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Old 02-07-2018, 02:53 PM
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Default Head Heaters - 4S usage?

Saw a few threads but not too much info in general so apologize first if this has already been covered some where.

with the bump boxes seeming to use 4S lipos these days, are there head heaters that work for 4S that are initially listed at 3S of 12V only?

Would something like this work to step down the voltage?

https://www.amainhobbies.com/castle-...154-00/p575485

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Old 02-07-2018, 03:25 PM
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Good idea, I'd like to have the heater connected to the start box. I usually use in the pits via a 12V power supply, since I don't have any 3S packs. Following
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:22 PM
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If 5A is enough, why not something cheaper non RC brand.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5A-DC-DC-Bu...EAAOSwiVhZxTsw

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-...sAAOSwkthZoBhs

But maybe a simple resistor is the most simple way to lower the voltage
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Yes. IB Prostart in the UK makes 4S engine heaters. I use their low profile one on my B2102 and it works great!

http://ibprostart.com/product/heaters/ib-prostart-element-heater-orange/
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Yes. IB Prostart in the UK makes 4S engine heaters. I use their low profile one on my B2102 and it works great!

http://ibprostart.com/product/heater...heater-orange/
Can you get this in the USA from a place that stocks them in the USA?
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sent them a message to see about getting them in the USA>
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Received mine today. Purchased them 2/22 and received them 3/13. Can't wait to give it a try Sunday. They appear to be higher quality than my Protek Blue flame and competition heat.
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ive used my protek heater on two 7 cell stick packs that power my box, so something like 16 volts, same as a full 4s, no adverse effects, works as it should, temps at about 190 after maybe 3 minutes, it does get hotter for sure so i keep an eye and disconnect it when it hits temp and just leave it on disconnected, works pretty fast with the bump in volts
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If there's anyone in the US interested to arrange IB Prostart as a dealer or distributor, can msg me.
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i use a 3s battery for mine with out any issues. added pics
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i use a 3s battery for mine with out any issues. added pics
What size 3 cell and how long does it last?
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i have 1- 3 cell 2200 in each starter box. i used them a few times last weekend for the first time so i have not re-charged them to see how much mah was used but heater worked every time.. sorry for the vague answer as this was my first time using the portable heater as i just got back into racing after a few years off.
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With my competition Heat head warmer I only got 12 to 15 minutes before I have to recharge a 2200
They just had a sale on these 5200 so i got 2
And 5200 isnt much better but it fits and will last longer
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Saw a few threads but not too much info in general so apologize first if this has already been covered some where.

with the bump boxes seeming to use 4S lipos these days, are there head heaters that work for 4S that are initially listed at 3S of 12V only?

Would something like this work to step down the voltage?

https://www.amainhobbies.com/castle-...154-00/p575485
I know this is an old thread but I've been using the IB Prostart heater for about 6 months and it works great. I had a 120v Competition Heat and it stopped working so I purchased one of these. I run it off 4s from my bump box and I've had no issues, but I do have a separate 4s battery in my box just for the heater. I have gotten temps up to 170degs (10-15min depending on ambient temp) and I'm sure it will go higher if I kept it on there longer.
If I use the heater a lot during practice/race day I will have to charge the battery for the heater. I've found that 4 10-15min heat cycles will require a charge (I'm using 2 5800 2s square packs).
Before I bought this heater I looked and it seems that Competition Heat no longer makes a 120v heater and I wanted one that would possibly give me equal results. So far I'm happy with it and It's equally as good as the 120v versions. I'm not sponsored by them so this is an unbiased opinion.
It is nice if your running behind and you need to pre-heat you can put it on and take your car down to the staging area while it's still heating.
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IB PROSTART heaters are rated for up to 4S.
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