Originally Posted by PDM
What else do one need?
- Regulated output voltage for motor run-in
- Output for preipherals such as dynos, lathes, etc.
- Discharge functionallity
- Controlled cycling
LiPo technology WILL become the standard, but it isn't yet, nor will it be for a few more years. Same thing with brushless motors. Don't believe me? Look at how many LiPo "race" packs and brushless motors are on the market versus how many "race" NiMH packs and brushed motors are out there.
And NiMH didn't become popular until around 2001 so that is THIS CENTURY. Also bear in mind that NiCD and NiMH charging is a simple concept as well - certainly no more complex than LiPo. What happened is people began trying to extract every ounce of performance out of their batteries. As performance increased, so did charging demands and its inherent complexity.
The same exact thing will happen with LiPo technology. You are short-sighted and naive if you actually think that LiPo charging will stay simple and "easy" because it won't. I promise you that.