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How to Charge the DJI Spark?

How to Charge the DJI Spark? To charge the DJI Spark battery, you can use either the included USB charger or the battery charging hub.

Keeping your DJI Spark powered up is crucial to maximizing your flight time. While the Spark offers decent battery life, learning how to properly charge, manage, and maintain the battery will give you the most out of each flight session.

Here is a comprehensive guide to charging your Spark’s battery and accessories.

Let’s started!

What is DJI Spark?

The DJI Spark is a mini drone that was released in 2017. It is one of the smallest and most affordable drones from DJI, making it a popular choice for beginners and hobbyists.

The Spark features a 12-megapixel camera with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal, which helps to keep your footage smooth and stable. It can also record video in full HD resolution at 30 frames per second.

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Here’s specific information about DJI Spark:

SpecificationValue
Camera12MP CMOS sensor, 2.93μm pixel size, f/2.6 lens
Video resolution1920×1080 at 30fps
Flight timeUp to 16 minutes
Max range100 meters (328 feet)
Max height50 meters (164 feet)
Weight300 grams (10.6 ounces)
Dimensions143x143x55 mm (5.6×5.6×2.2 inches)
Intelligent flight modesPalmLaunch, QuickShot, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture Control
Safety featuresObstacle avoidance, return-to-home, geofencing

The Spark has a number of intelligent flight modes that make it easy to fly, even if you are a beginner. From the table above, we can see that these modes include:

  1. PalmLaunch: Spark can be launched from the palm of your hand with a simple gesture.
  2. QuickShot: Spark can automatically fly and record short cinematic videos with a variety of different pre-programmed camera movements.
  3. ActiveTrack: Spark can track and follow a moving subject, keeping it centered in the frame.

Note: The Spark was discontinued by DJI in 2019, but it is still available to purchase from third-party retailers.

Intro to Charging DJI Spark

The Spark uses an 11.4V 1480 mAh LiPo battery for power. Getting the most flight time requires having spare charged batteries and properly maintaining them. Follow these charging best practices for the main flight battery, remote controller, mobile device, accessories, and spares.

How to Charge the DJI Spark?

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Charging the Main Battery

The included Spark charging hub is optimized for the intelligent flight battery:

  1. Fully charges battery in 1.5 hours
  2. LEDs indicate charge level
  3. Auto shutoff when battery is full
  4. Discharges to optimum storage level for inactive periods

Charging Remote Controller Batteries

The Spark’s remote uses 4 AA batteries which provide 2.5 hours of operation. Rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended:

  1. Low self-discharge for better standby
  2. Recharge using standard NiMH battery charger
  3. Higher capacity than alkaline batteries
  4. Built-in battery level indicator on remote

Charging Mobile Device for DJI App

The DJI Go app used to monitor flight is a drain on your mobile device. To avoid losing link:

  1. Charge phone or tablet battery fully before flight sessions
  2. Bring external USB power bank for longer sessions
  3. Reduce screen brightness to conserve mobile power
  4. If low phone charge, end flight to be safe

Charging Additional Batteries

Additional Spark batteries maximize air time:

  1. Use charging hub to charge up to 3 at once
  2. Mark batteries 1, 2, 3 to track cycles
  3. Charge at room temp for longest lifespan
  4. Never charge unattended or when sleeping

What kind of charger do I need to charge my DJI Spark battery?

To charge your DJI Spark battery, you will need a charger that can provide at least 1.5 amps of current. The best way to charge your Spark battery is to use the included DJI Spark AC Adapter. This adapter is specifically designed to charge the Spark battery safely and efficiently.

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If you need to charge your Spark battery with USB, you can use the included micro USB cable. However, it will take longer to charge the battery with USB than with the AC adapter.

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What is the difference between the DJI Spark Charging Hub and the DJI Spark AC Adapter?

The DJI Spark Charging Hub and the DJI Spark AC Adapter are two different ways to charge your Spark battery. The Charging Hub is a multi-port charger that can charge up to three Spark batteries simultaneously, while the AC Adapter is a single-port charger.

Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between the two chargers:

FeatureDJI Spark Charging HubDJI Spark AC Adapter
Number of ports31
Maximum charging current3.83 amps (per port)3.83 amps
Charging time60 minutes (per battery)60 minutes
Dimensions164 x 105 x 36 mm126 x 59 x 25 mm
Weight270 grams160 grams
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How to maximize battery health and lifespan?

