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Old 07-13-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Default Need to Understand LiPo for 1/10th scale

We race 1/10th on road and off road. We also regularly race 1/18th and 1/14th scale. We run with brushed motors for now. There's three of us racing and budget is a factor. I have recent experience with LiPo for the smaller scale vehicles and own a few chargers that handle LiPo.

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Being that we run stock motors, 19T, and mod motors in our 1/10th scales I'm trying to figure out what type of batteries to buy to race with all the different motors. Traditionally using NiMh we run 3-4 packs (3300-4200mah) for each vehicle for a nights worth of racing. Which as you know means there's almost always a battery on a charger during race night to be able to get enough runtime to practice and finish all the qualifiers and main race.

What size LiPo battery would you buy to be able to race? If I'm running a 8 single in a touring car can I use just one battery and just charge it whenever I'm not on the track and have enough runtime for the whole evening? What battery should I get? Or do I need two of them?
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You also have to make sure your ESC has a cut off for LiPo and that you have a charger that can handle Lipo. Then you will also need a fire extinguisher, I kid , I kid.
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The orion 3200 is a battery that drops right in to you car. The Orion 4800 requires some make-it-fit work. I run Blushless with Li-Po and in 19T-9T the batterry goes alot quicker. If you can fit the 4800 in your car, do it. Otherwise just go 3200. It usually takes about an hour to fully charge a Li-Po regardless the capacity. Why not get more run time with the 4800. With Li-Po you don't have to fully charge it to use it. it doesn't kill the battery like Ni-Cd or Ni-MH. Two batterries are better, but if your budget is only enough for one, just get one. You can always buy another one later.
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