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Old 04-17-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
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I have a question about the 3300 batteries for the first few minutes of the race my car is real fast then the batteries start to run real flat can anyone tell me how I can fix this problem. I'm running a stock motor and I charge the at 6 amps and discharge at 20 amps and then when they cool down I put them on a tray when the lights got out I take them of the tray.Is that how the batteries are.
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Old 04-17-2004, 06:37 PM   #2
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you may try 30amp discharge
do not tray before put away the packs
tray before charge
charge immediately after tray
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Old 04-17-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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when you charge your pack, does one or more of the cells seem extremely hotter than the rest?
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if 1 cell is cold and the rest is hot u may have a dead cell.
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how old are these packs?? do you deadshort??? u might have lose SUBSTANTIAL LOSS of runtime... IDK
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Stick packs are notorious for having a "dead" or "vented" cell. The one pack I saw do the same thing, was charged the first time over the recommended charge rate (about 3 amps for NiHm, 4.5 amps for NiCd max!!!) and had been over discharged after the run. Most chargers are set to auto detect the proper amprage for charging, the adjustible ones should have the recommended range on the face or in the manual. Contact the manufacturer of the battery to be certain, but charging it at 6 amps is double the recommended rate and probably ruined the cells.
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Stick packs are notorious for having a "dead" or "vented" cell. The one pack I saw do the same thing, was charged the first time over the recommended charge rate (about 3 amps for NiHm, 4.5 amps for NiCd max!!!) and had been over discharged after the run. Most chargers are set to auto detect the proper amprage for charging, the adjustible ones should have the recommended range on the face or in the manual. Contact the manufacturer of the battery to be certain, but charging it at 6 amps is double the recommended rate and probably ruined the cells.
If these are GP3300 cells, we reccomend charging at 6 amps. A 3 amp charge would give you very flat cells for a long run time. That's not what you want in stock racing. I have teammates that charge at MUCH higher rates than that. It sounds to me like the problem may be the tray. What tray are you using? If it's one without an auto cutoff and you're just undoing each cell as the lights go out, you're not really equalizing the cells. It's a colse estimate. Someone mentioned that you may have a dead cell. That's very possible. Do you have one cell that's going out much earlier than all the others. Some of the trays that don't have a cutoff on them and take the cells down to 0.0v have a tendancy to do that. Especially if you accadently leve them on too long. Also, is this happening on just one pack or all of your packs?

If you're looking for charging/discharging/storing proceedures, just click on the Fukuyama Racing link in my sig. and go to the TECHNICAL INFO section.

As far as a tray goes. I'd reccomend something with an auto cutoff @ .9v. I like the Rayspeed. You can get it from Steve @ www.speedtechrc.com. Novak is also coming out with what looks to be a very nice digial tray as well. As long as they have an auto cut off instead of the watching the bulbs method. If you let one cell go too long you can kill that one cell and flatten the pack.

Hope this helps.
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if i charged at 3 amps i think id miss the qualifiers being it takes so long to charge...but anyways i charge at 6 like Fukuyama prefers
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