Originally posted by Smalls
I have two packs of Orion batteries. SP eddition.
When I got them, the lables read 190 455. They were 2 4 cell packs. all 8 cells read the same lable. What are the odds????
I will tell you what the odds are. Prior to assembly, I put them in a friends trusty turbo matcher. The best cell that came off was a 1.155 425. The worst... well you can imagine. Now, I ran these cells twice, and since then I have them filed in my junk box, ready for my lathe box, a very expensive lathe box.
I will never purchase a Team Orion battery again.
You have to remember that ALL cells when just purchased and cycled for the first few times will never give you the same numbers as on the label. When matchers match cells, they cycle them around five times before putting labels on them. When you bought the cells, they could have been sitting on the shelf for several months to a year before you bought them, so of course they will be flat! Cycle them several times, more that 2 or 3, then tell me how they perform. My cells get better with every charge.
I have also had great luck with the SMC and Fuku. These are the three matchers that I run. I just have better luck getting better packs from Orion.
Personally, I wouldn't buy any batteries unless I could see the numbers and places like Tower or Sheldons (distribution for SMC) will not tell you the numbers of the packs you order. they will usually give you a range like 1.170-1.180. You hope for the higher numbers but you always get the lower.
My recommendation would be to call a smaller matcher, like Fukuyama, where they will tell you what they have in stock and let you pick the cells you want. If they don't have the numbers you want, tell them what you are looking for and when those numbers are available, they will call you.