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Old 01-19-2010, 12:29 AM   #646
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If I were you I would get a receiver pack. I wish I did, so I wouldnt have worry about any problems when I try v203
i understand trepidation, but i think the problem is overstated. novak has tried to 'help' by adding a 'feature' that protects you from overdischarging the battery. maybe just a 'dumb' booster is preferred?

a 17.5 or 13.5 1/12 scale won't use more than 2500 mah in an 8minute race. (for the time being!!) so this means 15" minute practice sessions before you need to worry, unless your running mod. wouldn't a 10minute practice run tell you everything you need to know? (will the tires last? will your concentration hold up?) so unless you really need to run 15+ minute practice sessions, i don't see a need for a voltage cutoff. (imho)
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a 17.5 or 13.5 1/12 scale won't use more than 2500 mah in an 8minute race.
Its assumptions like this that kill batteries.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:52 AM   #648
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i understand trepidation, but i think the problem is overstated. novak has tried to 'help' by adding a 'feature' that protects you from overdischarging the battery. maybe just a 'dumb' booster is preferred?

a 17.5 or 13.5 1/12 scale won't use more than 2500 mah in an 8minute race. (for the time being!!) so this means 15" minute practice sessions before you need to worry, unless your running mod. wouldn't a 10minute practice run tell you everything you need to know? (will the tires last? will your concentration hold up?) so unless you really need to run 15+ minute practice sessions, i don't see a need for a voltage cutoff. (imho)
once you have 203 setup correctly, we see usage go up to 3100 in stock and 3500 in superstock

i have seen smart boosters as well as dumb boosters fail.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:28 AM   #649
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Im using a LIFE pack now, i very much preferred the Novak SmartBoost but it seemed to have problems with v203 of the tekin.

Unfortunately i use a little over 100 mah per run and the life pack is only 200mah so i have to charge it after every race which is a HUGE hassle
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once you have 203 setup correctly, we see usage go up to 3100 in stock and 3500 in superstock

i have seen smart boosters as well as dumb boosters fail.
+1 on both counts - I'm using 3500 mah in superstock, sometimes a little more. Boosters are hit or miss in many cases, making a receiver pack the reliable (albeit inconvenient) choice.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:25 AM   #651
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This weekend at NEGS round 3 I was using between 3100-3300 mah per run in 17.5. Most all of us was seeing high temps and lots of fade until we all nailed down ESC settings on the wide open track but still about .3-4 fade from beginning to end.

I used a Team Epic LiFe pack charged every round and never took more than 53mah out of the pack. But I am using an analog servo so that might be the difference.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:57 AM   #652
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Its assumptions like this that kill batteries.
ok, i mispoke.

for me, recharging after an 8min race is always less than 2500mah.

if you check your recharging cycles, you will have an idea of how long a practice session can be tolerated.

for me, practice runs over 10minutes aren't likely. the tires go off after 9minutes, and its kind of an alarm.(plus my brain needs a recharge before the battery)
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:59 AM   #653
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once you have 203 setup correctly, we see usage go up to 3100 in stock and 3500 in superstock

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+1 on both counts - I'm using 3500 mah in superstock, sometimes a little more. Boosters are hit or miss in many cases, making a receiver pack the reliable (albeit inconvenient) choice.
interesting. i must still be under-tuned. motor temps and battery usage is down with v203 compared to v200.
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Rx packs only. I recharge them between every round. I never put more than 95 mah back into them. I have seen fried boosters after switching to 203. I never tried it, just switched straight to an Rx pack.
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The Novak booster is definetly not the way to go with v203. Doesn't work.
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The Novak booster is definetly not the way to go with v203. Doesn't work.
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i really think that it is not the boosters that are "failing", but the main battery pack is not able to maintain voltage to the booster. once that battery dips below a certain threashold (usually 3.3v) the electronics have a hard time doing what they were made to do. so i think you are seeing some reset and some get into a state where they are not doing what they were ment to do. but I am not sure I would want to try and fix the problem with electronics when a simple rx pack does the job.
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So, with a 1-cell LiPo with the Tekin ESC with v203, what should one do, run the Novak Smart Boost or find a small, decent milliamp battery pack to use for the RX?
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So, with a 1-cell LiPo with the Tekin ESC with v203, what should one do, run the Novak Smart Boost or find a small, decent milliamp battery pack to use for the RX?
Wanting to know the same thing...
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agreed.
My Novak booster worked for two heats after upgrading to version 203. A friend running oval also had problems running the booster in question. And there are multiple instances of other people having problems. I would recommend a LIFE receiver pack as it's almost the perfect voltage for the RX.
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