Here are some tips on how to maximize battery health and lifespan:

  1. Avoid extreme temperatures. Batteries are most sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. Avoid leaving your devices in hot cars or exposing them to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If you live in a cold climate, try to keep your devices at room temperature as much as possible.
  2. Keep your batteries charged. Lithium-ion batteries, the type of battery used in most modern devices, degrade faster when they are completely drained. It’s best to keep your batteries charged between 20% and 80%.
  3. Avoid using fast chargers all the time. Fast chargers are convenient, but they can put extra stress on your batteries and shorten their lifespan. If you don’t need to charge your device quickly, use a standard charger instead.
  4. Calibrate your battery regularly. Over time, your battery’s fuel gauge can become inaccurate. To calibrate your battery, fully charge it, then use it until it dies completely. Repeat this process a few times to reset the fuel gauge.
  5. Update your device’s software. Software updates often include battery optimizations that can help to extend your battery’s lifespan. Be sure to install software updates as soon as they are available.

Here are some additional tips:

  1. Avoid using your device while it is charging. This can put extra stress on the battery and shorten its lifespan.
  2. If you are not going to be using your device for a long period of time, store it in a cool, dry place with a 50% charge.
  3. If you notice that your battery is not holding a charge as well as it used to, it may be time to replace it.
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How to choose after-sales charging?

When choosing an after-sales charging option for your device, there are a few things you should consider:

  1. Compatibility: Make sure the charger is compatible with your device. You can usually find this information in the product description or on the manufacturer’s website.
  2. Price: After-sales chargers can range in price from a few dollars to over $100. It’s important to find a charger that fits your budget and needs.
  3. Features: Some after-sales chargers come with additional features, such as fast charging, multiple ports, or a built-in cable. Consider which features are important to you when making your decision.
  4. Quality: It’s important to choose an after-sales charger that is well-made and durable. Look for chargers with good reviews and from reputable brands.

Here are some additional tips:

  1. Read reviews: Before you buy an after-sales charger, read reviews from other users. This can help you to get an idea of the charger’s quality and performance.
  2. Be wary of cheap chargers: Cheap chargers may not be made with high-quality materials and could be dangerous to use. It’s best to avoid buying chargers that are significantly cheaper than the manufacturer’s original charger.
  3. Buy from a reputable retailer: When buying an after-sales charger, it’s important to buy it from a reputable retailer. This will ensure that the charger is authentic and that you have warranty protection.
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Charging for Long Trips and Expeditions

For extended trips and field work:

  1. Plan out required batteries and usage in advance
  2. Bring 50% more than you think you’ll need
  3. Have a charging plan at basecamp or in your vehicle
  4. Cache some accessories and packs charged at home for emergencies
  5. Consider solar or gas generators for remote charging

Tips for charging the DJI Spark

Here are some tips for charging the DJI Spark:

  1. Use the included AC adapter to charge the Spark’s battery. This is the fastest and most efficient way to charge the battery.
  2. If you need to charge the Spark with USB, use a high-quality USB cable and a USB power source that can provide at least 1.5 amps of current.
  3. Avoid charging the Spark in extreme temperatures. The ideal charging temperature range for the Spark is 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F).
  4. Do not leave the Spark charging unattended.
  5. Once the battery is fully charged, disconnect the charger from the Spark.
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Future Charging Tech Advancements

Ongoing battery tech improvements will enhance future drones:

  1. Faster charging batteries
  2. Improved cell energy density enables longer flights per charge
  3. Easier swapping and sharing of charged batteries between drones
  4. Solar panels incorporated into drones for self-charging
  5. Standardized charging ports across drone makers
  6. Automatic charging pads for home-base auto docking

Final words about Charge the DJI Spark

From the main LiPo battery to the remote and accessory charging, proper power management is key to staying airborne with your DJI Spark. Establish regular charging routines, invest in additional batteries and external packs, and take care of your batteries.

While the Spark offers convenient at-home charging, expanding your gear can maximize air time on trips. DJI’s ongoing innovation promises even easier charging capabilities in the future. By making charging a priority, you’ll eliminate early landings and have power to spare.

Happy charging!

To learn more about how to charge the DJI Spark, check the following video out:

How to Charge DJI Spark Battery (Beginner Tutorial)

FAQs about Charge the DJI Spark

Can I charge my DJI spark with USB?

