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May 06, 2012, 02:45 PM

How long till you'd change this batt.pack

(I reposted this because I put it in the normal electric plane forum which wasnt so relevant for this)

Hi everyone, my dad and I resurrected an old Irvine Pixie hand launch/slope unpowered glider recently by sticking a 4-in-1 RX from a Blade CX2 heli in it.
For power, I have been using a 260mAh nimh pack salvaged from a Joysway Magic Cat boat (got two of em, quite handy and light).

All that require power are the RX and two small Ripmax servos. My question is, from your experience, how long would you think such a pack would last in such a plane before it should be swapped to continue flying safely? I hand-launch the glider and basically just get 10 second or so flights and rinse and repeat. Good exercise running after it!

I'm just looking for a very rough estimate really... I know there are lots of variables, but would you say I'm dealing with a whole evening off one of these packs, or a change after much less time like 30 mins.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge from experience, in advance
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May 06, 2012, 05:54 PM
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hi there from Toledo

My experience with charging flight packs has shown that most 1/2 hr glider flights consume less than 100 mah capacity, so recharge after every second 1/2 hr flight until your charger shows you otherwise.

ciao -rjf
May 06, 2012, 11:34 PM
That's really helpful, thanks!

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