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Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jameschen072 View Post
I'd say stay. Why? Well there are a few problems with letting things detach during a crash... first of all.. you mentioned letting the battery go... this is a bad idea since Lipo batteries can explode or catch fire (although much less likely now) if impacted. Letting the battery stay in its compartment or under the canopy will protect it... and while the crash might damage the skids or other parts of the frame... you will save your expensive battery.

Then there's the problem of parts detaching when you don't want them to do so. There have been more than a few helis at my field, for example, that have been lost due to loose canopies or other parts going through the blades. And when that happens on a big 700 sized heli.. you can do a lot of damage.

Never happened to me on a heli but I've had a battery fall out of my at6 while inverted because the Velcro was old and weak. results weren't pretty. Point is : in my opinion, having parts that aren't completely secured on anything that flys is a big no-no. Regardless of how much money it can save you in a crash.

Last year, about this time, I was flying my E-Flite Ultimate 20-300 with a power 15 and a 3s 2200mah battery. I'm flying alone on the beach, only a few spectators in the hotel window pretty far away.. But anyhow I'm flying along, practicing hovering, rolls, inverted etc. All of the sudden I see something falling from the sky WAAYY up there from my plane... And I'm like what the hell is this.... Turns out it was my lipo battery! I forgot to use the strap, it was just velcro'd in! ANYHOO.. NOT A SINGLE SCRATCH ON THE PLANE!!!! I mean this thing fell from WAY up there, and it just floated down since it is SO light without the battery. Obviously it was moving foward, but at a very slow pace. Mainly straight down!!!

But my first thought was O SH*T that battery is going to explode when it hits the ground! Thankfully it landed in the sand safely. Had to soak and dispose of it, was dented pretty good, didn't want to risk a fire.

So I'm 50/50 on this one, but for micro helis I'm thinking that probably not.
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