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Old 09-02-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Which starter box is good?

I am deciding on what to buy for a 1/8 buggy starter box.
Which type is the best type and why?

Battery choices
1) the ones with 12V battery
2) the ones with 2x 7.2V batteries

Motor choices:
1) the ones with one big 12V motor
2) the ones with one 750 motor
3) the ones with two 750 motors
4) the ones with two 540 motors

Any particular brand that is value for money?
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Old 09-02-2005, 02:48 PM   #2
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I like the Integy line of starter boxes. I have a single 750 motor version for my 1/10th scale .12 motor cars and the heavy duty duel 750 motor version for my 1/8th buggy. The single 750 motor is plenty to start my .21 buggy motor though. I use a 12v gell cell to power them. They come with plenty of adaptation to fit just about any chassis.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:42 PM   #3
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I would say get an Ofna box since I have one.I still have integy boxes that I don't use anymore.I have the single 750,and duel 750 boxes.The duel 750's will work fine for an 1/8th scale.But the single motor one gets hot and stops working very fast.I have sinced changed to the OFNA box and the quality is very high,and starts alot faster then the integy boxes did.But I've also heard the mugen box is very good to.
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:28 PM   #4
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Thunder Tiger boxes are excellent too.
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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I picked up a GS Racing prostarter box and was skeptic at first. The one 750 has plenty of power to turn over a new OS VZ-B Vspec. What I reallylike is the size, weight and price. It's alot smaller than the Ofna boxes and most other boxes and with 2-7.2v batteries it's super light which is great for carrying to the pit lane. You can find them for $70-80. Just go to GS Silicon website and check it out. Plus you can get them in 3 different colors (black, blue, purple).
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Hi,

I brought a Gell Cell battery - the guy at the hobby shop said it cant be charged with an eletronic charger (i'm using a charge tronic charger can found on the front page www.rchobbies.com.au).

I'm a little concerned using the standard charger because it doesnt have any indicators and it doesnt tell you when its fully charged....

Any help would be appreicated (e.g. settings etc).

Thanks
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just get an ofna box. they are great, and work great without any problems. i sold my ofna box for 45 dollars not so long ago, but thats only because i run electric now. anyway, its your choice on what battery you want to take. i bought a 12V battery, and it worked great. i dont know about buying 2 stick packs though...never tried that. anyway, either battery route you pick should be fine.
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OFNA Chrome Top or the Mugen bok work great. With the Mugen box get a set of TITAN (emaxx) motors to replace the stock motors when they go out and it will be slammin.
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Hi,

I brought a Gell Cell battery - the guy at the hobby shop said it cant be charged with an eletronic charger (i'm using a charge tronic charger can found on the front page www.rchobbies.com.au).

I'm a little concerned using the standard charger because it doesnt have any indicators and it doesnt tell you when its fully charged....

Any help would be appreicated (e.g. settings etc).

Thanks
It's a trickle charger and will not hurt that battery if you leave it plugged in for a week. The gel cell battery is your basic lead/acid automotive/motorcycle battery and is very had to mess up. The thing you need to avoid is deep discharging it because it can sulfunate just like its big brother in your car.

I like the OFNA chrome top 12V box but it is a bit on the heavy side with a 7A gel cell in it.
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i am using the ofna blue bottom chrome top and a 12v battery for my hyper 7
i tried a ofna box with dual 550 motors to try and save a few bucks. after a weekend of trying to get it to work i went and bought another starter box
(chrome top blue bottom, single 12v motor) i had to add shims to the starter box motor because the wheel had to much play. but this works fine. as far as charging i have been using a 12 volt float charger from Harbor Freight Tools. they go on sale for less than $10.00. i plug it in for a few days and my box is always ready.

if you go to dual 7.2 batteries you will have to wait for the batteries to charge. either two chargers or single charge.
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It's a trickle charger and will not hurt that battery if you leave it plugged in for a week. The gel cell battery is your basic lead/acid automotive/motorcycle battery and is very had to mess up. The thing you need to avoid is deep discharging it because it can sulfunate just like its big brother in your car.

I like the OFNA chrome top 12V box but it is a bit on the heavy side with a 7A gel cell in it.

But cant i charge it with one of those Nihm/Nicad chargers?
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Realy, anything that you come across will work. If you treat your motor properly and heat it up with a heat gun each time before you crank it up then the jankyest of starter boxes will turn it right over with ease.
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The 12V gel cell is the only way to go for sure. It takes forever for it die, and it has tons of power. I would never run stick packs in my box again, they are horrible.
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