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Old 12-21-2006, 11:46 AM
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I had taken a break from r/c racing for a couple of months and was wondering if i should cycle my batteries or something to get them ready. I did store juice in the batteries before putting them away and always took good care of my batteries.

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Cycling the packs once or twice would be a good idea.

IB's (assuming your using) will self discharge, so hopefully none of the cells went below .6. If you have or have access to a CTXD2 or DPD, you can see if you have any bad cells prior to cycling your packs.
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ok thanks alot. What if some of the cells did go below .6?I dont have a dpd or ctx-d but was thinking about getting one.I am using IB's.
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If the cells went below .6 there is a chance that they shorted out, and will not be able to hold a real charge.
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What is a good cycling procedure?
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Originally Posted by Iceracer
What is a good cycling procedure?
The normal cycling procedure is charge at 6A, discharge at 30A or 35A. Most people tend to cycle their packs at the same #'s as on the matched labels.
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Originally Posted by A. Rhodes
The normal cycling procedure is charge at 6A, discharge at 30A or 35A. Most people tend to cycle their packs at the same #'s as on the matched labels.

Andy's dead on but just remember that when you discharge the packs to put at least 500-600 mah back in them after they cool. My rule of thumb is for every week I'm not racing I put in 5 minutes of charge. So far that has worked out.
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after you run and they have cooled 500 to 1000 sec of charge at 6a till the next week and if you dont race the next week discharge and do it again.
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Originally Posted by Bob Barry
Andy's dead on but just remember that when you discharge the packs to put at least 500-600 mah back in them after they cool. My rule of thumb is for every week I'm not racing I put in 5 minutes of charge. So far that has worked out.
I know this may sound dumb, but what if fully charging it will it hurt the cells or is it just the same as putting in a charge of 500-600?
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you can fully charge them and it will be fine iv done this,they will discharge on there own anyways.
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how many times should i cycle my batteries?
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wondering if anyone has had any experience with intigy battery zappers.are they worth the money and what exactly do they do.any feedback would be appreciated thanks.
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anyone know how many time to cycle them?
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I've had some IB3800's that have sat for about 5 months. Some of the cells were at 0V. The first cycle was a rediculous high average voltage and low runtime. The second cycle was a little more realistic volts and runtime was coming up. By the 3rd cycle, they were almost back to where they were the winter before. Runtime was a little down but for stock club racing it really doesn't matter. I would recommend running the pack in a practice on the 3rd or 4th cycle just to get the feel of it and to see how they fair out compared to the other packs.

I'm guessing that the IB4200's will react the same way.
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