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Old 10-26-2006, 09:31 AM   #31
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how much less time? and should i go with the team orion carbon for about $85, or the peak performance one for around $100?
I would guess the 4800 has about 50% more runtime based on the mah difference but Im not sure if the math works that way. Probably better for an enduro.
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i dont do many enduros, im just looking for more performance that is constant. if i can get the 3200 for $30 less and still have the same performance but a little less run time, then i would be happy. im just wondering if the 4800 will be worth the extra money if i will mostly be using it in normal 8 minute races.
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You will get about 30% less runtime than the 4800.
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i dont do many enduros, im just looking for more performance that is constant. if i can get the 3200 for $30 less and still have the same performance but a little less run time, then i would be happy. im just wondering if the 4800 will be worth the extra money if i will mostly be using it in normal 8 minute races.
Then I would go for the 3200 then. You won't be disappointed.
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There's no performance difference between the 3200 and 4800. The only thing that changes is the run time. If you're doing 5 minute races, that should be just fine. I run a 3200 in 5 minute on-road races with a Novak SS4300, and generally end up putting about 1800-1900 mAh back into the pack after a hard race. A lot of guys run the 4800's, and we're so even in speed it's ridiculous.

There's some misconception about higher mAh meaning higher performance like you see in the NiMH world. Since the discharge curve is so flat on LiPo batteries, you don't have to worry about it putting out less voltage at, say, 60% charge than 100%. That's the case with NiMH, but not so with LiPo. That's one of its greatest advantages, and the reason the packs perform the same in the beginning of the race as they do at the end. It's really a dream come true in terms of battery performance.
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i didnt think the 4800 would give more performance. im just wondering if the 3200 will be able to last a long time on a hot track with consistent performance. also i would like to know if it is worth the money. because i can get a 4200nimh for about half the price of a lipo.
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i didnt think the 4800 would give more performance. im just wondering if the 3200 will be able to last a long time on a hot track with consistent performance. also i would like to know if it is worth the money. because i can get a 4200nimh for about half the price of a lipo.
if you are looking for consistent performance you definately want the lipo. Think of a lipo battery as binary. It is either full strength or not going. It doesnt trail off like a nimh.
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i didnt think the 4800 would give more performance. im just wondering if the 3200 will be able to last a long time on a hot track with consistent performance. also i would like to know if it is worth the money. because i can get a 4200nimh for about half the price of a lipo.
You may pay half for the 4200, but the LiPo will give you at least 10 times as many cycles. And those cylcles will be better and stay the same throughout the life of the battery. The 420 NiMH will be best when new and continue to lose performance cycle after cycle.

Also, you must realize that "4200" means nothing. Even in the NiMH world, there are varying degrees of quality that lead to more run time, faster operation, and loger life. A generic 4200 stick pack will not perform nearlyas well as a GP or IB brand 4200 battery. With NiMH, the brand is very important.
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