I’m in the middle of setting up a new drone platform based on the 3DR Pixhawk Flight Controller and was looking at what battery setup to use. I’m probably going to run on a 4S battery system but I considered the option of using 5S or 6S as well to see which option worked the best for the longest flight times.
When I started reading more about the Pixhawk setup, their website lists the Power Module as only supporting a 3S or 4S battery system.
I assumed this was simply the standard Power Module they had available and there would be other option available so I reached out to 3DR support.
For people building larger platforms who want to get more power to their motors, they probably want to look at 6S batteries.
This is the reply from 3DR Support:
Thank you for contacting 3D Robotics Customer Service.
At the moment we don’t fully support the connection for using a Pixhawk with a 6S lipo battery. We don’t have or plan on selling a power module compatible with 6S lipo batteries, I’m sorry. We only have the website below, which can be of help, but any modifications will have to be under your own risk.
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to ask.
I’m a little disappointed by this response and can only hope someone will offer a third party Power Module based on the the documentation the provide for building your own.
UPDATE: I have found a thrid party power module for the APM/Pixhawk on Amazon for anyone looking to use batteries above 4S.
You can purchase it here: