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Old 06-07-2006, 04:28 PM
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I am looking to get some good racing and practice packs to prepare for GT2 in TCS. The only legal batteries are:
Sanyo NI-CD 2400, Sanyo NI-MH HV 3000, 3300 & 3600, Panasonic 3000 Ultra Metal Hydride, Panasonic 3000 Stock Metal Hydride, GP (Gold Peak) 3300 & 3700, Intellect Batteries 3600, 3800 and LRP 3700, EPIC 3800. LIPO batteries are not legal at this time.
According to the TCS rules. My question is, what do I need to buy to properly care for these batteries? I have read alot about discharge trays, equalizing, etc. Currently, I have thrown out my old stick packs and am starting over. I figure 3 race and 3 practice packs. I currently use the Novak Ionic charger.

Which batteries should I buy, and what equipment do I need to take care of them(dischargers, trays, equalizers, power supply, etc)?
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:50 PM
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get some of the intellect batteries. Change your charger and get a good equalizing tray.
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What have you got now for a charger and other supplies? What kind of budget do you have? What kind of batteries are you throwing out? Don't discard anything yet.

Pick up a few new matched packs based on the IB3800s.

If you've got a charger that can cycle single cells, break down your packs, cycle the cells for the stats, and re-group them based on how good they are. Should give you some usable practice packs at least.
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I agree with the others... I'd go for some IB3800's from Pro-Match. Instead of 6 packs, get 3 or 4 and then an ICE charger.
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Originally Posted by Jason B
I agree with the others... I'd go for some IB3800's from Pro-Match. Instead of 6 packs, get 3 or 4 and then an ICE charger.
agree to ...IB3800 all same packs, good charger like ice with termal sensor!! set to 46c - 3-4mV/Cell, can be charged up to 6 amps(i use 5.5A).
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get a trinity battery case. I love the ICE, it doesn't discharge that fast without getting hot, but good after the races for a hour discharge. If you don't wanna buy a discharger, you can build one. Directoins are on RCCar actions' site. I've never used and equalizer so i wouldn't know about that.
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I think the best combo is ICE + Trinity Zero-Thirty + Tekin Battery Doctor 8.0.

I agree about the ICE's discharge: it's okay if you want to do a slow discharge, but that's a little pointless. Any charger that has a strong discharge function is going to run a LOT more money. My combo gets you all the battery maintenance you need (and then some) for $200 (assuming you use the $25 coupon at Tower hehe). That's great bang for the buck, but does assume you have $200 to spend on battery maintenance.

If you can only do two of the three, get the ICE and toss a coin between the 0/30 and the Doctor. The 0/30 is nice for rapid discharge (@30A), but doesn't equalize (despite what it claims). The Doctor discharges at 2.0A, so equalizes a half-charged battery could take a day and a half... but it equalizes with the best of them.
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That combo looks like a good deal. I have the money for that combo, but I would also need a power supply for the charger. What power supply would be good for that, and of course, other things that may be purchased in the future(lathe, tire warmers)?

Right now, I had some GP3300 stick packs I had been running for practice days. I shouldn't have said throwing out, instead say demoting to my fun non-race cars (TB01 Rally).
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for my ICE, i use a 15 amp supply from radio shack.
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