Sony introduces a new Battery Station & announces the development of new accessories for the Airpeak S1 drone

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At CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Sony introduced a new Battery Station and announced the development of new accessories for its Airpeak S1 drone.

Along with the battery station, Sony is also developing a new battery pack to help with longer flight time and an RTK (Real-time Kinematic) kit with base station (this will be available later this year) to expand operational capabilities for longer flight times and precise positioning data.

The new Battery Station (LBN-H1) was designed for professional drone operators flying Sony’s Airpeak S1 drone. It provides convenient storage and transportation of up to ten Airpeak S1 battery packs (LBP-HS1) while providing intelligent and fast charging for eight battery packs (charging four at a time).

The LBN-H1 Battery Station includes built-in charging cables for two remote controllers (RCR-VH1) and is equipped with three standard auxiliary power outlet accessory sockets that can support a variety of accessories including 12V outlets that can charge mobile devices, cameras, and other USB accessories. The accessory socket cap can also be used as a stopper to prevent the lid from accidentally shutting due to wind or other factors while using this product.

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The pack includes two charging modes based on the operator’s needs. This includes (QUICK) mode, for shorter charging time, which will charge up to four LBP-HS1 battery packs from about 20% to 90% in approximately 30 minutes and (FULL) mode, which will charge up to four LBP-HS1 battery packs from about 0% to 100% in approximately 55 minutes or from about 20% to 100% in approximately 50 minutes. A built-in fan automatically cools the batteries.

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Up to eight battery packs can be discharged simultaneously whether the battery station power is on or off. Fifty percent (50%) mode can be used for long-term storage and will take approximately 17 hours to discharge from about 100% to 50%. Twenty-five percent (25%) mode for air transportation will take approximately 27 hours to discharge from about 100% to 25%.4

The Battery Station comes in a travel case with wheels and an extendable handle. It is approximately 21 7/8 in. (553 mm) H × 16 3/4 in. (423 mm) W × 10 1/4 in. (258 mm) D (including projecting parts) and weighs approximately 33 lb 8.2 oz (15.2 kg) (Not including battery pack, power cord, etc.). It is also certified UL62368-1.

Price & Availability

The new Battery Station (LBN-H1) will be available from January 19, 2023 at a suggested retail price of $2.899.99 USD

Pricing and availability for the new battery pack and RTK kit will be set at a future date.

Recent System Firmware & Airpeak Flight App Updates

Major system software (version 1.2.0) for Airpeak S1 and the Airpeak Flight app (version 1.4.0) was released in October 2022. ​These updates provide a pre-flight check screen display, shutter sound notifications, and zoom lens control. Mission Flight was also improved to offer support for a wide variety of use cases such as industrial applications for mapping or modeling.

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