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Old Jan 29, 2010, 06:16 PM
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Venom 1800 nicd wont charge

I have a venom 1800mah NiCD with a patriot r/c 800 ma wall charger. As soon as i plug the battery in the red light goes off and on and then just stays off. Sometimes im able to keep it on for 5 or 10 mins but thats it. The battery and charger both get hot really quick but if i try to start my tmaxx the ez start kicks over for about 1 1/2 seconds and then stops and the lights dim. Then i cant get any turnovers. I am very new to the r/c hobby and would really appreciate some help.
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Old Jan 29, 2010, 07:44 PM
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What Brand of charger are you using? post a link or a model number. How old is the battery? If it is an 1800 mAh battery an 800 mAh charger wont charge it fully
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 01:51 AM
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its a venom.Got it at christmas.Charged up fully twice just fine but im wondering if it got too hot or maybe its shorting itself out?
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 05:06 AM
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Heat is never a good thing for any electronics. It should have some type of thermal protection to stop it from frying. Have you tries charging another battery? If you have a DC volt meter you could see if there are volts during the charge cycle. You could have a bad pack too.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Didnt really think aobut that lol. im new to r/c and understand the concepts of most of it but refreshing it all seems to be the biggest challenge. Would it be easier and cheaper to just get a pull starter or is it really worth it in the long term to keep fiddling with the setup i have?
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 02:56 PM
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Pull starters are Ok but they fail too. Does this T Maxx use the battery pack for the on-board electric starting system? You should be able to pick up a cheaper NiCad or NMih battery pack cheap.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 03:10 PM
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no its for the stick starter for the ez start motor.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 03:14 PM
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Does it have a shaft that goes in the back of the motor. If it does If you can take the shaft put it in a Battery operated drill and your done.
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 09:30 PM
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Got the pull starter today.Yes more work but it was nice to drive it. One more question. I've been running 20% nitro in it and picked up some new 33% nitro.Are there any changes im going to have to make other than richening the mix?
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Yes! What motor are you running? Make sure it can handle it or you might be putting a piston and sleeve in the engine.
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