I still to this date have never balanced one. Its only necessary when the pack goes out of balance. Its easily checked with a micro meter. If its out of balance, balance them on the next charge.
As a matter of fact lets say you charge your pack , run it for 5 or 6 minutes.
let it cool recharge run 5 or 6 ore minutes. You may never have to ever balance. And the pack will possibly last indefinitely. The less you discharge the pack per use the longer the pack will last and the that also lessons the chance of it going out of balance.
If you run more than 20% of the packs full charge per run the more likely it will go out of balance and lesson the cycle life.
More reason to purchase the higher MAH packs. If lipo really takes off the run times will be longer.
If they leave the run times short all is good.
I for one am headed towards the 8000's to stay ahead of the game.
I would say regardless of ones methods it still best to balance on every charge if you own a balancer.