I would like to say something as I have just about read the entire thread on this, I still need to check out the 2nd part of this SMC thread.
But please try and listen to me on this subject as some of you know, and you know who you are. For years and years, Pro racers have found trick, taps, and ways to improve the advantage scale in racing. Its a fact and weather you believe this to be a bad thing or a good thing its evident.
If you have just recently entered into the racing scene, either you havent opened your eyes to the reality that you can alter any part of your RC in order to benifit, The trick is to not get caught. Yes, its not legal! Yes we shouldnt condone it! But can it be stopped? I highly doubt it. Even in NASCAR they still cheat, and if you dont believe that then you should just get out of racing all together and belive that baseball still doesnt use assitance drugs to win games.
I highly believe the points that were made about the overcharging issue wasnt to encourage people to try it. Its more on the level of an Asthma patient should exceed more than 2 puffs in an hour or adverse effects MIGHT happen. The warnings are there as a safty precaution and they are exceeded from what the true levels of charging actually are. Why? so we dont bring a higher risk to ourselves. No where do I get the influance that SMC is encouraging the higher charge levels, I would take this as SMC is doing what more companies should do. Advice the public who is the main consumer of what has been happening in RC when Lipo's are concerned. Take it as a lesson what to look for in an uneven playing field.
I dont agree with it myself and ROAR is obviously trying to make issues go away, But I think that all the RC battery involved companies see that if this can not be tamed to level field. Lipo's may find themselves out of races and NiMH's will be the only way!
It's a far cry from the truth, But it can happen. I would be willing to bet every motor I have modded on it.
J.M.O. Not trying to start a war over it. Just trying to explain this as insider looking out.