Yes, you can charge your DJI Spark with USB. The Spark has a micro USB port on the back of the aircraft. You can use the included micro USB cable to charge the Spark from any USB power source, such as a computer, laptop, or wall adapter.

To charge the Spark with USB, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the micro USB cable to the Spark’s micro USB port.
  2. Connect the other end of the micro USB cable to a USB power source.
  3. The Spark’s battery indicator lights will flash to indicate that the battery is charging.
  4. When the battery is fully charged, the Spark’s battery indicator lights will turn solid green.

It is important to note that charging the Spark with USB will take longer than charging it with the included AC adapter. However, charging with USB is a convenient option if you do not have access to an AC outlet.

Can I charge my DJI Spark battery while it’s still in the aircraft?

No, you cannot charge your DJI Spark battery while it is still in the aircraft. This is because the charging port on the aircraft is not designed to be used while the aircraft is flying. Additionally, charging the battery while it is in the aircraft could pose a safety hazard.

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How do I know when my DJI Spark battery is fully charged?

There are two ways to know when your DJI Spark battery is fully charged:

  1. Check the battery indicator lights on the battery. When the battery is charging, the battery indicator lights will flash. When the battery is fully charged, the battery indicator lights will turn solid green.
  2. Use the DJI GO 4 app. The DJI GO 4 app displays the battery level of your Spark battery in real time. To check the battery level in the app, tap on the battery icon in the top right corner of the screen.

How do I calibrate my DJI Spark battery?

To calibrate your DJI Spark battery, follow these steps:

  1. Fully charge the battery.
  2. Let the battery cool down for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Turn on the Spark and fly it until the battery is completely drained.
  4. Land the Spark and connect it to the charger.
  5. Let the battery charge for at least 30 minutes after it is fully charged.

What should I do if my DJI Spark battery is overheating?

If your DJI Spark battery is overheating, you should do the following:

  1. Land the Spark immediately. Flying with an overheating battery could damage the battery or cause other problems with the aircraft.
  2. Turn off the Spark. This will help to prevent the battery from overheating further.
  3. Move the Spark to a cool, dry place. Avoid placing the Spark in direct sunlight or in a hot car.
  4. Let the Spark cool down for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Inspect the battery for any signs of damage. If the battery is damaged, do not use it.

What should I do if my DJI Spark battery is bulging?

To dispose of a DJI Spark battery safely, follow these steps:

  1. Place the battery in a fireproof container.
  2. Take the container to a hazardous waste disposal facility.

How can I safely dispose of my DJI Spark battery?

To safely dispose of your DJI Spark battery, follow these steps:

  1. Place the battery in a fireproof container. A metal container with a lid is ideal.
  2. Take the container to a hazardous waste disposal facility. You can find a hazardous waste disposal facility near you by searching online or by contacting your local government.

DJI Spark charging hub manual

You can find the DJI Spark Charging Hub manual on the DJI website. The manual contains detailed instructions on how to use the charging hub to charge your Spark batteries.

DJI Spark charging lights

The DJI Spark Charging Hub has three LED lights, one for each battery bay. The lights indicate the charging status of the batteries as follows:

  1. Red: The battery is charging.
  2. Green: The battery is fully charged.
  3. Blinking green: The battery is in standby mode.
  4. Blinking red: There is an error with the battery.

DJI Spark battery blinking 4 times

If your DJI Spark battery is blinking 4 times, it means that the battery is overheated. To fix this, let the battery cool down before charging it again.

How to turn on DJI Spark?

To turn on the DJI Spark, press and hold the power button on the back of the aircraft for 2 seconds. The Spark’s LED lights will flash and the propellers will start to spin.

DJI Spark battery charging hub red light

If the DJI Spark Charging Hub is showing a red light for a particular battery bay, it means that there is an error with the battery. Try the following:

  1. Disconnect the battery from the charging hub and reconnect it.
  2. Try charging the battery with a different USB cable.
  3. Try charging the battery with a different USB power source.

DJI Spark battery not charging blinking

If your DJI Spark battery is not charging and blinking red, it means that there is a serious error with the battery. Do not use the battery and contact DJI support for assistance.

Does DJI spark have geofencing?

Yes, the DJI Spark has geofencing.

DJI Account

To create a DJI account, you can go to the DJI website and click on the “Create Account” link. You will need to provide your name, email address, and password.

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