i agree with your logic of having more packs rather than a few quality ones. especially since nicads are only recommended to be used no more than once a day. some will say otherwise, though. i dunno about which packs to go with, but i think economy is a decent way to go. i've been buying guys' used 2000's from last year, etc. they still run well, and i should get good practice out of them for the price of a new 1500 or so. i've acquired about 16 of these packs, and 4 more are on the way. ok, so that's overdoing it. i have friends that run too from time to time, and it sucks cause they won't spend the money to have 5 or so good packs, so i buy em and loan them out just to have a good time. i guess you can buy your friends
well, just my $.02. good luck.