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Old Feb 17, 2014, 06:07 PM
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What is your favorite 500mah lipo ?

Weather warming up, getting close to taking my 2S and 3S 500mah lipos out of storage. Most of my foamy 3D fleet use this size and I have at least a dozen of them. During the season I fly 2-3 times a week and usually keep all my batteries fully charged ( ya,I know ), but when the wind is down and the temps are up...I go fly'n....

Have some Nano-Techs, Gens Ace, G-Force, Turnigy and Rhinos. I know some will not survive my 5 minute fly'n test and will be replaced.

Curious to know if anyone else abuses their batteries by keeping them fully charged so they can spend their time flying instead of charging. What lipo in the 2S & 3S 500mah range has worked out for you ?

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Old Feb 18, 2014, 04:27 PM
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I can't really add to this discussion as I have only gone one season with my G-Force 2S and 3S 500mah 30c 'zzzzz (Value Hobby - Illinois). They performed quite well and seemed to hold up for one season. But, I do strictly charge them a couple of hours before flying and immediately go back to storage charge in the evening. This is done quickly as they are flight depleted anyway. I also use a flight timer to avoid "power off end of flights".

I'm going to buy more G-Forces this spring of different sizes for larger models 800mah, 1800mah & 2200mah.

Questions: since you keep yours fully charged how do they perform over the flying season in Wisconsin? Can you get more than one year out of them? 2 or 3 years, etc??
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 05:30 PM
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Garyss,

So far, the Rhinos are winning my abuse contest, followed by the G-Force. Both my Rhinos are over 2 years old, The G-Forces are only 1 year old but still deliver 5 minutes. The Gens Ace and Nano's were strong at first but are now failing the 5 minute test. The Turnigy is over 2 years old and is ready for retirement.

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Old Feb 19, 2014, 05:16 AM
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More expensive initially, but economical in the long run because of the number of cycles. I use the TP 325 and 450 packs. You can charge them at 10C, no need to keep them charged. You can get away with as little as 3 packs with the quick charge rate, one flying, one charging, one ready for the next flight.

They also have and advantage of maintaining voltage throughout the flight instead of a steady decline of voltage that I generally see in my Gens Ace packs.

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Old Feb 19, 2014, 12:12 PM
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Check out EP Buddy. Gary's glacier packs are awesome. I have the 460 3s packs and then 3300 6s as well. About the same price as HK stuff but much better IMO.
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 06:40 PM
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Glaciers are on my short list. Reports look good.

Azarr's info makes sense too. If your goal is to get as much fly'n time in without having to wait for a re-charge, the more expensive TP's are a good choice. Especially if they survive more than one season. Must remember my 2 year old 2s-610 Rhinos cost less than $5 and are still going....

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Old Feb 20, 2014, 04:58 AM
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May have just been a fluke, but I bought two 2S Glacier Packs at the NEAT Fair in Sep and by Dec they were done. I do have a few Gens Ace packs that have held up pretty well, but also had a few of them go early. I do fly a lot though.

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Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:47 AM
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Azarr,

Sorry to hear that on the Glaciers as I was ready to try out a few---still might.

What is a good source for the Thunder Powers?

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Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:36 AM
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What is a good source for the Thunder Powers?

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Ron,

You can check out: www.rclipos.com. The lowest prices and FREE shipping!

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Old Feb 20, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Thanks John,

Checked it out and experienced a little "sticker shock".... $23.99 for a 3S-480---whew !... I have used TP's before in the 3S-2200 size. ( Took advantage of the 1/2 swap price at SEFF). One worked out and the other did not, got big time puffy on me.

Think I will stick to buying 5 0f the $5 el-cheapo brands.

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Old Feb 20, 2014, 12:21 PM
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These have held up well for me and I abuse my small cheap lipos. I keep them fully charged in the fridge and they seem to hold up very well. Lower IR on these packs than any of my other brands.

https://www.aero-model.com/4_157_164...M450-2S30.html
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 12:31 PM
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+1 on the Glaciers. They have been the best for me.
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Old Mar 01, 2014, 09:04 PM
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I give my vote to nano-techs
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Old Mar 01, 2014, 10:29 PM
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Congratulations on your style - It's the only way to fly - keep em charged - nothing worse than a buddy calling any evening with - hey, got an hour of light left, lets go fly. My most used batteries are 500ma 3 cells - I only have 460 nanotech and 500 zippy compacts. No trouble with either in this size, but have lost a couple of nanotech's in 2200ma. Just went out last weekend and flew 5 500ma zippy's that were charged up only 2 months or so ago and went 6 minutes on each of them without any pulse or lvc. Of course, charged them right up that afternoon so if the weather ever lets up for an hour or so, I can jump out there again. I see no reason to pay $25 for batteries the way I abuse them. If I can get a couple of years out of $5-$6 ones, I'm perfectly happy. Never had a problem doing that so far. Some weeks I only get to fly 2 or 3 days and even then have to pick the times and be ready to fly in a minute, so no time to be charging batteries when the window of opportunity hits.
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Another for glacier batts mine are still fine.
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