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Old 04-28-2005, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Basic Battery Discharge

whats the best way to discharge and ni cad battery if your charger doesnt have that function?
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Old 04-28-2005, 01:33 AM   #2
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Run the battery in your car till it gets to slow to be fun.
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Old 04-28-2005, 01:43 AM   #3
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i thought ni cads were spose to be run down past that stage???
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Old 04-28-2005, 02:00 AM   #4
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You risk damaging them if you take them too low in the car. As soon as the car becomes noticeably slower and unresponsive on the track you NEED to take the battery out, if you keep trying to get that extra lap out of the pack you will most likely hurt the cells.
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Wouldn`t a Bulb Discharger work..??

Nice & easy to make yourself.

Just disconnect as soon as the bulbs dim.

Please correct me if i`m wrong.

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bulbs with a cheap multimeter works fine. Just unplug the pack when it reaches 5.4V After a while, you get used to what 5.4V looks like in terms of the bulb brightness.
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I used to use the real simple cheap method...

I bought a headlight sealed beam (old style) the kind with 2 posts, I think thats hi-beam... soldered a piece of wire onto each post and a connector on the end.

I would disconnect as soon as the bulb got real dim (when I remembered) It took awhile so I am guessing the current draw can't be much more than a couple amps.
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