Battery review: MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C

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MRP (Multirotorparts) has it’s own battery line-up. All 4S, all purely dedicated to mini quad racers in the world. The 1300 mAh version presents the middle of the family capacity-wiese. This review will have a closer look at the  MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C battery.

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Appearance

The MRP lipo packs don’t feature any special design. The pack is protected by some black shrink wrapping. The sides are made of some textured white material, holding the single cells together. The front side has a colored product sticker glued to it, stating name and type of the battery. On the back you find a yellow sticker with the usual warning messages. Overall build quality is solid. No need to complain. Everything looks very well made and feels firm.

Technical Design

The MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C pack is a standard 4S1P config flight pack for high power use.

Build Quality: Very good. Pack feels very well made on the outside. Connection terminal looks solid. Shrink wrapping job is good.

Plugs: The MRP batteries come with pre-installed XT60 connectors. Plug and play for most of the pilots. The connectors sit very firm, good quality XT60s.

Cables: MRP uses 12 AWG wires on this packs. Kind of funny, as the larger 1800 mAh battery only has 14 AWG diameter wire. The high flexible silicon layer is rated up to 200°C. Cable length is about 9 centimeters.

Balacing plugs: Standard XT-system. Balance wires are rather short (3 cm) which is a benefit in terms of getting them out of the way on your quad. The balancer plug is equipped with some transparent housing for easier unplugging. Balancer and main power leads are placed on top and bottom of the pack.

Technical Details

ManufacturerMRPMRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C - Front

MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C - Back

MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C - Connection Terminal

MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C - Top

MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C - Bottom

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TypeMRP 65-130 C
Cell chemistryLithium Polymere (LiPo)
Cell typeLiPo
Cell count4
Pack configuration4S1P
Capacity1300 mAh
Max. Charge Current 6.5 A
Max. Discharge Current
Continuous
Burst
84.5 A
169 A
Weight
w/o plugs
with plugs

ca. 150 grams
Measurements
as listed
measured
75.7 x 34.2 x 30 mm
76 x 36.7 x 30.5 mm
Price29.95 €
NoteThis battery has been directly donated by the manufacturer / distributor for review purposes.

Break-in documentation

The battery followed the standard break-in-process: The pack is charged at a rate of 1C until CV-phase ends with current of 1/10C. The break-in phase consists of four charging cycles at 1C and four corresponding discharges at 1 C / 4C / 10C and 20 C.

Anomalies: No anomalies during break-in.

Internal resistance measurements during break-in phase via iCharger 406B at 40°C pack temperature

CycleCell 1Cell 2Cell 3Cell 4Total
After first charge 2.32.52.32.49.5
After second charge 2.32.51.92.39.0
After third charge 2.32.31.62.28.4
After fourth charge 2.31.91.72.28.1

Charging process


CV-Phase is really short on this cell type. Balacing in normal mode took 1:50 min. Cell drift during charge was unobtrusive. This is for 1C charge (1,3 A).

Load Testing

The main part of this battery test will consists of different load test settings showing the battery performance. Constant load testing is used to judge the advertised C-ratings as well as look at cell drift under high loads. We also check on internal resistance once more. Next up is the dynamic current test, which simulates a „real“ flight with changing (=dynamic) loads. For test methodology please check the dedicated methodology page!

Constant Load Testing

Constant load testing follows a certain load pattern of different constant currents. Base load is 10 C. Current pulses at 50 C, 35 C, 20 C and 30 C are maintained for time intervals between 10 and 20 seconds. For more details please refer to the test methodology page.

Capacity Usage

During this test the pack delivered 915 mAh. This is 70.3 % of nominal capacity. A solid value.

Average cell voltages

The following table lists the average voltages per cell, of the total pack, as well as the averaged value per cell as fraction of total voltage during phase of active load.

Cell 1Cell 2Cell 3Cell 4TotalAverage per cell
Avg. Voltages3.7373.7393.7433.73714,9593.739

Just looking at average values the MRP pack performs well. All cells stayed above 3.71 V on average. An average value above 3.70 V / cell can be considered very good in this capacity class.

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Focus Voltages

Exceptionally interesting when testing a battery under a constant load for a longer period of time: the lowest voltage per cell just before load impulse is disabled. On top, you should have look at voltage recovery rate, that is: how fast do cell voltages rise again once load impulse is cut.

PhaseCell 1Cell 2Cell 3Cell 4Total
End of 50 C3.5123.523.5453.57714.153
End of 35 C 3.5033.5123.233.53814.076
End of 20 C 3.2643.2923.3413.313.197
End of 30 CN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

The average cell voltage stability on the MRP pack can be considered very good. No cell ever fell below 3.5 V during the first two current pulses.

