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Old 09-23-2008, 04:19 PM
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As for racing or bashing; I'll be more on the racing side, since I'll be running exclusively on a track, but I haven't driven R/C for a while, so I will be practicing for the most part.

The promatch web site has matched and unmatched available... is it worth getting matched cells if I'm going to get them assembled as a stick pack? I read that side-by-side allows equal discharging, but if it's in a stick pack, that won't be possible... so I'm not sure if it's worth going with the matched cells.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:23 PM
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I've never seen matched cells make a big difference. I have used both matched and unmatched and haven't noticed much of a difference. If you gowith stick packs you won't be able to use a Novak Smart Tray or a similar matcher/discharger though.
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Orrrrrrrrrrrrr....just go with lipo and forget all that nonsense. Speedtech is having a sale on Reedy, Robitronic, and Core-RC lipos...
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Not ready to go LiPo yet, stitch.
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Originally Posted by gfx View Post
Not ready to go LiPo yet, stitch.
Haha that's okay. I was in your shoes not too long ago, "returning to the hobby..." I did buy a nimh or two and am kinda regretting it as I have to keep an eye on them, cycling them, feeding, walking them, etc..

Got a couple lipos and haven't looked back. No fuss no muss, just make sure to get a lipo charger and not run it all the way down and use it as much as you want! We can take this to PM if you like...
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^^ I'm an old school basher recently back from the RC dead too, and was thinking of going to Lipo. BUT, and it's a big BUT, As Lipo's are getting more popular, NiMh packs are getting sooooo cheap.
For guys like me that don't need massive packs with high current drain, it's like heaven! You can now get good technology, relatively high storage packs cheap as. Just run them till they die, stuff balancing etc, and throw them away (responsibly of course.....ahhhem) after a year!
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Originally Posted by gfx View Post
As for racing or bashing; I'll be more on the racing side, since I'll be running exclusively on a track, but I haven't driven R/C for a while, so I will be practicing for the most part.

The promatch web site has matched and unmatched available... is it worth getting matched cells if I'm going to get them assembled as a stick pack? I read that side-by-side allows equal discharging, but if it's in a stick pack, that won't be possible... so I'm not sure if it's worth going with the matched cells.
Ok.... i am gonna change your quote for Nimh Vs. Lipo's

Nimh~

"I'll be more on the racing side, since I'll be running exclusively on a track, but I haven't driven R/C for a while, so I will be Charging, Discharging and Cycling for the most part and my voltage will be less consistant while i am practing.


Lipo~

"I'll be more on the racing side, since I'll be running exclusively on a track, but I haven't driven R/C for a while, so I will be practicing with consistant voltage for the most part with 2 batterys.

Link http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=7028



Trust me man, I got back in to this about last summer and bought everything brushed and nimh... I mean lathes, esc's etc. I bought big x2. Don't to it to yourself brother. Especially if you know your gonna be into it.
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Originally Posted by RB FIVE View Post
Trust me man, I got back in to this about last summer and bought everything brushed and nimh... I mean lathes, esc's etc. I bought big x2. Don't to it to yourself brother. Especially if you know your gonna be into it.
Well, I'll be running NiMH on a Novak HV/BL setup, so I'm basically going to do what JR007 said above. I figure the NiMH packs will last me for a decent amount of time, until I'm ready to go LiPo and purchase a new LiPo charger.
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Originally Posted by JR007 View Post
^^ I'm an old school basher recently back from the RC dead too, and was thinking of going to Lipo. BUT, and it's a big BUT, As Lipo's are getting more popular, NiMh packs are getting sooooo cheap.
For guys like me that don't need massive packs with high current drain, it's like heaven! You can now get good technology, relatively high storage packs cheap as. Just run them till they die, stuff balancing etc, and throw them away (responsibly of course.....ahhhem) after a year!
Woo Hoo
I guess that's the deal with this thread --- the original guy asked about "The Best" and you're suggesting the low-buck option. Not that there's anything wrong with going the low-dollar route, especially if you're just bashing, but there's always been cheap packs available --- and good NiMH packs haven't dropped in price that I've seen since the jump in LiPO's popularity, matched packs still cost what they cost. Even the cheaper "high storage" (capacity) NiMH packs are still selling for the same price as they were last year.
I guess if you don't mind buying new packs each year, as you suggest, that's just fine. But it seems that most people don't.
I always prefer to go the "buy well and buy once and you'll be happier in the long run" route.
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Since this tread has already started I'll ask here instead of starting a different one.

I've found a good price on Venom 8.4v 7 cell sport packs.

Any input as to their quality- this is just for bashing with Slashs.
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Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
Since this tread has already started I'll ask here instead of starting a different one.

I've found a good price on Venom 8.4v 7 cell sport packs.

Any input as to their quality- this is just for bashing with Slashs.

If the price is right thats a good option for just bashing around. Our spec pack for slash at lir is the orion rocketpack 7 cell.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:28 PM
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Would this be a good choice for a Traxxas E-MAXX?

http://www.venom-group.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=VEN-1527-7T
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Originally Posted by BM1 View Post
Would this be a good choice for a Traxxas E-MAXX?

http://www.venom-group.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=VEN-1527-7T

At that price you should get some lipo batterys. You will get more run time and the power won't drop off with the voltage.
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Originally Posted by BM1 View Post
Would this be a good choice for a Traxxas E-MAXX?

http://www.venom-group.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=VEN-1527-7T
What I found shopping is that Venom is the last place to buy their stuff from.

http://www.ultimatehobbies.com/istar...VEN15487T!1046

Same battery $30 cheaper
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:13 AM
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My real question was more about whether or not that particular Venom pack is good quality or not. I wouldn't purchase it from that site, so ignore the cost.

So... Are those Venom 7-cell Venom 5000mAh packs are pretty good?
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