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Old 12-31-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hey folks,

I'm wanting to start moving over to LiPo's, but I don't want to drop a ton of cash right now. Have any of you had good luck with the less expensive chinese LiPo's? If so, what are you useing and where did you get em?

I've heard in the past that some of the inexpensive chinese batteries actually were quite good.

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I used Hecell lipos from ebay which cost about $50 each. 4000mah, 25C, 2S, Deans already on, balancing tabs. They have more punch than my Orion 3800 Race Spec. The next battery I will buy are the Zippy LiPOs.
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Here is a link to the Zippy LiPO.
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...25C_Car_Lipoly
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Damn.. that is cheap.. how is their shipping price? I bought some Pro-Tek (Amain hobbies house brand) 4000mah 2S 15C 4000mAh batteries for $35/ea. These Zippy batteries being 25C might give a little more punch.
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I priced shipping for 2 of the Zippy LiPOs and the cheapest shipping method which takes 10-30 days was about $11 for both batteries.
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Damn.. that is cheap.. how is their shipping price? I bought some Pro-Tek (Amain hobbies house brand) 4000mah 2S 15C 4000mAh batteries for $35/ea. These Zippy batteries being 25C might give a little more punch.
hows running with protek lipo at amain?. how do you compare it?
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Hey folks,

I'm wanting to start moving over to LiPo's, but I don't want to drop a ton of cash right now. Have any of you had good luck with the less expensive chinese LiPo's? If so, what are you useing and where did you get em?

I've heard in the past that some of the inexpensive chinese batteries actually were quite good.

Thanks.
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i bought a lipo battery at ebay . i used it once and the prettymuch is good but it just bubbled on me. i returned it and got my refund. i heard smc lipo are good too, for an affordable price. http://www.axiommotors.com/-c-62_103.html
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I like Zippy and SMC. I have tried both and really like them.
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Ultraline hobbies has some good lipo batteries also, a little more expensive but I have been very happy with them.

I have used Zippy batteries in my planes and heli's for years and never had a problem. Next time I order stuff from hobby city I am going to pick up one of their car packs to see how it does. If it runs my car half as well as zippy runs my planes I will be happy.

From my experence with the Yeah racing cells I can tell no difference between the smc and reedy pack that I own. My wallet sure could tell the difference.
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It looks like Lipo doesn't have many problems as Ni-Mh does, and doesn't have much difference between cheap Zippy and expensive Orion and SMC (say the same C rating and capacity). then why some people still go for expensive ones Do they provide something different?
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I have ran these new Zippy's 4000 25C car packs for 28.00 $ and looks awesome.I love these packs and i'll get 3-4 more when they'll be in stock again.I don't understand why all the other guys continue with the 40C battle.
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It looks like Lipo doesn't have many problems as Ni-Mh does, and doesn't have much difference between cheap Zippy and expensive Orion and SMC (say the same C rating and capacity). then why some people still go for expensive ones Do they provide something different?
The thing you have to remember is that Orion-SMC-almost who ever don't make the lipo cells...they are a "matcher" I doubt you will ever find out who's cells those matchers use so there is no telling if the cells are the same. There are quite a few people that make lipo cells, and the only one I can think of is Kokam, they make and sell RC lipo packs.

As to why people still go for expensive ones, I am not sure. Do what I did if your budget allows buy a named brand pack or two then buy the less expensive packs and see if you can tell the difference. Have someone else put the battery in your car and not tell you...see if you can tell the difference between different packs. Then make your decision. Unless you do your own real world test you have no idea if one pack is worth more money then another.
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It looks like Lipo doesn't have many problems as Ni-Mh does, and doesn't have much difference between cheap Zippy and expensive Orion and SMC (say the same C rating and capacity). then why some people still go for expensive ones Do they provide something different?
Yes.Higher C rating numbers that usually are for marketing reasons only.I want to see in how many days someone will release a 50C or even a 60C pack.
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Wow! A 4000mah hard pack for $28? That's an insane price! LOL of course the -18 stock level doesn't look too great right now. I wonder how regularly they replenish their stock?

How does one of these packs compare to the average 4600 NiMh pack? It would certainly be cheaper to run the LiPo's at that price.

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Yes.Higher C rating numbers that usually are for marketing reasons only.I want to see in how many days someone will release a 50C or even a 60C pack.
Higher C rating is a marketing scheme to charge you more.

CHINESE LIPOS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone know if there are any American made LiPos? I know there are American assembled LiPos, but I mean the actual cells made in America?
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