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Old 05-03-2010, 11:22 AM
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i dont see why the thread should be deleted , he is posting his opinion on the product. But I will move this thread to the proper forum.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:39 PM
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Like most folks, I can purchase pretty much any pack I want...

And the ONLY packs I'll buy for racing are SMC packs. Period. Excellent product, excellent service. Are they "better" than anyone else? Who knows, but the performance is everything I expect and SMC backs their products as well as anyone and better than many.

For the last 4 years of NiMH I only ran SMC packs, now a couple years into LiPo here I only run their packs.

Count me as never having had an SMC LiPO pack swell. Ever. I've got two 2s 5200 packs, four 1s 5200 packs, and four 1s 4000 packs. The 4000 packs are two seasons old now and the 5200 packs are all one season old now. Cycle pretty much the same numbers on my GFX as always, PLENTY of punch, and zero problems.
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I had a battery that started swelling pretty bad, they balanced out perfect and would still take a good charge but I decided not to use it anymore for obvious reasons, I than contacted Danny, send a few pics and a copy of a receipt and in less than 2 weeks I got a new battery.
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Originally Posted by Danny-b23 View Post
It doesn't look very good to bad mouth a company openly on the internet where everyone can see it. I know people that have had great luck with SMC LiPos, and people that have had swelling issues. It seems to be at complete random, as one person who charges at 2c has no swollen packs out of 6 or so, and another person who has always charged at 1c has had most of his SMC packs puff up on him.

Just my two cents.
i have 2 smc batteries lipo's. 5000 mah 20c 2cell. have very good luck with them.i use 1 of them every weekend holds a nice charge runs for a long time.
i had a small issue with one of my lipos i emailed them with in 2 hours after 10pm at night i got a reply with help.

maybe you DO not know what you are doing, maybe a tyco will better for you.this is to the original poster of this thread.
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further update-just got off the phone w/ hobbytown smc has returned their call and will remedy this was the response.so my verdict is i asked for contact info at 10:25 and by 11:05 have recieved an outstanding response from both smc and hobbytown petaluma ca
You really should thank the guy who started this thread as Im sure SMC is not to happy. Glad to here they are starting to step up to the plate, hope it continues.

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Originally Posted by Dondor View Post
I have 4 SMC batteries... 3 are puffed. I will not purchase another SMC product in the future unless there is something that is just above and beyond fantastic about it. When the 40C ThunderPower get back in stock... I will replace all of my SMC with them, and relegate the SMC to practice / playtime packs.
i would not buy thunderpower. i just had a brand new thunderpower 40c go up in smoke 1st time out.. whats up with that!?
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thanks for the heads up on smc packs
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Ya i got 2 6000 2s that have swelled plus i checked my pancar 1s and darn 2 of them swelling also that it for me. The 6000's i used once and was changed once. I can't stand that better then 300 bucks shoot.
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I just had a new 4s 50c SMC pack start to swell. There's a crack in front of where the wires come out. Also in the opening, I can see a cell sticking out and pushing against the wires, but then it goes away after the pack has cooled. Is this normal to have that small crack on the case and have some slight swelling?

How good is SMC's warranty? You think they will replace it?
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I have had all sorts of Li-Po brand from SMC to ThunderPower to cheap Chinese brand and they all suck. They all puff like a toad on a hot musty humid summer day out by the mosquito infested swamp. The problem I see here is that we as consumer are asking for something that the companies can make money off of us. We need to stop using Li-Po and move onto something better...I highly recommend something like Li-Ion. Why Li-Ion, because in all my years as a contractor, all of the cordless power tools that we use are of that type of battery and they can take a beating. You name it, hammer drills, saws, impacts, etc...Li-ion is the way to go but since we all are hung up on Li-Po...of course the companies are going to make what we demand. But now, we demand something better. We demand a revolution in batteries other then the Li-Po; the fat that hangs on obesity.
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Originally Posted by BOLISARIO View Post
I just had a new 4s 50c SMC pack start to swell. There's a crack in front of where the wires come out. Also in the opening, I can see a cell sticking out and pushing against the wires, but then it goes away after the pack has cooled. Is this normal to have that small crack on the case and have some slight swelling?

How good is SMC's warranty? You think they will replace it?
i had my SMC for a few months now. no problems at all. its been a month since i used them. i ran one yester day and it still had a 8.2 charge on it. i discharged it lastnight down to 7.4 thses lipo's are ok with me
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i think some of what we are seeing is the fact that manufacture are pushing the OEs to produce packs with more runtime and move voltage and higher discharge rate. this almost always reduces the life span of packs. there may just be a wall that we have reached with the current technology. it is a balancing act of performance vs. durability.
x2. I think we are seeing the horizon as far as the balancing act of performance Vs. durability.At least with the current chemistry.That being said, I have owned 1 SMC battery.It lasted a week outside of the warranty so I didnt even bother trying to get it replaced.Instead I took the 100.00 it would have cost me for another SMC and bought 5 of the zippy 4000 hard case packs from hobby city.In a year of running them I have had 1 of the zippy's fail. just a bad solder joint that was easy enough to fix.

Some swear by them, some hate them,(SMC) all I know is I got 5 times the bang for the buck going cheaper and am happier with 1 failure out of 5 than i was with a 3 month old pack blowing up like a balloon at 100.00 a pop.
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Abuse, neglect, and cheap chargers cause most of these problems!!!
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Originally Posted by Andy Koback View Post
Abuse, neglect, and cheap chargers cause most of these problems!!!
Of course its everyones fault but the mfg right?
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