If you are new to drones in general and have received a new Mini 3 Pro, there is a lot to learn about the Mini 3 Pro ranging from charging the batteries to using the camera to take stellar images and videos and everything in between.
This article and the included YouTube video, will be a step-by-step tutorial showing how to charge the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone batteries individually and collectively within the charging hub, as well as charging both types of DJI remote controllers: the DJI RC and DJI RC-N1.
Charging the DJI RC or RC-N1
After purchasing the Mini 3 Pro, it is important to charge all batteries before using them, whether the drone batteries or the remote controller batteries.
Believe me, I totally understand the urge to open the DJI box and fly immediately, however, charging the batteries first is very important.
Unlike previous DJI drones, the Mini 3 Pro does not include a power adaptor. For the quickest charging speeds, it is recommended you purchase a 30-watt DJI Charger.
With a 30-watt charger, you will be able to charge a controller thru the battery hub, as well as the drone’s batteries.
In the following steps, we walk through charging the DJI RC and RC-N1 with a single charger.
Further on we will demonstrate charging individual Mini 3 Pro batteries, as well as the DJI remote controller along with the Mini 3 Pro batteries in the charging hub.
STEP 1: Using the included DJI USB-C cable, attach the cable to a USB-C charger and plug the charger into your power source.
The USB-C charger doesn’t have to be a DJI 30-watt charger, any 30-watt charger will be the fastest charging device for the drone batteries and controller.
STEP 2: Plug the USB-C cable into either the DJI RC or DJI RC-N1 controller. The lights on the controller will blink, showing that they are charging.
Using a 12-volt charger, the DJI RC and RC-N1 will take 2 hours to charge from zero percent. Subsequently, if a 15-volt charger is used, the RC will fully charge from zero percent in just about one and a half hours.
STEP 3: After charging is completed, remove the USB-C cable from the remote controller.
If you’d like to check the amount of power the remote controller has at any given time, simply press the power button once, and the LEDs will alert you to the remaining battery level.
Charging a Single Battery
If you purchased the Mini 3 Pro & Controller-only combo, only one battery will be included.
To charge the single battery that came with the Mini 3 Pro, it must be done so within the Mini 3 Pro itself:
STEP 1: As with the RC, attach the included DJI USB-C cable to a USB-C charger and plug the charger into your outlet or power strip.
STEP 2: Insert your Mini 3 Pro drone battery into the Mini 3 Pro.
STEP 3: Plug the USB-C cable into the Mini 3 Pro. The lights on the drone will blink, showing that it is charging.
STEP 4: After the Mini 3 Pro has completed fully charging, unplug it from the USB-C cable.
When charging the batteries, while inserted into the Mini 3, it will take 64 minutes to fully charge each standard battery, and 101 minutes to charge the Plus version batteries.
You might notice that there is no way to check how much battery percentage is left on the battery when it is not plugged into the Mini 3 Pro.
If you only have one battery and not the charging hub, you will either have to:
- Press the power button once on the Mini 3 Pro, with the battery inserted, or alternatively,
- While in live-view on your remote controller, check the upper right-hand side of the screen for the drones current battery percentage.
Charging via Two-Way Charging Hub
The two-way charging hub in the Mini 3 Fly More Combo allows you to charge three intelligent flight batteries, whether the Standard or Plus version of the batteries, along with your DJI RC or RC-N1 controller.
The charging is done sequentially, meaning the drone battery with the highest battery level will be charged first, followed by the remote controller.
To charge 3 batteries and the Remote Controller:
STEP 1: Insert your Mini 3 batteries into the charging hub.
STEP 2: You should have 2 DJI USB-C cables. The one that came with the Mini 3 Pro and the other that came with the Fly More combo.
Plug one of the USB-C cables into your USB-C charger. Plug the other end into your charging hub. After this, plug your charger into an outlet.
STEP 3: Take the 2nd USB-C cable and plug the USB cable, this time the USB-end, into the charging hub.
STEP 4: Take the 2nd cable and then plug it into your remote controller.
Your Mini 3 Pro batteries and the remote controller will all charge sequentially until all batteries have fully charged.
When all three batteries are charged through the charging hub using a 30-watt USB-C charger, it will take 57 minutes to fully charge each standard battery, and 77 minutes to charge the plus version batteries.
To quickly check how much battery life is left on the batteries in the charging hub, simply press the button on the side of the charging hub and all the LEDs under the batteries connected to the hub will light up with their respective battery percentage.
Note: One very important tip is to avoid over-discharging the Mini 3 Pro batteries. Over-discharging the batteries can cause damage to the battery and reduce its overall capacity. To prevent over-discharging, it is recommended to keep the battery level above 20% when stored and not in use.