What battery should I use with the 3DR Y6 drone?

multirotor

#1

I am looking at batteries for the 3DR Y6. I read in some forums that the 3s might not be enough for the Y6 - and that you should go with 4s instead.

Is the 3s, e.g. http://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/tattu-5100mah-11-1v-3s-10c-battery-pack/, enough for the Y6?

Also is it possible to modify the 3DR Y6 kit? I.e. to change the ESC to the 20ASimonK, and the motors to the BRUSHLESS MOTOR 2212Q, 850KV?


#2

1 - many people do prefer to use a 4S as it provides a bit of extra power to make it more responsive, but it does reduce flight times slightly since the 4s is heaver. The 5100 3s that we sell is not suitable for the Y6 since its discharge rate is too low. You will need something with an output of at least 60A. You can work out the current output by multiplying the capacity by the battery C rating. So for the 5100Mah 10C 3S Tattu battery, the current output is (5.1*10 = 51A) which is too low for a hexacopter, it is good enough for a quadcopter setup though. For more details check out our guide here LiPo Batteries - How to choose the best battery for your drone

2 - Yes if you want to use other motors/ESC just buy the frame on its own and choose whatever ESC/motors you want. - http://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/arducopter-y6-frame/. However the Y6 kit already comes with the 850Kv motors.

If you have any other questions about the 3DR Y6 please let me know and will be happy to help.