How To: Add Batteries and Flight Battery Sets
The FlyFreely platform allows you to easily log the usage of your RPA batteries. This tutorial will show you how to add your batteries into the system using the FlyFreely office app.
Adding a new Battery
To begin, navigate to the Batteries widget from the dashboard. If the Batteries and Flight Battery Sets widgets are not shown on the dashboard, check the relevant checkboxes in the Left Nav Bar.
For more information about batteries and flight battery sets, click here.
Click on the Add button (⊕) to open the add Battery dialogue. Fields marked with a red ⓧ are compulsory. The red ⓧ will turn green once you enter some data.
If your RPA operates on a single battery, you should make sure that ‘Make a battery set from this battery?’ is checked. This will automatically create a matching set (a ‘set’ of one) and means you won’t have to do the next step.
For RPAs that operate on 2 or more batteries, please leave this box unchecked – you will create your flight battery set in the next step.
You may now either add another battery by clicking the Add Another button or add the battery/batteries to the Battery list by clicking the OK button. Clicking OK will close the Battery dialogue and return to the Battery widget. Go to the end of the list to see the newly added battery.
To view or edit the details of a battery, click it in the Battery widget. Close the dialogue by clicking the Close ⓧ button to return to the Battery widget.
The Manage button allows you to retire a battery from service (eg to remove an old or damaged battery from your battery list) or placed under maintenance.
Creating A Flight Battery Set
A Flight Battery Set is a set of one or more batteries which powers an RPA. For a detailed explanation of Batteries and Flight battery sets, click here.
To create a Flight Battery Set, Click the Add ⊕ button on the Flight Battery Sets widget. Name the new set and enter the date that this set was assembled. The nominated Assembly Date determines which batteries can be added to the set (only batteries procured before the assembly date will be available).
Click Save to complete creation of the Flight Battery Set.
Make sure that there is at least one battery of the type you wish to add to a Battery Set. (A set has only one battery type.) You add a battery to the Battery Set by selecting the set in the Flight Battery Set widget. This opens a dialogue that allows you to edit the Battery Set.
Click the Edit button. Initially, the dialog that opens may show that no batteries are included in the set. Click the + button to the right of one of the batteries you wish to include in the battery set. This will add the battery to the list of Included Batteries and remove it from the list of Available batteries. Add any further batteries, (the list will now be filtered so only batteries of the same type are shown), you wish to include in this battery set. Click the Save button.
You can also create a Flight Battery Set when you add a battery. Follow the procedure for adding a battery above, but in the Add Battery dialogue check the ‘Make a battery set from this battery?‘ checkbox before you click Ok. The battery set will be given the same name as the battery you added. You can edit this by selecting the battery set in the Flight Battery Set widget.
For a detailed explanation of Batteries and Flight battery sets, click here.