

Capacity

20100mAh

74.37 wh

26800mAh

99.2Wh

20100mAh

74.32Wh

20000mAh

74 Wh

Output

5V / 4.8A

5-6V / 3.0A

5V / 3A

5V / 3.1A

Size

166 x 58 x 22 mm
6.5” x 2.3” x 0.9”

119 x 73 x 40 mm
4.7” x 2.8” x 1.6”

173 x 81 x 22mm
6.8” x 3.2” x 0.9”

167 x 81 x 22 mm
6.6” x 3.2” x 0.9”

Weight

356 g / 12.6 oz

483 g / 17.0 oz

374g / 13,1oz.

410g / 14.5 oz.

Price

34,99€
39,99$

76,85€
89.95$

39,99€
49 99$

32,99€
39.99$

Drone Charges
DJI Spark

Capacity: 1480 mAh
Energy: 16.87 Wh

4 times

5.5 times

4 times

3.5 times

Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon

Recharging Drone Batteries with a power bank

It is always good to have at least two drone batteries with you. If you need more flying time use a power bank to recharge. We are using an Anker 20100mAh power bank; with this power bank, you can charge your drone up to 4 times. Each charging cycle will take approximately 1 hour. Effectively we are carrying six Spark batteries with us. (Plus the possibility to charge everything with solar energy.)

Charge drone via Anker Powerbank
Anker PowerCore | Which power bank should I buy
Zendure A8 QC 3.0 | How to charge a drone with a power bank
RAVPower 20100mAh | Which power bank should I buy
EasyAcc 20000mAh | Which power bank should I buy

Product

Anker PowerCore 

Zendure A8 QC 3.0

RAVPower 20100mAh

EasyAcc 20000mAh

Capacity

20100mAh

74.37 wh

26800mAh

99.2Wh

20100mAh

74.32Wh

20000mAh

74 Wh

Output

5V / 4.8A

5-6V / 3.0A

5V / 3A

5V / 3.1A

Size

166 x 58 x 22 mm
6.5” x 2.3” x 0.9”

119 x 73 x 40 mm
4.7” x 2.8” x 1.6”

173 x 81 x 22mm
6.8” x 3.2” x 0.9”

167 x 81 x 22 mm
6.6” x 3.2” x 0.9”

Weight

356 g / 12.6 oz

483 g / 17.0 oz

374g / 13,1oz.

410g / 14.5 oz.

Price

34,99€
39,99$

76,85€
89.95$

39,99€
49 99$

32,99€
39.99$

Drone Charges
DJI Spark

Capacity: 1480 mAh
Energy: 16.87 Wh

4 times

5.5 times

4 times

3.5 times

Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon

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