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Old 12-16-2006, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Lipos for stater box?

I was wondering if anyone has rigged up a lipo battery to power their starter box.

I was thinking a 4s 14.8v lipo would do the job. You would however need something to monitor the lipos voltage and cut it so the individual cells don't dip below 3v.

I'm not sure what capacity and discharge rate would be ideal or what device to use to monitor the voltage.

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Old 12-16-2006, 02:19 AM   #2
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I was wondering if anyone has rigged up a lipo battery to power their starter box.

I was thinking a 4s 14.8v lipo would do the job. You would however need something to monitor the lipos voltage and cut it so the individual cells don't dip below 3v.

I'm not sure what capacity and discharge rate would be ideal or what device to use to monitor the voltage.

Recommendations?
go to HT batteries. They sell a LiPo pack for starter boxes. Its the Shizzz I have a pack for both my Mugen boxes, works great..... And Suppa light!
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Drake runs a HT batteries lipo in his starter boxes.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:32 PM   #4
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How do you monitor pack voltage though?
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I think MaxxAmps has a low voltage dector that has a little LED that lights up when the pack voltage gets low. Just mount the LED on the panel by the switch for the box. When you turn on the box if the LED lights up you know it's time to recharge the box.

You have to buy the one for the # of cells you have in your pack, it looks for a specific voltage. So basicly don't buy the one for 3 cells if you have a 4 cell pack, you will over discharge your pack.

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I just went and checked, they do still have them. And I was wrong, the LED is lit while the pack voltage is still good and goes out when it's time to recharge. NOTE, these are NOT cutoffs, just voltage detectors to let you know when to recharge your pack. Light goes out at 3V/cell. The safe voltage you DON'T want to go below is 2.7V/cell. They have a small cussion built in.

Low voltage dector scroll down to bottom of page

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