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Old 04-14-2002, 08:51 AM   #16
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hmmm... you use a soldering iron to yank off a plug?
ermm....i think you know what im talking about
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for some tracks that dont have power for soldering irons, deans plugs (or any other high end connectors) are the way to go
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they dont?
then how do you guys power your power supply and stuff??
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I dont know where marvi is but here in the UK most clubs have very few, if any mains plugs to power PS ect. We have to use 12V leisure batteries to power our chargers and soldering irons, it gets anyoying having to charge the 12V battery up every week.
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I dont know where marvi is but here in the UK most clubs have very few, if any mains plugs to power PS ect. We have to use 12V leisure batteries to power our chargers and soldering irons, it gets anyoying having to charge the 12V battery up every week.
Wow that's gotta be painful.
I remember when I used to charge the batteries off of 12V battery for offroad bashing.

I thought I could handle it if I had more batteries but it wore me out waiting for them to charge. And it was only 1500mha packs.
I might buy three or four 12Vs and as many chargers as I could gather when I go out for offroad basing again. Or might as well buy a generator.

And about the deans plug, you gotta be careful when soldering wires not to overheat the tabs.
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im from the philippines and i usually run in an outdoor parking lot track. we are only allowed to use electricity on big races. if i can get away with it, i always bring an extension cord and plug in an available socket, and then yank it out when the roving security guards pass by but it is easier for me to use deans plugs and corally type connectors. for charging, i use my car battery. i park just beside the track so it is as convenient as having available AC power. this way, i dont have to lug around my heavy power supply and extension cords. plus if my car battery dies down, i have plenty of rc buddies who can jump start it we have other great indoor and outdoor tracks that have available AC power. but i still prefer the convenience of plugs.
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why dont you just let your car running.....then you dont have to worry about not having enough power in the 12V cell...it does drains your gas and stink up the whole parking lot!!
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if you read the instructions on chargers, they actually advise against having the engine running while you are powering the chargers off the batteries...

re soldering.... you also know what i mean.... how long does it take to plug a deans plug together? then, compare that with soldering a wire... you hold the wire, iron, solder... you have got to be kidding if you say that they are equal on convenience level....

we are talking about convenience here, not about efficiency or other stuff....
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i wouldnt do that. i have to save gas to buy more rc stuff i only recharge 3 packs in one afternoon and i start the car right after the last pack - havent been stranded yet due to a dead battery. but its a good idea to keep jumper cables - ill never know when ill need them. some of my rc buddies (especially asprey ) use my car battery to peak their batts if im not looking

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