The DJI Air 3 has proven to be a true successor to the ever-popular DJI Air 2S.
One of the much-needed areas of improvement would be the intelligent flight batteries. The DJI Air 2S batteries were rated for a maximum flight time of 31 minutes.
The DJI Air 3 has greatly surpassed that, by 48%, with flight times of 46 minutes.
We’ll be looking at all aspects of the Air 3 batteries including charging methods, how-to’s, charging the remote controllers, and general battery care tips.
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Air 3 Intelligent Battery
What’s intelligent about DJI’s Air 3 flight battery?
DJI intelligent flight batteries have smart technology built into them that monitors and keeps the battery safe from damage and swelling due to sitting idle for extended periods.
Additionally, there is protection against overcharging.
You can keep the batteries plugged in for a little while without fear of them overcharging and causing safety issues.
For the Air 3, there is an auto-discharging function that is activated when the battery is left idle:
- 3 days idle: the battery will auto-discharge to 96% of the battery level
- 9 days idle: the battery will auto-discharge to 60% of the battery level to prevent swelling.
The auto-discharge function of the Air 3 battery (and other models) is completely automatic now. In prior models of DJI drones, the starting time for this process could be manually set or modified.
For instance, if you flew jobs every four days, you could set the discharge function in the DJI Go 4 app to accommodate this.
Now, manually setting any battery discharge function is no longer an option. This is probably for the best for many of us.
Like many of the newer DJI drones, the Air 3 batteries can be charged using various wattage chargers.
For the fastest times for the Air 3 batteries, either a 65-watt or 100-watt PD charger is recommended.
Although DJI recommends using their branded chargers, we have used various 3rd party 65 and 100-watt chargers with no issues.
This, of course, is up to the owners’ discretion.
The Air 3 batteries are 14.76 V 4241 mAh, weighing a little over the entire weight of the Mini 4 Pro, at 267 g.
Below are the charging times for the Air 3 battery, from 0% to 100%:
- 80 minutes (with DJI 65W Portable Charger)
- 60 minutes (with DJI 100W USB-C Power Adapter and Battery Charging Hub)
Although the Air 3 can be operated in temperatures ranging from 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 C) to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 C), the batteries must be charged at temperatures ranging between 41 degrees F (5 C) and 104 degrees F (40 C).
- Provides Air 3 with up to 46 minutes of flight time*, allowing you to explore, compose, and get the shots you want, all during a single flight.
- * Measured with DJI Air 3 flying at a constant speed of 28.8 kph in a windless environment at sea level, with APAS off, AirSense off, camera parameters set to 1080p/24fps, video mode off, and from 100% battery level until 0%. Data is for reference only. Always pay attention to reminders in the app during your flight.
- Compatibility: DJI Air 3
LED Light Indicators
The top of the Air 3 battery has a power button and 4 LED indicator lights.
The indicator lights give a quick display of the approximate battery power remaining in the batteries. To quickly check battery power while the battery is off, press the power button once.
Below are the various LED status indicators and corresponding battery levels:
|LED 1||LED 2||LED 3||LED 4||Battery Level|
|LED On||LED On||LED On||LED On||88% – 100%|
|LED On||LED On||LED On||LED Flashing||76% – 87%|
|LED On||LED On||LED On||LED Off||63% – 75%|
|LED On||LED On||LED Flashing||LED Off||51% – 62%|
|LED On||LED On||LED Off||LED Off||38% – 50%|
|LED On||LED Flashing||LED Off||LED Off||26% – 37%|
|LED On||LED Off||LED Off||LED Off||13% – 25%|
|LED Flashing||LED Off||LED Off||LED Off||0% – 12%|
New to DJI drones, and currently exclusive to the Air 3 is the Power Transfer feature.
This is where the remaining power from multiple batteries will then be transferred to the battery with the highest remaining power.
This means that instead of having three partially powered batteries, you can now have one fully charged, or close to fully charged, battery for your next flight, extending the amount of shooting time significantly.
To perform this power transfer:
While the three-battery charging hub is unplugged, press and hold the black function button. The light will briefly turn yellow, then green.
After this the lights on the batteries will blink, indicating power transference. To cancel the transfer, press and hold the function button again.
Charging the Air 3 Battery
As is the case with DJI’s newer line of drones, there are various ways to charge the Air 3 batteries.
