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Parrot Anafi Work FAQ

1. What type of battery is fitted to ANAFI?

ANAFI is equipped with a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery. The latter needs to be handled and stored in a particular way if you want to maximize its lifetime. 

 

2. How to charge a new battery

A new battery, just out of the box, is charged to approximately 50 %. As with any high-performance equipment, it is important to keep your battery in peak condition to optimize its capacities. We therefore recommend that you systematically recharge the battery for about half an hour after the end of your first few flights.

 

3. How to charge a discharged battery

Always wait for at least twenty minutes before charging a discharged battery. In any case, if your battery is still warm, this is the sign that it must "rest" before recharging.

 

4. How long does it take to charge your battery?

The charging time of ANAFI's smart battery depends on the energy source you choose.
-USB Power Delivery (5V, 9V, 12V – 3A): 105 minutes
-Wall socket adapter (5V – 3A):between 150 and 210 minutes (2hrs 30mins to 3hrs 30mins)
-Computer USB port or external battery: about 270 minutes (4hrs 30mins) 

 

5. How to store ANAFI's battery

If you are not using your battery, it must be stored correctly. Ideally, it should be stored with a charge of between 40 and 65% in a dry and well-ventilated area at a temperature of about 20°C (or 68°F). 

 

6. How to store ANAFI's battery

To store the battery, use a flame retardant bag, such as a LiPo safe bag, or get a cork-lined iron box for optimal storage.

 

7. Wintering mode

Ideally, when not in use for a prolonged period, batteries should be stored half-charged. When not in use for 10 days, Anafi’s smart battery discharges itself, if required, to 65% charge, over a 48h period. In other words, after a maximum of 12 days without use, this smart battery enters hibernation with a charge level which never exceeds 65%. If you leave your battery for 12 days, you will find out its power button does not activate the charge level LED indicators. The battery needs to be charged to exit the wintering mode and start operating as per usual, this behavior preserves the battery over time. Parrot recommends you always run a full charge of your smart battery before flying.

 

8. What is the lifetime of a LiPo battery?

A LiPo battery has a lifetime of about 300 charge cycles, but it all depends on how you maintain your battery. That's why we are giving you this advice in order to maximize its lifetime!

 

9. What are the factors that can damage the battery?

Several factors can significantly reduce the life of a battery. Never leave a charged battery on a charger. Never fully discharge the batteries before recharging them. Never expose LiPo batteries to extreme temperatures.

10. How to increase the lifetime of a battery

To preserve your battery as much as possible, be sure to follow the advice below: Never store a battery that is fully discharged. Charge your battery fully when using it for the first time. Do not charge a battery that is still warm. Recharge the battery after each use – within 20 minutes. Always carry your battery in a bag with fire protection. Always respect the charging time indicated in the instructions. Never use a swollen or damaged battery.

11. How to clean the body of ANAFI?

In any case, remove the battery before cleaning your drone.
First, get hold of the following equipment:
-soft cloth;
-household alcohol;
-microfiber cloth.
To begin, tackle the body of your drone with a few drops of alcohol on a soft cloth. Then wipe it with a microfiber cloth to dry and polish the unit.

 

12. How to clean the propellers of ANAFI? 

For your drone to remain efficient, it needs the propellers to be in good condition and clean. If you need to clean them, use a cloth lightly moistened with household alcohol. 

13. How to clean the camera of ANAFI

A clean and well-maintained lens is sure to bring back high-quality images and videos! That's why it is important to put the lens cap of ANAFI's camera back on as soon as the drone is back on the ground. However, if you need to clean its lens, get hold of a glasses cloth and rub the lens gently. If the lens is very dirty, add a few drops of window cleaner. Your drone is now clean and ready to fly again!

 

14. HOW TO PREVENT THE DREADED FLY-AWAY? 

It is probably every pilot’s worst nightmare: imagining their precious drone could stop responding to commands, become animated with a life of its own and an urge to fly away. Although this kind of dreaded fly away does happen, it is a rare phenomenon. And when a fly-away does occur, flight data confirm that in an overwhelming majority of cases, it is the result of at least one, if not several pilot errors.

Keeping the five following issues in mind will help all ANAFI pilots prevent their drones from flying away.
1. Wait for double GPS synch before taking off
The first insurance against fly-away is making sure ANAFI has a home point set, to come back to if any issue arises. To do this, always check that both GPS icons (controller and drone) of the top bar of FreeFlight 6 are green – and not red – before taking off. You can locate your home point (or RTH point) from the FreeFlight 6 map: the icon looks like a house.
2. Mind Wi-Fi interference
Although ANAFI’s Wi-Fi communication system is exceptionally evolved and secure, interferences are every drone pilot’s enemy. Those can notably be produced by power lines, large metallic objects and, obviously, other Wi-Fi or radioelectric networks. Therefore, Parrot advises you always choose your flying zone carefully: the more isolated, the better. Also, it is never a good idea to set up ANAFI for take-off on a car, a manhole cover or any other large metallic surface. Indeed, such massive metallic objects tend to generate interferences and wave rebounds.
3. Keep your drone in your line of sight
Keeping your eyeballs on your ANAFI at all time is not only a legal obligation, it is also a basic common-sense rule to prevent losing your precious drone: as long as you can see ANAFI, not only can you adapt its trajectory, but your controller and your drone enjoy a free and direct line of communication. Any obstacle which blocks your view will also block a good part of the Wi-Fi connection between the drone and the controller. Fly safe: always abide by the law!
4. Reset RTH point or cancel RTH
A common mistake even seasoned pilots happen to make is following their drone away from their take-off point and forgetting about it. This is especially hazardous when ANAFI took off from a drifting platform – a boat, typically. In such cases, you can either reset ANAFI’s RTH point by landing it and performing a new take-off (the RTH point effectively resets at the end of the successful take-off procedure, but this consumes a lot of battery energy), or cancel the RTH when prompted by the FreeFlight 6 RTH alert. Note that you can also cancel an ongoing RTH by vigorously reclaiming commands or taping the “CANCEL” box on the HUD of FreeFlight 6 – you can then pilot ANAFI until its battery’s power runs out.
5. Set a relevant RTH altitude
The latest version of FreeFlight 6 has taken many users’ demand into account: you can now set a minimum RTH altitude for ANAFI (from 20 m or 65ft to 100m or 328 ft), through the “PREFERENCES – Safety” menu of FreeFlight 6. This way, all ANAFI pilots can adapt their RTH requirements to their flight environments.
 

 

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