We hope you all enjoyed a very merry Christmas and would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year!
Here also are a few quick updates and more information on many new Race series batteries and other topics:
We’re very excited to announce that the all-new 2S 7.4V 3200mah Pro Race 40C batteries (TP3200-2SPR) are indeed in stock and shipping! MAP/street price is $84.99, and although the quantities available are limited at the moment, we’ll have a very good supply in the next few weeks just in time for Snowbirds
Also, these batteries feature our “rounded” case housing design with rounded corners more similar to those found on “shotgun-style” sub-C battery packs. The rounded case design also includes “bumps” on the bottom that simulate side-by-side sub-C battery pack arrangements allowing it to fit a wide variety of chassis designs with no modifications required. Production samples were sent to ROAR for testing a few weeks ago and we expect them to be ROAR approved in the very near future (we’ll let everyone know as soon as hear back). On another very positive note, these 3200mAh cells are among the first of our 40C+ cells to feature our newest materials and chemistry expected to offer performance beyond that of other similar capacity and/or C rating cells currently or soon to be available. We’ll post cell/pack performance data for reference in the coming days.
Also, for those that prefer cases with bumps on the bottom, the same rounded case housing design featured on the 2S 7.4V 3200mAh Pro Race 40C series batteries will also be featured on a number of our other Sport Race and Pro Race series battery offerings. Here are the dimensions for the rounded case design, along with a list of the other Race series batteries that will feature the same case:
Rounded Case Dimensions - 23.5mm H x 46.5mm W x 138mm L
TP2700-2SSR; 2700mAh 2S 7.4V Sport Race 25C LiPo w/Case - $49.99
TP3300-2SSR; 3300mAh 2S 7.4V Sport Race 25C LiPo w/Case - $59.99
TP4300-2SSR; 4300mAh 2S 7.4V Sport Race 25C LiPo w/Case - $74.99
TP4200-2SPR; 4200mAh 2S 7.4V Pro Race 40C LiPo w/Case - $99.99
The rounded case also features the same unique wire lead exit design as our “standard” case which allows the main power and balancing connector wire leads to be run flush with the top or end of the battery as needed (please see the photos included with post #133 in this thread for better reference).
We’re still working to finalize the details of our 5000mAh 40C “soft packs” for aircraft use but hope to publish more info on them during the month of January. A number of pilots of large-scale electric ducted fan (EDF) aircraft capable of speeds up to 200mph+ are ready to begin flight testing in the coming weeks when we make samples available. We’re very confident these packs will provide a level of performance never before seen in these (and other applicable) classes of models.
We apologize that our web site is not more up to date. We’re actually in the midst of preparing to move our office and production staff/equipment into our newly renovated corporate center (we’ve added a significant amount of additional office, R&D/testing and storage space to better accommodate the explosive amount of growth we’ve experienced in the hobby, UAV, military and other sectors in recent years) along with shipping hundreds of new aircraft and surface category products. These issues, coupled with our opening for a Marketing Manager/Director (we are now accepting applications for these marketing positions…please send a PM if you or anyone you know may be interested in sending a resume for review
), have unfortunately kept us from updating our web and print media. However, once we’re settled in (and/or fill the open marketing positions) we expect to give the web site, along with our online and print advertising, a complete overhaul. In the meantime up-to-date product and price lists are always available via email, plus our distributors and dealers will be updating their sites regularly as more info is made available (and their time allows).
Also, we don’t plan to run any additional special pricing promotions directly in the foreseeable future, however, please be sure to check with the various distributors and dealers that sell our products as many of them offer special pricing and discounts on various products from time to time. In regard to ordering direct versus ordering through our distributor and dealer network, please note that we often assemble many batteries to order and typically have thousands of batteries in the order queue every day. As a result direct orders placed through us can sometimes take upwards of 5-10 days to ship.
You are certainly welcome to order/backorder through us directly, however, it does not always ensure you will receive your order before other distributors, dealers and end-users as orders are typically shipped in the order in which they were received. In most cases our distributors place their initial orders as soon as new products are announced so they often receive shipments of new products sooner. Also, distributors like Horizon typically list very conservative (late) ETAs for new items that have strong initial/backorder demand as they’re not always certain how soon they’ll be able to ship all backorders and arrive in an open stock position.
In regard to the 8000mAh Sport Race 22C series batteries in particular, they will be available through most distributors/dealers in February but you can place a backorder for them now through us directly (or any of our distributors/dealers) to better ensure you will receive them as soon as they’re available.
There have been some questions and concerns raised regarding the performance data we’ve published in recent weeks. Please be assured that all data we publish is presented as accurately and honestly as possible. Neither we nor our cell manufacturers manipulate the results we gather and data we present.
And while some other manufacturers/value-add suppliers of LiPo batteries in the RC market may be investing a few thousand dollars in hobby industry/quality equipment to conduct their future testing, to help further improve the efficiency, accuracy and overall quality of the cell/pack testing we conduct in-house and the data we publish, we plan to invest approximately $40,000+ in world-wide battery industry standard testing equipment that meets NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) standards in the coming months. For those that may not be aware, we are not a company that does business solely in the RC industry. We provide LiPo battery and other charging/power solutions to a number of UAV, military, government, university and other industry customers. For example, many of the “man-backpackable” UAVs currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan (such as the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk) use LiPo battery solutions that we’ve helped design, engineer and test, and that are assembled in our Las Vegas based production facility. While the investment in this new equipment is quite substantial, we feel it is a necessary step in further establishing our position as a world-leader in supplying LiPo battery solutions to the RC and other industries.
Our staff, along with our team of world-class and world-champion airplane and 3D helicopter pilots and drivers including Quique Somenzini (current F3A airplane world-champion), Jason Shulman, Andrew Jesky, Alan Szabo, Jason Krause, Lukas Riva (current 3D heli world-champion), Josh Cyrul (28-time ROAR US national champion) and many more are not only committed to providing and supporting high-quality, high-performance and high-value products, but also to providing the most accurate and relevant feedback and performance data possible. However, we also look forward to any feedback and performance data you can offer as we know that how our products perform in the hands of our customers is what truly matters most!
Thank you again for your continued support, and with it we look forward to a great 2009!