If you don't like to lug around the heavy gel cell equipped starter box, then this will appeal to you.
I have an OFNA, and so does just about everyone else at my track. It works fine, but it is super heavy and painted steel
. I know they have that chrome top now, but the Alpha is still lighter, easier to clean and easier to work on and overall more convenient.
Also, if you are a forgetful (or lazy like me) and go to the track with an uncharged gel cell, your gonna end up having to use someone else's starter box. With the Alpha, you can charge both batteries quickly (as many ex-electric rc'ers have 2 chargers).
When I can, I try to start my car on my friends starter box (when he's out racing and I'm about to race, bathroom breaks, etc.
) Because its faster, easier and more fun ( its always fun when its not yours
If I had no budget restraints, and this came out when I got my starter box, I would have chosen this one. The Team Associated box is nice, but since I have a mugen, and don't anticipate on getting a NTC3, I see this as the best I've seen. If you are a present or ex-electric racer wanting a starter box for onroad belt cars, I would get this one (for reasons I've stated)
Also, there is one thing that you couldn't factor into your rationalization of my friends purchase of the Alpha starter box, which was that in Hawaii, for an OFNA box, gel-cell and charger, he would have only paid 10-15$ less than what he did. And furthermore, most of the money came from his grandmother as a christmas gift.
Sorry I drag on so long.