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Old 10-19-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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Thinking about switching from nitro to electric mainly because cost and maintence. I know the up front cost of electric is more expensive but I plan to make the transition slowly so that shouldn't be much of a problem. However, i just wanted to know if electric is really cheaper in the long run. I plan to buy a lipo/brusheless set up. I guess all that i'm really concern is the number cycles a lipo can withstand and other "hidden cost"
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best advice ever


you will just end up spending more in the long run

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I run both nitro(1/8 Buggy) and electric(1/10 TC Carpet)
I don't know for a fact but I believe electric is cheeper by a bit.
But it still takes $800.00 to 1200.00 to put together a car.
Lipos last for a long while as long as you take care of them.
Don't cheap out and get a $50.00 charger for your $100.00 lipo packs
I would get a good Charger with a good Balancer and your lipos will love you for it.
an unbalanced lipo has the potental to drop a single cell below the other cells.
and you will not notice the damage untill you charge you pack again.
A balanced pack will drop in voltage equally.

I have the Hyperion 1210i with the 6s balancer I like it alot.
If the price of the power supply is a problem you can always covert a used computer ATX power supply. do a search on for atx power supply you should find it.
Or hyperion make a good ac/dc charger for like 120.00 but it only charges and discharges at 5A the dc 1210i is 10A

your choice the fun part about the electric stuff is instant power!! there is no Torque lag in an electric motor.
keep on rollin
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:29 AM   #4
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I've done the comparisons and electric and nitro end up being close to the same price if you want to be competitive at a club level. Nitro only ends up being more expensive when you factor in running $700+ race engines.

I run a 1/8th and a 1/10 TC also, and it pretty much works out even.

But definitely don't cheap out. Make sure you buy what you want, because, if you don't you'll just end up spending twice.
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:34 AM   #5
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I have some mates who are electric guru's like me who played nitro for a while and gave up. It costs a lot more to be fast.. due to.. tyres. Nitro cars eat tyres much quicker than a light electric chassis. After that there is little difference cause with the right gear you get good performance and durability.
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I also switched from Nitro On-road to Electric on-road. Cost is a lot cheaper. No foam tires to worry about. No fuel to buy. Bodies last longer. Much cleaner.

Now I'm still a Nitro at heart. (owner of CVEC, exhaust systems) But electric mod is really nice. Orion 4800 Li-Po, Team Checkpoint charger, and that's it.
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I just got back to racing electric and it is about the same price for tyres are the same but nitro has incurring cost such as fuel and glow plugs for the most part if you count operating time it evens out. It just seems like you are using more foam tires since most nitro mains are at least 30mins.

Brushless is definately the way to go IMO. As for lipo i don't think it has the same power as the current NIMH but if you are going to run mod then it should be fine.
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