Average voltage recovery per second

Those values are specific to the test setting and not valid for the pack in general! Still they allow an estimated guess about how fast voltages rise again after current spikes.

Cell 1Cell 2Cell 3Cell 4Total
Avg. Recovery [V/s]0.04020.04110.03780.03190.1528

Excessive voltage sag isn’t a problem for this battery. Recovery rates after current pulses are decent, too.

IR-Measurement

IR measurement is conducted using the four current pulses. Resistance for each cell is calculated in all four discharge phases. Shown values are averaged to cancel out different temperature points due to different discharge states during measurements.

Cell1234Total
Resistance [mΩ]3.613.54 3.223.33613.73

Interpretation: The internal resistance of 3.43 mΩ average per cell indicates a „true“ C-rating of around 37 C (47.7 A). An ordinary value. This calculation is on the conservative side and represents a current draw that will make the pack last for a long time. The pack never made it to the last current phase in the constant current pattern, though.

Cell drift under load

Discharge Phase50 C35 C20 C30 C
Max Cell drift (V) 0.01 V0.0350.045N/A

The MRP 1300 mAh pack has a low drift during main discharge phase. Even to the very end of the cycle cells drift way less than on other packs.

Key Temperature Facts

Temperature Development - MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C

Temperature Development

All temperature probes reported values below cut-off point at 58°C. Max. temp during discharge was around 55.4 °C on top of pack. Note that heating of stressed LiPo packs will continue for some more time even when load is cut.

 

Market Comparison

The following chart shows all reviewed LiPos in the same product segment for direct comparison of performance. Higher values under load are better.

Constant 25 C Discharge

Pretty much a standard benchmark in the LiPo industry.

Cut-Off /warning value for this battery should be chosen 3.5 V minimum. After this point voltage drops very quick. The battery provided 911 mAh (70,7 %) during the 25 C discharge.

Market Overview

Comparison of different reviewed 1300 mAh batteries under 25 C load.

Dynamic Load Testing

The dynamic load testing setting consists of two separate discharge scenarios that have been developed of two different real-life FPV flights. Pattern one represents a high speed low proximity flight around the open field with some hovering to the end. Average load is around 22 A. Second pattern is a free-style flight around trees in the park with some current spikes near 70 A. Average load on this flight is around 13 A due to longer floating periods.

Capacity Usage

During the test of pattern 1 the pack delivered 917 mAh. This is 70.5 % of nominal capacity. A good value. In patter 2 testing 917 mAh (70.5 %) could be used until first cell reached cut-off voltage.

Market Comparison

The following charts give an overview of all tested packs in the 1300 mAh class so far.

The last chart of this review sums up the usable capacity during all four load scenarios. Please note that this is only the capacity consumed by the electronic load! There are losses due to heating of the pack, which could be approximated (see testing methodology page). All four tests are cut when any cell goes below cut-off voltage of 3,3 V (or pack goes above 58 °C on any of the three probes). If you would push further and go down to 3,0 V/cell you will be able to squeeze out some mAh more, but at the cost of excessive heat generation and shortening of pack life-span. This value will most likely differ from what you get when flying on a quad as most people don’t monitor voltage on a per cell basis and therefore don’t even notice if voltage drops below 3,3 V/cell during punsh-outs (what’s not necessarily a good thing, though). For comparison, used capacity until 3,3 V/cell is reached is the base line in all battery reviews on Drone-Zone.de.

Conclusion

The MRP 4S 1300 mAh 65-130 C battery is a usual sized pack with a average capacity to weight ratio of 8.6 mAh/g. The battery is very well made and comes with high quality connectors. The internal resistance measurement concludes a „true C-rating“ of around 37 C, which gives you around 47 A continuous current. The advertised rating of 65 C maybe  could be reached by accepting heavy voltage drops and  a fast decreasing life expectation of the battery. I wouldn’t go over 40 C for continuous load applications on this pack. Nevertheless, that’s enough performance for most of the smaller quads out there. Short current spikes are handles relatively well. Voltage stability is good. Temperature never broke the 60 °C cut-off so no need to worry about. As the other batteries of this series, the 1300 mAh tends to become a little „bigger“ under high loads. That’s not a problem and will vanish after just a short cool down period. It’s just how this cell type behaves. The price of ~ 30 € is average for this capacity class. With a lot of graphene enabled packs coming up the MRP pack will have some tough competitors very soon.

Other packs of this line up reviewed:

Nils Waldmann

Nils Waldmann

...studierter Wirtschaftsingenieur und Wirtschaftsinformatiker, leidenschaftlicher Modellbauer, Hobby-Fotograf, Akku-Liebhaber und freier Redakteur bei dem Computer-Onlinemagazin Allround-PC.com.

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