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Old 08-16-2009, 10:05 AM
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As of now I'll just be running SC trucks and I've got too many different packs. Would like to have 3 or 4 of the same for heats and mains. One person says 30-40c doesn't matter on the stock xl5 but when I watch some of the experts hit the throttle with a 5000 40c it sure looks like it's got more than my 4100 24c. Anyway, can't spend $400 at a time but lhs likes the new hyperion 4000 20c at around $60 ea. Wasn't sure about the 20c though. They have a 5000 30c for about $100+ I'm pretty sure it wasn't a 40c but could be mistaken. Thanks
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go to hobbycity.com and look at the turnegy lipos. cheeap and they are apperently good, from what i hear. they would be good for slash racing because that esc cant put out anything more than 30c 3800mah. speedo is so cheap that it cant put out the amps of a 35c 5000mah, so dont waste your money on those packs.
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http://hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store...idProduct=9504

http://hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store...idProduct=9509

http://hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store...idProduct=9514

i just remembered, my buddy has a heli battery of turnigy and it has more power and has lasted longer than his max amps because his max amps puffed.
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Why do u think you need 4 or 5 lipo packs?


Get one great pack and use it only for your race day. Use your other packs that you have now for bashing or practice before a race day...

I race touring car and 2WD buggy with 13.5BL. For almost a year all i would run was 1 single 4000mah pack from SMC. As per SMC i charged it at 2C. So i would charge the thing at 8amps all nite long. Between rounds i had more then enough time to top off the pack after each heat. 8amps takes the worry about not being ready for the next round. With 13.5BL you lucky if your using up 2500mah of charge each run. I recently got a 2nd pack that is basically charged and ready to go as a back up if for some reason i forget to repeak my race pack. I alternate them now every other race day...

so if your on a budget great. Get one supper pack and use the thing all day long. Thats typically 3 heats and a main right? So 4 cycles for race day...

Danny from SMC told me this years ago, Dont over spend on packs and show up to races with more packs then u need..... Most get fresh packs once a year.Even if our packs did last 2 years or more we would still replace them as new better packs are always just 6months around the corner. So he suggested get what you need as a minimum. In the case of lipo you need 1 maybe 2 max. Run the crap our of them and replace them next year. Use the old packs for practice. Now instead of having 4hot packs this year and 4 used up next year you can have 2 hot this year and 2 possibly hotter packs next year..
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The latest gen Hyperion G3 VX lipos are getting solid reviews on RCM forums. Seem to have higher voltage on discharge based on real data from data recorders.

Lipo tech is changing and each one I've bought has gotten better than the prev set I had and it seems like that trend is continuing and going to for a while.
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I say go with the Hobbycity packs. I have several of their packs for 10th, 8th, and 18th scale. They all perform very well. I bought a few overpriced packs from the big companies, but they dont perform any better. Take a look at the factory answers section of the forum. You can get a good idea of what kinds of trouble people are having with their products.
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check with your track for battery rules, those hobbycity packs are not ROAR approved nor do they have a hard case...

Most clubs ROAR or not usually want at least a hard case on the lipo... There are cheap hard cased lipos around if you look
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Originally Posted by burnineyes
I say go with the Hobbycity packs. I have several of their packs for 10th, 8th, and 18th scale. They all perform very well. I bought a few overpriced packs from the big companies, but they dont perform any better. Take a look at the factory answers section of the forum. You can get a good idea of what kinds of trouble people are having with their products.
The only reason you hear about their problems is because they have the nutz to be on this forum just my $.02 Yah it sucks when your sh$% blows up but it happens with everybodies stuff, that's life
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Originally Posted by racer1812
The only reason you hear about their problems is because they have the nutz to be on this forum just my $.02 Yah it sucks when your sh$% blows up but it happens with everybodies stuff, that's life
There is definitely something to be said for companies that come on here and back up what they sell. However you are absolutely correct in saying it happens to everyone's stuff. I refuse to pay triple the price for something that doesn't perform any better.

If you run at a ROAR track then Hobbycity Lipos are out of the question. They DO have hardcase Lipos, but they are not ROAR approved yet. They keep saying they are sending some in for approval, but it has been awhile and I am starting to wonder if they even care. They sell so many that they likely dont need the extra market. But keep in mind there is many tracks that use the ROAR rules as guidelines, and will allow any hardcase lipo.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:05 PM
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http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=8357

I have a few of these. If you read the reviews on the bottom of the page you will see some of the first batch had some soldering problems. They addressed the problem and have had many happy customers ever since. I love mine and they perform very well.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=9436

These are the new packs they just released.
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Thanks guys, I have a couple of smc's and the 4100 won't last 2 heats and a main. Well only 1 and 1 orion 3200. The 5000 smc took a dump during a 3 hour enduro. It takes about 1 hour to charge for me. I've been running 3 different batteries each race day to make sure I don't go past where it should. And yes, the main track I run requires hard cases.
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Originally Posted by burnineyes
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=8357

I have a few of these. If you read the reviews on the bottom of the page you will see some of the first batch had some soldering problems. They addressed the problem and have had many happy customers ever since. I love mine and they perform very well.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=9436

These are the new packs they just released.
Wow, those prices are pretty nice. How long have you had your current packs? I only race once a week as I can't afford 3 night a week
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I have had my 4000mah packs for about 4 months now. I live very close to a track so I get to run 3-4 times every week. I usually run 2 packs a few times during the week, and 2-3 cycles of the same 2 packs on the weekend. Using that as an average I would guess I have a minimum of 60 cycles on each pack.
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Originally Posted by fvrr
Thanks guys, I have a couple of smc's and the 4100 won't last 2 heats and a main. Well only 1 and 1 orion 3200. The 5000 smc took a dump during a 3 hour enduro. It takes about 1 hour to charge for me. I've been running 3 different batteries each race day to make sure I don't go past where it should. And yes, the main track I run requires hard cases.

there is no reason why u cannot run a single pack all nite, i posted above that i have been diing this for over a yeaar. no pack will last u 3 runs with out charge but repeaking between runs aand u can.
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I just realized you are running brushed motors. It is going to be pretty tough to run an enduro race with any battery and a brushed motor.
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