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Feb 21, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Turnigy 9x w/ er9x and NiMH

I've flashed my 9x to er9x firmware. I use eneloops in all my other transmitters and was planning to use them in this transmitter as well. Should I be making some type of modification to the battery holder to reduce the number of cells? If the transmitter is happy on a 2s lxx, wouldn't the full tray of 8 NiMH be high on the voltage and cause some extra heat on the voltage regulator circuit?

The easiest mod I can think of would be to cut a dowel to the size of a battery and put a metal plate on each end connected by wire so everything fits in an unmodified battery holder.

Maybe I'm over thinking this.

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Feb 21, 2012, 10:06 PM
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I've run mine for about an hour then put my finger on the regulator and it wasn't real hot. I run on a 3s lipo. Lowering the input voltage will push the heat down, but I think concern over it is overblown. It was designed to use 8xAA (12v).
Feb 22, 2012, 09:58 AM
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Not really worth your trouble. We did a calculation a while back showing that the power dissipation is so low that the regulator only rises by 10-15 deg C in a really worst case scenario. It won't conk out with 8 NIMH batteries.

That being said, the holder is, to put it mildly, a piece of XXXX. I think that a substantial chunk of problems with this radio have to do with the holder. Just seems too flimsy to trust.
There are $9 LiFE batteries out there just begging to be put on a radio. Better to charge and lasts much longer. Why mess around with enelopes?
Feb 22, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Just get this, it's a PERFECT fit and I haven't had any issues with it.


However, you need one of those 4-button chargers to charge LiFe batteries. (Such as iMax B6)
Feb 22, 2012, 08:00 PM
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thanks for the input. some things to think about.

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