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Old 10-06-2004, 08:59 AM   #1
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I tend to like the braid because it allows a little flex in the battery and doesn't loosen the solder joint over time. I was also told by a battery matcher that it offers less resistance but it seems that it takes a little more solder and therefore a little more heat then bars. Any thoughts ?
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I use braid for my saddle packs in my xray between cells 3 and 4. You have less material to get in the way (wire insulation) and it's easier to get the packs in the car. I use wire braid for slot cars and its about 3/8" wide and flat, unlike wire where its round and has shielding on it. I do not use it for my 1/12th scale though, that I use 14 awg wire.
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Old 10-06-2004, 04:28 PM   #3
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Wow! I didn't think they still made battery braid.
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Battery braid has less resistance, but it doesn't give a battery physical strength. A little bit of flex can be nice when you are driving a car really hard on rough terrain. It just means that you have to glue you cells better than you would with battery bars.
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what is a battery braid? is it like what brushes wires are like?
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Battery braid is braided wire that about 1 1/2 inches long. It looks like the braided hose.
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this gives you an idea of the braid that we are talking about.

This one is Acer Braid.

http://www.acerracing.com/wires.html
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this gives you an idea of the braid that we are talking about.

This one is Acer Braid.

http://www.acerracing.com/wires.html
That is pretty cool, I may have to try it someday. Besides resistance, are there any benefits over bars for performance or are they about the same??
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Same performance as a battery bar but flexible. Makes great saddle pack connectors. I use the same stuff acer sells.
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Cool, I think I'll order some and try them. I haven't seen them for ages and never investigated tham at all because bars have kind of just been the norm.
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one thing when soldering though.....you would have to be reeeeeeealy quick soldering it..coz it just wicks teh solder straight up it.


its like desoldering braid..it just takes all the solder away.
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Thank you, got it. Be very, very quick!
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one thing when soldering though.....you would have to be reeeeeeealy quick soldering it..coz it just wicks teh solder straight up it.


its like desoldering braid..it just takes all the solder away


Pre tin the battery and the braid, it'll take less time to solder.
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Will do, thanks again.
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One other thing: Don't hold the braid with your bare fingers when you solder....heat transfers quick through it and you'll burn yourself
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