Originally Posted by Bare Bones
Ok I have a 2 part question about batteries.
For example: Lets say the batteries are unmatched EP4200 mAh built side x side.
1.What is the best way to charge a new NiMH 6 cell battery for the first time.
I have read that a slow charge (400mAh for 12 to 14 hours) is the best.
I have also read that the slow, uncontrolled (non-peak sensing) charge will damage a Nimh cell if the charge is not stopped when the cell is full. The "theory" behind C/10charging is the rate is so low as to not harm cells once full. This is not true and it will damage them.
2. If its bad to slow charge a pack, how does one equalize the pack without a tray.
I would ask your battery provider what their charging recommendations are. If they are a reputable supplier, they should be able to tell you. If they can't, ask Trinity or someone else who sells the EP batteries. My guess is you probably just charge them normally. Like another poster said, maybe cycle them a couple times to get full power up before going racing. However, batteries are a big investment, I wouldn't listen to too many people here...not even me