Thanks for your comments, no josh, i dont feel like an idiot, my post had the desired effect, to get some reaction. The reason is that i am trying to decide on cells for next year. This year I have been using matched/zapped GP3700's and GP3300 from various matchers including SMC. I have however been looking into some new cells from a supplier of non-matched (non matched in the sense of the way SMC etc do things) cells.
These cells are half the price of the top spec matched packs that i can get via SMC etc, therefore i can afford to replace them twice as often, which would mean every 3-4 months instead of 6 or 8.
My example is this:
A matcher and this other place buy cells at the same time, at this stage the cells are basically identical. The matcher then matchs them and i can buy the cells at £61 that are 1.195+/cell, or £50 for the 1.185-1.194/cell. From the other place i can get packs that are 1.185 to 1.195+/cell for £30 and the majority of cells will be 1.190+ anyway so the difference is probably no more than 0.005-0.01 of a volt, if that, they are grouped rather than matched, to make sure the cells will hold similar capacities by weighing the cells to the nearest 0.1g (sounded as mad to me as it does to you i am sure, but it seems to be a pretty good test as i have check capacity of grouped cells on my cycler) so they should not go off like some bulk assembied packs. By the time both packs are a few meetings old i would be very supprised if I could tell a huge difference. After 3 or 4 months i then buy some new cells, but the 'matched' cells still have upto 4 months left til i replace them. In those 4 months the cell batches are now pushing out higher figures, so the new cells are probably as good as the 'matched' cells were new, but the 'matched' cells are now not as good as that cos they have been used and they have lost the edge they had new and the zapping process has worn off, so my new cells have given me a power boost mid-season, and a more consistant quality of pack for the same price.
I am still un-decided on which to go for, but i am leaning towards the non-matched packs. I have compared new GP3700's with 4 month old GP3700's that were matched and zapped, and the new ones are better. I am not actually worried about capacity of cells as i barely use 1500mah's in the races i do during the summer, so its all about voltage.
I am currently trying some of the GP3300's from this place, for racing over the winter for 5 months, and i will be checking them regularly to see what sort of drop off in performance i am getting.
I was actually told about this by a rep from a distributor that sells matched packs, and also there is info about the reason behind all this on the website were i have bought some cells, www.nrgdynamics.co.uk
. I am sure i will get plenty of replies saying just to use matched packs, as they are better, but i am just trying to be a little more open minded than that and questioning that maybe they are not always the right way to go for everyone.