Happy to report that my first race outing with the the Platinum was a complete success. There was an obvious voltage improvement over the usual 'budget' (I guess $50-$60 packs are 'budget' to some people) packs that I usually run.
The weight loss for my TA05 was also welcomed. While running 19t sedan, I only used about 1800+ mah each outing, so theoretically, I could have run at least three times before recharging the pack....but I didn't try it.
The charger nearly charge the pack completely before my next race, but it didn't matter since the voltage was the same whether the pack was full or almost full.
This was definitely a turning point for me with R/C. Dischargers, discharge trays, matched/unmatched packs, battery of the month, battery cases filled with 6-8 batteries(with only two really race worthy), it all seems so pointless now.
I am thoroughly impressed with this battery.