Welcome DJI Spark Pilot!
Jump in and join our free Spark community today!
Sign up

Changing spark batteries

scoble08

Member
Join
May 1, 2019
Messages
13
Age
69
Loc
Greensboro, NC
Hey Everyone.
New Sunset Yellow owner here.

When when out flying my Spark, can i just change to a new battery and leave my RC/iPhone (connected with OTG) turned on?
Do I need to re-link everything to be safe?
Can I just wait for the light on the RC to turn Green again after installing the new battery?

Thx
 
  • Like
Reactions: Andre Levite

Andre Levite

WELL-TRUSTED MEMBER
Premium Pilot
Join
Jun 18, 2018
Messages
1,681
Loc
Treasure Coast of Florida
Web
how-to-spark.com
You should stop any recording and turn OFF Spark before changing batteries. Phone and RC can remain ON. Everything will reconnect give when Spark boots up with fresh battery.

I've done it that way every time with no problems. Not a safety issue -- it's designed to work that way.

Welcome to The Forum!
 

msinger

DJI Drone Expert
Approved Vendor
Premium Pilot
Join
May 27, 2017
Messages
2,919
Loc
Harrisburg, PA (US)
Web
www.Spark-Help.com
Can I just wait for the light on the RC to turn Green again after installing the new battery?
Yes, that's exactly what you need to do.
 

tomchipps

Well-Known Member
Join
Mar 1, 2018
Messages
65
Age
77
I don't use otg but on wifi it links again automatically, I would think the same would happen with otg.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ronman29

Virtual1

Well-Known Member
Join
Nov 19, 2017
Messages
192
Age
48
it would be nice though if there were a way to "hot swap" batteries.
 

Dodge DeBoulet

Well-Known Member
Join
Dec 27, 2018
Messages
222
Loc
Maine
it would be nice though if there were a way to "hot swap" batteries.
I don't know that it would save much time. The GPS lock will be almost instantaneous after a battery change anyway, so you're really only losing 15-30 seconds by turning the Spark off, swapping batteries, and turning it on again.

A battery hot-swap would require some sort of built-in 'bridge' battery to keep the processor/RAM operational while the main battery is switched out, and that would add weight. I also think there's value in having the drone go through it's boot-up self-check with a fresh battery before the next takeoff.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SaigonDude

New Threads

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
12,902
Messages
107,797
Members
16,450
Latest member
techsuspect