Originally Posted by smojoe
Superior for 3-4 months, but some of us like our packs to last at least one season.
There hasn't been a cell in the last ten years that didn't fall off after 3-4 months of racing. If you run high level mod sedan or 1/12th on road its known that your batteries will will only maintain national caliber performance for ~10 cycles. Thats 10 - 5 min open mod runs. You can double that for stock or 19T. After that you know you are not getting 100% out of the pack.
Here's a history of batteries. After the noted number of runs you could not finish a 4 to 5 min run in open mod.
1200SC - We were too dumb to know how long they lasted
1200SCR - ~5 runs
1400SCR - ~10 runs
1700SCE - These were one run packs in Mod
P-170 - These might stone dead when you pulled them out of the box. They would last only one run in mod.
1700SCR - ~5 runs
RC1700 - ~10 runs
RC2000 - ~10 runs
RC2400 - ~5 runs
Panasonic 3000 - ~10 runs
Sanyo 3000 - ~5 runs
Panasonic Stock Metal 3000 - ~10 runs
Ultra Metal 3000's - ~10 runs
GP3300 - ~10 runs
IB3600 - ~2 runs
GP3700 - ~10 runs
IB3800 - ~10 runs
IB4200 - ~10 runs
GP4300 - ~10 runs
So...when exactly were the "Good Ole Days"?
We are living them now. We are going faster than ever, batteries are cheaper than they were 5 years ago. The cells are so good today you can buy a pack as good or better than a pro drivers pack at you local hobby shop.
If you club race in 19T or Stock you can easily get a season of racing from your packs. If you travel to Nationals and you want to place highly count on buying new packs for every event you go to.