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Old Nov 27, 2011, 05:20 PM
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Video - Mini 8ight on 3s in the yard


Just messing around on grass. ~6 minutes of this used only 840 mAh.The motor & ESC were a bit hot, but I could hold my finger on either of them.

Mini 8ight on 3s - in the yard (5 min 19 sec)


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Old Jan 26, 2012, 10:41 PM
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Anyone in Houston, or The Woodlands, TX going to run this??? I am looking to maybe pick one up, but need at least one buddy to run with...
Old Jan 27, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 12:07 AM
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You were looking for someone in your area to run with. Since I'm in Minnesota, I didn't reply.

I'm still having a blast with mine! But I don't drive it much in the winter. On a nice day, I might take her out for a few banzai runs up & down the street on a 3s pack, but that's about it. The thing is crazy-fast on 3s. I read that somebody clocked one at close to 55 MPH on 3s. I'm impressed with how well it handles at speed, given how small it is. I do wish somebody would come out with swaybars for it, though. The mounts are already there, so why not? I need to order some 2s packs for it, though. 3s is too much for serious racing. On 3s, it will do a backflip if you punch it while cruising at half-throttle - even on asphalt.

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I just posted a review here:

http://www.rctodayshow.com/forum/vie...php?f=12&t=381

Give it a look if you are interested in a Mini 8ight.
Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:29 PM
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You were looking for someone in your area to run with. Since I'm in Minnesota, I didn't reply.

I'm still having a blast with mine! But I don't drive it much in the winter. On a nice day, I might take her out for a few banzai runs up & down the street on a 3s pack, but that's about it. The thing is crazy-fast on 3s. I read that somebody clocked one at close to 55 MPH on 3s. I'm impressed with how well it handles at speed, given how small it is. I do wish somebody would come out with swaybars for it, though. The mounts are already there, so why not? I need to order some 2s packs for it, though. 3s is too much for serious racing. On 3s, it will do a backflip if you punch it while cruising at half-throttle - even on asphalt.

Joel
Hi

I am going to buy this buggy for my son for Christmas Do you have any problems with your Thunder Power Packs fitting in the tray ? Also what kind of run times can i expect from the TP3S 1800 or the 1300 pack ? We normally run our cars on grass or dirt.

This looks like a really sweet buggy !

Thanks Scott
Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Hi Scott,

Just to clarify - I'm running a 3s 1300 & a 2s 1800. The Mini 8ight's battery compartment is approximately 101mm L x 30mm W x 19mm tall. The TP1300-3SPP65 3s pack measures 98 x 31x 18, and the TP1800-2SPP65 2s pack measures 98 x 31 x 17. The packs fit, but I widened the mount a bit by shaving a couple mm off the battery holder uprights as a precautionary measure to prevent chafing.

As you are no doubt aware - run-time is totally dependent upon the surface, gearing, and driving style. I usually drive on asphalt, I'm running the shortest gearing, and I tend to use throttle-management. So, my run-times are much longer than what they'd be if I was still using the stock gearing, driving on grass, actually racing, or if I kept the throttle mashed all the time. I have my timer set for 10 minutes for the 1300 mAh 3s packs, and I never even come close to the 80% discharge point when driving on asphalt with the short gears. I'm usually ready for a break way before the 1800 mAh 2s packs reach the 80% discharge point.

BTW - you need to time your runs with this buggy when running LiPo packs. The ESC's LiPo low-voltage cutoff is not freely adjustable, and it doesn't kick in until well-past the 80% discharge point.

Also - there have been quite a few reports of people breaking the bottom shock ends during hard crashes. Adjusting the droop screws solves the problem - but the factory didn't adjust them, and a lot of people don't even know they exist!

Regarding driving it on grass or on a regular dirt track - you'll need to use a 2s pack. The ESC tends to overheat under higher loads on 3s. Besides - the car is simply too fast on 3s for any serious racing or off-roading. Three spur gears are included. It comes with the tallest gearing installed. That seems to be fine on 2s, but I ended up switching to the shortest gearing for 3s operation on asphalt, as I experienced thermal shut-down a few times once things started warming up around here. You may also want to gear it down even on 2s if your grass is really thick and/or a bit long.

Hope this helps!

Joel


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