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Old 09-14-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default VTA Battery Suggestions and Info

I know there are a bunch of threads all over the place recommending batteries but I wanted to make one centralized thread. This thread is for the specific purpose of giving and finding info on batteries for the VTA class.

The class limit is 5000mah 2cell packs. They must be ROAR approved hard shell. Please only give information if you are currently running or have run this class. Please provide as much info as you can regarding charge times, charge current, run times and your best info on the batteries punch. Also, if possible, please provide the amount you paid for your batteries.

Im not the only one looking for a good source of well priced batteries. VTA was designed to help people with a budget get into racing so im not planning on spending $80 or $120 on cell's that would be good for touring class.

Here is what we have so far;
Team EAM
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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I use the Hobbyking Zippy Flightmax 4000mah 25C Car Lipo packs in my VTA and GT2 sedans. At only $13.81 per pack these are the best value in a lipo battery pack. I always balance change and my maximum charge is 1C (4 amps).

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=20998
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Wow now that's a deal! I never expected to see prices that low on hard cells.. What kinda resistance readings are you getting out of the pack with a balance charge? As always, I believe you get what you pay for so at $15 I can't imagine them being great but at that price, can't complain..

On another note, I think I just found the batteries for my custom LED flash light.
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Wow now that's a deal! I never expected to see prices that low on hard cells.. What kinda resistance readings are you getting out of the pack with a balance charge? As always, I believe you get what you pay for so at $15 I can't imagine them being great but at that price, can't complain..

On another note, I think I just found the batteries for my custom LED flash light.
I know you said you don't want to spend a ton on batteries but I would suggest trying Eric Anderson's VTA pack. Www.teameamotorsports.com. He should have some n stock this week for the southern nats this coming weekend. They are the best VTA packs out there. They are about $60 bucks, but they have a ton of punch and last forever if you treat them right. I have a pack that is about a year old this week from last years nats and the IR is still great. I think it is still about 1.9 per cell. It was the only pack I used race after race. So it's probably had well into the hundreds of cycles and it still felt like new. Give them a try I think you will be more then happy with them.
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EAM is actually a great pack. Im debating between the EAM and SMC. Racers at my club use both successfully and recently, someone there switched back to the EAM cells after trying a much more expensive battery and not liking the performance at all. I would like to try SMC but they do not have a pack at or under 5000mah.. Well that's not entirely true. They have 4300 and 4600 packs but im not interested in short packs.
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EAM is actually a great pack. Im debating between the EAM and SMC. Racers at my club use both successfully and recently, someone there switched back to the EAM cells after trying a much more expensive battery and not liking the performance at all. I would like to try SMC but they do not have a pack at or under 5000mah.. Well that's not entirely true. They have 4300 and 4600 packs but im not interested in short packs.
I would hands down go with EA's packs. His customer service is worth any extra you might pay over SMC. I am not familiar with those packs. I only run EA's packs or ORCA packs from him. The quality is outstanding. If your going to be at the Southern nats then he will have them there.
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The Gens Ace Packs I had were nice, but they started to feel a bit flat towards the end of the run after a year or so. I recently bought the reedy wolfpack packs to run in Nashville this week, and so far I like them, no complaints. Price wasn't bad either.
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I really like the fact that the Reedy and the ORCA packs have the stickers on the sides. I hate ripping off the label with tape and clear shrink wrap just adds to the price..
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I go with the Speedzone 5000mah 70c packs. Lightyears better than any other 5000mah battery I've ever used.

I've tested them against 6000mah+ batteries in both stock and VTA, just to see, and I always have the same run times and lap times all the way through, even with the 5000mah. Fantastic batteries.
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Debating about pulling the trigger on a Reedy Wolfpack.. BTW, I never mentioned that I currently run a CRC pack that is not legal because its 5300mah and a 3600mah Orion. The CRC pack is nice. It gets a little flat towards the very end but overall, it has a very good punch. Regarding the Orions, they are good but too old to rate. Ill have to check out some orion packs as well to see what the prices are.
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Do I need more then 25c for VTA? I think that should be plenty...
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Do I need more then 25c for VTA? I think that should be plenty...
IMO no, I have found lower C ratings are just as fast (and sometimes even feel faster). My theory is that it's because lower C batteries may heat up a bit more, allowing for less internal resistance/better discharge. It could be in my head, but I think buying a 90C batt for VTA is a waste, save that battery for 17.5...
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Thunderpower 4300mah 65C packs will be more than enough !!! These other packs are overkill...lol....
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Has anyone ever run this battery before or any battery from this brand?
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A battery with good customer support is a plus. Cheap isn't always better. The battery in the post above does not show as being roar legal.
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