Interactive matrix may take a few seconds to load… CLICK matrices for latest prices. *DRONE RACING INTERNATIONAL FPV group was asked to vote for their ‘Favourite 6S LiPo for racing‘ or ‘Favourite 6S LiPo for freestyle‘. **Weight data sourced from product descriptions. The majority of links on this table are affiliate links. I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase after clicking one of the affiliate links. Support FPVcompare directly by becoming a Patreon supporter.
The lithium polymer (LiPo) battery is the heaviest part of an FPV quadcopter, and though 6-cell (6S) LiPos boast lower voltage sag than 4S LiPos, they add even more weight. Keeping this weight to a minimum requires careful matching of a 6S LiPo to its application; 6S LiPos for racing prioritise light weight for maximum speed, whilst 6S LiPos for freestyle favour larger capacity (mAh) to maximise flight time and counter the increased weight of a GoPro laden quad. From our polling of the FPV community, the maximum battery mAh for 5″ quads running 6S is typically 1300mAh for racing and 1500 mAh for freestyle.
Our 6S LiPo comparison matrix (top) is designed to point you towards the 6S LiPo with the greatest popularity, lowest weight or greatest value. If time allows, make sure to watch Joshua Bardwell discuss the advantages of 6S over 4S setups for FPV drone racing, first with Evan Turner (HeadsUpFPV) and then with Alex Vanover (Captainvanover). If you want to know which 6S LiPo is used by championship-winning FPV racers, check out part lists from ‘Racer X‘ and other top-flight FPV racers.
Next, discover other community favourites or use the decision flowchart below to navigate current FPV racing drone technology.
Interactive CLICK flowchart for product or comparison matrix links. For links to the illustrated Racer and Freestyle parts visit the FPV Community Picks page. FPV = First person view, PNP = plug and play, which requires you purchase a seperate controller and receiver to plug into the multirotor flight controller then bind, bind & fly quads require you purchase and bind a seperate controller, LiPo = Lithium-polymer, Whoop = 55-75mm size multirotor with a 1S LiPo, Powerwhoop = 75mm whoop with a more powerful 2S LiPo. Cinewhoop = 75mm or above Powerwhoop with HD recording function. Flowcart inspired by Gulzar’s ‘Want to fly quadcopters’ flowchart at FPVfrenzy.