Pretty much any comparison you read concerning the DJI Phantom 1 and DJI Phantom 2 is going to find in favor of the latter. It makes sense–after all, the Phantom 2 is the upgraded version of the Phantom 1. Much more sophisticated than its prequel, the Phantom 2 offers a variety of special features, as well as a better, “smarter” battery. 

Let’s compare the batteries, shall we? 

Battery Parameters

Phantom 1

Charger AC Input


Charge Current


Current Drain for Balancing




Battery Type



Phantom 2


3S LiPo


5200mAh, 11.1V

Charging Environment Range

0℃ to 40℃

Discharging Environment Range

-20℃ to 50℃


Extended Battery Life

The Phantom 2’s extended battery life is ideal for those who want more than 10 or 15 minutes of flight time…which is most people. The Phantom 1’s battery lasts for 15 minutes at best when fully charged, while the Phantom 2’s 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery keeps the quadcopter in the air for up to 25 minutes. It also provides battery capacity data, overcharge and discharge protection, and maintenance reminders. In other words, it’s a very safe battery that’s also incredibly reliable.


The Phantom 2 is the clear winner regarding battery life, and essentially everything else. It comes with a camera, which the Phantom 1 doesn’t, and a remote control featuring an impressive 1km range. The remote control on the Phantom 2 also includes a camera tilt feature you can activate with the simple flick of a switch. Both feature GPS-controlled position hold for stabilized shooting. If you don’t mind the heftier price tag, the Phantom 2 is definitely the best option! If you are looking for more drones for sale be sure to check out our full line of drones.