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Old Feb 07, 2013, 03:24 AM
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Can someone share what all the different battery options at HK are?

These are the niches I *think* I understand.

1) Turnigy/zippy flightmax: Both 'budget' batteries, aimed to be value for money. Turnigy is advertised as slightly higher quality but they both seem quite similar.

2) Zippy compact: Pay slightly more for a reduction in size and weight compared to turnigy/zippy flightmax. Also has a higher charge rate, and *potentially* slightly lower internal resistance (not sure).

3) Turnigy Nanotech: Pay more again (compared to compacts) for a increase in lifetime and C rate compared to turnigy/zippy flightmax. Not as light as a zippy compact.

4) Rhino: Pay more for a more 'reliable' battery with extended cycle life. Heavier than other equivalents.

5) A Spec: Pay a *hell* of a lot more for a 'premium', no holds barred battery in terms of in flight performance.

6) B Grade: Pay significantly less than turnigy/flightmax for a less reliable/lower C pack.

7) Zippy-K: No idea in hell. Can't find any recent discussion on what niche they fill.

In particular if anyone could confirm what Rhinos and Zippy-Ks are, I would be very appreciative. Also, let me know if I have any of these niche's wrong.
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 06:51 AM
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My experience with the Nanotech packs is that they swell relative easily. I've read many reports of other users having similar experiences. They would be on the bottom of my buy list.
Right now, the Compact is my favorite.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Ive had no issues with the nano's, I have quite a few in several sizes & capacity.
I have heard there may be some issue with them.

I read its the higher C rating nano's that have the issues : any truth in this??
All the air/heli nano's I have are the lower C batts (except my hardcase RC Car packs)
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 04:26 PM
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I've had no problems with the nanotech batteries. I use them for edf's and micros. The cheap zippy batteries go in my regular prop planes.
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Old Feb 09, 2013, 12:19 AM
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So does anyone know where rhinos and Zippy-Ks come into it?
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 07:48 AM
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I found an earlier forum post where a Hobbyking employee said that Zippy-Ks are equivalent to Loong Max batteries. Only the branding is different. I don't know much about Loong Max packs but I figured someone might.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 08:24 AM
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Yep I saw that too but that just shifts the question to what are the loong max's! XD
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 10:27 AM
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I know a lot of people like the Rhino's. I have 3 that have been around for quite some time and still pack a nice punch. As far as zippy-k's.. I have no idea. I have a ton of the zippy compact packs and those work fantastic as well. Heck I just bought four more 4s compacts for my new biplane.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 11:43 AM
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Compacts are for me as well.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 04:28 PM
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I have a bunch of their packs (50+ !!!), including Rhino, flightmax, zippy, turnigy, and the nanos. Everything from 1S 300 to 6S 5000 and in between. I think the zippy / flightmax are the best value - they don't swell unless mistreated and they will go many cycles if not abused. The 40C Zippys perform better than the "35-65C" nanos, and I would second the comment to avoid the nanos for the larger packs - these have swelled on me and I don't see that they hold up all that well over the long run. I have also noticed that the nanos tend to develop cell imbalances more easily than the Zippys. The nanos are fine for the 1S micro stuff.
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