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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Best Hobby King Batteries?

I'm looking to complete an order with Hobby King and was wondering which of their batteries, i.e., Turnigy, Nano-Tech, Rhino, etc. you guys consider the best. I am looking to order about six 3S1P 11.1V packs to complete my order in the 2200mAh range for a Bixler, Super Cub, and an "old" Slow Stick I'm converting to brushless. I mention the planes by way of explaining that I don't need high "C" rated batteries.

Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:08 PM
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This question has been asked over and over again. There's whole threads of endless debate. The short answer, there is no "best". The opinion is pretty well split, buy whatever you want.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:13 PM
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I like the Zippy Compact line of packs. I'd recommend ordering only from the USA warehouse.

Unfortunately, not in stock -
ZIPPY Compact 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack (USA Warehouse)
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:17 PM
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I have had very good results from Zippy Flightmax, i have used about 30 in different sizes and capacities and not had a bad one
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:44 PM
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I've had good luck with the regular Turnigys in fact i'm planning to order some 6S 5000mAH and probably a few 3S 2200 mAH soon.


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Old Mar 05, 2013, 01:18 PM
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Well I might as well chime in then. I have not had any problems with the many Turnigy Nano-tech packs I have. *knock on wood*

So there you have it, now we just need someone to say the Rhino packs are good and we'll have every one covered

Been meaning to try the Zippy Compacts though. Really it all comes down to which brand has the size and C rating you are looking for in stock when you go to order.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 01:23 PM
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I use Turnigy LiPos. Maybe Turnigy/Zippy/Rhinos are just different names on the same stuff...
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Back in the days in the Lipo infancy stages, there were "best" Lipos and "crappy" lipos, where "crappy" lipos died/puffed after 10+ flights (anyone remember those purple hextronics brand ones...those were crap)

Now-a-days "Best" is subjective.

Some folks swear by Nanos, while myself and others think they're crap. Some swear by the regular blue turnigy, I say they're decent. Some think Rhinos are the best thing since sliced bread...I think Rhinos are ok too.

Quite honestly, all of HK's Lipos are great (best bang for buck); but you do get duds once in a while (dead cell, DOA, etc). Just be ready to jump through smaller hoops than the carnivals basketball hoops if you run into something, and you'll be alright.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 02:34 PM
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Just be ready to jump through smaller hoops than the carnivals basketball hoops if you run into something, and you'll be alright.
Now wait just a minute. You're not seriously suggesting those carnival basketball hoops aren't regulation size are you?


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Old Mar 06, 2013, 04:00 AM
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They all work .. (personally Nanos are of my list after failures ... )

But I will say this .............. you say "I mention the planes by way of explaining that I don't need high "C" rated batteries.".... believe me when I say - do not skimp on C rating ........ even with low power draw applications - using low C ratings will be a cost exercise you should avoid. Most people move on quite quickly from low power stuff to that which needs more amp capability.
Personally I recc'd nothing less than 25C general now ... with 35C as a good middle road. With that you can go up significantly in model and still use your existing packs.

But if you really only need low C rated 2x00 packs - the Hobby King advert at top of page that displays at times shows such at $8.99 a piece ....... now that's got to be good !!

My LiPo boxes are about 85% Hobby King ... sheer fact of pricing .... they all work and some are in 2nd - 3rd year.

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Old Mar 06, 2013, 07:46 AM
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First let me say thanks to all those who have posted. I was not sure if the "old stories" on LiPo's from HK were still true, and it sounds as if they are not. I appreciate everyone's input!


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They all work .. (personally Nanos are of my list after failures ... )

But I will say this .............. you say "I mention the planes by way of explaining that I don't need high "C" rated batteries.".... believe me when I say - do not skimp on C rating ........ even with low power draw applications - using low C ratings will be a cost exercise you should avoid. Most people move on quite quickly from low power stuff to that which needs more amp capability.
Personally I recc'd nothing less than 25C general now ... with 35C as a good middle road. With that you can go up significantly in model and still use your existing packs.

But if you really only need low C rated 2x00 packs - the Hobby King advert at top of page that displays at times shows such at $8.99 a piece ....... now that's got to be good !!

My LiPo boxes are about 85% Hobby King ... sheer fact of pricing .... they all work and some are in 2nd - 3rd year.

Nigel
I appreciate your suggestions but I have been flying R/C for over 40 years and trust me, slow and scale planes are all that have ever interested me. I won't be "moving on" to anything requiring a high discharge - it's just not in my DNA, but I consider your advice apropos to most flyers posing a question such as mine.

Thanks again to everyone!

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