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Old 09-03-2004, 10:43 AM   #16
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I'd go with the Novak if I were you. I'm not a fan of Integy stuff. It's "low cost" for a reason. I've had nothing but trouble with their products quality. Especially on their dischargers.
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I don't use any of that stuff I have no reccomendation on those.
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Old 09-03-2004, 10:50 AM   #18
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I've used a few different trays and like the Novak the best. I guess it comes down to your style and pocket book. I tend to be the guy who forgets his cells because I'm working on something else during a race, so I forget to unscrew some of the gone out bulbs, etc. The Novak has changeable cut off volts and even has a deadshort feature. You will have to plug it in though. Also, the tray is polarity sensitive, and some of my packs that I've aquired are negative on the bottom right, so flipping the pack upside down with the bars sticking toward the tray gets awkward. I discharge my cells after a race then tray them the night before a race; at least that''s my plan.
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Old 09-03-2004, 10:50 AM   #19
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ok, well i guess the novak smart tray it is.

any other 20/30a dischargers out there that you could recomend? at a reasonable price of course

thanks for all the help
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:00 AM   #20
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What do people know about the Much More Racing discharge tray?? I am tossing up between that and the Novak. What I can see, is that the Novak needs power to run, but has adjustable auto cutoff. I don't think that the MMR one has auto cutoff. Does anyone know anything about them??
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:04 AM   #21
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The Integy Octane 2 discharges at 20amps.
Why not just put the pack on the Octane 2 and drain each cell till the light for that particular goes out.
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:18 AM   #22
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does it have an auto cutoff though?

i'm usually to busy to keep an eye on the light to go out...
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Old 09-03-2004, 01:00 PM   #23
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The Integy Octane 2 discharges at 20amps.
Why not just put the pack on the Octane 2 and drain each cell till the light for that particular goes out.
Because it doesn't cut off automatically. If you don't unscrew each cell as the buld goes out you can over discharge them. I don't know about you, but I don't have time when I'm in the pits to babysit my discharge tray while I'm working on all my other stuff.
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so i guess i will get the smart tray....but my other problem is...

which discharger to get? the smart tray equalises my batts right? but won't i need a discharger of something like 20/30amps?
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Old 09-03-2004, 01:07 PM   #25
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What do people know about the Much More Racing discharge tray?? I am tossing up between that and the Novak. What I can see, is that the Novak needs power to run, but has adjustable auto cutoff. I don't think that the MMR one has auto cutoff. Does anyone know anything about them??
The MMR just uses highpower-resistors as the Trinity or Integy so has no auto cutoff. Not good.
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I have a 30amp unit from Integy, I would recommend a similar unit. It mimics the load on the battery while the car on the track better than a 20amp unit.
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so i guess i will get the smart tray....but my other problem is...

which discharger to get? the smart tray equalises my batts right? but won't i need a discharger of something like 20/30amps?
The smart tray is meant more for equalizing. But, I've seen some guys just take the pack directly from a race and put it on the smart tray. I'm not sure how much better your batteries will perform if you dump them on a 20 or 30 amp discharger and then equalize them. I've heard some argue that you might want to avoid the constant 20-30 amp discharge as well, since it doesn't reflect most racing conditions (except oval maybe).

Get the novak tray. A little more pricey than the rest, but at least you won't be second-guessing yourself later. It's one of the most popular items at my LHS.
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Old 09-03-2004, 02:00 PM   #29
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A 30 amp discharger is the best if you have one built into your charger i.e. GFX. But not a must have. I usually use the 10 amp discharger on my LRP until I get my GFX in a couple weeks. I had one of the Indy Reactor 30 dischargers. That thing would get so hot, even with the fan on it, that it literally burned itself up and died after one month.
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Old 09-03-2004, 02:36 PM   #30
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Get the Integy Zero-Equalizer! It works great and you can't beat it for around $20.
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