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Old 03-16-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Elite 3600 batts...anyone use these???any good???

are these elite 3600 batts any good. I read good things but do they produce?
saw them at cheapbatterypacks......you know com.
thanks guys, if you use em how do you dis charge them and are they powerful?
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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Yup, I have a pack of 'em, was given one to test about 3 or 4 months ago(they wanted me to compare it to my high-dollar packs of GP3700's & IB3800's & let them know what I thought), & while I do think the latest batches of IB3800's have a little more punch, for the price, I don't think ANYTHING can beat the Elite 3600's. I can just BARELY tell any difference in feel or in my lap times with the Elite pack or with my best IB3800's(& those tested out averaging 1.205 volts er cell at a 35 amp load, highest I've ever seen, & they feel just as good in the car), but I'd guess that my pack of 3600's only cost me a 1/10 of a second on my best laps, they're VERY raceable(& I'm still using them today, in qualifying heats). And considering that you can get a 6 cell pack of them for around $35 SHIPPED, that's a deal that's hard to beat. I highly reccomend 'em if you're on a budget(but you should make sure your local track doesn't mind them, some might be more inclined to only allow ROAR legal cells, & the Elite ones are not, just ask them about it before you buy).....
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I bought one pack and it is stronger than all the IB3800 packs I have. It also seems to take more charge than all the 3800s. For the price, it is a great pack. However, I don't think it is ROAR approved, so if you are racing someplace that cares, you can only use the Elites for practice.

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great. are their any tips to discharging them? dead short em or bring em down to 0.9 only. store charged? Thanks,
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are you guys using matched 3600 or just the plain ones?
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are you guys using matched 3600 or just the plain ones?
Not really sure, they didn't tell me if mine were matched or not(at the time they said some packs in the test could be, but not all of them), but the way the cells in mine finish fairly close together, it makes me think it might be a matched pack. And as for charging/discharging practices, I've been charging at 6.5 amps(though they reccomended 7) using a 6mV per cell voltage threshold(so total voltage drop before charger shutoff is about .036V for the pack), & after a run I discharge with a bulb discharger(12 bulbs for about a 24 amp load) & a cutoff switch that stops it when the pack reaches 5.4 volts(.9 volts per cell), & then put them on my Novak Smart Tray & have it set to .5 volts. Then after that's done the pack's ready to store(as long as I'm not gonna wait too long before using it again, if longer than a couple of weeks, then it's best to store with at least half a charge in it).....
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thanks, i will be getting some of these to try out.
if anyone else has more good or bad about these cells i'd like to read it.
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I got one of the packs to test too. I guess for the money they aren't too bad. It's not my best pack, but it's not my worst pack either. I normally use it for qualifying. My track lets me run it because it's not any better than the IB,IP and GP cells that everyone else is running - you may want to check with your track though. Also, the cells are a little longer than the IB + GP cells, so you may have to make your battery slots a little longer.
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I got a free pack a while back to test. Its not matched but its the fastest and longest lasting pack I have. All my other batteries are GP3300 both matched and unmatched packs. It also keeps up with my friends SMC IB3600's.
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