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Old Oct 01, 2002, 02:07 PM
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Will it charge the batteries with the holder?

Good point, Risto. One should also be aware of the cons and make an informed decision for their needs. To those who are concerned about contact loss (one would really have to heave the radio around for it to happen, IMO), one can solder the connector+wires from the original pack to the new one. Heck, if one wants to get fancy, one can even create a new pack from the NiMHs and wire+connector from the old one.

Thanks eparkflyer.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 07:47 AM
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Risto,

I always keep a drycell AA holder on hand at all times so if the TX
batteries die, I can use it. $1.69 is worth not having to drive
back home from the field!
Why not just make up a charging lead for your TX battery? I made one up and just charge it with my Super Nova or Astro 110. I just pop the battery out, charge it up, then put it back in the TX.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 11:50 AM
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I have both...


but when I'm at the field, I want to be charging my plane
batteries and not have to worry about TX batts!


btw, I have been using the 1600's with a cell holder in my Flash
5x almost daily for the past week, and its still at 9.8v...

I would have had to charge my hitec pack about 5 times by now!
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 12:16 PM
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Thanks,EPARKFLYER

I have seven transmitters I want to up grade
to NIMH cells.

GREAT TIMING & Thanks, Bill
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 01:07 PM
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I still want to know where you found the 1600's for $4.99.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 01:44 PM
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I still want to know where you found the 1600's for $4.99.
BigLots - He stated that in the second post of the thread. You may not be familiar with or have one of these stores near you. Great deals!
http://www.biglots.com/
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 02:59 PM
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BigLots - He stated that in the second post of the thread. You may not be familiar with or have one of these stores near you. Great deals!
http://www.biglots.com/

They're not the.. *cough* cleanest stores around... but someone
told me about the 1600's... so thats why I got them
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 05:58 PM
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This may be a dumb question, but what the heck,

Can I recharge my new sub $12 batt pack the same way as the stock pack, by plugging in the charger cord to the side of my Flash 5 and plugging into the wall socket???

Thanks,

Dave
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Old Oct 08, 2002, 10:48 AM
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Well, is it plug and charge with the stock charger?
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Old Oct 08, 2002, 10:53 AM
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You could...

but at 50mA, it will take about 2 days for a full charge, and you don't want to overcharge them.


I use my Super Turbo to charge the packs...
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Old Oct 08, 2002, 01:46 PM
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I checked both the BigLot stores near me - neither had the batteries in stock.
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Old Oct 09, 2002, 09:52 PM
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you don't need to worry too much about overcharging these batteries

i have put some of those batts in my cordless phone which doesn't have a trickle charge and after about 5 hours they start heating up-
so what; they still last at least 2 times longer than the orininal 600 mah ones.

i'm sure the lifespan is reduced but something you don't really matter

you shouldn't be concerned about the new batteries blowing up or leaking as a result of using the wall charger and forgeting to unplug it -just don't leave i pluged in for more than two days (50mah x 48 hours =2400mah's gone into the battery

but a little overcharge isn't going to kill you
these little batts were designed to take a little abuse(not too much though)

this is just my opinion though.
i know it sucks to dish out 8.99 for an 8 pack of AA's at the store
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Old Oct 09, 2002, 10:02 PM
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-just don't leave i pluged in for more than two days (50mah x 48 hours =2400mah's gone into the battery


i know it sucks to dish out 8.99 for an 8 pack of AA's at the store

2400mAh assumes you have 100% efficiency, which you don't... but I'd say it's ok to leave them plugged in UPTO 48hours..


..and I pay $12 for 16 AA's at home depot (name-brand) and it's still too much when you can get these 4 for $5!
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Old Oct 10, 2002, 06:17 AM
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Online?

Anybody online have good prices on these? I'm bored of the 600 mAh Hitec packs too...

- Mark
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Old Oct 10, 2002, 06:42 AM
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Ebay!

OK. I found some cheap 1600 NiMH's on Ebay. Pack of 16 for 28.95 shipped. Don't know if the batteries are any good (not those fancy "digital" :-) Panasonics), but I can do a few cycles and see how they hold up.

Thanks for the original post, eparkflyer!
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