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Old 10-13-2008, 03:59 PM   #16
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I am absolutely going faster since going to lipo. Rather then juggling batteries between chargers and dischargers I now go on the track to get extra practice time. My times as a result have improved significantly.
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I am faster simply because I can spend more time practicing rather than trying to manage my NIMH cells.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:05 PM   #18
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I am absolutely going faster since going to lipo. Rather then juggling batteries between chargers and dischargers I now go on the track to get extra practice time. My times as a result have improved significantly.

Did anyone imply they were supposed to be faster? No one I've ever seen. I think most would say at the Stock level nimh is faster.
I am not going to disagree with the sentiment that LiPo is easier to use (wait a few seasons and see if you still agree ).

However the "I am faster because I can practice more" is a fudge of an answer to the question. People could practice with NiMH's too you know.

I have reached an age now where I am only going to get slower... extra practice time will do nothing for me.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:14 PM   #19
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You couldnt practice as much with nimh. Unless you had a ton of packs and chargers/dischargers.

I couldnt answer the question the way you wanted b/c I got rid of all my nimhs when I got lipo. I would guess though that for most it makes no difference.
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I feel just as fast, but most importantly things are easier.
I feel I get a lot more for my money as well, be it reliable cycles and ease of use. It's a win-win for myself. As soon as I can lipo my 12th scale, my world will be a great place.
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Lipos don't drop off towards the end of a race like the nimh packs do. Much more consistent and less maintenance.
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I am, I'm too cheap to buy new packs every month, so even if new packs may have been "faster" for a week or two, the rest of the season I would have been down on power.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:46 PM   #23
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I have to agree with this Haynes fella.

I would also like to add...........I will never.........ever.........run nimh again.
Hell yea to that Josh, never ever again.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:04 PM   #24
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We just ran the NSW state titles here in Australia. On practice day I was pitting next to one of the fast guys of 10.5. Had all his nimh gear out on the table and was setting lap pace at that time of low 18's. Decided to through a lipo in and see what happened. All weighted and balaned up he went out and went straight into the high 17's. he looked much faster down the straight with the same pull out of corners as before. After turning up back at the pits he said "I know what I'm running" and packed up all his nimh gear. Then went straight over to the battery dude for more lipo packs.

His IB4600's were not new (just over 1 month) but were tested (GFX 35) before the event and were still very good cells.

MORAL: still using nimh is just holding you back.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:13 PM   #25
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When I swapped to lipo my car wasnt faster I dont really think. Just the ease of use, and using 1 batt all day. IMO lipo just made racing easier, with BL its a good combo, mess with your car, not motors, and batts
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:27 PM   #26
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-no more 2-3 part discharging
-no more timing your charge perfectly to your race time
-no more constant soldering
-no more building, dremeling and battery bars

-and I wouldnt have said this a few months back, but now I believe they provide more rip for spec racing than a NIMH pack...
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:54 PM   #27
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You guys are making me jealous... I think I have to go to TC now... or wait for LiPo in 1/12th.
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I firmly believe that a NIMH battery is best for the first minute or two of a race; but, a good lipo excels after that...Especially noticeable during the last minute.
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Yes lipos are easier, but is it really the lipo that is making you faster? That was the ? and not the BL? The efficiency of the BL and the lack of power drop off of any battery is gonna make you faster just for the fact that the battery will not be dropping off in a 5 minute run. I personally don't believe that it is the Lipo. I like them, but the BL system is the real winner for being faster. Not having to worry about how a motor is running and it not falling off at 4 minutes in. Just my thoughts.

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nimhs may have higher voltages for the first 2 mins. but after that, lipo's consistency will win you over the last 2 or 3 mins.

it's not actually faster, but the fact that lipos give you the same performance for almost the whole 5min race is an advantage. it won't give you faster "best" times, but you will get faster "average lap" times (especially towards the end of the race).
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