Charging can be done with either the battery inserted into the Air 3 or through the charging hub.
To charge batteries while inserted into the Air 3:
Step 1: Open the SD card and USB-C port on the back of the Air 3.
Step 2: Using a 65-watt charger, plug the included USB-C cable into the USB-C port in the rear of the Air 3. The LEDs on the battery will indicate charging.
To charge batteries in the three-battery charging hub:
Step 1: Insert all of the Air 3 batteries into the charging hub.
Step 2: Using a 100-watt PD charger (or slower 65-watt charger), plug the included USB-C cable into the USB-C port on the side of the charging hub.
Note: If you have more than three batteries, the additional batteries can be charged in the Air 3, while the others charge in the charging hub.
Updating the Air 3 Battery (Firmware Update)
While many are aware of the importance of updating the aircraft firmware, the firmware on intelligent batteries, from time to time, needs to be updated as well.
These updates oftentimes contain tweaks to functions within the battery.
If there is a battery firmware update included in the current drone firmware update, updating the battery firmware can be done easily.
You would accept the firmware update with one set of batteries, run the update, then insert the next set of batteries and run the firmware again when prompted.
Simply repeat the process for all of the batteries you have for your Air 3.
If you have any batteries that are not up to date, upon putting them in the drone, the DJI Fly app will alert you with an “inconsistent firmware” message, with a prompt to update the battery.
Charging the DJI RC 2/RC-N2 Remote Controllers
Like the front of the Air 3 batteries, the fronts of the DJI RC 2 and RC-N2 have 4 LED indicator lights.
To check battery power while the remote controller is off, press the power button once.
Below are the various LED status indicators and corresponding battery levels for both RCs:
|LED 1||LED 2||LED 3||LED 4||Battery Level|
|LED On||LED On||LED On||LED On||76% – 100%|
|LED On||LED On||LED On||LED Flashing||51% – 75%|
|LED On||LED On||LED Flashing||LED Off||26% – 50%|
|LED On||LED Flashing||LED Off||LED Off||0% – 25%|
To charge either the DJI RC 2 or DJI RC-N2, while connected to a 65-watt charger, insert the included USB-C cable into the USB-C port at the bottom of the remote controller.
The LED indicator lights will blink in succession signifying the remote controller is charging.
General Air 3 Battery Tips
There are a few tricks that can be done to make life a little easier when dealing with the Air 3’s intelligent flight batteries.
Charge using a power bank
If you have a 100-watt PD power bank, this can be used to charge not only the DJI RC 2 and RC-N2 but also a battery inserted in the Air 3 as well as the charging hub.
Like with any standard 65 or 100-watt wall charger, insert one end of the included USB-C cable into the charging brick and the other into either the bottom of the remote controller, Air 3, or charging hub.
The various batteries will charge without issue. But note that the charging hub will only charge at 60 watts.
Air 3 battery won’t turn on
There may be times when the Air 3 battery will not turn on, no matter what you do.
Most of the time this is because the battery has entered hibernation mode.
Hibernation mode activates once the battery is under 5% and has been left idle for more than six hours.
Hibernation mode activates to prevent the battery from over-discharging which can cause long-term harm to the battery.
If your battery does not turn on when the power button is pressed, you will need to charge the battery, whether in the hub or inserted in the Air 3.
The charging process will deactivate hibernation mode and jumpstart the battery.
Avoid flying down to 0%
Flying the Air 3’s intelligent flight batteries down to 0% can cause permanent damage to the battery.
It is suggested to land the Air 3 when the low-battery message appears on the DJI Fly app, or shortly thereafter.
While sometimes this might not be possible to do, due to environmental or location concerns at the time, it is advisable to land as soon as safely possible.
If for some reason your battery(s) has been depleted beyond 15%, it is imperative to recharge the battery up to 60% as soon as possible.
Doing so will aid in maintaining battery health.
Rotate battery usage
Continuing on the thought of battery health, rotating out batteries helps to extend their health and life.
If you have multiple batteries, like in the Fly More combo, label the three batteries (1,2,3) and use them in that order.
If you are not flying all the batteries in one session, you would use the next one in line when flying again, in order.
This helps in preventing the use of one battery, repeatedly over time over the others, thus extending each battery’s life.