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Old 11-13-2010, 08:35 PM   #51
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Take a look at the bottom of almost every wikipedia article and you will see references which is the sources of information. The other thing to check out is the discussion tab which shows what the authors and editors have commented on or edited. It is a great way to see what didn't pass muster and could not be verified by a reputable source.

As with any source of information it is only as good as the original source of the material. Encylopedias have been printed with tons of false information yet people trust them far more than wikipedia which at least lists its sources.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:49 PM   #52
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Good points regarding wikipedia teenage son tells me that they are not allowed to use Wikipedia as a reference source due to possible untruths.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:34 PM   #53
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I noticed the clay pot video didn't show a LiPo fire . That leaves some doubt in my mind as to how good it really is. It shold cerainly insulte well if it remains in tact. Maybe I missed another video or picked the wrong one.
To me this one looks pretty convincing:
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:23 AM   #54
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I'm using Makita Industrial Lithium Ion cells in my transmitters (Multiplex 7.2 volts) and my flight packs with a BEC to lower the voltage.
They are also great for electric starters (4 cells).
Ive seen these battery starters at my field. Where can ya get said batteries? used tool stores? new batts? Im so tierd of lugging my heavy flight box out all the way to the starting line. Would be nice to leave it on the bench and just bring out that battery starter.
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Kirk, how about designing your own minimalist starter caddy? Just the equipment that you need at the flight line to start and tune your motor?

Until I went electric, I found that my field box kept accumulating bits and pieces and more stuff that I had to lug to the field "Just in case".

I do remember on flight box manufacturer (or kit-maker) that put the starting equipment (battery, power panel and starter) in a self-contained section that clipped on to the main box when you had to lug the whole item around, but which merely came off when you needed to start. Worked great for those fields where you had seperate pitting and starting stations....

Replacing the lead-acid battery with the new cells is great as well. Just remember that you need to have series and parallel to match the 12 volts and 7 amps capabilities to make a fully-swappable solution.

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:47 PM   #56
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We used a 3S/2150mAh lipo not that long ago to run a starter. Seemed to work fine, it was a .40 sized motor. There's a thread out on the web somewhere detailing how to make a self contained starter, no flight box required.
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