Battery technology has gotten real good in the past 1.5 years. The new SMC packs I got can handle 2C charging even 3C [but they don't recommend it because it deteriorates the pack life]. Its hard to go from always charging at
1C and then when someone tells me 2C is OK, I end up staring at the pack thinking it is going to blow-up.
For sure I can see a benefit in the larger heavier 1/8 scale trucks. I am sure they can put a heavy load on a pack. I would think you would need both higher voltage and also a higher C rating.
I know in Airplanes and heli's we would put a load meter between the battery and speed control and at full power, we would make sure the chosen prop or gear ratio wasn't over taxing the battery. If it was, we would make the changes necessary to keep under the typical max burst amp for 15 sec. I have yet to see anyone checking this on a car, so I am sure their are plenty of batteries out there going over there discharge rating.
There is a bit of a rage with converting 1/8 scale to electric which I think will do better then when everyone got into converting larger Heli's and airplanes into electric. The airborne guys quickly figured out that nitro is still cheaper in the long run. Airplanes and Heli's have a lot less components then the there ground counterparts and the fuel is a lot cheaper, so the reality of electric making it cheaper didn't pan out. It did make small electrics boom.
Last edited by dhc8guru; 02-27-2009 at 01:28 PM.