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Old 01-13-2014, 08:48 PM
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hey everyone,

I haven't taken any of my stuff out of the basement in a few years….Last i remember i was running 4500 NIMH batteries with a turbo 35 GFX charger. I do have a brushless system, but am looking into getting some lipo batteries and charger..

What do you recommend would be my best bet racing again? Im running a
AE b44 and want to be competitive again.
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hey everyone,

I haven't taken any of my stuff out of the basement in a few years….Last i remember i was running 4500 NIMH batteries with a turbo 35 GFX charger. I do have a brushless system, but am looking into getting some lipo batteries and charger..

What do you recommend would be my best bet racing again? Im running a
AE b44 and want to be competitive again.
Thanks for the help!
I would recommend getting a charger that can charge 2 or 4 batteries at once like the Hitec 4x. I recently made the mistake on buying a charger that could only charge 1 at a time and have just had to buy a new charger.

Batteries... There are so many to choose from. I would recommend getting one with the highest C rating you can.

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i run two classes and i have an orion advantage touch it is so easy to use i just got into racing two years ago and this has just made my life easy.
i would sugest getting longer charger cables so you can leave your batteries in your car i believe protek from amain sells some
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As far as chargers go, the best chargers require a separate power supply (they tend to be more powerful).

I would highly recommend the iCharger line of chargers. I have the iCharger 206B and it just plain rocks. The specs are awesome and it will charge up to six cells (in case you venture into other areas of RC down the road). Any 12 volt power supply with at least 20 amps works perfect with the chargers.
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Checkout Hitec X2 or X4 chargers and for batteries, I like SMC or MODX.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...59378465,d.cGU

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...59378465,d.cGU
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I agree on the Junsi iChargers. I have a 306B which can charge up to 30A or up to 6 cells. Always check the C rating on the LiPos to see what charge rate they can handle, and highly recommend balance charging to keep them in great shape for a long time. This has been one of the best purchases I ever made. I recommend a high-quality power supply to go along with whichever charger you choose. I recommend the TrakPower 12V 25A PSU as it is compact for space savings and works great. I have used both of these together for over 3 years.

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http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Supply-12V-25A
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Cool thanks for the help…I do have a power supply, so that won't be a problem…

Now for the batteries..What kind of runtime are coming out of packs these days? when i raced I was using a pack a race since they were NIMH, What should i look for when I purchase some batteries?
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Look into smc or pro match racing batteries. They are the real deal. Lastly, I have converted all my plugs to 4 mm male plugs and purchase only inboard batteries. The connections have not come, undone once.. I finish more races..
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Cool thanks for the help…I do have a power supply, so that won't be a problem…

Now for the batteries..What kind of runtime are coming out of packs these days? when i raced I was using a pack a race since they were NIMH, What should i look for when I purchase some batteries?
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run time? well, that depends on the motor. I have run my car for 30 minutes on a 5000mah pack with a 17.5. It depends. But pretty much anything over 4000mah is good for an 8-10 minute main with practice laps

Also, I have 4500mah saddles in my b44.2 and I only use about 1300mah in a 6 minute race with practice laps running an 8.5 brushless motor
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Cool thanks for the help…I do have a power supply, so that won't be a problem…

Now for the batteries..What kind of runtime are coming out of packs these days? when i raced I was using a pack a race since they were NIMH, What should i look for when I purchase some batteries?
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I think all you need for a given race night are 2 good batteries. Depending on what you're racing, that should determine the mah. Lipos of course.
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