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Old Jan 27, 2013, 05:46 PM
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Champ Batteries

Hi All, we just got a horizon hobby champ. it came with the 150mha battery and we bought 2 more 160mha batteries what do you guy's do to maintain them? do you leave them fully charge or not if so how do you guy's do it? Thanks Bill
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 07:06 PM
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Hi All, we just got a horizon hobby champ. it came with the 150mha battery and we bought 2 more 160mha batteries what do you guy's do to maintain them? do you leave them fully charge or not if so how do you guy's do it? Thanks Bill

When I know I will be flying I recharge when I am done flying that's just me. It is winter and freezing and haven't had my champ out in weeks so I put them in storage mode since my new charger does that. Search this thread and you will find many different opinions, also congrats to getting a super plane you will love it. This thread is where you need to go regarding the champ.
Good Luck
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1216910
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 07:29 PM
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Hi All, we just got a horizon hobby champ. it came with the 150mha battery and we bought 2 more 160mha batteries what do you guy's do to maintain them? do you leave them fully charge or not if so how do you guy's do it? Thanks Bill
If I am going to fly within a week I store them at 80%. But these are my main type batts as I have alot of micro stuff. I just keep em full all the time just incase I get a minute. Keep an eye on hobbyking for batteries. My last batch of 20 was 1.57 each
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 08:29 PM
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I do something similar to what amrmatt does except I always put my batteries in storage mode after each use.

Also, I purchased 10 G-Force batteries from Value Hobby that I use for all my micros. I marked each one with a letter and I charge as many as I need before I fly. The rest remain in storage until next time they're needed. That way all the batteries get used evenly.

The G-Force batteries are inexpensive and work as well as any similar sized battery I've used, including some expensive ones. Plus, I live in Illinois so I get them quickly!

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 09:42 PM
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Like I said.. Many different opinions..I can buy a 160 lipo from my LHS for 4 bucks...If get 30 flights for 4 dollars that pretty good IMO. It really up to you how you want to store the battery...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:05 AM
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I store them ready to fly knowing that they would have better life in storage mode. Life is short and it's time to fly!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:39 AM
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I store them ready to fly knowing that they would have better life in storage mode. Life is short and it's time to fly!
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At the start of the 2010 indoor season, I had a large number of batteries in various states of degradation. I purchased some $8 eflite(?) 150's that were so much better than any others I had.
At the start of the 2011 indoor season, I got 100 of the HK turnnigy 106mAh nanos. There are 5 of us who go each week and this let us all use new batteries, as well as sell (at cost) to the other pilots. Again, the new batteries showed so much better performance. We quickly abandoned all of the older batteries.
For the 2012 season, I bought 50 more, again selling many to the other pilots.

Even with shipping, and the one or two dead batteries that come with the lot, these cells run about $2 each. This is a very small fraction of the RC budget.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for the help. Bill
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