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Old 04-06-2009, 08:53 AM   #16
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Like thopper said, do not listen to the jargon. zippy makes really good packs.
What I have found is that people are generally happy with their soft case packs, but their hardcase car packs are complete garbage.
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Zippy packs offer bang for the buck. They are basically disposable lipos IMHO, but they absolutely cannot be beat for the price all things considered.

After a hard year of racing with 6 5s zippy-h packs, 4 won't stay in balance. One puffed and pretty much has dead cell. The 6th one is doing ok, but I can tell one of the cells is getting weak.

Does this mean the zippys are bad? No, but again they are basically disposable lipos. Good for a year of racing and chuck em in the garbage. For $75-90 bucks a pop... who cares. They cost less than a 1/3rd of the name brand ones and generally perform good enough.

I also have several 5s NeuEnergy packs that I picked up on clearance sales. They have NEVER been out of balance after nearly a year of racing. EVER. I only balance them maybe every 5 cycles, but it has never been needed. I can say without doubt the name brand batteries are more durable, better constructed, and will last longer but you have to decide if they are worth the premium pricing.

Personally, with battery technology advancing so rapidly, it doesn't make sense to pay top dollar for batteries. My 25c batteries from last year are now out of style considering 30c seems to be the standard. Next year, it will be 35c-40c. I don't need lipos to last 3 or 4 years anymore.
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Zippy packs offer bang for the buck. They are basically disposable lipos IMHO, but they absolutely cannot be beat for the price all things considered.

After a hard year of racing with 6 5s zippy-h packs, 4 won't stay in balance. One puffed and pretty much has dead cell. The 6th one is doing ok, but I can tell one of the cells is getting weak.

Does this mean the zippys are bad? No, but again they are basically disposable lipos. Good for a year of racing and chuck em in the garbage. For $75-90 bucks a pop... who cares. They cost less than a 1/3rd of the name brand ones and generally perform good enough.

I also have several 5s NeuEnergy packs that I picked up on clearance sales. They have NEVER been out of balance after nearly a year of racing. EVER. I only balance them maybe every 5 cycles, but it has never been needed. I can say without doubt the name brand batteries are more durable, better constructed, and will last longer but you have to decide if they are worth the premium pricing.

Personally, with battery technology advancing so rapidly, it doesn't make sense to pay top dollar for batteries. My 25c batteries from last year are now out of style considering 30c seems to be the standard. Next year, it will be 35c-40c. I don't need lipos to last 3 or 4 years anymore.
also, hobbycity is making high dollars lipo packs come down a bit. I bought a NEU energy 5s 4300 for $125 brand new from Neu website. Thanks hobby city for the great competitive price!!!
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