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Old 04-30-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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As above. Im looking at some IB4200 WC cells, and Im after packs that will offer the longest runtime and last the longest. Im looking at getting

Promatch's assembled un-matched ladder pack
Boom boom batteries assembled un-matched ladder pack
SMC assembled matched economy ladder pack
SMC matched stick pack (these I believe are not WC)

Since lipos have not been allowed yet in official drift comps, im looking at these. So what are your suggestions??
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For drifting they are not really necessary.
With matched packs the batteries peak at about the same time and they will also have a similar amount of runtime.

The call is ultimately up to you, but if you have an equaliser unmatched packs will be fine
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Not at all. You do not need matched packs, just the runtime. Our economy packs would be more than enough for something like a drift car, and they are only $40 for cells that have been through the matching process.

Any 4200 would be fine. You wouldn't really notice the punch a matched pack offers since your usually spinning the tires anyway.
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well you do want power i think and in non matched packs the volts are a little down
just try a cheap SMC pack and see if it works for you.
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I have tried matched packs before, but i got them 2nd hand, each about 12 months old, i noticed a slight difference in performance between a matched pack, and an un-matched pack, but i was using a 5700 motor with abs, but i have now moved to a 4600 motor, to aquire a bit more runtime, and really the 5700 wasnt suited to my style of drifting.

as I only need 2 packs, & they will be used in comps only, ill get 1 matched and 1 un-matched and see how i got from there. Thanks for the info ppl, very much appreciated!!
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No need. Pick up cheap packs or even used packs. You don't need that little bit of extra punch to break drifting tires free.

For drifting I'd want as many packs as I could buy for my money. More packs will get you more time to play; not better packs.
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I have an orion 3200 lipo for runtime. But we're not allowed to run them in official drift comps. I really only need 1 pack, but Im grabbing 2 just in case...
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For drifting you don;t need matched batteries. Since duration is an issue use GP4600
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Matched NiMH packs that are a year old, especially with 50+ runs on them, won't necessarily keep their same charge/discharge profile as when they were new, so I wouldn't trust your experience with them as being representative of what matched packs can do. If you are heads-up racing every week and can feel the difference between, say, pinion gears one or two apart, then you'll probably be able to feel the difference between a new matched pack and a new unmatched pack.
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Absolutely not. For drifting you could easily get by with a set of high mah ebay batteries.
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I have an orion 3200 lipo for runtime. But we're not allowed to run them in official drift comps.
What is the reasoning behind not letting LiPo run in official events?
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What is the reasoning behind not letting LiPo run in official events?
lipo is still to new and i think the batt company's will flip
but it will happen one day.
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There's also another member of the club pushing foward for LiPos, but at this stage I am unsure why they are not permitted in official events.

720 spin - I noticed quite a difference between running my un-matched pack and running my matched pack, both being the same age, about 12 months, but i bought the matched pack used. So in saying that, I know I will notice a big difference between a new un-matched pack and a new matched pack. I will also be running a mamba 4600, so by using matched packs, i like to know im getting the most possible power output from the mamba with nimh cells.

If or when they decide to allow lipo, i will still hang on to the matched packs, but wont use them as much, probably just for bashing around.
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